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31 Oct My previous boyfriend infected me with gonorrhoea for which I have been treated. I am now married and have been trying to have a baby without success. Could the cause of infertility be due to gonorrhoea?

Gonorrhoea is a common sexually transmitted disease cause by a bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It can infect both men and women. In many women, the infection can occur without much symptoms. The symptoms, if present, may include Painful or burning sensation while passing urine Increased vaginal discharge Painful sex Irregular periods Abdominal...

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20 Sep I am trying to conceive for about 6 months I have been taking soya bean milk every morning and bean curd and tofu frequently, thinking that soy products are good for health. Recently, friends have been advising me to avoid soy products. How does soy affect fertility?

Soy contains plant-derived female hormones called isoflavones. They have a very weak effect on human body and have been used in relieving  people with menopausal symptoms. Experimental animal studies have suggested that eating large amounts of soy might reduce fertility. But these results may not be...

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07 Apr Preconception Examination

Preconception examination or pre-pregnancy care is important in helping couples to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. It involves assessments of a woman's overall health and identifications of risks factors that may complicate pregnancy.During the visit to the gynaecologist, a detailed medical history...

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07 Apr Fertility and Age

The age of a woman can affect her chances of conception considerably. Statistics have shown that the optimal age for conception in females is between 22-26 years old. Fertility decreases steadily after 30 years old with a rapid decline after 40 years old. This is...

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07 Apr Fertility and Life Style

Besides age, lifestyle can have an impact on fertility. Smoking, excessive drinking and drug addition can affect fertility and may cause higher risk of having a miscarriage and abnormal babies. Nicotine and other harmful chemicals in the cigarettes can cause menses to be irregular and...

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07 Apr Low Sperm Count

According to WHO guidelines, minimum sperm values of normal sperm are: Volume: 2 ml Concentration: 20 million/ml Motility: 50% Normal morphology: 30% If the concentration of the sperm is low, it is called oligozoospermia.If the sperms are not moving actively it is called asthenozoospermia.If the sperms are having abnormal shape and...

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