Advances in our understanding of how the reproductive and urinary systems function have led to improved drug treatments for conditions such as infertility and prostate disorders. Drugs can also prevent problems of the menopause or labour.
Drugs are used to increase the likelihood of conception if infertility is due to hormonal imbalances. These drugs are discussed in the first article of this section. The second article covers hormone replacement therapy, which helps to reduce the symptoms of the menopause, which occurs when levels of sex hormones decline.
The next article covers drugs for labour, which are most often used to prevent premature labour or to induce or hasten labour. They may also be used to prevent bleeding after delivery. In the following article, the various drug treatments for prostate disorders, including prostate cancer, are covered. The final article deals with drugs that affect bladder control. These drugs are used to treat urinary incontinence and retention.
Further information on drugs for the male and female reproductive and urinary systems, including articles on contraception and on the use of sex hormones and related drugs, can be found elsewhere. In addition, antibiotics are widely used to treat infections of the reproductive and urinary systems.
From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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