Have you ever pondered why as a woman, you have had an unprotected sex for 12 consecutive months and yet you could not be pregnant?
Does it in anyway bother you that at 35 and above, you are still struggling to get pregnant?
Perhaps your constant monthly flow reassures that all is well with your system. I think that a visit for medical help could unravel the mystery behind your uncommon situation.
Many women have had to wait forever courtesy of me misconception that because they menstruate every month, pregnancy is assured some day, sometime. While such belief may not be outrightly wished away, a clearer knowledge and understanding about your health would do a greater magic reducing the number of caption casualties that would have been the result of ignorance.
A woman who sees her monthly period religiously, could be suffering from a condition known as ENDOMETRIOSIS, in which endometrial tissue (the uterine lining that sheds with each monthly period) grows outside the uterus. This is a major cause of infertility in women. It is expressed in painful menstruation irregular or heavy blessing which can be addressed through Laparoscopic Surgery to remove abnormal tissue or unblock tubes and assisted conception treatments. Survey confirmed that 40-60 per cent conceive within 18 months after surgery.
Another challenges to be suspected is OVULATION PROBLEMS. A condition (usually hormonal) that prevents the release of a mature egg from an ovary, which presents itself in the form of absent or infrequent periods and excessively heavy or light bleeding. This can be corrected by ovulation stimulating drugs such as clomiphene, follicle stimulating hormones, human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) and invitro fertilisation (IVF) using these drugs.
The knowledge you have about your egg quality is also important. Poor egg quality has marred many homes. This is about eggs that become bad or damaged or develop chromosomal abnormalities which cannot sustain a pregnancy. This problem is usually age-related. Egg quality decline significantly in the late 30s and early 40s.
Unfortunately, this is one of the misleading conditions as it leaves out no symptom on its victims. However, the panacea is simply egg donation or surrogacy.
POLYCYSTIC OVARYSNDROME: is another condition in which patients whose ovaries contain many small eggs find it difficult to menstruate regularly. Its symptoms include: irregular flow, excessive hair growth, acne and weight gain the therapy is same as ovulation problem.
How much of female tube blockages do you know? Blocked or damaged fallopian tubes prevent eggs from getting to the uterus and sperm from getting to the egg. This could be caused by pelvic inflammatory disease, sexually transmitted disease like Chlamydia.
Laparoscopic surgery can open the tube otherwise, in vitro fertilisation (IVF) is an option.
WCD: ‘19.6% Rivers Women Use Contraceptive Methods’
An estimated 19.6% of married women in Rivers State currently use modern contraceptive methods to prevent unwanted pregnancies.
The state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Princewill Chike, who made this known at the weekend in his broadcast to mark this year’s “World Contraception Day (WCD)”, noted that while this number indicates that something was being done in this direction, more still needs to be done.
“In Rivers State, only 19.6% of currently married women use a modern method of contraceptive. This data shows that although some progress is being made, there’s yet more work to be done”, he said.
Towards this end, the commissioner said the government, through the state Ministry of Health, and its parastatals “are committed to providing women with access to quality information and services in all public as well as private (healthcare) facilities”.
This, he said, was done in partnership with several implementing partners such as “Association of Reproductive and Family Health Initiative”, “Clinton Health Access Initiative”, “The Challenge Initiative”, and “Marie Stopes lnternational”.
“The state government has developed, and is implementing a work plan targeted at improving contraception through ensuring the availability of right information, commodities, consumables, and equipment to offer the services, while also ensuring that there are skilled health workers who are able to provide these services.
“Together with our partners, we have built the capacity of healthcare providers in public and private sectors to provide quality Family Planning services”, the commissioner said.
He added that efforts have also been made to engage “Community Structures” such as youth and women champions, community reproductive health influencers, and religious leaders to “facilitate counselling within communities and referrals to linked facilities”.
In addition, Chike said, “the Social Behaviour Change Committee has been passed with the responsibility to expand information on Family Planning and its services to our communities and people, so that they can take responsibility for their lives through informed choices, and plan their families in line with the new vision for healthcare development”.
While noting that people can access Family Planning services in 328 facilities spread across the state, the commissioner urged people to access the facilities at their convenience.
“You can conveniently access Family Planning services in 328 health facilities in the state, including the private facilities.
“We, therefore, call on everyone to take responsibility for their lives through voluntary exercise of their right to health, as well as their right to reproductive freedom”, he said.
Quoting the National Demographic Health Survey of 2018, Chike also used the opportunity to inform that Nigeria is currently working to attain 27% contraceptive prevalence rate by the end of 2023, saying that “right now the figure stands at 17%”.
Explaining the benefits accruable from contraceptive use, the state health boss said beyond individual and family benefits, countries also benefit immensely.
“Apart from the health benefits of expanding access to contraception, there are also economic benefits.
“Economists estimate that every one dollar invested in universal access to contraception saves countries $120 in reduced need for infrastructure on social spending”, he said.
“Family Planning”, the commissioner stressed, “provides a means through which individuals and couples can have children by choice, and not by chance, or they can have the number of children that they are able to adequately care for”.
The WCD is marked globally on September 25 of annually.
By: Sogbeba Dokubo
44 Years In Marriage: Couple Celebrate Love
While some couples have had to quit their union in very short space of time for various reasons, for Mr and Mrs Akpan, the grace of God upon their marriage had been the spice that had kept the union going.
44 years now in marriage, the couple have gannered enough reasons to celebrate God’s goodness, faithfulness upon their lives. Sunday, September 19, 2021 remains remarkable in the history of their relationship as they appeared before a distinquished congregation at Charismatic Renewal Ministries, Woji, in Port Harcourt, to refresh a covenant they had 44 years ago when they first tied the nuptial knot.
