What to know about HPV and fertility

Human papillomavirus or HPV is the name for a group of viruses transmitted by skin-to-skin contact. HPV can affect fertility in both men and women.It is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI), but people can also acquire it in other ways. According to the United States' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),...

What to know about endometriosis and infertility

Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue similar to the uterine lining grows elsewhere in the body. Pelvic pain is the most common symptom of endometriosis, but some women with the condition may also experience infertility.Research has found that infertility affects around 30–50 percent of people with endometriosis. Endometriosis lesions can cause inflammation in the...

What to know about cervical mucus and fertile discharge

Throughout the menstrual cycle, cervical mucus changes. This type of discharge is healthy and a sign of regular ovulation.One method of fertility monitoring uses changes in cervical mucus to predict ovulation. When a person is fertile, the cervical fluid is watery, thin, and slippery, and it may appear similar to an egg white. What is cervical...

What helps with insomnia during early pregnancy?

Insomnia during early pregnancy is usually due to factors such as hormonal changes. Many people experience insomnia at some point, during pregnancy. Better sleep hygiene, relaxation techniques, and cognitive behavioral therapy can help.According to a 2018 study of 486 pregnancies, 44.2 percent involved insomnia during the first trimester. The study concludes that insomnia is...

What do different colors of discharge mean in pregnancy?

Pregnancy causes changes in vaginal discharge, which can vary in color, texture, and volume. An increase in vaginal discharge is often one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. Some changes in color are also normal, while others may indicate infection or another problem.Color is one of the most noticeable changes that can occur. Discharge...

Acupressure for inducing labor: What to know

Acupressure practitioners say that applying pressure to these specific points on the body can change the body's energy, called qi or chi. Some people believe that acupressure may help induce labor in women who are at the end of their third trimester.Acupressure draws upon the same concepts as acupuncture, but it uses firm massage...

Signs and symptoms of infertility

It is not uncommon for people to experience signs of infertility. This may be stressful, as many people show no direct symptoms of infertility until they try to conceive.Infertility affects both men and women. According to the Office on Women's Health, about a third of issues with infertility comes from women, and another third...

Is hair loss a side effect of metformin?

Metformin is a prescription medication for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and polycystic ovary syndrome. Some people are worried that this drug may cause hair loss, but there is little evidence to validate this concern.Doctors typically prescribe metformin as a first-line treatment for people with type 2 diabetes. Along with diet and exercise,...

Using light to destroy metastatic breast cancer

Dr. Nalinikanth Kotagiri of the Cincinnati Cancer Center in Ohio has just received the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Breakthrough Award to study the use of light to target cancer cells in late-stage breast cancer. The researcher explains the benefits of light therapy for metastatic breast cancer.A new form of light therapy could drastically...

How a breastfeeding mechanism may affect breast cancer

New research shows how a normal mechanism that helps the breast adapt to breastfeeding could lead to the accumulation of premalignant breast cells.Some of the mechanisms that enable breasts to lactate could also lead to the accumulation of abnormal breast cells. The link between breastfeeding and breast cancer has been the subject of several studies....
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