Archive for the ‘Women’s Health’ Category

 

HYSTERECTOMY: THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS

May 8th, 2009

Women consider having a hysterectomy for reasons such as chronic abdominal pain and excessive bleeding, and because of a doctor’s recommendation. Non-medical reasons may also influence the advice of medical practitioners, and of a woman’s family and friends. According to recent Australian and US studies, a doctor’s advice about hysterectomy may have more influence on [...]

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INFECTIONS AFFECTING FERTILITY: TOXOPLASMOSIS, GENITAL HERPES AND OTHERS

April 23rd, 2009

Toxoplasmosis Toxoplasmosis is an infection of the parasite Toxoplasma gondii which is found in most animals but the only reproductive host is the cat, which acquires the cysts by eating infected birds and mice. It can be transmitted to humans by contact with cat litter, eating raw or partially cooked meat, drinking contaminated water and [...]

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APPROACH OF HERBALISTS IN ENDOMETRIOSIS TREATMENT: SOME ANSWERS ABOUT DISEASE

April 23rd, 2009

What are the main symptoms There are 101 different symptoms you can put under the endometriosis umbrella. Most common is pain. Some women complain of pain and feeling bad, usually for the two weeks preceding menstruation. Other common symptoms include fatigue, bloating, irregular and abnormal bleeding, rectal bleeding, pain in cycle, pain in bowel, pain [...]

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CAUSES OF INFERTILITY

March 23rd, 2009

The problem may lie in one of these areas: • The woman—70 to 75 per cent of infertile couples have a female factor. • The man—30 to 35 per cent have a male factor. • The couple—40 per cent of infertile couples have more than one factor. In some couples no cause will be identified. [...]

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WHAT IS HAPPENING IN EARLY PREGNANCY?

March 23rd, 2009

A pregnancy usually lasts forty weeks, or close to nine months. This time has been divided up into three ‘trimesters’. Each trimester lasts about three months (or thirteen weeks). During the first trimester (zero to thirteen weeks) conception, implantation in the uterus, and formation of a placenta and embryo occur. In the second trimester, more [...]

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HEPATITIS B: PREVENTION

March 23rd, 2009

The general run-of-the-mill safe-sex, be careful, and don’t share needles rules apply. The fact that people know what they should and shouldn’t do unfortunately does not always stop them from getting the disease. A vaccine has been developed which gives people protection against hepatitis B. It is being given to people at particular risk, such [...]

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CONTRACEPTIVE PILL “THE PILL”: HOW THE PILL CAN FAIL

March 23rd, 2009

If there is a drop in the level of hormones floating around the body the egg preventing mechanism can fail, and ovulation may take place. Things which can drop the level of hormone include: Not taking the tablet—If you miss a tablet, or are late (by more than twelve hours), you can’t maintain a high [...]

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FEMALE ANATOMY: THE LIFE-CYCLE OF THE OVARY

March 23rd, 2009

The stimulating hormones, FSH and I.H, are produced in the brain (init complex interplay between the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland, two parts of the brain). FSH sends a message to the ovary. One of the ovaries (they usually take it in turn) responds by developing follicles, which make potential eggs. There are several follicles [...]

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