08 February, 2020

Health issues that can affect fertility

During any given cycle, a healthy woman having regular intercourse has only 20 to 40 percent chance of conceiving. Certain health conditions like endometriosis or being severely over- or underweight can decrease the odds.

Here are the top health issues that affect fertility and what women can do to boost their chances:

  1. Hormonal Imbalance

Several diseases can cause hormonal imbalance and put your fertility at risk. For example, thyroid and adrenal disease can cause the body to release too much estrogen, testosterone, and stress hormone cortisol which can all interfere with ovulation. The polycystic ovarian disease is yet another condition that affects fertility. Depending on your problem, doctors will suggest treatment that includes fertility drugs that can boost ovulation or block the release of hormones that reduce fertility.

  1. Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Gonorrhea and chlamydia are some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) that can put your fertility at risk. Gonorrhea can block the fallopian tube and prevent the passage of an egg. Chlamydia rapidly causes pelvic scars that interfere with the ability of fallopian tubes to sweep across the ovary and pick up an egg. If you have been diagnosed with an STD, your doctor will prescribe antibiotics to treat an active infection. Depending on the severity of scarring, your doctor may recommend laparoscopic surgery to remove adhesions or IVF in case of irreparable damage.

  1. Fibroids

Fibroids are a collection of uterine cell tissues that form for unknown reasons. They are most likely to interfere with fertility when they grow inside the uterine cavity, distorting its shape and size. It is estimated that up to 80 percent of women will have at least one of these benign masses in their lifetime. Surgery can often increase fertility by 70 percent once the fibroids are removed.

  1. Endometriosis

Endometriosis occurs when the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterine cavity, creating scar tissues that make fallopian tubes to pick up and propel an egg to the uterus. It causes painful periods and infertility. Endometriosis can also cause pelvic inflammation, making the uterine cavity a less than hospitable place for the fertilized egg to implant. Doctors may recommend surgery to remove scar tissue or IVF as a last resort.

  1. Being severely under- or over-weight

Studies show that women who have a body mass index (BMI) of over 35 are considered obese and have decreased fertility, even if their cycles are regular. On the other hand, women with a low BMI of 20 or less don’t ovulate regularly, thus reducing their chances of conceiving. If obese women lose even 10 percent of their body weight, it can help boost their fertility. However, with underweight women, things are not that easy. Even with weight gain, some women may not be able to resume a regular menstrual cycle.

These are some of the more common health issues that can impact fertility. If you are having trouble conceiving, meet our experts at KIMS Cuddles to find the right treatment for you.

*Information shared here is for general purpose. Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.


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30 January, 2018

Ways in which Dads-to-be can help out in Delivery Room

In the delivery room, it is up to the mother to do all the pushing. However, dad can play a major role in the birthing process too. Labor can be overwhelming for first-time mothers. If your partner is able to have a normal, vaginal delivery, you can ask the doctor about being present in the delivery room during birthing process. As a dad, your support and encouragement can go a long way in comforting the mother. Here are some ways in which dads-to-be can help out in the delivery room: Provide Distractions Labor has the tendency to be long and tedious. You may be spending hours doing nothing but waiting for your baby to arrive. You can take your wife’s mind off her discomfort by keeping her distracted. Music, conversations or even card games are a great way to keep her mind occupied. Speak out on her Behalf To do this, it is important you discuss her birth plan in advance. Understand how she feels about episiotomies or what her expectations of the doctor are. Don’t wait until your partner begins having her contractions to find out what kind of assistance she needs from you. Knowing her birth plan in advance makes it easier for you to articulate her needs when she is in pain,
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01 February, 2018

7 Fertility mistakes every couple makes

When trying to conceive for the first time, couples often make certain mistakes that delay conception. Here are 7 common fertility mistakes every couple makes and ways to improve your chances to get pregnant: Timing Typically, women have a 28-day cycle, which means ovulation generally happens around day 14. However, it isn’t guaranteed that every woman goes through the same. Individual cycles vary and you may have one that’s shorter or longer. In order to figure out the exact date of your ovulation, you can count back 14 days from the day you started your period. Seeing an expert to soon Most women under 35 take up to a year to get pregnant. If you’re feeling frustrated after trying for 6 or 7 months, and don’t have any underlying health problem, it is better to wait it out. Almost 80% of healthy couples get pregnant within a year. If you’re over 35, see an expert after six months of trying. Waiting too long to see an expert Sometimes, there are exceptions to the one-year-wait rule. If your cycle is shorter than 25 days or longer than 35 days, if your periods are painful or heavy, or you’ve experienced a pelvic infection in the past, see a doctor sooner to get everything checked.
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02 February, 2018

Reasons for periods to be late if Pregnancy test is Negative

More often than not, a missed period is an indicator of a woman’s pregnancy. However, that isn’t always correct. A woman may have a delayed or missed period but still, have a negative pregnancy test. There may be several reasons for that happening. Here are some of them: Low Hormone Levels During early pregnancy, the levels of the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) aren’t high enough for a home pregnancy test to detect. So if you’re trying to get pregnant, your negative test result on a home kit may not be correct and you might be pregnant. A woman’s cycle may keep varying and if she conceives later in the cycle, the hormone levels may be low at the time of her missed period. To rule out any complications, be sure to talk to your doctor if you miss your periods and continue to do so. Ectopic Pregnancy Although rare, an ectopic pregnancy can show up as negative on a home pregnancy test. Only about 3 percent or fewer cases of negative tests point towards an ectopic pregnancy. If you have these symptoms along with a negative result, see your doctor immediately: Severe pain in lower abdomen or on one side Dizziness or lightheadedness Bleeding or spotting Nausea and vomiting
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