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Why are we ashamed of a little blood?

Menstruation is monthly vaginal bleeding, as part of a woman’s normal reproductive cycle. For a physiologic body function over which women and girls have no control, there is an awful amount of shame and stigma that they have been socialized to experience and internalize regarding periods. My earliest memories of periods are tinged with a […]

WBW 2021 – Protect Breastfeeding; A shared responsibility

It is World Breastfeeding Week 2021! You know, that 7-day period from 1st to 7th of August every year where we try to restore breastfeeding to it’s place of pride and former glory. Technically, this post started during WBW last year. That is to say, I had the idea to write something in August last […]

Frank Talk; Let’s Talk Period Poverty

Over 800 million people around the world menstruate daily. Of this figure, a massive 500 million of them experience Period Poverty. Let’s talk Period Poverty. Per the Royal College of Nursing website, is Period poverty is the lack of access to sanitary products due to financial constraints, this can be caused by a wide range […]

Frank Conversations: Judith’s Surrogacy Journey

Hello everyone! How have you been? Keeping safe in these uncertain times? So, I’m trying out something new on the blog – more like an expansion of what is currently available. I’m thinking of a series of frank conversations with people on health-related issues – to put real faces and voices to the topics discussed […]

The Doctor/Patient Pinocchio relationship and the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is a long established fact that patients lie to their doctors. These untruths may range from minor omissions, probably due to not recognizing the import of that ‘little’ experience they are not reporting, to outright lies in response to direct questioning. As a medical student, and later a house officer, there was nothing as […]

COVID-19 and the 6 degrees of separation; #TheCOVIDDiaries

6 degrees of separation refers to the idea that between individuals, there are six social connections or less. That if you pick any two random people on earth, they are separated by six social connections or less. Also called the ‘Six Handshakes rule’, the idea was originally propounded by Hungarian author Frigyes Karinthy, and popularized […]

to mask or not to mask? #TheCOVIDDiaries

In the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, a previously often overlooked item in the doctor’s tool bag has suddenly gained worldwide prominence – the surgical face mask. Chances are that unless you’re Asian or lived in Asia prior to the outbreak, you probably never saw so many face masks on the street in your […]

Of Medical Snake Oil Salesmen; The Long Reach Of Longrich.

The current economic crunch in the country means that almost everyone is after an alternative source of income. This has led to a proliferation of all sorts of legal, semi-legal and downright illegal businesses. One business seems to have caught on like a rash in Nigeria is Multi-level Marketing. In Nigeria, MLM occurs in all […]


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