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We care for your health and well-being Motherhood, a speciality hospital chain of Bengaluru-based Rhea Healthcare, provides Women and Child care and has delivered more than 16500 babies......more
We care for your health and well-being Motherhood, a speciality hospital chain of Bengaluru-based Rhea Healthcare, provides Women and Child care and has delivered more than 16500 babies through its six hospitals in the last 8 years. The hospitals are located in Bengaluru (5), Chennai, Pune (Kharadi), Indore, Coimbatore upcoming Mumbai (Khargar). We’re led by the highly accomplished clinicians, supportive nursing care ably supported by the latest technologies and treatment protocols. With state-of-the-art NICU’s, Labor Suites, Adult ICU’s, Operative Rooms, Laboratory Services and 24/7 pharmacy, Motherhood delivers the best in women, new born and children’s healthcare. Key Specialities: Pregnancy care, Fertility care, Gynaecology, Advanced Laparoscopy Surgery, Neonatology, Paediatrics, Foetal Medicine, Cosmetology and Radiology.

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Motherhood - Indiranagar

No.-324, CMH Road, Indiranagar 1st StageBangalore Get Directions
  4.3  (250 ratings)
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Motherhood - Sarjapur

514/ 1-2-3, Kaikondara Village, Opp. More Mall, Sarjapur RoadBangalore Get Directions
  4.3  (312 ratings)
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Motherhood - Sahakara Nagar

2266/17 & 18, Service Road, G-Block, Sahakara Nagar, International Airport RoadBangalore Get Directions
  4.3  (90 ratings)
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1 Speciality
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Motherhood - HRBR Layout

914, 5th A Cross Road, HRBR Layout 1st Block, Kalyan Nagar, Bengaluru 560043Bangalore Get Directions
  4.2  (60 ratings)
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Motherhood- Banashankari

#4 30th Main Rd Banagirinagara Banashankari 3rd Stage Opp Kempegowda Institute Of Medical ScienceBangalore Get Directions
21 Doctors
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Dr. Prathiba Govindaiah

MBBS, DNB - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Fellowship In Reproductive Medicine
Gynaecologist
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87%  (10 ratings)
13 Years experience
500 at clinic
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06:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Dr. Prashanth Gowda

MBBS,DNB,DCH
Pediatrician
86%  (10 ratings)
9 Years experience
600 at clinic
₹200 online
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09:00 AM - 03:00 PM

Dr. Vijayalakshmi

MBBS, DGO
Gynaecologist
85%  (10 ratings)
46 Years experience
600 at clinic
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10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Dr. Rahul Shetty

M.B.B.S, M.S (General Surgeon), M.ch (Plastic Surgery)
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon
85%  (10 ratings)
17 Years experience
500 at clinic
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Dr. Suresh Gowda

MBBS, DCH, MRCPCH
Pediatrician
85%  (10 ratings)
21 Years experience
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10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
02:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Dr. Teena Thomas

MBBS, MRCOG, PGDFM
Gynaecologist
85%  (10 ratings)
20 Years experience
600 at clinic
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11:00 AM - 01:30 PM

Dr. Jayashree Murthy

MBBS, DNB - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Gynaecologist
85%  (10 ratings)
28 Years experience
500 at clinic
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05:30 PM - 07:00 PM

Dr. Muyeed Mohammed

MBBS, Diploma in Child Health (DCH), DNB - Paediatrics
Pediatrician
85%  (10 ratings)
15 Years experience
500 at clinic
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02:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Dr. Gowri

MBBS & DNB
Gynaecologist
85%  (10 ratings)
36 Years experience
600 at clinic
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Dr. Nutan Anand

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Pediatrics
Pediatrician
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12 Years experience
600 at clinic
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10:30 AM - 02:00 PM
04:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Dr. Srinivasa Murthy

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Pediatrics, Fellowship in Neonatal Perinatal Medicine
Pediatrician
13 Years experience
600 at clinic
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09:30 AM - 11:45 AM
04:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Dr. Sneha Sood

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, DVDL
Dermatologist
5 Years experience
600 at clinic
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11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Dr. Pavan N Murdeshwar

