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Sandy asks…

I Think My Sheltie is Pregnant…But Not Sure!?

I’m a early teenager and we’ve bred my solder dog at least eight times. We’ve had her since I was two, though, and although I remember raising and selling the puppies, I can’t remember any of the pregnancy stages. Well, we got her fixed when she turned nine. So now we have another to breed, whelp and raise & sell pups. She’s been bred twice and hasn’t gotten pregnant, though we could credit that to her young age and the way we treated her during pregnancy. I was a rough and let her jump and she rejected breeding. She also has NO hereditary problems or infertility. She’s a sweet, adorable 3 year old female. Well, this time we think she’s pregnant. She’s acting ravinous, is getting chubby in the torso to ribs and is discharging. Also, our other female is peeing as dominance. But we also think she might had pyrometra, because her discharge is slighly yellow but not pus colored and not stinky at all. How can I tell? I asked this question a week ago and didn’t get a good answer.
Actually we know now she doesn’t have an infection just wondering if she’s pregnant.
Listen, breeding is perfectly okay and I’m going to report anyone who says it’s wrong because my dog is a wonderful mother and loves her babies and we make sure all our puppies go to very good homes.
By the way anyone who says my parents are poor examples suck becasue I LOVE my parents and I could sure for deformation of character.


Take your sheltie to the vet ASAP, if it is a pyometra she will die without attention. There are two types of pyometra each with differing symptoms. A closed pyometra shows no discharge hardly at all until it is advanced.

There could be other reasons for the discharge, for instance, if your parents used an unscrupulous stud dog owner who was not fussy about who mated with his dog, or how often he was used, your bitch could have caught an infection from him (there are canine types of VD) If this is the case she is probably infected for life and will never have live puppies, or if she does they will be fading puppies and die.

Also you said your older sheltie is showing dominance signs. Older brood bitches can be very dominant. Some even try to steal another bitches puppies. If this is the case keep them appart, as a bitch can kill her puppies if she thinks they are in danger. And the older one might try the same if she thinks she cannot have them. (have had personal experience of a mother and daughter sheltie who were like this, so had to keep them very much appart. Although when no puppies around they were best of friends)

Now as to what I think of how your family treats its shelties.

To take 8 litters from a sheltie in nine years is disgusting!!
Your family may only have the one dog they are breeding from, but they are in the same class as puppy mill owners, worthy of nothing but contempt.

A sheltie should not be mated befor her 3rd season, and then rested for the next season. If she is healthy and had no problems with her first litter then a maximum of another two litters with a seasons rest in between is all she should have.

And whoever owns the stud dog your parents use is no better than they are. A decent breeder with a stud dog would not entertain someone who mates a bitch every season. Unless of course your parents work between two breeders who each think she is only mated once a year.

George asks…

I have PCOS and desperately want a child, Help Please!!!!!!?

I have gone to 4 different OB’s to figure out what my problem was, I had the usual signs and symptoms of PCOS, I had a laporoscopy, and i would miss my period for 2 months and bleed for 3 straight, most days very heavy. I was finally diagnosed with PCOS and was told that I need to lose weight. I have been actively ttc for 3 years with one miscarriage. I was 100 pounds lighter than i am now and i still couldnt conceive. Please advise what the next best step i to getting pregnant. I desperately want to start my family but i feel that I dont have any support from the doctors. I have always been heavy since i was a teenager and I lost weight and still don’t have any success in conceiving. I been on the birth control and taken off, I have been put on the metformin, and I have had the laporoscopy. I am becoming depressed and my longing for a child has only increased. I’ve been told to just let it happen but its been 3 years and I’m at my wits end. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.


Don’t go to a OB/GYN. They just don’t understand and I have been a nurse for one for 17 years. You need to go to a reproductive endocrinologist. They specialize in infertility. Weight loss is helpful but that is not all that can be done. There is a medication Metformin that helps alot. Skip the OB/GYN and go to a specialist. Good luck.

