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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...
Why it stinks:
1) Cancer’s not fair. “Hey–I don’t smoke, seldom drink, exercise regularly, eat right, and I get cancer? What’s up with that?”
2) When you have cancer, you feel your body has turned against you. It’s not like a virus or
bacterial infection, or something attacking from outside; it’s your own cells, attacking one another from within, creating an internal battleground.
3) Cancer can change your appearance. Big time. Not only does your topography change with a lumpectomy or mastectomy , your geography may change if you’ve had reconstruction–Wait a sec, that’s not where my belly button used to be! And of course, there’s the loss of your hair, which makes visible parts of yourself you may never have seen before (your naked skull), let alone revealed for all the world to see.
4) Cancer isn’t a disease you can easily forget. Your breast, whether all or part of it’s missing, is all it takes to remind you about cancer every morning in the shower.
5) Unless you have good he...
Depression is the leading cause of disease-related disability among women in the world. In particular, women during their reproductive years are at high risk for major depression (MDD) (Robins et al, 1991). Perinatal depression, defined as depressive episodes that occur either during pregnancy or within the first 6 months postpartum, can have devastating consequences for both the woman experiencing it as well for her children and family (Marmorstein et al, 2004; Flynn et al, 2004).
Studies have demonstrated that perinatal depression has a prevalence rate of at least 10%, making it one of the most common complications of both the prenatal and postpartum period (Yonkers et al, 2001; Gaynes et al, 2005, Dietz et al, 2007). One of the primary risk factors for the development of postpartum depression (PPD) is the onset of depressive symptoms during pregnancy. Depression during pregnancy, also called "antenatal depression" has been associated with low maternal weight gain, incr...
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