5 Causes of heavy bleeding during your period

Colic pain in newborn babies

Author – Dr. Surabhi Siddhartha MBBS, DGO

Consultant – Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at Motherhood Hospital Kharghar, Mumbai

While menstruation can lead to many disruptions in everyday life, some women may also suffer from a disorder known as heavy menstrual bleeding or menorrhagia. It refers to heavy bleeding that can last for more than seven days. During menorrhagia heavy bleeding with clots is a common sight. You are bound to change your tampon every 2 hours.

Quick Fact – It has been seen that around one in four women experiences heavy menstrual bleeding, which is common in women aged between 30 to 50.

Heavy menstrual bleeding

When the heavy bleeding lasts for more than 7 days, it is referred to as menorrhagia. It is advised to consult an expert Gynaecologist who will provide you professional health care if you are having continuous heavy bleeding. Avoiding it may cause anaemia and restrict you from being at your optimum.

Causes of heavy menstrual bleeding

Though in many cases, the cause of heavy periods is unknown, yet there are several conditions that relate to it:

  • Hormonal imbalance: The hormones that regulate the lining of the uterus called endometrium are progesterone and estrogen, which are balanced in normal bleeding. If any imbalance occurs in these two, the endometrium lining can develop in excess where its shedding relates to heavy bleeding.
  • Bleeding disorder due to ovaries: Ovaries release an egg during the menstrual cycle, whereas progesterone is produced during a regular menstrual cycle. However, your ovaries may not release an egg which leads to an imbalance in the progesterone levels and lead to heavy menstrual bleeding.
  • Uterine problems: In extreme cases, cancer of the uterus or cervix can be one of the causes. Besides, any growth on the uterus, called uterine fibroids or polyps, can also lead to heavy periods.
  • Infections: Infections or injuries in the vagina can also lead to heavy bleeding
  • Pregnancy-related problems: In the case of ectopic pregnancy (when the fertilised egg gets implanted outside the uterus), a person may suffer from heavy bleeding during periods.A miscarriage can also cause heavy periods.

Signs and symptoms of heavy menstrual bleeding

The leading signs of menorrhagia are:

  • Frequent change of sanitary pads every hour
  • Using double sanitary protection to control the blood flow
  • Feeling the need to change the tampon during the night due to heavy flow
  • Bleeding for more than seven days or a week
  • Discharging blood clots that are larger in size
  • Experiencing symptoms of anaemia due to blood loss like tiredness, shortness of breath etc.
  • Diagnosis and testing

When consulting with your lady gynaecologist, she will inquire about your menstrual cycles along with medical history. She may also suggest taking some common blood tests, pap tests, endometrial biopsy or ultrasound.

Treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding

Treatment for heavy periods will depend on many factors. Some common approaches are:

  • Medications, including NSAIDs, oral contraceptives, oral progesterone etc.
  • Surgical procedures like uterine artery embolization, dilation and curettage, focused ultrasound surgery etc.

Conclusion

Heavy bleeding should not be considered normal especially if it extends for more than 7 days. In such cases, it is best to consult with a gynaecologist who will diagnose your heavy menstrual bleeding situation and provide an accurate line of treatment.

At Motherhood Hospitals, we have a team of experienced super specialists backed by the latest in infrastructure and facilities. We have the best Gynaecologist specialists in Kharghar, Mumbai. We are experts in handling complex deliveries, gynaecological, and other surgeries including a range of laparoscopic surgeries.

Do take an appointment with the best Gynaecology hospital in Kharghar, Mumbai at a centre closest to you. Meet with our doctors who will carry out the required investigations, diagnose the issue and recommend the most appropriate treatment, enabling you to lead an active life.

If you wish to get in touch with Dr. Surabhi Siddhartha, please book your appointment here.

