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Dr. Sowmya Balakrishnan

Gynaecologist, Chennai

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Dr. Sowmya Balakrishnan is a renowned Gynaecologist in Mylapore, Chennai. You can visit her at E V Kalyani Medical Foundation in Mylapore, Chennai. Book an appointment online with Dr. Sowmya Balakrishnan on Lybrate.com.

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Health Benefits Of Lemon Juice

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Gurgaon
Health Benefits Of Lemon Juice

Lemon is an excellent and rich source of vitamin C, an essential nutrient that protects the body against immune system deficiencies
 

  1. Lemons contain pectin fiber which is very beneficial for colon health and also serves as a powerful antibacterial
  2. It balances to maintain the pH levels in the body
  3. Having warm lemon juice early in the morning helps flush out toxins
  4. It aids digestion and encourages the production of bile
  5. It is also a great source citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium
  6. It helps prevent the growth and multiplication of pathogenic bacteria that cause infections and diseases
  7. It helps reducing pain and inflammation in joints and knees as it dissolves uric acid
  8. It helps cure the common cold
  9. The potassium content in lemon helps nourish brain and nerve cells
  10. It strengthens the liver by providing energy to the liver enzymes when they are too dilute
  11. It helps balance the calcium and oxygen levels in the liver In case of a heartburn, taking a glass of concentrated lemon juice can give relief
  12. It is of immense benefit to the skin and it prevents the formation of wrinkles and acne
  13. It helps maintain the health of the eyes and helps fight against eye problems

Does Quality of Eggs Affect IVF Treatment?

M.Sc, MD, MBBS
IVF Specialist, Delhi
Does Quality of Eggs Affect IVF Treatment?

Whenever a couple opts for IVF, the main question in their mind is that will it be successful? The chances depend on a number of factors, the most important one being the quality of eggs. If the eggs are not good, they will not be able to get fertilized, or even if they get fertilized the embryo they will form will be abnormal. Thus to be precise, IVF treatment requires a successful embryo implantation which can be only possible if the eggs are good. Thus, directly or indirectly, the egg quality influences the success of IVF treatment. If an embryo looks good, it does not mean that the implantation will be carried out successfully. Many internal factors too contribute to the quality of eggs and thus the success of IVF treatment. These factors are discussed below.

Hormonal Imbalance
Hormonal imbalance is one of the most widespread reasons behind many problems, and IVF treatment is no exception. When a woman is reported to have more than normal levels of the Follicle Stimulating Hormone or FSH on the third day of her menstrual cycle, then a popular term is used by the doctors, that is, “diminishes ovarian reserve.” What does this really mean? This means that the woman’s eggs are not healthy. Although they would look healthy and even get fertilized normally.

Not only this but they will also experience embryonic cleavage in a totally normal way. But the difference is that they won’t divide further beyond the eight-celled stage and implantation is impossible. What happens is that the ovaries do not produce enough signals that are required and the pituitary gland does not receive the signals that it should. So the body synthesizes more FSH to stimulate the ovaries. This ultimately leads to a diminished ovarian reserve and thus a decreased egg quality. Since implantation is not possible, IVF becomes a failure.

Advancing age of the woman
Imbalance in the FSH levels is not the only reason behind IVF failure. Even if the levels are okay, the age of the woman may also lead to failure. You must be wondering why. So here is the answer to your question. With age, the spindle fiber gets broken, and thus the chromosomes are not separated equally. This leads to unequal division of the chromosomes. Ultimately the eggs become abnormal genetically, and the embryo that results from them become abnormal too.

IVF success relies on a number of factors and egg quality is just one of them. But it is also one of the crucial factors. Speak to your doctor and be sure from beforehand about your egg quality so that your efforts do not go waste.

If you want to discuss any other problem, Consult an IVF Specialist.

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PCOD - Symptoms And Diagnosis!

MBBS, MS - Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Delhi
PCOD - Symptoms And Diagnosis!

