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31 Jan Aphrodisiac: myths and facts?

What do carrot, chocolate, oyster and garlic have in common? They are aphrodisiacs which supposedly contain substances that will enhance sexual desire, increase sexual drive and boost sexual energy and performance. Thousands of years ago, the philosophers in ancient china have realized the connection between food...

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18 Jan I am a first time mum in my first trimester. I have been suffering from depression before pregnancy and am taking antidepressants. Will the medication harm my baby? What should I do?

Depression during pregnancy is difficult to manage as hormonal changes in the body can trigger a wide range of emotions. If left untreated, it can have harmful effects on both the mum and the baby. The mum may be listless. She may not have enough energy...

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06 Jan May I know if there is a difference between clomid (clomiphene) and letrozole? Is it better to take letrozole for ovulation?

Clomid (clomiphene) and Letrozole are medications used to treat women with ovulation problems. They work by helping the pituitary gland (a small pea-sized gland located at the base of the brain) stimulate the developing eggs in the ovaries through different physiological mechanisms. Clomid has been used...

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19 Dec My first pregnancy ended in caesarean section because my baby was in a breech position. I am now in the last trimester of my second pregnancy. The baby is in a head- down position. I am very keen to experience a normal vaginal birth. Can I try? What are the risks?

In general, vaginal delivery has physical and emotional benefits for mother and baby. They include: reduced blood loss less post-delivery complications such as wound infection and pain shorter recuperative period decreased risks in future pregnancies of placental problems positive emotional experience of achieving a vaginal...

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12 Dec My husband was diagnosed as having diabetes 1 years ago. He is 35 and is on diet control with oral medications. Will diabetes affect his fertility?

Diabetes can affect male fertility in various ways. They include: Reduced sperm quality: Studies have shown that diabetes can cause damage to the genetic materials of the sperm. This will reduce the chances of fertilisation and increase the risks of miscarriage and foetal abnormalities even...

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