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New Hormone Pill Could Help Women Conceive in Their 40s

New Hormone Pill Could Help Women Conceive in Their 40s

NEWS, Women's health
As modern life means more and more couples leave it later than ever to start their families, many will face problems conceiving.It is well known that older women produce fewer good-quality eggs, leading many to pin their hopes of motherhood on difficult and potentially costly In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) treatment.Now a scientific breakthrough has raised hopes that women in their forties will soon find it easier to get pregnant. Researchers have discovered evidence suggesting that a hormone called DHEA plays a key role in preparing the womb for a successful pregnancy.The natural level of this hormone falls by half between a woman’s twenties and forties, and this is now believed to be a major factor in fertility reducing with age.The new findings could lead to production of a pill that b
Staying Healthy and Lively During Pregnancy and Childbirth

Staying Healthy and Lively During Pregnancy and Childbirth

NEWS, Women's health
Finding out you are expecting a baby is one of life’s greatest joys. However, it can also be terrifying. Apart from the panic or concern that would arise because of the new responsibility that you feel you are carrying, expectant mothers usually feel the other seemingly “shallow” worries (which are not so shallow) about how pregnancy will affect their bodies, social calendar and everyday life in general. You worry if all the stories about morning sickness, extreme weight gain, really weird cravings and the difficulty of childbirth will come true. Well, there is something you are not told. Research has shown that being pregnant can be a great catalyst to launching your wellness game to a whole new level. Maria Chatman, a holistic health coach and co-founder of Pop Fit Kids says that “bring
The Hard Reality of Waist Trainers

The Hard Reality of Waist Trainers

NEWS, Women's health
Waist trainers have gained a whole lot of popularity as a “seemingly” awesome new way to lose weight and get the body figure of your dreams. If you go on Google and type ‘waist trainers’, you would get over 3 million results, showing different celebrities spotting waist trainers and endorsing their abilities. From Jessica Alba, who said waist trainers helped her get her figure back after childbirth, to the Kardashians, who have professed that they are obsessed with using waist trainers, the list is endless. At this point, a very good question would be; what are waist trainers? Waist trainers are actually nothing new, in the 1500s -1800s era, women wore corsets to help cinch in their waistlines and get a smoother and slicker body shape. A waist trainer is just a glorified modern corset. In
Unnecessary C-sections: WHO Warns Against not Giving Women Enough Time to Give Birth

Unnecessary C-sections: WHO Warns Against not Giving Women Enough Time to Give Birth

NEWS, Women's health
Women are being pushed into unnecessary C-sections because they are not given enough time to give birth, the World Health Organisation has warned. The UN agency yesterday issued new childbirth guidance removing the emphasis on a timescale over which a ‘normal’ labour should take place. They warned ‘increasing medicalisation’ of childbirth has meant unnecessary interventions have become ‘rampant’ in many nations, usually because doctors think women are taking too long to give birth. Guidelines dating back to the 1950s suggest a normal birth should be expected to progress at a set pace – roughly 1cm of dilation every hour. But mounting evidence suggests this is inaccurate and often childbirth takes far longer. The WHO yesterday said women are being forced into having unnecessary pro
Excessive Use of Make-up can Cause High Blood Pressure, Low Fertility, Expert Warns

Excessive Use of Make-up can Cause High Blood Pressure, Low Fertility, Expert Warns

NEWS, Women's health
People who are fond of wearing heavy make-up on their faces and skins to enhance their beauty have been warned to reduce such to its barest minimum. Some dermatologists who gave the warning on Monday said that this could cause the applicants high blood pressure, low fertility, skin cancer, irritation and other diseases. A Lagos-based dermatologist, Mr. Alex Adeniyi, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that excessive use of make-up could cause skin irritation, allergies and skin cancer on the users. He attributed this to the chemical contents of most make-up. Adeniyi also said that excessive make-up could expose the skins and the eyes of users to germs and harmful toxins. “Chemicals found in lipsticks, eye pencils, mascara and kajal among others, can cause serious health
140m Babies Born Annually – WHO

140m Babies Born Annually – WHO

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
Worldwide, an estimated 140 million births take place every year and most of these occur without complications for women and their babies, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. Nothemba Simelela, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Family, Women, Children and Adolescents, stated this while issuing new guidelines on global care standards throughout labour and immediately after childbirth. The WHO official said the new guidelines aimed at reducing the use of needless and potentially harmful routine clinical and medical interventions. Simelela said: “We want women to give birth in a safe environment with skilled birth attendants in well-equipped facilities. “However, the increasing medicalisation of normal childbirth processes are undermining a woman’s own capability to g
WHO Revises Childbirth Guidelines to Curb Surge in Caesarean Delivery

WHO Revises Childbirth Guidelines to Curb Surge in Caesarean Delivery

NEWS, Women's health
The UN health agency said Thursday it has revised a benchmark used by health professionals worldwide in caring for women during childbirth because it has caused a surge in interventions like caesarean sections that could be unnecessary. Since the 1950s, a woman progressing through labour at a rate slower than one centimetre of cervical dilation per hour has been considered “abnormal”, said Olufemi Oladapo, a medical officer with the World Health Organization’s department of reproductive health. When doctors and other care providers confront labour moving slower than that rate, “the tendency is to act”, either with a caesarean section or with the use of drugs like oxytocin that speed up labour, leading to the “increased medicalisation” of childbirth, he said. In new guidelines un
Why Fish-Derived Omega-3 is Best for Preventing Breast Cancer

