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05 Aug I am 45 years old. I had an episode of heavy and prolonged periods recently. My gynaecologist suggested that I should have a dilatation and curettage (D&C) to find out the cause. This was done a week ago and the report showed “endometrial hyperplasia”. What is this condition? Could it lead to cancer?

In a normal menstrual cycle, the lining of the womb (endometrium), changes cyclically in response to hormones secreted by the ovary. After menstruation, the endometrium is thin but soon it grows in thickness in response to the rising levels of the hormone, oestrogen, produced by...

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27 Jul I am 50 years old with 2 grown up children. Recently my mammogram showed some microcalcifications. Though my family doctor assured me that the radiologist’s report indicated that they are non- cancerous, I am still very worried. What are microcalcifications? Any relationship with the calcium tablets I take?

Calcium deposits or calcifications in the breast are quite common among women over the age of 50. They are often due to changes in the breast tissues from aging, injury (e.g. previous surgery), or inflammation. They are too small for you to feel but will show...

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09 Jul I am 20 weeks pregnant. Recently, I had a terrible headache and the doctor told me that it was due to lack of magnesium in the blood. The headache disappeared after I took the magnesium tablets. Are there any food rich in magnesium that I can take?

Magnesium is a “mineral” that is required for the brain cell to function properly. It helps relieve migraine and headache. The following foods are rich in magnesium. Dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, Kai Lan and Chye Sim. Nuts and Seeds: It is estimated...

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16 Jun Is it necessary to have a “ warm up” and a “cool down” routine for exercise? I am a beginner and intend to go to gym soon. I am a first time mum in my second trimester.

Do not rush into your exercise routine straight away without starting with a “ warm up” and  ending with a “cool down”. You might injure your "cold" muscles.   Warming up pumps nutrient-rich, oxygenated blood to your muscles as it speeds up your heart rate and breathing. A good...

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04 Jun I am 54 year old and menopausal. Recently I had some vague lower abdominal discomfort. I went for a gynaecological check-up. My gynaecologist suggested CT scan of the pelvis. Is it safe? I heard that the scan may increase my risk of cancer.

CT scan is one of the common medical imaging techniques. It helps create images of structures in your body by using a small, targeted amount of ionizing radiation. It provides much clearer and more detailed images than traditional X-rays do. It helps doctors diagnose and...

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25 Feb I am 35 years old with 2 children. For the past 6 months, my menses are getting very heavy with the passage of large blood clots. Is it normal? What are the causes? I consulted my family physician, who gave me iron supplements. How does iron help?

If you notice a change in the amount of menstrual bleeding and pass out large blood clots, you probably realise  that something is not right. There are many causes of heavy menses. Common causes include: Hormonal  imbalance. In a normal menstrual cycle, there is a balance...

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19 Jan I am 30 years old. Recently, I went for a fertility checkup as I am planning to have a baby. The gynecologist suggested a AMH blood test ? What is it?

Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) blood test one of the fertility tests to assess the ovarian reserve. The hormone is produced by the cells in the growing egg sacs (ovarian follicles). Every woman is born with a fixed amount of ovarian follicles. When a woman grows older, the number...

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10 Dec Doc, I feel very uncomfortable recently. I have hot flushes most of the day. I could not sleep well even in an air-conditioned room. Am I reaching menopause?

Like most women of her age, Ms T, 50 is concerned whether menopause would impact her quality of life. Menopause is a natural transition in life.  When a woman reaches   40-50 years old, her ovarian functions start to decline, the levels of the female hormone, oestrogen,...

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