Qualities to look for in choosing a gynaecologist (Obs/ Gynae)

Reasons to visit a Gynaecologist

Author – Dr. Pratima Thamke MBBS, MRCOG, MD

Consultant – Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at Motherhood Hospital Kharghar, Mumbai

Obstetrics & gynaecology services are essential to help a woman maintain her reproductive health and wellness. It’s necessary to seek out a gynaecologist who is experienced and competent enough to understand the various issues that could arise at different ages and help you address your health concerns. This could be painful periods, issues associated with the reproductive system, infections, uterine problems, issues related to pregnancy, contraceptives, and more. You must be able to share all this and more with your gynaecologist. Even if you think you are healthy, it is always advisable to get periodic tests done to ensure all is well internally.

Tips to find the Best Gynaecologist

  1. References and recommendations – The first thing towards identifying the right gynaecologist is to gather references – it could be from your GP, friends, family or other acquaintances. Do take some time to research the Doctor’s credentials, experience and skills. Find more about certifications, institution, affiliations and training.
  2. Assess for their approachability – You’ll share your most intimate problems with your gynaecologist only if you have an atmosphere that makes you comfortable. Your doctor must have a friendly disposition and be willing to give you a patient hearing. The doctor must be effective in his/ her communication and reassuring while answering questions.
  3. Patient reviews – Look for patient reviews online before booking an appointment. Examine the number of reviews, check if they are recent and invest a little time on portals such as Google, HealthGrades or Vitals. Search for a doctor with a good star rating and then shortlist the one you think is best suited for you.
  4. Is the gynaecologist part of a network institution? – Before booking an appointment with the gynaecologist or obstetrician, see if they’re part of the network and you are covered under your insurance plan. If you decide to go for a doctor that’s out of network, you could face issues in terms of settlement or processing subsequently.
  5. Reputation of the hospital – If you’re searching for a reputed gynaecologist or obstetrician, ensure the professional is part of the best gynaecology hospital, a reputed institution with world class infrastructure. Take note of the various top-rated obstetrics and gynaecology clinics in the vicinity. If you’re pregnant, you may want to be associated with a hospital that’s easy to reach and well connected to your home.
  6. Expertise/ experience – You will need to engage with an experienced gynaecologist/obstetrician with an ability to address complex pregnancy/ menopause issues or uterine conditions. Do bear in mind that you will need the advice and guidance of a competent professional to help you address and manage your condition.
  7. Similar value systems – The gynaecologist or obstetrician will advise you on personal topics like pregnancy and contraception, issues on which individuals may have different opinions. Do confirm if there is an alignment in terms of thinking before you begin interacting with the doctor.

Finding the best gynaecologist can take a while, do your due diligence patiently, talk to people before you make your decision.
Your gynaecologist is a vital member of your healthcare team because he/ she is responsible for your and your child’s health. You must associate with someone experienced and someone you could trust during and after pregnancy. Getting the recommendations required and identifying the right specialist and you could maintain a healthy and active life with that valuable advice.

Tips to find the best Gynaecologist
Young doctor examining pregnant woman in clinic

At Motherhood Hospitals, we have a team of experienced super specialists backed by the latest in infrastructure and facilities. We have the best Gynaecologist specialists in Kharghar, Mumbai. We are experts in handling complex deliveries, gynaecological, and other surgeries including a range of laparoscopic surgeries.

Do take an appointment with the best Gynaecology hospital in Kharghar, Mumbai at a centre closest to you. Meet with our doctors who will carry out the required investigations, diagnose the issue and recommend the most appropriate treatment, enabling you to lead an active life.

If you wish to get in touch with Dr. Pratima Thamke please book your appointment here

Hysterectomy via Laparoscopy

Hysterectomy Treatment

Author – Dr. Jainesh Doctor MBBS, MS (Obgyn), FMAS

Consultant – Advanced Gynaecologic Endoscopic Surgeon at Motherhood Hospital Kharghar, Mumbai

Laparoscopy also known as “Keyhole surgery”, is a type of minimal invasive surgical procedure that is used to deal with pathologies of the organs present in the abdomen including those of a woman’s reproductive system. It derives its name from Latin ~ Lapara which means flank and scopy which represents the instrument used i.e., a thin tube with a camera-lens system.

