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16 May I am 6 weeks pregnant. This is my first pregnancy. 3 days ago, I came into direct contact with my colleague who was diagnosed with chickenpox today. I do not have any past history of chicken pox. What are my chances of catching the disease? What should I do?

Chicken pox is a highly contagious viral infection. If you have not had it before and have had direct contact with an infected person, it is very likely that you may get it. The symptoms usually show up 14 to 16 days after exposure although this...

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16 May I am 40 years old and have 2 children. I have suffered from endometriosis for the past 7 years. 5 years ago, I had a “chocolate cyst”removed by open surgery and another one on the opposite ovary removed by key-hole surgery 3 years later. Recently, I started to have menstrual pain and backache again. Is there anyway of preventing endometriosis from recurring? What are my treatment options?

Endometriosis is a chronic and progressive disease where the lining of the womb (endometrial tissues) is spilled into the surrounding organs-- fallopian tubes, ovaries and the back of the womb. These endometrial tissues respond cyclically every month to the female hormone, oestrogen, from the ovary...

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05 May I am 34 years old and have been married for a year. Every time I am intimate with my wife, I feel pain as the skin over the penis cannot be stretched completely. I am very keen to have a baby. What should I do?

You may have phimosis, a medical condition where the foreskin is tight and unable to retract over the head of the penis during erection. It is caused by a tight band or a ring in the foreskin. If retraction is possible when the penis is...

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27 Apr I am 34 weeks pregnant. Recently, I noticed swelling over my feet especially towards the end of the day. Is it normal? Is there anything in my diet that can help reduce the swelling?

Fluid retention is common during pregnancy. This is because your body is holding more water than normal due to the hormonal changes. The extra water tends to collect in the legs towards the end of the day, especially if you have been standing for a long...

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12 Apr I am a first-time mum at 26 weeks of pregnancy. Recently, my obstetrician told me that I have gestational diabetes and asked me to eat a diet low in glycaemic index (GI). What is glycaemic index?

Carbohydrate is one of the main nutrients in our food. When eaten, it is broken down into glucose which is the main source of energy for the cells in our body. The glycaemic index is a system of assigning a number to carbohydrate-containing foods according...

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07 Apr My close friend, who is single, had an abortion recently. She was very upset soon after the abortion. She got angry with herself easily, and at times felt depressed over the situation. How can I help?

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07 Apr I am 40 years old and have been married for 10 years with 2 children. Recently, I experienced some difficulty in erection. Will any change in lifestyle help me overcome this problem? I am not keen on taking medicine?

You are suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED) or 'impotence.' This is the inability to keep the penis erect or firm enough for sexual intercourse. Don’t ignore it as this can be an early warning sign for more serious health problems such as diabetes and cardiovascular...

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07 Apr I have been having menstrual cramps for the past 3 years and confirmed with a diagnosis of endometriosis by key-hole surgery recently. I am 30 years old and getting married next year. What can I do to ease this condition besides taking medications?

Endometriosis is a protracted condition (refer the article “endometriosis “in “gynaecological conditions” in our website) with a very high chance of the disease recurring. There are quite a few ways that may help reducing the symptoms. 1. Maintain a healthy body weight. Endometriosis is a hormone...

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