Thursday, February 26, 2009

Obesity and Menstrual Cycle

Very often girls and women are asking questions about their weight. Are they OK or they need to loose some kilograms. How to know the correct weight? How to be healthy, beautiful and sexy? Is there any correlation between weight and menstrual cycle?
During last decades some observations confirmed that a very low or very high body weight could create disorders of the menstrual cycle, infertility and reduce fertility. Recently some molecular mechanisms of the correlations between weight and the menstrual cycle were discovered.
Read more and discover correlations between your weight and menstrual cycle.


Body Mass Index (BMI) is calculated according to person’s weight and height. BMI equals a person's weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared. Formula: weight (kg) / [height (m)]2
BMI can be also calculated in "lb" and "in". Formula: weight (lb) / [height (in)]2 x 703
BMI is a reliable indicator of body fatness for people. Additionally, BMI is an inexpensive and easy-to-perform method of screening for weight categories that may lead to health problems.
BMI is calculated the same way for both adults and children.
Read more and discover calculation and weight classification (normal weight, overweight and underweight).

Condom, How to wear correctly

Millions of men are using condoms but some are often complaining because of different problems (loosing a condom during sex, having broken accidents, etc.). The main reason is wrongly used condom.
Read more to check how to wear the condom correctly.

Condoms, How to Choose

It’s an important and popular question that most condom users - both new and veteran condom users - ask: How to choose condom? Best condom? What size condom do I need? Condoms are extremely effective at preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). But which condom is the best? There is no best condom for everybody but you can choose the best condom for yourself. Condoms come in many shapes and styles. They are available in different lengths, widths, and strengths. With so many kinds of condoms out there, it's tough to know how to pick the right one. It's important to think about what the condom is made of, if it comes with lubricant, what size to buy, how to check the quality, etc.
To figure out how to choose read more.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Natural Contraception

There are several natural methods of contraception which include the following:
* Coitus Interruptus (Withdrawal method),
* Rhythm Method,
* Basal Body Temperature method,
* Cervical Mucus method, and
* ELISA Test.
Discover more ...

Pills and Smoking

Smoking cigarettes while taking birth control pills dramatically increases risks of heart attack for women over 35. Smoking is far more dangerous to a woman's health than taking birth control pills, but the combination of oral contraceptive pill use and smoking has a greater effect on heart attack risk than the simple addition of the two factors.
Smoking cigarettes while taking birth control pills increases a woman's risk of having an ischemic stroke (three times more likely in pill users than in nonusers) or a hemorrhagic stroke (three to four times that of nonusers), according to a large World Health Organization (WHO) study.
Read more ...

Saturday, February 21, 2009


Endometriosis is the growth of cells similar to those that form the inside of the uterus (endometrial cells), but in a location outside of the uterus. Endometrial cells are the same cells that are shed each month during menstruation. The cells of endometriosis attach themselves to tissue outside the uterus and are called endometriosis implants. These implants are most commonly found on the ovaries, the Fallopian tubes, outer surfaces of the uterus or intestines, and on the surface lining of the pelvic cavity. They can also be found in the vagina, cervix, and bladder, although less commonly than other locations in the pelvis. Rarely, endometriosis implants can occur outside the pelvis, on the liver, in old surgery scars, and even in or around the lung or brain. Endometrial implants, while they can cause problems, are benign (not cancerous).
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Fishy Vaginal Smell

If your vulva smells fishy, it is almost certain that you have bacterial vaginosis (also known as "anaerobic vaginosis"). This is an imbalance in the bacteria in the vagina. All women have harmless bacteria in their vaginal passage. In bacterial vaginosis, some of the bacteria multiply so that more are present than is normal (it is usually the Gardnerella and Mobiluncus
bacteria that are the culprits). In other words, bacterial vaginosis is not an infection caught from your partner; it is due to bacteria that are normally present in the vagina.
Read more about Bacterial Vaginosis.

Ferriman Gallwey Hirsute Score

The Ferriman Gallwey scoring system (Ferriman DM, Gallwey JD.,1961) is used to score the degree of excess male pattern body hair (hirsutism) by doctors. The scorecard of every body location under survey begins from 0 (no excessive terminal hair growth) to 4 (extensive terminal hair growth) and the numbers are added up to a maximum count of 36. It is pretty easy evaluate the hirsutism with objective scores. If you would like to check objectively the level and degree of the pathological hair grow (hirsutism) on your body, please use Ferriman Gallwey scoring system.
Read and see pictures which will help you to make calculations.

