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Religion / Re: Why Don't Pastors Preach About PAUPER'S TITHE As Prescribed By Scriptures? by HealthFixHub: 5:26pm On Dec 16, 2018
Makito015:
You that is aware of it, what have you done about it apart from posting it on nairaland?

Shut up! Change starts but first, with an idea. Laying blames causes stagnation. He brought this up, the best thing you would have done was to take it up yourself and see what you can do with the info. Stop pondering on if the preacher practices the words he preaches, listen and if they are good, practice them.

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Health / Re: 5 Types Of People That Easily Attract Mosquitoes by HealthFixHub: 1:32pm On Dec 11, 2018
Wow! Very educative article. I concur !!

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Health / For Parents-to-be: Why Your Baby Cries Like He/she Is In So Much Pains by HealthFixHub: 4:57am On Nov 16, 2018


Purple Crying Period in Infants

Really, what came to your mind when you first encountered the phrase “purple crying period in infants”? A while ago, before the cries of my aunt’s baby accompanied with an expression that made it seem like she was going through so much pain got me really worried, I used to think the phrase was just coined from a cartoon where a baby turned purple when he/she cried – probably from Shrek.

Contrarily to all that, purple crying period in infants simply refers to a period when babies cry excessively. And more often than not, they cry for no obvious reasons, resisting all attempts to be soothed. This period often gets a lot of parents worried as they fear that something is wrong with their baby. However, after each visit to the doctor, they get the very same response, “There’s absolutely nothing wrong, you have a healthy baby.”

The purple crying period in infants is simply a developmental stage which is very normal for babies to go through. It begins when the baby is about 2 weeks and continues until the baby is about 3-4 months of age.

“It was all so scary,” said one mum. “Our baby giggles and smiles throughout the day, but from 6 pm, he starts crying. If she is so healthy, why does she cry and look like she is in so much pain?" It is very easy for parents to get worried during ‘this’ purple crying period in infants because:

#1 The baby cries more and more as the week goes by, the most in month 2.
#2 The crying comes and goes without any noticeable provocation.
#3 He/she resists soothing no matter what you try.
#4 The baby wears a pain-like expression while crying (even when they are not).
#5 Sometimes, the crying spans 5 hours a day or even more.
#6 More often, the baby cries more in the late afternoon and evening

You may be glad to know, (I was) that the term “PURPLE“ in the phrase Purple crying period in infants is an acronym. The acronym was formed by Dr. Ronald Barr, a developmental pediatrician whose probably done the most studies on infant crying than anyone else. His reason for creating the acronym was to explain to parents of new babies that the purple crying period in infants is normal and to also let them know that it would come to an end.

Here’s what the acronym PURPLE stands for.


True, the period of purple crying in infants can be very frustrating for parents even though it is normal. Trying to give each other as much support as you can, will help greatly. You can also read this helpful article that teaches a secret trick to instantly stop babies from crying.

After I learned all of this, I thought I should share the information with parents and everyone else. I hope it helps parents worry less about their babies during the purple crying period. Perhaps, it will also help people who like I once did, think the purple crying period in infants is just a term coined from a cartoon-like Shrek.

Have you in any way experienced the purple crying period in infants? Share your experiences via the comment session below.
You may follow the link to see an educative video.

Source: https://www.healthfixhub.com/2018/10/29/purple-crying-period-in-infants/

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Health / Re: See What The Human Heart Looks Like When It Is Completely Drained Of Blood by HealthFixHub: 4:57pm On Oct 31, 2018
adebuk47:
Totally unrecognisable.

Source:https://thebiggestgists./2018/10/see-what-human-heart-looks-like-when-it.html

I don't mean to cause trouble, or spark an argument. Permit me to make a correction, please, for the purpose of education. Thank you.

The image above does not show that of a heart completely drained of blood. What that is, is a "Scaffold."

This Scaffold is kind of like a structure developed by scientists to serve as a template for artificially growing a new heart for a patient in need of one. It is made of binding proteins and fibers - the extracellular matrix.

Hopefully, in time, templates for other human organs will be developed and God willing, scientists will be able to grow different organs - the heart inclusive.

Thank you once more. Stay healthy, happy and Strong!

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Health / Hypertension And Its Risk Factors: How To Reduce Your Risks by HealthFixHub: 4:37pm On Oct 31, 2018
A good number of factors can put you at higher risk of developing high blood pressure or hypertension. Learning and understanding the risk factors for hypertension will help you steer clear of factors that raise your blood pressure.


What is hypertension?
Hypertension is elevated blood pressure that is greater than or equal to 140/90 mmHg. I.e. a blood pressure/force that is strong enough to cause damage to your organs. The reading is taken when the patient is at rest, and on at least two occasions, 4 to 6 hours apart.

Blood pressure is the force with which blood pumped by the heart pushes against the walls of the arteries.

Read – How to measure blood pressure at home

Hypertension can be primary (essential) or secondary. In primary hypertension, the exact cause is unknown and it constitutes 90% of all cases.

On the other hand, secondary hypertension is as a result of a specific potentially treatable cause. In addition, when pre-existing medical conditions such as Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH), kidney disorders or certain heart defects result in hypertension, it is classified as secondary.

Grouping of risk factors for hypertension
The risk factors for hypertension can be grouped into modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors. The modifiable risk factors are those risk factors that can be influenced to reduce one’s susceptibility to the disease. While non-modifiable risk factors are those ones that can’t be influenced.


measure blood pressure at home - modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors

Non-modifiable risk factors for hypertension
Non-modifiable risk factors for hypertension include:

#1 Age: Blood pressure rises with age.
#2 Sex: Blood pressure is higher in males than in females. This is because estrogen protects against high blood pressure. However, post-menopausal women are predisposed to hypertension. This is because they have lost their estrogen protection and have increased levels of cholesterol.
#3 Ethnicity: It is commoner in the black race.
#4 Genetics: there is higher concordance in monozygotic twins than dizygotic twins.


Modifiable Risk Factors for Hypertension

The modifiable risk factors for hypertension include:

#1 Environment: The incidence is higher in urban than in rural areas due to the adoption of the western lifestyle.
#2 Stress: Repetitive psychogenic stress with the interaction of increased sympathetic activity may have a role in hypertension.
#3 Obesity: This is the body mass index(BMI) greater than 30. Truncal fat accumulation especially is associated with increased risk of hypertension.
#4 Sedentary lifestyle: This is a lifestyle with little or no physical activity. It has also been found to increase the risk of hypertension.
#5 Sodium intake: The kidneys require a higher blood pressure to maintain extracellular volume within normal levels in persons with reduced sodium excretion.
#6 Low birth weight: This is due to intrauterine under-nutrition that leads to long-term changes in blood vessel structure or function of hormone systems.
#7 Smoking: This is vasculotoxic.
#8 Excessive alcohol: Though, some alcohol are cardioprotective. Eg red wine contains flavonoids which have antioxidant properties.

