Sunday, October 4, 2015
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Oxytocin is a peptide hormone produced in the hypothalamus section of our brain and most women know it as a medicine that is used to bring on contractions. But it has been called the hormone of love as well. So in a new study they looked at whether the hormone of desire could produce better sexual function as well. In the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm in women with symptoms of vaginal atrophy such as vaginal dryness, pain, itching, discomfort and bleeding during intercourse were treated with vaginal oxytocin for seven days. As with treatments such as estrogen, Osphena, and the MonaLisa Touch treatment there was significant improvement in the health of the vaginal tissues including more of the healthy superficial cells rather than the atrophic basal cell layer. This was a well tolerated treatment and with this study of just one week there were no significant side effects either. It is still a medication with potential systemic effects however, and most women when asked would rather not have another medication if there is a good alternative such as the MonaLisa.
Friday, October 2, 2015
Have you heard that all old sayings, rhymes, myths, and fables have their truths. So what do you think of the fact that charming Billy's love and the apple of his eye could make a cherry pie as quick as a cat could wink's it's eye? Why did charming Billy care if his love could make a cherry pie? A whim, or a nutritionally important choice in a cook you plan to stay with forever/ Cherries, and in particular sweet cherries, are a nutritionally dense food rich in anthocyanins, quercetin, hydroxycinnamates, potassium, fiber, vitamin C, carotenoids, and melatonin. Some of these compounds are fragile, thus buying and eating locally is an important consideration for consuming nutritious cherries. Like with other compounds the amount light and specifically UV concentration when during growing, degree of ripeness, postharvest storage conditions, and processing, each can significantly alter the amounts of nutrients and bioactive components the cherries will have. These constituent nutrients and bioactive food components support the potential preventive health benefits of cherry intake in relation to cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, inflammatory diseases, and Alzheimer's disease. So what's for dessert should include cherries!
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Sunday, September 27, 2015
- Fetal life lungs have fluid, Life with us they must clear the lungs of this fluid and the lungs have to expand to accommodate that fluid
- In fetal life lungs do not supply oxygen to the baby, the placenta and umbilical blood do, thus the circulation has to shift, the passages for blood to skip the lungs have to be closed and rerouted so the baby can get oxygen from the lung to the heart
- Babies have to be kept warm, and now dry as they now live on land instead of water
- And the food function of mom and placenta has to be replaced with breast milk
researchers are intensely watching is the newborn gut as it has an environment that is differnt from the adult one:
- The transition to a full set of gut bacteria and VIRUSES, and not all the viruses are there for the human species, some of the viruses just infect the gut bacteria, creating an entire life realm we have just begun to understand!
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Then it's time to gab with your gyno on what the best way to get pregnant will be.
Sunday, September 20, 2015
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Saturday, September 19, 2015
If we look at the risks in the whole population, if you are twenty years old and having a baby, then your risk is about 1/1600 of conceiving a baby with Trisomy 21 or Down's Syndrome as it is known. And at age 20 your chance of having a pregnancy with any chromosomal problem is about 1/500. Many of these cases will actually miscarry, so it is a different statistic to ask what is your chance of having a live birth with one of these disorders. By age 35 the risk of Down's is about 1/350, and by age 45 the risk is 1/30, and by age 45 the risk of having a pregnancy with any chromosome disorder is about 1/20. Your gyno can help you with the statistics for your specific age.
There are many ways at each stage of pregnancy to determine sex and the health of the baby, and it is so complex that two organizations have issued a joint position on all the complicated testing during the pregnancy. In truth some testing cannot occur until after delivery, but currently we have many ways of making very accurate diagnoses before delivery. Getting a pelvic ultrasound is a genetic screening test. It is not very sensitive however and it only picks up about 60% of the abnormalities in pregnancy, even if done after all the organs are both formed and large enough to visualize completely. It was discovered 30 years ago that certain birth defects are associated with abnormal blood levels of certain proteins and certain hormones. For many years now we have used this test, combined with more intense testing of older mom's to try to determine which babies have some of the most common serious birth defects.
The Human Genome Project in 2001 brought forward the technology that improved prenatal testing. But testing ultimately, for many women, will mean invasive testing through sampling the amniotic fluid with a test called amniocentesis, especially to confirm other tests that may come up abnormal . Now we have NIPT by testing cfDNA! While this many not on the surface sound "simplified", this testing of mom's blood during early After a woman's 10th week of pregnancy, about 10-15% of all of her blood free fragments of DNA are from the placenta. This test does not pick up all abnormalities, and should not be done without early ultrasound tests of fetal health. This has the ability to revolutionize care, as currently about 80-90% of serious birth defects are not picked up until about 18-20 weeks of pregnancy due to the tests that are most frequently used. But it gives parents an option of knowing the health of the baby in a much safer way than amniocentesis. Several companies are now doing this test, and in fact, one option is to find out the sex of your baby, very reliably, and much earlier than ever before!
pregnancy can determine if your baby's chromosomes are normal. It stands for "None Invasive Prenatal Testing" and it's looking for cell-free fetal DNA circulating in mom's blood.
Friday, September 18, 2015
1. Be screened for depression and mood disorders. Planning and preventing pregnancy while you treat any disorders are critical.
2. Discuss how contraception can help improve or at least not worsen depression
3. Discuss mood changes when on (any) new medication with your health care provider.
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