WHY DON’T WE SCREEN FOR OVARIAN CANCER
Tragically, over 60 per cent of cases of ovarian cancer are diagnosed after the cancer has spread. That is why doctors like Melbourne obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Joseph Sgroi are crying out for an effective screening test that can detect ovarian cancer in its early stages
“What we’ve currently got – in terms of CA125 and ultrasound scans – actually causes a hell of a lot more anxiety and possibly unnecessary surgery than it does in terms of prevention of ovarian cancer,” Dr Sgroi says.
CAN I STILL HAVE SEX DURING PREGNANCY
“There’s no reason to think that your sex life has to change just because you’re pregnant,” Dr Joe tells Mum Central.
“Some women don’t feel as attractive during pregnancy and this can obviously have an impact on their sex drive. On the opposite side of the coin, some women feel amazing during pregnancy and want sex more. Everyone is different,” Dr Joe says.
THE MUMS WHO HAND DELIVER THEIR OWN BABIES
Of course, it’s not just during a C-section that you can be ‘hands on’ in delivering your baby. Women who have vaginal births can also assist, says Dr Sgroi.
“Once the head and shoulders [of the baby] are out, the mother can gently place her hands in the armpits of the baby and birth the rest of the baby’s body and bring the baby up on to their chest.”?
AN OBSTETRICIAN SHARES THE UNIQUE RITUAL EVERYTIME A BABY IS BORN
Obstetrician Dr. Joseph Sgroi also has a ritual he does after delivering a baby – and it’s guaranteed to make you let out an audible ‘nawwww’.
“I always think of it as their birthday, so we always sing Happy Birthday to the babies,” he told Hello Bump hosts Judd and Monique Bowley.
DID BEING PREGNANT HELPED SERENA WILLIAMS WIN THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN?
Melbourne obstetrician, gynaecologist and IVF specialist, Dr Joseph Sgroi, told Mamamia it is likely Williams’ pregnancy had a positive impact on her performance. And it’s not only because of red blood cells.
“A woman’s aerobic fitness stays the same or improves slightly during pregnancy if she continues to exercise as her maternal symptoms permit,” Dr Sgroi said.
USING PROGESTERONE MAY REDUCE RISK OF MISCARRIAGE
The research found that 2/3 of women who used the hormone progesterone before getting pregnant went on to successfully deliver babies – despite these women having had at least two previous miscarriages.
This topic has been explored before, says obstetrician Dr Joseph Sgroi, from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG).?
THE WAY PREGNANCY AND THE PILL CAN REDUCE YOUR RISK OF OVARIAN CANCER
A regular menstrual cycle means a continual turnover of cells in the ovaries. Cancers are formed when the turnover of cells becomes disorganised,” Dr. Joseph Sgroi says. “If you can somehow stop continual turnover – like with the contraceptive pill, childbirth and breastfeeding – it’s postulated that your risk of developing ovarian cancer is reduced.”
“When you’re pregnant, your period stops. These women sometimes go onto breastfeed, and during breastfeeding women do not have menstrual periods,” he continues.
CAN NEW MUMS SUFFER FROM A CONDITION “MUMNESIA” ?
But obstetrician, gynecologist and IVF specialist, Dr. Joseph Sgroi, says as much as one might feel forgetful, ‘mumnesia’ is absolutely a myth.
“From the point of view of a woman who potentially feels as though she has pregnancy brain, there’s probably a whole other reason why “Dr. Sgroi says. He doesn’t discount Judd’s very real experience of vagueness and confusion but says it has less to do with being pregnant, and more to do with fatigue.
SHOULD YOU BE WEARING UNDERWEAR TO BED, A GYNO WEIGHS IN
According to Dr. Joseph Sgroi, there have been a number of studies to determine of clothing — particularly synthetic clothing — should be placed definitively on the above list, but none were conclusive.
“It probably predisposes you to a little bit more of change in the bacteria that could lead to a yeast infection but whether you develop a yeast infection is dependent on you and your particular body,” he explained.