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Health Tips for September 1

Posted Oct 23 2008 2:22pm
Health Tip: When Considering Vasectomy

Vasectomy is a surgical procedure in which a man is sterilized. While it is a relatively simple procedure, men considering it should make sure that the option is right for them.

According to Planned Parenthood, vasectomy may not be the best birth control option if you:

* Think you may want to have biological children at some point in the future.
* Are being pressured into having the procedure by a partner, friend or family member.
* Are currently having marital, emotional, sexual, financial or mental health problems.
* You and your partner have not fully discussed or agreed on the procedure.
* Are relying on frozen sperm in case you decide to have children. Frozen sperm do not always retain the ability to fertilize a woman's egg.

Health Tip: Reasons for Crossed Eyes

Strabismus, or crossed eyes, occurs when one eye is turned too far in one direction. Symptoms often are evident at birth, and are usually corrected if treated by about the age of 5 months.

The University of Illinois Eye Center lists these common causes of strabismus:

* Heredity.
* High degree of farsightedness.
* Vision loss in one eye, usually a result of disease.
* Nerve damage to muscles in the eye.
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