PCOD or polycystic Ovary Disorder is one of the most common disorders of hormones among women in the age of reproduction. It is yet not discovered why some women become susceptible to this disease and it is believed to be a genetic disorder. The word “polycystic” refers to multiple cysts and a woman suffering from PCOD has multiple cysts in her ovary. This is due to the imbalance of hormones, which don’t allow the ovary to release eggs every month and these numerous unreleased eggs present in the ovary cause it to become polycystic.

What are the symptoms of PCOD?
The regular release of eggs from the ovaries directs a woman’s fertility and allows her to have a normal menstrual cycle. Therefore, women with PCOD face difficulty in conceiving along with irregular, low and absent periods. Some of the most common symptoms of PCOD include infertility and even miscarriage, elevated insulin levels, high blood pressure, diabetes, acne, unhealthy weight gain and obesity. It also leads to loss of hair from the scalp and excessive growth of hair on the body. This is due to over production of male hormones that lead to male pattern of growth of hair, such as on chest, cheek, chin and inner thighs. The hormonal imbalance leads to weight gain and obesity makes the hormonal imbalance even worse, turning it into a vicious cycle.

How is PCOD diagnosed and treated?
Your gynaecologist would be able to determine whether you have PCOD by checking your symptoms. Then she would recommend you to do a few blood tests along with a pelvic ultrasound scan to confirm whether you have PCOD. Though this disease is not reversible, its symptoms may be reduced or minimised. Most women can lead a trouble-free and healthy life if they take proper precautions at the right time.

It has been pointed in several studies that reduction in weight can help in the improvement of most PCOD symptoms because fat contributes to the production of certain hormones. Your doctor will prepare a treatment plan depending on the aspect from which you are suffering. For instance, if you are suffering from irregular periods, your doctor may prescribe you some contraceptives which can help in restoring normal menstrual cycle. But this treatment is definitely unsuitable for those who are trying to conceiveThe infrequent and irregular ovulation can make it difficult to conceive and it can be artificially induced with the aid of medications. So, you must consult a gynaecologist to help your situation.

In a nut shell PCOD is treatable. One should neither get disappointed nor depressed, but should not ignore.

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Sir please understand my fearful situation. My question is y didn't I get periods yet and the ejaculation on my vagina without intercourse and also d periods arrival on DAT day .may I know It Do not make any pregnancy ?please answer. I am a virgin n no intercourse yet but The thing bothering me is whether the ejaculation affects my periods are late by 6 days now .please help me out?

MD- Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Ujjain
Sir please understand my fearful situation. My question is y didn't I get periods yet and the ejaculation on my vagin...
Dear lybrate-user ji, It is negligible chances to get about pregnancy without intercourse & without prone period (period from 7th to 21 days of starting the cycle). So please don’t get bothered about pregnancy. Some times menses delayed without any obvious causes. To regulate it use- RAJAPRAVARTANI BATI 2-2-2 + Sy Eve-care 15 ml, three times a day, it will regulate your menses & good for general fitness.
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I am suffering pcos n my husbands sperm count is 52 million but active motile is 20%.is it possible to get pregnant without iui process or ivf. If I take ovulate 2nd day of my period for 3 month is it going to work? Or I have only option iui?

DNB (Obstetrics and Gynecology), MBBS
Gynaecologist, Mumbai
I am suffering pcos n my husbands sperm count is 52 million but active motile is 20%.is it possible to get pregnant w...
Hi lybrate-user, first you have to understand what exactly an iui means and why is it advised. From whatever history you have provided .your problem is with ovulation because of the pcos. Do you understand the implications of pcos. Have you done any tests. Send me the reports. I would like to have a look. Your husband's count and motility is good. You may not need an iui if you ovulate. Send your reports for a deailed analysis and further discussion. We can have an audio call or text consultation.
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Hi my periods date was 26bt this month I got it on 14 and til now I an having the bleed. Why is it.

