Many couples worry that the use of reversible family planning methods may somehow affect chances of future conception. Such concerns are erroneous. Reversible contraceptives only interfere with conception when in active use. Once use of a reversible contraceptive has been discontinued, fertility resumes promptly.
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The term ovarian cyst is known to most women in the reproductive age group. It denotes fluid-filled swellings within the ovary. Unfortunately, many women get quite anxious whenever a diagnosis of an ovarian cyst is made. Luckily, most cysts are innocent (or benign in medical terms), and usually disappear on their own without any active interventions.
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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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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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