Women's Health

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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...

You Can Make a Difference: 10 Ways to Help an Alzheimer Family

You Can Make a Difference: 10 Ways to Help an Alzheimer Family "We like to go out, but my husband's too much to handle alone. I could use some help." "Call me, If I can't talk, I'll let you know." "It's difficult when friends stay away." Alzheimer's causes significant changes in family life. Spouses and children - often including school age youngsters - become caregivers. Caregiving can make recreation, chores and even employment difficult or impossible to...

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...

Is My Period Abnormal? What You Need to Know About Abnormal Menstruation

Every woman probably thinks her menstrual cycle is abnormal for one reason or another at some time in her reproductive life. But, many times, what you may think is an abnormal period is perfectly normal menstruation. How do you know when you are experiencing abnormal menstruation? What are the signs and symptoms of abnormal periods? You may be experiencing an abnormal period, abnormal uterine...

Fluid Replacement Key to Enhanced Physical Activity

Fluid Replacement Key to Enhanced Physical Activity Drinking fluids before, during, and after exercise is key to improved health, safety, and physical performance for everyone involved in physical activity, from walkers and gardeners to competitive athletes. In a recently issued statement, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has concluded that inadequate fluid intake during exercise can be physically harmful and proper rehydration is...

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...

First Trimester Screening for Down Syndrome

Dr Kenneth Kwek, Head and Senior Consultant of Peripartum Unit, shares with Special Delivery a technique that can better assess the risk of Down Syndrome in pregnant women. Whilst the vast majority of babies are normal, all women, whatever their age, have a very small risk of delivering a baby with Down Syndrome. Locally, this occurs in 1 out of every 700 pregnancies (i.e. 1 in 700 risk). The...

Fibromyalgia - Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth With all of the changes that irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and "leaky gut syndrome" (LGS) present, there is another complicating factor that enters the picture. In a recent study published in "The American Journal of Gastroenterology", it was found that 78% of the study group who had been diagnosed with IBS had something called intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). So what does this mean? The...

Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and Possibly Other Dementias

Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease (AD) What May Help Prevent AD and possibly other dementias? Continued Education Cardiovascular Exercise Estrogen Replacement Therapy Antioxidants Use of Anti-inflammatory Agents Plus H2-blockers (anti-ulcer Agents) Continued Education Given the reduced risk of AD for persons with at least 8 years of education, it is reasonable to recommend active, regular use of thinking skills such as reading,...

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...

Fibromyalgia and Female Hormonal Imbalance

Fibromyalgia and Female Hormonal Imbalance If all of the signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia aren't enough of a physical challenge, many females (remember that approximately 90% of those affected are female) have the added burden of having severe premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms. The physical symptoms of PMS include: Abdominal bloating Backache Breast tenderness Constipation Diarrhea Dizziness Fatigue Headache Nausea Swelling of hands...

Menopause and HRT Controversy

Most women alive to day in the developed countries will spend more than a third of their lives in their post menopausal years. In case of developing countries the period will be sorter, may be 10 to 15 years. Menopause is often associated with incomfertable symptoms like hot flashes, vaginal dryness and mood swings ...... and possibly a heightened risk of heart disease and osteoporosis. However,...

Hormone Replacement Therapy (Hrt) Does Not Reduce Stroke Risk

The Heart Estrogen-progestin Replacement Study (HERS) conducted by Dr. Joel A. Simon and colleagues at the VA Medical Centre in San Francisco found that HRT does not reduce the risk of stroke among postmenopausal women with coronary artery disease. According to Dr. Simon this is the first large randomised clinical trial to examine the effect of HRT on risk of strokes in women already compromised...

Vaccinations: Preventive Medicine for Kids and Adults

Vaccinations: Preventive Medicine for Kids and Adults Immunizations aren't just kid stuff. Adults also need protection against infectious disease. Yet, surveys find that most American adults, and many children, fail to get the recommended shots that protect against tetanus, hepatitis b, and other possibly fatal diseases. Before we had vaccines, small pox, polio, and other diseases swept through the world's cities and towns killing or crippling...

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...