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Things to Know Before You Get Pregnant During the Pandemic

Planning to conceive but scared of the growing risk of the coronavirus pandemic? Here's what you need to know before getting pregnant during the coronavirus pandemic.

The year 2020 has dramatically changed the world and the way we perceive life. With the growing risk of the COVID-19 pandemic around the world, it is quite obvious to wonder your chances and safety of conceiving during this period. Well, here are some things to know before you get pregnant during the pandemic. While you may have a hundred questions on whether you should try to get pregnant at all, it can be pretty unsettling to not have all the facts you need, given the novel nature of the virus. The following article should put your mind to ease with everything there is to know to make an informed decision. 

 

Does coronavirus affect my chances of being pregnant?

Having a baby is a personal choice between you and your partner and coronavirus does not change that. Yes, you read it right. Although the virus is quite new, there is no evidence yet to suggest that it should have any dire consequence on your shot at motherhood. However, there are some things to know before you get pregnant during the pandemic as with the evolving nature of the virus, much more is yet to be known. Studies suggest that there are neither any chances of miscarriage at any stage due to the virus nor any effect on the baby’s development. If you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19, you can go ahead and try to conceive. In case you are opting for Assisted Reproductive Technology or ART, you can very well continue with your plans, provided that you choose a clinic in a region with less number of COVID-19 cases or a hospital which is particular about the rules and regulations. In case you do have the virus yourself, it is recommended that you wait for the symptoms to subside before you take any step to welcome your little one into the world. Pregnancy alters the hormones and the functioning of the immune system in your body resulting in a difference of response to viral infections such as COVID-19. While many opt for the procedure of ‘egg freezing’ as a preventive measure, there is no medical indication to prove that such a procedure is indeed helpful. 

 

Does my being pregnant affect my risk of being infected?

Well, this is where it gets tricky as yes, being pregnant does increase your chances to be infected with the virus. This can be traced to the effects of progesterone and relaxants in the first trimester which makes the maternal respiratory system vulnerable. Moreover, women are more susceptible to hyperventilation and anxiety during this period which causes them to inhale more air and thus, increase the risk of the virus. History highlights the fact that the risk of morbidity through a viral infection for a pregnant woman is significantly higher than to a non-pregnant woman. (Zhao et al., 2020)

In such a case, it is vital that you follow strict social distancing norms and limit your interactions outside. Be sure to have your medical supplies at all times. It is quite possible to be stressed and anxious but don’t worry, keep your partner and family close. Consult with your doctor on how you can cope up in such a situation.

 

How safe would the prenatal visits be?

One of the things to know before you get pregnant during the pandemic is that you are going to need constant medical support and one can never say how safe these visits will be. As a parent, balancing the risk of the virus and getting a routine check-up done can be no cakewalk. However, it is important to let your obstetrician and midwife let in on the decision and seek guidance. If you are unsure of the situation in your region, it is preferred to go for live sessions and schedule an appointment in a hospital subject to your environment and your doctor’s advice. The Indian Council of Medical Research suggests that routine antenatal care should be tailored to a minimum at 12th, 20th, 28th and 36th week of pregnancy. In case of any symptoms, you ought to defer your appointment by either 7 or 14 days.

You may consult with your doctor on your decision to buy a blood pressure cuff to monitor your baby’s movement at home.

 

Availability of medical facilities during COVID-19

It is not unknown that the public health facilities in the country are overburdened with patients. Although the birth of a child is considered an essential service as per the government regulations, the latest situation of complete lockdown in most places across the country combined with over-crowded hospitals has made it quite impossible to get a last-minute reservation. About 25% of deliveries take place in private health facilities which are shut down, resulting in further deterioration of the availability of such facilities. It is important to understand this is quite an unusual situation borne out of a pandemic that makes no promises to end but there should be no reason to lose any hope. It’s just one of the things to know before you get pregnant during the pandemic and no reason why you should panic. You can always make lemonade out of the lemon. Make sure that you have a trusted obstetrician who is familiar with your needs to be able to guide you while maintaining social distancing norms and have access to a few online maternal health care facilities in case of imposition of a lockdown. It is always helpful to be near your family, or people you trust to avoid the absence of any face-to-face interaction. This helps you to be happy and healthy while receiving guidance during those months.

 

January 21, 2021 |  read

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Pregnancy During COVID-19 - Having a Baby in the Time of Corona

Being pregnant during the coronavirus pandemic can seem intimidating. This article will tell you what you need to know while being pregnant during this pandemic.

