Your Hormonal Birth Control Options And Their Pros and Cons

When getting pregnant is not in the plan, maybe due to not being ready to start a family, taking a break in between growing a family, or not wishing for more children; a sexually active woman should be on a form of birth control. There are different methods of birth control with their upsides and downsides, levels of effectiveness, suitability and associated…

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Natural Family Planning/Fertility Awareness: All You Really Need To Know

You may be interested in fertility awareness-based methods of contraception (FAM), if you wish for a drug-free, no side-effect method of birth control; or perhaps your religion or culture permits you to practise only natural family planning as a form of birth control. Whatever the case, this method of birth control lets you know the times of…

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Couple finally pregnant with twins after 953 days of praying and 452 needles

"Worth the wait. And wait, and wait, and wait." That is the perfect summary of a Texas couple's infertility journey, portrayed in an emotional IVF-themed pregnancy announcement which has quickly gone viral. Lauren and Garyth Walker battled infertility for over two and a half years, but are now expecting twins in August 2017; a boy and a girl…

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Meet the world’s first baby with three biological parents

A five-month-old baby boy born to a Jordanian couple who has been trying to start a family for almost 20 years, is the world's first baby to be born through a new three-parent technique, reports New Scientist. He has DNA from three people - his mom, his dad, and an egg donor. This was done using a new…

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Fertility experts from the Bridge Clinic Shed more light on Infertility And IVF

In this episode of Heart of the Matter titled Infertility and the IVF experience, show presenter Lanre Olushola is joined by fertlilty experts - Mrs. Etang Abang, Fertility Counsellor at The Bridge Clinic, and Dr. Dayo Omogbehin, General Manager of The Bridge Clinic. Infertility is defined by Dr. Dayo Omogbehin as the inability of a couple to achieve conception after…

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Getting pregnant: How sweet potatoes can help boost your fertility

The best approach to cases of infertility is to see a fertility specialist for evaluation, to check if there's an underlying medical condition that requires treatment. In addition to this, lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking and drinking, or exercise can help to optimize one's fertility. Also, a diet rich in nutrients has been seen to play a major role…

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Ways to Cope while Trying to Conceive. Berry Dakara shares TTC tips

The period a couple is trying to conceive (TTC) can be very challenging. The stress of trying out different treatment options; the sinking disappointment when each one fails; the scary feeling of not knowing when exactly your wishes will be granted; and not forgetting the scathing comments some people make, whether knowingly or unknowingly. All these…

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“It’s the food we eat that makes us have multiple twin births”. Mothers of Igboora community share their secret recipe

Igboora community, also known as the 'home of twins' is a town in Oyo state, Southwestern Nigeria. Research has shown that Igboora has the highest number of multiple births in the world, with almost every home having a set of twins or more.   A number of factors can influence a person's ability to have twins. Some people are…

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8 Common mistakes couples make when trying to conceive

The period a couple is trying to conceive (TTC) is definitely one of the most difficult in their lives. It’s a physically challenging time, as well as an emotionally draining one. In addition to this, our society is not particularly forgiving to childlessness, and in most cases the woman is at the receiving end. In a bid…

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How About An Infertility Announcement Photo-shoot For A Change?

Infertility is a very sensitive topic and not one to be joked about; but this couple wants you to know that finding the humour in your infertility struggle can be a good coping mechanism. Having suffered infertility themselves before finally taking the decision to adopt two boys, Whitney and Spencer thought it would be nice to create something…

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15 Common Early Signs Of Pregnancy

“Am I pregnant?" A question usually asked with bated breath when a woman starts noticing some signs in her body, a few weeks after she’s had unprotected sex. It is a question asked either out of expectation or with trepidation, depending on if the woman is trying to get pregnant or not. Obviously, the most accurate way…

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Worth more than a thousand words: This is exactly what IVF is!

This picture posted by Sher Fertility Institute brilliantly captures all what IVF represents, and it quickly went viral for a good reason. A lot of people in our society look down on women that went the IVF route, but it can be chalked down to ignorance. If they understood exactly how physically and emotionally draining IVF…

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In Vitro Fertilization (IVF): Answers to all your IVF questions

Recent developments in reproductive technology, have brought about an increase in success of infertility treatments. More treatment options are now available to women who have difficulty in conceiving, and IVF is one of the options. Over 1 million babies have been conceived by IVF throughout the world. In recent times, more Nigerians have come to accept IVF…

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Endometriosis: What you need to know

Endometriosis is a common condition suffered by women of childbearing age (usually between 25-40 years) irrespective of age or ethnicity. In Nigeria, there is no way of knowing exactly how many women are affected, as there is no statistics to this effect. Endometriosis only came to the fore when former Miss Nigeria, Nike Oshinowo, created awareness by…

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