Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), fertility implications
The cause of PCOS is not known, but sometimes runs in families. The symptoms are related to abnormal hormone production (hence the term hormone imbalance). The diagnosis is made following typical symptoms, hormone tests and ultrasound imaging of the ovaries.
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Endometriosis and fertility
The main symptoms are severely painful periods. The pain may start just before the onset of periods, last through the period, and ease after the period is complete. Some will experience painful sexual intercourse, and there may be associated heavy periods as well. In some cases, there are also urinary and bowel symptoms.
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Suffering a miscarriage
Unwanted pregnancy loss, commonly referred to as miscarriage, is quite devastating. Couples go through distressing emotions after a miscarriage, often craving for another pregnancy as part of the healing process.
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Fertility preservation in men
Dear doctor,You seem to have forgotten men in the fertility equation. I have heard so much about preserving fertility in women, what about us men? My age is advancing rapidly, without any foreseeable prospects of a suitable partner. How do I get my fertility preserved?
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Lost periods and inability to conceive
Going for a whole year without periods is certainly abnormal. In fact, in the absence of pregnancy or use of certain contraceptives, an explanation should always be sought if periods disappear for a period of 3 to 6 months.
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