Every day, a vast number of patients fail to show up for medical appointments with their healthcare providers. Whereas there are many reasons for the so called ‘no shows’, many fail to appreciate the huge impact that missed appointments have on health service provision.
The routine is fairly simple. You get sick, go to the doctors, and come out the other end with a prescription. The pharmacist then dishes out meds that you will end up taking for a while. Other times, you just ignore the doctor and decide to self-medicate, ending up buying whatever you fancy. It doesn’t matter that some symptoms are inconsequential and only transient, there seems to be an ever unending crave for medications.
Many of us have had to contend with an element of bad news at some point. Medical bad news are in a category of their own, and can be a nightmare to contend with. Bad medical news are usually about an unexpected grim diagnosis, a morbid outcome, or the futility of undergoing further treatments.
The chances of spontaneous conception decline with age, more so from the mid-thirties onwards. It is estimated that women older than 40 only have a 5% chance of conception with every cycle. This is in great contrast to women in late 20s and early 30s, whose chances of conception are 4 to 5 times higher. By the time you hit 45 years, the chances of conception with your own eggs are almost nil. It doesn’t end there, you also have higher chances of suffering a miscarriage. And pregnancy-related complications also occur more commonly.