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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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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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