Due to the spread of Covid-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, the period of pregnancy can be very overwhelming. Since pregnant women are excluded from research experiences, we have very few reliable sources that would state a proven fact. Rest assured; we have got you covered about everything you need to know about pregnancy during COVID-19. 

 

The story of Covid-19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This virus began in Wuhan, China and spread across the globe faster than anyone can imagine. In less than six months, the World Health Organization was struck with a challenge beyond their control. What started as an ‘outbreak’ in China is now a ‘pandemic’ that has forced the world population to stay indoors.

 

There are seven different strains of coronavirus known to infect human beings. Most of them are mild but others can cause serious illness. According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the symptoms for this virus includes-fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell. 

 

These occur between a time span of 2-14 days after a person is exposed to an infected person. The disease can transfer from person to person through respiratory drops in the air by coughing or sneezing or through contaminated surfaces. In simple terms, it’s like catching the common flu, but this will result in dangerous health conditions.

 

It sounds like an apocalyptic movie and we are sure you might have already watched the movie ‘Contagion’ more than once during this lockdown. Set aside these movie theories and other spin-offs. They are bound to make you nervous and scared. As a soon-to-be mom, this isn’t an excellent emotional balance you want to have right now.

 

Virus vs Pregnancy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The aged, new-borns, children under the age of 12 and pregnant women are asked to take the highest precaution during this time. Coronavirus affects those with less immunity in their system. Pregnant mothers are immunocompromised because their bodies are supporting another beating heart within them. 

 

While the world’s renowned scientists are cracking their heads around this ingenious virus, only a handful of cases allow us to study pregnancy during COVID-19. Studies show that mothers with Covid-19 undergo intensive care and hospitalisation. Do not worry yet; this case study does not account for labour and delivery hospitalisation. There are also studies from China that show the absence of the virus in breast milk, cord blood and amniotic fluid. If you do have concerns regarding the exposure to Covid-19, we recommend you talk to your doctors.

 

Most pregnant women have shown mild to moderate symptoms of the virus. COVID positive pregnant women should also go into isolation or quarantine in an almost similar manner to others. They should have access to their caregivers, medication and even mental health care according to quarantine standards. Asymptomatic transmission is also possible in pregnant women, and this has to be monitored with equal priority. Even in quarantine, you should monitor your oxygen saturation, have plenty of fluids, food and medication after a thorough consultation with your doctor. 

 

Stay safe, stay home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proven by millions across the globe, this rule has helped resist the chances of getting the virus into your system and your family. No matter which stage you find yourself in terms of pregnancy during COVID-19, stay at home as much as possible. Stick to proper hygiene for everybody in the family, including yourself. Wash your hands, feet and face as you come back from outdoors. Change your clothes regularly. To be safe, take a shower after returning home from a doctor’s clinic or hospital. 

 

To reduce the number of times, you go out of your homes to buy essentials, stock up every week. Plan; get your medications stocked up. Follow a routine to wash and clean each item that you have purchased before you use.  

 

Visiting your doctor during this time can be a little challenging. But do not skip your prenatal appointments as much as possible. Everybody has gone digital in the last few months; we suggest you do the same too. Try to get comfortable with this new system. There are many apps on your smartphones and laptops that can help you connect with your doctor through video calls. Keep your doctor’s number on speed dial and have an open, free conversation with them to help you through your difficulties. 

 

There can be emergency cases that require you to get to the hospital. In such situations, do not forget to wear your masks and carry your hand sanitizer. Strictly follow the rule of social distancing with others. Hospitals can be a host to the virus. But you should also remember that at a time like this, the medical staff and authorities do follow strict hygiene regulations. Take an appointment ahead, make sure your doctor is in on the day of your visit to the hospital. This way you can avoid the long hours in the waiting room and reduce your exposure to other possible positive patients. 

 

Both, the pandemic and pregnancy, cause an emotional roller-coaster for families. Sadly, Covid-19 has called off a lot of things like job security, family members and many other plans. Therefore, couples have been forced to table their pregnancy plans due to Covid-19. It is best to take into account challenging factors like jobs losses, insurance charges and take necessary financial precautions.  

 

 

A secret to fighting this virus- stay home, stay healthy and stay strong. The narrative of this virus is changing daily. Keep yourself updated with the world and with your doctor. Maybe plan a virtual baby shower. Avoid crowded areas as much as possible for the safety of yourself and your baby. Pregnancy during COVID-19 may not have been your best choice but remember - there’s a brand new baby coming home!

