Nurtura Health Blog

Women’s Health – Leiomyomas (Uterine Fibroids)

Uterine leiomyomas (fibroids) are benign smooth muscle tumours of the uterus that appear during the reproductive years.  In addition to smooth muscle cells they are composed of variable amounts of fibrous tissue and collagen.  They are usually spherical, well-circumscribed, white, firm lesions and range in size from a pinhead to 20cm across (the average size […]

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Women’s Health – Endometriosis

Endometriosis affects approximately 10% of reproductive aged women, and is found in 20-50% of women with infertility or chronic pelvic pain.  This painful female reproductive condition is characterised by the presence of endometrial tissue which normally lines the uterus, outside the uterus.  Occurring most commonly in the pelvic region, endometrial implants may be found on […]

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Women’s Health – Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS  affects  4 – 7% OF WOMEN.  It is characterised by ovaries containing multiple cysts (polycystic ovaries, signs of excess body hair; male pattern baldness; abnormal, irregular or scanty periods and metabolic syndrome (high insulin, obesity and hypertension)).  Polycystic ovaries can be 2-5 times the normal size, as follicles fail to ovulate and develop into […]

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Women’s Health – Luteal Phase Defects

A luteal phase defect is a menstrual cycle abnormality where low progesterone levels in the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle result in delayed development of the endometrium.  This deficiency of progesterone in the luteal phase is more often termed “oestrogen dominance”.  Oestrogen dominance is thought to affect 3-5% of infertile women and up to […]

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Women’s Health – Menorrhagia (Heavy periods)

Menorrhagia is the term for excessive (greater than 80ml blood loss) and/or prolonged (no longer than nine days) menstrual bleeding.  Menorrhagia due to hormonal factors is most common in the first years of menarche, and approaching menopause due to hormonal influences, and may be exacerbated by other pathology, most commonly, uterine fibroids. Excessive menstrual flow […]

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