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Definition A miscarriage is the spontaneous loss of a fetus before the 20th week of pregnancy. (Pregnancy losses after the 20th week are called preterm deliveries.) A miscarriage may also be called a "spontaneous abortion." This refers to naturally occurring events, not medical abortions or surgical abortions . Other terms for the early loss of pregnancy include: Complete abortion: All of the products of conception exit the body Incomplete abortion: Only some of the products of conception exit the body Inevitable abortion: The symptoms cannot be stopped, and a miscarriage will happen Infected (septic) abortion: The lining of the womb, or uterus, and any remaining products of conception become infected Missed abortion: The pregnancy is lost and the products of conception do not exit the body See also: Threatened miscarriage Alternative Names Abortion - spontaneous; Spontaneous abortion; Abortion - missed; Abortion - incomplete; Abortion - complete; Abortion - inevitable; Abortion - infected; Misse...
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.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can be a challenging addition to your life, but the rest of your life still goes on. This means going to work, falling in love, having a family. And that’s where RA muscles its way into the picture yet again, bringing with it important questions. Will RA affect your ability to have a family? Is it safe to be pregnant while having RA or taking RA medication? What are the risks of passing on RA to your baby? How will are affect your ability to care for your baby? This post will try to answer all those questions and more!
Rise in RA Incidence in Men Vs. Women | Create Infographics
(Source: The Arthritis Foundation)
RA occurs much more frequently in women than men. In fact, up to three times as many women as men have RA. The disease also tends to develop primarily during the childbearing years. In the past, women living with autoimmune diseases were often advised not to have children, but this is no longer the case. With some added supervisio...
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