The Child Health Advocacy Initiative (CHAI) and the Lagos State Government have warned against female genital mutilation, saying it is unhealthy and violates the rights of women. Stating this in a press briefing on FGM in Lagos, the Executive Director, CHAI, Mrs. Lola Alonge, said FGM violates all human rights principles, including equality, non discrimination of sex and the right to health. She said FGM causes lifelong physical and psychological harm, as it affects the family, community, relationships and economic development. “Trained health workers who perform FGM are violating girls and women’s right to life and health. “We therefore call for the domestication of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act (VAPP). On May 2015, President Goodluck Jonathan signed the VAPP into
This article serves primarily to address the poor awareness of women of the reproductive age group of the debilitating condition called endometriosis. It affects roughly 1 in 9 of women between the ages of 14 to 50 years. About 12 million women in America are affected and probably a similarly high percentage in Africa, south of the Sahara. It does not have any predilection for races. Endometriosis refers to abnormal implantation of the lining of the inside of the womb called endometrium, into organs or tissues outside the uterus. It can be found in any tissue of the abdominal cavity and even remote from the cavity. It is commonly found on the tube, the ovaries, the pelvic peritoneum, the vagina, cervix, vulva, bladder and the bowel. Remotely, it can be sited in the lungs, brain, and skin....
Dr Jen Gunter has spoken out about men demanding or expecting their partner’s vagina to have an artificial smell. The Canadian gynecologist revealed she once dumped a boyfriend for complaining about the smell of her genitals. Dr Gunter has urged women not to feel ashamed and feel they have to resort to buying harmful products that create artificial odours. She says they upset the vagina’s natural pH balance and leave you at a greater risk of infections like gonorrhoea and even HIV. She’s had a strong opinion on the recent trends for women cleaning their vaginas with cucumbers and Vicks’ Vaporub. She wrote: ‘I once dated a guy who insinuated my vagina did not smell right. For example, he thought my hair would be better if it were straight. Sadly I took the bait, it wasn’t. ‘He thought I wou
Deciding when to cut a newborn’s umbilical cord has been a question plaguing medical professionals (and sometimes parents) for years. New research indicates that delaying clamping for one minute can save thousands of babies born prematurely each year At stake, when it comes to timing, is determining at what point nutrients delivered from the cord, in a process known as placental transfusion, become harmful to the mother or baby. Some have thought that it could lead to internal bleeding in moms, and there is an increased risk of jaundice. To zero-in on that balance, researchers in Sydney, Australia, reviewed almost 3,000 cases of babies born prematurely before 37 weeks, according to a release. They looked at mortality and morbidity for babies whose umbilical cords were clamped early
Childbirth is a painful and often traumatic experience for women, but according to Sydney physiotherapist Heba Shaheed it is not spoken about enough. The mother and co-founder of The Pelvic Expert has treated more than 2000 women, many of whom have suffered from a birth injury. According to Ms Shaheed, up to 50 per cent of mothers will develop pelvic organ prolapse and consequently suffer from pain, heaviness or urinary incontinence. 'Depending on their age, 20 to 50 per cent of first-time mums physically tear their pelvic floor muscles off their pubic bone during childbirth, which leads to a lifetime of problems,' she says. 'And 10 to 15 per cent of all mums will have a perineal tear that extends into their anus or rectum. 'Unfortunately, because of the taboo nature of pelv...
