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Menstrual Pain, My Worst Enemy - by Nafisat Salaudeen

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So let's get to it.
Before we talk about menstrual pain, let's have an understanding of menstruation.

WHAT IS MENSTRUATION? Menstruation commonly known as Menses is the periodic discharge or flow of blood and cells from the uterus in females. During menstruation, the uterus sheds its lining which then passes through a small opening in the cervix and out through the vaginal canal. Menstruation in an average woman takes 3-7days.

WHAT IS MENSTRUAL PAIN (DYSMENORRHEA) Menstrual pain is aches in a woman's lower abdomen that occur before Menstrual period (24 hours) begins or when it begins and may continue for 2-3 days. Menstrual pain may be dull or sharp. It may also range from mild to severe pain that may interfere with normal activities.
TYPES OF MENSTRUAL PAIN (DYSMENORRHEA) 1. Primary Dysmenorrhea: This is the menstrual pain that occurs around the time that menstrual periods first begins in healthy young women i.e menstrual pain experienced by a woman ever since her period sta…

Finding help for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Survivors by Ngozi Edum

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Ayo couldn't keep wondering why Ifeoluwa has withheld herself from him and today marked it the fourth month that they have been joined as man and wife.

He remembered vividly the day he met her in the taxi, it was love at first sight, he knew right from that moment that she was the one.

Even when they started dating, she made it clear that sex won't be involved, he really wanted to have her but the love he felt and still feels for her cannot be equated, so he agreed, but today they are married, why can't she allow him to have her? He thought to himself.

Today he made up his mind to get to the root cause of the problem.

He looked at her and asked but she kept quiet.
He raised his voice and threatened to leave her for another woman.

She was shocked and couldn't bear it, the thought of him leaving her for another woman as tears flowed from her eyes.

He drew her closer, lifted up her face and saw the tears, he couldn't bear the pain of seeing her shed even the slightes…

STEMMING THE TREND OF MEDICALISATION OF FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION/CUTTING BY FUNMI TAIWO

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What is the medicalisation of Female Genital Mutilation  (FGM)?

According to the World Health Organisation, the medicalisation of FGM refers to a
“situation in which FGM is practiced by any category of healthcare provider, whether in public or private clinic, at home or elsewhere”(2010).  The term, when used in a broader sense, may refer to the provision of medical supplies for the surgical procedure, the replacements of traditional blades or equipment used for cutting with sterilized blades; and the training of healthcare providers on FGM/C procedure.

A form of institutionalizing FGM, medicalisation of FGM is an option that has been put forward as a compromise in the fight against FGM practices. Individuals in support of this argue that it is a “temporary transitional measure” that can stand as a compromise for those who are yet unwilling to abandon the practice of FGM/C while ensuring that the procedure is carried out under sanitary conditions with minimal cutting. While there appear…

Alarming consequences of Female Genital Mutilation by Ogechi Nwaneri

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On February 6th, 2019, we ushered in the discussion and education on Female Genital Mutilation following the commemoration of International Day of zero tolerance to FGM.
We spoke about what FGM is and it's prevalence including reasons why it is practiced. Here it is Female Genital Mutilation 101
Today, Fortunate Nwaneri will be taking us through some of the consequences and effects of Female Genital Mutilation. Female Genital Mutilation has no benefits. It has zero benefits. There is nothing the female stands to gain or benefit from it. Rather it imposes pain, hurt and trauma on the female.CONSEQUENCES OF FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION  It is true that culture and tradition are important aspects of any society, and it is in our nature to react with force, defensively or furiously when we are told that this is what we have done. But the truth is that some cultural practices and beliefs like FGM are harmful.  FGM is a ritualized form of child abuse and violence against women,a violation…

Female Genital Mutilation 101 by Jemimah Olayemi

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WHAT IS FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION?

Female genital mutilation ( FGM ), also known as female genital cutting, is the ritual cutting or removal of partial or all of the external female genitalia for non medical reasons.

The practice is found in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
According to UNICEF, it was estimated in 2016 that 200 million women living today in 30 countries, 27 of which are African countries including Indonesia, Iraqi, Nigeria, Somalia, Gambia and Yemen have undergone the procedures. It is typically performed by a traditional circumciser without proper knowledge of human anatomy and medicine using a blade. FGM is conducted days after birth till puberty and beyond. However, procedures differ from one ethnic group and a country to the other. Statistically for half the countries with national figures, it was recorded that most girls are cut before the age of five.

PREVALENCE OF FGM IN NIGERIA

In Nigeria, studies reveal that FGM is 25% prevalent between the ages of 15-49 and …

10 mindblowing benefits of sex education to young people

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Yes, I get a lot of questions with regards to why we should teach young people sex education.

And of course, a lot of persons claim that we are teaching young people to have sex or experiment.

Are they right or wrong?

Today's post is going to do justice to this argument. So, let's understand what sex education is all about and if it has any benefits or it's just a tool to teach young people to have sex.

But what exactly is sexuality education?

I love the definition given by the Planned Parenthood which says:
Sex education is high quality teaching and learning about a broad variety of topics related to sex and sexuality, exploring values and beliefs about those topics and gaining the skills that are needed to navigate relationships and manage one’s own sexual health. Sex education may take place in schools, in community settings, or online. 

The first point of contact of sex education should be the home.
Parents should introduce sex education to their kids and explain to the…

10 things that make up what Love is truly about

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Red roses, red dresses, red bags, red shoes, a touch of red, dinner dates, movie outings, boxes of chocolates, special gifts and the list is endless..

Yes, Valentine's Day is already around the corner and the word love will definitely be flying all over the place.

We want to get the perfect gifts, the perfect dates, the perfect dress and we profess our undying love but what exactly is this love that we profess?

Let's talk about it!

In sex vs love, the same thing or not, I mentioned that love is a deliberate action. It's something you decide to do.

Today, I shall be mentioning the various things I believe to be associated with love. At the end of this post, ask yourself, Do I practice all these things or I do the complete opposite?

1. Love is patient: As cliche as this may sound, it actually is a characteristic of Love. When you love someone, you are willing to be patient on issues that arise. You don't flare up at every little thing or problem that arises.

2. Love is …