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Health And Wellness

Contraceptives Or Tubal Ligation? Thoughts To Consider

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Why Tying Your Tubes Is Not Like Tying Your Shoelaces It is easy to untie your shoelaces. Your tubes are more difficult. What we are talking about here are your fallopian tubes, which carry an egg for fertilization from the ovary toward your uterus (womb) for implantation. Tying them effectively puts up a block so the sperm coming from the other direction can not get to the egg. Pregnancy is prevented in this way, which is why a tubal ligation is performed surgically as a permanent contraceptive.   Tubal Ligation: Is it a permanent solution to a temporary problem? “Permanent” is the important distinction here. Unfortunately, the simplistic description of merely “tying” them makes it sound so un-doable. Simply untie them if you change your mind, right? Sadly, this is a misconception some women discover only after the procedure. Shoelaces are inanimate objects made of string, twine, or cloth. Your tubes are dynamic, living tissue with physiologic pro ...

Anxiety: Can You Really Blow a Gasket?

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Can Anxiety Cause High Blood Pressure? I have to confess, I didn’t even know what a gasket was until I Googled it. I was learning different things while the rest of the world was learning about the things that make our lifestyles possible. Still, a failed mechanical seal between parts is an accurate, if horrifying, metaphor for having a stroke, which is one of the worst-case end-point scenarios of hypertension (high blood pressure), the other being a heart attack. The Mechanics Of Blood Pressure Control Or The Lack Thereof Your blood circulates with enough force to deliver oxygen to everywhere in your body. The walls of your arteries are somewhat elastic in that they can rebound by sudden rises in the loads passing through them, like what happens when your heart races, causing pressure from the inside of the blood vessels. Another mechanism, vasoconstriction, causes the walls to tighten up, which puts pressure on the blood within from the outside. The body, in its brilli ...

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