Quick fact

In Laparoscopy, Advanced Techniques are employed leading to pain free/minimal pain associated major surgeries, bloodless surgeries along with fewer complications. Immediate post-surgical recovery and in some instances spending just a few hours in the hospital without the need for a night stay i.e., daycare surgery are exclusive miracles. Against this, Traditional Open Surgeries are associated with lot of post op care, pain due to extensive damage to nerves & muscles, big gruesome scars, delayed recovery- affecting personal-professional lifecare in an unimaginable way.

Best laparoscopic hospital

When it comes to best laparoscopy hospital in the region, Motherhood Hospital holds a distinct place due to its German-US Advanced Instrumentation and its association with the best of the best Laparoscopic specialists. Along with complete palette of advanced surgical work by experienced hands, it also stands out with an advanced diagnostic centre.

Hysterectomy

When it comes to hysterectomy, it is defined as the surgical removal of the uterus of a woman. Uterus can be removed due to various reasons like fibroids, abnormal heavy bleeding, severe menstrual pain, uterine prolapse and cancer. Once the uterus is removed, a woman loses the ability to become pregnant and menstruate. A hysterectomy was considered a major surgery, but along with the development of technological advances, the infections, discomfort and recovery time has been diminutive due to the laparoscopic method.

What is Laparoscopic hysterectomy?

Laparoscopic hysterectomy

A laparoscopic hysterectomy is also a minimal invasive surgical procedure, where a uterus is removed using small 2-3, 5 mm incisions instead of large cuts. Performed by an expert these surgeries are bloodless and pain free. Patients hence resume daily chores/professional responsibilities as early as 7-10 days.

Before the treatment is carried out using laparoscopic hysterectomy, a pre-operative lab work is performed, and fitness taken by a physician or an anesthetist. Patients are advised not to eat or drink anything after the midnight of the night that falls before surgery.

The patient is wheeled inside the Operating room and immediate put under general anesthesia, so no pain is felt at all. Then a small sub-centimetric incision is made above the belly button through which a tiny camera is inserted. After this, the surgeon watches the internal organs in High Definition on a screen and performs the procedure using advanced precise technologies.

Following the surgery, patient sips liquids and walks within 4-6 hrs. Patient is usually discharged within 2 days. Surgical sutures are taken in cosmetic way and are absorbable leaving the patient free to wear a saree within days of surgery.

In all, hysterectomy is considered a safe procedure when done by expert hands and the chances of any complications are negligible.

At Motherhood Hospitals, we have a team of experienced super specialists backed by the latest in infrastructure and facilities. We have the best Gynaecologist in Kharghar, Mumbai. We are experts in handling complex deliveries, gynaecological, and other surgeries including a range of laparoscopic surgeries.

Do take an appointment with the best Gynaecology hospital in Kharghar, Mumbai at a centre closest to you. Meet with our doctors who will carry out the required investigations, diagnose the issue and recommend the most appropriate treatment, enabling you to lead an active life.

If you wish to get in touch with Dr. Jainesh Doctor, please book your appointment here.

How to differentiate between implantation bleeding and period blood?

implantation bleeding versus period bleeding

Author – Dr. Kavya Krishna Kumar MBBS, FMAS, MS

Consultant – Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at Motherhood Hospitals Alwarpet, Chennai

The onset of pregnancy is marked by implantation bleeding. Bleeding during early pregnancy occurs about 10-14 days after conceiving a baby and is a normal sign.
Why does it occur? The timing :

After an egg is successfully fertilized by a sperm the resulting embryo starts dividing and growing. At this moment, the inner lining of the uterus, called the endometrium, starts to change. Apart from thickening through the menstrual cycle, it grows and matures to nourish the embryo.

The zygote gets implanted into the uterine lining. This causes a part of the uterine lining to shed hence causing a little bleeding, to be more specific, the embryo implantation disrupts the tiny blood vessels in the spot it burrows into.

Why is it difficult to differentiate between the two?

Since this bleeding happens around the time of your menstrual cycle, it is difficult to identify the difference between period spotting and implantation bleeding.
Here are a few insights that would help you identify the differences between the two.

