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Archive for August 2013

The relationship between delayed childbearing and breast cancer

Although breast cancer is more common in women over the age of 50, younger women are also at risk. The results of a recent study conducted by scientists at Cancer Research UK suggests that one in five cases of breast cancer occurs in women under the age of 50. More than 10, 000 younger women […]

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Exposure to BPA may negatively affect women’s reproductive health

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a toxic chemical that is found in some plastics (e.g., water bottles, cups, compact discs, medical devices, impact-resistant safety equipment, etc.) and “epoxy resins” which are used to coat some metal products (e.g., pop and food cans, bottle tops). BPA has long been known to leach into the foods and liquids […]

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Thyroid problems may impair fertility

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the neck that manufactures hormones and regulates metabolism. The most common thyroid disorders – hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) and hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) – are caused by either too little or too much of the hormone thyroxine. These endocrine disorders can cause a range of different […]

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My mother had several miscarriages, and my sister has endometriosis. I’ve always had painful periods and irregular menstrual cycles. I’m 28 years old and definitely want to have kids in the future, but I’m wondering whether I should be concerned about my fertility, given my family history. Should I be getting tested now in case I also have endometriosis? What kind of testing is involved, and if it turns out I have endometriosis, how might it affect my fertility?

Written by our medical expert Dr. Stephen Hudson, Director of the Victoria Fertility Centre in British Columbia, Canada.  Thank you for your questions, which need to be broken down in order to respond appropriately. First of all, the fact that you have painful and irregular periods demands attention. There may be a number of reasons […]

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