Mary asks…

does age make a difference on pregnancy.? PLEASE HELP ME.?

i started my period around august 3rd. i used to be on birth control but i stopped taking my pills around july 30th. i had unprotected sex with my boyfriend on august 18th, and he came inside me. the ovulation calender said im likely most fertile august 15-19. but my boyfriend said he didnt come alot, it might’ve just been precum but we’re not sure. do you think im most likely pregnant.? please help me out. i think i am, but i need other opinions. im afraid i may be infertile, because there were times where i thought i should have been pregnant but wasnt. but i dont know if its infertility, or it just didnt happen at the right time. keep in mind that im only 18, pretty much a teenager, & i noticed that alot of teens are getting pregnant nowadays…


Bare in mind, even on your fertile days you only have a 30% (ish) chance of pregnancy. I highly doubt you’re infertile, especially at your age.



Sandra asks…

why is it so hard to get pregnant?

last year i was off the pill from may 2011- march 2012 we weren’t really trying to have a baby but we weren’t being cautious either. i started the pill in april and may and i just finished my cycle june 16th. and was supposed to start my new pack of pills june 17th. my husband and i decided to start trying to have a baby im not really sure when i ovulate but we have had sex and he did the “deed” the last 5 times we’ve had sex this past week. according to an ovulation calendar im supposed to be the most fertile june 21- june 24 or 25 i took an ovulation test yesterday and it came back negative. so now im just lost. we had sex june 21st and when i woke up and went to the bathroom when i wiped there was blood but nothing heavy i wiped 2 more times and it was gone and since then no sign of beeding im not sure what to think but its very stressful trying to get pregnant when all these teenagers get pregnant no problem my cousin is 24 and is pregnant with baby #5!! she doesnt even take care of her kids and shes blessed with them its so aggrivating


Oh, honey, I feel your frustration! Every time I see a pregnant woman I resent her and have to look away, and every time I see a YA question from someone who accidentally got pregnant or doesn’t want to be pregnant, I wonder why it was so easy for them when they weren’t even trying but so hard for me when I WANT a baby and am in a great place in my life to raise a child! It seems so unfair.

But then I remind myself that I don’t know the story of the pregnant woman in the store. For all I know, she and her husband struggled with infertility for 5 years and she went through multiple rounds of IVF and miscarriages before finally being blessed with her little one. And I also remind myself of how when I was younger and in my 20s what a DISASTER getting pregnant would have been for me and how frightening it would have been, so I can’t hold it against someone for being pregnant and scared and not wanting it, because 10 years ago that could have been me and I’m lucky that I never had to go through that.

So yes, I definitely understand how you feel. My hubby and I are on month 4 (and cycle 6) of TTC, though since he had a vasectomy reversal we’ve technically only had 2 months of “good” tries since his sperm count only returned to normal about 2 months ago. What has helped keep me sane (sort of) is learning all about BBT charting, detecting ovulation with LH test strips, learning what supplements I need to take and what lifestyle changes I can make (like reducing caffeine), and things of that nature. I’ve also been tracking my cycle with apps on my phone since last December (about 8 cycles ago), and I’m glad I did because it helped me discover that I had luteal phase defect really early on and get on progesterone to fix the problem.

Since you just came off the pill again, it might take a month or two for your cycle to go back to normal… Though you weren’t on it for very long so honestly it might not even had time to be fully effective! So now what you can do is read up on detecting physical signs of ovulation and keep tracking your cycle. If you haven’t gotten pregnant in 6-8 months, you might want to consider meeting with a fertility specialist to have some diagnostic testing done. Hubby and I did that back in Dec. Before he had his surgery, and I’m glad we did. It was a major load off my mind. =)

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Ken asks…

Is normal to be nervous about infertility?

I am a 25 year old man. My wife and I are going to be trying for our first baby in a few months.

I have no reason to think I might be infertile. But I am still nervous that we won’t be able to have a baby.

