If you ask people to judge their prevailing health status, you’ll get all sorts of responses. At one extreme, some will claim to be in the best of health. The other extreme is those who are already aware of being in a state of poor health. The majority tend to fall in between, they have no sense of their prevailing health status. They just toddle along hoping for the best.
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The optimal fertility window for both women (and men) is narrow, and shrinks exponentially with advancing age. Pregnancies are best planned when fertility rates are highest, couples are in optimal health, and when chances of delivering a healthy baby are highest. Biologically, the optimal age bracket for the best fertility outcomes spans from the mid-20s to the mid-30s.
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Ever heard of the saying that you cannot teach an old dog new tricks? Well, the meaning of the saying is self-explanatory. When people have been used to doing things in a particular way, they will not abandon their habits. With some coaxing, some will change their habits. But others will stand their ground, even when it’s evident that doing things differently is more valuable.
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Delayed conception isn’t an uncommon event. For most, it’s usually a transient phenomenon, with spontaneous conception occurring in the course of time. However, there should never be any hesitation to be evaluated, especially when the delay is more than one year. Older couples beyond the mid-thirties should be evaluated earlier, after around six months of trying to conceive.
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Most women in the reproductive age group are familiar with the term fibroid. Fibroids are ‘golf-ball’ like swellings commonly found within the body of the womb (uterus). They are fairly common, especially in African women. It is important to be aware that fibroids are not cancer, and can be left alone for the lifetime of the woman. The exact cause of fibroids is not known, though there appears to be a genetic link.
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