FEMALE INFERTILITY HAS MANY FACTORS

Infertility means being unable to get pregnant after at least one year of trying (or six months if the woman is over age 35). Infertility results from female factors about one-third of the time and male factors about one-third of the time. If a woman keeps having miscarriages, this is also called infertility. Female infertility contributes to nearly 50 percent of all infertility cases.

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UNDERSTANDING DEPRESSION IN WOMEN

Depression is a common but serious mood disorder. It reveals itself through symptoms such as hopelessness, pessimism, irritability, guilt, helplessness and decreased energy or fatigue lasting at least two weeks or longer. About twice as many women as men experience depression. Several factors may increase a woman’s risk of depression.

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RECOVERING FROM A HEART ATTACK

What happens now?  That is a question you could ask after surviving a heart attack.  How do you take care of yourself afterwards so that there is no repeat?  According to Family Doctor (www.familydoctor.org), a heart attack happens when part of the heart muscle is damaged or dies because it does not receive enough oxygen. The blood in the coronary arteries carries oxygen to the heart muscle. Most heart attacks occur when a blockage slows down or stops the flow of blood through these arteries.

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UNDERSTANDING DEPRESSION IN WOMEN

themselves sad, angry and irritable. Postpartum depression is a serious medical condition requiring prompt treatment. It occurs in about 12 percent of women. If you recognize feelings of depression, talk to your family physician, internist, nurse practitioner, obstetrician or gynecologist about your symptoms. He or she can refer you to a mental health professional who specializes in diagnosing and treating depression.


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•  Mayo Clinic (www.mayoclinic.org)



DR. THOMAS W. MILLER, PH.D, ABPP

Thomas W. Miller, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Scientist, Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention, University of Connecticut and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine and Department of Gerontology, College of Public Health, University of Kentucky.

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Depression is a common but serious mood disorder. It reveals itself through symptoms such as hopelessness, pessimism, irritability, guilt, helplessness and decreased energy or fatigue lasting at least two weeks or longer. About twice as many women as men experience depression. Several factors may increase a woman’s risk of depression.


Some mood changes and depressed feelings occur with normal hormonal changes women experience, although these alone don’t cause depression. Other factors, such as personal life circumstances, can lead to a risk of depression.


Pubescence may increase some girls’ chances of developing depressive symptoms. Post-puberty depression rates are higher in females than in males. Because girls typically reach puberty before boys do, they’re more likely to develop depression at an earlier age than boys. This depression gender gap lasts until after menopause. The exact interaction between depression and premenstrual syndrome remains unclear. It’s possible cyclical changes in estrogen, progesterone and other hormones can disrupt the function of brain chemicals such as serotonin that control mood. Inherited traits, life experiences and other factors appear to play a role as well.


During pregnancy, hormonal changes occur that can affect mood. Many new mothers experience crying spells after giving birth or find