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24 Oct I am a first time mum. My breasts sagged after pregnancy. Could the sagging be due to breast feeding? Can I use natural cream or supplements to help restore the shape of my breasts?

The breasts are attached to the chest wall by supporting ligaments.  During pregnancy, increasing levels of hormones cause the breast tissues to grow. As a result, the breasts become enlarged, swollen and heavy. They then drag and stretch these ligaments resulting in sagging breasts after...

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17 Oct I am 28. I have been suffering from bloated stomach and tender breasts about one week before menses for the past few years. These symptoms disappear soon after menstruation begins. My friends tell me I am also grouchy at times and they can almost predict when my period is coming. Am I suffering from PMS? Anything I can do to help relieve my symptoms? I don’t like to take medicines.

You are suffering from PMS or premenstrual syndrome with physical, psychological and behavioural symptoms which appear one to two weeks before your monthly periods and  gradually improve or disappear when menstruation starts. About 10 % to 20% of women of childbearing age have PMS. The symptoms...

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16 May I am 40 years old and have 2 children. I have suffered from endometriosis for the past 7 years. 5 years ago, I had a “chocolate cyst”removed by open surgery and another one on the opposite ovary removed by key-hole surgery 3 years later. Recently, I started to have menstrual pain and backache again. Is there anyway of preventing endometriosis from recurring? What are my treatment options?

Endometriosis is a chronic and progressive disease where the lining of the womb (endometrial tissues) is spilled into the surrounding organs-- fallopian tubes, ovaries and the back of the womb. These endometrial tissues respond cyclically every month to the female hormone, oestrogen, from the ovary...

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05 May I am 34 years old and have been married for a year. Every time I am intimate with my wife, I feel pain as the skin over the penis cannot be stretched completely. I am very keen to have a baby. What should I do?

You may have phimosis, a medical condition where the foreskin is tight and unable to retract over the head of the penis during erection. It is caused by a tight band or a ring in the foreskin. If retraction is possible when the penis is...

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07 Apr Female Reproductive System

Internal organs of female reproductive system consist of vagina (birth canal), cervix (neck of the womb), uterus (womb), fallopian tubes and ovaries. The hymen is a thin membrane that covers the entrance of the vagina. The vagina is a tubular organ about 3 inches long....

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07 Apr Breast Lumps

Eighty percent of breast lumps are benign i.e. not cancerous. Benign breast lumps usually have smooth edges and can be moved slightly when you push against them. However, it should be checked by a doctor to make sure the lump is benign. The doctor will...

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07 Apr Breast Self-Examination

Breast self examination or BSE, is an effective way to detect changes (such as lumps or thickenings) in the breast that may signal breast cancer. When breast cancer is detected in its early stages, chances for surviving the disease are greatly improved. Anatomy of Normal Breast ...

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