MCh - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
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4 Years experience
700 at clinic
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Dr. Aruna Savur

MBBS, DNB (Paediatrics), Fellowship in Neonatal Intensive Care
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28 Years experience
600 at clinic
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09:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Dr. Chethana R

MBBS, DNB
Radiologist
27 Years experience
500 at clinic
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10:00 AM - 02:00 PM

Dr. Vani R

MBBS, MS - Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Fellowship in Laparoscopy
Gynaecologist
21 Years experience
400 at clinic
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09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Dr. Sumana Rao

MBBS, MD - Pediatrics, Certification of DABP (neonatology)
Pediatrician
29 Years experience
500 at clinic
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05:30 PM - 08:00 PM

Dr. Shiva Kumar

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, DNB - General Surgery, Fellowship In Minimal Access Surgery
General Surgeon
17 Years experience
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Dr. Meena Kumari

MBBS, DCH
Pediatrician
23 Years experience
500 at clinic
Available today
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
500 at clinic
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Gynaecology

A branch of medicine reserved especially for treating female conditions of the reproductive system
General Physician

General Physician

Aims to provide best quality care to patients with acute and chronic problems
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgery

Cosmetic/Plastic Surgery

Offers various surgical and non-surgical procedures to patients willing to enhance their appearance
Endocrinology

Endocrinology

Offers quality care to patients with medical problems related to the endocrine glands and hormones
Dermatology

Dermatology

Aims to deliver the highest quality of care to patients with skin disorders
General Surgery

General Surgery

Offers extensive care to patients suffering from abdomen related medical issues
Psychiatry

Psychiatry

Offers specific care to patients with any kind of mental illness or behavioural disorders
Pediatrics

Pediatrics

Aim to offer the best form of childcare to infants and children up to 18 years
Radiology

Radiology

A speciality, which uses hi-tech radio imaging for diagnosis of various medical conditions
Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology

Offers qualitative care to patients suffering from stomach and intestine problems
Cardiology

Cardiology

Aims to provide effective diagnosis and treatment related to cardiac and circulatory problems
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Ear-Nose-Throat (ENT)

Aims to offer special care to patients with conditions related to the ear, nose and throat
Urology

Urology

Offers cumulative treatment of problems of the Urinary tract and male reproductive organs
Hematology

Hematology

Offers qualitative care to patients suffering from blood related disorders
Pediatric Surgery

Pediatric Surgery

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Orthopaedics

Concentrates on efficient treatment of injuries and problems of the musculoskeletal system
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Miscarriage - How Can You Prevent It?

Speciality Birthing Care
Gynaecologist, Bangalore
Miscarriage - How Can You Prevent It?

The most devastating period for any pregnant women is a miscarriage. This normally happens because of genetic abnormality noticed in the fetus caused due to tripling of a chromosome. This is also called ‘spontaneous abortion’ because the body rejects the random genetic abnormality. Apart from this, there are many other reasons for miscarriage namely blood clotting, deshaped uterus, uterine fibroids, unhealthy cervix and so on. Now, this could lead you to the next question - What can we do to prevent miscarriage?

Time to meet the gynaecologist:
When there is tripling of chromosomes or genetic mismatch, the body actually rejects the fetus, thereby preventing birth of an unhealthy baby. But, if the miscarriage repeats several times, then you have to meet your gynaecologist for further tests and appropriate medical intervention.

Symptoms of miscarriage:
In the normal course, when miscarriage occurs, the women would experience back pain or vaginal bleeding or blood in the vaginal mucus or cramping or abdominal pain. Ironically, sometimes the miscarriage may happen without any of these symptoms. It would get noticed only during routine scanning. However, in the normal course, the chance of a miscarriage is highest before the 12th week. But if miscarriage happens after the 12th week and before the 24th week, then it is called spontaneous abortion. Thereafter, it is known as a ‘still born’ baby.

However, there are some steps that can help women prevent a miscarriage. These steps are briefly explained here.

