Home pregnancy tests have become commonplace. A woman can find out if she is pregnant within minutes and anytime of the day or night. Some tests boast they can detect a pregnancy the first day of a missed period. But how accurate are these tests? Can you really know if you are pregnant the day you should have gotten your period? Two Types of Pregnancy Tests There are two basic types of pregnancy tests: blood tests and urine tests. Both tests determine pregnancy by detecting the presence of human chonrionic gonadotrophin (hCG), the hormone that is present in a woman only after an embryo attaches itself to the uterine wall. Once this happens, hCG levels rise quickly and continue to rise each day. Blood tests must be completed by a doctor and are typically more accurate than urine tests. Blood tests can normally detect pregnancy as early as six to eight days after ovulation. This is because blood tests can detect a very small amount of hCG. A quantitative blood test will measure th...
For the next five months, readers will be able to track Kelsey's progress and find out how she controls her diabetes while pregnant. Pregnanc y Tracker: 16 weeks Size of the Baby: the size of an open palm Biggest Obstacle: Fitting into clothes -- maternity are still too big, but I can't button my pants! Excellent blood glucose control for a non-pregnant, type 1 diabetic often includes testing many times per day and correcting any high readings. Even with tight control, diabetics are used to the occasional postprandial spike or unexpected high blood glucose. However, once you add pregnancy to the mix, excellent blood glucose control hits an entirely new level. Testing up to 20 times a day is typical, target blood sugars become unbelievably low, and those postprandial spikes, or for that matter any high readings, are no longer bearable for a pregnant woman with diabetes. An occasional high reading is going to happen while ...
Painful sexual intercourse; Dyspareunia
For painful intercourse in women after pregnancy:
Wait at least 6 weeks after childbirth before resuming sexual relations.
Be gentle and patient.
Use lubrication as needed.
For vaginal dryness/inadequate lubrication:
Try water-based lubricants.
If you are going through menopause and lubricants don't work, talk to your doctor about estrogen creams or other prescription medications.
For painful intercourse caused by prostatitis:
Soak in a warm bath.
Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid alcohol and caffeine.
Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Take antibiotics as prescribed.
For hemorrhoids, try stool softeners. Antibiotics may be required for urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted infections, or vaginal infections.
Other causes of painful intercourse may require prescription medications or, rarely, surgery.
Sex therapy may be hel...
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