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16 Jun Is it necessary to have a “ warm up” and a “cool down” routine for exercise? I am a beginner and intend to go to gym soon. I am a first time mum in my second trimester.

Do not rush into your exercise routine straight away without starting with a “ warm up” and  ending with a “cool down”. You might injure your "cold" muscles.   Warming up pumps nutrient-rich, oxygenated blood to your muscles as it speeds up your heart rate and breathing. A good...

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04 Jun I am 54 year old and menopausal. Recently I had some vague lower abdominal discomfort. I went for a gynaecological check-up. My gynaecologist suggested CT scan of the pelvis. Is it safe? I heard that the scan may increase my risk of cancer.

CT scan is one of the common medical imaging techniques. It helps create images of structures in your body by using a small, targeted amount of ionizing radiation. It provides much clearer and more detailed images than traditional X-rays do. It helps doctors diagnose and...

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25 Feb I am 35 years old with 2 children. For the past 6 months, my menses are getting very heavy with the passage of large blood clots. Is it normal? What are the causes? I consulted my family physician, who gave me iron supplements. How does iron help?

If you notice a change in the amount of menstrual bleeding and pass out large blood clots, you probably realise  that something is not right. There are many causes of heavy menses. Common causes include: Hormonal  imbalance. In a normal menstrual cycle, there is a balance...

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19 Jan I am 30 years old. Recently, I went for a fertility checkup as I am planning to have a baby. The gynecologist suggested a AMH blood test ? What is it?

Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) blood test one of the fertility tests to assess the ovarian reserve. The hormone is produced by the cells in the growing egg sacs (ovarian follicles). Every woman is born with a fixed amount of ovarian follicles. When a woman grows older, the number...

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10 Dec Doc, I feel very uncomfortable recently. I have hot flushes most of the day. I could not sleep well even in an air-conditioned room. Am I reaching menopause?

Like most women of her age, Ms T, 50 is concerned whether menopause would impact her quality of life. Menopause is a natural transition in life.  When a woman reaches   40-50 years old, her ovarian functions start to decline, the levels of the female hormone, oestrogen,...

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06 Aug I am infertile. Recently, I was diagnosed with endometriosis. My gynaecologist suggested treatment with GnRH agonist. Can you explain how the medicine works? Any side effects?

Endometriosis is a disorder of the female reproductive system in which there is a backflow of the menstrual blood (endometrial tissue) into the pelvic cavity. The endometrial tissue responds to the female sex hormone oestrogen and grows with each menstrual cycle (please refer to “Endometriosis”...

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29 Jul I intend to have epidural anaesthesia for pain relief during labour. I would like to know more about it. Is it effective? Any side effects or risks? What can be done if the pain relief is not complete?

Epidural anaesthesia is done by anaesthetist for pain relief during labour. It is done by introducing a fine tube (epidural catheter) into a space at the back of the spine called epidural space. A local anaesthetic agent is then given via this epidural catheter and...

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