Dr Alex Ooi on How to Improve A Woman’s Chances of Conceiving | DocDoc

Dr Alex Ooi on How to Improve A Woman’s Chances of Conceiving | DocDoc


Why’d I choose to be Gynecologist and Obstetrician as a specialty? Simply because I think it’s a very happy event when you deal with women’s conditions of this nature. Of course, in the delivery of a baby, it’s really a wonderful thing to see life come to be. It’s a very happy event. And I enjoy that. Even in Gynecological surgery, when a woman has a disease like a fibroid, or an endometriosis, a cystic lesion of the ovary, once it’s removed the fruits of that; the outcome is really something very rewarding to me. If a woman finds it difficult to conceive, it is possibly because of the fact that the
expectations are high. One must understand, first of all, that it takes almost a year of even two years for most healthy young couples to conceive. In fact, 90% would take up to a year before they really conceive. So don’t be stressed
about it. Don’t immediately go, or have the intention, for in vitro fertilisation. Or see a doctor to do something about the condition. If you’re healthy and menstrual cycles are regular, and you’re not grossly overweight and if your husband has got no surgical history or any medical problems. You will conceive with time. Give it a good six months, or a year, even before you seek medical help or medical advice Rather than help because you may not actually be unable to conceive. So stress is a very important component of the ability to conceive or not. Three most important things for the protection of reproductive health is a matter of when you are trying to protect it. Generally, a person should be leading a healthy lifestyle Practically, from after birth you and you can manage it yourself. And of course, the second thing is regular exercise. Because if the circulation in the person’s body is good, then of course, the person’s ability to do anything in term of having a child when they want one becomes easier; it becomes a natural thing. It’s not a difficult thing to get pregnant if one is really healthy and the third thing, of course, I would say is as a woman, protect
yourself against any infections. Right from the first sexual encounter you have, you can pick up a lot of diseases which
can sometimes and in fact, quite often, damage your ability to have a child. So be careful of that. Choose your partner or partners wisely, and use protectives from the word go. If you do have PCOS, what is known as polycystic ovarian
syndrome and that occurs quite commonly, I can’t really tell the extent of its occurrence, simple because there’s a whole range of it: mild to moderate to severe, and it varies from time to time in your life. So, if you do have this condition severe enough, it always demonstrates itself as infertility or hair growth. A lot of young women have got excessive hair growth, and you have to get it shaved or for waxing, or even having a deeper voice or even a mustache growing. So, if you do have the condition of PCOS, then what you should do is actually to seek a doctor’s advice as to using certain medication. We now have a very simple medicine, which is actually something which we use for diabetic people, which works very well for PCOS patients. I’ve had young girls who are excessively overweight without regular menstruation have slimmed down to a nice figure with regular menstruation after sometime of using this medication. Of course, in terms of lifestyle, keep yourself healthy. Be very mindful of having regular exercise, and be mindful, of course, of excessive weight gain from too much eating. Liposuction is a hobby of mine, so it’s a good question to ask: “What is it that have myths and mysteries about the procedure?” I think generally one should understand that liposuction is not a means of reproduction. It is a means of shaping the body or sculpting the body. So, if you understand that is the need, then the most important prerequisite before even considering liposuction is to make sure you maintain a fairly
good and healthy weight range. Then the liposuction is indicated and it is, by and large, despite some of the recent bad news, by and large, liposuction is very very safe if it is done under proper conditions and by a surgeon who is actually very competent in it – it shouldn’t be an issue in terms of safety. I have a lot of interaction my patients and I love that interaction that goes on most of the visits and during any surgical obstetrical procedure. But generally, I would love that the patients look at me as somebody who’s competent, somebody’s who’s concerned and, of course, who’s caring. I think that’s the role of a doctor basically anyway. So, it’s something which I like to project and impress onto the patient.

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