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September 2019

FAQ137, September 2019

What is infertility? Infertility is defined as not having become pregnant after 1 year of having regular sexual intercourse without the use of birth control (see FAQ136 Evaluating Infertility). If you are older than 35 years, an evaluation and possible treatment are recommended after 6 months. If you are older than 40 years, an evaluation and possible treatment are recommended before you reach the 6-month mark.


FAQ093, September 2019

What are hepatitis B and hepatitis C infections? Hepatitis B and hepatitis C are serious infections that affect the liver. Both diseases are contagious and caused by viruses. Both can lead to serious, long-term illness.


FAQ165, September 2019

What is prenatal genetic testing? Prenatal genetic testing gives parents-to-be information about whether their fetus has certain genetic disorders.


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September 2019

FAQ038, September 2019

Does bleeding during pregnancy always mean that there is a problem? Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy has many causes. Some are serious, whereas others are not. Bleeding can occur early or later in pregnancy. Bleeding in early pregnancy is common. In many cases, it does not signal a major problem. Bleeding later in pregnancy can be more serious. It is best to contact your obstetrician–gynecologist (ob-gyn) or other health care professional if you have any bleeding at any time during pregnancy.


FAQ035, August 2019

What is sterilization? Sterilization is a permanent method of birth control. It is the most popular form of birth control worldwide.


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August 2019

FAQ081, August 2019

What is urinary incontinence? Urinary incontinencesimply means leaking urine. Incontinence can range from leaking just a few drops of urine to complete emptying of the bladder.


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August 2019

FAQ173, August 2019

When is a baby considered “preterm” or “extremely preterm?” A normal pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks. Babies born before 37 weeks of pregnancy are called “preterm” or “premature.” Babies born before 28 weeks of pregnancy are considered extremely preterm. The earlier a baby is born, the less likely he or she is to survive. Those who do survive often have serious, sometimes long-term, health problems and disabilities.


FAQ077, August 2019

What is pelvic inflammatory disease? Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of the female reproductive organs. It is a common illness. PID is diagnosed in more than 1 million women each year in the United States.


FAQ119, July 2019

Is it safe to exercise during pregnancy? If you are healthy and your pregnancy is normal, it is safe to continue or start regular physical activity. Physical activity does not increase your risk of miscarriage, low birth weight, or early delivery. However, it is important to discuss exercise with your obstetrician or other member of your health care team during your early prenatal visits. If your health care professional gives you the OK to exercise, you can discuss what activities you can do safely.


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July 2019

FAQ131, July 2019

What are some of the benefits of exercise for postpartum women? Exercise has the following benefits for postpartum women: • It helps strengthen and tone abdominal muscles. • It boosts energy. • It may help prevent postpartum depression. • It promotes better sleep. • It relieves stress. • It can help you lose the extra weight that you may have gained during pregnancy.


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