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Are you an expecting or new mum? Curious about painful sexual intercourse after childbirth? Continue reading…

Many Nigerian women experience pain during sex after having a baby, with no knowledge why. This isn’t something that should be ignored or taken likely especially with the solutions readily available. We have health research-backed reasons to explain what could be going on “down there”. Read on for details:

1. Breastfeeding lowers oestrogen hormone levels: This can lead to dryness and eventual friction in the vagina area. Scary Mommy points out the importance of using a lubricant to help, natural options include coconut and olive oil.

2. Effects of an episiotomy: An episiotomy is a surgical cut carried out on many women during childbirth. It can take up to 6 months to heal, causing pain and discomfort during intercourse as a result.

Cervical cancer is a condition that starts in the uterine cervix, and can be fatal. In fact, according to Medicine.net, it remains a common cause of cancer death in developing countries without access to screening (pap testing) for cervical cancer.

Causes 

Cervical cancer is usually caused by a longstanding sexually transmitted HPV infection. While most HPV infections do not cancer, the specific kinds that do have been identified as the causes of mouth, lung, throat, penis and cervix cancers.

 

One in 10 women. That’s the percentage of women worldwide – including Nigeria – affected by the Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, according to scientific health research.

Mayo Clinic describes Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome as “a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS may have infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods or excess male hormone (androgen) levels. The ovaries may develop numerous small collections of fluid (follicles) and fail to regularly release eggs.” The cause of the condition still remains unknown but excessive insulin and androgen are factors that may play a role in its symptoms. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is also hereditary.

 

Can women with PCOS give birth?

Having oily skin can seem frustrating. You spend so much time making up only to have oil seep into your pores and ruin it. Then there are the tireless battles with acne. 

The worst.

If you can relate to these struggles, here are some natural home remedies to try out that will put an end to oily skin:

Tomatoes: Get a tomato, cut it in half and rub all over your face in a circular motion. Let the residue stay on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with cold water.

From condoms to birth control pills to intra-uterine devices, the world of medicine has definitely offered women around the world a good range of contraceptives to choose from in recent times. The latest addition to the mix – an app.

This isn’t your usual ovulation calendar. The Nature Cycles Birth Control App, for example, has actually been approved by governments in European Union as a contraceptive. It’s only a matter of time before it hits our Nigerian market.

According to the Business Insider, “The app uses an algorithm that takes into account your temperature and many other factors like sperm survival…

Did you know that your period colour can help you know if everything is working fine down there?

Most times, your period may appear in another colour, one that’s different from the one you are used to seeing. This isn’t an automatic cause for alarm as it’s likely you’ll be exposed to an array of colours throughout your menstruating years. With this in mind, we thought it would be helpful to de-code your period colours and tell you what they mean and if or when you should be concerned.

If it’s Bright Red: Bright red blood usually tells us that everything is working as it should. You will usually see this color during the middle of your period or when you are experiencing heavy flow. Some women will stay this shade for their whole cycle, which means their flow and uterine shedding is consistent.

I experienced depression for three years. My life just wasn’t moving forward and I found it really hard to talk about my feelings. But being the problem-solver that I was, and still am, I knew I had to get a solution ASAP or remain self-critical.

You see, depression is like a cancer of the soul. If unattended to, it gets worse and if detected early, can be cured.  But sadly, there’s so much stigma surrounded by this topic and this stops a lot of women from getting the help they need. Depression isn’t taken seriously in this part of the world, with older ones seeing it as a mere thought that will phase out, one of the many myths.

On the contrary, it doesn’t.

Certain steps must be taken, and I hope that the list below helps a reader begin her journey to recovery.

 

TIP 1: Gratitude.

Wake up and say, “I’m grateful for being alive”. Be thankful for those little things you would normally look over. Be grateful that you have friends, parents or that you have a bed to sleep on or that you even have eyes to read this. Develop a habit of gratitude. Appreciate the fact that you were able to eat breakfast. Celebrate those little achievements and let your mantra be “Thank You”.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month worldwide.  Please read on to learn more about the disease, and remember to share with loved ones in Nigeria. We will be providing more useful information with you in this month, so do stay tuned to the blog:

1. Studies show that every 19 seconds, a person in the world is diagnosed with breast cancer.

2. Symptoms of breast cancer include a change in breast size or shape, pain in a breast and nipple discharge other than breast milk (including blood).

3. Research shows that the risk of breast cancer in women is increased by 7%-10% per one drink of alcohol consumed per day on average.

4. If there is a history of breast cancer in a family, this increases the risk for a woman (or man) by a factor of two or three.

5. To be more specific, the risk of breast cancer is nearly doubled if a person’s mother, sister, daughter or any other first-degree relative has been diagnosed.

Have you heard about the recent monkeypox outbreak in Nigeria? It happened in Bayelsa State earlier this week, with 10 people reportedly quarantined. The illness can be fatal, so please be safe regardless, keeping your loved ones protected. Some important facts to take note of:

1. Monkeypox is an infectious disease caused by the orthopoxvirus family of viruses. That’s the same family illnesses like smallpox, chickenpox and camelpox belong to.

2. It was first discovered in 1970 in Africa. Symptoms include fever, blisters (with pus) and respiratory problems.

3. Interestingly, it can be found in animals like monkeys, chimpanzees, rabbits, prairie dogs, and Gambian rats.

Sadly, many women in our society experience miscarriages both in early and late stages of pregnancy. Yet, it’s a topic that seems to be swept under the carpet in social circles, infertility included. More women should be encouraged to share their experiences, supporting each other in the process while they heal.

Today’s post touches on important steps a woman should take to recover from a miscarriage. Perhaps you came across this post after a sudden incident of your own, or you know a loved one who has experienced such loss. Please read on to learn more about the recovery phase and consult a doctor for further guidance:

 

First, what is a miscarriage?

In technical terms, WebMD defines a miscarriage as the loss of a fetus before the 20th week of pregnancy.

 

How long does it take to heal?

Healing can range from a few weeks to months, the length depending on how far along a woman was into the pregnancy.