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Women’s Sexual Health

Women’s Sexual Health

NEWS, Women's health
Talking about your sexual needs can help bring you and your partner closer together and promote sexual fulfilment. Women's sexual health, like men's, is important to the overall emotional and physical well-being. A fulfilling sex life improves your sleep quality and reduces stress. But achieving a healthy and satisfying sex life doesn't happen magically; it takes self-reflection and candid communication with your partner. Although talking about sexuality can be difficult, it is a topic well worth addressing. Many people think that your body's physical desire for sex motivates sexual activity, which leads to sexual arousal and then orgasm. Although this may be true for most men, it's not necessarily true for most women. Many women have different motivators and stimuli that make them feel ...
Common Antibiotics Linked with Miscarriage in Early Pregnancy

Common Antibiotics Linked with Miscarriage in Early Pregnancy

NEWS, Women's health
A study of pregnant women shows some commonly prescribed classes of antibiotics to be associated with up to a twofold increase in risk of miscarriage before 20 weeks.  A Canadian research study has shown that certain types of antibiotics can increase the risk of miscarriage before 20 weeks twofold. Many classes of commonly prescribed antibiotics, including macrolides, quinolones, tetracyclines and sulfonamides may be associated with an increased risk of miscarriage during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, a Canadian research study has concluded. In the analysis, which matched data on 8,702 women who had a clinical diagnosis of miscarriage with 87,020 controls, the macrolide, erythromycin, was not associated with an increased risk, nor was nitrofurantoin — a common treatment for urina
Coping with Lactation after Stillbirth and Infant Loss

Coping with Lactation after Stillbirth and Infant Loss

NEWS, Women's health
It's really painful to lose a pregnancy after all hopes and aspiration especially when you have carried the baby in the womb for nine months and laboured to push out just to realise that the baby is dead. It's disheartening, and a terrible experience especially for the mother and considering the long term effect it could have on your body due to hormonal changes. Another issue to consider is: What happens to the breast milk after a still birth? Losing a baby any time after 16-18 weeks of gestation may lead to breast milk “coming in” as the arrival of milk is driven by the drop in hormones irrespective of whether a mother planned to breastfeed or not. A mother may not have anticipated this and may find it very upsetting. While some mothers will want to stop lactation after stillbirth, misc
What Infection in Pregnancy Does to Babies

What Infection in Pregnancy Does to Babies

NEWS, Women's health
Laide could not believe her eyes when the nurses at the hospital she delivered moments earlier gave her the baby. The baby boy had a small head and bulging eyes. His fingers and toes were not well formed; he had three fingers on each hand instead of five, and had two toes on one foot, and three on the other. The 40-year -old woman who has two normal children gathered that one of the nurses even screamed immediately the baby was born while others looked on in amazement. Scientists say maternal infections during pregnancy is a risk factor for abnormal fetal development. This was revealed in a study recently published in the journal, Molecular Psychiatry, by researchers from the University of Cyprus, University of Cambridge, University of California, San Diego, and Stanford...
Types of Abnormal Vaginal Discharge, Symptoms and Treatment

Types of Abnormal Vaginal Discharge, Symptoms and Treatment

NEWS, Women's health
Vaginal discharge is caused by mucous produced from the cervix, the lower part of the womb that leads into the vagina. It helps keeps your vagina moist and protects it from infection. A normal vaginal discharge is: clear or white not smelly thick and sticky for most of the menstrual cycle clearer, wetter and more slippery around the time of ovulation – Most women produce more discharge during pregnancy and less after the menopause. Vaginal discharge serves an important housekeeping function in the female reproductive system. Fluid made by glands inside the vagina and cervix carries away dead cells and bacteria. This keeps the vagina clean and helps prevent infection. However, there are certain types of discharge that can indicate an infection. Abnormal discharge may
Increase in the Number of C-sections Affecting Human Evolution

Increase in the Number of C-sections Affecting Human Evolution

NEWS, Women's health
Human evolution is being shaped by the number of women giving birth by caesarean section, a study has found. Researchers estimate that between 3% and 6% of births worldwide are obstructed because the mother's pelvis is too small for the head or shoulders. Although the caesarean section is thought to date from ancient times, it is only in the modern era that its use has mushroomed. Its use in the United States increased from less than 5% of births in the 1970s to more than a quarter for most of the last 30 years, according to the US National Library of Medicine. NHS figures show similar rates for the UK. It is believed that the size of women's pelvises and the size of babies' heads were finely balanced over millions of years of human evolution, with hips unable to dip below a certain wi
Girls Feel Unprepared for Puberty, New Study Finds

Girls Feel Unprepared for Puberty, New Study Finds

NEWS, Women's health
Girls from low-income families in the U.S. are unprepared for puberty and have largely negative experiences of this transition, according to researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Their latest paper on the puberty experiences of African-American, Caucasian, and Hispanic girls living mostly in urban areas of the North-eastern U.S. shows that the majority of low-income girls feel they lack the information and readiness to cope with the onset of menstruation. The research is one of the first comprehensive systematic reviews of the literature on puberty experiences of low-income girls in the U.S. "Puberty is the cornerstone of reproductive development," said Marni Sommer, Dr. PH, MSN, RN, associate professo...
Negative Blood Type: Effect on Pregnancy, Miscarriages and Stillbirths

