Some Facts about Pregnancy and Conception

Does the implantation calculator work? How many weeks am I into my pregnancy? Our doctor says we’re both healthy but we cannot get pregnant no matter how much we try. These are some of the statements I regularly come across from couples who want to get pregnant.

For many couples, getting pregnant can prove difficult. Unless there are health conditions hindering conception, lack of enough knowledge regarding the best time to get pregnant is what keeps couples from getting a baby. For the woman, keeping track of her monthly cycle is the best way of knowing when the best time is to get pregnant. I have compiled a short guide to help couples get pregnant.

Ovulation

This is the process whereby one of the eggs in the ovaries matures and erupts from the follicles. This usually occurs about two weeks before commencement of the next period. During this time, the body starts producing high amounts of the hormone estrogen. This hormone’s main purpose is the preparation of the uterus for the implantation of the fertilized egg. It does this by promoting the formation of a thick lining of tissue and blood vessels along the uterine walls.

Before fertilization, the egg remains within the fallopian tube for approximately 24 hours after ovulation. This is the best time for fertilization to take place. If fertilization doesn’t take place, the egg will remain within the fallopian tube for about 3 days before moving into the uterus. Estrogen levels in the body drop. This then leads to the degeneration of the unfertilized egg along with the thick lining of tissue and blood vessels. They are then expelled in the form of periods.

If fertilization happens, the body starts producing the Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin (hCG) hormone. This suppresses the production of estrogen and, is responsible for the maintenance of pregnancy.

Implantation

Implantation is the process through which a fertilized egg attaches itself onto the uterine walls. The eggs cells are multiplying fast and some of these burrow into the blood and nutrient rich lining on the uterine walls. In some instances, women will experience implantation cramps or spotting for a couple of days while implantation happens. It’s usually no cause for panic unless it goes on for more than 3 to 4 days and is extremely painful.

But how can you put all this together and get pregnant?

The only time when couples can get pregnant is when the woman is ovulating. Unfortunately, the ovulation window is limited to a maximum of 24 hours in most healthy women. Therefore, knowing when ovulation will occur is your best chance at getting pregnant. There are a couple of ways to detect this and they include the following.

Keeping track of your Basal Body Temperature (BBT) is one of the easiest ways of predicting ovulation. Ovulation usually occurs when BBT is at its lowest. After a few hours, the BBT is seen to suddenly rise.

Keeping track of your monthly cycle is another easy way of predicting when ovulation will occur. Ovulation usually occurs midway between periods. That is, between the first days of two successive periods. Keeping a monthly cycle’s calendar will help you predict this.

While these two methods can prove effective, they might require that you keep track of your body changes for months. Ovulation predictor kits can speed up the process as they can easily detect when the next ovulation is due days before it happens.

Life Slowly fading

I never thought that being an alcoholic would eventually lead one to get neutropenia. That was what my main man Sam said, the last time the doctor went to him to have his unending cough checked.

Liver problems, he has resigned his fate to that and is just waiting for the time it was going to eventually happen to him, and he knows it will soon. Hypertension, he’s got that too, as well as several other afflictions common to a drinking man like he is.

homelessHe is a broken man, Sam, our friend of many a summer. We have known him for about three odd years, which kind of really started the time when he began showing up in the park where we use to hang out. He is homeless, and somehow, the cruel winds of life brought him here to our town. He said it was warmer here and the people are much friendlier than the last city he was in.

We used to always listen to his inebriated ramblings the times we have nothing else better to do. He always spoke of the family that he somehow lost. By what means he never really got to tell, either he totally forgot about it, is just making things up or is probably just too painful to recall.

Me and my friends always make it a point to set him up with whatever little we can do. A few meals here and there, the odd used clothes we no longer need and lots of loose change of course, which we knew would always end up in the corner liquor store in exchange for something that is usually wrapped inside a brown paper bag.

We also always tell him of the folly of his ways, and what was inevitably in store for him if he continued like that. Yet it always seems to fall on deaf ears.

Now he is here in the hospital, all alone in a room, under the governments care. He is under neutropenic precautions because his body lost its ability to ward off even the simplest of infections, any of which he could die from.

