The very first time I ever came across the medical test called the PAP SMEAR TEST, I sincerely thought that it was a test for determining the degree of goodness of Pap (you know, how safe for consumption that edible corn paste which thickens after it is allowed to cook in boiled water for few seconds is) popularly known as ‘Akamu’ in local parlance, but how wrong I was! So laughable! I got to discover how much in error I was months later after stumbling on a topic that dwelt on Pap Smear Tests while reading a medical piece, and the need for women to get this test done so they can be safe from the demerits the lack of it might be posing. I was made to understand that part of women’s health and how much of a serious matter it is, as well as the exact categories of women who should
The World Health Organisation advise that mothers breastfeed for at least 6 months exclusively, after which they can introduce other foods while they still continue breastfeeding up until 2 years. However, after breastfeeding, there is the issue of weaning. Many mothers wonder, when is the right time for weaning? How do I wean my baby without losing that special bond that breastfeeding creates? Weaning is the process of stopping breast milk as the source of feeding for your baby. This process continues until breastfeeding is completely replaced with other foods and drinks. The entire weaning process can take as long as mother and child want. It is important to note that women do not need to stop breastfeeding if they are not ready, and they do not need to continue if they don’t
A new study has suggested that mothers who smoke during pregnancy could be harming their daughters’ fertility in years to come. The findings of a study by scientists at the University of Cambridge said aside other health implications pregnant women who smoke face, their chances of having grandchildren is also at risk. The study published in the FASEB science journal, is the first to suggest that girls born to women who smoked during pregnancy may struggle to have children of her own. Experiments on rats during pregnancy found that oxygen deprivation – also known as hypoxia – effectively recreating what smokers do to their lungs, resulted in female mouse pups born with fewer ovarian follicles. The researchers say that rats are a useful model for studying human pregnancy because their r
For many women, the hair is a crowning glory. Hence, there is a yearning for strong and healthy hair as they grow older. Research shows that the hair grows about 1.5cm per month and 15cm per year. However, the growth of your hair depends on factors like, genetics, age, health and diet. According to studies, you have no control over your genetics, age, and in some cases your health, but you do have control over your diet. So, below are some amazing foods that experts say can aid you in your quest for that beautiful hair. Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are a good source for beta-carotene which the body later converts to vitamin A. Vitamin A has been linked to good hair health. Vitamin A promotes the production of sebum, which helps to keep the hair healthy. It also speeds up the rat...
A Surgeon, Dr Benjamin Olowojebutu, says no drug will shrink or pass out fibroid from a woman. Olowojebutu, also the Founder, Benjamin Olowojebutu Foundation (BOF), an NGO, made this known at a news conference on Saturday in Lagos. Fibroids are non-cancerous abnormal growths that develop in or around the womb (uterus). The growths are made up of muscle and fibrous tissue, and vary in size. The surgeon advised women that instead, they should visit a doctor and get examined when they suspected to have fibroid. The foundation helps indigent women suffering from various conditions such as Fibroids, Breast lumps, and Hernias.“There are lots of fallacies and superstitious beliefs around fibroid that you can take medicines to shrink or pass it out from the anus; that i
A Minna-based nutritionist, Niger,Mrs Amina Isah has urged men to be more supportive to their wives during lactation (breastfeeding) period saying that such had a huge psychological role to play on mother and child. Isah said in an interview in Minna on Monday, that supportive husbands tended to reduce stress from lactating mother. She said that stress could certainly lead to minimal flow of the breast milk and cause the lactating mother to spend more time breastfeeding at any given time. “Stress can certainly slow the flow as long as a mother continues to nurse her baby; stress is likely to stop her milk production. “Breastfeeding reduces negative moods and stress, mothers nursing their babies can actually be assisted by their husbands to get over a stressful tim
Overweight and obesity are now recognised worldwide as increasing public health problems. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) worldwide, at least 2.8 million people die each year as a result of being overweight or obese. Overweight and obesity lead to adverse metabolic effects on blood pressure, alongside numerous conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, stroke, heart disease, certain types of cancer, and arthritis. According to recent reports, for every one overweight or obese man, there are at least two overweight or obese women. Women who experience negative events in their lives are more likely to grow fat using food as a way to numb the pain and confusion. Thus women’s obesity was significantly higher than men’s, with the exception of high
Some civil society organisations in Nigeria have called on the National Assembly to pass the Gender Equal Opportunity (GEO) Bill or risk being voted out in the forthcoming elections. The GEO bill seeks to modify socio-cultural practices such as female genital mutilation, and other forms of gender-based violence that abuse the human rights of girls and young women in Nigeria. The bill has been in the National Assembly since 2015. Speaking to journalists on Thursday during a march in Abuja to commemorate the 2019 Global Women March, the Executive Director, Vaccine Network for Disease Control in Nigeria, Chika Offor, said the day provides opportunity for Nigerian CSOs to speak up over the delayed passage of the GEO bill. “The GEO bill promotes human rights in matters re
Dr Tunde Aromire, a consultant gynecologist with Hope Hospital in Osogbo has called on nursing mothers to make exclusive breastfeeding a priority in order to reduce infant mortality. Aromire made the called in an interview with newsmen on Friday in Osogbo. The gynaecologist said that exclusively breastfed babies had a lower risk of gastrointestinal infection than a formula (infant milk) fed baby. How you can safely ignore sell-by dates on foods Aromire also said that exclusive breastfeeding always help the babies regain weight lost at birth. According to him, exclusive breastfeeding also helps them to quickly recover from infection, cold and also protect them from sickness. He said the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended six months exclusive breastfeeding ...
