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08 Nov I am 31 year old male and have been suffering from gout for the past 5 years. I am on colchicine, a long term medication. Will the disease affect my sexual health and fertility?

Gout is a condition where the joint is inflamed due to deposits of sharp, crystallized uric acid. Uric acid is a by-product when our body breaks down purines, the type of proteins found in some foods and beverages like liver, red meat, seafood, peas, and...

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30 Oct Myths and facts on HPV

How much do you know about human papillomavirus(HPV), the sexually transmitted virus that causes more than 90% of cancer of the cervix? Myth: HPV infection is not common Fact: HPV infection is very common. Four out of five people (80%) will have the virus at some point...

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16 Oct I have been having heavy periods for the past one year. Ultrasound examination of the pelvis is normal. My gynaecologist suggested that I should have the Mirena inserted in my womb. He said this would reduce the blood flow. What is Mirena? How does it work? Any side effects?

Mirena is a small T-shaped plastic intra-uterine device (IUD) (see figure) which is inserted by the gynaecologist into the womb for contraceptive purpose. It releases progestogen, a hormone similar to the natural progesterone produced by the ovaries and can be used in the treatment of...

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09 Oct I had an abortion when I was a teenager. I am now 27 years and am planning to get married next year. I am worried about whether the abortion would have affected my fertility. What should I do?

Abortion, also known as termination of pregnancy, is a surgical procedure usually performed in the first trimester of pregnancy under general anesthesia . In this procedure, the neck of the womb(cervix) is gradually forced open by the gynaecologist using metal dilators of various sizes. After the...

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