Question: A young lady with 20wk of gestation was expired in sudden.In post-mortem findings, pulmonary embolism was found to be the cause of death. Also, tumor growth was seen in her descending colon. Association between pregnancy, pulmonary embolism and malignancy. J. (Myanmar)
Question: I will like to know the different antimalarials used in different trimesters of pregnancy and the combination therapies. B. (Nigeria)
Answer: We have addressed this question in the section on ‘Medicines Use in Pregnancy’ and the specific area of drugs used for prevention and treatment of malaria is covered here:
Question: Hi, my period is now 2 weeks late, i am 34 yrs old and have never before missed a period except on the 2 occasions i was pregnant with my 2 sons. I only had sex with my husband once approximately 2/3 days before my period was due so its unlikely i would have got pregnant that late in my cycle and i have also took 2 home pregnancy tests which were negative, 1 of these was and first response early test. For the last week I have been having period type cramps but still no period and now my breasts are sore. What else could cause my period to be so late? Do I go to my GP or wait a few weeks more to see if my periods return? I have an under-active thyroid but apart from that I’m healthy. Thanks. E. (UK)
Question: What are the symptoms of a miscarriage when you are only 3 weeks into your pregnancy, and what should be done in case it happens? D. (Italy)
Answer: An early miscarriage behaves almost like a period, albeit heavier than normal. There may be pronounced abdominal cramps as well. The duration of bleeding does not tend to differ much from the woman’s norm and the heavy phase lasts no more than a day or two. If this is the pattern, the miscarriage will usually be complete at the end of the bleeding phase and nothing more needs to be done. A woman having abnormally heavy bleeding and/or severe abdominal pain may wish to seek medical help for assessment to see if there are retained products of conception requiring surgical evacuation. However, modern management of early miscarriage tend to lean heavily towards conservative or the expectant (hands off) strategy. The woman should expect to have her periods resuming within 4 to 6 weeks.
Question: I am 17 and I have sex every weekend. We use the pull out method but while I give him oral sex it taste like ***. Which I would think is pre ***. I'm not sure of when I would have conceived. But my symptoms are: I have been bloated everyday! Usually around night or when I eat. I feel sick when I stretch and i have an almost constant dull pain on my left lower side. I took two pregnancy test but they were negative. My period was two days late (is that bad?) And then I had a brown discharged mixed into it. I bled for around 3 days.(a light period but dark blood (only enough to fill one tampon per day.) Then It just stopped. No discharge or bleeding for a whole day.
Then the next day I had light to dark brown discharge for 3 or 4 days. Then a clear watery discharge. Then a chunk white discharge. Now its a constant watery discharge., not very thick white. And I have at least one head ache a day. Is it possible that I'm getting false negatives? And I’m constantly dizzy. S.