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16 Nov My friend tells me that drinking tea or coffee may affect my chances of conception. I am drinking 2 cups of coffee a day. How much caffeine do they contain? Will I get infertile as a result?

Tea and coffee contain caffeine which is a stimulatory drug to the nervous system. Researchers have suggested that its consumption may also affect the reproductive system. In animal studies, caffeine has been shown to affect the maturation of egg .This may be a cause of infertility....

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07 Nov I am 34 years old and trying to conceive. I am diagnosed as having type 2 diabetes. My doctor has been monitoring my blood levels of HbA1c which is 9.6 % at present. He told me I should wait a while till the levels drop to 6.5% or lower before I try to get pregnant. Why should it be so? What is HbA1c? What does the percentage represent?

Keeping the blood sugar levels under control is very important for diabetic patients who are trying to conceive. This is because uncontrolled diabetes during pregnancy may have serious consequences affecting the baby such as miscarriage, premature birth, stillbirth and having a big baby requiring Caesarean...

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31 Oct My previous boyfriend infected me with gonorrhoea for which I have been treated. I am now married and have been trying to have a baby without success. Could the cause of infertility be due to gonorrhoea?

Gonorrhoea is a common sexually transmitted disease cause by a bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It can infect both men and women. In many women, the infection can occur without much symptoms. The symptoms, if present, may include Painful or burning sensation while passing urine Increased vaginal discharge Painful sex Irregular periods Abdominal...

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24 Oct I am a first time mum. My breasts sagged after pregnancy. Could the sagging be due to breast feeding? Can I use natural cream or supplements to help restore the shape of my breasts?

The breasts are attached to the chest wall by supporting ligaments.  During pregnancy, increasing levels of hormones cause the breast tissues to grow. As a result, the breasts become enlarged, swollen and heavy. They then drag and stretch these ligaments resulting in sagging breasts after...

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17 Oct I am 28. I have been suffering from bloated stomach and tender breasts about one week before menses for the past few years. These symptoms disappear soon after menstruation begins. My friends tell me I am also grouchy at times and they can almost predict when my period is coming. Am I suffering from PMS? Anything I can do to help relieve my symptoms? I don’t like to take medicines.

You are suffering from PMS or premenstrual syndrome with physical, psychological and behavioural symptoms which appear one to two weeks before your monthly periods and  gradually improve or disappear when menstruation starts. About 10 % to 20% of women of childbearing age have PMS. The symptoms...

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10 Oct I am a first time mum in my last trimester. Recently, I read in the newspaper that the number of babies suffering from whooping cough is on the rise and the Government is reviewing the policy of vaccinating pregnant mothers as a way of prevention. Do I need the vaccination? Is it safe? Any side effects?

Whooping cough or Pertussis is a serious and very contagious disease caused by the bacteria, Bordetella pertussis.  The disease causes damage to the lungs which may result in death especially in young infants. It spreads easily through the coughs and sneezes of an infected person....

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26 Sep I am now in my 4th month of pregnancy. My friends advise me to take a lot of fish so that my child can have a better I.Q. I do not like to eat fish. Besides, I am afraid that fish may contain toxic substances, like mercury, which are toxic for my baby. Can I take other types of food? Should I take supplements?

I presume you are referring to the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish. They belong to a class of fatty acids called essential fatty acids which the body cannot produce and must be obtained from food. Omega-3 fatty acids are the "good" fat that come in...

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20 Sep I am trying to conceive for about 6 months I have been taking soya bean milk every morning and bean curd and tofu frequently, thinking that soy products are good for health. Recently, friends have been advising me to avoid soy products. How does soy affect fertility?

Soy contains plant-derived female hormones called isoflavones. They have a very weak effect on human body and have been used in relieving  people with menopausal symptoms. Experimental animal studies have suggested that eating large amounts of soy might reduce fertility. But these results may not be...

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14 Sep I am married for 2 years, trying actively to conceive for the past 6 months without success. I went for a check-up recently and was told that I had uterine polyps. What are they and what are the causes? Must I have them removed?

Uterine polyps also known as endometrial polyps are overgrowth of the cells in the inner lining of the womb (endometrium). They are attached to the wall of the womb by a stalk, the base of which can be thin or broad. They can be single...

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