Women's Health

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Exercise: Staying With the Program is the Challenge

Exercise: Staying With the Program You've heard it a thousand times: "exercise to lose weight, live longer and feel your best." But how do you find a program you can stick with? The good news is that just 15 to 30 minutes of moderate to brisk exercise even walking at least three times a week can make a difference in your life. Many medical studies show that exercise lowers your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity,...

Monitoring Your Ovulation at Home

Monitoring Your Ovulation at Home I have always heard that there were women out there with regular-as-clockwork cycles, those who could set their calendars by their menstrual cycles. There are also those who can even pinpoint the moment of ovulation by the familiar aches of mittleshmirtz, or ovulation pain. Then there's me. I can go six, nine, and even 12 months without having a menstrual cycle. Because it happens so rarely, it...

Antihypertensives Prescribing Notes

Antihypertensives Prescribing Notes Lowering of even mildly or moderately elevated blood pressure significantly reduces cardiovascular morbidity. Assessment Blood Pressure : The British Hypertension Society recommends that all adults should have their blood pressure measured at least every 5 years until the age of 80. Those with high normal values (135-139 over 85-89) or a history of high readings should be remeasured annually....

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) Diagnosis and Treatment

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) is an infection which occurs when bacteria enter the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. There are a variety of bacteria which can cause PID, but most infections are caused by the same organisms that cause sexually transmitted diseases like Gonorrhea and Chlamydia. In most cases of PID bacteria enter the vagina during sex and ascend into the cervix, uterus,...

Chlamydia / Gonorrhea

Chlamydia / Gonorrhea According to the Centers for Disease Control (1993) there are 12 million cases of sexually transmitted disease (STD) cases reported annually. One quarter of those afflicted are teens. Chlamydia is a particularly dangerous sexually transmitted disease because 75% of women and 25% of men do not have any symptoms. The bacteria is transmitted during vaginal, oral or anal sexual contact with an...

Nutritional Needs for Pregnant Women and Babies

Nutritional deficiencies in pregnant mothers, most often in the developing nations, cause complications during pregnancy and at birth and has long-term effects on the health of the child and the mother. At no other time in a woman's life is good nutrition more essential than during pregnancy. While the need for calories increases by 15 per cent, the requirement for some nutrients more than...

Teen Pregnancy: Young Women's Health - Ages 12-24

Teen Pregnancy: Young Women's Health Pregnancy: Help Keep Teenage Pregnancy Rates Down by Making Responsible Choices With over one million American teenage girls becoming pregnant every year, the United States holds the title for having the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in the industrialized world. To gain a clearer picture of this statistic, that breaks down to one out of five sexually active girls becoming pregnant. However,...

As Menopause Aproaches, Needs Change

As Menopause Aproaches, Needs Change Between peak childbearing years and menopause, a woman's fertility gradually declines, reducing her risk of an unplanned pregnancy. Yet, a risk still exists. Not only is contraception important for a sexually active older woman, since pregnancy late in life presents increased risks to her health and that of her fetus. But also careful consideration should be given to providing a contraceptive...

Symtopms of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

Symtopms of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease With Acute Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID): severe pain and tenderness in the lower abdomen with vaginal discharge, often accompanied by fever. With Chronic PID: mild, recurrent pain in the lower abdomen, sometimes accompanied by backache or irregular menstrual periods. pain during intercourse. infertility. irregular menstrual periods. heavy, unpleasant-smelling vaginal discharge Call Your...

Privacy in Purchasing: New Options for Women Shopping for Personal Care Products

Privacy in Purchasing How many women have made the dreaded trip to the drug store to purchase some personal product like tampons, birth control, a pregnancy test -- only to run into a friend, a co-worker or, worse, a drug store clerk who screams for a price check for the condoms the woman wants to buy? The fact that women's most private of products are sold in the most public of places seems strangely contradictory....

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...

Qus & Ans: High FSH Levels or Poor Egg Quality

Qus & Ans: High FSH Levels or Poor Egg Quality Hello. I am 31 years old and my husband is 31 as well. Because of his semen analysis (low count, low morphology and low motility), we were advised to go through an IVF cycle with ICSI. Preliminary testing was done on me and nothing was of note except that my FSH on Day 3 was "10." Around the end of November, we had the retrieval. I had responded pretty well to the Lupron, Follistim and Repronex I...

The Pill : Oral Contraceptive

What are Birth Control Pills? The Pill is the most popular type of birth control. There are many different brands of The Pill and they come in packs of 21 or 28 pills. One pill is taken every day. The first 21 pills have a combination of synthetic estrogen and progesterone hormones. The Pill stops ovulation, preventing the ovaries from releasing eggs. The Pill also thickens cervical mucus, making...

Permanent Scarring of The Lungs by Silica

Silicosis is permanent scarring of the lungs caused by inhaling silica (quartz) dust. It is the oldest known occupational lung disease and develops in people who have inhaled silica dust for many years. Silica is the main constituent of sand, so exposure is common among metal miners, sandstone and granite cutters, foundry workers, and potters. Usually symptoms appear only after 20 to 30 years of...

Kidney Disease | Part - 2

Image - The kidneys, two fist-sized organs The kidneys, two fist-sized organs located on either side of the spine just above the waist, perform a life-sustaining role. They cleanse the blood by removing waste and excess fluids, maintain a healthful balance of various body chemicals, and help regulate blood pressure. When the kidneys become diseased or dam-aged, they can suddenly or gradually lose their ability to perform these vital...

Safe Motherhood and Child Development: Men's Role

Safe Motherhood and Child Development: Men's Role Pregnancy-related complications cause one quarter to one half of deaths among women of reproductive age in developing counties. In some countries pregnancy-related complications are the leading cause of death for reproductive age group of women. Many thousands of women in developing countries suffer serious illness and disabilities, including chronic pelvic pain; pelvic inflammatory disease,...

Warts: a Pesky Problem Requiring Persistence

Warts: a Pesky Problem Requiring Persistence Warts are a very common but challenging skin problem. These pesky bumps, known in dermatological circles as "verrucae," have likely been around since the dawn of man, afflicting millions of individuals. They are caused by a virus called the Human Papilloma Virus, or HPV. There are many subtypes of HPV causing a variety of different warts. They are potentially contagious, spreading to other body...

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...

Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises

Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises Bladder control depends on muscles working together when the bladder is filling. The bladder muscle should be relaxed when it is filling. The muscles around the urethra (the tube that urine passes through), called the pelvic floor muscles, should be contracted during filling. Exercises that strengthen the pelvic floor muscles can help hold urine inside the bladder. This prevents leaks by...

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...