 

December 24, 2020 |  read

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Pregnancy

Physical Effects of Pregnancy

Read more to discuss how pregnancy impacts your physical health and how to manage it.

Pregnancy in a woman’s life can be as joyous as it is challenging. Isn’t it wondrous how your body can accommodate a tiny human being inside? The perks obviously come with a few hurdles as your body goes through a myriad of changes. A few of these physical effects of pregnancy may begin even before you find out that you are pregnant. It can be quite exhausting but hold on, we will take you through everything step by step, and you will feel much better when you know what to expect and how to be prepared for all of it.

 

A few common physical discomfort includes:

 

1. Morning Sickness

This is mild nausea which maybe accompanied by vomiting, caused by pregnancy hormones. This is more common during the first trimester. However, the sickness is not true to its name and can occur during any time of the day. You may develop aversion to certain food and smell which will contribute to your morning sickness. With the passage of time, it tends to go away.

 

2. Hyperemesis

This is a severe form of nausea that results in persistent vomiting during the months of pregnancy. It may lead to dehydration which can make you prone to fainting or dizziness. You can consult your doctor in such a case in order to make sure that you don’t put up with it for too long.

 

3. Frequent Urination

As your baby develops in your uterus, it creates a pressure on your bladder which will tend to make you urinate more often. Sometimes, you may even leak a little when you cough or sneeze. This is nothing to be embarrassed about or worried, for that matter.

 

4. Lightheadedness

You may often feel dizzy or lightheaded especially if you stand for long, as the blood tends to pool in your legs and may result in low BP. Your body is working overtime to create extra blood for your baby, and so you may feel quite a few changes. Thus, it is quite obvious to be stressed, hungry or feel weak.

 

5. Heartburn

The hormone changes in your body slows down the process of breaking down food. This makes the food stay in your stomach longer to give more time to your body to absorb the nutrients, the acid and reflux may lead to heartburn.

 

6. Constipation

If you are taking vitamins that contain iron, it leads to constipation, accompanied by gas and bloating. Make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. If you are having severe problems, it is better to switch your prenatal vitamin with the consultation of your doctor.

 

7. Thyroid

Thyroid disorders, especially hypothyroidism is quite common in pregnancy and can risk the health of both your baby and you. It is therefore advisable to seek medical counsel at an early stage.

 

8. Placenta Previa

This occurs when the placenta has implanted at the bottom of the uterus and covers the cervix, resulting in obstruction of vaginal birth. The symptoms of placenta previa include bleeding during pregnancy which may be painless. This should be immediately reported to the doctor.

 

9. Changes in veins and skin

Visible blue veins in your belly, breasts and legs due to a higher blood volume and faster heart rate is also one of the physical effects of pregnancy. This is because your heart pumps faster to make extra blood in order to meet the needs of pregnancy. Developing spider veins on your face, neck or arms are common as well. On the other hand, your skin will start to look more rosy and shiny, which is often referred to as ‘pregnancy glow’.

 

10. Breast Changes

This is one of the first visible signs of pregnancy. The hormones in your body change to prepare you for breastfeeding which makes your breast tender and swollen. There may be small bumps forming around your nipples. Your breast may get bigger and fuller as the pregnancy advances.

 

11. Vaginal changes

One important thing to be aware of is vaginal thrush, an infection indicated by a thick curdy  discharge which may be itchy and uncomfortable, and maybe accompanied by a foul smell. During your pregnancy, there is more production of glycogen, a type of sugar in your vagina which makes the thrush grow and thus, making you more vulnerable to an infection. Use cotton underwear and eat natural yoghurt, to prevent the growth of thrush to an extent.

 

12. Iron deficiency anemia

Pregnant women are known to need more iron than others due to the increased amount of blood that their body has to create for the developing child. As iron is part of the hemoglobin that allows blood to carry oxygen, iron deficiency anemia is one of the most common types of deficiencies that a pregnant woman can face. This leads to feeling weak or faint, looking pale and experiencing shortness of breath.

 

13. Infections

Pregnancy makes you quite vulnerable to many infections as well. At times, sexually transmitted infections or STIs may complicate the pregnancy and the health of the baby after delivery.

 

 

It can be a bit frustrating to see the physical effects of pregnancy on your body but let’s be a little patient and hold on a little more, because in the end it will all be worth it. Make sure to keep your doctor in your speed dial and ask for advice if you are unsure about anything. Apart from that, pamper yourself and maintain a healthy diet. These simple changes can help make your pregnancy smooth and easy.