FRAS, MD - Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Alternative Medicine Specialist, Ernakulam
Do usg abdomen and pelvis and needs evaluation, but since it's first time you are facing this problem nothing serious but take scan and rule out.
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My friend and her boyfriend had a sex yesterday after that she bleed. It was for the first time but before that they tried. And that time also she bleed. How normal it is? And now she is complaining about pain. Even if she touches her vagina. Should she consult a gynecologist? Or she will be alright.

MBBS (Gold Medalist, Hons), MS (Obst and Gynae- Gold Medalist), DNB (Obst and Gynae), Fellow- Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (ACOG, USA), FIAOG
Gynaecologist, Kolkata
First time bleeding is common but excessive bleeding is always abnormal and needs medical attention immediately.
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My girl frnd vagina any time coming white water. Why are come. please suggest me.

BHMS
Homeopath, Raebareli
Please note that there is some kind of infection going on. She needs to maintain hygiene - wash her undergarments with dettol water daily. If there is any menstrual irregularities that needs to be treated separately. Take kreosote 30 - twice daily for next 7 days and get back to me for further treatment.
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I am 52 years old and still I am getting periods after every 6month. In general I knew that menopause occur at the age of 50. I want to know is this normal to have periods even at 52 years or should I have to consult any gynecologist?

BHMS
Homeopath, Ghaziabad
I am 52 years old and still I am getting periods after every 6month. In general I knew that menopause occur at the ag...
Ya it's completely normal, but keep an eye if they r extremely painful like never before, or have spotting between periods, or feeling pain during sex. Otherwise normal. If its coming after 6 months like it means they are going to stop, simultaneously.
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I had my first IUI failed this month and AF arrived I was very depressed. Now heading towards second IUI hoping to get BFP. My first IUI was with clomid and injectable (HMG) and trigger shot (HCG). And there were 4 follicles of good size 20 mm. After the trigger egg rupture was late almost after 48 hours and IUI was done at 60th hour. My gums could see the ruptured follicle and also the fluid after rupture was seen on ultrasound then only she headed to IUI. She later kept me on progesterone supportive for 14 days. Was the timing an issue? What was wrong in this first try which resulted in failure? Can anyone succeeded who can share the tips which helped them to bring success to IUI.

MBBS, MD - Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Advanced Infertility
Gynaecologist, Mumbai
I had my first IUI failed this month and AF arrived I was very depressed. Now heading towards second IUI hoping to ge...
IUi has to be done only after confirming that your tubes are patent and not blocked .Secondly the procedure has to be repeated for 3 to 4 cycles .if there is no sucess,.The sample has to be inseminated within one and a half hour from the time of collection.You can also have intercourse fo 2 days following iui to increase the probability of pregnancy'
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Hi dr, I am 25years women. And m pregnant with 2 months. I want 2 ask you tht can am allowed 2 make relationship with my husband. It is safe 4 me n our child. And pls tell me which positions r safe, if it is Yes. How many day we can do sex in a week. Kindly suggest me, I wl follow tht only.

MD. DGO.DSP
Gynaecologist, Mumbai
Hi dr, I am 25years women. And m pregnant with 2 months. I want 2 ask you tht can am allowed 2 make relationship with...
Avoid man on top position ask your husband to be gentle avoid sex first 3 months and last 2 months of pregnancy.
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Hi, I am having sex without condom during the week of periods (5th day of periods. Will she become pregnant?

Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (B.U.M.S), PGD(Sexual Medicine & Councelling)
Sexologist, Gurgaon
Hi, I am having sex without condom during the week of periods (5th day of periods. Will she become pregnant?
Sex during periods is very unhygienic and may cause physical harm like infection in both of the partners and haraam too. But chances of pregnancy is almost negligible.
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Best Homeopathic Remedies for Gastroenteritis Treatment

BHMS, PG Hom London
Homeopath, Mumbai
Best Homeopathic Remedies for Gastroenteritis Treatment

Gastroenteritis, also commonly referred to as infectious diarrhoea, is a gastric disorder. The gastrointestinal tract, which comprises of the small intestine and stomach gets inflamed. Gastroenteritis is indicated by the symptoms such as diarrhea, acute vomiting and pain in the abdomen. Fever, exhaustion and dehydration are also observed. This disease usually lasts not more than two weeks. It is also called the stomach flu. Infections caused by virus, bacteria, parasites or fungi may lead to gastroenteritis. Viruses account for this disease the most. This disease is transmitted mainly from food items and contaminated water. Important electrolytes like sodium and potassium are lost from our body.

