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5 Symptoms of a Miscarriage

A miscarriage is a term used to describe the spontaneous loss of a pregnancy, usually during the first 20 weeks, although most occur in the first trimester. Miscarriage is extremely common, and studies estimate that as many as 20% of pregnancies may end this way. It’s not always known why some women miscarry and others don’t, but unsurprisingly, any miscarriage can be extremely distressing and upsetting for a mother-to-be, their partner, and even wider family. Unfortunately, once you have had one miscarriage your risk of experiencing another may increase and around 1 in 100 women experience recurrent miscarriage (3 or more miscarriages in a row).

How Many Ultrasounds Are Needed During Pregnancy?

Ultrasound scans or sonography employs high-frequency sound waves to create images of a person’s internal body structure. It is a safe, non-invasive technology that informs the doctor what is happening inside your body.

What Is a Doula and How Do They Help With Labor?

For years, women have been hiring doulas to help them with childbirth. Even today, more mothers are looking to minimize medical involvement during labor. Rather than induce labor or use medicines to hasten the process, parents are turning to doulas for a more natural labor experience.

What Age to Start Seeing a Gynecologist

Visiting a gynecologist is just as important as seeing your regular physician. This is because your gynecologist visits form a crucial part of your preventative health care. Most health problems that develop can be treated more easily if they are detected early, and gynecological problems are no exception. In some instances, such as in the case of cervical cancer, early diagnosis and treatment can even be lifesaving. 

How Does an Endometrial Ablation Help Stop Heavy Periods?

Endometrial ablation is a surgical procedure that destroys your uterus lining (endometrium). Your doctor can suggest it if you experience heavy bleeding during your monthly periods. You can curb the bleeding or stop it completely.

How Often Do I Need a Pap Smear?

This is a clinical screening procedure that tests whether a woman has cervical cancer. During the procedure, your specialist will collect cells from your cervix. This is the lower, narrow opening to your uterus, located at the upper side of the vagina. The doctor then examines the cells in a lab for signs of any abnormal changes. Early detection of cervical cancer with a Pap smear increases your chances of successful treatment.

Should Everyone Get a Genetic Screening?

One of the hottest topics today in the field of medicine is genetic testing. When appropriate, this type of test is a powerful tool that can determine your likelihood of developing a serious health condition. On the surface, genetic testing seems like a no-brainer.

What Is Genetic Counseling and Who Needs It?

Many hereditary or genetic conditions run in families. If you have a grandparent or parent with a serious health condition, you may want to know whether you could pass along the condition to your baby. This is the reason many people today consider genetic counseling.

What Is Laparoscopic Surgery?

Laparoscopy is a diagnostic surgical procedure that doctors use to examine abdominal organs. It is a minimally invasive and low-risk procedure that requires very small incisions. The procedure involves the use of an instrument known as a laparoscope to examine the organs.

What to Expect At Your First Visit to the Gynecologist

There are many different ways in which you can maintain your health. Something that is strongly recommended for girls and women is to have regular visits with your gynecologist. Your gynecologist is a specialist doctor who will carefully assess and monitor your gynecological health, flagging up any issues that may develop so that they can be addressed early, hopefully before you experience unpleasant side effects or need invasive or expensive treatment.

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