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7 Most Common Causes of Hormonal Imbalance

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Hormonal imbalance is becoming more and more common in younger women. Doctors are still unsure as to how to deal with it and misdiagnosis can lead to various problems with a woman’s overall health, such as heart ailments, infertility and cancer.

There are many possible causes of hormonal imbalance. One such cause is stress, where the body produces too much cortisol and other hormones are secreted to cancel it out. Another cause is an imbalanced diet. Improper exercise also leads to hormonal imbalance, as too much or too little can impede with the production of hormones. Taking hormonal supplements such as birth control pills also puts the body’s hormone balance out of whack.

Certain diseases like cancer and PCOS also create hormonal imbalance in a woman’s body. Some forms of cancer affecting females feed on the body’s hormones. PCOS causes the body to secrete too much androgen. Lastly, environmental toxins can also lead to hormonal imbalance.

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Blind for 9 Years, One Woman Sees With the Help of a Tooth

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A team at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami offered a woman a new chance to see after 9 years of blindness thanks to the help of a procedure called modified osteo odonto kerato prosthesis. The procedure involves taking the patient’s eyetooth, sculpting it and implanting it in the eye as a base (artificial bases were rejected by the eye in previous attempts, causing the need for something organic) for a prosthetic lens renewing sight.

Kay Thorton, who was the first in the U.S. to undergo the procedure, had her bandages removed earlier this month and has been doing well. She’s able to see although she says it is a bit hazy.  News of the successful procedure has caused many to call the surgical team responsible and ask for a chance at the procedure. Those interested should know that Thorton was chosen because her blindness was caused by scarring brought on by Stevens-Johnson syndrome ( a relatively rare disease that caused the scaring and which barred light from entering Thorton’s eye)she could perceive light and had both teeth and eyes. Those with diseases like macular degeneration, retinal detachment and glaucoma won’t benefit from the surgery.

While it’s a good step and one that has thus far been shown to work for Thorton only time will tell if it can offer help to anyone else.

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Pregnancy & Fertility

How Do EPT Pregnancy Tests Work & Their Accuracy?

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Early pregnancy tests or EPTs are the most sensitive pregnancy tests available today. These EPTs allow you to determine whether you are pregnant or not as early as 10 days after ovulation, without having to wait for a missed period.

EPTs work by detecting the presence of the human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone in a woman’s urine. The hCG hormone is secreted by the developing placenta soon after the fertilized egg is implanted in the uterine lining. EPTs can detect hCG levels as low as 20 mIU in a woman’s urine.

An EPT works in two ways. You can collect a sample of your urine and dip the strip in it for a few seconds. You can also hold the strip to your stream while urinating. For more accurate results, you should use your first morning urine sample. Diluting the body with liquids in the course of the day can also dilute the amount of hCG in your urine.

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Children – Primary Sufferers of Passive Smoking Related Conditions

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It’s not just smoking that kills. Passive smoking kills as well, and the age group that is most affected by this are the children. Each year thousands of children are hospitalized with cases of asthma and other breathing related difficulties as a result of breathing cigarette smoke. They also suffer from conditions like pneumonia and bronchitis, both types of lung infection.

Moreover, maternal smoking is also responsible with what is known as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Moreover, if a woman is pregnant and still does not give up smoking during her pregnancy, the chances of SIDS increase manifold. Ear infections in children might also be a result of the chemicals in the smoke. The symptoms of this infection, which affects the lining of the Eustachian tube, include pain, which could ultimately lead to a loss of hearing.

Various birth defects could arise if the mother smoked during pregnancy.

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Swine Flu is More Dangerous for Pregnant Women

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According to a study printed in The Lancet, pregnant women could be at a much higher risk when they contract the H1N1 swine flu. The affects of the virus are believed to travel much faster through a pregnant woman’s body and as a result can hit her much harder with complications that are four times more likely to send her to the hospital than another swine flu sufferer.  This news has prompted pregnant women to be pushed to the front of the line for the vaccine as suggested by the study.

H1N1 remains a global pandemic, which is still infecting and killing people that contract it. Over 10% of the deaths related to flu this year have been pregnant women. This trend matches up to the flu pandemics in 1918 and 1957, where pregnant women were also at a much higher risk for dying from the virus. Although the effects of H1N1 on a pregnant mother are known to be higher the risks for the virus and the vaccine for her unborn child aren’t as clear. This raises questions for many mothers whether or not they should seek the vaccine but doctors in the study stand by the belief that the benefits far out-measure the risks involved.

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How Does Home Testing Work With Medical Care?

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icupMost home testing supplies are not meant to be used as a way for people to treat themselves medically.  They should be used in conjunction with proper medical care as a way for people to either spot problems that they may be having or to help treat a chronic condition.  They are ideal for those who have chronic problems and need regular testing as they can eliminate trips to the doctor’s office.  However, they should still work in conjunction with a physician.

Diabetics should, for example, still see their doctor on a regular basis, even if they continue to get good results from their blood glucose meters.  Most doctors will ask that patients who have chronic conditions and who are using home testing supplies keep a record of their results.  This can help a doctor know if the prescriptions that they are writing are working or need to adjusted.