Conclusion



Now that you know the different risk factors for hypertension, pay attention especially to the modifiable ones. Also, make the necessary changes to your lifestyle to reduce your risk of becoming hypertensive.

Stay healthy, stay happy, stay strong so you can have a wonderful life with your family.

Source: https://www.healthfixhub.com/2018/09/16/hypertension-and-its-risk-factors/

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Health / Re: You Can Measure Your Blood Pressure At Home: Learn How by HealthFixHub: 4:24pm On Oct 27, 2018
Stay healthy, happy and Strong!!
Health / You Can Measure Your Blood Pressure At Home: Learn How by HealthFixHub: 4:19pm On Oct 27, 2018
Knowing how to measure blood pressure at home is a helpful and important skill to learn. It is especially important for persons who have been diagnosed with hypertension or any other disease capable of influencing blood pressure.




Whether you have an issue that warrants you monitoring your blood pressure or not, learning how to measure your blood pressure at home will be most useful to you. Here are some reasons why:

#1 It will help diagnose hypertension and negative symptoms that mimic the symptoms of hypertension – on time. Remember what “they,” say about a stitch in time?
#2 Knowing how to measure your blood pressure at home can be a good way to monitor recovery progress during treatment.
#3 It is a great way of identifying complications and building a wall with swift emergency treatment.
#4 Saves you the stress, time and money associated with leaving your home to visit a doctor especially when you only need to check your blood pressure
#5 It also helps in identifying white coat hypertension.


These are but a few reasons to help sink the importance of learning to measure blood pressure at home. Nonetheless, if you’re unshaken by the importance listed above, perhaps one more might change your mind. Here: If you learn how to measure blood pressure at home, you could be of immense help to someone someday.

Before we dive into the details of how to measure blood pressure at home, it’s important you know what blood pressure is.

What is blood pressure?



Blood pressure is the force or pressure with which blood pumped by the heart pushes against the walls of the arteries. Blood is pumped into the arteries and throughout the entire body with each heartbeat.


What is the difference between systolic and diastolic blood pressure?



If you’ve seen a recorded blood pressure reading, you must have noticed the reading to look like this: 120/80. It is always recorded as 2 numbers as seen and read like this: 120 over 80. The top number (in this sample: 120/80) is called the systolic pressure while the lower number is called the diastolic pressure.


Because the heart beats, and is what’s responsible for pumping blood through arteries, blood flow is not steady. The flow is pulsatile in nature, changing with the beating moments and the ‘rest’ moments of the heart. This pulsating flow is what brings about recording the measurement of a person’s blood pressure as two numbers.

Systolic pressure is the pressure exerted on the arteries as the heart contracts and pumps blood (during a heartbeat). On the other hand, Diastolic pressure is the pressure on the arteries when the heart is at rest (in-between heartbeats).

Things needed to measure blood pressure at home

To measure blood pressure at home, you will need to have the following:

# Stethoscope
# Sphygmomanometer
# A chair and a table.



Generally, measuring blood pressure involves two important phases. These two phases include:

1. Palpatory phase
2. Auscultatory phase

The palpatory phase involves inflating the cuff around the arm of the person whose blood pressure is to be measured while using the fingers to feel for the radial pulse. The stethoscope is not used at this phase. Again, the purpose for this phase is to help you determine the extent to which you inflate the cuff without inflicting pain during the auscultatory phase.

A lot of people skip the first phase even when it affects the accuracy of the results obtained. In this post, we will address both phases.


Procedure for measuring blood pressure



# Place the chair beside the table such that person whose blood pressure is to be measured at home can sit and place his/her arm (left preferably, because it’s closer to the heart) on the table.
# Place the arm of the person whose blood pressure is to be measured flat with it resting on the elbow. It should be placed with the palm facing up as seen in the picture above.
# Place the sphygmomanometer beside the arm on the table, open it and bring down the knob inside to unlock it (for mercury sphygmomanometer).
# Let the person whose blood pressure is to be measured (presently sitting) relax for at least two minutes. This is done to let the heart go back to its normal rate.
# Now, take the cuff out and wrap it snugly around the arm placed on the table. Make sure that the arrow on the cuff lies above the path of the brachial artery on the inner side of the arm, just above the elbow.

Make sure the cuff isn’t too small for the arm else you will get a false high reading. It’s also important that the cuff isn’t too big to avoid getting a false low reading.


First part – palpatory phase


This involves placing the pulp of your left four fingers on the outer aspect of the wrist -of the left arm- of the person whose blood pressure is to be measured.

Can you feel the pulsation? If yes, leave your fingers there and use your right hand to inflate the cuff. Be sure to tighten the valve on the side of the bulb before you pump. Meanwhile, keep your eyes on the sphygmomanometer calibration as you inflate the cuff – till you stop feeling the pulse. The disappearance of the pulse means the artery is completely occluded (closed).

The reading at which you stop feeling the pulse gives you an idea of what your systolic blood pressure should be. It also tells you how much you need to inflate the cuff to avoid inflicting pain during the auscultatory phase.

Deflate the cuff after taking the reading and get ready to re-pump for the auscultatory phase of the process. What do you think about this first part? Hopefully, you can already see that it’s not so difficult to measure blood pressure at home after all.



Second part – auscultatory phase



Inflate the cuff again. But this time, about 20mmHg – 30mmHg higher than the reading at which you stopped feeling the pulse during the palpatory phase. For example, if you stopped feeling the pulse at 120mmHg, you will pump up to 150mmHg (i.e. 30mmHg more).

Unlike in the palpatory phase where the pulp of the left fingers are used to feel the pulse, in the auscultatory phase a stethoscope is used.



Moving ahead, place the *diaphragm of your stethoscope on the cubital fossa/ventral aspect of the elbow as in the image above. Also, place the earpiece of the stethoscope in your ear. Now, release the pressure from the cuff little by little by loosening the valve on the side of the bulb a little at a time.

The diaphragm of a stethoscope is the wider side of the two flat, circular parts. It contains a thin plastic.

Listen carefully for the first sound (thumping sound also known as korotkoff sound) you hear. Note the Sphygmomanometer reading at the exact moment you hear the korotkoff sound, it is your systolic blood pressure. It coincides with the opening up of the previously occluded artery. Keep listening, the reading at which the sound stops is your diastolic blood pressure.

There you have it, the blood pressure is systolic over the diastolic pressure in millimeter mercury (mmHg). E.g. 120/80 mmHg where 120 is the systolic and 80 is the diastolic blood pressure.

Blood pressure readings and their implication


As seen in the chart above, a blood pressure reading of 130-139/80-90mmHg and above means you’re hypertensive. Learn more about hypertension and its risk factors here.