 

December 24, 2020 |  read

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Babies

Pregnancy and Babies with Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome is an intellectual disability found in children. Here is everything you need to know about Down Syndrome - signs, symptoms and the next steps.

One of the most common intellectual disabilities found in children is Down Syndrome. This can be detected right at pregnancy and the causes for it can be heavily dependent on the parents. There is a lot of confusion surrounding the syndrome. While some screening tests show a positive test result, the mother may go on to give birth to an absolutely healthy child. Some others find out that their child has the syndrome much later, after the birth. Here is what you need to know about babies with Down Syndrome and how you can look out for the symptoms in your child.

                                                                              

What is Down Syndrome?

Every child is born from the genetic material of both the parents. This genetic material is found in the form of thread-like structures called chromosomes. An average human being has 46 chromosomes in 23 pairs, half of which comes from the mother and the other half from the father. However, in the case of an individual with Down Syndrome, the  chromosome  number  21  has  an  extra  copy  which  can  result  in  delayed  cognitive competence  and  slightly  different  physical  growth  hence  its  other  name,  trisomy  21. While the disabilities of a person with Down Syndrome may  last  lifelong  and  their  life  expectancy  may  be  shorter,  the  recent  cultural  and institutional  developments  provide  the  individual  with  a  healthy  and  fulfilling  life, nevertheless.

 

What Causes Down Syndrome?

Down  Syndrome  is  caused  when,  during  reproduction,  the  chromosomes  do  not  split properly, resulting in the partial copy of the chromosome number 21. Some parents are more likely to produce babies with Down Syndrome than others. The first factor is age. If the mother is over 35 years or the father is over 40, the chances of having a child with Down  Syndrome  is  more.  The  second  factor  is  of  familial  history.  If  there  are  other individuals  related  to  you  in  your  family  who  have  this  condition,  there  are  more chances that your child may have the same. Parents who carry genetic translocation also have a higher probability of having a child with Down Syndrome.

 

The important thing to remember is that these are only probabilities drawn from studies over a large population. For example, if you are a pregnant woman who is 38, it is not a given that your child will definitely have Down Syndrome. This is just to say that your chances of having a child with these traits are more than a mother of, say, 25.

 

How Can I Find Out if my Baby has Down Syndrome?

Yes, it is possible to find out if your child has Down Syndrome. Prenatal screening and postnatal diagnosis are the two options available.

 

During pregnancy, a prenatal screening test can be performed to look at the foetus. A screening test only categorizes women as at a high risk or low risk of having a child with Down  Syndrome.  A  common  available  screening  test  in  India  is  the  Combined  Test which  includes  a  blood  test  and  an  ultrasound  scan.  While the  former  looks  for abnormal  levels  of  proteins  and  hormones,  the  latter  looks  for  more  fluid  around  the baby’s  neck,  both  which  could  mean  a  baby  with  Down  Syndrome. However, remember that a positive result for a screening test is never an ultimate assurance that your child is affected.  Only 1  in  20-30  women  who  are  tested positive  for  this  end  up  having  a  child  with  a  Down  Syndrome. This test is only to separate women to take them to the diagnostic test.

 

A diagnostic test includes more specific testing methods like Amniocentesis to separate out fluid or other material from the mother to test for the syndrome. They look for the chromosome that causes the Down Syndrome and can give a more accurate result.

 

After the child is born, a quick check-up by a paediatrician can assure you if your child has a Down Syndrome or not. Fried’s Diagnostic Index is one such method that looks at 8 signs including the shape of the child’s face, ear, tongue, and toes, to come to a conclusion.

 

What are the symptoms of Down Syndrome?

At birth, babies with Down Syndrome usually have certain characteristic signs, including: flat facial features, small head and ears, short neck, bulging tongue, eyes that slant upward, atypically shaped ears and poor muscle tone.

 

People with Down syndrome usually have some degree of developmental disability, but it’s often mild to moderate. Mental and social development delays may mean that the child could have: impulsive behavior, poor judgment, short attention span, and slow learning capabilities

 

How Can I Treat My Child’s Down Syndrome?

Unfortunately, there is no cure yet found for Down Syndrome. However, there are many supportive  measures  to  help  your  child  cope  up  and  lead  a  fruitful  life.  Speech, occupational, and physical therapies may be offered to help the child cope better with life  and  develop  to  their  full  potential.

 

Having a baby with Down Syndrome may seem challenging but with proper professional medical support, things will be much easier over time. Remember that your child needs your constant support and needs you to protect him or her not just from severe concerns like heart disease but also the usual colds.

