It’s the first week of the new year and individuals are setting goals and making resolutions for different things from business to school and health; this can be a perfectly good time to decide to create goals for your reproductive health. Just as we decide to lose weight in the new year or have a better approach to caring for ourselves mentally you can decide to also decide to care for your reproductive health.
Reproductive health as defined by the World Health Organization is a state of physical, social and mental well-being and not merely the absence of diseases in all matters relating to the reproductive system which implies that people are able to have a responsible, satisfying and safe sex life and that they have the capability to reproduce and the freedom to decide if, when and how often to do so.
It might seem abstract or vague to you but there are little things you can do as a person Continue reading “How To Achieve Optimum Reproductive And Sexual Health”
As we have different hairstyles that make us look gorgeous and save ourselves from bad-hair-days so do we have contraceptives to prevent one from having an unwanted pregnancy.
Low-cut: low-cut is a comfortable hairstyle for many women because it is easy to maintain, not expensive, gentle on your scalp and convenient.
Daily Contraceptive Pills: using the daily contraceptive pills is like wearing your low-cut Continue reading “Hairstyles & Contraceptives “
If there was something such as the “Queen Of PMS” I would most likely own that title every year back to back. Premenstrual syndrome can be very annoying and stressful. The most annoying part is that it creeps up on, you would not know that you are cranky or have lost appetite till a day or two later when you decide to sit down and think about how your day went and realize yikes! it’s PMS again. Premenstrual syndrome is a series Continue reading “Yikes! Its that time of the Month Again (Premenstrual Syndrome)”
The first time I heard of cervical cancer my thoughts were “na wa another cancer again” then I heard there was a vaccine to prevent it, I was very happy ehn! Like “ Baba God, o te da mo ma escape eleyi ” (meaning: baba God, I would escape this one). So I made inquiries on cervical cancer Continue reading “Cervical Cancer Scare”
You know how they say everything changes when you get pregnant? They meant that literally, not leaving any part of your body out including your teeth. Due to the hormonal changes taking place in your body plus the weakening of the immune system the woman is prone to developing tooth infections.
Don’t get scared yet, it doesn’t affect Continue reading “Preventing Tooth Infections During pregnancy”
I was talking with a couple of friends recently and something brought up the toilet infection topic. I actually found out that people were still having infections regularly and I was thinking in my head like I haven’t even had one episode of toilet infection in years, my last episode was like in secondary school that I remember and am actually not exaggerating this, so I thought to myself maybe I should just share my secrets so I came up with a few. Continue reading “How To Survive Lagos Toilets Without Infections.”
The joy of every woman is to carry her own baby. The emotional trauma and anxiety involved with infertility can be quite disturbing. Infertility is one condition occurring more frequently in Nigeria today. I discovered that women can take steps to improve their fertility and prepare for conception through interventions known as preconception care which is highly recommended by the World Health Organisation. If women are more aware Continue reading “IMPROVING PREGNANCY OUTCOMES THROUGH PRECONCEPTION CARE”
Contraception is the order of the day and some might be wondering what is contraception?? Well…. Contraception or also known as family planning is the deliberate use of artificial methods or other techniques to prevent pregnancy as a consequence of sexual intercourse. Women have a lot of misconceptions about contraception which prevents them from using them, such as using the the pills can cause infertility which isn’t true . Before choosing a contraception plan you need to consider some factors such as age, health status, how soon you want to have a baby , frequency of sexual activity and the comfort of you using the contraception also for mothers breastfeeding you need to consider a contraception plan that won’t disturb breastfeeding.
There are a lot of contraceptive methods to choose from just ensure you choose the type that is convenient and suitable to use.
The major forms of contraception are the: 1) barrier methods
These includes condoms both male and female ,diaphragms, cervical caps and this method basically blocks the sperm from entering the uterus.
Spermicidal cream or jelly can be used with the diaphragms. Condoms help to protect against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections , no matter the contraception plan I always advice to use condoms with the other form of contraception because of STI’s.
2) Hormonal methods
It involves the use of hormones to stop ovulation and hence prevent pregnancy. Ovulation is the biological process in which the ovary releases an egg , making it available for fertilization. Hormones can be released into the body through pills, injections, implantable rods. Depending also on the type of hormones used these pills prevent ovulation, or thicken cervical mucus which prevents the sperm from reaching the egg or thin the lining of the uterus . examples are the combined oral contraceptives (the pill) or the progestin only pills(mini pills), injectables and emergency contraceptive pills.
3) Intrauterine methods
An IUD is a small T-shaped device that is inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. It is inserted with the help of a healthcare provider. An IUD can remain and function effectively for many years and can last for as long as ten years. After the recommended length of time a health care provider removes or replaces the device. Examples include a copper IUD and mirena ( hormonal IUD).
4) sterilization method
There is also the sterilization method which is a permanent form of birth control that either prevents a woman from getting pregnant or prevents a man from releasing a sperm. It must be done by a health care provider. They include vasectomy, tubal ligation and sterilization implant .
There are so many choices to make, you should however seek your healthcare provider in helping you to choose the contraceptive method that suits you . you can visit primary health centers in your area if you are wondering where to get one.
Nb: postinor 1 or postinor 2 is an emergency oral contraceptive and shouldn’t be used as a continuous form of contraception.
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First topic would be care of the vagina(a muscular hollow tube) ,to start from the basics which every female has, when the vagina is not well taken care of it could lead to infections such as yeast infections , vaginitis and sometimes urethral infections .Here are some tips to follow :
1) The vagina is naturally self-cleansing
wash the vulva( external visible part of the genitals) daily with soap and water to keep clean always.
Wear cotton panties
Wear cotton panties or if not cotton ensure the inner part of the panties are lined with cotton. Cotton helps to absorb moisture and prevent the growth of unwanted bacteria.
3) Wipe from the front to the back
after using the toilet wipe from the front to the back because you can carry bacteria from the anus to vagina if done otherwise . you can use water to wash first and follow-up with paper towel because some people are uncomfortable with the smallest amount of moisture .
4) Douching is unhealthy for the vagina
A douche flushes water up into the vagina clearing out vagina secretions .
Then some use their hands to clean themselves, they feel it is dirty and necessary to wash .A douche or douching can disrupt the normal vagina bacteria making you prone to other bacteria which can lead to infections . the vagina is self-cleansing have no worries about it .
5) Avoid scented wipes and vagina deodorants
These are perfumed products to make the vagina smell good .These perfumed
products can disrupt the vagina’s healthy natural balance . vagina’s are not made to smell like roses so why disturb it , these products disrupt the acidic pH of the vagina exposing you to infections.
These few tips would help maintain a clean healthy vagina follow them and you would be glad you did