Negative Blood Type: Effect on Pregnancy, Miscarriages and Stillbirths

Health Issues, NEWS, Women's health
  Each blood type is also grouped by its Rhesus factor, or Rh factor. A Blood type is either Rh positive (Rh+) or Rh negative (Rh-). Rhesus (Rh) factor is an inherited protein found on the surface of red blood cells. If your blood has the protein, you're Rh positive (Rh+). If your blood lacks the protein, you're Rh negative (Rh-). Rh positive is the most common blood type. The Rh factor is inherited - passed down through parents’ genes to their children. If the mother is Rh negative and the father is Rh positive, the foetus can inherit the Rh gene from the father and could be either Rh positive or Rh negative. If the mother and father are both Rh negative, the baby also will be Rh negative. "Rh-" and Pregnancy The Rh factor can cause problems if you are Rh- and your foetus is Rh+.
Optimistic women ‘cut risk’ of deadly diseases

Optimistic women ‘cut risk’ of deadly diseases

NEWS, Women's health
  In a study of more than 70,000 women, optimists were less likely to get fatal cancer, heart disease, lung conditions and stroke in their retirement years. Although some of the association is explained by healthier life choices and behaviours, experts believe a positive mental attitude is powerful in itself. And even if you lack a natural sunny disposition, optimism can be learned. Encouraging people to imagine a bright future could be a good medicine to boost public health, say the authors of the study in the American Journal of Epidemiology. The researchers looked at health data collected from a large US study of working and retired female nurses. The participants had been asked to rate how optimistic they perceived themselves to be on a scale of zero to 24. Th...
Natural Ways to Relieve Menstrual Cramps or Pains

Natural Ways to Relieve Menstrual Cramps or Pains

NEWS, Women's health
There are a variety of menstrual cramp remedies that can help reduce menstrual pain: from certain foods to various exercises. However, it’s important to diagnose the cause of menstrual pain in order to find the best treatment. WATER It sounds odd, but drinking water keeps your body from retaining water and helps to avoid painful bloating during menstruation. Warm or hot water is usually better for cramps, as hot liquids increase blood flow to the skin and may relax cramped muscles. You can also eat water-based foods to increase your hydration, including: lettuce celery cucumbers watermelon berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries) CALCIUM Calcium can help reduce muscle cramping during menstruation. The Mayo Clinic recommends 1,000 mg per day for women betwee
Goitre: What you need to know

Goitre: What you need to know

Health Issues, Men's Health, NEWS, Women's health
If you find yourself having throat tightness, cough and trouble swallowing, you may probably be suffering from symptoms of goitre. Goitre is a swelling (hypertrophy) of a gland in the neck called the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is situated in front of the windpipe and is responsible for producing and secreting hormones that regulate growth and metabolism. In rare cases, enlargement of the thyroid gland is caused by cancer, leading to a diagnosis of thyroid cancer rather than goitre. The degree of swelling and the severity of symptoms produced by the goitre depend on the individual. Some cases involve a small amount of swelling, and others can involve considerable swelling that actually constricts the trachea and causes breathing problems. Most cases are categorised as 'simple' g...
Dirty Fingernails

Dirty Fingernails

Fashion Health, Men's Health, NEWS, Women's health
If as a woman a man approached you - looking handsome and all that, and even better, having good manners, but on reaching closer he presents with this set of long, dark and dirty fingernails, what would you do; would you still go ahead to date him? “You can tell a lot from a man’s fingernails and how he relates to women and the world. If they are long he will either be a thinker or he is just dirty”, Anita Uti, a student at the University of Lagos said. On her part, Peggy Ofili, a Youth Corper said “If a guy’s nails are long and dirty, then you can tell he doesn't take care of himself. I cannot date such a person”. Certainly, dirty and unkempt fingernails can give the impression of poor hygiene. Just like you want your hair and skin to be healthy in the same way taking care of your nai
Titbits and facts on women’s health

Titbits and facts on women’s health

Women's health
Women have unique health issues. And some of the health issues that affect both men and women can affect women differently. Although the symptoms may be similar, the effects of the condition and the care necessary can differ significantly for women. In addition, some of these conditions might affect women primarily or more severely than men. For example, almost 12% of women in the United States are at risk of developing breast cancer during their lifetime. Male breast cancer accounts for less than 1% of existing breast cancer cases. Other unique issues include pregnancy, menopause, and conditions of the female organs. Women can have a healthy pregnancy by getting early and regular prenatal care. They should also get recommended breast cancer, cervical cancer, and bone density screenings.
Most Women with Period Pains don’t tell their Boss – Findings reveal

Most Women with Period Pains don’t tell their Boss – Findings reveal

Women's health
The majority of women workers say period pains affect their productivity at work but less than a third tell their boss, a survey has found. More than half (52 per cent) of women workers taking part said period pains have a negative impact on their ability to work, while just 27 per cent had told their boss period pain was responsible, according to the findings. Of that 52 per cent, nearly a third had taken at least one day's sick leave as a result. The survey, which questioned 1,000 women, found 90 per cent of the women reported having period pain at some point. Earlier this year a company in Bristol, England, introduced a “period policy” in an effort to give women more flexibility and “create a happier and healthier working environment”. Community interest firm Coexist, which has a larg
Antibiotics abuse, a Common Cause of Vaginal infection

Antibiotics abuse, a Common Cause of Vaginal infection

Women's health
Antibiotics are used to treat infections by using them to kill off and inhibit the growth of bacteria. But they will of course disrupt the normal pH of the vagina environment which is supposed to be slightly acidic – within 3.5 and 4.5. According to Ask Alice! - a Columbia University resource, inadvertently these antibiotics while used for treatment, destroy also healthy bacteria, thereby leaving you susceptible to infections. While it is normal to have some bacteria living within and around the vagina, certain microorganisms are not supposed to be found there experts say. Thus a lady can have vaginal infections due to the activities or presence of unwanted bacteria, fungi or viruses. Some of the infections have become so common, and statistics so far show that for instance, about three