Archive for January, 2016

Charting Menstruation For Pregnancy

pregnancy-466129_1280Getting pregnant is all about timing. For those who are new to trying, you may believe that conceiving comes down to luck, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The fertile window for a woman is actually only 5 days per month, maximum.

Pregnancy is technically only possible during the five days before ovulation through to the day of ovulation. These six days are the ‘fertile window’ in a woman’s cycle, and reflect the lifespan of sperm (5 days) and the lifespan of the ovum (24 hours). If you’re trying to conceive, you’ll want to make sure the conditions are right for egg and sperm to meet. The best indicator, in addition to fertility ELISA kits, is a woman’s menstrual cycle, which can give clues about when your body is ready to start the process.

If a woman has sex six or more days before she ovulates, the chance she will get pregnant is virtually zero. If she has sex five days before she ovulates, her probability of pregnancy is about 10%. The probability of pregnancy rises steadily until the two days before and including the day of ovulation.

At the end of the ‘fertile window’, the probability of pregnancy declines rapidly and by 12-24 hours after ovulation, a woman is no longer able to get pregnant during that cycle. However, with the help of fertility ELISA kits to track your ovulation cycle, the likelihood of actually becoming pregnant is dramatically increased if you have intercourse in the three days leading up to and including ovulation. If a woman has sex on any of these three days, she has a 27-33% chance of becoming pregnant.

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Workplace Drug Testing

alcohol-428392_1280Today, in some industries, random drug testing is just an everyday part of the job. The subject of drug testing in the workplace is a controversial one. Some business owners feel they have every right to randomly test employees for illicit drug use, while others think it unnecessary if they hire the right staff in the first place. However, with more states coming closer to legalizing marijuana, drug testing in the workplace has become an increasingly hot topic.

Pros of Workplace Drug Testing
Workers who abuse drugs pose a safety risk in the workplace. Businesses often face a higher exposure to liability due to drug-related work accidents. According to the United States Department of Labor, 10 to 20 percent of U.S. workers involved in fatal on-the-job accidents tested positive for illicit drugs and alcohol.

Random drug screening does make for a powerful deterrent. Drug testing makes the stakes of drug use even higher. Thus employees will be less inclined to use drugs if they know it could threaten their employment.

Cons of Workplace Drug Testing
Random workplace drug testing can lead to resentment among employees who it violates their right to privacy. Workers against drug testing in the workplace often threaten to sue their employer for violations.

What’s your stance on workplace drug testing? If you feel like the cost and potential inconvenience of implementing a drug-free workplace far outweigh the benefit of knowing your employees are coming to work clean, sober and ready to do their job and want to get started, drug test kits are simple, fast and easy to use.

Myth Busters: Hepatitis C

As we disgusted in the previous post, hepatitis C is a viral infection that causes damage to the liver over time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2.7 million people in the United States have chronic hepatitis C. A chronic infection, it can lead to serious scarring of the liver called cirrhosis, as well as liver cancer and liver failure.

Myth busters: Hepatitis C
Myth: There is no cure for hepatitis C.
Fact: Not only can patients with hepatitis C be treated, they can also be cured. “Cured” means that the hepatitis C virus is not detectable in your blood months after treatment has ended. Relapse or reinfection is still possible and a person can still have liver disease even after being cured.

Myth: You can get hepatitis C from sharing eating utensils.
Fact: Hepatitis C is passed from person to person when an uninfected person’s blood comes in contact with infected blood. Hepatitis C isn’t spread by sharing eating utensils, food or drinks, or from shaking or holding hands with someone who’s infected.

Myth: There is no way to reduce the risk of getting hepatitis C .
Fact: There are ways to lessen your risk of getting the hepatitis C virus. Some of these include:
Avoid sharing needles and injecting or snorting drugs.
Don’t share razors, toothbrushes, nail clippers, or other personal care items that may have come into contact with infected blood.
Don’t use tattoo or piercing equipment that’s been used on someone else.

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What is Hepatitis C?

doctor-563428_1280Hepatitis C is a disease caused by a virus that infects the liver. Over time, it can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer, and liver failure. Hepatitis C is caused by the hepatitis C virus. It is spread by contact with an infected person’s blood.

Often times a person doesn’t know that they have hepatitis C until they already have some level of liver damage. This can take many years. Some people who get hepatitis C have it for a short time and then get better. This is called acute hepatitis C. But most people who are infected with the virus go on to develop long-term, or chronic, hepatitis C. Although hepatitis C can be very serious, most people can manage the disease and lead active, full lives.

Contracting the virus
You can get hepatitis C the following ways:
*By sharing needles and other equipment used to inject illegal drugs. This is the most common way to get hepatitis C in the United States.
*You had a blood transfusion or organ transplant before 1992. As of 1992 in the United States, all donated blood and organs are screened for hepatitis C.
*You get a shot with a needle that has infected blood on it. This happens in some developing countries where they use needles more than once when giving shots.
*You get a tattoo or a piercing with a needle that has infected blood on it. This can happen if equipment isn’t cleaned properly after it is used.

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