Cervical Cancer

Cervical Cancer

Cervical Cancer

What is it ? Why do you need to know about it ?

Well, Cervical cancer is ranked as the most common cancer in women in India. In India, the incidence rises in 30-34 years of age and peaks at 55-65 years of age, with an average age of 38 years ( 21-67 years). These estimates suggest that more than 80% of the sexually active women acquire genital HPV by 50 years of age. The current estimates indicate approximately 132,000 new cases are being diagnosed and 74000 deaths occur annually in India, accounting to nearly 1/3rd of the global cervical cancer deaths. Indian women face a 2.5% cumulative lifetime risk and 1.4% cumulative death risk from cervical cancer.

Recently I presented a detailed session on this deadly disease. So in order to give you all a detailed description of what this Cervical cancer really means, I am sharing my presentation below.

For any query, do not hesitate to get in touch with me through contact form.

Stay healthy, keep smiling !

Women Heart Disease – More women now die of heart disease than men

Women Heart Disease – More women now die of heart disease than men

Women Heart Disease

Yes, this is true and is happening now. Women are suffering from this deadly disease and they often tend to ignore the symptoms. Watch the video till the end.

Mostly its our lifestyle which play an important role in our heart’s health.

Upcoming post will focus on how we as women can take care of ourselves when it comes to our heart’s health.

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The want of a Boy!

The want of a Boy!

Hello folks!

Been a long time since I posted. Had been busy with hospital and realized I have been neglecting the blog.. So hereforth I have decided to quite regular on in here too 🙂

The days in hospital have been gruelsome seeing the deliveries and other problems and just as I am writing I am thinking of this particular patient who disturbs my thoughts, so I might as well share about her to you all.

So, here is this lady who comes in pregnant for the second time, the first being a C- section 2 yrs ago because of her failing to progress in labour and fetal distress. There are set ups where they still do give trials for a previous C section but not in ours according to the guidlines recommended. Previous C section holds risks for the uterus to rupture during those trials of labour patient might get into due to those intense contractions acting upon your previous stitch on uterus. So its basically not safe to try for normal delivery after you have had a C Section just some years back. So, coming to this lady; her first child was a caring little girl who hovered around her mom all the time, and we give her a date for admission to post her for an Elective LSCS as she was already 37 wks and 5 days . They were one of those who strictly believed in astrology, dates , time, etc. They wanted the baby out after 2 1/2 wks because of their astrology which would have been pretty late and we had to convince them of the risks involved . They agreed for the next day as we suggested after a long talk  but still the astrology part remained and now they wanted the baby out early morning 8:00- 8:30 am and wanted us to note the exact time in seconds when the baby comes out.

So we agree to their request and the surgery is planned and everything goes as planned, and we deliver a beautiful baby girl at 8:25 am by C- Section. The baby cries and we hand her over to the paediatrician who takes the baby into his care, wraps her into a clean cloth and brings her to the mother to show this cute little gift of God. The mother acknowledges and we proceed to the rest of the procedure. And then our Senior doctor washes off to congratulate the mother after surgery and finds her sobbing !! On confronting she cries inconsolably , saying she wanted a boy and that the astrologer had said she will be getting a boy this time.

She neglected the baby for a few hours after the operation and gloominess prevailed her face. It was disheartening! Subsequently she did take the baby in her hands, but not with the happiness you expect out of a mom.

There was one more patient, a Muslim, I had come across a few months back, who had 2 girls and she delivered a girl 3 rd time too. This one did not look at the child for about 2 days until we had to force her to breastfeed the child for child’s health. Where she was so adamant about not holding the child, her family was pretty open minded and were consoling her. It was nice to see a family who loved girls. They went on to say her about the blessings a girl brings in house and how they; no matter what always remain a priced treasure for parents who takes care of them in their old age. A Muslim father gets rewarded with Paradise for raising up 2 or more girls with all good morals and behaviour, and this was what the family explained to her.   It was beautiful.

Why does a boy child seem so important still in some families. The women go on getting pregnant and affecting their health in want of a single boy. It’s a child afterall..! And what should matter is that you are lucky to have one, there are families undergoing repeated IVF treatments to be blessed with even one child atleast. Its when you don’t have , you realize the worth! This is something we come across quite often in hospitals , but all I wanted to convey was that be happy you are blessed to have a child when many don’t. Thank God for this happiness and He will make your children the source of your peace and happiness.

Stay blessed.