Engr Anthony Akpan who doubles as a Pastor and Zonal Secretary, PFN, sees his wife, Mrs Akpan Emilia, as the greatest gift from God to his life, for which he declared that, “she is worth celebrating for her love, hard work and uncountable achievements these 44 years of marriage.”
In his words, “today is a joyous day and double celebration for us. We are 44 years in marriage and my wife is also marking her 69th birthday. God has been so faithful to our union”, he noted.
Commenting on the uniqueness of their relationship, the Rivers State commissioner for information, Pastor. Paulinus Nsirim discribed the couple as role models and inspiration to the old/younger generations.
Pst. Nsirim reiterated that the couple have been a great gift to the church and have mentored many lives/marriages both in the church and secular world, adding that “they are worth celebrating.
“The couple have been a blessing to the body of Christ and nation at large. Their marriage has been an inspiration to me and others. Their marriage would continue to enjoy God’s blessings”.
Meanwile, the Chairman of Pentecostal Followship of Nigeria (PFN), Rivers State, Rev. Dagogo Jack, has appreciated God for keeping them in harmonious marriage for 44 years.
PFN Chairman said the couple has worked so hard in the Lord’s vineyard, adding that their lives have been an example to believers.
Speaking during the thanks giving service, the celebrant, Engr Akpan appreciated God for the grace given to them that called for the double celebration.
On the secret of the successful marriage, he noted the need for couples to “have a good heart and relationship with God, work in forgiveness for one another, make excuses for each other and always striving to be the best husband/wife for one another”.
He reiterated the need for couples to work together and overcome pressure points in their marriages.
Speaking in an interview with The Tide shortly after the thanks giving service, Mrs Akpan recounted God’s grace and faithfulness in her marriage.
Mrs Akpan who noted that the marriage has been a source of joy due to the presence and grace of God, said the secret of her success in marriage is God’s word and command that, “the two should become one”.
For her, success in marriage starts with the choice of spouse. Thus she advised, “don’t choose a husband/wife based on wealth and look, but ensure that he/she is your soul mate”.
And to the younger women, she stressed the need for endurance and the ability to settle marriage challenges on one’s knees.
Their union is blessed with eight children and seven grand children. Mrs Akpan, is the proprietress of Showers Christian High School.
By: Lilian Peters
Rotary Club To Empower Women On Renewable Energy
As Rotary Club of Port Harcourt Eco District 9141 gets a new Charter President, there are indications that attention is gradually being shifted from fossil fuel to renewable energy. In her inaugural speech as the first president of the charter, Rotarian Emem Bridget Okon, said, “this club under my leadership will champion alternative source of energy, we are going to promote that in the communities.”
She announced the interest of the club in climate literacy, as she declared that the campaign is on a shift from fossil fuel to renewable energy as it would be good to also make contribution in that aspect.
For this reason, the president said, they would train local communities as well as empower youths and women on renewable energy such as solar, so it can help in the area of having energy stoves and solar power in communities, among others.
She called for support from individuals and organisations as well as donors to ensure that this project makes impact in the lives of community members.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after her installation, last Sunday in Port Harcourt, Rtn Okon explained that the state of mother earth has become a global challenge as such the Rotary Club is interested in finding solutions to some of these challenges as it affects all aspects of human life.
Speaking further, she explained that the club’s mandate is to promote environmental conservation, ecosystem restoration as well as climate change mitigation, adding that the club would also seek to contribute to addressing the challenges in the Niger Delta environment in line with Rotary international focus through the following intervention areas: disease prevention and treatment; mangrove restoration; basic education and climate literacy; peace building and conflict resolution; economic and community development and eco ambassador, among others.
She further explained that the environment area of focus in rotary club was adopted in 2020 during the presidential counsel meeting, adding that this is the first club that particularly focused on the environment in West Africa.
Rtn Okon stated that the core mandate has made it become the first in West Africa and first in Nigeria, noting that this same core mandate was first adopted in Kenya, thereby making the Port Harcourt Eco District 4191s core mandate, second in Africa.
She noted that high level of soot was one of their major reasons and concern to focus on the environment, adding that the club has just unveiled the campaign against soot.
The charter president revealed that the club has also started the ‘Safe The Mangrove Campaign,’ which they are targeting to plant 50,000 mangrove trees by June 2022 when this rotary year would end.
She further revealed more activities they intend to embark on to include carrying out tree planting saying: “All these are necessary because these trees are important in absorbing carbon dioxide from the air and also helps in the restoration of the eco-system.”
“You would agree with me that this year’s World Environment-Day has the theme: ‘Eco-System restoration’, while World Earth-Day has the theme: ‘Restore Our Earth,’ so if we look at keying into those United Nations themes, it is better to take actions that would contribute to restoration of the environment, that is why we have decided to do tree and mangrove planting,” she added.
She explained that there got to be awareness creation, which they can only achieve through conferences, policy dialogue and engagement with environmental justice groups, adding that all these would contribute to taking actions to restore the environment.
“Many of us in the club are people, who have been very passionate about the environment in the Niger Delta, a lot of us are environment justice campaigners even those that are government officials are people, who have held offices in the area of environment, so we are all committed to the process.
“We have already started schools campaign and the production of pamphlets on climate literacy, so between now and June 2022 this club is going to be all over the place, building partnership with government agencies, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) as well as with individuals interested in promoting environmental protection and conservation,”the charter president added.
On her part, the Assistant Governor, Zone 4 2021-2022, District 9141, Rtn Nkiru Enyia, stated that the Charter President, Rtn. Emem Bridget Okon, was fully prepared to lead the club towards achieving its call mandate.
Enyia congratulated her and prayed God to grant her the needed wisdom to do exploits in the task ahead of her.
By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana
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