Final note
No matter how far below 120/80mmHg your blood pressure is, there is no cause for alarm. Just as long as there are no associated symptoms like dizziness, fainting spells, fast and shallow breathing, weakness or blurred vision, you’re good. If any of these symptoms are present, it’s advisable to see a doctor.

It’s always advisable to discard the first blood pressure reading and take the second reading or an average of the second and third reading. This is because the first reading might be high due to anxiety.

See? It isn’t that difficult to measure blood pressure at home.

Source: https://www.healthfixhub.com/

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Health / You Can Measure Your Blood Pressure At Home: Learn How by HealthFixHub: 4:45pm On Oct 25, 2018


Knowing how to measure blood pressure at home is a helpful and important skill to learn. It is especially important for persons who have been diagnosed with hypertension or any other disease capable of influencing blood pressure.

Whether you have an issue that warrants you monitoring your blood pressure or not, learning how to measure your blood pressure at home will be most useful to you. Here are some reasons why:

#1 It will help diagnose hypertension and negative symptoms that mimic the symptoms of hypertension – on time. Remember what “they,” say about a stitch in time?
#2 Knowing how to measure your blood pressure at home can be a good way to monitor recovery progress during treatment.
#3 It is a great way of identifying complications and building a wall with swift emergency treatment.
#4 Saves you the stress, time and money associated with leaving your home to visit a doctor especially when you only need to check your blood pressure
#5 It also helps in identifying white coat hypertension.

These are but a few reasons to help sink the importance of learning to measure blood pressure at home. Nonetheless, if you’re unshaken by the importance listed above, perhaps one more might change your mind. Here: If you learn how to measure blood pressure at home, you could be of immense help to someone someday.

Before we dive into the details of how to measure blood pressure at home, it’s important you know what blood pressure is.


What is blood pressure?



Blood pressure is the force or pressure with which blood pumped by the heart pushes against the walls of the arteries. Blood is pumped into the arteries and throughout the entire body with each heartbeat.



What is the difference between systolic and diastolic blood pressure?



If you’ve seen a recorded blood pressure reading, you must have noticed the reading to look like this: 120/80. It is always recorded as 2 numbers as seen and read like this: 120 over 80. The top number (in this sample: 120/80) is called the systolic pressure while the lower number is called the diastolic pressure.


Because the heart beats, and is what’s responsible for pumping blood through arteries, blood flow is not steady. The flow is pulsatile in nature, changing with the beating moments and the ‘rest’ moments of the heart. This pulsating flow is what brings about recording the measurement of a person’s blood pressure as two numbers.

Systolic pressure is the pressure exerted on the arteries as the heart contracts and pumps blood (during a heartbeat). On the other hand, Diastolic pressure is the pressure on the arteries when the heart is at rest (in-between heartbeats).


Things needed to measure blood pressure at home


To measure blood pressure at home, you will need to have the following:

# Stethoscope
# Sphygmomanometer
# A chair and a table.



Generally, measuring blood pressure involves two important phases. These two phases include:

# Palpatory phase
# Auscultatory phase

The palpatory phase involves inflating the cuff around the arm of the person whose blood pressure is to be measured while using the fingers to feel for the radial pulse. The stethoscope is not used at this phase. Again, the purpose for this phase is to help you determine the extent to which you inflate the cuff without inflicting pain during the auscultatory phase.

A lot of people skip the first phase even when it affects the accuracy of the results obtained. In this post, we will address both phases.



Procedure for measuring blood pressure



# Place the chair beside the table such that person whose blood pressure is to be measured at home can sit and place his/her arm (left preferably, because it’s closer to the heart) on the table.
# Place the arm of the person whose blood pressure is to be measured flat with it resting on the elbow. It should be placed with the palm facing up as seen in the picture above.
# Place the sphygmomanometer beside the arm on the table, open it and bring down the knob inside to unlock it (for mercury sphygmomanometer).
# Let the person whose blood pressure is to be measured (presently sitting) relax for at least two minutes. This is done to let the heart go back to its normal rate.
# Now, take the cuff out and wrap it snugly around the arm placed on the table. Make sure that the arrow on the cuff lies above the path of the brachial artery on the inner side of the arm, just above the elbow.


Make sure the cuff isn’t too small for the arm else you will get a false high reading. It’s also important that the cuff isn’t too big to avoid getting a false low reading.


First part – palpatory phase



This involves placing the pulp of your left four fingers on the outer aspect of the wrist -of the left arm- of the person whose blood pressure is to be measured.

Can you feel the pulsation? If yes, leave your fingers there and use your right hand to inflate the cuff. Be sure to tighten the valve on the side of the bulb before you pump. Meanwhile, keep your eyes on the sphygmomanometer calibration as you inflate the cuff – till you stop feeling the pulse. The disappearance of the pulse means the artery is completely occluded (closed).

The reading at which you stop feeling the pulse gives you an idea of what your systolic blood pressure should be. It also tells you how much you need to inflate the cuff to avoid inflicting pain during the auscultatory phase.

Deflate the cuff after taking the reading and get ready to re-pump for the auscultatory phase of the process. What do you think about this first part? Hopefully, you can already see that it’s not so difficult to measure blood pressure at home after all.


Second part – auscultatory phase



Inflate the cuff again. But this time, about 20mmHg – 30mmHg higher than the reading at which you stopped feeling the pulse during the palpatory phase. For example, if you stopped feeling the pulse at 120mmHg, you will pump up to 150mmHg (i.e. 30mmHg more).


Unlike in the palpatory phase where the pulp of the left fingers are used to feel the pulse, in the auscultatory phase a stethoscope is used.



Moving ahead, place the *diaphragm of your stethoscope on the cubital fossa/ventral aspect of the elbow as in the image above. Also, place the earpiece of the stethoscope in your ear. Now, release the pressure from the cuff little by little by loosening the valve on the side of the bulb a little at a time.

The diaphragm of a stethoscope is the wider side of the two flat, circular parts. It contains a thin plastic.

Listen carefully for the first sound (thumping sound also known as korotkoff sound) you hear. Note the Sphygmomanometer reading at the exact moment you hear the korotkoff sound, it is your systolic blood pressure. It coincides with the opening up of the previously occluded artery. Keep listening, the reading at which the sound stops is your diastolic blood pressure.

There you have it, the blood pressure is systolic over the diastolic pressure in millimeter mercury (mmHg). E.g. 120/80 mmHg where 120 is the systolic and 80 is the diastolic blood pressure.

Blood pressure readings and their implication


As seen in the chart above, a blood pressure reading of 130-139/80-90mmHg and above means you’re hypertensive. Learn more about hypertension and its risk factors here.


[b]Final note[/b]

No matter how far below 120/80mmHg your blood pressure is, there is no cause for alarm. Just as long as there are no associated symptoms like dizziness, fainting spells, fast and shallow breathing, weakness or blurred vision, you’re good. If any of these symptoms are present, it’s advisable to see a doctor.

