Women's Health

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Actos: New Hope for PCOS Sufferers

Actos: New Hope for PCOS Sufferers Actos, the latest drug in a long line of medications used for treating various blood sugar disorders, may offer hope to infertile women suffering from Type II diabetes or polycystic ovarian syndrome/disorder (PCO)**. In short, the theory behind PCO is that the body does not effectively use the insulin it produces, usually leading to, among many other problems, irregular menstrual cycles and high...

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia Do you ache all over and have difficulty sleeping? You may be suffering from Fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a condition of inflamed muscles and tendons. Although patients with the disorder may fear that they are developing arthritis, the disease actually does not affect the joints. Estimates are that as many as 6 million Americans suffer from fibromyalgia. Still other experts think the numbers are...

Hyperprolactinemia (High Prolactin) Causes

Hyperprolactinemia (High Prolactin) Normal ovulation is a complex process that requires many things to happen properly and at the correct time with the proper hormone levels. Often subtle hormonal imbalances or ovulation abnormalities result in decreased fertility. One hormone imbalance that can affect fertility is prolactin levels. Excessive prolactin levels in nonpregnant women is known as hyperprolactinemia. Prolactin is a...

Qus & Ans: Cervical Fluid Conditions & Post-coital Tests

Qus & Ans: Cervical Fluid Conditions & Post-coital Tests Dear Doctor, I am a 26 year old woman, I already have one son whom I conceived naturally without any medication. However, for the past two years I have been trying to get pregnant and have not suceeded. I have been married six years and have never used contraceptives. I have now been on infertlity treatment for the past year. It doesn't seem to be working, I don't know what's going wrong but I am...

Urine Provides Information About Urologic and General Health

Urine Provides Information About Urologic and General Health Amber colored urine carries the body's waste products and water through the urinary system to outside the body. As blood passes through the kidneys, water, urea, salts and minerals are removed and become urine. The urinary system consists of two kidneys, two ureters, one bladder and one urethra. More urine is excreted when liquids and foods that contain more water such as meats and fruits are...

Diseases of The Cervix

The cervix, or neck of the uterus, (Fig. 1) is considered separately from the main body of the organ for it suffers from diseases different from those of the uterus proper. This may well be because of its more external position, half of it being in the vagina where the secretions are different from those inside the uterus itself. Abnormalities of Structure The developmental abnormalities are...

Balanced Translocation

Balanced Translocation A balanced translocation is a condition in which the correct number of chromosomes are present, but two pieces of chromosomal material have switched places. The individual who has a balanced translocation usually appears completely normal and healthy, but when a carrier attempts to have children, that is when problems are encountered. Those who have a balanced translocation are plagued by...

Lifestyle Factors That Affect Fertility

Lifestyle Factors That Affect Fertility Dealing with infertility is particularly difficult because couples find that they are no longer in control of their reproductive choices. They can't decide when to have a baby, how many they will have, or how far to space children apart. Success is largely dependent on a wide combination of factors ranging from emotional and financial resources, access to adequate medical care, and sometimes,...

Colorado State & National Mental Health Information Resources

COLORADO RESOURCES: Mental Health Association of Colorado 6795 E. Tennessee Avenue, Suite 425 Denver, CO 80224 Phone: (303) 377-3040 FAX: (303) 377-4920 The Colorado Psychological Association 1660 S. Albion Street, Suite 712 Denver, CO 80222 (303) 692-9303, administrative offices (303) 759-6124, referral line Colorado Chapter of The National Association of Social Workers (N.A.S.W.) 6000 E. Evans...

Qus & Ans: Male Factor

Qus and Ans: Male Factor ABNORMAL SEMEN ANALYSIS I have undergone 3 IUI's and all three showed white blood cells in my husband's semen. What could cause the white blood cells to be present even though there were no bacteria present and he does not have any abnormal symptoms? White blood cells in semen can result from an inflammatory or immune process. If there are no signs of infection, you doctor may want to evaluate...

