Case history: Endometriosis

Illustration: Angela Ho

Renee Wong, 39, only discovered she had endometriosis when she had trouble conceiving.

Tuesday, 29 January, 2013, 9:29am

When smoke gets in your thighs

It's known by different names throughout the world - chai-yok in Korea, ratus in Indonesia, ganggang in Malaysia, bajos among Mayan healers and Venus smoke in North America.

24 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Another couple tell of forced abortion ordeal

Another victim of a forced abortion during late-term pregnancy - conducted because of the mainland's one-child policy - is seeking redress through the courts.

Beijing lawyer Xu Can said yesterday he was representing Wu Liangjie, 30, from Daji town in Fujian province, whose wife, Pan Chunyan, also 30, was forcibly given an injection in April that killed her unborn son.

9 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Abortion is immoral and dangerous

Abortion is becoming more and more popular among teenagers. Many of them see it as the only way to deal with pregnancies. I believe this is totally wrong.

First, it is immoral to kill a baby. A foetus is a life and can feel pain. Some argue that if the foetus is not aborted, the teenage girl's future will be ruined. But it is immoral to take a life for one's own benefit.

3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Row over abortion ordeal


28 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Forced-abortion case husband goes missing

The husband of a woman who earlier this month was forced to abort a seven-month-old fetus in Zhenping county, Shaanxi, has been missing since Sunday night after the family suffered days of harassment by local officials.

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Officials suspended after forced late-term abortion

Three officials in Shaanxi's Zhenping county have been suspended from duty after a forced late term abortion case sparked a national outcry.

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Abortions fear over hospital closure threat

The closure of a private hospital that carries out almost half of Hong Kong's abortions could lead to women seeking illegal or unsafe terminations, it is feared.

Last year around 5,000 abortions were performed at the Hong Kong Central Hospital in Mid-Levels.

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

Mid-year campaign for breast cancer fight

It's not yet time to paint the city pink to raise awareness about breast cancer. The main activities usually take place in October. The Hong Kong Hereditary Breast Cancer Family Registry, however, is throwing a mid-year campaign for the cause.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Mild symptoms mask an insidious disease

When Cecilia Lin, 40, first noticed that her lower abdomen was a little swollen and uncomfortable, she thought little of it. She had never had any health concerns and the discomfort was slight. But the seemingly minor symptoms persisted, and a month later, Lin (name changed for patient confidentiality reasons) decided it best to see a doctor.

6 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Path of yeast resistance

Chan Kwok-ching, 36, has had repeated bouts of intense vaginal itching and soreness for the past two years. Each episode has been being accompanied by a burning sensation around her vaginal opening when going to the toilet as well as a thick white cottage cheese-like vaginal discharge and genital swelling.

7 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Counselling for men has little effect on abortions

Getting an abortion is the way out for more than eight in 10 young unwed couples, despite a new counselling programme for the fathers-to-be.

The free counselling is being offered in a two-year pilot programme to men under the age of 26 who faced an unplanned pregnancy with their girlfriends.

16 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Late report of in-vitro mishap draws investigation

The Department of Health is looking into why it took Union Hospital more than three months to report a serious medical blunder stemming from an in-vitro fertilisation procedure.

The private hospital did not until last Friday report the incident, in which a patient had an ovary removed after complications from an egg-collection, or egg-pick-up, operation on August 18.

12 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Hospital's late report of ovary case probed

A private hospital in Sha Tin is being investigated for reporting a medical complication - which led to a woman losing one of her ovaries - four months too late.

The woman, who has not been named, went to the Shatin International Medical Centre Union Hospital to have eggs extracted for artificial reproduction on August 18.

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Outrage online at mix-up of embryos

The transfer of two embryos by mistake into the wrong woman at a reproductive treatment centre is unforgivable, say clients of the centre.

Victory A.R.T. Laboratory escaped censure because it was a human error rather than a system failure, but women on an online forum sharing their experience of getting pregnant said their confidence in the centre was shattered.

18 Jul 2011 - 12:00am