Pregnancy is the period from the formation of an embryo in a female womb till childbirth. It is also called gestation period, and it usually lasts for 40 weeks from the last menstrual period. The symptoms of pregnancy include missed periods, nausea, vomiting, implantation bleeding, and breast tenderness.

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I have cold and runny nose. Should I be concerned during pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 29 years old, height 163 cms, weight 55 kgs and 7 weeks pregnant. I had symptoms like cold, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, and body ache for two days. I do have low immunity to rubella. I work with sick children, so should I be concerned?  Read Full »

Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Could you please tell me if you have taken an MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine or just a rubella vaccine before conceiving? If yes, when was it? If you are vaccinated, you do not have to be concerned. It is better to avoid expos...  Read Full »

Can I get pregnant, and how much menstrual bleeding will I have if one fallopian tube is removed?

Query: Hi doctor,I had my left fallopian tube removed due to an ectopic pregnancy. How could I get pregnant if the egg gets released from my left ovary? It does not have a tube to travel and fuse with the sperm.My second question is, how much will I bleed during menstruation as I do not have a fallopian tu...  Read Full »

Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Fallopian tubes are mobile and active parts of your reproductive tract. When one tube is absent, the other can move over to the opposite ovary and pick up an available egg. It is said that fertility could be slightly reduced, bu...  Read Full »

What is the chance of getting pregnant by precum?

Query: Hi doctor, I touched a women's vagina with my precum. Will she get pregnant? Kindly give your opinion.  Read Full »

Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Precum does contain a minimal quantity of sperm. So when the vagina comes in contact with the precum, there is a chance of pregnancy. However, the chances of pregnancy are very low (less than 1 %). I hope this was helpful.  Read Full »

Will nervousness cause problems during intercourse and prevent pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 30 years old, and my wife is 29 years old. We are trying for a baby for the last eight to nine months, but no positive result yet. I do not drink. I smoke very rarely, one or two a day. She is having some PCOD problems. During ovulation days, I sometimes become very nervous and thus...  Read Full »

Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Only your semen analysis was present in the attached file (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). The TVS (transvaginal ultrasound) is not seen. Let me explain to you about the semen analysis. Overall your semen analysis is normal (good count, good ...  Read Full »

Is the hCG urine test a confirmatory test for pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife is 24 years, and she had a regular menstrual cycle even after she was on Triquilar tablet for six months after marriage. This month she observed only spotting but no bleeding. I tested at home for hCG urine, but the result is negative. Should I retest or continue Triquilar as I c...  Read Full »

Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I would recommend you repeat another home pregnancy test (from a different brand) with an early morning first sample of urine as it contains the highest levels of hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). However, if even this is negative, you may wait for the menstrual bl...  Read Full »

Is it safe to go to the hospital to confirm pregnancy during COVID or have a virtual consultation?

Query: Hello doctor, We are planning for a baby. We already have a girl child who is seven and half years old. My wife has just missed her menstrual bleeding on the tenth of this month. I want to know about consulting a gynecologist and other tests (if any) during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Is there a...  Read Full »

Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is better to keep indoors in these times to avoid any harm to ourselves and our loved ones. Kindly ask your wife to take a urine pregnancy test with a home kit. If the result is positive, then: 1) Your consultations with a gynecologist can be through video calls....  Read Full »

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