It’s always advisable to discard the first blood pressure reading and take the second reading or an average of the second and third reading. This is because the first reading might be high due to anxiety.

See? It isn’t that difficult to measure blood pressure at home.

Source - https://www.healthfixhub.com/2018/09/21/how-to-measure-blood-pressure-at-home/
Health / Re: 5 Dangerous Pregnancy Complications That Can Destroy Your Home by HealthFixHub: 4:32pm On Oct 23, 2018
Blonchilli:

I didn't say for every couple that experience miscarriage go through breakup. Miscarriage mostly affects the woman psychologically. And as for the effects it has on women who came across this post I don't think HealthFixHub meant to hurt anyone, it should be read with an open mind. I've learnt a lot from reading this, I'm not married yet but I know a lot of married friends who this article will help and it will help me to when I get married after all when a woman is pregnant I think it's the duty of both man and woman to monitor the pregnancy. Have a good night rest smiley

Thank you. You're on point! grin

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Health / Re: 5 Dangerous Pregnancy Complications That Can Destroy Your Home by HealthFixHub: 9:31pm On Oct 22, 2018
uzobaby:
that is just one of thousand cases. .pregnancy complications are not home destroyers..they are issues we have no control over. .do you know how depressing some women maybe on seeing this? ??think about the psychological effect is still will have on women that are having these issues and come across this post

I Understand where you're coming from, and I see reasons with you. However, ignorance isn't always a good excuse, and ignoring a fire never puts it out. Awarness is key, and a good one at that.

There are a good number of issues that can be easily avoided, but shying away from certain facts, and keeping to one's self often leads to more serious complications.

For instance, if one had an infection (say 5 years ago) got it "cured" by taking a self-prescribed OTC drug, there's possibility that a pregnancy complications could arise later during delivery. Very few people know things like this. Insightful posts like this help save people from making costly mistakes and over looking certain things.

Meanwhile, more insightful contents on how to best prevent some preventables will follow.
Health / Re: 5 Dangerous Pregnancy Complications That Can Destroy Your Home by HealthFixHub: 7:04pm On Oct 22, 2018
Jeezuzpick:
My wife was alone in the house (I had just traveled) when she measured her BP and it was off the charts. She was just about nine months pregnant.

I was on the road to Abuja when the SMS came in. She went to our famiy physician who told her to go to the hospital. She was placed on admission and had the C-section the next day, while I was in a meeting hundreds of kilometers away. Mother and child were not doing too well; he came out jaundiced, she was managing hypertension.

Fast forward almost ten years and another son later, I look back at the turmoil and know that had she not measured her BP at that moment, she could've collapsed and been history with the baby! I thank God that didn't happen.

Preeclampsia is something else o.


Glory be to God. Being aware of ones Blood pressure from time to time is really really important. BP says a lot about ones' overall healthy.

For those who do not know much about BP, you can find info, and even learn how to check your Blood pressure here ===> https://www.healthfixhub.com/2018/09/21/how-to-measure-blood-pressure-at-home/

We should always pay close attention to our bodies, they often warn us against impending problems to come.

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Health / Re: 5 Dangerous Pregnancy Complications That Can Destroy Your Home by HealthFixHub: 6:55pm On Oct 22, 2018
addicted268:


Thank God for his mercies.my story is quite similar to your wife's (except the jaundice part).they had to give me an injection cos i could go into seizure any moment according to the doctor.my husband isnt home too.my bundle of inestimable joy is one month old.


Wow...! We're all happy for you! grin

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Health / Re: 5 Dangerous Pregnancy Complications That Can Destroy Your Home by HealthFixHub: 6:53pm On Oct 22, 2018
Blonchilli:
HealthFixHub Ectopic pregnancy is serious wahala o

Very very serious @Blonchilli

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Health / Re: 5 Dangerous Pregnancy Complications That Can Destroy Your Home by HealthFixHub: 6:48pm On Oct 22, 2018
MetalJigsaw:
When you get pregnant for your gateman.

Lol. That could be. Perhaps, science is yet to discover it.
Health / Re: 5 Dangerous Pregnancy Complications That Can Destroy Your Home by HealthFixHub: 6:47pm On Oct 22, 2018
nnekaike:
So true and well said.
Pre-emclapsia Is truly deadly,it nearly killed me.
Women are the real MVP.

Sorry about your experience. Sorry about it all. Thank God you're still standing tall.
Health / Re: 5 Dangerous Pregnancy Complications That Can Destroy Your Home by HealthFixHub: 4:57pm On Oct 22, 2018
Tedpgrass:

Good article
Definitely creates awareness.





The incidence rates are much higher than that quoted for GD, PET/Eclampsia and miscarriages..

Our poor record keeping has not helped identify true incidence/prevalence as most maternal deaths are unexplained... "village people"

So folks these conditions are more common than expected, more so in our population.

Prevention is key, having a good and regular antenatal care is imperative, a necessity not a luxury





Kudos once again to Op!!


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You have spoken well @Tedpgrass. We're sure it will be awesome to have an article from you, for the masses, up on the blog.

Thanks for the commendation, it is well received. �‍♂️
Health / Re: 5 Dangerous Pregnancy Complications That Can Destroy Your Home by HealthFixHub: 2:08pm On Oct 22, 2018
Meanwhile, see this comprehensive guide on How to know if you are really pregnant: ===> https://www.healthfixhub.com/2018/08/27/how-to-know-if-you-are-pregnant/
Health / 5 Dangerous Pregnancy Complications That Can Destroy Your Home by HealthFixHub: 2:08pm On Oct 22, 2018
As an expecting mom or future expecting mom, you tend to do a lot of research hovering about child care. Well, an important topic to add to your research list that will be very helpful is: common pregnancy complications that could arise at any time during pregnancy. Doing this will keep you informed, smart and will help you secure a hassle-free pregnancy and a smooth delivery.



This post will expose 5 common pregnancy complications that can affect expectant moms, to you. It also features noticeable signs of the complications and links to details of preventive measures.


The 5 common pregnancy complications on our list include:


1. Premature labor and birth



A birth is termed premature or preterm when it takes place earlier than 37 weeks. You can tell you’re experiencing a premature labor if frequent contraction that causes the cervix to dilate or efface begins anytime before the 37th week of pregnancy.

Labor, in terms of childbirth is everything a pregnant woman goes through while getting ready to give birth. It is the woman’s body working.

Premature labor and birth can be very dangerous to the baby health-wise, especially if it takes place way too early. Based on WHO fact sheet, babies that survive preterm birth are likely to face certain disabilities. Learning difficulties, visual and hearing problems are just but to mention a few of the common pregnancy complications.

If you start noticing these contractions during the early phase of pregnancy, do well to inform your doctor or midwife. They will monitor your pregnancy using ultrasound or other physical examination methods.