The coloration: color of the blood is different

Period bleeding starts as a light pink or brown shade and soon turns into crimson red. Unlike period spotting, implantation bleeding begins as a rust-colored stain. It is more of a pinkish-brown shade than that of a period stain.

The flow:heavy or a light flow?

The period starts off light and the flow gets stronger with time. One can feel the transition with the passing time unlike the implantation bleeding wherein one experiences a super light spotting.

Cramps:mild, moderate or intense?

Another way to differentiate period spotting from implantation bleeding is by the cramps. Although it has been found that the cramps experienced by women largely depend on the body type, in general, it has been observed that implantation causes short-lived cramps. This is just three opposite of period cramps that are more intense and long-lasting.

Clot formation:happens or not?

The period spot is marked by clots – a mix of blood and tissue. But implantation bleeding doesn’t result in clot release. There are no clots in implantation bleeding. The consistency of the flow can also be cited as a point to differentiate between the two. Implantation bleeding is an on-and-off spotting, unlike the period spot that starts off light and continues with heavy progress.

Other signs and symptoms that accompany implantation bleeding:

Implantation bleeding is accompanied by other signs like swollen breasts, headache, and woozy feeling but period bleeding doesn’t come up this way.
Pregnancy blood test and ovulation calculator: the best way to differentiate between the two

However, estimates suggest that there is no way to tell the difference between the two. It is only a pregnancy test that could confirm the type of bleeding. A pregnancy blood test costs a minimal amount and is quite easy to go for. It’s just that you have to give your urine or blood sample for the test.

Period and ovulation calculator could help regarding the same but it largely depends on the body type. The above insights are thus based on the common experiences shared by women.

At Motherhood Hospitals, we have a team of experienced super specialists backed by the latest in infrastructure and facilities. We have the best Gynaecologist in Alwarpet, Chennai. We are experts in handling complex deliveries, gynaecological, and other surgeries including a range of laparoscopic surgeries.

Do take an appointment with the best Gynaecology hospital in Alwarpet, Chennai at a centre closest to you. Meet with our doctors who will carry out the required investigations, diagnose the issue and recommend the most appropriate treatment, enabling you to lead an active life.

If you wish to get in touch with Dr. Kavya Krishna Kumar, please book your appointment here.

Ovulation Calculator- Know Your Most Fertile Days

track your ovulation

Author – Dr. Preethika Shetty MBBS, DNB, M.S(OBGY), Fellowship in Reproductive Medicine (ICOG)

Consultant – Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at Motherhood Hospital, Kharadi, Pune

If you are trying to get pregnant, do you know when you ovulate? Ovulation is the process in which a mature egg is released from the ovaries, which is referred to as the most fertile period for conceiving. It happens every month usually halfway of the menstrual cycle i.e. around the 14th day of the average 28-day cycle. So, to increase the chances of getting pregnant, it is better to know the days that are most fertile for it.

Quick fact: Most ovulation calculator tools can predict your ovulation by asking about the date of the first day of your last period and the average length of your menstrual cycles.

Ovulation calculator

For each menstrual cycle, there are about 6 days during which pregnancy can occur which are referred to as the fertile window or the time of ovulation, and it can be different for every woman. The estimation of this fertile window is given by the ovulation calculator which is based on a woman’s last menstrual date.

Signs and symptoms of ovulation

The common signs and symptoms that are to be noticed for ovulation are:

  • There can be change in the sustained basal body temperatures where it can fall slightly and then rise again.
  • The mucus in the cervix can become thinner and clearer.
  • Cervix can open up due to softening
  • One may feel breast tenderness as well
  • Some may feel light pain in the lower abdomen along with some mild cramps
  • There may be swelling in the vulva or vagina

Ovulation calendar and preparation

There are some steps that may help in the preparation and pinpointing the time of ovulation, like:

  • Keeping a menstrual cycle calendar can give you an idea of when it is most likely the ovulation can take place where you can use tools like pregnancy and ovulation calculator to estimate the same
  • Body symptoms can be usually felt like twinge of pain or cramps that point towards ovulation.
  • Keeping track of your basal body temperature which can be lowest during ovulation and rise as soon as ovulation occurs.
  • You can buy an ovulation predictor kit to identify the date of ovulation by looking at the levels of LH (luteinizing hormone), the hormone that rises before ovulation. They are usually available at the chemists.

