Agenesis of the Lower Vagina It may occur that a woman is born with the absence of the lower vagina. This means that she may have a normal uterus, cervix and upper vagina but there is a blockage with the absence of the lower vagina. If there is agenesis of the lower vagina and there is a normal, functional upper vagina and uterus, than the upper vagina will fill with blood during menstruation. This can create a large pelvic mass which is the distended upper vagina. It is my recommendation that a surgical procedure be performed when the upper vagina is filled with blood so that the upper vagina can be brought down to the area where a normal vaginal opening should occur. This is called a "pull-through vaginoplasty." A pull-through vaginoplasty will thus create a normal vagina. The tissue of the upper vagina which has been distended with blood has been expanded so that the upper vagina can now reach the lower vagina. If this procedure is not performed when the upper vagina is filled with blood, than there may not be enough vaginal tissue to
Blood pressure problems The most important cause of high blood pressure in pregnancy is a disease called pre-eclampsia. If untreated, pre-eclampsia can lead to eclampsia, which is very serious.
Breech babies Before 37 weeks the only time that it does matter if the baby is breech, is if labour begins. There are many factors that will be taken into account before advising on how to have your baby at this stage.
Cervical Incompetence Cervical incompetence is a condition in which the cervix begins to open (dilate) and thin (efface) before the pregnancy has reached term. Occurring in the second or third trimester, cervical incompetence is a cause of late miscarriage and premature birth.
Ectopic Pregnancy An ectopic pregnancy is a condition where a fertilized egg settles and grows in any location other than the inner lining of the uterus. The vast majority of ectopic pregnancies occur in the fallopian tube (95%), however, they can occur in other locations, such as the ovary, cervix, and abdominal cavity. An ectopic pregnancy occurs in about 1 in 60 pregnancies.
Ectopic pregnancy Ectopic pregnancy occurs when the site of implantation is outside of the womb. It can occur in several places, eg. the ovary, the abdomen, the cervix, at the join between the tube and the womb (cornua), but the most common place is in the fallopian tube.
Ectopic Pregnancy: Overview The word "ectopic" means "out of place." An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy that is not growing in the usual location (the uterine cavity). Ectopic pregnancies can occur in a number of abnormal locations, each with different characteristic growth patterns and treatment options.
Ectopic Pregnancy Symptoms Ectopic pregnancy symptoms, causes, and treatment. With an ectopic pregnancy the beginning of life starts outside of the uterus. Because most ectopic prenancies develop inside the fallopian tubes, most people refer to them as tubal pregnancies.
Group B Strep Association (GBSA) The Group B Strep (GBS) Association is a nonprofit organization formed in June of 1990 by a handful of parents whose babies were victims of GBS infections. Having experienced the pain and devastation of this illness, these parents sought the help of prominent researchers and physicians from all over the country. These doctors responded with great support and have joined together to act as the Medical Advisory Board for the organization.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) - pregnancy Pregnancy has played a major role in the spread of this disease among children as most children who have become infected did so while they were sharing blood inside their mother's womb, or, even more frequently, at birth after being exposed to the mother's blood.
Intrauterine growth retardation Intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR) means the unborn baby is not growing properly. The baby's weight is lower than it should be for its stage of the pregnancy.
Introduction to PIH/HELLP Pregnancy Induced Hypertension complicates approximately 7% of pregnancies in the US annually and is normally found in the second half of pregnancy. PIH is the occurrence of hypertension, proteinuria, and edema, and eclampsia. PIH can range from mild to severe. Complications of pregnancy that likely increase the chances of PIH include diabetes, multiple gestation and persistent hypertension.
Miscarriage Support Groups On this site you will find tips for coping with miscarriage, contact information for Miscarriage Support Groups in New Zealand.
Pre-Eclampsia Pre-Eclampsia is the name given to a cluster of symptoms which can appear from the 20th week of pregnancy onwards. It is sometimes also known as Pre-Eclamptic Toxaemia (PET), Toxaemia, EPH Gestosis or Metabolic Toxaemia of Late Pregnancy. Symptoms include raised blood pressure, abnormal swelling (oedema) and protein in the urine. Two or more of these symptoms give cause for concern and a diagnosis is made.
Pre-eclampsia Pre-eclampsia is an illness which occurs only during pregnancy or immediately after delivery and can affect you and your baby. It is called pre-eclampsia because in rare cases woman can go on to develop fits, known in pregnancy as eclampsia.
Pregnancy And Lupus Since lupus primarily affects young women, pregnancy often becomes a crucial question. Years ago, all medical texts said that lupus patients could not have children, and if they became pregnant, they should have therapeutic abortions. Clearly, these early conclusions are wrong.
Pregnancy Problems Welcome to Pregnancy Problems! Over 40 Articles about the complications of pregnancy and childbirth.
Problem Pregnancy Complications with pregnancy are not uncommon; most problems are relatively mild, but some carry significant health risk to the mother, child, or both.
Problems of Pregnancy The vast majority of pregnancies are uncomplicated and end with the birth of a normal, healthy baby. Even when complications do occur, early diagnosis and treatment will often prevent serious problems.
Rh Disease and Pregnancy Rh isoimunization is characterized by antibodies to the "Rh factor" in the mother's bloodstream. *This only happens if the mother is Rh NEGATIVE and has been exposed in the past to Rh POSITIVE blood, from a previous pregnancy with an Rh positive baby or from a blood transfusion with Rh positive blood.*
Sidelines Sidelines is a network of support groups across the country for women and their families experiencing complicated pregnancies. A pregnancy is termed "high risk" or "complicated" when the life or health of the mother or baby may be at risk.
The Process of Alloimmunization In more than 98% of cases, the red blood cell incompatibility involves the Rhesus or Rh D antigen so the disease is known as Rhesus disease or Rh disease.
Warning signs of Problems in Pregnancy The majority of pregnanies are uneventful without any complications. Occasionally, however, you may experience problems that need to be addressed and which may require prompt attention. If you observe anything that concerns you, even if it's not