Get to know more about premature birth.


2. Gestational diabetes



Gestational diabetes is not really a common pregnancy complication – affecting only about 4% of women. However, we consider it eligible for this list since any lady can be part of the 4% it affects.

Gestational diabetes is diabetes which surfaces for the first time during pregnancy. It can badly affect the growing baby during pregnancy that it leads to a miscarriage. In events where a baby survives, birth defects are often left as an evidence of survival.

If you’re overweight, have a family history of diabetes, have a high blood pressure or anything that can lead to diabetes, you’re more likely to have Gestational diabetes, and vice versa. Do well to attend all your prenatal appointments.

Testing blood sugar levels between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy or imaging are ways of discovering this complication. Luckily enough, gestational diabetes is treatable and often gets resolved within months.


3. Miscarriage



Miscarriage is considered one of the most common pregnancy complication as about 10 to 20 percent of recorded pregnancies end in it. It is a condition characterized by the loss of pregnancy before the first 20 weeks that can be both emotionally and physically painful. Miscarriages mostly result from the prevention of the embryo development believed to be caused by chromosomal abnormalities in the fertilized egg.

Although vaginal spotting or bleeding is a common sign to see during the early stages of pregnancy, it is usually the first sign of a miscarriage. Reporting to your doctor or midwife is the safe and smart thing to do once you discover this signs as most miscarriages occur early. More than 80 percent of miscarriages occur on or sooner than the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.



4. Preeclampsia



Preeclampsia is a condition characterized by the presence of protein in your urine, liver or kidney abnormalities and high blood pressure after about 20 weeks of pregnancy.

It is a serious condition that affects about 5 percent of pregnant women and mostly only becomes evident near their due dates. It is quite dangerous because most of its signs are silent while others resemble the regular symptoms that come with pregnancy.

Fortunately, preeclampsia can be treated so that both mother and child get to live happily ever after. However, it must be discovered and treated early as sever cases progress quickly – affecting many organs and posing serious life-threatening problems.

It is not a common pregnancy complication but because of its level of seriousness based on the effects it can cause, it made this list.

You may wonder how you can discover preeclampsia since it doesn’t show signs you can easily detect. The way to go is to be religious with your prenatal appointments as doctors can diagnose you.


5. Ectopic Pregnancy



Ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy condition where the fertilized egg implants outside the uterus. It is considered a common pregnancy complication as it surfaces every 1 in 50 pregnancies.

Ectopic pregnancies are very dangerous and must be discovered timely and kept in check to prevent serious wahala. In a majority of ectopic pregnancies, the growth takes place in the Fallopian tube and could rupture it.

Ectopic pregnancy is sometimes called “tubal” pregnancy because in most cases, the embryo implants and grows in the Fallopian “tube.”

Sadly, there is yet no known medical procedure for moving an ectopic pregnancy from the Fallopian tube to the uterus. As a result, the only way to go about an ectopic pregnancy is to have it removed by a doctor.

The timely discovery of an ectopic pregnancy cannot be overemphasized as delay could lead to severe conditions. It may necessitate the removal of the Fallopian tube.

By now, you must be wondering how an ectopic pregnancy can be detected. Well, there are some early signs which could indicate that you have an ectopic pregnancy. Some of these signs include:

# Very serious pain that occurs at one side of the abdomen.
# Vaginal spotting or bleeding ranging from light to heavy.
# Sharp, recurrent waves of pain in the neck, shoulder, pelvis or abdomen during pregnancy.
# Rectal pressure.

Upon noticing these signs, report to your doctor so that he/she will examine you to ascertain your status. Just in case you’re wondering, no surgery is required during the examination. Occasionally, the diagnosis involves carrying out a combination of blood hormone pregnancy tests and ultrasound.

There’s a lot more about ectopic pregnancies that every lady and future hubby should know about.


Conclusion



The aforementioned are some of the common pregnancy complications that exist. If you happen to experience the discussed signs or any other, be sure to inform your caregivers. An early report will warrant proper medical attention, swift and appropriate care. Remember, a stitch in time saves nine!

The best thing you can do during pregnancy is; attend all your prenatal appointments and report strange experiences. This will secure a healthy delivery of a bouncing baby girl or dancing baby boy for you.

Got any ideas or anything to add on this matter? Feel free to share them via the comment section below.


source: https://www.healthfixhub.com/2018/09/08/5-common-pregnancy-complications/

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Health / How To Shave Your Pubic Hair Without Getting Razor Bumps by HealthFixHub: 2:18pm On Sep 08, 2018
A lot of people are often sweet upwards but less tasty as the view climbs down to their pubic region. This is often the case as the pubis is one thing almost no one loves to talk about. As a result of this fact, only a handful of people really know how to take care of their pubic zone.

So in response to our awareness of this fact, we decided to make this post. It provides info on how to shave the pubic hair without getting bumps or lumps. Gain more knowledge about care for the pubic region from some of our other posts like:

Guide to well-kempt pubic hair for ladies
Why it is bad to completely shave your pubic hair
How to prepare homemade wax for pubic hair removal

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Research has shown that a good number of people shave their pubic hair completely with the belief that it is more hygienic. Contrary to this belief, medical experts have advised otherwise. This advice has been backed up by the fact that leaving little-cut pubes help protect against diseases and skin problems.

*Why it is bad to completely shave your pubic hair

If you still choose to completely desertify your pubic zone due to some cultural or personal reason, however, we can't stop you. Without wasting time, we would walk you through the safe and comfy way to do so in two simple methods.

For the purpose of reduced pain and economic advantage, shaving is a better alternative compared to waxing. However, both hair removal methods will be discussed.

Method 1
Here is how to shave your pubic hair without getting razor bumps:

#1 Trim your pubic hair with scissors before shaving. Trimming saves your time by preventing the hair from getting stuck in the shaving stick. It also prevents the hair from pulling at your skin.

#2 Dab a small towel in lukewarm water and use it to massage the pubic area repeatedly. This will open up your pores and soften coarse hairs.

#3 Apply a nice shaving cream to reduce the chances of sustaining a post-shave bump or lump. Just be careful not to put it in your Instruments to avoid inflammation and irritation. Based on skin type and hair, you might be able to fair well without the shaving cream. The only way to find out is through trial.

#4 Note the direction your pubic hair grows, and with a good shaving stick, shave throughout in that direction. Never shave against the grain even though it might give you a closer shave, it could lead to nicks and bumps.

#5 Apply baby oil or Aloe Vera after shaving to keep the area smooth. Never us a moisturizer with fragrance or chemicals as it may increase the possibility of an irritation.

