Male infertility tests and diagnosis

Most infertile couples, usually have more than one cause of infertility. Therefore, they have not managed to conceive even after a year of trying. Men who have issues that may result in infertility, do not show any signs or symptoms and need to get tested. In some cases, the cause of infertility may not be identified. Diagnosing male infertility involves: A clinical examination with a complete medical history physical examination- to rule out any physical cause for infertility or clinical...
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Health benefits of breast feeding

Babies tend to get the wholesome nutrition they need from breast milk, which formula milk cannot match. Breast milk provides the ideal combination of carbohydrates, proteins and fats that a baby needs. It also provides antibodies needed to fight off viruses and bacteria in a form more easily digested than infant formula milk. The advantages of breast milk are not just limited to better resistance against diseases but also a higher IQ later in the newborn’s life and numerous health benefits for t...
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Foods to avoid when you are pregnant

Pregnancy is a beautiful phase in a woman’s life. It is not only a time of anticipation of an addition to the family, but it is also a time when she faces a number of changes- in her body, emotions, attitude and most importantly, her priorities. Associated with this phase are food cravings that many women go through. However, there are some foods that you should avoid for the sake of your health and your baby’s wellbeing.  Despite all the advice you get from friends and family, about what you sh...
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First trimester tests during pregnancy

Taking good care of yourself during pregnancy is the most important way to have a healthy baby. To get off to a healthy start, it is important to know that you are going to have a baby as early into the pregnancy as possible. You should get this confirmed with a blood test if you do think you may be pregnant. Once confirmed, schedule regular appointments. Unless there are risk factors, you should see your obstetrician once a month for the first 28 to 32 weeks. Women who develop diabetes or...
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Female fertility-understanding what it’s all about

The ability of a woman to conceive, carry the foetus to term and give birth to a live baby after nine months of gestation is what is termed as female fertility. Fertility in females is dependent on her hormonal levels. Regular monthly changes in hormone levels bring about a cyclic chain of events known as the menstrual cycle. The average age at which this begins is 12-13 years. Every month, hormonal changes in a woman’s body cause the ovaries to release a single egg. This egg passes into t...
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Factors that influence the progress of childbirth

For the majority of healthy women, childbirth progresses spontaneously without complications. There are things that you can do to encourage this. Understanding what can interfere with it is important. You should have this conversation with your Obstetrician in the last few weeks of pregnancy. Factors influencing the progress of childbirth include the following: Physical factors: The position of your baby is an important factor in the proper progress of labour. It is easier for babies to...
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Common symptoms that indicate gynecological disorders

Gynaecological disorders are essentially disorders of the female reproductive system. Symptoms may be varied and may be mild or severe. They may be an indication of a minor disorder or symptoms of something more serious. It is important not to ignore any symptom that lasts for a while or recurs repeatedly even if it is not associated with any pain. Vaginal discharge Some vaginal discharge is normal and occurs because of the bodily changes brought on by the monthly cycle of hormone level f...
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Common causes of infertility in women

Infertility can be defined as a medical condition that is characterized by the inability to conceive even after one year of trying. The process of conception involves the release of an egg from the ovary and fertilization of this egg by a sperm. You need to have open fallopian tubes through which the sperm will swim to meet the egg and fertilize it. The fertilized egg will then travel through the fallopian tube to implant in the uterus. A problem in any of these steps can cause infertility. S...
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Common causes of male infertility

Male infertility could be the result of many conditions and often the only symptom is the inability to conceive a child. The following aspects of male fertility are important: Your sperm should be healthy. This means that at least one of your testicles must be functioning normally and the levels of the hormones in your body must be normal. The passage of your sperms into the semen should be free from obstructions Your sperm count should be normal which is at least > 15 million sperm /...
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Myths and facts about infertility

Infertility is a complex and often misunderstood condition that has a lot of confusion surrounding it. Medical science has advanced rapidly over the years with newer technologies being used in the treatment of fertility issues. There are many beliefs around the treatment of infertility. However, it is important to separate the myths from the truth. Myth 1: Infertility is a woman’s problem. Fact: Studies have shown that in 32% of cases there are problems associated with the male partner, in 3...
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