Uterine fibroids, also called fibromyomas, leiomyomas or myomas, are non-cancerous tumours, which can be found in various locations of the uterus, with varying size and severity. Continue reading
A high proportion of pregnancies may fail to develop and end in miscarriage. The are several causes that might lead to a miscarriage and, depending on the cause, several prevention methods
A miscarriage is usually a traumatic experience, more so if the failed pregnancy is the product of an infertility treatment. The satisfaction of a positive pregnancy test is followed by frustration and sadness caused by the miscarriage. Fifteen to twenty per cent (15 – 20%) of all pregnancies, conceived naturally or by assisted reproduction techniques, end in miscarriage, 75% of which occur in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Some, but not all, women experience a few symptoms before the miscarriage, like a dark brown, light pink or red blood vaginal discharge, decrease of the breast tenderness or size, absence of embryo movement or his cardiac pulse. Pain and heavy vaginal bleeding indicate that a miscarriage is in progress. It is imperative that the doctor should be notified immediately. Examination of the miscarried tissue may aid in the determination of the cause(s) of the miscarriage.
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