We have been wanting a baby for sometime and I am worried our dream of being parents won’t happen.

My wife’s doctor doesn’t think she will have any problems concieving either.

Is it normal to worry like this?


Yes, but try not to. Just worrying about it can actual make it physically harder to achieve!

Relax and enjoy those last (hopefully few) long lies, late nights out etc

Betty asks…

Can Thorazine, Mellaril, or Haldol cause long term – permanet infertility in men, after they have been stoped?

I have a friend that has been accused of making a woman pregnant and he was on those 3 drugs from 88-94, he is 32 and has no children. We have been wondering if these drugs can cause infertility.
-added details- my friend is nearly impossible to get into a doctor’s office. We need to know if it is possible, the information I have found is inconclusive, doesn’t state male or female and doesn’t give how long “long term” is.


You would need to check with a medical specialist to find out.

Laura asks…

are there any products available in the stores to test men’s sperm for fertility?

I know that they have ovulation tests so do they have the same for men? Please let me know I am looking to be able to go to the store and not buy something online.


Yes – there is a product called Fertell – you can find it at drugstores – I know that I have seen it at our local CVS Pharmacy.


Please know that these tests are limited – they are very good for measuring sperm count, but motility, morphology, ph levels and other factors are best determined with a semen analysis requested by your doctor and completed at a lab.


Hope this helps!

Charles asks…

Why is infertility such a big problem in marriages?

I was reading my mom’s Redbook magazine because I was on a 10 hour flight and had nothing else to do, and the magazine made it sound like infertility was such a bad thing. I don’t get why. I’d much rather adopt than have my own child any day. Of course I would miss out on some, but overall I’d rather adopt. And besides, why would this be a problem in marriage? Maybe for the woman it’s a problem, but how is infertility an “issue that needs to be talked about before the marriage”?
well gosh, im so sorry for not knowing men could be infertile too. you can’t get mad at someone for not knowing sometihng.


Ummm, try to be at least a little sympathetic here.

Infertility is an issue couples should talk about before marriage. It’s one of those things that no one thinks will ever happen to them. But then, guess what, it does. Then they have to ask themselves questions individually and as a married couple. You may be for adoption, but that doesn’t mean everyone is. Some men and women don’t feel that they could raise an adopted child as their own. And that’s their business and their choice. Additionally, you don’t seem to understand how difficult it is to get an adopted child to begin with. As someone who has had reproductive issues in the past (now corrected due to surgery), my husband and I have looked into adoption. It’s a long process. There’s millions of parents out there who wants children, but there’s not enough children up for adoption. So then what? You also have to pass some really high standards. Background checks, references, financial checks, etc. And, even then, there’s no guarantee. It’s a long, hard, often expensive process with no guarantees. And then there’s foster children. Again, no guarantees. With a foster child, you’ve got many of the same issues, plus, in most cases, you have to worry about social workers getting involved, behavioral issues due to their upbringing, as well as the fear that their birth parents will one day return to claim their child again. And couples also need to ask themselves how far they’re willing to go. Some people believe in natural pregnancy only. What about fertility treatments? Ovulation drugs? IVF? Sperm donation? Surrogate mothers? Etc. What do each of them think is ethical and right? What would each of them do? It’s a very important issue that people should shed light on and discuss before marriage. Too many people are split up over infertility because they get to that point and they completely disagree over what to do and they can’t reconcile because they never discussed it before marriage thinking it would never happen. And it’s something that could all be avoided with a simple conversation to see where the two of them stand on children. You wouldn’t expect two responsible people to get married without discussing their views on children, so how do you, by any logical sense, think this is not included? And just because it’s so cut and dry to you doesn’t mean it’s so cut and dry for everyone else. You should be less judgmental and more sympathetic to others.

I just have to add, ten minutes later, and I’m still reeling from your completely insensitive and totally unsympathetic words, “maybe for the woman it’s a problem.” Why don’t you try telling that to my husband who had to hear about my miscarriage during his latest deployment to Iraq and see exactly how he felt about that. If you seriously think it’s not a problem for men too… Then ugh. And, uh, didn’t you ever consider that men can be infertile too? What about that?