Method 2
How to wax your pubic region in 7 simple steps

If waxing is your choice of preference for completely removing your pubic hair, it is noteworthy that there is an element of pain. Without much waste of time, here is how to achieve a comfortable waxing experience at home:

*How to prepare homemade wax for pubic hair removal

#1 Take a pain relief drug such as ibuprofen, aspirin or naproxen 30 minutes before waxing to reduce pain.

#2 Depending on your choice of wax kit (homemade hot wax or strip wax), follow the instructions of the application.

#3 Test the temperature of the hot wax by applying to your wrist, and then apply a thin layer to the pubic region if OK. Your pubic hair should be about a quarter of an inch (1 cm) long before you can wax it. Always be sure to apply wax in the direction of your hair growth.

#4 Begin with the most accessible part of your pubic region and work your way toward the anus. Remember to apply little wax to minimize pain.

#5 Allow wax to cool down. When it does, stretch the application area taught with one hand and rip off the dried wax with the other hand. Carry out the ripping with a fluid motion and in the direction opposite to hair growth. The process hurts, but it is manageable.

#6 Use tweezers to pluck remaining hairs if there any and then apply baby oil to prevent bumps or lumps.

#7 Give air access to the pubic region by wearing cotton underwear and clothing. This will help reduce the possibility of an irritation.


NOTE: Do not tan or expose your pubic region to harsh sunlight before waxing or shaving. This could increase the possibility of an inflammation or irritation around that area.

Conclusion

Generally, getting rid of your pubic hair is not a taboo. Nonetheless, from a medical perspective especially if you are a girl, getting rid of your pubic hair is not the best practice. In fact, risks such as razor burn, itching, infection, and redness might result from shaving your pubic hair. If shaving and waxing are done right and you are very careful with the process, you will at least experience no bumps.

...and this is all about how to shave your pubic hair without having bumps.

Have you had bitter experiences before, during, or after shaving/waxing? Feel free to share them on the blog with several other people who really need it. Your experience will definitely help someone!

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source: https://www.healthfixhub.com/2018/05/30/shave-pubic-hair-without-getting-razor-bumps/

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Health / The Health Implications Of Fasting - What You Must Know by HealthFixHub: 3:30pm On Sep 05, 2018
What if you eat nothing for a week?

Intermittent Fasting and water fasting are two practices that have grown to become one of the most popular trends in the world of health and fitness today. While several health enthusiasts are already joining the bandwagon, many others are still trying to see its importance.

Whether you’re into any of both kinds of fasting or not, you must wonder what really happens to your body when you stop eating. In a few paragraphs, this article will expose you to the inner happenings of the body during fasting.
What is Intermittent Fasting?

Since this is one of the major reasons that persuade health enthusiast and most others to starve, it’s only normal that I let you know what it is.

Intermittent fasting is a practice that involves cycling your periods of eating and fasting. It has to do with completely staying away from food for a certain period of time and then eating as usual for another period.

Some benefits promised by intermittent fasting include weight loss, improved immune system, longevity and improved metabolic rate. I’m sure “weight loss” there rang a bell.


What is water fasting?


Since this is one of the major reasons that persuade health enthusiast and most others to starve, it’s only normal that I let you know what it is. – Of course, I know I just repeated what I wrote in the previous paragraph, I had to scratch my itch.

Water fasting is a type of fasting in which the practitioner consumes nothing but water for days. It’s usually done for a variety of reasons including to slow aging, lose weight, improve cell recycling and lots more. It is entirely different from intermittent fasting and considered more tasking and risky – especially when the practitioner is not under a doctor’s supervision.


What happens to your body when you eat nothing for a week?

When your body waits but receives no food from you, it’s going to respond – that’s feedback. It will try to make adjustments that will maintain its regular operation and this brings about everything that you might experience, good and bad.
For the first 6 hours

For the first 6 hours of not eating anything, the sky remains blue, and every single thing works just fine. This happens not because you have some food from last night in your tummy, but for your body’s glycogen store. The body begins to obtain energy by breaking down stored glycogen (stored form of glucose) from its reserve. It is this energy that powers your brain, feed your muscle tissue and red blood cells, keeping you strong and sharp.

[Around 25% of energy generated is used for your brain, and the rest goes to muscle and red blood cells.

After the first 6 hours


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Everything gets depleted without replenishment and the body’s glycogen store is not an exception to this rule. It exhausts the stored glycogen sometime after the first 6 hours of not eating, depending on how active you get.

No glycogen means no energy for the brain and for the muscle tissues too. This sort of throws the body into a frenzy and you begin to experience hunger and anger. They were right after all, those who said: a hungry man is bound to be an angry man.

The body doesn’t give up trying to restore balance so it searches for another source of energy. It soon turns to your body fat and starts breaking it down for energy. The process of breaking body fat down to fuel the body is called ketosis. Ketosis is the brain behind weight loss. This process altogether is way more complicated than this though.
For the first 3 days


After the first 6 hours
Though the body succeeds in generating energy for the muscle tissues by breaking your fat into fatty acids (ketosis), your brain is left out as it can’t use this acid as fuel. So it decides to carter for itself, looks around, finds and settles with ketone bodies for energy. This solution works only for some time because ketone bodies can’t replace glucose, and the brain can’t function off this. All these lead to mild cognitive functioning impairment which comes with symptoms that include

# Trouble remembering, learning new things, concentrating.
# Confusion
# Poor motor coordination
# Identity confusion.

This takes place within the first 3 days of going on without food.

After the first 3 Days
3 days and still, no food? The body is shocked, and since the ketone bodies it relied on previously are not so efficient, it searches for another source of energy. Good enough, protein releases amino acids which can be converted into glucose your body so desperately needs so it jumps on it. Bad idea though.

The body starts to break down proteins and generates enough energy to power the brain. This is at some cost however. Protein is a major source of muscle mass and since your body now feeds of it for energy, you start losing muscle mass.

Women might experience an additional problem, their menstrual cycle can pause. In addition, both genders bone density diminishes and their libido decreases.

After 1 no-food-week
After about a week, being that your body has received no vitamins or minerals, the immune system becomes weak. As a result, it becomes easy to be dealt with by bacteria and viruses as they face little to no resistance. This is really a dangerous period and many people can die after a month or up to seventy days. This is because the system becomes more and more fragile each day as the body continues to use every energy source possible until there is nothing left.

The most causes of death in such cases is usually a Cardiac Arrhythmia and heart attacks which happens due to the tissue degradation in the heart diaphragm.

The duration of your life depends on how much water you drink and the amount of fat reserves your body has, and this is the end of the road for everybody. – says bright side

Have you gone without food for really long hours, days, weeks or a month? Be it reasons having to do with religious walks or you pursuing the benefits associated with fasting, feel free to share your experiences on our blog. We'd really really really appreciate it. You can also tell us topics you'd like us to write on.

source: https://www.healthfixhub.com/2018/08/14/what-will-happen-to-your-body-if-you-stop-eating/

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Health / Healthy Teeth And Gum: How To Get It At Home by HealthFixHub: 5:11pm On Sep 04, 2018
Everyone loves a nice, bright and wide smile especially because of the positive energy that comes along with it. Moreover, wearing a wonderful smile on your face is a huge step towards making a great first impression. Quite unfortunately, not everyone can afford a smile especially because it costs a healthy teeth and gum. Doesn’t sound like a hell of a fortune right?

