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Tips for Increased Fertility, Part 1

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Today many couples have problems conceiving. If the problem is simply mechanical, there is the option of in vitro fertilization. This process entails extracting an egg from a woman’s ovary and sperm from a man. Then the sperm is then injected into the egg in a laboratory setting. This stimulates the fertilized egg to undergo cellular divisions and this is how life begins. When the egg becomes a ball of cells, it is injected into the uterus of the woman for it to undergo implantation into the uterine wall. Once implanted, it continues its development to become a fetus.

This all sounds great and in fact, it is. But it does not work when there is a problem with either the egg or the sperm. Such problems can be genetic or environmental. When genetic, there is really not much that can be done at the present with the state of our technology. The only options in such cases are to take a healthy sperm or egg from a donor or to adopt a child. If the problem is environmental, it can have many causes that can be eliminated for increased fertility.

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Vaginal Health

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In June we have been focusing on Women’s Health, and today’s topic is vaginal health. It is a topic not commonly discussed due to the sensitivity of the subject, but it is very important to know and to openly discuss in a professional manner.

The five major areas of possible concern are yeast infections (medically termed vaginal candidiasis from the name of the yeast that causes it), cervical pre-cancerous and cancerous changes, urinary tract infections, dryness of the vagina during and post menopause, and (usually later in life) possible cancerous changes of the outer vagina.

YEAST INFECTION

Let’s start with the yeast infection. It is caused by yeast called Candida albicans. It’s a normal inhabitant of the vagina in most women but normally it is kept in check by the invisible good bacterial flora such as thelactobacilli. When this healthy flora is hindered, the Candida has “room” to multiply and flourish. Continue reading


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Cervical Health and Diindolymethane

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Since the discovery of the Pap smear in the early part of the 20th century, the incidence of cervical cancer among women had dropped dramatically. This is especially true of countries where the cost of the Pap smear is covered by government health agencies and where the Pap smear is regularly promoted.

It is recommended that all women start an annual Pap smear at the age of 18 or at the age of first intercourse. The Pap smear is nothing more than swabbing, with a cotton swab to the cervix, in order to take a sample of the cells lining the cervix. The cells are then examined under the microscope to see if any cancerous changes have taken place. By doing regular annual examinations, the cancerous changes can be picked up very early and steps can be taken to prevent the development of cancer. If followed, this type of prevention is very effective, reducing the risk of cancer formation to practically zero. Although this is the best prevention of cervical cancer, there are some imperfections with the Pap smear. For one they are not 100% accurate (this is one of the reasons why regular yearly tests are recommended) and if they actually discover cancerous cells, the procedures and steps taken to prevent the cancer from forming are actually very uncomfortable. These procedures may also weaken the strength of the cervix, potentially leading to some complications during pregnancy….Read more….