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15 May Foods to avoid during pregnancy

Maternal nutrition during pregnancy will affect the growth of the foetus as well as its future health.  A well-balanced diet should consist of an appropriate amount of carbohydrate, protein, fats, vitamins and minerals. In choosing what to eat during pregnancy, it is important to know...

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08 May Endometriosis Diagnosis

Recently, I was diagnosed with endometriosis which was confirmed by laparoscopy (fig 1). But I was perplexed why during my annual check-up two months ago, the ultrasound scan of my pelvis reported that there were ” no abnormalities seen in the uterus and ovaries”. Could...

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15 Apr My friend told me that eating too much tofu can lower my sperm count . Is this true?

The idea that tofu and other soy products affect male fertility is not new. These foods contain phyto-oestrogens, isoflavones, the plant chemical that mimics the female hormone (oestrogen) and may reduce male hormone (testosterone ) levels in the body. The impact of isoflavones on male fertility has been studied and remains unclear. In 2008, researchers from the Harvard School...

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20 Mar I am in my 38th week of my pregnancy. This is my first pregnancy and my blood pressure had increased from 120/70 to 140/90 over the last 3 weeks in spite of taking medications. My obstetrician suggested that I should be induced soon. What is induced labour? How is it done? Are there any risks?

An induced labour is one that is started artificially by your obstetrician who probably thinksthat your baby would benefit from an earlier rather than later delivery. This is because hypertension may affect the placental function and threaten your baby’s well being . Other medical reasons for...

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