  • Nicotine retards growth of fetus and it is for this reason the couple should shun smoking, months before they plan pregnancy. This change in lifestyle has remarkable effects in preventing miscarriage. Similarly, caffeine can also be the cause of miscarriage. Therefore, women should regulate their intake of coffee as per the advice given by the gynaecologist.
  • Women suffering from chronic ailments like lupus, problems with thyroid, epilepsy and such other ailments are prone to a miscarriage. Similarly, it is also advisable that women should get tested for STD/HIV because these ailments can cause a miscarriage. Women suffering from such ailments should be under constant medical care.
  • In addition to these, the women should take food rich in vitamins, proteins, Omega-3 and fibres. Further, they should also do physical exercises as per the instructions given by the gynaecologist. One should drink enough water so as to keep oneself sufficiently hydrated. Women must practice meditation, which helps in reducing stress.

The causes of a miscarriage are many; women should discuss about the issues relating to a miscarriage with their gynecologist. This helps them take appropriate preventive steps against this unwanted situation.

Chromosomal Abnormalities - Why Get It Screened In The First Trimester?

Speciality Birthing Care
Gynaecologist, Bangalore
Chromosomal Abnormalities - Why Get It Screened In The First Trimester?

First-trimester screening is a prenatal test. It is conducted to get early information about a baby's risk of certain chromosomal conditions. It can detect conditions like Down syndrome (trisomy 21) and extra sequences of chromosome 18 (Trisomy 18).

It is usually conducted in two steps:

  1. Blood test
  2. Followed by USG

Initially, a blood test is conducted to ascertain the levels of two pregnancy specific substances in the mother's blood. The blood is tested for pregnancy associated plasma protein and human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). Thereafter, a USG is done to find out the size of the clear space in the tissue that is present at the back of the foetus’s neck.

The screening is done between weeks 11 and 14 of pregnancy. The doctor is able to gauge the risk of your baby having Down syndrome or Trisomy 18 by using your age and results of the test. This screening is quite helpful and can guard you against deadly consequences in the future. Down syndrome is known to cause impairments in the mental and social development of the child. Trisomy 18 gets often fatal by age 1. However, first screening doesn’t find out the risk of neural tube defects.



It is the first screening done in pregnancy. It can be done before any other screening. Thus, the results are known at an early stage. You will get time to think about the future consequences can help you in deciding your course of action and the decision to either continue or terminate the pregnancy. You will be ready to know and decide whether you will be able to live and take care of a baby with special needs. You can conduct other screenings later in pregnancy. You must know that first-trimester screening is treated as being optional. It can detect the risk and cannot tell you whether your baby has the problems in real or not.

Often women get worried about the test and it’s after effects. However, there is no need to worry. It will not harm your pregnancy. The foetus remains untouched and safe during the screening. It will not lead to any miscarriage or any other complication.

A practitioner will collect your blood by inserting a needle into your veins. The blood is then sent for testing to the lab. You can resume your usual daily activities. The ultrasound will need you to lie on your back on a table and the technician will put a transducer on your abdomen. The sound waves will be changed into digital images that the technician will refer to. You can get back to your normal routine as soon as the test is over.

How Flu Can Affect Your Pregnancy?

Speciality Birthing Care
Gynaecologist, Bangalore
How Flu Can Affect Your Pregnancy?

When you are pregnant, the need to watch your health is significantly higher. It is not just a question of your health, but of the developing baby also. This makes it extremely significant as different bacteria and viruses could affect the baby’s development and even lead to complications with pregnancy and childbirth.

The flu, short for influenza, is a mild viral infection that affects the upper airways, including the nose, throat, and sinuses. The usual symptoms include nose blockage, runny nose, sore throat, sneezing, cough, heavy headed feeling. It is caused by a virus and therefore there is no remedy for it. It has to run its course which usually takes about 7 days, and the body will fight off the infection on its own.

Symptomatic treatment including paracetamol and adequate hydration can help live through the flu. Though it is common in any weather, the winters increase the risk.

Another increased risk factor is the reduced immune levels in a pregnant woman, making them more prone to catching the flu. This could lead to complications like pneumonia which might require hospitalisation and prolonged treatment with antibiotics. The baby could also be at risk of miscarriage, low birth weight, and premature birth.

