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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Pregnancy power foods

When you are pregnant, you have the responsibility for the wellbeing of two. Growth of your baby generally continues irrespective of what you eat, but there are some key nutrients that are required for your baby that, if not included in your diet could lead to deficiencies in both you and your baby. During pregnancy, you’ll need protein and calcium for your baby’s tissues and bones. You’ll also need extra folic acid to protect against neural tube birth defects, as well as more iron to help re...
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Newborn screening

Newborn screening tests look for developmental, genetic, and metabolic disorders in the newborn baby. Most of these illnesses are very rare, but can be treated if caught early. Metabolic disorders (also called "inborn errors of metabolism") interfere with how the body uses nutrients to maintain normal metabolism. Other disorders that screening can detect, include problems with hormones or the blood. In general, these disorders can interfere with the child’s normal physical and mental developm...
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Post pregnancy diet: 5 foods for new moms

Having gone through pregnancy and taking care of your newborn can sometimes result in your feeling drained of energy. But you must take care of yourself to be able to enjoy your baby and be a great mom. The nutrients in breast milk will generally remain the same whatever you eat, but if you do not eat well, the nutrients in your milk will be taken at the cost of your own health. Here are five foods that are excellent for new mothers. 1.Salmon Salmon is perhaps the most important food for a...
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Myths about breastfeeding

As soon as you deliver your baby, you will be inundated with suggestions and advice regarding every aspect of raising your baby including breast feeding. It is therefore, very important for every expectant mother to find out all the facts on breast feeding in advance, to be able to combat the myths and stay firm on her decision to breastfeed her baby. Myths about breastfeeding Belief: There is not enough breast milk Myth: This is not true. Babies actually require very small amounts of milk....
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Newborn jaundice

Newborn Jaundice: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Newborn jaundice or Neonatal Jaundice is a common and usually harmless condition in newborn babies that causes yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes. Symptoms of newborn jaundice can also include a yellowing of the palms of the hands or soles of the feet, dark, yellow urine and pale stools. Symptoms usually develop two to three days after birth and settle down by the time the baby is about two weeks old without treatment. This ...
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Breastfeeding – common questions and answers

As a new mother, it is common to have doubts and insecurities about breast feeding. Breast feeding needs you to be relaxed, and take the time to bond with your baby. While it may seem more convenient to use formula milk, in fact there are many critical advantages to exclusive breast feeding that is not seen with formula milk. And the benefits extend well into your baby’s childhood and adult years. The benefits of breast feeding also extend to the mothers. Therefore it is important to be informed...
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Breast feeding vs. formula feeding

Every woman who is pregnant or has just delivered, would have considered this at some time and made her choice. While many women choose formula milk for the convenience of it, if they were aware of the many benefits of breastfeeding, they would rethink their decision. Read through the following before making your choice. Breast milk is all a baby needs. Breastfeeding provides babies with the best start in life and is a key contributor to infant health. Exclusive breastfeeding is strongl...
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