Women's Health

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Ten Ways You Can Stay Healthy at Work

Ten Ways You Can Stay Healthy at Work You can protect yourself and others by following these action steps: Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water are not available. Be sure to wash your hands after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes . Germs spread this way. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue , or cough...

“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...

Infertility

Causes There can be many reasons why you don't easily become pregnant. Only a third of those trying fall pregnant each month, although some of these will miscarry before they even know they're pregnant. The most common reasons include hormonal problems and blocked fallopian tubes in women, and a low sperm count in men. What will your GP do? Your doctor will want to know about your development as...

Stay Active When You Have Degenerative Arthritis

Stay Active When You Have Degenerative Arthritis Arthritis -- a chronic inflammation of the joints -- affects more than 37 million Americans and comes in more than 100 varieties. The most common type of arthritis is degenerative arthritis (also called osteoarthritis). It has no cure and tends to get worse over time. However, arthritis sufferers can do many things to stay active. Degenerative arthritis breaks down cartilage -- the coating on the...

Acute Leukemia of Childhood and Adolescence

Acute Leukemia of Childhood and Adolescence Leukemia is a malignancy or cancer of the bone marrow. All of the cells in the bloodstream are normally produced in the bone marrow. In leukemia, there is an unrestrained proliferation of a "clone" of immature white blood cells. These abnormal white blood cells gradually crowd out the normal blood cells. This can lead to anemia, an increased risk of infection, and bleeding. Leukemia is the most...

Parenting for Self-Esteem

Parenting for Self-Esteem Virtually every child, teen, and even adult I see in my clinical practice, suffers from a self-esteem problem in some way, shape, or form. And essentially all parents seeking information or counseling about their child's emotional development want to know how to build their child's self-esteem. Whether intuitively or from exposure to psychological research findings, we all seem to recognize the...

Acute Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Symtopms 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...

What You Can Do For Attacks of Dizziness?

What You Can Do For Attacks of Dizziness Each year, more than two million people visit a doctor for dizziness, and one of those was Olympic figure skater Scott Davis. In Davis' case, he was diagnosed with benign positional vertigo, an abnormal sense of motion that commonly results in dizziness. For some, the symptoms include feeling dizzy, lightheaded, unsteady or giddy. This feeling of imbalance, without a sensation of turning or...

Mercury, one of the Biggest Enemies of Health

Mercury, one of the Biggest Enemies of Health Mercury is a chemical element, often found in the environment, either as part of it, either as a result of the pollution. In water, air and soil, mercury easily takes place in food and in large quantities is highly toxic, causing serious health problems. Thus, mercury can irreversibly impair neurological function, and if you are pregnant, baby is affected nervous system. Also, children who eat...

Timing Births

Why it is Important to Share and Act on information about Timing Births Too many births, births too close together, and births to adolescent girls or women over the age of 35 endanger women's lives and account for approximately one third of all infant deaths. Family planning is one of the most powerful ways of improving the health of women and children. Over 100 million w/omen in developing...

Stress and Infertility

Stress and Infertility -Relax, -Take a vacation, -Stop trying so hard, -Adopt, these are among the well-intended suggestions from family and friends heard often by infertile couples. Frequently, infertility causes couples to struggle with feelings of inadequacy and failure. To suggest that they are to blame for their infertility because of an attitude or difficulty coping with the stress of the process causes couples...

Metabolic and Congenital Kidney Disorders

Kidney abnormalities can be anatomic or metabolic in origin. Many are hereditary and present at birth (congenital). Renal Tubular Acidosis Renal tubular acidosis is a disorder in which the kidney tubules can't adequately remove acid from the blood to excrete into the urine. Normally, the kidneys remove acid from the blood and excrete it into the urine. In renal tubular acidosis, the kidney...

High Bone Density Linked With Breast Cancer

High Bone Density Linked With Breast Cancer Older women with high bone density are about twice as likely to develop breast cancer. This has been reported in a recent study carried out at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre, UK. Researchers followed the health history of 8905 women who were 65 years or older and without breast cancer. After a period of six years, tests were performed on their bones of the wrist, arm, and heel. It...

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...

Kidney Stones in Adults

Kidney stones, one of the most painful of the urologic disorders, are not a product of modern life. Scientists have found evidence of kidney stones in a 7,000-year-old Egyptian mummy. Unfortunately, kidney stones are one of the most common disorders of the urinary tract. In 2000, patients made 2.7 million visits to health care providers and more than 600,000 patients went to emergency rooms for...

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....

Nutrition for the Pregnant Woman

At no other time in a woman's life is good nutrition more essential than during pregnancy. While the need for calories increases only about 15 per cent, the requirements for some nutrients more than doubles, and a woman needs 10 plan her diet carefully to meet these requirements. She should work with her doctor or other health professionals providing prenatal care to design an eating programme...

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...

Hyperthyroidism...The Heart of the Matter

I see a number of patients with hyperthyroidism. Very frequently, their symptoms involve the heart. The most common symptoms are a feeling of palpitations and a sensation of a racing heart beat. These symptoms are due to a physiologic effect of thyroid hormone on the heart. I thought I'd take a moment to explain more about what impact thyroid hormone can have on the heart and why these symptoms...