Symptoms: If you do catch the flu during your pregnancy, you will notice the following symptoms a headache, runny nose, fatigue, sore throat, shortness of breath, coughing, sudden chills or fever, diarrhoea or vomiting, and body aches, and loss of appetite.

Management: If you suspect that you could have the flu, contact the doctor immediately. Taking safe antiviral medications can help reduce the duration of the illness and reduce pain and suffering. In addition, getting plenty of rest and drinking lots of fluids can help recovery. Acetaminophen can help manage the fever, while Robitussin and guaifenesin can help manage the cough.

Prevention: If you are planning for pregnancy or are already pregnant, it makes great sense to get vaccinated for the flu. This can help prevent a flu attack and sail through pregnancy smoothly. In addition to protecting the mother, the flu vaccine also transmits the virus to the newborn, which gets immunity for up to 6 months of life. The vaccine also has a beneficial effect on the newborn.

It is safe to get the flu vaccine during pregnancy, though taking it in the early months is advisable. It is also safe during breastfeeding with no harmful effects documented. In addition, some healthy habits like regularly washing hands, eating healthy, getting adequate sleep, and keeping a safe distance from people with flu can help prevent flu attack.

While prevention is the best solution, if contracted, the flu can be managed well by seeking immediate medical attention.

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Breastfeeding - Did You Know It Has Many Benefits?

Speciality Birthing Care
Gynaecologist, Bangalore
Breastfeeding - Did You Know It Has Many Benefits?

While the decision to breastfeed or not to is a personal one, however, it is known to have a number of benefits for both the baby and the mother. Ideally, a newborn baby should be fed only mother’s milk for the first six months of his or her life. This not only provides a nutritious diet for the infant, but it can also protect the baby from a number of diseases that could affect them now and in the years to come.

Here are a few reasons a mother should breastfeed her baby

  1. Well balanced nutrition: Mother’s milk is better than any form of infant formula. This is because it contains the perfect mix of vitamins, p111939roteins and fats essential for your baby’s growth. Also, these nutrients are made available to the baby is easy to digest form which increases the amount of nutrition absorbed by the baby’s body. By breastfeeding a baby, the chances of them being overweight in their later years is also reduced.
  2. Immunity booster: Along with nutrients breast milk is also rich in antibodies that protect your baby against viral and bacterial infections. Breastfeeding a baby reduces their risk of suffering from asthma and other allergies in future and also reduces the frequency of ear infections, respiratory diseases and diarrhea.
  3. Better bonding: When a baby is being breastfed it is held close to the mother’s body and skin to skin contact is established. This benefits both the baby and the mother and helps build a strong bond between them. For the baby, this skin to skin contact builds a sense of security and for the mother, breastfeeding the baby can help deal with postpartum depression and make her feel connected to the baby.
  4. Helps the mother recover: Breastfeeding helps the mother get her body back to its pre-pregnancy condition faster. This is because breastfeeding burns calories and hence helps the mother lose pregnancy weight faster. It also triggers the release of hormones such as oxytocin which reduce uterine bleeding after delivery and help the uterus get back to its original size.

When breastfeeding a baby it is important to recognize when the baby is hungry and feed him or her before they start crying. Typically an infant should feed on each breast for 10-20 minutes at a stretch. It is also important to be patient and comfortable while breastfeeding so as to allow milk to flow evenly and to prevent fatigue.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Fasting During Pregnancy - Should You Do It?

Speciality Birthing Care
Gynaecologist, Bangalore
Fasting During Pregnancy - Should You Do It?

If you are pregnant and considering fasting during the festive season, it might not be a good idea. As per studies, fasting during any trimester of the pregnancy can have detrimental effects on the unborn child.

During the 1st trimester, your baby is in a very delicate stage. It is better not to fast during this period of time. Similarly, fasting during the 3rd trimester is also very much unsafe. However, if you are healthy and have no pregnancy-related complications then you can fast but only after consulting your doctor. Remember that your baby depends on you for food. So, it is always good to avoid going completely w111939ithout food when on fasting during pregnancy.

