My family has a history of cancer. Am I more at risk of developing the disease?
Generally speaking, you are effectively more likely to develop cancerous cells than someone who comes from a family with no history of cancer. But your family’s past in no way indicates that you yourself will definitely develop cancer.
The level of risk is evaluated during a consultation, through a detailed questionnaire regarding the cases of cancer present in your family. The questionnaire notably aims to detect whether or not a close relative has had cancer in one of the following organs: breast, uterus, ovaries, and to a lesser extent, colon.
During the consultation, a detailed examination of your different organs will be carried out, depending on the degree of risk and any symptoms you may be experiencing. Additional examinations, such as a blood test, an ultrasound of the breast or genital organs and a screening mammogram will also be prescribed.
We also offer you the possibility of fixing an appointment with a geneticist.
Why do I lose my hair when brushing?
One of the most frequent causes of hair loss is an iron deficiency, particularly if you are also experiencing heavy periods or menstrual pain.
A blood test will enable the evaluation of your iron levels and will look for possible vitamin deficiencies.
Hair loss may also be a result of androgenic alopecia, which is caused by a hormonal imbalance. This possibility can be ruled out with a blood test.
It is wise to be attentive to the texture and quality of your skin, particularly if you have spots or acne.
Occasionally, it not possible to identify the exact reason for hair loss. In any case, the treatments available involve taking dietary supplements and correcting vitamin and iron-related disorders, as well as local treatments to the scalp.
I have very heavy bleeding and I’m tired. Is this normal?
However, the reason for the difficulty you are experiencing on focussing your attention on something may also be the result of a physical or psychological overload.
In any case, a medical check-up could help to shed light on the situation. This will generally involve a hormonal assessment in order to measure various aspects and to exclude anaemia, thyroid disorders or a hormonal imbalance.
Treatment options will be decided upon depending on the diagnosis.
Since giving birth I have been experiencing reduced sensation during intercourse. Is this normal?
This is a common occurrence. During childbirth by vaginal delivery, the tissue of the vagina stretches and may struggle to return to its original state. This is particularly true of prolonged labour, delivery assisted with forceps or vacuum extraction, or when giving birth to a large baby.
An estimated 30% of women suffer from pelvic floor disorders after childbirth.
The pleasurable sensations experienced during intercourse with your partner are directly proportional to the level of friction felt against the anterior wall of the vagina (G spot). When the tissue has stretched or become damaged, or in the case of localised hormonal insufficiency (pre-menopausal or menopausal), sensations will naturally be less intense.
To resolve the problem, a treatment for improving the tonicity of the perineum with the help of exercises or biofeedback is often suggested as a first step.
If such treatment proves insufficient, it is possible to carry out an intervention for the tightening of the vagina or for vaginal rejuvenation (vaginoplasty), which will restore your tissue to a similar state as before childbirth.