Diseases & Dysfunctions

Pregnancy and Bulimia

Posted by on Nov 30, 2018 in Diseases & Dysfunctions |

Pregnancy and Bulimia

With some seven million American women suffering each year from eating disorders, the question of how bulimia can affect pregnancy is a topic of concern for many people. Bulimia is a condition in which a woman obsessively alternates between binge eating and using self-induced vomiting or laxatives to purge the food from her body. The physiological effects of this pattern of behavior can affect a woman’s fertility, and should she become pregnant, can pose an extreme health risk to both her...

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How to Get Pregnant with Polycystic Ovaries

Posted by on Jun 30, 2018 in Diseases & Dysfunctions |

The condition called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (often abbreviated to PCOS) often interferes with a woman’s fertility. A woman with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome has higher levels than usual of the “male” reproductive hormones; all women have some of these hormones naturally present in their system, but a woman with PCOS has an imbalance, with the male hormones overbalancing the female hormones. The hormonal imbalance of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome interferes with the normal reproductive...

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Dealing with Brown Vaginal Discharge

Posted by on Aug 20, 2017 in Diseases & Dysfunctions |

Dealing with Brown Vaginal Discharge

Unusual vaginal discharge can be a cause for alarm for any woman, and the appearance of an unusual brown discharge might signal a need for medical attention. Generally speaking, vaginal discharge is a normal part of physiological function, and its appearance and even odor can change depending on the time of the month (stage of menstrual cycle), or with arousal or pregnancy. On the other hand, a significant change in discharge, or an unusual color or smell that you haven’t experienced before,...

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How to get pregnant when there are present uterine fibroids?

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 in Diseases & Dysfunctions |

How to get pregnant when there are present uterine fibroids?

Let’s call fibroids tufts or groups of benign tumors (i.e. non-cancerous) growing on the the uterine walls. The female reproductive system is vulnerable to it. In medical terminology, fibroids are denoted as leiomyoma (benign tumor of smooth muscle), fibromyoma (nonmalignant tumor of connective tissue) and myoma (benign tumor composed of muscle tissue). This is different from the usual four types (intramural, subserosal, submucosal and cervical) under which fibroids are categorized based on...

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How to Get Pregnant if Your Tubes Are Tied

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Diseases & Dysfunctions |

How to Get Pregnant if Your Tubes Are Tied

Tubal ligation, commonly referred to as “tying your tubes,” is intended as a permanent method of birth control, but in some cases the procedure can be reversed. The original procedure involves a surgical closure of the Fallopian Tubes, which serve as the passageway for eggs to travel from the ovaries to the uterus. Tying off these tubes prevents eggs from being reached by sperm and fertilized. Still, there are occasional cases of unintentional pregnancies happening to women who have had a...

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Getting Pregnant with a Bicornate Uterus

Posted by on Nov 30, 2012 in Diseases & Dysfunctions |

Getting Pregnant with a Bicornate Uterus

A bicornate uterus is a condition in which the uterus has developed abnormality with two so-called “horns” at the upper ends. (The word “bicornate” itself translates to mean two-horned.) A woman with this condition was born with it, and may not be aware of it until or unless it interferes with an attempt to conceive or bear a child. In most cases of bicornate uterus, the shape of the womb has no adverse effect on the woman’s ability to conceive a child, but it can prove problematic in...

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HIV and Pregnancy

Posted by on Nov 30, 2012 in Diseases & Dysfunctions |

HIV and Pregnancy

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (or HIV) is the virus that causes the disease AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome), a serious disease that until recently was a certain death sentence to those who contracted it. Thanks to new medical technology and drug cocktails, AIDS can now be managed in many cases for decades, and a person with HIV may be able to avoid the full-blown eruption of the AIDS disease. Due to these advancements, it is also feasible now for a woman with HIV (or a woman whose...

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Lupus and Pregnancy

Posted by on Nov 30, 2012 in Diseases & Dysfunctions |

The disease Lupus erithematosus (most commonly called simply “Lupus”) is an autoimmune condition, in which the patient’s own immune system attacks healthy tissues within the body. Depending on the individual case, different organs and systems may be affected, including the skin, joints, lungs, heart, and even blood cells. For a woman with Lupus who desires to have children, the disease can raise complications and worries related to a prospective pregnancy. It is possible, however, for a...

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Overcoming Hypothalamic Amenorrhea to Get Pregnant

Posted by on Nov 30, 2012 in Diseases & Dysfunctions |

The condition known to physicians as Hypothalamic Amenorrhea is what happens when a woman’s menstruation stops due to irregularities with the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is a gland in the center of the brain that produces a hormone called gonadotropin. Gonadotropin is intended to regulate the other sex hormones, which in their turn will work to stimulate the maturation and release of eggs, preparation of the uterus for pregnancy, and other elements of the menstrual process. Given that the...

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Pregnancy and Hormonal Imbalance

Posted by on Nov 30, 2012 in Diseases & Dysfunctions |

Hormones are essentially the “messengers” of the body, directing and orchestrating various organs to perform their functions properly, and in a well-balanced system it is hormones that keep things running smoothly. When any set of hormones gets out of balance, however, the resulting symptoms can range from instable moods to physiological ailments. There are times in every person’s life when unbalanced hormones are actually normal (teenage years and menopause being notorious examples), but...

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