#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: The Curious Case of The Missing Period :)

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Q:
Hello Dr, please I need your help. I’ve not seen my period for two months now.
I’ve done pregnancy test but it’s negative. If I overwork myself, I see light
blood. If I take a rest, the bleeding will stop. Please help me

A: Thanks
for writing in. If I were a mystery writer, I would call this the ‘Curious Case
of The Missing Period!’ 😀

In
cases like this, perhaps, the more material question would be, if you have had
unprotected sexual intercourse in the intervening period between your last
period and now. This is your most usual ‘go to’ question when a period is
missing.

Then
the next question would focus on the regularity of your periods. Could this be
due to an irregular period?

A
‘regular’ menstrual cycle is supposedly one in which the cycle (the length of
time from the 1st day of a menstrual…

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Tips to measure your blood pressure correctly – Harvard Health

We typically advise people to measure their blood pressures at home but sometimes, this makes people to report some false high blood pressure readings! Do you know what could be responsible? Make you just took a cup of coffee before taking the reading. Or perhaps, you were talking and/or gisting with a friend before taking the measurement? Well, read the post below to find out what you could be doing wrong when measuring your BP and get it right! 😀

http://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/tips-to-measure-your-blood-pressure-correctly

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Daily Health Tips: If I Drink Cold Water When I Am Pregnant, Will My Baby Be Born With A Cold?

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Q: Doc please, I’m wondering if you could advice me. I’m 6 months pregnant and I find it difficult adhering to treatment regimen like taking my routine drugs because I believe I get the right requirement from the food I eat. Though sometimes when I remember I take the drugs. The most important thing is that I can’t do without drinking cold water and even eating the ice block (pica so to say), but I’m not anaemic. My mum said I should desist from cold things without explaining the physiology behind that to me. She only said it will make my baby to have cough when I deliver. Is there any physiology behind drinking cold water and eating ice blocks since I’m not anaemic?

 

A: Interesting question. Lots of things to address…

Let’s start with pica and see if we can tie everything else in. Pica consumption is the…

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#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: The Morning After The Day Before!

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Q1: Can Postinor stop an occurrence of pregnancy if taken within two hours of the sperm entering one’s vagina?

Q2: Please I need advice on how Postinor should be taken to avoid pregnancy? Also any other anti pregnancy drug you can recommend will be highly appreciated.

The morning after pill which can be taken within 72 hours (some can be taken within 5 days) of unprotected intercourse, can help prevent pregnancy.

Remember though, the simple ABC that guides these affairs. The first is abstinence. Honestly, this is your safest bet. If you’re not ready to deal with the responsibilities of having a baby, please leave well alone. You can’t have an STI, HIV/AIDS, or otherwise if you don’t have sex. And of course, you can’t get pregnant. Now, if abstinence is a problem, be faithful to one partner…who hopefully is being faithful to you too. If you can’t swear on…

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Daily Health Tips: My Husband Cheats. How Do I Prevent STIs?

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Q: My husband is the “CHEAT” type who doesn’t care about the type of girl friend he goes to bed with. But on my side he deflowered me and I have never had any other man besides him. I have 2 children for him. How can I protect myself against STIs?

A: Wow! This is a tough question…especially in our traditional African society where the whole focus is on having women remain in their marital homes no matter what happens, whether you’re being beaten to death, getting ready to be infected by STIs or HIV etc.

Now, before anyone thinks of crucifying me, please note:
1) I’m a Christian
2) I love God and will do anything to ensure that each day I live to His glory 
3) I’m also a huge ‘respecter’ (is this even a real word?) of the marriage institution.
4) I also believe that marriage…

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Daily Health Tips: Is Skimmed Milk Good While Pregnant and While Breastfeeding?

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Q: Dr please, is skimmed milk good for pregnant and breastfeeding mums?

A: Skimmed milk is milk from which practically all the fat has been removed. Generally, skimmed milk is always a great idea. If you have been taking this before you got pregnant, it’s fine to continue doing so doing pregnancy. Remember that the dictum ‘eating for two’ is highly over-rated. You really don’t need significantly more than what you’ve been eating before pregnancy when you’re carrying a baby. All you need is an average of 12kg for the total period of your pregnancy… just a few grams over 1kg per month Click on this link to read my post on pregnancy weight gain www.chatwithdrketch.com/2013/12/02/daily-health-tips-eating-for-two/

The same goes for the breastfeeding period. If you had been taking skimmed milk prior to this time, by all means continue. However, be sure that you are getting your calories from other…

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Is it safe to go vegan in older age? – Harvard Health

With more and more people making concerted efforts to get healthier, going vegan is now more in vogue. What does it mean to go vegan and how much animal protein is safe to cut out of your diet? Read!

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/is-it-safe-to-go-vegan-in-older-age

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