Category Archives: Women’s Health

ENDOMETRIOSIS: EXPOSING THE HIDDEN DISEASE

Endometriosis has been studied by scientists over the years, all of them seeking an absolute answer to the question every sufferer of the disease asks her doctor: Why me? One theory, proposed by a Dr. Sampson in the 1920s, is still widely accepted by the medical community; it is discussed fully in the upcoming chapter. […]

TREATMENTS TO HELP MANAGE PAIN: VISUALISATION — IMAGERY

Visualisation will not get rid of your pain completely or permanently but it should give you a ‘time out’ period where you can use your imagination to create mental images that blot out your pain. You may focus on your pain by imagining that you are in an open field on a warm sunny day. […]

WHAT ARE SYMPTOMS OF ENDOMETRIOSIS: PELVIC PAIN AND BACK PAIN

The pelvic pain associated with endometriosis is not necessarily felt at the time of menstruation but it may trouble the woman at any time throughout die menstrual cycle. The nature of the pain varies widely but it may be described as a dragging or pulling sensation, a sharp tug, or a constant dull ache or […]

SOLUTIONS TO INFERTILITY: TIMING WHEN YOU HAVE INTERCOURSE

Hormonal Harmony Nature has designed your reproductive system to work in harmony, each hormone dependent on the other and all working together as a whole system. Any imbalance in any part of this delicate process will affect the production of hormones and with it the chances of conceiving or staying pregnant once fertilisation has occurred. […]

WOMEN’S BODIES: HOW YOU CAN’T CATCH HIV

It can’t be repeated too often that the risk of HIV transmission from household, social, school or work contact is infinitesimally small. If you’re a health worker or at any other occupational risk, your employers should train you in any special measures necessary to prevent infection. You don’t catch HIV through touching, hugging, kissing, sharing […]

WOMEN’S BODIES: KIDNEY INFECTIONS

Inflammation of the kidneys is called nephritis. When nephritis is caused by an infection, it is usually the result of a spread upwards from the bladder, resulting in pyelonephritis (inflammation of the ureters and the kidneys). Infection occasion ally reaches the kidneys from the bloodstream. Pyelonephritis is more common in women than in men, particularly […]

WOMEN’S BODIES: OVARIAN CYSTS. POLYCYSTIC OVARIAN SYNDROME

The polycystic ovarian (PCO) syndrome (also called Stein-Leventhal syndrome) is a condition in which the development of ovarian follicles has gone haywire. In PCO, none of the 10-20 follicles that start to mature in each ovary at the beginning of the menstrual cycle reaches full maturity and releases an ovum. Without ovulation all follicles that] […]

WOMEN: SECONDARY AMENORRHOEA. OVARIAN AND UTERINE CAUSES

Ovarian causes The ovaries can fail to respond to pituitary hormones. This occasionally happens in women younger than the expected age of menopause, though rarely for women under 30 years of age. Ovaries often fail after treatment of cancer (in any part of the body) with radiation or chemotherapy, but in most other cases the […]

WOMEN: SUBFERTILITY. THE EMOTIONAL SIDE

Many of society’s attitudes to families and having children have changed in recent years. Childlessness is no longer regarded by all as a terrible misfortune. We no longer use the harsh words ‘barren’ or ‘sterile’. Some fertile couples are happily choosing not to have children, the situation is very different for who remain childless against […]

WOMEN’S BODIES: PREGNANCY. THE MIDDLE MONTHS

From 12 to about 30 weeks is generally the easiest and most enjoyable part of pregnancy. Many women say that they feel healthier and more serene then than at any other time of their lives. Nausea disappears; energy returns; your uterus rises out of your pelvis, giving your bladder room to fill properly; you start […]