Your Daily Genital Hygiene

We take care of ourselves so much yet end up neglecting one important aspect of us- Our personal genital hygiene- Some due to carelessness and some due to ignorance. What we don’t realize is that by following some small measures we can prevent a lot of troubles later on. Most of the infections down there are due to poor hygiene. So here I am listing you out all the latest guidelines recommended by Middle east and Central Asia relating to genital hygiene which covers up all aspects mostly:

EXTERNAL WASH

  • Use of bar soaps with alkaline pH should be avoided.
  • Use of liquid soaps with lactic acid is known to maintain the skin pH and aid in effective development and maintenance of the skin cells- Use restricted to external use, not for vaginal douching.
  • Tissue and wipes can also be considered for cleansing.
  • Women may use odor controlling products like feminine deodorant sprays, body splashes, fragrances and feminine suppositories.
  • Talcum powder for odor control can be used.

VAGINAL DOUCHING

  • Inserting a device inside vagina for flushing liquids inside is known as vaginal douching.
  • Not recommended!

CLOTHING

  • Cotton undergarments only- breathable and renders circulation of air around external genitalia.
  • Change undergarments regularly.
  • Scented and colored toilet paper not recommended.

CARE DURING MENSTRUATION

Vaginal pH turns alkaline due to menstruation which causes heavy growth of non lactobacillus during day 1-5 of menstrual cycle.
Your vaginal flora gets instable due to this bacterial growth.

  • Tampons (tubes inserted in vagina), sanitary napkins and menstrual cups can be used.
  • Tampons and napkins shouldn’t be used for more than 6 hours.
  • Menstrual cups can be kept in place for 24 hours.

PRE- COITAL CARE

Sexual intercourse can lead to transmission of bacteria, discharge, sweat, menses, urine and fecal waste into female genitals

  • Prior to intercourse, clean external genitalia- vulva, folds of labia, clitoris.
  • Dry the area properly.
  • Avoid unnecessary cleaning and use of perfumes directly on skin.

POST COITAL CARE

  • Pass urine.
  • Clean the secretions.
  • Dry the external genitalia.
  • Wear comfortable undergarments.

MONS PUBIS HAIR CARE

  • Shaving, trimming, clipping, depilation, waxing, electrolysis and laser technology.
  • Trimming and clipping causes some adverse effects.
  • Shaving may cause bumps on skin.
  • Use of depilatories on regions outside bikini line can cause irritation.
  • Waxing can uproot hair- results persist for a longer duration.
  • Electrolysis- destroys hair root with electric current- pain, swelling, scarring and alterations in skin color may be seen.
  • Laser technology- light passes through skin and is absorbed by melanin in hair follicles. Heat generated by laser breaks the follicle and hair falls out. Adverse effect included- increased sensitivity, occasional peeling, blistering and burning of skin.

PREGNANCY CARE

Pregnant  women are reported to be more prone to genital infections that may place both mother and fetus at risk

  • Rinse external genital organs 2-3 times a day using warm water and cleansers containing lactic acid.

POSTPARTUM PERINEAL CARE

  • Use of ice, ultrasonic therapy and leg elevation recommended after pregnancy.
  • Regular cleansing, drying and using pads whenever required.
  • Maintain dryness over the suture.
  • DO NOT use creams over the suture.

HYGIENE FOR OLDER WOMEN

  • Good hygiene practice.
  • Regular doctor visits
  • Whole body wash with water at room temperature.
  • Heat baths (35-37 C).
  • Staying in open air.
  • Daily intimate washing with warm water.

Follow these simple things and stay clean and protected!

Smoking – Risking Two Lives

Smoking – Risking Two Lives

When it comes to drug or substance abuse among pregnant women, SMOKING is the most common one pointed out. This condition of smoking during the pregnancy period is very common in the west but it has been noticed that the incidence of smoking in pregnancy is increasing at a very rapid pace in India too.

Woman who smokes during the pregnancy have higher rate of miscarriage. Placental malfunction is the most common form of problems that occurs among the women who smoke as placenta plays an essential part during pregnancy and help in oxygen and nutrition flow. Placental Abruption which causes premature separation of placenta from the uterus. Placental Insufficiency may lead to cause improper supply of blood, oxygen and nutrition to the developing fetus (baby). Under-weight born babies can also be the result of smoking. Cot death is a syndrome which causes an unexplained sudden death of the newborn is very common among the women who smoke during the pregnancy.

Passive Smoking is also something which is worth mentioning in this discussion. Even though a woman is not smoking but if the environment surrounding her contains the the nicotine and carbon monoxide smoke which usually comes from cigarette, can cause almost the same effect on pregnancy.

Due to the above mentioned risks of smoking during pregnancy, its is our duty to persuade women to refrain from smoking. It can really be difficult for anyone to overcome this addiction, but it can never be difficult for a MOTHER.

 

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