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26 Dec I have been taking contraceptive pills (Diane 35) for the treatment of pimples. How does the pill work? Will it affect my fertility in future?

Diane 35 is an oral contraceptive pill containing a female hormone (oestrogen) and another hormone(anti-androgen) which works against the male hormones (androgen). Androgens are produced by men as well as women. They stimulate the growth of the skin glands that produce oil (sebum). If the...

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19 Dec I have been smoking for the past 15 years. I just got married and intend to start a family soon. Can smoking affect my sperm? Will my wife’s fertility be affected also? She is a non-smoker.

Yes.  Smoking can negatively affect your fertility as well as your wife's. Research studies have  shown that smoking is associated with: ·         Reduced sperm count: Sperm count refers to the number of sperm found in a measured quantity of semen. ·         Decreased sperm motility: Sperm motility indicates the swimming capabilities...

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11 Dec I am 30, a first-time mum and am 32 weeks pregnant. I had bleeding and labour pains a few days ago and was admitted to hospital. The bleeding and contractions have since subsided after medications. I was also given a steroid injection. What is it for and does it carry any risk to the baby?

From your description, you may have had a threatened premature labour. The steroid injection you received is probably the corticosteroids. Babies born premature are at risk of having breathing difficulties and other serious health problems at birth. The steroids given are to help the lungs of...

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04 Dec Can the unborn baby feel pain?

This subject was unclear until recently when a growing body of evidence suggests that a foetus does feel pain early in pregnancy. According to research studies in the field of prenatal surgery, an unborn baby can feel pain in first trimester. By the 20th week of...

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27 Nov How does twin pregnancy occur?

The number of twin pregnancies has increased in recent years. This is due to the fact that women are having babies late and consequent fertility treatments using IVF procedures. There are two types of twins, identical (monozygotic) and non-identical (dizygotic). About a third of all twins...

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