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Medically speaking, urinary incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine from the bladder. You can’t hold your urine until you reach a bathroom. This is a symptom that something is wrong. Leaking urine can be embarrassing and this can affect a woman socially, medically, and emotionally.
Women experience many different feelings during pregnancy. As you have heard many times, no two pregnancies are alike, so avoid comparing yourself to others. During a normal pregnancy, you may experience unusual events that may concern you. The following list may help with some of these concerns.
During the first trimester it is extremely important to avoid all medications, including suppositories and vaginal creams. During this time there is rapid development of the fetus and it is felt that certain medications could produce harmful effects, especially during this period.
Endometriosis (pronounced end-oh-mee- tree-oh-sis) is one of the most common diseases affecting women in their reproductive years. This disease will start quietly. The endometrial implants or growths will develop unnoticed inside the pelvic cavity. This will go on until the pain or heavy periods interfere with the woman’s life and she seeks medical advice. It is a painful disease of the female reproductive system. Endometriosis is not an infection, it is not contagious, and it is not cancer.
Many childless couples are asked this question by well meaning family and friends. It can be a painful question. Maybe you have been trying to conceive, but it just hasn’t happened yet. If you have been trying to conceive for over a year, and have not become pregnant, you may have a fertility problem. Infertility is described as the inability to become pregnant despite trying for one year.
Osteoporosis, which means “porous bones,” usually affects “older women” causing them to become frail and weak. However, osteoporosis is a condition that begins in the younger years of life. Women reach their peak in bone density when they are in their 30s, and unless special attention is given to the amount of calcium and phosphate in their diet, they may be at risk for osteoporosis later in life. It is estimated that 10 million Americans already have osteoporosis and an estimated 18 million have low bone density, which places them at high risk for osteoporosis.
Menopause which is defined as the time when 12 months have passed since your last period, is a biological processed that is characterized by a series of events that can start in your 30’s or 40’s and last into your 50’s and 60’s. Menopause is associated with hormonal, physical, and psychological changes in your life; however, it is not the end of your youth or sexuality.