Below given are a few tips to be followed by pregnant women when going on Navratri fasting:

  1. Consult your doctor: The doctor should always be consulted before deciding to fast. Different women have different risk levels, and there can be chances of diseases like diabetes and threats of miscarriage. The doctor will be the sole person to gauge the degree of risk associated and give a proper solution.
  2. Stay hydrated: Consume lots of water. This should be done to avoid dehydration. Dehydration can lead to hardening of tummy or cases of pre-term labor. It can also result in dry skin and mouth, fatigue, intense feelings of thirst and dark urine.
  3. Sleep well: While fasting, pregnant women experience a lot of stress compared to others. There is the combined physical exertion of pregnancy and fasting. This can take a serious toll on health. It is always advisable that they sleep for long and stay relaxed.
  4. Eat healthily: Eating healthy is very important as then only, the baby will get enough nutrients. In this regard, a healthy diet plan, given by the doctor should be followed. Consumption of 2-3 types of fruits throughout the day is essential as they are rich in natural sugars and minerals. This helps in maintaining the energy levels of the body. Moreover, the fast should always be broken with healthy and nutritious foods. As the body does not get food, for the entire day, gobbling something deep fried and oily after the fast ends, is not at all a good idea. High sugar foods or caffeinated drinks like coffee and tea should be avoided during fast.
  5. Look out for warning signs: The would-be mother should always look out for warning signs. This includes severe dehydration, weight loss, constipation, indigestion, nausea, dizziness, headaches, lethargy, fever and even a reduction of the baby’s movement inside the womb. These are indications that the body cannot cope with the stress associated with fasting. These physical conditions should be immediately reported to the doctor.

Keep these important tips in mind in order to enjoy the festive spirit along with a healthy and safe pregnancy! In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Spotting - Is It Of Any Significance?

Speciality Birthing Care
Gynaecologist, Bangalore
Spotting - Is It Of Any Significance?

Spotting can be stated as a form of mild bleeding from the vagina. It is similar to a period, but it is much lighter and can occur in between your periods. Most women who are pregnant and are in their first trimester experience spotting. In fact, spotting is often seen as one of the early signs of pregnancy.

Spotting can happen because of any of the following reasons:

  1. Cysts in the uterus can cause spotting
  2. Though very rare, a thyroid problem can also lead to spotting
  3. Any infection in the cervix or uterine cancer can also cause spotting
  4. Lastly, hormonal imbalance can also cause spotting

What can spotting signify?
Spotting is completely normal and there is no need to be worried if it happens on account of any of the following reasons.

  1. Light spotting at the end of the bleeding period during the menstrual cycle is common.
  2. Spotting can also occur during ovulation; in fact, seeing some spots of blood when one is ovulating, is often considered as an excellent sign of fertility.
  3. Mild spotting can also develop after sex, especially if it is for the first time, owing to the hymen getting ruptured
  4. Mild spotting if one is on birth control pills is also normal.

When should you be worried?

  1. Spotting is an early sign of pregnancy and if you are not planning to conceive any time soon, then you must visit your gynaecologist.
  2. Spotting may also be a symptom of any STD, primarily Chlamydia or Gonorrhea.
  3. As spotting could also be indicative of cancer, it’s advisable to not delay and visit the gynaecologist immediately.

IUI - How This Process Is Helpful For You?

Speciality Birthing Care
Gynaecologist, Bangalore
IUI - How This Process Is Helpful For You?

Intra uterine insemination is a common fertility treatment which involves positioning a sperm within the woman’s uterus in order to help it fertilize. The primary objective of this treatment is to surge the number of sperms that are supposed to reach the fallopian tubes for multiplying the chance of fertilization. It offers an advantage to the sperms by minimizing its area of traversal, but the sperm must reach the eggs for fertilizing the ovum on its own. It is a minimally invasive method and much lesser expensive when compared to in vitro fertilization.

When do the doctors recommend intra uterine insemination?
The most common reason behind opting for intra uterine insemination is decreased sperm mobility and low sperm count. But there are various other reasons why gynecologists recommend this treatment and these include unexplained infertility, cervical scar tissues from past operations, cervical mucus problems, ejaculation dysfunction and several others.
On the other hand, intra uterine insemination is not recommended for women with conditions of pelvic infections, moderate to severe endometriosis and women with acute problems in the fallopian tubes.

How does the process of intra uterine insemination work?

