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07 Apr The ZIKA VIRUS: What is it? read more

With the news coverage over the last weeks, many people are aware of the rapid spread of Zika virus in the Americas and the concerns over the risk of microcephaly--a congenital condition associated with incomplete brain development and mental retardation--in babies whose mothers are exposed...

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07 Apr What is keyhole surgery?

My daughter, 20, is going to have a 5 cm ovarian cyst removed by keyhole surgery. The doctor tells her that she can be discharged the same day.  May I know more about keyhole surgery? What are the complications?  What should I look out for...

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07 Apr What is your fertility potential?

Are there any early “warning” signs that could indicate a potential fertility issue later on? Though not specific, some early warning signs that could signal a potential fertility issue later include the following: If the woman ·         Has very irregular periods, ·         Has menstrual pain which gets worse in...

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11 Mar I am trying to conceive for the past 2 years. My doctor told me that the mucus secretion of my cervix during ovulation was scanty and thick and this could be hostile to the sperm. What are the reasons for scanty mucus? Any treatment?

In normal menstrual cycle, a copious amount of transparent clear mucus is produced by the cervix during ovulation. The mucus guides and helps the sperm swim through the vagina into the cervix and beyond and provides nutrients which the sperm needs for the long journey...

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02 Jan I am trying to conceive after having married for 3 years. I have been prescribed the ovulation drug, clomid. I would like to know how the medication work. Any side effects?

Clomid or clomiphene citrate is the most commonly prescribed drug used to stimulate ovulation in women with infrequent or absent ovulation. It is also used empirically for treating women with unexplained infertility. Clomiphene is usually given on day 2 to day 5 of the menstrual cycle....

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09 Sep I am 53 years old and haven’t had a period for three years. But I suddenly got my period again last week. Is it normal? Do I need to consult a gynaecologist? Any examination required?

You are having bleeding after menopause, which is not normal, even if it is just spotting.  The cause is usually minor, but cancer is always a possibility and must be ruled out. You have to consult a gynaecologist as soon as possible. The common causes are as...

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17 Aug My friend told me that the gender of the unborn baby can be predicted by observing its heart rates. If the baby’s heart rate is 140 beats per minute (bpm) and above, it is likely to be a girl. Is it true?

The heart rate of the baby starts out at about 80-85bpm around the 5th week of pregnancy. It increases rapidly, reaching a peak of 170-200 bpm bythe 9th week. It gradually decreases and becomes stable between 120 - 160 bpm from the15th week till delivery...

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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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