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Dr Bart Kuczera answers your questions on women health.

Question: I am 32 years old and have a nine month old baby girl. Since her birth I have had extremely irregular periods. Prior to getting pregnant they were like clockwork but now they’re not following anything remotely close to a schedule. Is that normal? I’m worried...

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Weight

There is a weight range that is considered to be ideal for fertility which is based on your Body Mass Index (BMI). A BMI of 19-25 is considered to be within the normal range. We know that being overweight or underweight can reduce your chances of conceiving. Women who...

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What is Ultrasound?

Diagnostic ultrasound (also known as sonography or ultrasonography) is a non-invasive diagnostic technique used to image inside the body. The word “ultrasound” in physics, refers to all sound with a frequency that humans cannot hear. In diagnostic sonography the...

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Stress management

Dealing with infertility can be stressful. The experience of uncertainty can be profound. Emotions of fear and anxiety can become pronounced and overbearing. Learning how to manage stress more effectively may not only increase your chances for a successful pregnancy,...

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Avoid Pesticides and Other Harmful Exposures

Exposures to pesticide, especially agricultural pesticides, may harm both men and women's fertility. Pesticides affect fertility: Exposure to some solvents and toxins can adversely affect women's...

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Impact of high temperature on sperm

Sperm parameters can be affected if exposed to high temperatures. For instance, sitting in a hot tub day after day should be avoided, even if a man has no known fertility problems. Repeated exposure to high temperature through hot tubs or hot baths can affect male...

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Impact of smoking on fertility

Studies on male smoking have shown a decrease in the quality of sperm. Sperm motility refers to the swimming capability of sperm. If sperm cannot swim properly, they may have trouble reaching the egg and fertilizing it. In men who smoke, researchers found a decrease...

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Watch the Beverages

Drinking too much coffee or too much alcohol can impair a woman's fertility. Excess intake of coffee is not good. Experts say that drinking more than five cups of coffee a day, the equivalent of about 500 milligrams of caffeine is associated with lower fertility. But...

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Good food for Fertility

Women who eat food that contain high amounts of trans fats, animal proteins and carbohydrates, among other dietary factors, are more likely to have an ovulatory disorder. Ovulatory problems cause infertility in about 20 percent of women seeking to become pregnant. A...

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