The term hormone imbalance is quite common in gynecologic circles. Many women of reproductive age will be familiar with what the term denotes. It is simply a broad term that refers to disturbances in the hormonal control of the female reproductive system. The term is so broad that it can sometimes be erroneously used as a diagnosis in its own right, with the danger that a specific diagnosis can easily be missed out.
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You may have observed that friends tend to do similar things. Having a baby is no different. A recent study has shown that young women whose friends have had a baby are more likely to follow suit. Whereas such studies may not necessarily be applicable to your circumstances, being aware of social trends may sometimes impact on your choices.
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Urinary incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine. It is embarrassing and stigmatising, and occurs in women for various reasons. Nobody should live with incontinence, there are various treatment options that allow the condition to be controlled or completely cured.
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Labor and delivery is a predictable event, but many variables come into play. Obstetricians and Midwives are trained to recognise and intervene when the progress of labor veers from the expected pattern. The final point when the baby is about to be born is referred to as second stage of labor. It is usually a short period, lasting no longer than one to two hours, but Obstetricians may allow a longer interval depending on circumstances.
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Blood group typing in pregnancy is important for various reasons. Standard blood groups are A, B, AB or O. Each group is additionally labelled either positive (+) or negative (-), which denotes what is called Rhesus factor. The Rhesus factor is a marker on the red blood cells, and majority of people have this factor and are labelled Rhesus positive. However, about one in every ten people are Rhesus negative.
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