 

 

Remember that, any child – with or without a syndrome – has certain challenges to face in life. Your child may be facing a different set of challenges compared to other children but this does not make them any less beautiful. Over the years, babies with Down Syndrome have gone on to show that they can compete equally well with other children in various fields. As a parent of a child with Down Syndrome, it becomes your responsibility to give your child the best life you can and nurture their talents.

 

December 24, 2020 |  read

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Getting Pregnant

PCOS and its Complexities

PCOS is faced by one in five women today. Here is what you need to know about PCOS and how homeopathy can help.

Hormonal disturbance is one of the basic causes of PCOS and its complexities. It is also known as ovarian cysts. Unlike other medical treatments, homeopathy helps to bring back this balance with minimal risks and side-effects. 

 

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A woman is an all-rounder. She is a mother, wife, daughter, homemaker and also a professional. She jumps from one role to the other and makes it look so easy. Catering to everybody else’s needs, she is inclined to put everybody ahead of her own needs, health and well-being.

 

Women’s health and well-being issues have seen high spikes in recent times. Disorders in women vary from menstrual disturbances to serious cases of malignancies. Polycystic ovary syndrome is one among the common cases seen in women.

 

Not many cases of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) have shown successful results with the help of conventional medicine.   

 

Confronting PCOS Complexities

PCOS is quite a challenge for young women. It is a very common problem among those in their reproductive age, which also leads to cases of infertility. Although the statistics of women affected with PCOS is 10 percent, women with difficulties in conceiving feel like they are alone in this journey.

 

PCOS and its complexities occur due to hormonal changes in the body. These changes also affect other bodily functions.

 

Irregular ovulation or menstruation, hair growth in different parts of the body, excessive effects of male hormones and weight issues are some of the issues that arise due to hormonal changes in the body.

 

PCOS can occur due to  conditions like insulin - resistant diabetes. It causes imbalance and changes in the menstruation cycles. PCOS can also lead to the production of more testosterone by the adrenal glands. It leads to changes in ovulation pattern. There are many other complications that arise due to PCOS in women. Some of them are type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and endometrial cancer to name a few. Therefore, it is always wise to monitor and make necessary changes to treat PCOS as early as possible.

 

The treatment route for this disorder is to restore the changes that may occur in the body. Medicine will aim to bring back the normal menstrual cycle and fertility. It helps to lower the insulin level and control hair growth. Doctors aim to prevent endometrial cancer with drugs, dietary therapy and/or use of contraceptive pills. Since PCOS has not narrowed its root cause, these medications and treatments are temporary fixes and cannot really eradicate the problem altogether.

 

Research has brought new methods that seem to have an effective impact against this disorder. One such method of treatment comes from homoeopathy (Click here). It has proven to show better results than other conventional ways of treatment.

 

Signs of PCOS

Some of the most common symptoms of PCOS (Click here) are seen through irregular period cycles, excessive hair, acne and infertility. In normal maturation of a woman's ovum, the egg grows within a cyst in the ovary. PCOS prevents the growth of the egg and hence it is hard for women with this disorder to conceive.

 

A doctor will look into all your medical history, periods, reproduction and weight gain to treat your PCOS and its complexities.

 

A pelvic examination is used to determine the size of your ovary. The doctor will also examine other causes such as acne and hair growth.

 

There will be a series of blood tests to check your insulin, hormonal and glucose levels in your system.

 

Most often an ultrasound (USG) will help to determine the size of the ovaries which will help to diagnose and treat the patients in the right way.

 

It’s always good to consult a doctor if you think you might be showing any symptoms of the disorder. This is the best way to diagnose and treat PCOS rather than going for other personal methods.

 

Treatment Through Homeopathy

A woman’s body functions in a unique manner. Hence, even their health issues are distinct and challenging to find the right method of treatment. The treatment journey through homeopathy has very little side-effect to the body and hence it is considered as one of the best forms of medicine. 

 

Women wear their hair with pride. Hair loss is a devastating thought for any woman. It can also be symptoms of underlying health issues like diabetes and thyroid problems. But at the same time, women feel anxious and unattractive with the presence of hair in areas that are ought not to have any, such as their face and hands.

 

Since most medical research shows the underlying problem related to PCOS is the presence of hormonal imbalance, homoeopathy also leans towards correcting this imbalance in the system. This medical journey on the other hand also has fewer side-effects. Homoeopathy uses very less surgical and other invasive methods to do the treatment. A lot of positive effects are seen through this method like regular periods, increased chances of pregnancy and preventing PCOS recurrence.