A friend of mine once said to me that there was no reason whatsoever for him to smile, not when he didn’t have a white teeth and a healthy gum. I was quick to brush his fears aside and reassure him that all he ever needed for a package of healthy teeth and gum, wrapped around with fresh breath were little things. Brushing and flossing properly at the right time, and regular dental cleans/checkups is all you need, I told him. Today his smile is worth a million dollars.

This post was inspired by my friend and all the tips I shared with him (that worked), are what I will share with you. Like I said earlier, all you need is proper brushing, flossing, healthy habits and a regular visit to the dentist. While you might know about all this already, going about it the right way is where the cow stands on the ice. This guide will be most useful to you.

Taking good care of your teeth is one important habit you need to develop to have a better taste of comfort. Just as you need to take your bath daily to feel good for the rest of the day, you need to take very good care of your teeth as well. A healthy set of teeth is made possible by good work and habit developed.

Forward
Habit! This is the most part of what you need. It will do you much good to develop it as it will help you play by the rules of getting a healthy teeth and gum. While this habit will help you stick to the rules, on a larger, it will help you avoid unnecessary toothache, cavities and bad breath.

It takes, discipline, courage and hard work on a daily basis to keep habits in place.

Keep a good dental routine
These simple steps, when well-practiced will help you achieve the healthy teeth and gum you so desire.

#1 Brushing the Teeth:
Brushing is an important aspect of keeping the teeth clean, you already know. While it looks so simple because you’ve been into it your whole life, there are certain great tips worth saving to your mind folder.

# Don’t be in a haste while brushing. Take your time to make sure your brush reaches every corner of your mouth.
# Ensure a minimum of 2 minutes of brushing each time you do, and this needs to be done at least two times every day.
# Make sure to replace your toothbrush when the bristles get frayed. In fact, good oral hygiene demands that you replace your brush every three months.
# An electric toothbrush is a wonderful teeth cleaning tool to invest in. Good ones make sure you brush for the required minimum of two minutes, while providing over 40,000 strokes per minute (with your tooth brush you can go only about 300). It depends on the product though. Want to see 5 of the bests dentist recommended electric toothbrushes? click here!
# Pay good attention to your tongue while brushing. A properly brushed tongue should have no whitish or yellowish patches on it, red is the color. Scraping the tongue from back to front is the right way, as it removes bacteria and food particles on the surface chilling on the surface.

What a well brushed tongue should look like

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#2 Clean with a fluoride Toothpaste:
As part of achieving a healthy teeth and gum, brushing your teeth with a paste that contains an amount of fluoride in the proportion of about 1,400ppm is right. Toothpastes which contain fluoride in the necessary amounts help prevent tooth decay and also strengthens your enamel. Be careful not to swallow toothpastes like this, there are some complications that could arise from an excessive intake of fluoride. Learn more about fluoride toothpaste here.

#3 Flossing:
Flossing helps you clean the spaces between your teeth where toothbrushes can’t fit. Based on statistics, over 40% of your teeth surface remains untouched even after a thorough brushing session. Through flossing, food particles that get stock within the teeth and could lead to plaque buildup can be removed.

If however, you consider flossing too tasking, a good alternative to go by is an inter-dental cleaner. An inter-dental cleaner like the name implies is a brush/stick that is small enough to get in-between the teeth for cleaning. It is necessary that you floss at least once a day before brushing, so as to enable the fluoride paste to get in, and clean through.

#4 Rinse with Anti-bacteria mouthwash:
Antibacterial mouthwashes are great contributors when it comes to providing you with a healthy teeth and gum. They keep the bacteria in the mouth under control thus preventing bad breath. Note however that using a mouthwash is not an alternative to, and cannot replacing brushing. It is always best to use a mouthwash after brushing. Pour a little quantity of the mouthwash into your mouth after brushing, swish it around for about 2-3 minutes then spit out and rinse your mouth with water.

Follow a healthy diet

Following a healthy diet plan is also an important factor to look out for in your quest for a healthy teeth and gum. You are really what you eat.

# Reduce sugary food intake:
When sugar taken into the mouth mixes up with bacteria and saliva, it forms an acid which is capable of causing cavities and weakening the gum over time.

Don’t feel bad already, you don’t necessarily have to quit enjoying all the sweet foods you love, especially if you are not on any weight loss program. Just be sure however to regulate your consumption.

To check-mate the damages that sugary foods expose you to, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water after eating such. Some of the foods you need to look out for include ice cream, candy, chocolates, and other sticky foods.

# Snack wisely with fruits and vegetables:
Eat snacks that will help clean up your teeth. Opt for crunchy and fresh fruits to satisfy your in-between meal foos. This is of course a good way to foster a healthy teeth and gum while enjoying yourself. Besides, eating apples, carrots, cucumbers, lettuce and some other fruits and vegetables actually help keep your teeth clean.

# Limit drinking of alcohol:
Do you know that alcohol exposes you to risk of tooth decay and a weak gum with a greater possibility of bleeding? While this might be difficult, you have to limit your alcoholic drink intake if you’re really a fan of clean, white, and sparkling healthy teeth and gum. Thinking about the side effects could be a good motivation to help you regulate your alcohol intake.

The DON’Ts you need to know


# Stay away from tobacco:
Though it is not usually easy, avoiding tobacco is a great way to prevent teeth discoloration. Oral cancer, weakness of the jawbone, teeth discoloration, bad breath and inflammation of the salivary gland are just a few goodies tobacco has to contribute to your oral health. Continual smoking will definitely warrant you seeing a periodontist for treatment. This could be very expensive. Smoking could also lead to death!

# Avoid exerting too much pressure:
It is a common practice; attempting to break, crack or split “nut-foods” and bottle caps with your teeth. This is really bad however, as your teeth gets weak over time and may lead to cavity formation. Cavities give room for infections in the tooth called a tooth abscess. Though abscesses could be treated, in some cases it may require that your tooth be pulled! This is usually very discomforting, I must tell you. I have experienced it firsthand.

Professional dental care
For a healthy teeth and gum, make the dentist your friend. When you notice some symptoms such as swelling and/or bleeding of the gum, consistent bad breath, pains, or similar signs, schedule an appointment with your dentist. In the absence of any such symptoms, maintain your good oral care practices.

Conclusion

In addition to brushing for a minimum of 2 minutes twice daily, ensure to see your dentist twice every year (or every 6 months). This practice will save you from unnecessary expenses in the long run as timely discoveries of issues will be made. Have it at the back of your mind always that, a stitch in time saves nine and that prevention is always better than cure.