  • Before opting for the intra uterine insemination, doctors may recommend ovulation stimulating medicines which require careful monitoring of the eggs to determine when they are mature. The intra uterine insemination will be done between 24 and 36 hours after the rise in LH hormones which indicates high chances of ovulation.
  • A semen sample is separated from the semen, and then the sperm is inserted directly into the uterus with the help of a catheter. This procedure improves the positioning of sperm cells into the uterus which, in turn, increases the chances of conception.
  • The whole procedure takes about a couple of minutes and gives only minimal discomfort. Then the doctors closely monitor your signs and symptoms of pregnancy. In most cases, there is minimal risk of infection after the intra uterine insemination. Also, women who take fertility medications while having IUI also have chances to become pregnant with multiples.

What is the success rate of intra uterine insemination?
The success of intra uterine insemination depends on a host of factors. If a couple chooses to opt for this treatment every month, the chances of successful pregnancy are increased by 20 percent per cycle. But factors like age of the woman, use of fertility drugs, and the reason behind infertility play a critical role.

Since intra uterine insemination is a cheaper process compared to in vitro fertilization, the success rate of this procedure can sometimes be lower than the latter. It however in most cases gives good results. So, if you are interested in this treatment, you must consult with an expert gynaecologist for discussing your options.

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Contraceptives - Common Side Effects Of Them!

Speciality Birthing Care
Gynaecologist, Bangalore
Contraceptives - Common Side Effects Of Them!

Use of contraceptives is really important to avoid unwanted pregnancy. Countries like China and India, facing the problem of population explosion lay more stress on the use of contraceptives. However, you must always use or take oral and barrier contraceptives following the advice of a medical practitioner unless it is absolutely necessary to go ahead without consultation. The reason behind medical assistance is your own health.

Contraceptive methods do have a vast range of side effects that can result in health hazards. There are various kinds of contraceptives; each having its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Being acquainted with the side effects of some contraceptive methods can help you choose wisely in times of need.

  1. Possible side- effects of using Condoms: Some men are allergic to latex. Using condoms can lead to heightened sensitivity. It can also lead to rashes in your genitals. Condoms are not foolproof. They do not provide total protection against sexually transmitted infections, HPV or against Syphilis and Herpes. These diseases can be contracted by coming in contact with genital skin that is not covered by a condom.
  2. Possible side- effects of a Contraceptive Film: A contraceptive film might act as an interruption in your sexual activities if it is not placed properly, that is to say it must come in contact with the cervix to be effective. Using the film very frequently can make you susceptible to life threatening diseases like HIV and other STIs.
  3. Possible side effects of a Cervical Cap: A cervical cap has to be inserted by a clinician and requires immense care to be fitted in later. Some of its side - effects can be of serious concern. If it is left inside for more than forty eight hours, it can result in toxic shock syndrome. Toxic shock syndrome is an infection that mars your overall health. It is also known to increase the chances of inflammation of the surface of your cervix.
  4. Possible side- effects of Progestin only pills: Progestin only pills or mini pills can subject you to long- lasting depression. It can make you feel bloated and can actually increase your weight to a great extent if used on a regular basis. Minipills lead to irregularities in your menstrual cycle and might also make bleeding during menstruation scanty.
  5. Possible side- effects of combined oral contraceptives: If this is your first month on combined oral contraceptives, you might feel nauseous and they can give you a terrible headache. Women taking these pills have a higher chance of developing cervical dysplasia.

Missing Periods - Are Your Aware Of The Reasons?

Speciality Birthing Care
Gynaecologist, Bangalore
Missing Periods - Are Your Aware Of The Reasons?

The absence of periods is medically termed as amenorrhoea. Normally, women do not get their periods prior to puberty, throughout pregnancy and after menopause. If you do not get your periods when you normally should, you might be suffering from amenorrhoea.

Amenorrhoea can be of two types, which include:

  1. Primary amenorrhoea: menstruation does not begin till age 16
  2. Secondary amenorrhoea: normal menstruation is disrupted when you skip your periods for more than three months

Causes
Amenorrhoea is usually caused by a variety of changes in the hormones, glands and organs responsible for a healthy menstrual cycle.