 

A study shows that 83 per cent of women have seen great improvement in their condition using homoeopathy as a method of treatment for PCOS and its complexities.

 

Staying Healthy and Preventing PCOS

  • Follow a fun and easy workout pattern that you can do regularly.
  • Stay away from processed foods. This may lead to PCOS as well as hair loss.
  • Reduce the tension on your insulin levels by cutting down the element of sugar from your diet.
  • Stick to healthy, hot food instead of cold meals as this could affect your metabolism.
  • Social habits like smoking and consumption of alcohol can lead to hormone imbalance and infertility.
  • Use flax seed and soya in your diet. While flax seed helps to promote hair growth, soya helps to bring good hormone balance.

December 22, 2020 |  read

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Ways to Cope with Excess Facial and Body Hair

Some of us have excess facial facial and body hair. This is how homeopathy can help manage it.

There is nothing more bothersome for a woman than having excessive hair, if it’s not on her scalp.

 

The disorder which is characterized by having excess facial and body hair is called Hirsutism. Under this condition, dark and coarse, abnormal hair growth occurs in places like the chest, face and back which is typically where hair growth occurs for men.

 

 

To find out if you are affected by Hirsutism, take a look at these symptoms which could indicate the same: 

   

  • If you have excess facial hair – coarse hair growth in areas like chin (beard), side burns, upper lip.

  • If you notice abnormal hair growing on your chest – around your nipples, on your abdomen or on your back.

  • If your menstrual periods are irregular.

  • If you have acne trouble.

  • If your body bears less resemblance to a feminine body shape.

 

 

Which Factors Might Trigger Hirsutism?

  • A condition of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) or Ovarian cysts
  • If there are tumors on adrenal glands or ovaries
  • A medical condition called Cushing’s syndrome under which there will be excess secretion of steroids, which also includes androgen.
  • Acromegaly - another medical condition characterized by excess growth hormone and insulin resistance
  • Decreased production of thyroid hormones or an underactive thyroid gland – Hypothyroidism
  • An increase in prolactin levels which is called Hyperprolactaemia
  • If you are taking certain conventional medication for facial and body hair. 
  • Taking Anabolic steroids
  • If Danazol is used for the treatment of endometriosis (a medical condition under which the endometrium or the lining of the uterus appears and develops outside the uterine cavity)
  • It might be difficult to pinpoint a cause of Hirsutism when an underlying cause or trigger factor cannot be found.
  • Some other risk factors of Hirsutism include genetics, race and ethnicity.

 

The diagnosis for Hirsutism is usually done after taking a thorough medical and family history, tracking your menstrual cycles and other conventional medicines you are taking. A pelvic ultrasound might be required to strike out PCOS; androgen levels are checked through blood tests and in some cases, you might be advised to undergo a CT scan or an MRI if there are tumors of ovaries or adrenal glands.

 

 

A Comparison of Conventional and Homeopathic Treatment

A definitive cure for Hirsutism hasn’t been established under modern conventional treatment techniques as they only approach the condition up to disease level. Anti-androgen medication which helps in blocking the action of androgen hormone on hair follicles is prescribed under allopathic treatment. To change the levels of androgen and some other hormones, birth control pills might also be prescribed. If you opt for grooming methods such as waxing, shaving, bleaching or electrolysis – a method which uses electric current to kill each hair follicle, they aren’t suitable for larger areas. Hirsutism is also treated with laser therapy, which is quite quick, efficient and also permanently removes hair. If the laser therapy isn’t practiced with caution, it can cause burns on the skin.

 

On the other hand, Homeopathy treatment for Hirsutism can prove to be very effective. The medication under Homeopathic treatment is only prescribed after analysing every detail of the case and is aimed at treating a problem from its root. PCOS, a major cause of Hirsutism, can be found in 1 out of every 5 women. The Homeopathic treatment for PCOS and ovarian cysts has proven to be very effective and it also prevents the condition from making a comeback. This can be of great help to uproot Hirsutism. Hormonal imbalance can also be treated with appropriate Homeopathy remedies. The treatment will bring in balance by stimulating the glands to secrete the necessary hormones. There are no side effects to Homeopathic treatment and it further leads the way to a safe, permanent cure.

 

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How Can You Help Yourself?

