Infertility is when a women is not able to to become pregnant after a year of trying (or six months if a woman is 35 or older).
Infertility also includes if a woman continues to have miscarriages or stillbirths. Infertility can affect both women and men. Infertility also means if a man has not been able to get a woman pregnant after at least one year of trying.
Infertility is common. After one year of having unprotected sex, about 15 percent of couples are not able to become pregnant. About a third of the time, infertility is due to the woman. In another third of cases, it is due to the man. The rest of the time, infertility is may be due to both partners or there is not a cause that can be found.
There are specific treatments for men and for women, but some treatments will involve both women and males. Treatments may include medications, surgery, artificial insemination, or assisted reproductive technologies. After treatments, many couples are able to have babies.
About 10 percent of women (6.1 million), between the ages of ages 15-44, in the United States have a difficult time becoming pregnant or staying pregnant.
While nearly half of infertility cases in women can be attributed to physical causes such as not producing an egg or problems with the uterine lining, many cases are left unexplained. In the absence of a physical cause, female infertility may be explained by something as simple as a hormonal imbalance.
Common hormone-related causes of female infertility often involve the following scenarios:
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FDA restricts sale and distribution of Essure contraception device
The Essure device, a soft, flexible insert, is inserted by a health care provider into the fallopian tubes. Over several months, tissue forms around the insert. As a result, the tissue creates a barrier that prevents sperm from reaching the eggs, which prevents pregnancy.
Essure is the only permanently implanted birth control device that does not require a surgical incision, according to the FDA. The agency said it believes some women are not being adequately informed of the risks tied to the Essure device before having it implanted.
Some women who have had the Essure device implanted have experienced adverse events like allergic reactions, perforation (puncturing) of the uterus or fallopian tubes, migration of inserts to the stomach or pelvic cavity and pain that does not go away. Some women have reported headaches, feeling tired, changes in weight, hair loss and mood changes like depression. However, the FDA said these symptoms may not necessarily be tied to Essure.
Sales of Essure have declined since the FDA ordered device maker Bayer to conduct a study and add a boxed warning and patient decision checklist to Essure's labeling. The newly required Essure labeling includes the restriction of the sale and distribution of the device to health care providers and facilities that provide information to patients about the device's risks and benefits. This includes the patient brochure, titled “Patient-Doctor Discussion Checklist – Acceptance of Risk and Informed Decision Acknowledgement,” which the health care provider must review with the patient to ensure she understands the risks and benefits tied to Essure. Both the patient and the health care provider implanting the device must sign the brochure.
Ask your health care provider any questions you have about family planning. (Rx Wiki)
Autism affects the normal development of the brain in the areas of communication skills, social interaction and cognitive function. Individuals with autism typically have trouble with communication (both verbal and nonverbal), interacting socially, and leisure or play activities.
Autism is called a "spectrum" disorder because people with the disorder can have a range of symptoms. Those with autism might have problems communicating with others, or they may have restricted interests and repetitive behaviors.
The causes of autism are not known. However, research suggests that both genes and environment play important roles. Autism occurs in people of all races and socioeconomic statuses. Boys are much more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.
Researchers have identified a number of genes that may be tied to the disorder, and some studies have suggested a link between irregularities in the development of several regions of the brain and autism.
It is important to note that parental practices do not cause autism.
There is no cure for autism. The goal of therapies and behavioral interventions is to improve specific symptoms. The ideal treatment plan will include therapies and interventions that are individualized to meet the specific needs of the person with the disorder.
Approaches to therapy include educational and behavioral interventions, as well as certain medications. Intensive, skill-oriented training sessions help children develop social and language skills. And family counseling for the parents and siblings of children with autism often helps families overcome potential challenges. Occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy and music therapy can also be part of a complete treatment plan for autism.
Doctors may prescribe medications to treat specific symptoms, such as anxiety, certain behavioral problems, attention-deficit disorder, depression, seizures or obsessive-compulsive disorder.
If your loved one has been diagnosed with autism, a variety of resources, programs and support groups are available. Ask your health care provider about the resources available for you and your family.
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