Fertility and sexual health

Information about changes in sexual health and fertility.

Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism Hypothyroidism is a disorder in which there is a lack of normal thyroid production or secretion of thyroid hormone. In other words, the thyroid gland is underactive so there follows an underproduction of thyroid hormone. Your thyroid is a small bowtie or butterfly-shaped gland, located in your neck, wrapped around the windpipe, and is located below the Adam's Apple area. The thyroid produces...

Some STDS

Nongonococcal Urethritis and Chlamydial Cervicitis Nongonococcal urethritis and chlamydial cervicitis are sexually transmitted diseases usually caused by Chlamydia trachomatis or (in men) Ureaplasma urealyticum but occasionally by Trichomonas va-ginalis or herpes simplex virus. These infections are called "nongonococcal" to indicate that they aren't caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacterium...

The Menstrual Cycle

The reproductive period in the female lasts about thirty years. During this time, her reproductive organs go through a cycle which is interrupted only by bearing a child. When a baby girl is born, her ovaries contain about 70,000 egg cells. These lie dormant until puberty. Then, driven by the anterior pituitary gland, the egg cells begin to ripen. Egg Cell and Follicle At about monthly intervals...

Testing For Pregnancy

Testing For Pregnancy Any woman who has been trying to conceive for very long soon develops a love-hate relationship with pregnancy tests. Last year, consumers spent $191.0 million on home pregnancy tests (HPTs). This has increased from the previous year's figure of $180.6 million. When a woman becomes pregnant, the pregnancy hormone (human chorionic gonadotrophin, or hCG) is produced. Home pregnancy tests detect the...

Medications for Erectile Dysfunction

Medications for Erectile Dysfunction Few Drugs Used for Erectile Dysfunction Treatment are Listed Below: Generic Name and Action Brand Name(s) Common Dosages Side Effects Special Considerations Comments Sildenafil -- increases blood flow Viagra® (Pfizer) 800-533-4535 Starting dose is 50 mg orally approx. 1 hour before sexual intercourse. Depending on side effects or response, a physician may decrease dose to 25...

Menstrual Cycle Dysfunction

Menstrual Cycle Dysfunction During the past few decades, increasing numbers of women of all ages have been participating in sports, at both recreational and competitive levels. Most girls and women derive significant health benefits from regular physical activity. They can achieve the same training effects as do men, such as decreased blood pressure, lowered heart rate, and improved aerobic capacity, as well as decreased...

Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Miscarriage, or spontaneous abortion, occurs in about 15 to 20% of all pregnancies, regardless of how they were conceived. Most early losses are a result of the conceptus being genetically abnormal. As few as one in three human conceptions is genetically normal, but most of the genetically abnormal conceptions are lost before the woman even knows she is pregnant. Even so, some genetically...

Cancer of The Cervix

The cervix is the lower end of the uterus, which extends into the vagina. Of cancers of the female reproductive system, cervical cancer (cervical carcinoma) is the second most common in all women and the most common in younger women. It usually affects women between the ages of 35 and 55. This cancer may be caused by a virus (human papillomavirus) which may be transmitted during sexual...

Condom Breakage & AIDS - Low Odds, High Risk

Condom Breakage & AIDS - Low Odds, High Risk The incidence of condom breakage during vaginal intercourse has been estimated at around 1 percent, reports an article in the New England Journal of Medicine. Those are low odds of a disaster, especially when you consider the alternative: no condom and unprotected sex. Still, if your partner happens to be infected with AIDS and the condom breaks, you could die. In the overwhelming majority of...

Trouble Conceiving?

Trouble Conceiving? It was 7 AM. My husband whisked himself out of bed and hopped into the shower. Trying to make up for lost time, he skipped his usual shave. Meanwhile I laid in bed for the next 20 minutes with my hips hiked up to what felt like the ceiling. Maybe, this time would be the month. We had literally exhausted every suggestion I had heard of from the fertile community. My husband had changed to boxer...

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) More than 150 symptoms have been reported in association with PMS. There are five basic categories: Anxiety (includes nervousness, mood swings, irritability & impatience) Depression (includes crying, confusion, social withdrawal & insomnia) Pain (includes backache, cramps and breast pain) Water retention (includes abdominal bloating, weight gain & swelling) Hypoglycemia (includes...

Turner's Syndrome

Turner's Syndrome Turnerîs Syndrome is a chromosomal condition causing short stature and infertility in women and girls. Other manifestations of this syndrome include: webbing of the skin of the neck, absent or retarded development of secondary sexual characteristics, absence of menstruation, coarctation (narrowing) of the aorta, and abnormalities of the eyes and bones. The condition is either diagnosed at birth...

Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV / AIDS: A Potential Threat to Child Survival

It is amazing, and humbling, to realize that in the late 1970s the human immuno-deficiency virus (HIV) was spreading silently- unrecognized and unnoticed around the world. In the summer of S981, when AIDS was first recognized by the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States among five homosexual men in Los Angeles. Presently, HIV/ATDS is the greatest health crisis ever faced by the...

Good Counselling Vital for Clients with STDs

Good Counselling Vital for Clients with STDs Good counseling for people infected with a sexually transmitted disease (STD) helps them comply with treatment, understand their contraceptive choices and encourages them to notify partners. Infected individuals who continue to be sexually active, particularly those who are HIV-positive, need to understand ways to prevent transmission to others and may need effective contraception to prevent...

Men: Examining Your Testicles May Save Your Life

Men: Examining Your Testicles May Save Your Life A complete testicular self-exam takes just three minutes or less, and it could save your life. You should do it monthly. After a warm bath or shower, hold your scrotum, and gently roll each testicle between your thumb and your first two fingers. Feel for any firm, hard, or fixed lumps, nodules, or irregularities inside the testicle itself. Most abnormalities are found at the front side of the...

Human Sex and Desire Under Behavioral Perception

What is Human Life? Before going deep into the subject of human sex and desire, it is very necessary that we should know all about human life and its ambiguous nature. Human life is an unique picture of pain and happiness, full of dreams including power, glory and dignity. Life is a walking shadow which is full of sounds and fury till death. But painfully it is fact that those dreams are never...

Infertility

For many couples, infertility is a crisis, often accompanied by feelings of guilt or inadequacy. But a diagnosis of infertility is not a verdict of sterility. While about 15 percent of all couples are infertile (that is, they are Unable, to conceive after a year of trying), only 1 or 2 per-cent are sterile (meaning that conception is physically ruled out). Of couples who seek help, about half can...

Some Practical Considerations on Having a Family

Plans Before Marriage During courtship the young couple who are planning to marry are provided with a chance to get to know one another and discuss in much intimate detail their hopes and desires, their likes and dislikes-in fact their general attitude to life. This gives them an opportunity, if they so wish, to change their minds before taking the final step of marriage. In this exchange of...

Sexually Transmitted Diseases or STD

Sexually transmitted diseases are infections that are often, if not always, passed from person to person through sexual contact. Because sexual activity provides an easy opportunity for organisms to find new hosts, a wide variety of infectious micro-organisms can be spread by sexual contact. Most of the infectious agents that cause sexually transmitted disease are fairly easily inactivated when...

Treatment for Prostate Problems

Benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) is a common, age-related condition in which the prostate swells, impeding the flow of urine through the urethra. A treatment called trans-urethral needle ablation (TUNA) involves heating the prostate with radio waves emitted by a needle-like antenna inserted within the gland. TUNA requires only local anesthesia, and is up to 70 less costly and just as effective...