January 22, 2018

Updated: Lassa fever is back |

January 2018: Nigeria is facing another outbreak of  Lassa fever as there have been confirmed cases from Bauchi, Ondo, Ebonyi, Kogi, and Edo states with suspected cases from different parts of the country. On the 21st, a young and promising doctor, Idowu Ahmed succumbed to the horrible disease. He had gotten infected at work in Kogi state while trying …

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January 19, 2018

Dealing with anaemia in pregnancy |

If you have ever watched those old Nigerian movies, you would definitely have seen one that illustrates the so called classic signs of pregnancy. First of all, the naïve teenager starts to throw up. An experienced woman then pulls the girl’s lower eyelid down, checks her palms and if it is pale, then pregnancy is …

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December 28, 2017

Linea Nigra in pregnancy |

Linea nigra means black line in Latin. Many pregnant women have this vertical line that extends from the bikini line up to the bellybutton, and sometimes, even higher. It may or may not be accompanied by darkening of the face, belly or other parts of the body (chloasma). The level of discoloration visible varies depending …

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December 6, 2017

7 reasons why a woman may bleed days after sex |

Q: I am a 25 year old lady. I saw my period three weeks ago and I had sex with my boyfriend two days ago. Since yesterday, I have been spotting and now, it seems to be getting darker. A: Bleeding after having sex is a relatively common occurrence in young women. However, without knowing …

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December 3, 2017

Top tips for counting your baby’s kicks |

Q: I’m carrying my first pregnancy and my doctor has been very particular about me counting the number of times that my baby kicks. I have followed his instructions but sometimes, I am not sure that I am doing all i need to do to get it correctly. Do you have any pointers to make …

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November 30, 2017

Does masturbation cause watery sperm and impotence? |

Q: I am a 23 year old male who masturbates a lot. Before, my sperm used to be thick and very white. Now, my sperm is watery. Is masturbation the cause? Would this make me impotent in the future? A: When most people say watery sperm, they often are referring to semen which is clear …

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November 25, 2017

All your questions about Postinor answered part 2 |

In the first part of the questions that are often asked about Postinor, the basics were discussed, including an introduction into emergency contraception, the way it works and the basic effects that women experience. This part answers the rest of the questions that people often ask about Postinor. Will Postinor affect my unborn child? While …

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November 18, 2017

All your questions about Postinor answered (part 1) |

Postinor is a popular brand of emergency contraception (EC) in Nigeria. When taken by a woman within the first three days after engaging in unprotected sex, it can help to prevent pregnancy. This is the reason such medication are also called ‘the morning after pill. We answer some of the questions commonly asked by women …

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November 15, 2017

Help, my feet smell! |

Almost everyone has had that experience before…you are stuck in a classroom, library, bus or some other enclosed space and suddenly a stench makes its way into your nostrils. You recognize that it is coming out of someone’s shoes but the worst part is that there is no respite for you until you get out …

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November 1, 2017

Help! I have lumpy breasts |

Sarah, a 36 year old lady, had always been scared of breast cancer. One day, her cousin who is a nurse came over to her house and helped her to perform a breast exam. She told Sarah that she had a lumpy breast but other than that, there was nothing to worry about. Since then, …

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