Fertility and sexual health

Information about changes in sexual health and fertility.

Health Related Q&A: Sterility

Q.What is Sterilization of a Person? What are The Procedures For Sterilization? A.To render him or her unable to produce a child. Procedures for sterilization in men called VASECTOMY and in WOMEN called LIGATION OF FALLOPIAN TUBE Q.What is Primary STERILITY? A.The question should be:What is Primary Infertility? This means the Man or women has never had a child with the current or previous earlier...

“Endometriosis and Infertility: Can Surgery Help?” Patient Fact Sheet by ASRM

“Endometriosis and Infertility: Can Surgery Help?” Patient Fact Sheet by ASRM This fact sheet was developed in collaboration with The Society of Reproductive Surgeons When you have your period, your body is actually getting rid of the tissue called endometrium that lines your uterus (womb). Normally, this tissue grows only on the inside of the uterus. But it may grow in other places: on the outside of your uterus, ovaries or tubes. It can even grow on your bladder or...

The G-spot

Where is it? If you have one (and that's a big if), it's 2.5cm to 5cm (1in to 2in) inside the vagina on the front wall. You should be able to feel it with your finger. If you're not sexually aroused it may be no bigger than a pea; once you're aroused it increases to the size of a 2p piece. It's actually more a of a zone than a spot. If you want to explore and find out whether you have one, feel...

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are a group of communicable diseases that are transferred predominantly by sexual contact and are thus to a large extent "behavioral diseases". Over the past decade, they have continued to be the most commonly notifiable infectious conditions nationally and worldwide. With the escalating epidemic of HIV infection, there has been new attention focused on the...

Male Infertility Overview: Assessment

Approximately 15 per cent of couples attempting their first pregnancy meet with failure. Most authorities define these patients as primarily infertile if they have been unable to achieve a pregnancy after one year of unprotected intercourse. Conception normally is achieved within twelve months in 80-85% of couples who use no contraceptive measures, and persons presenting after this time should...

Reading Your Fertility Signs

Reading Your Fertility Signs Your body is a wonderful creation. If you are just now beginning to plan pregnancy, then you probably do not realize how many steps it takes for your body to conceive a child. If you have been at this a while, then you probably never thought you'd know so much about your body. Fortunately, our bodies exhibit signs which can be monitored to pinpoint our most fertile times. Knowing how to read and...

Reproductive Tract Infections

More than a million women and children died from the complications of reproductive tract infection (RTI) every year during the 1990s. RTI causes a heavy emotional burden, especially when they damage fertility; while about 5 per cent of women world- wide are unable to bear children due to some inherited or hormonal disorder. Much larger numbers are rendered infertile by damage to their...

Introduction to PCOS

Introduction to PCOS What is it and What Does it Do? PCOS (also called PCO and PCOD, which I will use indiscriminately in this piece) is an endocrine disorder that affects a myriad of areas in your body. For whatever reason, the hormonal balance is off, and being off-kilter, the hormonal cocktail does not have the punch to eject all the eggs from the ovary; they get lodged in the -crust° of the ovary, causing cysts....

Impotence

Inability of a man to complete sexual intercourse. Although- the term is sometimes taken to mean the same as sterility, technically the two conditions are different. A sterile man cannot produce any or enough healthy sperm cells to become a father; but he can have intercourse. An impotent man may produce good sperm cells, but is unable to have an ERECTION and perform sexual intercourse. A...

The Contraceptive Injection

What is it and how does it work? The contraceptive injection contains a hormone called progestogen and is a long-term method of contraception. It's injected into a muscle and the hormone is released very slowly into the body. There are two types of injection : Depo-Provera provides contraceptive protection for three months (12 weeks). Noristerat provides contraceptive protection for two months (...

Steroids - You May Not Get What You Bargained For

Steroids - You May Not Get What You Bargained For Anabolic steroids are derivatives of the male hormone testosterone that are typically injected into the body. Many brands must be administered with huge syringes, and the needle must penetrate the muscle deeply. An estimated one million Americans, half of them teenagers, use anabolic steroids. Most are obtained illegally...through the black market. And...the market for black-market steroids is...

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome It is the most common endocrine disorder in women, the leading cause of infertility, and the most underdiagnosed disease in the United States. Affecting an estimated ten million women in the United States, PCOS, or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is characterized by a myriad of seemingly unrelated symptoms like weight gain, irregular periods and excessive facial hair. Scarier still, women with PCOS are...

Syphilis

Syphilis is among the most serious of sexually " transmitted diseases. In 1990 some 100,000 cases were reported in the United States - a 40 year high-with the highest incidence occurring in urban populations, among people ages 15 to 39. Epidemiologists attribute the increase to a lack of education about the disease as well as to a rise in the number of prostitutes having unprotected sex. The...

Eat Fiber-Rich Foods: Live Longer, Healthier

Eat Fiber-Rich Foods: Live Longer, Healthier You don't need high-priced dietary supplements or fancy breakfast cereals to put more fiber in your diet. Many foods contain dietary fiber which, according to medical studies, may help lower cholesterol, as well as prevent heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. To get the right amount of fiber, adults should do the following: Eat five or more servings of fruit and vegetables each...

Male Responsibility for Reproductive Health

Male Responsibility for Reproductive Health An article of ICPD Programme of Action says: "It is essential to improve communication between men and women on issues of sexuality and reproductive health, and the understanding of their joint responsibilities, so that men and women are equal partners in public and private life." In 1994, the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) was held in Cairo. This was the third...

Couple Can Do on Your Own to Enhance and Improve Your Chances of Conceiving

Couple Can Do on Your Own to Enhance and Improve Your Chances of Conceiving There are certainly some things that you as a couple can do on your own to enhance and improve your chances of conceiving. We would strongly encourage you to initiate each of these steps as soon as possible. STOP SMOKING! There is no question that cigarette smoking has a very negative effect on a couple's chances of getting pregnant. It has been estimated that, if both partners smoke, their...

General Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Fertility Medications:

General Tips for Getting the Most Out Speak to your pharmacist if you have any questions about your medications (including how to take them, what they do, or if they may interact with any other medication you may be taking). It is especially important during the early stages of your treatment that you are comfortable with your medication and that you are taking it correctly. Plan ahead. When you are first administering an injectable...

Family Planning Areas for Action

Family Planning Areas for Action Reducing up dropout rates in pills and Injectables through quality service provision, including counseling and management of side effects. Addressing up the unmet need of 15 per cent for family planning. Increasing up choice of methods through more availability of long term/ permanent methods. Motivating up men to take their responsibility in Family Planning through Behavior Change Communication...

Lifestyle Really Does Matter!

Lifestyle Really Does Matter! Many people know that the leading causes of death in the United States are heart disease, cancer, and stroke.When it comes to prevention, however, it is more important to know why people suffer from these conditions. In other words, what are the actual causes of disease or reasons people die? A landmark study titled "Actual causes of death in the United States," published in 2004, shed a lot of...

Preventive Screening: Key to Healthy Lifestyle

Preventive Screening: Key to Healthy Lifestyle Life in the 90's has created many additional pressures on women, who often must juggle their roles as a worker, a wife and a mother. Stress can sidetrack women from a healthy lifestyle and make them more susceptible to disease. This is why preventive screenings are absolutely necessary-especially when concerning the reproductive system. "Women should have annual exams beginning at age 18, or the...