A proper diet would help you to increase your treatment’s progress speed, and deal with facial and body hair. Foods rich in antioxidants like cherries, blueberries, bell peppers, and tomatoes should be consumed in adequate amounts as they will balance the hormone systems of the body. It is better to avoid pastas, breads, sugar and any other refined food. De-stressing is very important to balance your hormones. Meditation or yoga can help you effectively to alleviate stress.

 

December 22, 2020 |  read

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IVF

How to Move on from Failed IVF

Wondering why IVF isn't working for you? This article discusses the reasons why IVF may not work and what to do next.

The treatment of in-vitro fertilisation begins with the hopes of building a family one step at a time. Couples come to this procedure when they face infertility issues over the past few years and dream of giving birth to a baby. These soon-to-be parents are exhausted and struggling and turn to the option of IVF. With this little hope in life, this technique has proved successful in the majority. However, things don’t always go according to the plan and it’s possible you may have a failed IVF. Let’s take a closer look at what may have happened and how to move on from failed IVF.

 

The medical procedure of IVF allows the sperm and the egg to be combined in a dish by an infertility specialist or endocrinologist. This is then inserted into the womb through the pelvic cavity. The technique should guide the embryo to be inseminated in the walls of the uterus that will develop into a baby. Celebrity cook and model, Chrissy Teigen hit the headlines sometime around 2016 because she claimed to choose the sex of the baby during the procedure of IVF. In many parts of the world, IVF can help choose the sex of the baby you want. The procedure of IVF itself is quite expensive and such medical treatment can also top up the hospital charges.

 

With all said and done, some things often go out of the plan we have in our heads. Here are a few pointers that will give a picture of these unfortunate scenarios.

 

Why did it not work?

Every doctor in the country will initially state out the various ways in which this technique could lead to failure. This is honesty not to discourage you, but they simply want to give you the reality of the big picture. Success stories of IVF pregnancies depend on probability. Other unfortunate couples go through a lot of pain and grief due to their failed IVF procedure.

 

Research has many factors that are seen to understand the failure of IVF. One such problem is the embryo’s inability to stay within the uterus linings. Doctors also choose the best quality of the embryos that have to be inserted into the uterus. The age of the partners is also very important when considering IVF as an option. Case studies show that women above the age of 35 have very slim chances of a successful IVF transmission

 

IVF also calls out on the type of lifestyle that has been followed until the process of combining the sperm and egg. Social drugs, alcohol and cigarettes can be a hindrance to this procedure.  

 

Trying again, just one more time...

Doctors always push their patients to try the method of IVF to get pregnant three times in a row. After these three attempts, they are discouraged to go on further. Well, how to move on from failed IVF in this instance? Start by looking out for other problems in the system.

 

There are many other alternative methods to get pregnant that are suggested by doctors. The treatment of IVF is considered to be very expensive and hence, cannot be affordable to try many times. Yet, some parents keep on trying. Treatments like surrogacy, IUI and adoption are some of the other ways that you can try to start a family.  

 

Before you go into another round of injections, shots and other procedures, you should get yourself and your partner scanned and tested for any genetic or chromosomal issues that refuse the treatment. Just like the age of the couple, these things are also to be considered. A quick assessment of the previous cycle can also give you a clear picture of what could be changed before another round of medical procedures.  

  

In these stages, most couples have a very difficult time making the right decision. It is a very personal family matter between hopeful parents. Before you decide on this matter, pause for a while to look back at the journey to this very point. Both you and your partner should be comfortable to go through this all over again. Fear not to ask your doctor any kind of questions regarding this technique.

 

The support system

After this long and exhausting journey of numerous medications, a failed IVF treatment result could bring down a whole family.

 

Stay strong and don’t give up. Keep looking into other methods of getting pregnant. Get tested, have a good conversation with your doctors and caregivers about the root cause of the problem. To keep a stable mind, seek out help from counsellors. Things like this can be too hard on the family but talking it out at support groups can help you to listen and connect with stories with similar experiences. This way you will not feel lonely during this period of grief.

 

 

Be determined to not let go of the idea of building your own family. On this note, if this treatment doesn’t support your system, be open to other options. There isn’t one single way as to how to move on from failed IVF. There are a lot of resources out there that can help you find the right path.

 

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Psychological Effects of Pregnancy

Read more to discuss how pregnancy impacts your mental health and how to manage it.

Women during pregnancy, need to undergo regular medical care in order to ensure a healthy pregnancy. It mainly keeps birth-related complications and various others risk factors at bay during the prenatal stage. Consulting healthcare professionals during pregnancy also ensures that the mother is made aware of the various changes that go on in her body. Besides the visible physical changes, pregnancy is also like a roller-coaster of emotions for the expecting mother. The psychological and hormonal changes during this period of development can sometimes cause psychological effects of pregnancy like mental disorders amongst pregnant women and that is why just like physical health, the discussions regarding mental health concerns cannot be overlooked. 