Carol asks…

is it true that smoking marijuana can lower a mans sperm count?

or that it can lead to infertility in women? I’ve heard many rumors about this but I want FACTS. I smoked weed for quite a while but I dont anymore and my boyfriend still does.


I don’t know about pot but cigarettes can and do. They share some traits, like CO. (carbon monoxide)

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Nancy asks…

Can drinking gatorade cause infertility?

Male or female, permanent or not, its something i heard was wondering if it was true, thought i should get some input


No. Gatorade is recommended to treat ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) which is a complication from some forms of fertility medication. Basically, fertility drugs dehydrate some women so they have to drink Gatorade, Powerade or the like.

Jenny asks…

i have no period about four months and i try to cbe pregent but in pregent test result are negtive?

i went to the doctor he said u have ployistic ovaries .can i get pregent now or not


A sudden absence of your menstrual period is called secondary amenorrhea. Depending on the cause of amenorrhea, you might experience other signs or symptoms along with the absence of periods, such as milky nipple discharge, headache, vision changes, or excessive hair growth on your face and torso (hirsutism), according to the Mayo Clinic. There are several possible reasons for secondary amenorrhea.

In women of reproductive age, pregnancy is the most common cause of amenorrhea, the Mayo Clinic reports. You will not experience a shedding of the uterine lining (menstruation) during pregnancy. Pick up a home pregnancy test at your local drug store. If you are pregnant contact your obstetrician for care. If you are otherwise healthy and have missed your period for three months and are not pregnant, it is time to see your gynecologist to determine the cause of amenorrhea.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
According to Merck, polycystic ovary syndrome (characterized by irregular or no periods, obesity, high levels of male hormones and often cysts in the ovaries) may be a cause of secondary infertility. If you have polycystic ovary syndrome and have lost your menses, contact your gynecologist for follow-up care. She may prescribe you progesterone for a few days to bring back your period. Oral contraceptives may be recommended by your physician to help regulate your menstrual cycle.

Contraceptives (birth control) may lead to amenorrhea. The hormones that are present in your pills may cause a decrease in menstruation. Contraceptives that are injected or implanted also may cause amenorrhea as can progesterone-containing intrauterine devices, the Mayo Clinic reports. If you are on birth control and miss your period, take a home pregnancy test to make sure that you are not pregnant. No contraceptive provides 100 percent protection against pregnancy, continuing to take your birth control when pregnant may be dangerous for your baby.

Antipsychotics, oral corticosteroids, antidepressants and chemotherapy may cause amenorrhea. Check with your health care provider regarding the side effects of your medication.

Decrease in Body Weight
Excessively low body weight interrupts many hormonal functions in your body, potentially halting ovulation, the Mayo Clinic states. Extreme exercise may also halt ovulation and stop your menstrual periods. Women with anorexia and bulimia frequently suffer from amenorrhea.

According to Merck, stress interferes with the brain’s control (through hormones) of the ovaries. This may lead to amenorrhea. Any stressful situation may cause a lack of menstruation that can last until the situation is resolved.


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Laura asks…

Invitrofertilization is expensive, how can we afford this?

read on an Illinois government website that in Illinois, insurances have to pay for infertility treatment as long as they have 25 or more employees? Does anyone know anything about this or where I can find more out? Before I found the website, my insurance Company, Blue Cross, said they do not cover an infertility treatment. I am confused?


This is what I found:

“Illinois law requires group insurance plans and health maintenance organizations (HMOs) to provide coverage for infertility. Here are the basic facts about the law.”

