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1 Minute with Dr.A : COVID-19 and Pregnancy

by Dr. Agilan Arjunan, Fertility Specialist & Gynaecologist ,KL Fertility Centre ( Malaysia) 

Top 3 questions my patients ask me regarding COVID-19 and Pregnancy :

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  1. Are pregnant women more at risk of getting COVID-19 infection ?
  • At the moment , pregnant women does not appear to be at higher risk of getting COVID-19 compared to the general population.
  • Pregnant women do undergo changes in their bodies which makes them more susceptible to other infections
  • Majority of pregnant women may show only mild to moderate flu like symptoms

 

2. Can COVID-19 cause any problem during pregnancy ?

  • Currently we do not know if COVID-19 infection causes any problem during pregnancy or to be baby after delivery.
  • Currently there is no evidence of intrauterine infection from COVID-19
  • It is assumed that probably there is no affect on intrauterine fetal growth

 

3. Can COVID-19 be transmitted from mother to baby ?

  • We do not know if COVID-19 can be transmitted from mother to baby. 

 

Sources :

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/pregnancy-breastfeeding.html
  2. https://www.rcog.org.uk/globalassets/documents/guidelines/2020-03-21-covid19-pregnancy-guidance-2118.pdf

 

 

 

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Who Stole My Fertility ?

by Dr Agilan Arjunan, Fertility Specialist & Gynaecologist, KL Fertility Centre (Malaysia)

Published in The Star (Fit For Life ) : http://www.star2.com/health/wellness/2017/07/09/who-stole-my-fertility/

According to medical history, in the periods of Hippocrates in 460-375 BC , fibroid was known as ‘uterine stone’. The first surgery for fibroid was done for the American President Abraham Lincoln’s cousin in 1809. The term fibroid was introduced in 1860.

Many women had been diagnosed with uterine fibroid. For some the fibroid is not medically important but for some women, fibroid can cause infertility.

What is uterine fibroid?

A woman’s womb or uterus is made up of muscles known as ‘myometrium’ . This ‘myometrium’  is composed of many strands of muscle fibres.

Fibroids arise from genetic alteration in a single muscle fibre. This causes the muscles to overgrow and form a fibroid. Circulating female hormone called oestrogen can cause growth of the fibroid.

However, fibroids can also grow in low oestrogen environment , possibly due to conversion of male hormone called androgens into oestrogen. Yes, females have male hormones too!

The problem with fibroid is , it can be a silent killer. Woman may have fibroids without ever knowing about it!  This is because not all the fibroids cause symptoms. Whether the fibroid causes a problem depends on the size and location of the fibroid.

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Fertility & Gynaecology E-newsletter : Vol 1 (April 2017)

by Dr Agilan Arjunan, Fertility Specialist , KL Fertility Centre ( Malaysia)

This is the first volume of my fertility & gynaecology e-newsletter .

Click here to download pdf version : With Dr A newsletter (pdf).

The full article written in the e-newsletter can be read here : https://dragilan.com/2017/02/24/difficult-second-pregnancy-dr-agilan-arjunan-fertility-specialist-kl-fertility-centre-malaysia/