It’s funny this neutropenia thing is. The body’s natural defenses, which are the white blood cells, become absent or generally just present in decimated amounts, that your body literally can’t help itself. That even the ever present bacteria in your mouth and gut could turn against you and make you sick.

Sam would not be allowed outside the room, not allowed to mingle with people, not allowed to handle dirt, his food is strictly controlled and even the minutest scrape on his body is dealt with the severity of a major wound. That’s neutropenia for you. We kidded him that soon he will be inside a bubble tent of his own if his situation does not get any better.

Maybe it is better for him this way. Away from the booze and safe from the elements that seems to be his daily companions. Maybe in the peace and quiet of the hospital room he might have a chance to think about his life and of what direction, if any, it is headed to. Maybe he’ll change, and although it is a bit of a stretch, we wish it for him.

The time of second chances for him are getting a bit slimmer by the day. I only hope he finds that glimmer of hope with which he can latch on to. Every man deserves it and so does he.

Tattooed on My Heart

I want a new tattoo. And this time not to impress or intimidate, like last time when I did that samurai warrior on the whole of my back. It was wicked as hell and all my friends thought so too. Imagine me biking around in the park, sweat gushing out under the sweltering heat, and then I take a break and take my shirt off. It surely does turn a lot of heads seeing a tattoo like that.

And when I look at the people who are looking at me, they immediately and instinctively look the other way. I like it when people are scared of me. It completes the package that I want people to see me as, I’m superman on bikes don’t you know?

But now is a different time. I have matured enough to know the difference between scaring people through my tattoos to gain respect and having tattoos just because it means something important to me. Nowadays, to gain respect, I teach people rather than intimidate them. It’s more rewarding that way, and the respect you acquire doing that lasts longer. You also gain a lot of good friends along the way.

The tattoo I want to have done really is about something that is close to my heart. I want the faces of my wife and children inscribed on me, permanently there in my chest, close to my heart, where they are supposed to be, and not just some other chest tattoos for men that I would have done in my younger years. Glad it never entered my mind back then else I would be stumped right now.

Dr Flash Tattoo DesignsHaving tattoos never is an easy thing. It hurts quite a bit yes. It’s like a cat who keeps scratching at your skin with its claws, and you have to endure it for a while if you ever want your tattoo to be finished. Some places in your body tend to hurt much more than others when you put tattoos on them. Areas with super sensitive skin like near the armpits, the opposite side of your elbows, back of the knees, on your nipples and other similar places would put you in a world of pain, probably because of the thinness of the skin in those areas which also means that nerves are located shallower in them.

And once you get a tattoo, it’s going to be there with you for a long time, probably forever, so better think about it thoroughly before you take the plunge, as removing them is going to be quite expensive and doubly painful. Better think before you ink my man.

But I’d suffer all that pain gladly if only to put my loves on my body, as I love them so dearly that words are not enough to describe what they really mean to me. I thought maybe these tattoos would help me in that department.

Maybe I’m mistaken about what I think, but I am just a simple man with simple thoughts. And my thoughts tell me to do it, so I will.

Unexplained Bruising: The Hidden Facts

It was one evening while taking a shower that I noticed a dark patch under the skin on my left thigh. It was definitely a bruise. However, I couldn’t exactly figure out how I got bruised in the first place. The day had been gruesome. A straight 6 hours riding on the track with my crew. The bruise didn’t cause me worry at first. But I had to figure out how I got it in the first place since I couldn’t recall getting a knock while riding my bike. From the research I did, unexplained bruising is a common phenomenon. Guys like me are prone to come across it one time in our life. If you’ve suffered from bruising you can’t explain, here are some of the facts.

Who is likely to suffer from bruising they can’t recall?

Anyone can suffer from bruising they can’t recall. A bruise usually results from the rupture of microscopic blood vessels under the skin due to contact with a hard surface. Children are prone to unexplained hematoma during play when, they can easily bump onto a hard surface but not recall later. Studies show that this condition becomes more likely to occur as we age. The reason for this is that elderly folks’ blood vessels get thinner as they age. In addition, humans tend to lose their fatty tissue as they age resulting in less “cushioning” against hard knocks.

