February 1, 2017

Pregnancy Complications May Indicate Future Health Risks

Developing gestational diabetes during a pregnancy can usually be treated with proper care and maintenance. However, new research shows that complications like gestational diabetes, as well as other pregnancy complications, may affect a woman’s health later on in life [1].

The research showed that women who develop high blood pressure or diabetes during a pregnancy are at risk of developing some form of a cardiovascular disease, diabetes or hypertension later in life. The study points out the fact that a woman is under a lot of stress during a pregnancy and showing other conditions indicates that she may be at risk. Complications during a pregnancy can be considered a warning for chronic problems that may develop later on in their lives. To avoid these situations there are a number of things women can do to take preventative measures.

For instance, eating healthy is a perfect place to start. Limiting junk food and using more wholesome ingredients are excellent ways to add nutrition to your diet. Additionally, exercising and maintain a healthy weight contributes well to a healthy lifestyle. Lastly, having routine check-ups and consistently making efforts to maintain your health is an optimal goal that one can set to achieve a healthy lifestyle.

[1] Can Pregnancy Problems Signal Future Health Risks? Dallas, Mary Elizabeth. WebMd. Retrieved from: http://www.webmd.com/baby/news/20160926/can-pregnancy-problems-foretell-future-health-risks

September 21, 2012

Male Infertility Causes

Filed under: health,pregnancy — @ 12:25 pm

While some might think of infertility problems residing mostly with females, the truth is that the problem is split about equally between men and women. No blame should be attached to infertility. The important thing to do is to find out what is causing the trouble and seek a remedy.

The urge to have children is very strong. When a couple is trying without result for a baby, they should make sure that male infertility causes are not at the root of the problem.

A year without conception is generally considered to mean that medical help should be sought.

Main Causes of Male Infertility

The biggest cause of male infertility is a low sperm count. This can result not only from low sperm production, but also if there are any abnormalities or obstruction in the tubes leading from the testicles.

Low sperm count is often the result of lifestyle and environmental factors, and in most cases this is only a temporary situation as long as steps are taken to bring about a change.

Some of the most common causes of a low sperm count are:

  • Infections, especially those associated with STDs.
  • Heat is deadly to sperm, and the temperature of the testicles can be raised by riding a bicycle, wearing tight pants, using a hot tub, or keeping a laptop on the lap.
  • Certain medications, such as sulfa drugs, can act like a male birth control pill.
  • Weight problems, being either obese or very thin, will have an impact.
  • Recreational drugs such as cocaine and marijuana reduce sperm numbers.
  • Environmental chemicals and pollutants are responsible for lowering fertility in many developed countries.
  • If a man wants to increase his fertility, he should cut back on smoking and drinking.

All of the above causes of male infertility generally fall into the category of temporary low sperm count. However, there are sometimes causes that will demand more intensive medical help to overcome.

An undescended testicle or structural abnormality will often need surgical intervention to overcome. Imbalance in hormone levels can lead to male infertility as can a tumor. If the sperm ducts are absent completely, no sperm will be able to reach the female in any case.

Another cause of male infertility is simply aging. After age 40, it will become more difficult for the man to produce viable, mobile sperm.

Help to Prevent the Causes of Male Infertility

Of course, in some cases, it will be impossible to prevent male infertility. No man is unable to avoid some factors that could make it difficult for him to impregnate his partner.

Probably the most important thing any man can do is avoid contracting venereal diseases. There are now over 100 STDs in circulation, and many are now resistant to medical treatment. Using some discretion and maturity in partner choice, as well as using protection can help keep your body healthier.

Lifestyle changes can also make a big difference in what causes male infertility, and avoiding drugs, tobacco, and alcohol will mean that sperm counts remain higher.

Those men who work in industries that use heavy metals such as lead or cadmium should probably consider a change of occupation, if possible, or practice such measures as changing clothing and bathing as soon as they reach home.

August 10, 2012

The Symptoms of Infertility

Filed under: fertility,pregnancy — @ 1:15 pm

Infertility is a major problem these days. If you and your significant other are trying to get pregnant, it’s important to know the symptoms of infertility.

If you and your partner have been having unprotected intercourse on a regular basis for at least six months without getting pregnant, then you may have to worry about infertility.

Men and women have some common symptoms there are differences too. It is a good idea to know both, as some partners will not openly admit they are experiencing the symptoms of infertility.

Remember, you are trying to achieve the same goal: pregnancy. Be open with your partner. If you experience these symptoms of infertility, then seek help.

Infertility is experienced in roughly 1 out of every 5 couples, so just know that it is not uncommon.

Symptoms of Infertility

As mentioned, there are many similar symptoms that both men and women experience, so let’s cover those first.

Two of the most common symptoms of infertility are rapid weight changes and skin complexion changes. Be on the watch for your weight changing significantly, without any drastic change in activity or diet. If your skin complexion changes too, without warning or lifestyle changes, then that could also be a sign.

Male Infertility Symptoms

Men have an easier time determining of they are infertile or not due in part to the fact that their bodies don’t go through as many stages as a women’s body will.

For example, some men will experience rapid hair loss, which is very uncommon. Women, on the other hand will experience mild hair loss every time they brush their hair.

That is not the only male infertility symptom though. Here is a list of others:

  • Small and firm testicles
  • Lowered sperm count
  • Different sexual desire
  • Erectile/ejaculation problems

These are some of the more common male infertility symptoms that men experience. If this is something you are struggling with, see your doctor today.

Infertility Symptoms in Women

One of the most common infertility symptoms in women is that their menstrual cycle will change rather quickly.

This can easily be monitored. If you notice a drastic change in menstrual cycle, you may want to get it checked out immediately.

If that is something that you are not experiencing, then the list below will show you some other common symptoms of infertility in women:

  • Change in sex drive
  • Rapid weight gain
  • pain during intercourse
  • Hair growth in odd places (upper lip, chest, chin and belly)
  • Discharge from breasts (as if you were breastfeeding)

There are many symptoms of infertility that you can watch for. Both men and women can be infertile, so seeing a doctor is paramount.

Just know that this is nothing to be ashamed of.

It is better to get to the cause of these symptoms rather than spend months trying to no avail.

August 12, 2010

Conceiving After a Miscarriage

Filed under: pregnancy — Tags: , — @ 4:32 pm

Having a miscarriage can be a very traumatic event for most women. Often women who were soon to be mothers are not able to move on after having lost their child. On the other hand, there are also many women who only realize they were pregnant after having a miscarriage or in some cases do not know at all. This type of miscarriage occurs so early that the women who is pregnant may not have even missed her first period yet.

A recent study was conducted where approximately 30 000 women were studied. The results have been derived from the years 1981- 2000 and from women who went to Scottish hospitals. The discovery made was that women who conceived within six months of their miscarriage were more likely to have a healthy pregnancy with little complication. It was found that the longer women waited after their miscarriage the more risks ad complications they were subject to.

Women who became pregnant within six months of their miscarriage had a better chance of delivering a baby without having a caesarean, having a baby of normal weight, and not delivering prematurely. They also had a 66% lower chance of having a miscarriage in comparison to women who waiting up to a year to become pregnant again.

As I mentioned before, women who have lost their child after having them in their womb for upwards of five months will probably take longer and wait until they have their next pregnancy. This occurs for a number of reasons. Many women grief for the child they lost and are just scared for their next pregnancy.

The results found from this study do not encourage women who have just had a miscarriage to jump into their next pregnancy even if they are not ready for it. It is predicted that these results are the way they are because women are just more careful right after having their miscarriage.