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Pregnancy Tracker: 18 weeks, 2 days Size of the Baby: About 6 inches long and 8.5 ounces Biggest Obstacle: The frustration of insulin resistance ! For many years women with type 1 diabetes were discouraged from having children and scared away from the possibility with films like Steel Magnolias (which happens to be one of my favorite movies, even though it is quite dated on diabetes information !) Before the era of intensive diabetes management, home glucose monitoring, and insulin pump therapy, the risk for diabetic moms and their babies was great. Luckily, today thousands of women have had successful, healthy pregnancies complicated by type 1 diabetes. Thus, I was certainly encouraged to join their ranks and begin the journey of pregnancy myself. Ironically, whereas women with preexisting diabetes and pregnancy didn't mix for many years, I have found that in several ways, having diabetes can be constructive during pregnancy. First of all, in s...
Introduction A woman's hormone levels normally change throughout her life for a variety of reasons, and these hormonal changes can lead to changes in her breasts. Many such hormonal changes occur during pregnancy, changes that may influence a woman’s chances of developing breast cancer later in life. As a result, over several decades a considerable amount of research has been and continues to be conducted to determine whether having an induced abortion, or a miscarriage (also known as spontaneous abortion), influences a woman’s chances of developing breast cancer later in life. Current Knowledge In February 2003, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) convened a workshop of over 100 of the world’s leading experts who study pregnancy and breast cancer risk. Workshop participants reviewed existing population-based, clinical , and animal studies on the relationship between pregnancy and breast cancer risk, including studies of induced and spontaneous abortions. Th...
Inadequate luteal phase
The main symptom is short or irregular menstrual cycles.
Signs and tests
Traditionally, a biopsy of the endometrium is the standard for diagnosing luteal phase defect. However, measuring the progesterone level in blood serum is often used as a means of diagnosis instead of endometrial biopsy due to the pain, difficulties of precise menstrual cycle dating, and expense associated with endometrial biopsy.
A blood serum progesterone level of lower than 10ng/mL one week prior to the start of menstruation or 7 days after the LH (luteinizing hormone) surge is generally accepted as a diagnosis of luteal phase defect.
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