What are the common causes of unexplained hematoma?

Some medications have been found to cause bruising that cannot be explained. Blood thinners are a known suspect. The action of these medicines on the blood results in higher blood pressure which in turn can result in the rupture of some of the microscopic blood vessels under the skin.

Some health conditions and infections have been found to cause unexplained hematoma. Patients suffering from bleeding or clotting disorders are prone to experience this condition. For example, a patient suffering from a bleeding disorder might experience discoloration under the skin after the blood vessels rupture. The symptoms usually indicate bruising rather than a blood clot. Infections that result in the buildup of toxins in the blood can also cause unexplained hematoma.

Overstraining the muscles can also lead to bruising that’s unexplainable. This is what I believe to have caused my bruising after my track competition. Studies show that athletes, bodybuilders and any person participating in activities that strain the muscles over extended periods are highly likely to suffer from such bruising. While exercising the muscles, the body is struggling to get enough oxygen via the blood vessels. The increased blood flow to the muscles in turn increases the amount of pressure within the microscopic blood vessels under the skin. Rupture of these vessels results in bruising.

Is unexplained hematoma worth concern?

In most cases, unexplained bruises will appear and disappear by themselves. They will usually appear bluish and then change to greenish-yellow as they heal.

There are however instances where the patient should be concerned about unexplained bruises and seek medical help. Such instances include bruises that are caused by certain medications or health conditions.

What You Need To Know About Liver Pain

About a month ago while hanging out with my buddies, one of my friends suddenly grimaced in pain. He was clutching onto his right side and was having difficulty breathing. Panic run through the group as none of us had any medical expertise to help out. Luckily, there was a medic around who gave first aid before my pal was sent to hospital. We learnt that he had just suffered from liver pain also known as hepatalgia. Curious about this, I decided to learn more about the condition.

What’s pain in the liver?

The liver is the second largest organ in the body. Located on the right side just below the ribcage, its main functions include detoxifying the body, storing of glycogen, bile secretion, amino acid production and, breaking down nutrients. This organ is covered in a capsule containing numerous neurons. Pain in the liver usually occurs when pressure is exerted on this capsule. The pain can be subtle or sharp.

What are the causes of this condition?

Pain in the liver is caused by various conditions that directly affect the liver. Such conditions include enlargement of the liver, excess toxicity and, diseases and infections that affect the liver. Here’s a breakdown of some of these conditions.

Hepatitis or inflammation of the liver is one of the main causes of liver pain. Such conditions affect liver cells leading to their deterioration which can in turn lead to swelling of the liver. Conditions such as hepatitis can also lead to liver cancer which results in abnormal growth of the liver cells. This can exert pressure on the capsule containing the liver leading to pain.

Another known cause of liver pain is cirrhosis. An alcohol induced condition, cirrhosis causes hardening of the liver cells making the organ inefficient in carrying out its functions. Advanced stages of cirrhosis is known as liver fibrosis which is characterized by the formation of fibroids of the liver. The condition causes swelling of the liver which applies pressure on the liver capsule prompting pain.

Fatty liver disease is characterized by having more than 10% fat within the liver cells. This condition reduces the livers efficiency and, can lead to enlargement of the organ. Considered a hereditary disease, studies also indicate that persons who lose weight fast, are malnourished and take certain medications are prone to contracting the disease.

Gall stone disease affects the gall bladder which is located on the liver and is responsible for the secretion of bile. The formation of gall stones on the gall bladder can result in sharp pain in the liver.

Some prescription drugs are also known to induce liver pain. Drugs such as allergy capsules and headache medications contain a chemical acetaminophen. If in excess, this chemical is toxic to liver cells and can lead to liver damage which can cause hepatalgia.

Is there treatment?

In most cases pain in the liver is treatable. Simple treatment procedures include eating a balanced diet if the pain is caused by fatty liver disease or, stopping alcohol intake if the liver damage is caused by excess alcohol intake. In severe cases, liver transplant is the recommended treatment procedure. Its always advisable for the patient to seek medical advise for the best treatment method.