04:49 5th June 2013 | Fibroids:Causes & Types
What Causes Fibroids?
The exact cause of fibroids is unknown, but they may be due to the abnormal expression of genes which control cell growth resulting in an abnormal rate of their growth and division. They may also be as a consequence of hormones such as oestrogen and progesterone. It has been noticed that when there is a decrease of these hormone
levels as occurs during the menopause, fibroid symptoms seem to resolve.
Types of ...
04:51 3rd June 2013 | Non-Cancerous Tumours
The issue of Fibroids and their association with infertility has been a very controversial one. Does the mere presence of fibroids mean a woman will be infertile? Or do
complications arise from their surgical treatment? In the next few post, I will explore this association between uterine fibroids and infertility as well as address the
management options for fibroids in women who are preparing for pregnancy.
Uterine fibroids ar...
04:52 14th May 2013 | Unexplained Infertility
Natural Conception Intercourse Sperm Vagina Womb Cervix Uterus Fallopian Tubes Ovaries Ovulation Fertilisation Foetus Fertile Couples Normal Sperm Pregnancy Male Infertility Female Infertility Fertilised Eggs Maximal Infertility Basic Investigations Tubal Patency Semen Test Falloposcopy Semen Function Cummulative Risk Pelvic Infection Environmental Toxins
Before a couple can achieve conception naturally, they must have intercourse and during this process, the man ejaculates, that is, releases his sperm into the woman’s vagina. The sperms swim through the neck of womb (the cervix) into the uterus and down the fallopian tubes where, hopefully, the sperms will meet an egg that has been released from the women’s ovaries if intercourse coincides with ovulation. Fertilization may occur with a ...
04:53 7th May 2013 | Motherhood
Sometime in ago we mentioned the decline in the amount of eggs in a female from birth to puberty on Bridge Clinic Facebook page and this generated interesting comments. I have thus decided to shed more light on this phenomenon here.
In actual fact, a baby girl still in her mother’s womb has about 6-7 million eggs. By birth, the average woman is born with approximately 1.5 million immature eggs. This reduces to about 800,000 at pube...
04:53 12th April 2013 | Ovulatory Abnormalities
Treating Ovulatory Abnormalities
The treatment of ovulatory problems is guided by the woman’s desire to get pregnant. Some women may only be desirous of seeing their periods while the majority of women are primarily interested in getting pregnant immediately or at least in their ability to conceive in near future. It is important to understand the underlining condition that is responsible for the ovulatory abnormality with detailed hist...
04:55 9th April 2013 | Semen Parameters
Male Fertility Infertility Virility Fecundity Erection Orgasm Conception Unprotected Sexual Intercourse Investigations WHO Sperm Count Abnormal Sperms Motility Teratozoospermia Morphology Normozoospermia
Infertility has always been considered a problem that affects women because after all “it is the woman that did not get pregnant.” Increasingly it is becoming clear that a lot of these women are not getting pregnant because “the man is not getting them pregnant”. The situation is even more interesting in that most men confuse “virility” with “fecundity”.
Most men believe that virility, the ability to achieve and sustain an erection an...
04:56 7th April 2013 | Sperm Count
This vagueness about the definition of male infertility is an important point. A study carried out in New York a few years ago showed that 50% of men carrying their babies out of maternity hospitals have low sperm count according to the WHO parameters discussed in the previous post.
As a result, it is important to take into consideration the female when defining male infertility. This is because the fertility level of the female affec...
04:56 7th April 2013 | Motile Sperm
The importance of sperm count is explained in the concept of the total normal motile count. This is the total amount of sperms that are normal and also motile that is available to fertilise the eggs. There is evidence that following intercourse only about 15% of the total normal motile sperms get to the site of fertilisation of the egg in the fallopian tubes. We also know from our experience with IVF that we need approximately 200,000 s...
04:59 15th March 2013 | Conception
The goal of every pregnancy is the delivery of a healthy baby to a healthy mother. However, this journey to motherhood can be made easier and healthier when it is well planned and prepared for. Several factors affect the ease of getting pregnant as well as the health of both mother and baby in pregnancy and afterwards. Planning your pregnancy helps you avoid or reduce pregnancy complications, give birth to a healthier baby, recover fast...
05:00 14th March 2013 | HIV
It may take up to three months (window period) for an HIV infected person to develop a positive HIV test. This means that even though an ovum donor may screen negative at the time of embryo transfer into a recipient, there could be a risk of transmitting the HIV virus because the donor could be within this “window period”. The egg, like the sperm does not get infected with the HIV virus. Sperm is transferred with other cells that could ...
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