Strep B

What is Strep B? Group B streptococcus (GBS) or strep B for short is a common type of the streptococcus bacterium which lives in the body without the carrier knowing. Approximately a third of men and women carry GBS in their intestines and a quarter of women carry it in their vagina. GBS is the…

Family Planning

Finding out a little bit more about fertility and when you are most fertile can make an incredible difference to planning your future. Identifying your fertile days – the days possible to get pregnant during each menstrual cycle, enables you to know the best time to conceive. Fertility Approximately 20% of women in the U.K.…

Polycystic ovary syndrome

What is polycystic ovary syndrome? Polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS for short is a condition that affects the function of the ovaries. Polycystic literally means ‘many cysts’ and if you have PCOS, multiple fluid-filled cysts develop in the ovaries and eggs may not be released regularly. PCOS is the most common cause of fertility problems…

Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (P.M.S.) and Pre-Menstrual Tension (P.M.T.)

What is Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (P.M.S.) and Pre-Menstrual Tension (P.M.T.) Many women go through many physical and emotional changes just before and during their period. These symptoms, which usually begin 7-14 days prior to a period are known as either Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) or Pre-Menstrual Tension (PMT). PMS is very common, approximately 1 in 3 women…

Ovulation Prediction

As it is not possible to become pregnant outside of your fertile 2-3 days each cycle, which is around ovulation. It is therefore very important that you know when you are ovulating. Ovulation typically occurs around day 14 of your menstrual cycle. Count the first day of your last period as day 1. There are…

Ovulation and the menstrual cycle

Many women are unsure about ovulation and what job their hormones do in controlling it. It is estimated that although 90% of women know what ovulation is, there still is a lot of confusion on how this relates to their  fertility. What is ovulation? Ovulation is the release of a mature egg from the ovary.…

Obstetric Cholestasis

What is the liver? The liver is by far the largest organ in the body, it is situated in the upper  abdomen and is protected from injury by the rib cage. The liver has many important functions. For more information on the liver click here. What is Obstetric Cholestasis? Obstetric Cholestasis (OC), or intrahepatic cholestasis…

Miscarriage

What is a miscarriage? A miscarriage (also known as a spontaneous abortion)is the loss of a baby before 24 weeks of your pregnancy. However, nearly all miscarriages occur in the first 12 weeks, sometimes before the woman even knows she is pregnant. This is why the first 12 weeks of a pregnancy are the most…

Menopause

What is the menopause? Menopause is the medical term used for the last menstrual period a woman will ever have. However, the term is more often used to describe the years leading up to this time, also called the ‘change of life’ or just ‘the change’. This period is more accurately known as climacteric. Menopause…

Infertility treatments

Infertility treatments If you have been trying unsuccessfully for a baby for over a year, or 6 months if you are over 35 you should consider consulting your doctor. He/she will question you about your menstrual history and the length of time that you have been trying to conceive. Your doctor will also need to…

Infertility

What is infertility ? Infertility is the term given to describe a couple that has never been able to conceive a pregnancy, usually after a minimum of 1 year of attempting to do so through unprotected intercourse. Many couples wrongly believe that it is easy to conceive and don’t understand that pregnancy is normally a matter…

Incontinence

What is incontinence? Incontinence or urinary incontinence is the inability to hold or control the flow of urine until you are able to get to a toilet. It can be an embarrassing problem and so the majority of people who suffer with incontinence will not seek help. Left untreated incontinence can cause rashes, depression, skin…