Skin rashes are a common medical problem that can occur anywhere on the body A breast rash is a common complaint among women at some point or the other in their lives. Depending on the type of rash, it may not be serious and not even require treatment. But at other times it can cause distressing symptoms, affect a person’s quality of life, impede breastfeeding and even lead to skin discoloration and darkening. The type of rash largely depends on the cause. Sometimes even the most innocuous breast rash can be a symptom of a very serious and even life-threatening condition.
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Most parents would know that dizziness is one of the common complaints among teen girls along with fatigue, abdominal pains and headaches. Often these symptoms are temporary and the exact cause is not always identified. It is usually not a cause for concern if it does not lead to fainting and does not recur frequently. Dizziness can affect any person, of any age and gender. But there are some causes of dizziness that are more likely to occur in teen girls.
Pregnancy is often associated with aches and pains especially in the second half but some pains can be a cause for concern. Most women are accustomed to abdominal and pelvic pain, headaches and aching legs but chest pain during pregnancy elicits the thought of serious life-threatening ailments. This is usually not the case. Chest pain is actually common during pregnancy and even afterwards, and is often not serious despite the level of pain and discomfort. However, there are several life-threatening conditions that can occur in pregnancy which may present with chest pain.
Changes in menstrual blood flow occurs from time to time and should not be an immediate cause for concern if it is temporary. Some periods may be lighter than others. But a missed periods may be more troubling, especially if it does not come a few days later or if a second and third periods is also missed. However, these changes are not always due to any disease. Sometimes the body responds to changes in diet and lifestyle which may cause alterations in the periods.
Most women are accustomed to period pain, whether they suffer with it themselves or know of other women who do. For some it is just part of menstruation. While there may be mild discomfort, period pain itself is not the norm. It can be a symptoms of various gynecological problems. But what about mid-cycle pain? What could be causing it and does it signal a problem? There are some gynecological reasons for mid-cycle pain but there are also some non-gynecological causes that need to be considered.
There is an immediate assumption that a gynecological problem means that a woman cannot conceive or carry the pregnancy to full term. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis and uterine fibroids, particularly when it occurs in women during their reproductive years it is immediately associated with infertility. But this is not always the case. And the problem is not isolated to just conception and pregnancy challenges.
Menstrual blood loss is usually minor and should not compromise a woman’s health. Most women lose less than 60ml (about 2 fluid ounces) during a period. Some women may lose slightly more blood that others but usually it is not enough to be considered as a heavy period. The body quickly restores the lost blood and prepares for the next period. However, heavy periods characterized by significant blood loss does occur sometimes. In many instances it is a once off episode now and then which does not pose a serious threat to a person’s health.
Most women only focus on their period and go by the rest of the month without much concern about the menstrual cycle. But for women who are having difficulty conceiving or use a calender-based method of contraception, the time of ovulation is the most important time in the month. If you are one of these women then knowing when you are ovulating is crucial – it can mean the arrival of that much awaited bundle or joy, or intimacy without the risk of pregnancy. But getting it right is not always an exact science and miscalculations can be disappointing.
Menopause is a natural phase in a women’s life that signals the end of her reproductive years. It is not a disease. However, the symptoms of menopause and the transition to it can be debilitating for some women and adversely affect their quality of life. Furthermore there are some diseases that are more likely to occur or worsen with menopause. For these reasons, menopause symptoms may sometimes require treatment with hormonal replacement therapy (HRT).
It is often a topic of debate but the fact is that breastfeeding is the best nutritional option for your baby. While commercial milk formula is an excellent option for feeding your baby, no product can replace breast milk. As more women choose to breastfeed, the question plaguing every mother’s mind is what they should and should not be doing. You have already taken the first right step by opting to breastfeed if you can and while much of what you need to do should come naturally to you, it never hurts to get advice from a medical doctor, lactation consultation or even other experienced mothers.
As exciting as pregnancy is, it is also taxing on the mother’s body. The host of hormone changes and alterations in body weight and size coupled with the oxygen and nutritional demands of the growing fetus places significant stress on the system thereby causing a range of symptoms and discomfort. Living with these ever-increasing changes for 40 weeks can be frustrating and make pregnancy into a dreadful experience for some women who tend to suffer with pregnancy-related symptoms to a greater degree than other women. Most of these changes are considered normal for the physiological state of pregnancy but this should not detract from the fact that it is unpleasant for the mother.
Lower back pain in pregnancy is very common. It is often accepted as a normal part of pregnancy but this is no reason for women to suffer with the condition. Although several anti-inflammatory drugs may help with pain relief and can be safely used during pregnancy, most pregnant women would prefer to stay away from medication. However, there are many other simple ways that pregnant women can relieve lower back pain without opting for the chemical route.
It is important to first understand why lower back pain is so common during pregnancy. Some of the causes can in fact be avoided with just simple lifestyle changes.
Pregnancy is usually an exciting event in a woman’s life but it is definitely not one of the easiest times. The body undergoes a host of changes to cater for the growing fetus and prepare for childbirth as well nursing thereafter. Although many women have a healthy and disease-free pregnancy, there are a host of conditions that can arise during this time. One of the common complications associated with pregnancy is gestational diabetes. It is condition where the body’s ability to regulate the blood glucose levels is impaired. There are several implications for both mother and baby, and pregnancy diabetes should not be taken lightly.
What does ovulate mean?
Ovulation is a process where one of the ovaries releases an egg cell (ovum) into the fallopian tube. Ovulate is therefore the action of the ovary in releasing the ovum from the ovary. If a woman is to fall pregnant, she has to ovulate prior to unprotected intercourse. The sperm cells from the male then travel to the egg cell and fertilize it. Pregnancy has then occurred. As simple as this may seem, the process is quite complex. In order to ovulate, there are a host of other factors that need to be carefully coordinated. Ovulation is a single event in the menstrual cycle. It marks the end of the first phase and start of the second phase of the menstrual cycle.
Meigs syndrome is a triad of medical conditions where there is a benign ovarian tumor (specifically an ovarian fibroma) with ascites (fluid accumulation in the abdominal cavity) and pleural effusion (fluid around the lungs in the pleural space). Once the tumor is removed, both ascites and pleural effusion resolves. The exact reason why fluid accumulation occurs in the abdomen and around the lung with a benign ovarian tumor is not fully understood although there are several theories. It tends to occur with an ovarian fibroma but is sometimes seen with other types of benign ovarian tumors and even malignancies. Overall Meigs syndrome is uncommon affecting only 1 out of 100 women with an ovarian tumor. When present, ascites is more commonly seen without a pleural effusion.
What is premature ovarian failure?
Premature ovarian failure is a condition where the ovaries cease functioning to the same degree as it would in the reproductive years of life. This decline in ovarian function is seen in lower than normal female sex hormone levels, disruption in the menstrual cycle and difficulty in falling pregnant. It is essentially the same process that is seen in menopause but for it to be considered premature, it has to occur before 40 years of age. Therefore the condition is also known as premature menopause or early menopause.
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