Some home testing kits are made to be used in place of going a doctor.  An example would be for pregnancy tests.  They can not only save a woman time and money in checking with her doctor when she thinks she is pregnant, but they can also be a signal to get to the doctor so she can begin to get care when she finds she is pregnant.  Ovulation home tests or home drug tests can be done privately with the person using the results as a basis for medical care if needed.  If you decide to get medical care because of the results of a home testing kit, you should be sure to tell the doctor which test you took and the results of the test.  Most doctors will then test you again using more specialized testing equipment.

Pregnancy & Fertility

Are Home Pregnancy Tests Always Accurate?

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preg testOne question that women always ask themselves when using a home pregnancy test is if they are always accurate. You are more likely to get a false negative reading than a false positive reading when you are using a home test for pregnancy. A positive reading with a home pregnancy test almost always means that you are pregnant.

Women who get a false negative reading often do not follow the directions for the test or take the test too soon.  The PH levels have to get to a certain level where they will be picked up in the urine in order for a home  pregnancy test to determine if you are pregnant.  In some tests, it takes a week after you have missed your period before this can be determined through the test.  In other tests, pregnancy can be determined a number of days after a missed period.  Many women who get a false negative will take the test a few days after they have had intercourse to see if they are pregnant which can mean a false reading.

In some cases,  a woman may be pregnant but may miscarry.  This can lead to a positive reading, after which the woman gets her period.  In cases where there is a positive reading, a woman should always see a doctor who can make the clinical diagnosis based upon an examination.  In just about all cases when a woman finds that she is pregnant through a home pregnancy test, she will find that the doctor will concur with the results.

If you take a home pregnancy test and get a false reading and still do not get your period, you should take another test.  There are some cases where stress can affect the cycle, especially in young women and this is generally not a cause for concern.

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Do You Have A Yeast Infection?

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Yeast-infectionMany women are bothered by what they think is a yeast infection. This can include a discharge from the vagina that is itchy and can have a foul odor. There are products on the market that can treat a yeast infection over the counter. The problem is that many women are misdiagnosing yeast infections when they really have a different type of infection, most often bacterial.

A bacterial infection can mimic a yeast infection in some women. There is both bacteria and yeast in the vagina and they are supposed to balance out one another. In some cases, the yeast or bacteria overgrows and causes an infection. There are home testing products on the market that can help a woman determine if she has a yeast infection or a bacterial infection. They work by testing the PH balance in the urine and are highly accurate.

Using a home testing product is a good idea to determine if you have a yeast infection, before you start to treat yourself for the condition. This way, you can be sure that this is what you have and do not treat yourself for a condition that is not present in your system.  These home testing supplies can help you avoid making matters worse by treating yourself for a yeast infection if you are suffering from a bacterial infection.

Both of these types of infections are common in women. While yeast infections can be treated over the counter, bacterial infections need to be cleared up with antibiotics. Your doctor can prescribe antibiotics to clear up a bacterial infection, if this is the case, based upon the findings of your home test.

Pregnancy & Fertility

How Can I Tell When I Can Get Pregnant?

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1083_med My husband and I were trying to conceive a baby for nearly a year without success. I wasn’t sure what time of the month I was ovulating and was getting frustrated at not being able to get pregnant. Fortunately, I found a home ovulation test that was able to tell me when I was most fertile and had the ability to conceive. I used the kit that was easy to understand to find out when my body was ready for conception. We were able to conceive right away and I am currently six months pregnant.

I always knew the value of home testing kits when it came to pregnancy testing, but never understood how they could work so well when it comes to conception problems.  Like most women, I thought I knew my body and that conception would occur naturally.  It can get very frustrating for any woman when she is trying to get pregnant and is unable to do so because efforts miss the mark.

Women who are trying to conceive a baby, especially those who are in their 30s and may be trying to get pregnant for the first time, should consider using a home testing kit that lets them know the right time of the month for conception. There are certain days, usually mid-cycle, when a woman is more likely to conceive than not.  Home pregnancy test can take a lot of the frustration and anxiety out of trying to get pregnant and can let a woman know, based on the PH levels in her urine, when is the best time for her to get pregnant.

The more anxious couples get when they are trying to have a baby, the more difficult conception can be. A home testing kit that lets you know when you are ovulating and most likely to get pregnant can be the answer for any woman who is trying to have a baby.

Health & Wellness

How Does Home Testing Work With Medical Care?

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HairConfirmMost home testing supplies are not meant to be used as a way for people to treat themselves medically. They should be used in conjunction with proper medical care as a way for people to either spot problems that they may be having or to help treat a chronic condition. They are ideal for those who have chronic problems and need regular testing as they can eliminate trips to the doctor’s office. However, they should still work in conjunction with a physician.

Diabetics should, for example, still see their doctor on a regular basis, even if they continue to get good results from their blood glucose meters. Most doctors will ask that patients who have chronic conditions and who are using home testing supplies keep a record of their results. This can help a doctor know if the prescriptions that they are writing are working or need to adjusted.

Some home testing kits are made to be used in place of going a doctor. An example would be for pregnancy tests. They can not only save a woman time and money in checking with her doctor when she thinks she is pregnant, but they can also be a signal to get to the doctor so she can begin to get care when she finds she is pregnant. Home testing for ovulation or drugs can be done privately with the person using the results as a basis for medical care if needed. If you decide to get medical care because of the results of a home testing kit, you should be sure to tell the doctor which test you took and the results of the test. Most doctors will then test you again using more specialized testing equipment.