The most common remedy in case of gastroenteritis is having ORS. However, homeopathy is also considered very effective if you have got infectious diarrhoea. Homeopathic medicines are considered very safe and result yielding in case of gastroenteritis. Homeopathy is a form of medicine, which is always given preference by all experts, as it is natural with no side effects. After conducting various surveys, it has been proven that homeopathic treatment is far more effective than other forms of medication for gastroenteritis.

Here is a list of the best homeopathic remedies for the treatment of gastroenteritis. There are many categories of homeopathic medicines for diarrhoea each with their own significance.

  1. Aconite: This must be used for diarrhea caused in the season when the days are hot, and the nights are comparatively cold. The symptoms appear in the middle of the night. Heavy diarrhoea along with high-intensity  fever occurs and anxiety.
  2. Aloe : This remedy should be used in case of a continuing urge for stool because of weakness of the anal sphincter. Mucus is accompanied along with pain in the rectum area. In case of adults, this diarrhoea is also characterized by blue hemorrhoids.
  3. Arsenicum album: This medicine is used in case of food poisoning. The affected person feels cold, tired and panicky. Vomiting and diarrhoea take place after midnight. Burning pain in the abdomen is also observed.
  4. Cinchona: Used in case of diarrhoea with the presence of excessive exhaustion and abdomen gas. The abdomen gets bloated up. 
  5. Ipeca: When there is nausea and non stop vomiting or your mouth gets filled with saliva, Ipeca can be used. Thirst is lost, and the color of the stool may be green or bloody.
  6. Podophyllum: This medicine is usually used by tourists in case of diarrhoea.  Abdominal vibration and frequent stools are indicated. The stool is characterized by an unpleasant smell.

Homeopathy is a very effective category of medication when it comes to gastroenteritis, however, still it is advisable to get regular full body check up done.

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My age 25 I am suffering from White discharge I am already married since 5years I am suffering when I am going clinics they giving tablets temporary relief not totally. So what should I do now.

MBBS, DNB (Obstetrics and Gynecology), MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Delhi
a speculum examination of ur cervix/ mouth of uterus is ncsry by a gynae to rule out any bad erosion/ ulcer there asap.
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UGI endoscopy report: Oesophagus: normal. Les at 37 cms Stomach: patchy erosion present in antrum. No ulcer or growth Duodenum: D1 and D2 are normal FINAl IMPRESSION: ANTRAL EROSIONS Can you explain my report. Is anything serious in my report?

PGPPH, BDS, Certified Implantologist
Dentist, Hyderabad
UGI endoscopy report: Oesophagus: normal. Les at 37 cms
Stomach: patchy erosion present in antrum.
No ulcer or growth...
You are suffering from Antral Gastritis. It is not a very serious problem but need to be treated immediately. Please meet your Doctor. Go to a Gastroenetrologist. For a proper antral gastritis treatment to be determined, it is essential that the doctor understands the cause of the problem. For example, if a bacterial infection is causing the antral gastritis, the infection may be treated by the doctor with antibiotics to prevent the disease from recurring. The doctor may also prescribe antacids to bring down the symptoms till the bacteria no longer causes the inflammation. Most individuals do not realize they have antral gastritis till the severity of the condition increases. Therefore, most people take some antacids over the counter to bring down the symptoms. When they start to have dark or bloody stools, nausea, gas, and severe ingestion, they may seek treatment for the disease with a doctor. The individuals who are affected may also get diagnosed when an endoscopic procedure is done for some other health issue. One of the most important antral gastritis remedies is to develop good eating habits. Consume foods that are light and avoid high fat foods like fried foods, butter, and fatty meats as they can delay the emptying of the stomach. Increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables like dates, eggplant, tomatoes, and green leafy vegetables. While there is no such antral gastritis cure, it is essential that you maintain a proper diet along with the treatment suggested by the doctor to bring relief. It is also important that when you notice any of the symptoms mentioned, you get checked immediately by a doctor and avoid taking over the counter medications to bring down the symptoms. The sooner the diagnosis is done and treatment given the less suffering you will experience.
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Skin around my vagina pains a lil but when I touch it. I am afraid when I will have sex it will cause pain and discomfort. It started when I used a medication for infection in my vagina.