Pregnancy ovulation calculator

From the figures of your pregnancy ovulation calculator, you can get an estimated date when you are likely to be fertile. Perfect ovulation calculator is not possible for all menstrual cycles, for some can be regular and irregular. It can be helpful in the case of a regular menstrual cycle, as there is no 100 percent accurate ovulation calculator. When it comes to ovulation calculators for irregular periods, ovulation urine tests or ovulation tracking may be helpful. It is better to consult your health care professional and seek further guidance in this case. Ovulation tracking is a process to identify the days during which you are the most fertile by tracking the hormone cycle, which are at a surge during ovulation. Using simple blood and ultrasound tests, you can detect the hormonal surge and know about your ovulation. Besides, it is a more advanced and accurate ovulation calculator than home ovulation prediction kits.

At Motherhood Hospitals, we have a team of experienced super specialists backed by the latest in infrastructure and facilities. We have the best Gynaecologist in Kharadi, Pune. We are experts in handling complex deliveries, gynaecological, and other surgeries including a range of laparoscopic surgeries.

Do take an appointment with the best Gynaecology hospital in Kharadi, Pune at a centre closest to you. Meet with our doctors who will carry out the required investigations, diagnose the issue and recommend the most appropriate treatment, enabling you to lead an active life.

If you wish to get in touch with Dr. Preethika Shetty, please book your appointment here.

Ovulation Calculator- Know Your Most Fertile Days

Author – Dr. Preethika Shetty MBBS, DNB, M.S(OBGY), Fellowship in Reproductive Medicine (ICOG)

Consultant – Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at Motherhood Hospital, Kharadi, Pune

If you are trying to get pregnant, do you know when you ovulate? Ovulation is the process in which a mature egg is released from the ovaries, which is referred to as the most fertile period for conceiving. It happens every month usually halfway of the menstrual cycle i.e. around the 14th day of the average 28-day cycle. So, to increase the chances of getting pregnant, it is better to know the days that are most fertile for it.

Quick fact

Most ovulation calculator tools can predict your ovulation by asking about the date of the first day of your last period and the average length of your menstrual cycles.

Ovulation calculator

For each menstrual cycle, there are about 6 days during which pregnancy can occur which are referred to as the fertile window or the time of ovulation, and it can be different for every woman. The estimation of this fertile window is given by the ovulation calculator which is based on a woman’s last menstrual date.

Signs and symptoms of ovulation

  • The common signs and symptoms that are to be noticed for ovulation are:
  • There can be change in the sustained basal body temperatures where it can fall slightly and then rise again.
  • The mucus in the cervix can become thinner and clearer.
  • Cervix can open up due to softening
  • One may feel breast tenderness as well
  • Some may feel light pain in the lower abdomen along with some mild cramps
  • There may be swelling in the vulva or vagina

Ovulation calendar and preparation

There are some steps that may help in the preparation and pinpointing the time of ovulation, like:

  • Keeping a menstrual cycle calendar can give you an idea of when it is most likely the ovulation can take place where you can use tools like pregnancy and ovulation calculator to estimate the same
  • Body symptoms can be usually felt like twinge of pain or cramps that point towards ovulation.
  • Keeping track of your basal body temperature which can be lowest during ovulation and rise as soon as ovulation occurs.
  • You can buy an ovulation predictor kit to identify the date of ovulation by looking at the levels of LH (luteinizing hormone), the hormone that rises before ovulation. They are usually available at the chemists.

Pregnancy ovulation calculator

From the figures of your pregnancy ovulation calculator, you can get an estimated date when you are likely to be fertile. Perfect ovulation calculator is not possible for all menstrual cycles, for some can be regular and irregular. It can be helpful in the case of a regular menstrual cycle, as there is no 100 percent accurate ovulation calculator. When it comes to ovulation calculators for irregular periods, ovulation urine tests or ovulation tracking may be helpful. It is better to consult your health care professional and seek further guidance in this case. Ovulation tracking is a process to identify the days during which you are the most fertile by tracking the hormone cycle, which are at a surge during ovulation. Using simple blood and ultrasound tests, you can detect the hormonal surge and know about your ovulation. Besides, it is a more advanced and accurate ovulation calculator than home ovulation prediction kits.