Are you aware of other good practices for maintaining a health teeth and gum? Kindly share them with us and other people looking to learn...

Note: We'd really really really appreciate it if you stop by our blog to share your thoughts, and great tips you know on this. Feel free to tell us topics you'd like us to write for YOU. Thanks. cheesy

Source: https://www.healthfixhub.com/2018/06/08/healthy-teeth-and-gum/

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Health / Re: Why It Is Bad To Completely Shave Your Pubic Hair by HealthFixHub: 2:41pm On Sep 03, 2018
IamPlato:
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You Are Not Oka
It Must Be Shaved...


Without Shaving it Smells, i Dont Want To Imagine What A Bushy Pussy would Smell Like.

Sure. It's bound to smell... if the area is not catered for. With frequent washing (which is what should be), all will be well down there. Don't shave all instead, trim and keep clean.
Health / Re: Why It Is Bad To Completely Shave Your Pubic Hair by HealthFixHub: 2:38pm On Sep 03, 2018
wolesmile:
Pictorial references, please

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Health / Re: Why It Is Bad To Completely Shave Your Pubic Hair by HealthFixHub: 2:36pm On Sep 03, 2018
lanrexdo:
good hygiene practices are essential if you're going to keep your pubic hair. This basically means washing the area with soap and water, particularly after exercise and during your period. But they are lazy. That is why i love Islam. Wash your genitals after each piss. Then you would have no odor! Clean shave this, clean shave that. they end up with plenty bumps and irritations from jeans, bumper short, akube pants and the likes. Those in the medical line appreciate and i know peeps who have been doing it for long.. wink Trim but don't shave it all off!

Exceptionally related!

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Health / Why It Is Bad To Completely Shave Your Pubic Hair by HealthFixHub: 11:31am On Sep 03, 2018
Based on the title, you would have already predicted the flow of this post. Most contrarily to what you might have thought, however, this post has been planned to go a whole different way. The issue as to whether to, or not completely shave the pubic hair is a big debate that has lingered on. We don’t plan to keep it lingering, no! So, rather than state why it is bad to completely shave your pubic hair as is the norm, we will discuss the importance of not shaving the pubic hair.

The pubic hair plays an important role as the first line of defense of the vagina opening. It helps to prevent foreign particles like pathogenic bacteria and dust from entering the body. This region is sensitive and requires serious attention.


Why you naturally have pubic hair

Contrary to the falsely believed fact that humans have vestigial body parts, the pubic hair was created for a reason. As little, tender and insignificant as it might seem, the pubic hairs play a vital role in our overall well being. Nature never made a mistake! Here are a few reasons why she provided you with pubic hairs.


# Pubic hairs are there to keep your vagina clean and safe.
# They protect the vagina from friction and abrasions during sex and other rigorous activities.
# It serves as the first line of protection against bacteria, STIs, and even irritation during sex. This is especially because the vaginal region is a sensitive area.
# Pubic hairs prevent irritation in the genital area during sex.
# They keep the pubic region at a temperature appropriate for the perfect functioning of the Instruments.
# The pubes retain great scents (generated by pheromones). This scent transmits sexual signals that arouse and intensify a partner’s sexual desire.

Importance of not shaving the pubic hair

If up till this point, you are not still sure of your decision as to whether to shave or not, read on. While you do, try to pay close attention to the reasons that will follow. They will help you make a decision.

#1 Experience a healthier and fresher skin

Often, we irritate our hair follicles and suffer from inflammations in the bid to get rid of our pubic hairs. What’s more, constant waxing causes painful ingrown hairs or burns and cuts if using a blade. Put together, these occurrences reduce the glow and radiance of your skin.

#2 Slows down bacteria proliferation
Continuous shaving and waxing especially support bacterial build-up, and with no extra line of protection, they penetrate the vagina. This is capable of happening since the moist temperature of the region coupled with the redness, cuts and weak pores that may result, creates a favorable environment for the build-up. No shaving/waxing equals reduced bacterial build up.

#3 Lesser chance of contracting herpes
When you shave and create sores and wounds on the skin, you’re well exposed to the virus that causes STIs. Several studies in recent time have shown that completely shaved women are more prone to contracting genital herpes.

#4 Lesser HPV cases
HPV, short for Human Papilloma Virus is a deadly disease that is becoming common these days. While this disease with no symptoms can be transmitted without the individual even knowing, the pubic hair helps as a protection barrier. So, adults who shave completely have a greater possibility of getting infected.

Pubic hair myths busted

# It is an aphrodisiac

It is true that being completely shaved gives a lot of women some sort of confidence and hence better sex. However, it depends greatly on the couple. While some people prefer their partners to be completely shaven, a lot still like their partner natural and with all the attributes intact. Moreover, sexual satisfaction could go beyond the quantity of hair a partner has, especially when well-being is involved.

# Shaving is more hygienic
This is a big one! An increasing lot of people believe that shaving the pubic hair prevents bad odor. No! Bad odor really has nothing to do with your pubic hair. It is totally dependent on your personal hygiene.

Advice for shaving the genitals

If you have read up to this point and you’re still not convinced enough to stop removing your pubic hair. Perhaps because you feel more comfortable without it, we’re still together. Here are a few good practices to keep in mind while shaving or waxing.

#1 Trim the overgrown bush first:

Trimming saves your time by preventing the hair from getting stuck in the shaving stick. It also prevents the hair from pulling at your skin. Use a good pair of scissors.

#2 Work on your pores:
Have a warm bath just before picking a shaving stick, this will help open your pores and soften coarse hairs. If you don’t feel like bathing at that moment, with lukewarm water and a small towel, dab the pubic region


#3 Pay attention to irritation:
Don’t be quick to push aside even the little signs of discomfort after shaving or waxing. Apply baby oil, Aloe Vera, or a good conditioner if you notice razor burns, itches or any discomfort.

#4 Wear cotton under wares instead:

Cotton underwears give air complete access to the pubic region. Also, while you keep away from materials like Lycra, wear loose dresses for a while. This will help reduce the possibility of an irritation.

These practices will help you experience the least amount of consequences possible while you shave or wax your pubes. Enjoy!

Conclusion
My take? I know that in this age where we’ve taken the backseat and let fashion drive, it’s demanding a lot from us. Getting rid of our pubic hair is one. However, I believe we should refuse to get tossed around by practices which “might” be detrimental to our health and wellbeing. I believe we should choose health over fashion. I believe we should stick with trimming rather than completely shaving or waxing. This is my take.

What do you think about this topic? What are your views, what are your experiences? Feel free to express yourself here and on the blog too.


Source: https://www.healthfixhub.com/2018/05/30/why-it-is-bad-to-shave-your-pubic-hair/

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