Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Shanghai provides free pre-conception checks

According to the Shanghai Family Planning Commission, the Shanghai city districts has provided free pre-pregnancy eugenic health checks to 21,719 couples planning to become pregnant couples.
Results from five districts showed that pregnancy risk factors were found for 21% of couples (14.5% males and 27% females ), mostly reproductive system abnormalities.
Among females, leucorrhea  abnormalities accounted for 11.5%, while Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia trachomatis infection accounted for 2.9% of the positive urinalysis abnormalities. Liver and kidney dysfunction  was seen in 6% of couples), and 11.5% had abnormal hepatitis B antibodies, Syphilis was also detect din some subjects and abnormal thyroid function was seen in up to 6.6% of couples.
These couples required further investigation and were advised that the risk factors should be normalised before considering pregnancy.   
Clinicians involved in the project said that virus antibody test showed that 15% of  females were rubella virus antibody negative, and it were recommended to have pre-pregnancy rubella vaccine; gynecological examination also revealed abnormal uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, a small amount of uterine malformations, all of which may affect fertility and required personalised medical guidance.

Read more: Health Times/Jiankan Bao

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