 

It is absolutely normal

Even though almost all pregnant women are prone to mood swings, a few others might experience graver mental health issues like stress, depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, etc. in major to mild levels. The ones who are most often affected are mainly the women exposed to stressful or conflict situations and violence of any kind during pregnancy or in general. While, a few others might face these mental health issues due to an unplanned pregnancy, a previous pregnancy with some sort of complication or a miscarriage. However, you must take note of the fact that the problem does not lie in having these concerns but rather in ignoring and brushing them under the rug. The first step that you must take in such a situation is identifying it and if you find it unmanageable, seeking professional guidance from a psychiatrist or psychologist to receive adequate treatment or therapy.

 

How does it affect you and your unborn?

As we talk about the effects of pregnancy on your mental health, the most critical question that needs to be addressed is how it affects you and your baby. According to Dr. Vaishali Joshi, who is a senior obstetrician and gynaecologist at Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai, some of the effects are as as follows:

 

  • For those women who are already on medications due to concerns related to their mental health, it is extremely essential to bring down the dosage of these medications to their minimum requirement as it may cause harm to the developing foetus. It should be done only after getting reviewed by a health professional because stopping the medications abruptly can also have adverse effects on the mother’s mental health in the form of withdrawal symptoms and weaker mental health conditions.

  • The unborn baby can sometimes develop certain growth defects and abnormalities due to the medications of the expecting mother. Therefore, it is extremely important to make sure that you are on the right drug. However, any such abnormality can be diagnosed through sonography scans.

  • It is true that mental health disorders can be treated effectively when diagnosed at the earliest and prompt treatment is received in an adequate manner. Therefore, it becomes essential for the expecting mother to keep her psychologist in the loop and ensure that she has people around her to share her agitation or mental distress with. 

  • Since, the pregnancy hormone can increase anxiety, one most definitely needs to add medicines to keep it under control. It is mainly because pregnant women as they undergo various bodily changes, might feel threatened by the same and see that as a problem.

 

Know when to seek help

Now that you know your concerns related to your mental well-being is nothing to be ashamed of, you should also know how to look for signs and when to ask for help. 

 

Listed below are some of such psychological effects of pregnancy that maybe an indication to seek help:

 

  • If you have been worried or weighed down by sadness consistently for more than two weeks
  • These negative thoughts have become a hurdle in your normal functioning abilities
  • If you face loss of interest, difficulty in coping or feeling of hopelessness
  • Your anxiety or worry does not leave you at all
  • You experience panic attacks and develop disorders like OCD

 

Strategies to maintain a healthy state of mind and cope with psychological effects of pregnancy

 

 

In order to manage your mental wellbeing during pregnancy, there are a plenty of things you can do, that might help you feel more in control or at peace:

 

  • Be gentle on your own self

If you are feeling low or stressed, don’t start to worry about that and put undue stress on yourself that you do not need. You are going through a big life change. Conflicting emotions, especially dramatic ones, are natural and part of the process. Be patient and kind with yourself. Emotions pass, and it is important to remember that.

 

  • Meditation and breathing

If you are feeling overwhelmed, meditation can help to calm yourself down and also overcome your negative thoughts and feelings. Deep breathing is a great form in this regard as it reduces stress and treats symptoms of depression.

 

  • Journaling to the rescue

Penning down your thoughts can also do the trick. As you write down about your thoughts and feelings when you are stressed or at times when your anxiety strikes, you find an outlet to let go of your negative emotions.

 

  • Being in touch with your loved ones

As you might feel greatly vulnerable during this time, you must try to be around your near and dear ones. Their care and support can work wonders on your entire journey to being a mother.

 

  • Indulge in your favorite pastime

Indulging in your hobbies and keeping yourself engaged with the activities that you enjoy the most like- listening to music, reading, baking, cooking, gardening, etc. can be a great way to keep your mental health intact during pregnancy.

 

  • You are not alone

You can join birthing classes and meet other pregnant women going through the same process. Reading books by experts or women who went through a similar experience might help you as well.

 

So, as the months roll by and your pregnancy progresses, always remember that these psychological effects of pregnancy like mental health issues and discomfort do not last. They are temporary but always require adequate attention and professional help. Therefore, your medical consultant must always be kept on the loop.

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