Diagnosis of Asherman's Syndrome

Diagnosis of  Asherman's Syndrome Asherman's Syndrome is a gynecological disorder causing a decrease in menstrual flow, abdominal pain, cessation of menstruation and infertility. In females with the disorder, such symptoms and findings occur due to inflammation of the lining of the uterus (endometritis) and the development of bands of scar tissue abnormally joining portions of the uterus (intrauterine adhesions and synechiae). Dr...

Conceiving in NATURE'S WAY

Conceiving in NATURE'S WAY Human conception is an elegantly simple and marvelously complex series of events. Before we can begin to discuss the reasons certain couples have difficulty conceiving, it is important to have a full understanding of the way things are supposed to work. A good working knowledge of normal events will make the steps that can be taken to evaluate a couple's fertility make more sense. Understanding "...

9 Surprising Symptoms of Stress Seen in Women

9 Surprising Symptoms of Stress Seen in Woman See if yours body is telling you that you're too anxious and what you can do about it. Eye Twitching The often temporary condition can be annoying and worrisome, and for some, can be triggered by stress. This condition is knows as blepharospasm. Close your eyes and visualizing your happiest place on earth will help. If your eyes get stressed from detailed work at the computer, 'stretch' then...

Why Girls with Attention Deficit Disorder Go Undiagnosed

Many people think Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a boy's disease. Boys are more often diagnosed, but the rates are about the same in both genders. Boys more often have the variety called Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) that gets their problem noticed. That means that girls are often undiagnosed and untreated. The consequences of unrecognized ADD in females can range from...

What Causes Dementia?

What Causes Dementia? Basic Introduction to Causes Changes that Occur During Alzheimer's Disease Genetic Issues Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms Basic Introduction to Causes The exact cause of Alzheimer's Disease, a form of dementia, is still unknown. However, scientists have been able to indentify several contributing factors. Alzheimer's Disease is known to have a genetic componant as well as an environmental...

Before You Conceive

Before You Conceive So, you are ready to get pregnant. You have your finances and medical insurance in order, your partner is supportive of the decision to have a child, and you feel ready to begin a new journey. Before you begin trying to conceive, there are some things to consider. Healthy moms, healthy babies Adopt a healthy life-style as soon as you begin trying to conceive. That means no smoking or being...

Endometriosis

Endometriosis What is Endometriosis? Endometriosis is a common and chronic gynecological disease that can result in cyclic pelvic pain that occurs in conjunction with a woman's periods. About 10% of women of reproductive age and up to 50% of women with infertility have endometriosis. That amounts to approximately 5.5 million women in the United States and Canada. The condition occurs when endometrial cells...

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy - A Mysterious Pain Explained

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy - A Mysterious Pain Explained An otherwise healthy patient presents to the emergency department of her local hospital after falling onto her out-stretched arms. She has an obvious deformity of her wrist. The ER physician consults an Orthopedic surgeon who successfully reduces her broken wrist and places a cast over her wrist and lower arm. The patient is discharged home in good condition. Several days later she returns to...

Fibromyalgia - Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky Gut Syndrome Complicating the picture for those with fibromyalgia, there is a strong correlation between fibromyalgia, IBS and "leaky gut syndrome" (LGS). LGS, in fact, may well be the major contributory factor in many of the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Here is what happens in LGS. The lining of the intestinal tract is called the intestinal mucosa. The mucosa is responsible for allowing essential nutrients to...

Gonadotropins (Ovarian Hyperstimulation)

Gonadotropins (Ovarian Hyperstimulation) Ovulation induction is a term that refers to the administration of medication to stimulate ovulation. These medications range from clomiphene to gonadotropins to combinations of the two. Gonadotropins are injectable ovulation stimulating hormones that are identical to the hormones secreted by the body. With the administration of these injectable medications, the circulating levels of these...