At Motherhood Hospitals, we have a team of experienced super specialists backed by the latest in infrastructure and facilities. We have the best Gynaecologist in Kharadi, Pune. We are experts in handling complex deliveries, gynaecological, and other surgeries including a range of laparoscopic surgeries.

Do take an appointment with the best Gynaecology hospital in Kharadi, Pune at a centre closest to you. Meet with our doctors who will carry out the required investigations, diagnose the issue and recommend the most appropriate treatment, enabling you to lead an active life.

If you wish to get in touch with Dr. Preethika Shetty, please book your appointment here.

Treating UTI During Pregnancy

Author – Dr. Asha Hiremath MBBS, MD

Consultant – Obstetrician, Gynaecologist & Laparoscopic Surgeon at Motherhood Hospital, Indiranagar, Bangalore

When any part of the urinary system is infected, it is referred to as urinary tract infection (UTI) or bladder infection. Urinary tract comprises kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra, where usually bacteria from outside can infect the urinary system concurring to problems, like an infection or inflammation. Though it is apparent in all the age groups, it is commonly seen during pregnancy. The prevalence of UTI increases in young women where during pregnancy the incidence of physical and hormonal changes lead to chances of developing a UTI.

The entry of bacteria into the urinary tract leads to its multiplication where painful urination and other symptoms become prevalent. During pregnancy, the levels of progesterone and estrogen increase which leads to the weakening of the bladder and the ureters, along with the changing anatomy of kidneys and compression of uterus and bladder. This makes it prone to UTI whereupon the excess sugar in the urine encourages bacterial growth. Therefore, it is important to consult a gynaecologist and obstetrician during pregnancy and receive urinalysis and urine culture at 12 to 16 weeks.


It is always recommended to visit the best gynaecologist nearby during the early weeks of pregnancy to look out for any prevailing conditions. Besides, there can be some symptoms that correspond to UTI whereby it becomes necessary to see your healthcare provider. Common symptoms of UTI can be:

  • Strong and frequent urge to visit the bathroom
  • Burning sensation while urinating
  • Passing small amounts of urine
  • Cloudy, red or pink colored urine
  • Foul smell in the urine
  • Pelvic pain

While these symptoms are noticeable, pregnant women can also have asymptomatic UTI’s where there are no signs or symptoms. As it progresses, it can lead to other developing symptoms or problems like symptomatic UTI or even kidney infection which requires immediate treatment.

With respect to treatment, UTI’s can be prevented in the first place by:

  • Trying to empty your bladder frequently
  • Wearing cotton underwear
  • Trying to avoid perfumes or sprays
  • Staying hydrated by drinking ample amount of water
  • Avoiding the use of harsh soaps or body wash in the genital area

When it comes to treatment, most UTI’s are treated using antibiotics. While during pregnancy the treatment would be the same where the antibiotics are safe for mother and baby usually following the 3-day low-dose and long term course. Antibiotics commonly used include amoxicillin, ampicillin, cephalosporin’s, etc. Besides, a doctor may also prescribe some pain relieving medications to get relief from the discomfort of UTI. When a UTI is recurring, a doctor may carry out some tests, like urine culture test (diagnosing the bacterial cultures in urine), visual bladder and urethra exam or CT scan of the urinary tract.

There are some home remedies that may be suggested for UTI, such as:

  • Consuming acetaminophen to get relieve from pain and reduce the fever
  • In case of stomach discomfort, placing a hot bottle on the lower stomach may relieve from it
  • In order to flush out the bacteria from the urinary tract, plenty of water should be drunk
  • Having a plenty amount of rest so that the body can fight the infection

If urinary tract infection remains untreated, it can involve kidneys and become more dangerous. In rare cases, chronic UTI’s may lead to sepsis (blood poisoning) if left untreated.