MBBS
General Physician, Chandigarh
You have tomane sure that there is no local pathology like infection or eruptions etc otherwise it should not pain.
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If she use lubic gel Then any problem with her pregnancy? And In lubic gel vagina can I intercourse normally?

MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
There are a variety of reasons why some women may require lubricants. These are usually jelly like substances that create some amount of moisture in the vagina so that there is an easy passage of the penis during intercourse. There are many women who suffer from vaginal dryness. This may happen due to stress, performance pressure with a new partner, or due to hormonal changes and menopause as well. Also, this may be a side effect of other kinds of conditions and medication. Further, conditions like vaginismus where the vagina goes into involuntary spasms and blocks the entry of a penis, may also require the use of a lubricant so that the male sexual organ can enter more easily. One will need to go to a doctor before choosing the lubricant so that tests and a proper diagnosis can take place. Also, the doctor will be able to prescribe the right kind of lubricant. However, one can also choose from an array of over the counter lubricants.
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I am married before 6 days and have continuous unprotected intercourse with husband n taking sperm inside if now I took ipill will it effect for not getting pregnant?

MBBS, MD Psychiatry, DNB Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Nagpur
I am married before 6 days and have continuous unprotected intercourse with husband n taking sperm inside if now I to...
It depends on whether you had sex in your safe or unsafe period. I-pill has to be taken within 72 hours of any unprotected intercourse. However that is only a emergency contraception. If you wish to have contraception for a longer time then visit a gynecologist and start a contraception of your choice. Till then to avoid pregnancy you may use barrier methods like condoms.
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Hello doc im planning for a baby from past one year, but it's not happening, my period was regular only last month it was missed and this period was started on 11 to 15, so my doc suggested me to do HSG test and I done, actually what is the use of doing this HSG test will I get pregnant pls suggest me, or pls suggest me good tab to get pregnant. I just worrying my age in 29 and husband is 37. Pls help me out waiting for your reply. Thank you.

Diploma in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, MBBS
General Physician, Delhi
Hello doc im planning for a baby from past one year, but it's not happening, my period was regular only last month it...
Hsg is pregnancy hormone and gets positive after conception. We do this test in suspected tubal pregnancy cases, in treating infertility through ivf you can get ivf treatment done if for past one year of taking fertility pills haven't helped by the way, tablets need to be taken under supervision of doctors, guided by ultrasound no fertility pills can be suggested through this forum. Sorry take problems and treatment related to infertility more seriously.
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Which fruits to be eaten during pregnancy? Please give the list of same as well as what type of foods?

BASM, MD, MS (Counseling & Psychotherapy), MSc - Psychology, Certificate in Clinical psychology of children and Young People, Certificate in Psychological First Aid, Certificate in Positive Psychology
Psychologist, Palakkad
Which fruits to be eaten during pregnancy? Please give the list of same as well as what type of foods?
Dear user. Here are some highly nutritious foods to eat when you're pregnant. Dairy Products. During pregnancy, you need to consume extra protein and calcium to meet the needs of the growing fetus Legumes Sweet Potatoes. Salmon. Eggs. Broccoli and Dark, Leafy Greens. Lean Meat. Fish Liver Oil.
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