In recent decades medical experts have continued to emphasise the importance of breastfeeding babies, and correctly too. According to recent studies, experts say it’s not until the age of two and a half before a child can develop vigorous gut bacteria with very little change occurring afterwards. This therefore goes to establish the importance of breastfeeding, leading to transfer of good gut bacteria to infants in their very early lives. The team of researchers working in the UK Newcastle University has through their study established that the bacterium, Bifidobacterium is plentiful in breast milk, and soon began to reduce speedily as soon as breastfeeding was brought to an end. Also, this new study published in the journal Nature, till date happens to be among the largest clinic
Founder of Medicaid Cancer Foundation and Wife of Kebbi State governor, Dr Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu has called on the Federal Ministry of Health, and other stakeholders particularly the private sector to provide free cervical cancer vaccines for young boys and girls. She made the call yesterday during the foundation’s second annual summit in Abuja. The theme of the three day summit is ‘Surveillance of cancer survival in low resource settings.’ “One of the ways of reducing the incidence of cancer in Nigeria is to make available free cervical cancer vaccines for young girls and boys before they become sexually active. The models used for polio vaccination can be easily adapted,” she said. She said another important approach is to increase investments in research and
The Commissioner for Health in Lagos State, Dr. Jide Idris has urged nursing and expectant mothers in Lagos State to embrace exclusive breastfeeding, saying giving babies water before the age of six months hinders absorption of breast milk nutrients and exposes them to the risk of diarrhoea and other infections. He made the call on Monday during the launch of the first Multimedia Campaign To Improve Infants and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) practices in Lagos State. The campaign with the theme: ‘Start Strong,’, was championed by the Lagos State Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA) and the State Emergency Nutrition Action Plan and supported by Alive & Thrive FHI360 Project, with funding from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Idris said the unique initi
A new study says both snoring and obstructive sleep apnea could lead to earlier impairment of cardiac function in women. “Snoring” refers to a sleeping pattern in which a person breathes while emitting a snorting or grunting sound. Although, the National Sleep Foundation suggests that 90 million people in the United States snore, snoring might become more dangerous as people age, and it can also lead to heart disease, especially for women. There are different types of sleep apnea, but the most common is called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). At least 18 million U.S. adults have sleep apnea. This condition affects breathing patterns while sleeping, causing a person to stop breathing and start again repeatedly. About half of people who snore loudly have OSA. When OSA occurs, the muscles
Nigerian women are often under pressure by family and through societal expectations to give birth to more children. Cross-country studies led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, revealed that most Nigerian women’s motivations to become pregnant were not only based on their own values, but also shaped by external pressures from husbands, families and communities. From the studies, it was established that Nigerian women and women from Ethiopia and Uganda who also face similar pressure, often resort to covert or indirect means of contraception to maintain some reproductive autonomy. Nigerian women currently rate among women of the 10 most fertile countries in the world. A Nigerian woman gives birth to an average of 5.5 children in her lifetime according
A psychiatrist, Dr Maymunah Kadiri on Saturday advised married women to have regular sex with their spouses in order to prevent depression and gain happiness. Depression is a common mental disorder that causes people to experience depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration. Kadiri, the Medical Director of Pinnacle Medical Services gave the advice in an interview with newsmen in Lagos. Pinnacle is a health and wellness centre for psychological, behavioral, and mental health related issues. According to her, sex is not just to nourish a woman’s body, but it is also beneficial to her mental health. “As women, there is need for us to make our spouses our best friends if we want to be ment