Prenatal Vitamins & Pregnancy

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A healthy balanced diet is very essential more so during pregnancy. In order to help cover any nutritional gaps in the mother's diet, prenatal vitamins play a vital role. The prenatal vitamins contain vitamins as well as minerals. The iron, calcium, folic acid and iodine present in them are very important. Iron, Calcium & Folic Acid Neural tube birth defects which affect the brain and spinal cord of the fetus can be prevented by taking folic acid. The birth defects of the neural tube can d...

Gestational Diabetes Complete Guide

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What is Gestational diabetes? Gestational diabetes develops during your pregnancy. Similar to type I and II diabetes your blood sugar levels rise in gestational diabetes.It doesn't mean you have had diabetes prior to pregnancy or you will have it post delivery. But maintaining good blood glucose levels is important for you and your baby. The food we eat is broken down to glucose by the digestive system which enters the blood stream. Blood supplies glucose to the cells which absorbs it with t...

Pap Test – Facts, Procedure & Results

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Pap test also known as Pap smear test is a useful test for detecting cervical cancer. It is an effective procedure for screening the cervix for precancerous or cancerous cells. Cervix is the opening of the uterus that leads into vagina. The pap test involves collection of cells from the cervix at the transformation zone and examined for abnormalities. Screening guidelines vary from country to country. Women from the age of 21 till 65 can have the pap smear done. Pap smear screening is recomme...

Cervical Cancer – Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Cervical cancer is the cancer of the cervix which is a part of the women reproductive system. It is the lower part of the uterus that leads to vagina. The cancer of the cervix is due to abnormal growth of the cells which are invasive. A simple pap test can help in the detection of the cancer. If detected early, cervical cancer is one of the most successfully treatable cancers. Causes and Risk factors of Cervical Cancer Severe abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix is known to cause cervic...

Breast Cancer – Causes, Symptoms & Treatments

Breast cancer is the cancer that develops in the cells or ducts of the breasts. Though breast cancer is generally associated with women, men can also have breast cancer. It can be classified into two types based on the region it develops. Lobular carcinoma if the breast cancer developed from the lobules of the breasts and ductal carcinoma if the breast cancer developed from the ducts in the breasts. If the tumor is malignant, it can spread to other parts of the body as well. Symptoms of Brea...

All that you need to know about Menopause

Menopause is a phase in every woman's life probably in her late 40's or early 50's wherein there is absence of menstrual periods for a duration of 12 months. It is not to be confused to any disease. It is a phase during which the ovaries cease to function. Menopause Age It is a gradual process and doesn't happen overnight. The average menopause age of a woman is 51. There is no test to predict the exact menopause age of a woman. Menopausal experience can be different for different woman accomp...

PCOS – Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS is a set of symptoms which arise due to hormonal imbalances in women. Our body produces hormones which regulate many processes including growth and energy production. As in most of the cases the hormone triggers the release of another hormone which further regulates a process. But in a person diagnosed with Polycystic ovary syndrome, the hormones get out of balance. Changes in one hormone effects another which in turn changes another hormone. Generally the ma...