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    ...The obvious reason for the impression was her unwanted facial hair. Her weight also contributed to my belief. However, this is not the way we detect the problem and follow all the standard procedures but these are the basic symptoms and make you think the same way I did. This is a common scenario at most of the fertility clinics and ours is not an exception. PCOS is becoming increasingly a common issue in modern day women. According to some reports this endocrine abnormality affects around 10% of the women in their reproductive age group. Let us have a look on some of the symptoms of PCOS: Unwanted hair growth on face, arms, abdomen, back and chest Continuous weight gain or obesity Frequent mood swings, anxiety or depression Immature ovarian eggs which do not ovulate Irregular Periods Multiple cysts on the ovaries And the worst, difficulty getting pregnant However, these symptoms may differ in each woman. Some women may experience some of the symptoms and others may experience all of them. ...

    TOI on Dec. 7, 2017, 2:22 p.m.

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    ...Such has been the impact of smog in the NCR region. The pollution levels reached to its worst and the air became highly inappropriate to breathe in. The quality of air has gone to a new low with PM 2.5 going beyond 500 µg/m3 which should be below 250 µg/m3 according to the norms of Central Pollution Control Board. Now, you can think how poor is the quality of air we are breathing in and how bad it can be for our overall health. The effects of such high air pollution are being noticed by masses in Delhi, NCR and people can feel symptoms like itching in eyes and throat, breathing related issues are being reported. For those having a prior history of Asthma or Heart attack, the situation is even more alarming. These are effects which can be noticed immediately but what about those which don’t come up immediately and silently create problems for us? Yes, there are certain impacts of high air pollution which may show their ill-effects in long term and not immediately. ...

    TOI on Nov. 15, 2017, 6:44 p.m.

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    ...These lumps are made up of muscle mass and fibrous tissue and may vary in size. These are also known as fibromas, leiomyomas, or uterine myomas. According to the studies, most of the women are thought to be developed with these fibroids at least once in their reproductive age. However, most of these women remain unaware of this fact because they do not feel any symptoms. Though these lumps may cause pain, in most of the cases neither they associate with cancer nor do they add up to the chances of a uterine cancer. Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids: As we already discussed, it is not necessary that all the women with fibroids will feel its symptoms but the symptoms are going to occur in many women. ...

    TOI on Nov. 8, 2017, 1:21 p.m.

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    ...This is characterized by absence of menstrual cycle, can be due to hormonal imbalances or some medical problems. It occurs in females during the childbearing age who fails to menstruate. The hypothalamus is the part of the brain regulates the menstrual cycle. The pituitary gland lies below the hypothalamus at the base of the brain releases two hormones which regulate the female reproductive cycle. Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) Luteinizing hormone (LH) and FSH (Follicle stimulating Hormone) and LH (luteinizing Hormone) stimulates the production of estrogen and progesterone leads to menstruation. Hormonal Imbalances:- Polycystic Ovary syndrome: – Polycystic litrerally means multiple cysts Ovarian syndrome characterized by irregular menstrual cycle, overweight and facial hair etc. Thyroid malfunction: – If thyroid gland is more active can cause Hyperthyroidism or under active thyroid gland can cause hypothyroidism results in irregular menstruation like amenorrhea. Pituitary Tumor: – Pituitary gland is the hormone producing gland in the body. ...

    TOI on Oct. 26, 2017, 7:54 p.m.

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    ...Ovarian cysts are painless and harmless, but in some cases, cysts grow and can cause severe pain. During ovulation each time an egg is formed, small cysts are formed alongwith. Generally, the size of the cysts is small and they rupture during ovulation. If the cysts don’t rupture, they grow, and usually shrink after ovulation. If the cysts rupture, it results in pelvic pain for 24-48 hours. What are the causes of cyst formation? Polycystic ovarian syndrome is characterized by the formation of multiple cysts in the ovary. It can be due to hormonal imbalances. Cysts are also formed due to endometriosis or ovarian cancer tumors. Symptoms of Ovarian cysts Ovarian cysts are generally asymptomatic, but ultrasound, blood tests or other routine examination diagnose the problems. · Intense pain is caused if ovarian cysts get enlarged and rupture. · Cysts are pressed on adjacent organs like bowel, bladder or rectum can cause discomfort. · Piercing type of pain is felt in the lower abdomen. ...

    TOI on Oct. 26, 2017, 2:53 p.m.

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    ...Do you know if malaria persists in pregnancy, can be fatal. Progression of this disease can lead to anemia and if not treated early, kidney failure, shock, instant bleeding, or convulsions may also arise. Foetus is also affected; if the pregnant mother is suffering from malaria as mosquito transmits the parasite from one infected human to another. These parasites then enter the blood stream and infect the red blood cells. Delayed fetal development, premature birth, low birth weight, or even stillbirths are some of the common symptoms. According to a latest survey, about 28,700 females die every year due to a case of complicated pregnancies, childbirth or postpartum. You would be surprised after reading that 98% of preventable deaths occur in developing countries. The difference in maternal mortality rate in developed and developing countries is a bigger global issue. ...

    TOI on Oct. 11, 2017, 8:59 p.m.

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    ...Therefore, it is essential to know what one should eat, and what one must avoid during this phase. Here’s a list of 5 foods you can consume without a worry and 5 foods you must stay away from: Foods allowed: 1) Omega 3 fatty acids: Omega 3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids helps in reducing hot flashes, anxiety during menopause include salmon, cod liver oil etc. 2) Fruits and vegetables: Menopause is a type of reproductive aging. Oxidative stress and inflammation worsen the menopausal symptoms. This can increase the risk of osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. Fruits and vegetables are antioxidant-rich foods help in removing free radicals and reduce inflammation. 3) Soy: Soy products are a natural source of phyto estrogens; assists in balancing the hormones. 4) Fibre rich products: Fibre rich products help in reducing constipation, lower cholesterol, blood glucose occurs during menopause. ...

    TOI on Oct. 5, 2017, 7:10 p.m.

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    ...But with the help of modern medicine and technologies, labour pain can be minimized by Painless delivery. This provides relief from normal delivery pain. Epidural Analgesia or Epidural Anaesthesia is a modern scientific technique suggested by doctors for unbearable labour pain. A recent investigation indicated that 50% of women choose epidural anaesthesia. Nowadays, Epidural anaesthesia is mostly favoured for pain relief during labour. Condition for Epidural Anaesthesia When cervical dilation is around 3-4 cm that is the best time to give epidural anaesthesia. This is the time when the patient is about to enter the active phase of labour pain. Advantages of Painless Pregnancy Epidural Anaesthesia is modern scientific technique suggested by a doctor for minimizing labour pain. Provides relief from normal delivery or caesarean pain. Blocks pain in particular regions of the body. Blocks the nerve impulses from lower spinal segments. ...

    TOI on Sept. 22, 2017, 4:49 p.m.