To get coverage you must:

“live in Illinois

be covered by a fully insured Illinois group policy through an employer with more than 25 full-time employees

have been unable to conceive after one year of unprotected sexual intercourse between a male and female or have been unable to sustain a successful pregnancy”

There are some caveats:

What is not covered:

“costs for procedures which violate the religious and moral teachings or beliefs of the insurance company or covered group”

“costs of preserving and storing sperm, eggs and embryos”

I found this website for your state … And it explores options on what to do for fertility treatment if you cannot afford it.

Robert asks…

What’s the cost of laparoscopic surgery?

My friend has Polyps in the gallbladder and has no medical,no insurance,and has to have surgery fast.
So how much would the cost of this surgery be in California and do you know where is the cheapest city in north California to get the surgery please help!


Laparoscopy typically costs between $1,700 and $5,000, depending on the doctor and whether is it just diagnostic or used to treat a condition. Laparoscopy can treat endometriosis, ovarian cysts, scar tissue or blocked or damaged fallopian tubes.
In general, health insurance will cover laparoscopy because it is a diagnostic test and also is used to treat health problems, such as endometriosis, that can affect the patient’s overall health. However, it is important to check with the insurer.
Some states have laws that mandate insurance coverage of infertility treatment, with some restrictions. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine lists states that require coverage., run by an affiliate of Merck Serono, offers advice on navigating insurance benefits and a toll-free phone number 1-866-LETS-TRY, that offers help figuring out what your plan covers. The American Fertility Association has a list of questions to ask your insurer.
For patients covered by insurance, out-of-pocket costs can reach hundreds or even several thousand dollars, including copays for doctor visits or a percentage of the procedure; some plans cover only between 50 and 80 percent.

Betty asks…

How long did clomid side effects last?

I have taken clomid probably a total of 7 times, and never had any side effects. This is my first cycle after having my son, and I am experiencing every side effect listed on the prescription. Because I never suffered them before, how long do the side effects last after you are finished with the last pill?


The side effects last provably for 3 weeks after but, I put a lot weight with the infertility treatment. It took me almost a year to lost it. After 6 months of trying I got to stop infertility treatment because my Infertility doctor give me an overdose of hormones that send me to the hospital. My problem to get pregnant was PCOS. Please if you are a case of infertility for PCOS contact me, I did a lot of research about this an sometimes those infertility treatment cost us lots of pain, money, stress. I can speak about my case I didn’t need so many infertility medications, I got cure of PCOS just with 850 mg of meformine at day. After, I got in this treatment my ovulation is normal every month. I got an ultrasound four months ago and my new doctor couldn’t believe that I suffered of PCOS. Right now I have to be careful not to get pregnant. Best wishes for you and, please contact me if you need more info.

Mandy asks…

How much should i charge for invitro?

My boss wants to have kids but she cannot get pregnant. A friend of hers is an invitro specialist. I told her that I would donate my eggs to her and I was just wondering how much i should get compensated for doing that. I will have to take fertility drugs and such and have to have surgery. whats ya’lls take?


I know on the west coast (we looked into it when we were looking into infertility treatment costs) donaters are paid around 4000 a cycle.

Realistically you aren’t asking for compensation for missed days or anything like that. You are asking for compensation because you are taking a risk. The hormones have a lot of potential side effects and your body will have to be surging with them. Not to mention these eggs (well any children that come from them) will still share a genetic bond with you. Its not unreasonable to ask for compensation, the reason why its called “donating eggs” isn’t because its expected to be free with no strings attached, its because “selling eggs” sounds kind of sleazy. For the record I don’t think it is sleazy. I think its a great sacrifice you are willing to make -even assuming you are well compensated for it.

Ruth asks…

how much is the cost for IVF and IUI in dubai?Is it a painful proceedure?will they giv anesthesia?

any place who does IUI or IVF in dubai? and cost and also tell me whether normal gynocologist clinics does this proceedure or have to go to a infertility clinic in dubai.