Primary amenorrhoea is usually caused by:
1. Deterioration in the ovaries
2. The central nervous system (spinal cord and brain) or pituitary gland can get affected, which leads to the malfunctioning of the hormones which are concerned with menstruation.
3. Poorly developed reproductive organs

However, in several cases, what really causes primary amenorrhoea is unknown. The causes of secondary amenorrhoea include:
1. Pregnancy
2. Breast feeding
3. Discontinuation of birth control use
4. Menopause
5. Polycystic ovary syndrome induced hormonal imbalances
6. Removal of ovaries or uterus

Symptoms
Usually, underlying conditions can lead to amenorrhoea. The conditions that lead to amenorrhoea include:
1. A condition called galactorrhoea, in which the glands in the breasts produce milk, even if the woman is not breastfeeding or pregnant; can also cause absent periods.
2. Hirsutism, an overproduction of the male hormone androgen, can lead to amenorrhoea.
3. Premature failure of the ovaries can cause absence of periods.
4. Weight gain or weight loss is another cause
5. Psychiatric anomalies, such as excessive anxiety, can cause women to develop amenorrhoea.

Treatment
Amenorrhoea can either be treated with medication or surgery.
1. Dopamine agonists (dopamine activating compounds) are extremely beneficial for women with amenorrhoea.
2. Hormone replacement therapy (treatment with the use of oestrogens for reducing menopausal symptoms) is a very common treatment.
3. Sometimes, oral contraceptives may restore your normal menstrual cycle.

The surgery options for amenorrhoea include:
1. Surgery or radiation therapy may have to be performed if you have a tumour in your pituitary gland or hypothalamus (part of brain that controls the release of hormones from the pituitary gland).
2. If you have an intrauterine attachment (contraceptive attachments fitted in the uterus), you may need surgery to remove it.

Things You Should Know About Diabetes During Pregnancy

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Gynaecologist, Bangalore
Things You Should Know About Diabetes During Pregnancy

Diabetes is a health condition that occurs due to the lack of insulin and when the body fails to regulate the blood sugar levels. It has been observed that it is a medical complication for many women during their pregnancy. It is best to follow some course of action in order to have a healthy pregnancy and avoid any complications. Diabetes is an autoimmune disease and it can be classed in to 2 categories or types. The type 1 diabetes requires use of insulin on daily basis and its symptoms include weight loss, blurred vision and increased urination. The symptoms of type 2 diabetes include kidney or bladder infection and it is the most common form of diabetes.

Do the babies also develop diabetes?
It is not necessary that babies who are born to diabetic mothers are also diabetic, but if diabetes is not controlled during pregnancy, there are chances that the baby will produce a large quantity of insulin while they are still in the womb. It is quite possible that the sugar levels would be low immediately after birth and a close watch of the newborn is a must till the body adjusts to the amount of insulin it makes.
It has been observed that large babies develop diabetes later in life, mostly type 2 diabetes, and are likely to become obese. It is very important that children are encouraged to develop regular exercise habits and healthy eating habits to reduce the chances of obesity.

Effect of Diabetes on Pregnant Women
There are chances that if a pregnant woman has diabetes, there are fluctuations in her blood sugar levels, this is because of the hormones that are associated with the pregnancy. It is very important that sugar levels are controlled at the time of conception as there is a greater risk of miscarriage or certain birth defects occuring. The pregnant woman is also at a higher risk of blood pressure which can result in premature birth and complications to the mother. The cause for concern for expectant mothers with diabetes is that the baby grows too large, especially if the diabetes is uncontrolled.

Normal Blood Sugar For Pregnant Women
The healthy blood sugar levels in a pregnant woman for fasting sugar should be less than 95mg/dL and the blood sugar level after one hour of eating should be 140mg/dL. The blood sugar level after 2 hours of eating should be 120mg/dL.

Gestational diabetes that begins during pregnancy has become very common and can lead to defects in the infant. If the blood sugar level is high, then it can lead to complications during labor due to excessive growth of the fetus. It is therefore best to maintain blood sugar levels to avoid risks for the child such as respiratory distress, low glucose levels and jaundice. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

 

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