Therefore, a person should tend to the early signs of infection and take the prescribed antibiotics as soon as possible. Moreover, it is important to closely work with your healthcare provider and ask for further treatment if UTI keeps recurring.

At Motherhood Hospitals, we have a team of experienced super specialists backed by the latest in infrastructure and facilities. We have the best Gynaecologist in Indiranagar, Bangalore. We are experts in handling complex deliveries, gynaecological, and other surgeries including a range of laparoscopic surgeries.

Do take an appointment with the best Gynaecology hospital in Indiranagar, Bangalore at a centre closest to you. Meet with our doctors who will carry out the required investigations, diagnose the issue and recommend the most appropriate treatment, enabling you to lead an active life.

If you wish to get in touch with Dr. Asha Hiremath please book your appointment here.

Early Warning Signs Of Thyroid Disorder

Author – Dr. Astha Jain Mathur MBBS, DGO

Consultant – Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at Motherhood Hospital, Indore

Did you know that any imbalance in the thyroid hormone can have an impact on the energy, weight, metabolism, heart rate, cholesterol levels, bones, moods and women’s menstrual cycles? Thyroid hormone is an important constituent in the working of the body, and there are many signs that can point towards its imbalance which need proper treatment.

Quick fact

The imbalance in the hormone refers to the levels becoming too high or too low that concurs to many problems. When the thyroid hormone is produced in lesser amounts, it is called hypothyroidism which can result in weight gain and lack of energy. In contrast, when hormones are produced in large amounts it is called hyperthyroidism, which can relate to the loss of weight.

Hence, it becomes important to keep an eye over the changes that may take place after this hormonal imbalance. After the signs or symptoms appear, it is better to opt for thyroid testing to diagnose the problem, and start its treatment at the right time by consulting the best endocrinologists nearby. If you are heading towards thyroid checkup and counseling, Motherhood Hospitals  leads the forefront with the best and famous endocrinology doctors dispensing advanced and effective services to the patients.

Early signs of thyroid disorder

While many of the biological functions of the body are dependent on the thyroid hormone, there are many early signs and symptoms that may appear due to its imbalance and indicate there is an issue with your thyroid,  such as:

  • Fatigue or excessive tiredness: Fatigue caused by thyroid disorders can’t be cured by taking ample amounts of sleep or rest. If there is any problem with the thyroid gland, a person may feel tired and fatigued for most of the time. Though in older women, they mistake fatigue with the symptoms of menopause. But after some time the fatigue persists for a longer time which can be a sign of undiagnosed thyroid disorder.
  • High heart rate: Hyperthyroidism can concur to an excessive heart rate. When the thyroid gland is produced in large quantities, blood pressure can increase which can lead to an increasing heart rate. If your heart rate is frequently over 80 beats per minute, you should consult a physician.
  • Anxiety: Many people may suffer from feelings of anxiety when they have hyperthyroidism. There can be some emotional outbursts where they may feel trouble controlling it, along with angry feelings.
  • Weight gain: Since thyroid hormone regulates your metabolism, it can greatly impact your body weight. This is usually due to the water and salt retaining in the body. Hypothyroidism can result in weight gain where in severe cases, it can lead to significant weight gain with 5-10 pounds extra. 
  • Weight loss: Due to thyroid problems, there can be weight loss as well which is the early signs of it. The amount of weight lost during this condition will be dependent upon the severity of the problem.
  • Body shakes: Since there can be high blood pressure during this condition, it can lead to trembling as a result of nervousness. If you have repetitive signs of shaky hands or body twitches, there is a need to go for thyroid testing.
  • Sensitivity to head and cold: When you have an overactive thyroid, you may feel sensitivity to heat as a common symptom. Moreover, people suffering from hypothyroidism can experience cold hands and feet as well. As the metabolism slows down, it decreases your energy levels where you become quite sensitive to temperatures.

There are various ways you may be affected with thyroid disorders depending upon the type of disorder you may be dealing with. You need to follow a diagnostic procedure and must make it a point to visit the best endocrinologist nearest to you.