Breast Pain

Breast pain is one of the most common breast problems. Pain can range from mild to severe, and sometimes requires treatment. It may affect one or both breasts, or can radiate into the armpit. In general, breast pain is not a sign of cancer. There are 3 categories of breast pain: pain related to the menstrual cycle, pain not affected by the menstrual cycle, and pain originating in the chest that feels as though it is in the breast.
Read and discover more about breast pain.

Reproductive Organs

The female genital organs consist of an internal and an external group. The external genital organs include the mons pubis, labia majora, labia minora, Bartholin's glands, and clitoris. The area containing these organs is called the vulva. At the beginning of vulva, just inside the opening of the vagina, is the hymen, a mucous membrane. In virgins, the hymen usually encircles the opening like a tight ring, but it may completely cover the opening. The external genital organs have three main functions: Enabling sperm to enter the body, Protecting the internal genital organs from infectious organisms and Providing sexual pleasure The internal genital organs form a pathway (the genital tract). This pathway consists of the Vagina, Uterus, Fallopian tubes (oviducts) and Ovaries.
Read more about detailed functions of reproductive organs.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Fertilization occurs when a live sperm penetrates the newly released mature egg successfully and cell division starts. The woman has now conceived - the embryo is growing! During sexual intercourse, millions of sperm are released into the vagina and move through cervix to uterus and fallopian tubes. Hormones during ovulation change the cervical mucus – it becomes watery allowing the sperm to swim up the vagina through the cervix. At other times the mucus is more viscous and unreceptive to sperm. Only about 2,000 sperm will be strong enough to reach the uterus and the fallopian tube. Read more ...

Implantation Bleeding

Implantation bleeding is vaginal discharge which usually contains a small amount of pinkish or brownish blood. Only about a third of pregnant women experience implantation bleeding. The egg becomes fertilized with a sperm within 12 hours after ovulation, usually in the outer portion of the fallopian tube. It then travels down the fallopian tube, increasing its size along the way. In the fallopian tube it becomes the zygote and doubles to two cells, four cells, then eight cells and becomes the "morula." As the morula enters the uterine cavity it's called a "blastocyst." Implantation bleeding can happen at the time the fertilized egg implants in the uterus - the attachment of the fertilized egg to the uterine lining, on average between 6 to 12 days past ovulation (on average about 9 days after ovulation). Because the lining uterus is made up of blood, there can be a bit of blood expelled in some women.
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Gardasil (Merck & Co.), also known as Silgard, is a vaccine against certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV). Gardasil is the only cervical cancer vaccine that helps protect against 4 types of human papillomavirus (HPV): 2 types that cause 70% of cervical cancer cases, and 2 more types that cause 90% of genital warts cases. Gardasil is for girls and young women ages 9 to 26. Human papillomavirus (HPV) infections cause nearly all cases of cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is the fifth leading cause of death from cancer in women world-wide, and the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women in the majority of developing countries. Gardasil is only effective in preventing HPV infections, not in treating those already infected by HPV, and so the vaccine must be given before HPV infection occurs in order to be effective. For this reason it is recommended to administer the vaccine before adolescence and the onset of sexual activity. Read more ...

Sunday, February 1, 2009


Tubal sterilization or so called tubal ligation is a permanent form of contraception. Tubal sterilization is surgery to block a woman's fallopian tubes. After this procedure, eggs cannot move from the ovary through the fallopian tubes, and eventually to the uterus. Also, sperm cannot reach the egg in the fallopian tube after it is released by the ovary. Thus, pregnancy is prevented.
There are two options for tubal sterilization:
1). When surgical procedure includes cut or tie or burn of fallopian tubes;
2). Essure spring-like coils inserted to block the fallopian tubes. Essure is a new non-surgical method of permanently blocking the fallopian tubes to stop pregnancy from occurring.
Read more about sterilization.

Pills and Antibiotics

If possible, you should avoid taking other medicines, or herbal remedies, with the contraceptive pill. If a health professional prescribes medicine for you, you should always tell them if you're taking the pill. This is because some medication can affect the way that the pill works. Antibiotics might decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills (contraceptives). There have been reports of pregnancy in women who have taken antibiotics while using birth control pills. Theoretically, additional medications might alter the metabolism and blood levels of the birth control hormones, thereby altering their effectiveness. Antibiotics can affect how estrogen (the active ingredient in the contraceptive pill) is absorbed into your body. This can make the pill less effective, and you'll need to use an additional form of contraceptive, such as a condom. You should use the additional form of contraceptive while you're taking antibiotics, and for one week after you stop.
Read TIPS for women who should take antibiotics while using birth control pills.