IVF and IUI is done at Fertlity Clinics as well as some private gynaecological centers. For a detailed description of fertility clinics in Dubai click this link below

The cost of IVF depends on the place where you are undergoing treatment, number of cycles of treatment, the consultation charges of the specialist and the type of diagnostic tests. If you are less than 35 years old, you would have better chances of success in the first cycle itself in comparison to women who are 40 and above, who may have to go for a number of treatment cycles, thereby increasing the cost.

Depending on the clinic and treatment, the costs could begin from 15,000 Dirhams and upwards. The best way to get the exact treatment costs is to call of the fertility Clinics individually and check their price range.

Susan asks…

is there a medical/health insurance company that specifially is geared towards infertility?

see, my husband is self employed and i am a stay at home mom. so we don’t have any medical insurance. i’m TTC, but it’s getting costly. especially since i moved to a different state, i’ve only found one fertility clinic, and it cost a lot. before i moved, it didn’t cost too much, but now, it is thousands more. i moved to Neveda, and i’ve contacted their department of health, they don’t offer any sort of medical assistance. can anyone help me? thanks a lot.


No. See, the only people who want to BUY infertility coverage, are the people who want to put in claims, so there’s no “sharing of cost”.

Kinda like elephant training insurance. Would you buy it, if you don’t train elephants? Of course not!

Voluntary procedures like cosmetic surgery and infertility treatments are almost ALWAYS self funded, unless your employer’s policy offers any coverage.

James asks…

What is the process after 1 year or TTC?

Doctors always say that you should try for a baby for at least a year before going to see them for check ups.

Can anyone tell me what the actual process is when you have been trying for a year. For example, I don’t have too much faith in my doctor – I feel like I could be dying and they would be reluctant to get an appointment in the diary – so I’m just wondering if after a year, they simply tell you to try for another year (I have heard this before too).

If you have check ups and everything looks fine…what is the usual wait for IVF or fertility treatment – I notice that people on here have waited for 4 yeras, but others 1 etc. Obviously it depends on each case, but would love to hear your views and experiences.


IVF (in vitro fertilization) treatment; and Laparoscopic surgery is very cheap in India. The cost is very low and the medical services are very good in India.

My cousin and her husband got their IVF treatment in India through the Forerunners Healthcare in India and is all praise for this company. She is a known case of PCOS.She is a very happy mother of a baby boy now. She just paid 2500 pounds for the full IVF treatment in India for which she was quoted 8000 pounds in private setup in UK.

Forerunners Healthcare is very famous in India. I read a lot about them in the newspapers. I have also read about a Chinese couple who planned surrogacy through the Forerunners Healthcare. They arrange financing for USA, Canadian, UK and other international patients who plan to have surgery and infertility treatment like IVF, IUI, and ICSI abroad for low price. They also have photos pasted of their International patients. You can checkout their website. There are huge cost savings. As a doctor I personally believe that surgery and treatment can be easily handled in India, as the quality of healthcare available In India is simply best in the world. The surgeons are USA/UK trained and facilities are 5 star.


Hope this helps.

Michael asks…

Iv heard you can get money back on your taxes for fertility treatments?

Is this true? Are fertility medications such as Clomid included?

Anyone have more details?
Also if this is true, can i claim the meds and such from last year, or do i need receipts and stuff?

Iv been TTC since July 06, On Clomid since Sept. 07.
Spent God only knows how much on Pregnancy Test, Ovulation Kits, Books, Meds and so on…

Just grasping at the chance to get the money back for some of these things :)


Yes you can. I’ve included the IRS link to publication 502, which outlines medical expenses that can be deducted.

Typically, it covers expenses you incurred to diagnose or treat a disease. If infertility is the disease, then you should be able to deduct the cost of diagnosing it (all the infertility tests you went through with your dr), as well as the cost of treating it (clomid, IVF, etc).

I’m iffy if ovulation predictor kits are covered. To be deductible, an expense must be used to either diagnose or treat a disease. An ovulation predictor kit does not treat any disease. But, in some circumstances, it could be used to diagnose, in a way. If the cause of your infertility is anovulation, then you could argue that the ovulation kits were necessary to help ”diagnose” (i.e. To learn that you were not ovulating).