Women’s Nutrition: What Is Considered “Healthy Food”?

Nutrition rich foods for women

Author – Motherhood Medical Team

Women’s body requires sufficient amount of nutrients to remain healthy and prevent any disease. A healthy food comprises of nutrients primarily required for the body to work efficiently. With respect to the food, a woman should always make a healthy choice which sustains the wellbeing of the body. The main components of healthy and balanced diet comprise of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and water.

Healthy food should include all the varieties of food groups like whole grains, vegetables, healthy fats, dairy products, leans proteins and fruits. A woman should follow a healthy diet plan.

Foods rich in nutrients

• Whole grains such as whole-grain bread, cereals, flakes, brown rice etc. These should be consumed at least three ounces a day.

• Low fat dairy products including milk, yogurt or cheese.

• Protein foods as meat, eggs, poultry, beans tofu etc.

• Daily fresh fruits, canned or dried without added sugars

• Fresh vegetables

While this is the daily requirement of your body, most of the people consume industry food which is devoid of such ingredients. Many packaged foods with salt, sugar and saturated foods claim to be a good source of nutrition, where the amount of added calories is not taken into consideration. There are some nutritional facts that must be comprehended before opting for processed foods.

Nutritional Tips

• Sugar intake must be limited

• Women should not consume more than 1500 mg of salt.

• The less you exercise, the more proteins you should consume.

• Always add vitamins in your diet, even if they are not natural

It has been seen that over half of the population are not meeting the daily requirements of nutritious food where the sum is sometimes going beyond the total grains and protein recommendations. Therefore, it is important to look after the food you consume for healthy life.

At Motherhood Hospitals, we have a team of experienced super specialists backed by the latest in infrastructure and facilities. We have the best Nutritionist customized diet plans for pregnant women and monitor their health throughout the period of pregnancy, in consultation with gynaecologists.

Do take an appointment with the Best Maternity Hospital at a centre closest to you. Meet with our doctors who will carry out the required investigations, diagnose the issue and recommend the most appropriate treatment, enabling you to lead an active life.

If you wish to get in touch with our doctors, please book your appointment here.

Women’s Hormones: The Main Reason For Changes In Your Health?

Reasons for hormonal imbalance in women

Author – Motherhood Medical Team

Many changes associated with the woman’s body are related with the hormones as they play an integral part in the health of an individual. Along with ageing, there are different changes and symptoms women begin to experience, among which most of them are thought because of hormonal changes. While it is true that hormones are a changing factor of woman’s health, but not every experience is related to them. The different feelings a woman may be subjected to are largely due their life style choices, and stress. We will see the role of major hormones and their overall effects.

Estrogen Function

Two prominent hormones, estrogen and progesterone, have considerable effect on the woman’s health, like on menstruation, pregnancy or menopause. Estrogen is mainly responsible for the physical changes associated with puberty, and cholesterol control. The levels of estrogen changes during the month which is highest in the middle of menstrual cycle and lowest during the periods. Women having low levels of estrogen may suffer from less frequent menstruation, mood swings, hot flashes, difficultly in sleeping etc. In contrast, women with too much estrogen may experience weight gain, heavy or light bleeding, fatigue etc.

Progesterone Function

Progesterone on the other hands prepares the endometrium of woman for pregnancy. Women having low levels of progesterone will experience abnormal menstrual cycles or difficulty in conceiving. Testosterone also plays an important role in women where its high levels can lead to irregular menstrual cycle, more body hairs, acnes, struggle with infertility etc. Thyroid hormone can also relate with many changes where women over the age of 60 are likely to have hypothyroidism (production of less thyroid stimulating hormone) which can concur with fatigue, constipation, dry skin, weight gain, pain in the joints etc.

Therefore, hormonal changes are the reason for most of the symptoms that occur in women.

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Do take an appointment with the best Gynaecology hospital at a centre closest to you. Meet with our doctors who will carry out the required investigations, diagnose the issue and recommend the most appropriate treatment, enabling you to lead an active life.

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