Why Fish-Derived Omega-3 is Best for Preventing Breast Cancer

NEWS, Women's health
When it comes to breast cancer prevention, studies have shown that increasing the intake of omega-3 fatty acids can help. New research, however, indicates that certain types of omega-3 may be more effective than others. Scientists at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, have revealed that omega-3 fatty acids derived from fish oil may be around eight times more effective for halting the development of aggressive breast cancer tumors than those from plant-based sources. Study co-author Prof. David Ma, who currently works in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph, and colleagues recently reported their findings in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. One of the most aggressive types of breast cancer is HER2-positive breast canc...
Why Your Sex Drive Is In Low Gear

Why Your Sex Drive Is In Low Gear

Men's Health, NEWS, Women's health
As a sex therapist, the No. 1 complaint I hear from both women and men is low libido. They visit me on their own or as couples, perplexed by the seemingly inexplicable drop in desire, either their own or that of their partner. Many people are hopeful that this decrease in sex drive has a simple cause and therefore a simple solution. While that's true in some cases, low libido is more often the complex result of several intertwining factors. Low desire can have many causes, whether biological influences such as the side effects of medication, psychological factors such as body image or relational triggers such as being angry with your partner. Addressing the problem means viewing it through multiple lenses at once, taking what we call a bio-psychosocial-relational approach. Here's a l...
Postpartum Depression and PTSD

Postpartum Depression and PTSD

NEWS, Women's health
16 years ago, Andrea Yates, a former resident of Houston, Texas drowned her 5 children - from the oldest who was 7 years old, to the youngest that was just 6 months old. Her action brought into stark reality, the severity of postpartum depression and postpartum PTSD. Everyone usually looks upon pregnancy and child birth as a wonderful experience for mothers. Looking from the other side of the divide, we feel that no matter how harrowing the experience was for the mother, that there should be this intense feeling of joy once she sees her baby and realises that they are both safe. Unfortunately, our ideal is not always the case. Some new mums experience postpartum baby blues. This usually begins within the first 2-3 days of delivery and usually lasts only a week or 2 weeks after the baby i...
Women Get Mixed Messages about Sexuality after Childbirth

Women Get Mixed Messages about Sexuality after Childbirth

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
Women receive mixed messages about the ways giving birth may affect their sex lives, according to a new report. Although studies don’t show a difference between post-delivery effects for vaginal births versus C-sections, media messages - especially dramatic reality TV shows - may lead women to be more fearful of what vaginal delivery might do to their sexuality, researchers wrote in the journal - Birth. Popular TV shows tend to portray vaginal births as negative and C-sections as positive for post-birth sex life concerns such as vaginal stretching or tearing, said study co-author Dr. Caroline Pukall of Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. According to the National Institutes of Health, however, research hasn’t shown any differences in sexuality after childbirth based on the mode of del
Paracetamol Use During Pregnancy Linked to Language Delay in Girls

Paracetamol Use During Pregnancy Linked to Language Delay in Girls

NEWS, Women's health
In the first study of its kind, researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, United States (U.S.), found an elevated rate of language delay in girls at 30 months old born to mothers who used paracetamol (acetaminophen) during pregnancy, but not in boys. This is the first study to examine language development in relation to acetaminophen levels in urine. The study was published online January 10 in European Psychiatry. Paracetamol, also known as acetaminophen or APAP, is a medication used to treat pain and fever. It is typically used for mild to moderate pain relief. The Swedish Environmental Longitudinal, Mother and Child, Asthma and Allergy study (SELMA) provided data for the research. Information was gathered from 754 women who were enrolled into the study in w...
Don’t Criminalise Female Circumcision – CMO

Don’t Criminalise Female Circumcision – CMO

NEWS, Women's health
The Council of Muslim Organisations has said that female circumcision is a religious act that must be allowed to flourish and be practised in all Muslim communities in Nigeria. The  Coordinator, CMO, Justice Idris Haroon (retd),  also urged the government not to criminalise the practice. Haroon, who is also a former Grand Khadi, Kwara State Sharia Court of Appeal, spoke during a media briefing in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on Tuesday. He urged government to turn deaf ears to people clamouring for the criminalisation of female circumcision. He said Muslims should not be denied this practice as, according to him, it is a religious one endorsed by Prophet Muhammad. He stated that female circumcision was not synonymous with female genital mutilation, adding that they shoul
High Heels: Treading Cautiously For Your Future

High Heels: Treading Cautiously For Your Future

NEWS, Women's health
High heels are fashionable; a pair of heels on any outfit usually goes a long way in making any woman look classy, elegant and sophisticated. Nollywood and Hollywood have only helped to reinforce this fashion style, as we constantly see actresses and other celebrities flaunt their heels on the red carpet. However, as good as these heels look they can really do some serious health damage. Over the years, experts have cautioned that high heels can cause more serious health challenges than just your regular foot aches. The Spine Health Institute, USA recently conducted a research on the health hazards of high heels; here are some of the findings made. Whenever women put on heels, the body naturally tries to compensate for the off-kilter balance caused by the heels. The body compensates by f...
Why Female Night Shift Workers have Increased Risk of Common Cancers

Why Female Night Shift Workers have Increased Risk of Common Cancers

NEWS, Women's health
Night shift work was associated with women having an increased risk of breast, skin, and gastrointestinal cancer, according to a meta-analysis. Ma explained that because breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer among women worldwide, most previous meta-analyses have focused on understanding the association between female night shift workers and breast cancer risk, but the conclusions have been inconsistent. To build upon previous studies, Ma and colleagues analyzed whether long-term night shift work in women was associated with risk for nearly a dozen types of cancer. The study was published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention. Ma and colleagues performed a meta-analysis using data from 61 articles comprising 114,628 cancer cases and 3,909,152 parti...