Menopause is caused by a gradual fall in a woman's hormone levels, while hormonal imbalance causes polycystic ovary syndrome. But can the reduction in sex hormones that bring on menopause cure the imbalance that causes polycystic ovary syndrome? Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that leads to cysts growing on a woman's ovaries. It happens when the sex hormones, progesterone and oestrogen are out of balance. Menopause is when a woman's periods stop completely, after a gradual reduction in sex hormone levels. As both PCOS and menopause relate to changes in sex hormones, people may wonder how they are connected or if one cures the other. A woman is considered to have gone through menopause when she has not had a period for 12 months. The average age this happens is at 5
Anambra State Government has announced free child delivery services for pregnant women in every government hospital in the state. The state governor, Willie Obiano who made the disclosure in Awka, explained that the free medical services would also include post and antenatal care. He said the gesture was to enable some women, particularly the indigent ones, have access to medical attention during pregnancy. "Some do not have money to go for antenatal and postnatal, thereby endangering their lives. What we are doing is to ensure adequate medical attention for women to reduce maternal mortality rate,’’ he said. Obiano pledged his administration's resolve to continue to drive the vision of providing necessary infrastructure and welfare to the people. According to him, 63 healthcare c
Maternal mortality is defined as the number of women who die from pregnancy-related conditions during pregnancy or most often within 42 days of ending a pregnancy. And this health experts say includes incidental causes. Maternal Mortality often depicts the health status of a community or a nation. It basically has a direct correlation. According to a report from the World Health Organisation (WHO), approximately 830 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth every day and a high percentage of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries, including Nigeria. It is indeed worrisome that the rate in Nigeria, according to WHO statistics in 2015, stands at about 814 per 100,000 pregnancies. Most health experts have lamented that Nigeria’s current statistics of ve
You know what it’s like - you slept well last night and think you should be bouncing today; instead, you’ve only been at work for an hour and you can’t just stop yawning. You can’t focus on the tasks that need completing because you feel so tired. Here are a few reasons why this is so: A good night’s sleep is an important part to feeling energised; but it’s only one part. There are other things that need to be just right too. For a lot of people, it comes down to wrong dietary choices. For example, too little iron in your system can lead to iron deficiency. This makes a person feel weak, sluggish, irritable and unable to perform tasks at their optimum. Another big reason you still might feel tired despite getting a good night’s sleep is stress. Stress is mentally exhausting; so e
Now that you know you're pregnant, it's more important than ever to take care of yourself both physically and emotionally. You can boost your chances of having a problem-free pregnancy and a healthy baby by following a few simple guidelines. Get early prenatal care Good prenatal care is essential for you and your baby. Call your healthcare provider right away and schedule your first prenatal visit. During that visit you'll be screened for certain conditions that could lead to complications. If you haven't yet chosen a provider, get started now. Finding the right person — whether you're looking for a doctor or a midwife — can take a while. In the meantime, let your current caregiver know if you're taking medication or have any medical concerns. Watch what you eat Now that you're ‘e
Your body goes through numerous physical and hormonal changes during pregnancy. The way you nourish your body during this time will affect your health and your baby’s. You must eat a healthful, balanced diet to help ensure you stay healthy throughout your pregnancy. The food you eat is your baby’s main source of nourishment, so it’s critical to consume foods that are rich in nutrients. Proper nutrition can help promote your baby's growth and development. Your body can’t function properly if it’s missing the nutrients from any of these food groups. Remember that your goal is to eat a wide variety of foods during pregnancy. Whenever possible, choose natural, low-fat foods over processed junk foods. Chips and soda, for example, contain no nutritional value. You and your baby will benefit m
A small disc of thin plastic is fitted to your eyeball and, just like that, the world sharpens into focus! Many people choose to wear contact lenses for cosmetic reasons while others choose to wear them for comfort reasons. No matter what the motive, before you choose to wear contact lenses, make sure you are completely aware of the risks that come along with them. Ophthalmologists are warning that the majority of people that wear contact lenses do not use proper hygiene and that puts them at risk of eye infections, including inflammation of the cornea. While some of the risks are minor, others are quite severe. They could even lead to blindness, as bacteria, fungi and micro-organisms can stick to contact lenses and cause pain, irritation and serious harm. Risks Corneal Ulcers One of...
The Mother’s Wellbeing It is well known that the mother should look after herself during pregnancy, and that she should eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables, not drink alcohol, and refrain from smoking. It is not so well known that the mother’s emotional state is important too. The mother’s stress during pregnancy can have a long lasting effect on her child. Although, it is important to remember that the majority of children will not be affected. It is also very important that the mother does not blame herself, or that others blame her, if there are problems with her child. However, we all need to give more support to pregnant women and help to reduce their stress. If you feel stressed, anxious or depressed while you are pregnant don’t suffer in silence; talk to your
A new study suggests that guidelines for antibiotic use during early pregnancy might need to be reviewed, after finding that some common classes of the drug could double the risk of miscarriage. Researchers from the University of Montreal in Canada have identified a link between the use of macrolides, quinolones, tetracyclines, and some other common antibiotics in early pregnancy and an increased risk of miscarriage. The findings were recently reported in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Miscarriage is defined as the spontaneous loss of a foetus before 20 weeks of pregnancy. According to the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, miscarriage occurs in around 15 to 20 percent of women who are aware of their pregnancy, and it is most commo...
Women who breastfeed their children have been found to be at substantially less risk of developing uterus cancer, according to researchers at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Australia. Dr Susan Jordan, head of the Cancer Causes and Care research group at QIMR Berghofer said that women who breastfeed at least one child have a lower risk of contracting cancer of the uterus. “We found that the longer women breast-fed each child, the more their risk of uterine cancer reduced, up until nine months when the reduction in risk plateaued,” Jordan said. The research into the link between breastfeeding and this form of cancer was the largest ever undertaken, with the team at QIMR Berghofer analysing data collected from over 26,000 Australian women, with over 9,000 of those having