Cervical Cancer information

Cervical cancer vaccination and screening information:

Cervical cancer (cancer of the lowermost part of the uterus) is a leading cause of deaths in the Indian subcontinent and it is the number one cause of cancer-related deaths in India.

Globally, each year, 500,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 270,000 women die from it. In India itself, each year, 1,32,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 74,000 women die from it!

The irony is that the western world, which has fewer cases, is far more active in taking preventive steps like early screening (PAP Smears) and vaccination, while the developing world which as got most of the cases of cervical cancer, is still struggling to educate its masses to undergo screening and vaccination.

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Urinary Leaks

Urinary incontinence means involuntary leakage of urine. In other words, it is inability to hold back urine under certain conditions.

This problem affects millions of women all over the world. Almost 20 to 30% of young women and 50% of the elderly suffer from this condition though many do not report it even to their doctors due to embarrassment. Some are forced to use pads throughout the day while others learn with experience, to empty their bladder frequently or squeeze their pelvic muscles every time they cough or sneeze, to prevent that leak!

When a woman often leaks urine at any time, any place, she gradually lose her confidence to go out or socialise. In severe cases, she may end up depressed and become a social recluse.

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Birth Control

Contraception (Birth Control)

Planning our families is absolutely essential in today’s day. With abortion laws becoming more stringent, women have fewer choices after getting pregnant.

It is obvious that there is no perfect or best method for anyone. In order to be able to select the best option for contraception for us, we need to know a few facts about each method.

We list out to you the options available and a few details of each method so you can find your pick.

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Why miscarriages happen

How/ why does a miscarriage happen?

There are several reasons for a miscarriage. The commonest reason is probably Nature’s selection. It is believed that as many as 75% of all pregnancies result in miscarriage, though most go unrecognised as they happen so early that it feels like that of a normal period, though slightly delayed.

An abortion is often a result of Nature’s selection process (Nature tries to allow only the best embryos to thrive and embryos which are below the mark are rejected ....meaning thrown out by the process of abortion). Hence most doctors would not ask for a battery of tests after a single abortion.

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Polycystic Ovaries

Polycystic ovaries  

(This article by Dr Suman Bijlani was published in the Cosmopolitan magazine in Jan 2010)

Polycystic ovaries or PCOS is one of the commonest endocrinological ailment affecting women of the reproductive age group today. The incidence of this disorder is on the rise, thanks to a more stressful lifestyle, changing food habits and an increasing trend towards obesity.

This article throws light on this multifaceted and enigmatic disorder which is affecting the lives of millions of women today.

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