I’m in infertility treatment too. I hope we both get a bundle of joy in 2008 :-)

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Chris asks…

what are symptoms of gonorrhea?


Gonorrhoea is caused by bacteria known as Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It usually affects the genital area, although the throat or anus (back passage) may also be involved. Gonorrhoea affects both men and women and is easily transmitted during vaginal intercourse. It can also be transmitted during anal or oral sex.

Gonorrhoea may not cause symptoms in women
A lack of specific signs and symptoms means gonorrhoea may go undetected for longer in women. Often there are no symptoms. Sometimes, gonorrhoea causes:

An unusual discharge from the vagina
Pain while urinating or passing water.
Untreated gonorrhoea can lead to infertility in women
If left untreated, gonorrhoea can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can cause infertility. Symptoms of PID include:
Lower abdominal pain and tenderness
Deep pain during sexual intercourse
Heavy and painful periods
Women who have had PID need to be especially careful about gonorrhoea, because the risk of infertility increases with each bout of inflammation.

A check for gonorrhoea may be recommended
Because gonorrhoea may not cause symptoms until PID has already developed, sexually active women who have recently had a change of sexual partner or feel they may be at risk of a sexually transmissible infection (STI) should have a test for gonorrhoea (and for chlamydia infection).

Men may experience a burning sensation while urinating
Gonorrhoea commonly infects the inside of the penis (the urethra). Symptoms may include:
A burning sensation while urinating or passing water
A white or yellow pus-like discharge from the penis
Swelling and pain in the testicles, which can occur if the gonorrhoea infection goes untreated.
In a small percentage of men there are no symptoms at all.

Charles asks…

can gluten intolerance cause seizures?


Celiac disease is a genetic disease, meaning that it runs in families. Sometimes the disease is triggered–or becomes active for the first time–after surgery, pregnancy, childbirth, viral infection, or severe emotional stress. The symptoms of Celiac disease, including wheat intolerance and seizures in children and adults vary in severity.


Sensitivity to gluten can be a hidden cause of seizures, one that is treated with a gluten free diet.
Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disease, is the most recognized form of gluten sensitivity. It is a known cause of epilepsy (NINDS) and affects about 1% of the world’s population (Fasano). Seizures may be the only symptom of unrecognized gluten sensitivity. Last year, neurologists in Chile published a report of a patient who had drug resistant seizures for 11 years. She improved dramatically after she went on a gluten free diet. The doctors say her case highlights the importance of considering gluten sensitivity in patients whose seizures do not respond to drug therapy.


Gluten intolerance is a genetic issue to a very large extent. It is commonly, but not exclusively, connected to type O blood. While thirty-three percent of the Western world’s population has type O blood, it is difficult to say just what percentage of these people will become gluten intolerant. People with type O blood tend to be of Irish, English, and Mediterranean descent. However, people with other blood types are known to become afflicted as well. There is some discrepancy about who/when people develop gluten intolerance. Some medical authorities claim there are two peak periods during which onset takes place. The first being infancy, between six months to two years of age, and the second is between the ages of thirty and fifty years. Women are more prone to gluten intolerance than men. Other experts claim that onset of the disease has no age or sex restriction.
There are dozens, possibly hundreds, of gluten intolerance symptoms. Unfortunately, no one symptom is specifically characteristic of this common ailment. The majority of people with gluten intolerance (and celiac disease) have intestinal symptoms as well as many others. Common manifestations include4:
* Bone, joint, muscle pain
* Delayed/disrupted menstrual cycles (amenorrhea/delayed menarche)
* Dental enamel hypoplasia (enamel defects)
* Fatigue
* Gastrointestinal distress (gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, reflux)
* Headaches (including migraines)
* Inability to concentrate
* Infertility
* Moodiness, depression
* Mouth sores
* Short stature
* Tingling numbness in the legs
* Weight loss/gain

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