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October 14, 2018

Dealing with costochondritis |

Q: My teenage son often gets this pain in the middle of his chest bone that comes and goes. The doctor says that it is not a problem. Is this true? Your son may be suffering from costochondritis. This happens when those points (costochondral/costochondral joints) where the ribs meet the breastbone (sternum) get inflammed. Who …

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August 1, 2018

Can I get pregnant if…? |

For sexually active young women (and their partners), the fear of a missed period can be pure torment. Having a child when one is not ready for such an additional responsibility, coupled with the societal issues, not to mention the disruption of studies, career, and family life. Obviously, getting pregnant involves sexual intercourse, but there …

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July 10, 2018

5 ways that you are overheating your testicles |

You must have heard that heat is bad for your testes. This is very true. Those twin balls literally chill in the scrotum, which is slightly but significantly cooler than the core body temperature.  How do testes get overheated? The following are some activities that can raise the temperature down there beyond what is optimal for …

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April 22, 2018

21 causes of infertility in males |

Up to 15% of sexually active couples struggle with infertility and in many African settings, the woman often gets the full blame. It is however estimated that it is a roughly even distribution: the woman is responsible in a third of the cases, the man is at fault in another third and both are contributory in …

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February 25, 2018

Why does my anus itch? |

While it is obviously embarrassing, anal itching is a very common occurrence. In fact, almost everyone would have at least an episode in their lifetime. As with itching anywhere in the body, there are many underlying causes. Here are some reasons why an itchy anus may occur: Your hygiene Poor hygiene can cause the delicate …

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February 22, 2018

What to do when acne strikes in pregnancy |

Q: I hear that women are meant to glow during pregnancy, but what I am experiencing are pimples all over my face. What can I do? A: Acne is caused by a blockage of skin pores, usually by the natural oil (sebum) produced by the sebaceous glands in the skin, dead cells or even dirt …

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February 16, 2018

2 ways that you can get pregnant without penetration |

Q: My fiancée and I have been fooling around. I mean that we do a lot of stuff but he has never penetrated me in recent time. Now, I missed my period.  Is it possible that I am pregnant? A: While it is highly unlikely, it is definitely possible for a woman of reproductive age …

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February 10, 2018

What is a varicocele? |

A varicocele is an abnormal enlargement of veins inside the scrotum (the loose sac that contains the testes). When veins become dilated, they cause blood to abnormally collect in the scrotum and this can cause overheating of the testicles, which in turn can lead to infertility. Most of the time, varicoceles begin during puberty, as …

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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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