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What Makes Women Barren
Not anymore.: With the advances in assisted reproduction technology most infertile women can still carry normal pregnancies to term and have healthy babies. Therefore, the old-age stereotype of the barren spinster is no longer socially applicable - thanks to our rei (reproductive endocrinology and infertility) colleagues. ...Read more
Fertility in 19th C: I don't believe there's much real data to answer , but case reports in lancet as far back as civil war support that causes were probably similar to now: ovulatory, tubal, endometriosis. There's a fascinating case report of a surgeon cannulating proximal fallopian tube with a whalebone in 1898! delayed child-bearing of course was less common. Medical historians please correct me if needed! ...Read more
I have a question about infertility? Why did they always call women barren when the men might have been at fault
Guys weren't checked: Usually, the first stop when a couple cannot conceive is the woman's gynecologist. The standard teaching with infertility is that the male factor plays a role about 50% of the time, so a semen analysis should always be obtained and properly evaluated by a lab when a couple can't get pregnant. If there are significant abnormalities it should be repeated and the patient referred to a urologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Female: Turner's syndrome, caused by only 1 x chromosome only affects females. More than two copies of the x chromosome only affects females. ...Read more
I'm 21yr old female frm TN,INDIA.R thr any chances for my children to be born with any abnormalities if I am going 2 marry my maternal uncle's son?
Yes: We are all thought to inherit around 4 recessive (not expressed) genes from our parents.These genes can trigger metabolic problems like PKU or inherited gene syndromes if their come together with a 2nd recessive gene.The closer the mating (brother,cousin, 2nd cousin),the more likely we will have a shared recessive gene and have a 25% chance of having a kid with a defect. ...Read more
Is it normal for woman having very light hair in face , tummy and breasts? Is it about hormonal abnormalities or because of Living in dry n cold city?
Are pregnant women over 35 always treated as high risk or can they see a regular nurse-midwife or OB if in good health and no abnormalities w/baby?
Both: Yes there is some increase in risk after age 35 regarding genetic problems, developmental problems and complications of delivery. This does not mean that you can not delivery with a midwife especially if you have had normal deliveries in the past. Midwives often work in hospitals where MDs are available in case of unanticipated complications for you or your baby. Good prenantal care is best. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer