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7 Habits That Are Killing Your Sex Drive

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Sex can be exciting, no doubt, but for many people, it can also be undesirable, and this is where your sex drive plays a key role.

Your sex drive/libido is your overall desire for sexual activity. It may be heightened or reduced by various biological, psychological, or physical factors. For sexual health awareness month, we’ll take a look at a few habits which can cause a decline in your sex drive.

It is not news to sexually active people to experience a decline in their sexual urges, this decline may however be triggered by some lifestyle choices or situation at the time. It is perfectly normal to go through phases where you experience less of an urge to engage in sexual activity, however, if this occurs frequently then you might have to look into some of your lifestyle choices or habits.

What habits might be killing your sex drive?

 1. Lack of Excercise

lack of exercise can contribute to reducing your sex drive

A lack of exercise or active body movements can result in laziness during sex. Sitting in one place for hours limits blood flow to your private parts, and can be harmful to your sex drive. So If you have a desk job, we recommend that you exercise regularly to improve your blood circulation.

 2. Lack of Sleep

When you don’t get enough sleep, your body produces the stress hormone, cortisol, which reduces your sex drive. Studies have shown that women with sleep issues often do not feel like having sex.

 3.  Too much Alcohol

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Drinking too much can ruin your sex life. It will slow down your process of reaching an orgasm, and some women may even feel less aroused. Too much alcohol can also slow down the functioning of your brain during sex, affecting your mood in the process.

4. You Stick to the Same Old Routine

Sometimes a stale sex spell is just a matter of being stuck in a loop. You might have a routine and not even realize it. If you notice this, have an open conversation with your partner and figure out ways you can spice things up.

5. You Might be Overweight

Is your scale showing a higher number than usual these days? Shedding a few pounds could boost your performance in the bedroom. One study found that men with a waist over 40 inches were more likely to have erectile dysfunction than those with slimmer stomachs.

 6.  Smoking

 There’s a long list of ways smoking harms your health, and slashing sexual desire is on it.  Chemicals in tobacco can mess with blood flow, which can cause sexual problems, especially for men.

Many people go through challenges with their sex drive and sex life in general without speaking to their partners about it or getting professional help, and this can easily make the problem worse.

You can always privately talk to a licensed doctor online, with the Tremendoc app on your smartphone and get immediate advice or prescriptions for any sexual health concerns you might have. Click here, to get started.

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The Importance of Virtual Care During a Pandemic

Virtual care isn’t new, but it’s carving out a niche in this time of a pandemic. In fact, WeForum hails it as a game-changer as the world navigates this health crisis. That’s because hospitals are the battlegrounds of this pandemic, and have become risky places both for healthcare workers and patients. Add to the varying lockdown and shelter-in-place measures implemented by governments, and the result is a need for alternative modalities to dispense unimpeded medical care (pandemic-related or not) that doesn’t put anyone at risk or require travel. Virtual care is a viable modality in that regard, which is why its popularity has risen meteorically these past few months.

However, this isn’t just a trend — telemedicine is something that’s bound to stay the course for the foreseeable future in light of shelter-at-home recommendations across the country, as well as the need to obviate physical interaction between healthcare professionals and patients for safety reasons. This, of course, is something Tremendoc has been providing since 2017, when we first began offering our doctor-on-demand services through chat or video calls.

Further underscoring the need for virtual care during this pandemic is the increasing number of people in Nigeria who are now working from home (WFH). Like virtual care, remote work isn’t new, but its meteoric rise in this time of crisis has magnified not only its benefits (e.g., increased productivity, improved employee morale), but also its drawbacks, the most notable of which concerns people’s health. A Tech Times article on the cons of WFH notes how remote work takes “a shocking toll” on health, as it can increase susceptibility to backaches, insomnia, and, most seriously, burnout. This is why writer James Gonzales emphasizes the importance of not overdoing it when it comes to remote working, as employees have the tendency to overwork given how easily tasks can be done in the moment. Such is the recipe for burnout, which often leads to complications like high blood pressure and even depression — two conditions that certainly require medical attention.

Incidentally, Daily Nation reports that private companies have directed staff to work from home these past few months of lockdown. More are possibly on the way as many professionals are now demanding a complete shift to remote work, both for safety reasons and the convenience it offers. Unfortunately, a portion of that working-from-home population is bound to have some health concerns at one point or another during this pandemic, whether it be anxiety, insomnia, a cardiovascular disease, or — knock on wood — something more serious. Fortunately, the advent of technology mitigates the risk of having to go to a hospital or clinic during such a time, as telemedicine lets those with ailing concerns get checked virtually. The Tremendoc App will prove useful in this regard, as it can connect patients to doctors, dispense health tips and diet plans, and allow for constant health monitoring.

Finally, virtual care is also a crucial component in terms of easing the burden off of our healthcare systems. In a recent study, researcher Bokolo Anthony Jr notes that hospitals are getting overloaded (here and in other countries) due to this pandemic, with healthcare professionals dealing with a host of challenges, particularly high risks of contracting a potentially fatal virus. Virtual care reduces some of that strain, as it replaces some processes with digital technology, like video consultations and remote monitoring of health metrics (e.g., blood pressure, heart rate, etc.). More importantly, it also helps minimize doctors’ and nurses’ exposure to both the virus and other communicable illnesses, hence keeping them safe and able to do their jobs well.

Written by Kyla Langstaff for tremendoc.com

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Vaginal Yeast Infections: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Vaginal yeast infections, also known as candidiasis, occur when there is an overgrowth of the fungus (Candida Albicans)

Vaginal yeast infections are very common in women. It is estimated that 75% of all women will have at least one in her lifetime, and 40%-45% will have multiple cases. Yeast infections are an uncomfortable experience because of the redness, swelling, and itchiness it can cause in the vaginal area, as well as the thick, yellowish vaginal discharge that occurs. However, it is a condition that can be easily treated.

Normally, your body has enough good bacteria to contain a yeast infection, but when the body’s good bacteria is affected, it opens the door to a yeast overgrowth

What are the common symptoms?

  • Itching in the vaginal area
  • Odorless, thick, and yellowish vaginal discharge
  • Burning sensation during urination or intercourse
  • Vaginal pain and soreness
  • Redness and swelling of the vulva.

How can you prevent a yeast infection?

There are a few ways in which you can prevent the onset of a yeast infection. They include:

  • Wearing cotton underwear
  • Practicing good personal hygiene.
  • Avoid tight-fitting jeans and pants.
  • Keeping yourself dry and clean
  • Avoid using perfumed deodorant sprays on your vagina, scented tampons, and vaginal douches as well.
  • Relax and reduce stress.
  • Take natural yogurt with live cultures.

A yeast infection may clear up on its own. Oftentimes, vaginal yeast infections can be treated with over-the-counter anti-fungal creams and pessaries. However, if you get recurring vaginal yeast infections, you can privately consult with a doctor on Tremendoc, to get professional advice on how to overcome the condition.

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Hypersomnia: Causes, Symptoms and Health Risks of Sleeping Too Much

In a world where so many people constantly struggle to get enough sleep after the day’s hustle and bustle, the issue of sleeping too much might seem like a luxury problem, but regardless it can be a problem still.

Oversleeping or Hypersomnia is a kind of sleeping disorder, it poses a threat to the mental health of an individual, and can be a sign and also a cause of depression and other critical health conditions.

Sleeping too much is in fact linked to many of the same health risks as for insomnia (sleeping too little). Some of the similarities between hypersomnia and insomnia are the health complications they are linked with, such as; heart disease, depression, and anxiety, etc.

What are the core symptoms of hypersomnia?
  • Sleeping for extended hours at night (typically well beyond the 7-8-hour general norm)
  • Difficulty waking up in the morning (including sleeping through an alarm)
  • Trouble rising from bed and starting the day
  • Grogginess on and off or consistently throughout the day
  • Trouble concentrating

However, due to individual differences, it is important to identify what sleeping pattern works best for you. What you consider as hypersomnia might not be for the next individual. There is no single right amount of sleep that applies to everyone.

How can you tell exactly how much sleep is too much for you?

There are a few factors to consider when trying to decide if you might have Hypersomnia. Here are some of them:

  • Individual genetics: Your genes can influence the two primary, biological sleep systems, which are your circadian rhythms (a natural, internal process that regulates the sleep-wake cycle) and your internal sleep drive.
  • Age: Depending on your stage of life, you might require it may be normal for you to have slightly longer hours of sleep. For example, you may find you need 7 hours of sleep in your 20s, and 8 hours or 9 hours in your 50s or 60s.
  • Activity level: Sleep is a form of energy for the body and mind, and gives time for the body to recover from exertion. The more active you are, the more sleep you may need.
  • Health: When coping with health issues, you may very often need additional rest. This applies to short-term illnesses like colds and flu, as well as long-term or chronic conditions, from arthritis to cancer.
  • Life circumstances: Stressful periods and periods of change can temporarily increase your need for sleep. If stress is chronic, it can create a chronic sleep debt. It’s not just negative or unwelcome life events that can drive up a need for sleep, big life changes that are positive can demand more sleep too.
What are the health risks of sleeping too much?
  • Obesity: Sleeping too much or too little could make you weigh too much, as well. One recent study showed that people who slept for 9 or 10 hours every night were 21% more likely to become obese over a six-year period, than people who slept between 7 and 8 hours. The association between sleep and obesity remained the same even when food intake and exercise were taken into account.
  •   Headaches:  For some people prone to headaches, sleeping longer than usual on a weekend or vacation can cause head pain. Researchers believe this is due to the effect oversleeping has on certain neurotransmitters in the brain, including serotonin. People who sleep too much during the day and disrupt their nighttime sleep may also find themselves suffering from headaches in the morning.
  • Depression: Although insomnia is more commonly linked to depression than oversleeping is, roughly 15% of people with depression sleep too much. This may in turn make their depression worse. That’s because regular sleep habits are important to the recovery process

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  • Heart disease : a recent nurses’ health study involving nearly 72,000 women, showed that women who slept 9 to 11 hours per night were 38% more likely to have coronary heart disease than women who slept eight hours. Although researchers have not yet identified a reason for the connection between oversleeping and heart disease.
What can you do to avoid oversleeping?

Here are some tips you can follow to ensure your body gets just the right amount of sleep, and not too much

  1. Set an alarm or two.
  2. Get to bed before midnight – the 90-minute sleep phase before midnight is very rejuvenating and will help to prevent morning fatigue, which causes people to stay in bed longer than normal.
  3. Eat breakfast within 30 minutes of rising – People who eat breakfast are more likely to wake with energy and habitually eating breakfast increases metabolism (and promotes better sleep at night).
  4. Drift off to sleep thinking of something that you’re looking forward to the next day. No matter how small the thing is, it’ll have you motivated to get up the next day.
  5. Withdraw consciously from technology to enable your sleep to hit deeper levels so you wake up more refreshed.
  6. Deal with emotional troubles which might be causing you to escape into sleep and pull the duvet over your head.
  7. Address the true sources of your fatigue – do you need to exercise more? Eat more healthily? Get a new job? Leave that toxic relationship?
  8. Live a meaningful and purposeful life – know what you care about and do it. People who have a purpose tend to wake up with energy.

If you seem to be doing everything right and still find yourself sleeping excessively, you should talk to a doctor online with the Tremendoc app. The doctor can assess your symptoms and let you know if your excessive sleep might be linked to any health conditions you may not be aware of.

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5 REASONS YOU SHOULD NEVER SKIP BREAKFAST

Breakfast is often referred to as the most important meal of the day, and for good reason. During a busy morning, it’s easy to let breakfast fall low in your list of priorities, but taking just a few minutes to have something to eat can really make a difference to your day. If you don’t have time to eat before leaving the house, there are lots of breakfast ideas that can be eaten on-the-go or when you get to work.

It’s important that you understand the importance of having breakfast. Without breakfast you are effectively running on empty, like driving your car on a low or empty fuel tank.

Nutritionists typically advise that:

  • breakfast should be eaten within two hours of waking
  • a healthy breakfast should provide calories in the range of 20-35% of your guideline daily allowance (GDA).

Are you struggling to establish a consistent breakfast routine? Here are 5 reasons you should never skip the most important meal of the day:

  1. Apart from providing us with energy, breakfast foods such as; soya beans, milk, nuts and cheese are good sources of important nutrients such as calcium, iron and B vitamins as well as protein and fibre. The body needs these essential nutrients and research shows that if these are missed at breakfast, they are less likely to be compensated for later in the day. Fruit and vegetables are good sources of vitamins and minerals so try to eat them during breakfast, whether it be a banana or glass of fruit juice.
  2. Breakfast can be good for your waistline too. Research shows those who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight and more likely to be within their ideal weight range compared with breakfast skippers. If you skip breakfast, you’re more likely to reach for high sugar and fatty snacks mid-morning.
  3. Breakfast also restores glucose levels, an essential carbohydrate that is needed for the brain to function.
  4. Eating breakfast can also can improve your mood and help reduce the effect of stress, resulting in improved memory and concentration levels.
  5. In studies amongst children, breakfast can improve behavior and has been linked to improved grades. Just like any other organ in the body, the brain needs energy to work. Establishing good breakfast habits in childhood and maintaining them throughout adolescence may be an important factor in reducing the prevalence of breakfast skipping and developing good eating habits that last a lifetime.

Next time a voice in your mind tells you it won’t hurt to skip breakfast today because you are busy, don’t listen. Instead, try having something that wouldn’t take up time to prepare. If you find yourself in situations like this often, try to keep a steady supply of fruits, as they are work perfectly as a quick breakfast option.

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UNDERSTANDING YOUR BODY TYPE

In our society today various individuals are struggling with their unique differences, it’s quite hard to fit into an environment that views a particular way as normal. This most times creates an avenue for individuals to downgrade other individuals who do not fit into their perceived ideal. They do not accept what they do not understand and then discriminate.

Both men and women suffer societal discrimination, its either they are too fat or too slim to fit in. This can affect the mental health of these individuals which in turn makes them resent their own bodies. Many people have now been subjected to taking pills or supplements, trying to exercise and even try to eat the right foods. Not that any of this is bad, for some, it works perfectly while others find it difficult. However, it is important to know and understand your body type, so efforts made would not be wasted.

Knowing and understanding your body type plays a major role in your daily life. It affects how you lose or gain weight, your choice of clothing, it also helps you understand how to maintain a healthy lifestyle that is best for you.

What are the different body types?

  • The Ectomorph body type 

Would you describe yourself as long and lean? Is it difficult for you to put on muscle mass? Do you have a delicate frame? Tend to have a fast metabolism? If you said, “yes” to any of these questions, then you most likely have an ectomorph body type.

  • The Mesomorph body type 

Would you say you are not too fat and not too lean? Do you eat a varied and balanced clean diet, but feel frustrated about not attaining your physique goals? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, you might be eating and training for a body type other than your own. To reach your fitness goals, it’s best to start with the basics and to know your body type.

  • The Endomorph body type 

Do you have a wide body frame? A slow metabolism?  Do you find it difficult to stay lean?  The endomorph is the hardest body type to have in terms of managing your weight and overall fitness, but to get a more balanced physique, you should focus on developing your shoulders and stripping away excess fat from your lower body.

What’s the best way to train for my body type?

Only you can say what your goals should be. Many great bodybuilders started as either rail-thin ectomorphs or endomorphs who struggled with their weight. They learned to overcome their natural tendencies and take control of their life, and so can you!

That being said, you may very well find that you have the most success if you use your body type to your advantage.

Ectomorph: Eat a lot of protein and carbs, don’t overdo aerobic activities. Just because you’re thin doesn’t mean you’re healthy, so still take your diet and fitness seriously!

Mesomorph: Lift moderate weight regularly, and engage in aerobic activities regularly. Don’t worry about getting “bulky,” but watch out for creeping fat gains. You’re not invincible to them!

Endomorph: You may benefit from lifting moderate weights and maintaining a relatively fast training pace.

Can You Be a Combination of Two Body Types?

When it comes to these three different body types, there is no one-size-fits-all. You can be a combination of two, sharing characteristics from both. Hopefully, this post has given you the information you can use to help identify your body type or see if you share traits from two. This way, you will be able to adjust your diet and training regime accordingly to optimize results.

Learning to understand your body type would keep the anxiety away and help you to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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GETTING PREGNANT WITH PCOS

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   PCOS is the most common cause of infertility in females, 5% – 10% of women between the age of 15 and 44, (during the years you can have children), have PCOS. Most women find out that they have PCOS in their 20s and 30s when they have problems getting pregnant, but PCOS can happen to anyone at any age after puberty. The prevalence of infertility in women with PCOS varies between 70% and 80%. It also responsible for approximately 25-30% of infertility in females.

    Most women will be able to conceive with a combination of fertility drugs and lifestyle change. While some women with PCOS will need IVF, a lot of people can get pregnant using lower-tech fertility drugs or treatments. Many women with PCOS struggle with Obesity and this is because PCOS affects how your body produces insulin which can lead to weight gain.

One of the main reasons why most women with PCOS do not get pregnant is because they do not ovulate regularly. Also, women with PCOS who are overweight are more likely to experience severe Anovulation – a situation where the ovaries do not release an oocyte during a menstrual cycle, which therefore causes Ovulation not to take place.

Diet Tips for Women with PCOS to Aid Fertility

  1. Include more protein and greens in your meals.
  2. Eat a bigger breakfast and a smaller dinner.
  3. When you eat carbohydrates, make them complex carbs like beans and whole grains.
  4. If you eat sweets or high carb food, combine them with healthy fats like Avocado, Olive oil, Nuts, or proteins to slow down the sugar spike.
  5. Avoid processed foods such as bagels, white rice, and low-fiber cereals which can cause insulin to spike.
  6. Eat regularly from time to time as not eating food is not the solution.
  7. Consume less of dairy products.

MEDICATIONS

People with PCOS sometimes need medications to treat it and also to help them conceive.

1. METFORMIN.

Metformin is a diabetic drug that is used by women with PCOS. It helps by improving insulin sensitivity in the body, it also helps to promote weight loss, restart regular menstrual cycles, improve the effectiveness of some fertility drugs, and reduce the rate of miscarriage.

2.           CLOMID

This is one of the most commonly used fertility drugs and also the most commonly used treatment for women with PCOS. Clomid helps a lot of women conceive but it is not always successful for some because they develop Clomid resistance and this is when Clomid does not trigger ovulation as expect

3.         LETROZOLE

Doctors may consider the use of Letrozole if other fertility drugs do not work. Letrozole is a cancer medication drug but it can be used as a fertility drug. Studies have found out that it may be more effective than Clomid at stimulating ovulation in women with PCOS.

4.       GONADOTROPINS

They are fertility medications given by injection that contain follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) alone or combined with luteinizing hormone (LH). it works directly on the ovaries to make multiple follicles (cyst containing eggs)

5.  FERTILITY PROCEDURES (IVF- in vitro fertilization)

IVF involves using injectable fertility drugs to stimulate the ovaries so that they produce good and mature eggs. The eggs are now removed from the ovaries (EGG RETRIEVAL). The eggs are now placed together with sperm and the sperm fertilizes some of the eggs. After the fertilized eggs have had about 5 days to divide and grow, one or two are transferred into the uterus (embryo transfer). After two weeks, your doctor will ask for a pregnancy test to see if the process was a success or not.

WILL YOU NEED AN EGG DONOR?

PCOS does not mean you automatically need an egg donor unless there are additional fertility issues like repeated failed IVF cycles or when you’re close to menopause.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PCOS AND FERTILITY

  1. Do not underestimate diet and lifestyle
  2. Getting pregnant with PCOS requires a first understanding of how it is linked with fertility.
  3. Know when fertility treatments are needed for PCOS infertility.
  4. Understand what fertility treatments can not do for PCOS
  5. Be an informed fertility patient if you need treatment.
  6. Implement a PCOS fertility diet no matter which path you choose.
  7. Make exercise part of your weekly routine.
  8. Implement stress management techniques.

Once you’ve been diagnosed with PCOS and are trying to get pregnant, it is recommended that you speak to a doctor. This would assist you in finding the most effective treatment options, including fertility-boosting medications and high-tech modalities.

You can get started by today by talking to a licensed doctor online with Tremendoc.

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Tremendoc Completes 35,000 Telemedicine consultations in first half of 2020

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the nature of events that followed, triggered a global increase in demand for Telemedicine consultations. As more people are confined to their homes, it has become increasingly necessary to find innovative ways to access basic needs without having to move from place to place.

Global health guidelines have also advised patients to connect with their healthcare providers virtually before having an in-person visit, in order to limit exposure of patients and medical staff to the coronavirus. These factors have prompted a corresponding increase in telemedicine consultations worldwide.

In Nigeria, Telemedicine adoption has also seen a similar increase. One stand out example of this is Tremendoc Limited, Nigeria’s leading telemedicine platform. Tremendoc completed a milestone 35,000 telemedicine consultations as at June 2020 on its mobile app; an unprecedented feat in an industry still very much in its early stages globally.

“Today, on behalf of Tremendoc Limited, I celebrate the fulfillment of a major milestone”, Jay Chikezie, Founder/CEO of Tremendoc wrote in a Linkedin article.

“As we celebrate this major milestone, we are thankful for the thousands of customers who entrust us with their most valuable possession— their lives. We recognize the immense responsibility that comes with that trust, and it is amazing to witness the frontline role Tremendoc is playing in the advancement of telemedicine in Nigeria.” – Jay expressed further.

The Tremendoc app connects patients to a pool of 200+ licensed doctors, using video call, audio conference, and chat features.

The adoption of Telemedicine consultation could very well contribute to providing improved access to quality healthcare, and Tremendoc is leading this innovative charge in Nigeria.

The company’s focus is geared towards ensuring that every Nigerian has timely access to quality healthcare, when and wherever they need it. Following successful partnerships with industry giants such as Sterling Bank, Axa Mansard and UBA, Tremendoc is quickly revolutionizing healthcare delivery across Nigeria.

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5 things not to do when trying to lose weight

When you’re trying to losing weight, taking shortcuts is the easy option, but honestly, shortcuts aren’t the healthiest.

As humans it’s in our nature to take the easier route out of our problems, this can reflect in your work, personal life, and of course how you choose to lose weight.

It also doesn’t help that there are numerous products that play on people’s insecurity and impatience, to sell the dream of quick and easy weight loss with minimal effort.

The truth is healthy weight loss is a combination of adequate exercise, eating a healthy balanced diet, but most importantly personal discipline and consistency.

With fad diet tips and unhealthy advice so easy to come by, it is very common for people to do all the wrong things when trying to lose weight, resulting in a gradual decline in their state of health.

Weight loss doesn’t have to be so complicated though. We’ve helped you simplify the with this list of 5 things you should never do when you’re trying to lose weight.

Do Not Skip Meals

Skipping meals sends your body into survival mode. What this means is that the body will do its best to maximize the food it has already through holding on to the excess fat and sugar, which you want to lose, for longer than normal. This results in a slow metabolism for you as well which is counter-productive for anyone trying to lose weight.

Avoid consuming too many calories in drinks

Drinks like soda, juice, and alcohol contain high amounts of calories and offer little nutritional benefit, and can even have negative effects. For instance, alcohol affects your body’s ability to absorb vitamins and other nutrients from the food you eat. It also hinders your ability to create glucose, thereby slowing down your metabolism.

Don’t look for short term, quick fixes

Quick weight-loss diets and supplements might offer appealing results, but it is mostly unhealthy and ineffective down the line.

Losing about 1kg per week consistently is healthier, safer, and longer-lasting than most quick fixes. Also, note that there is no magic pill or food that would help you lose weight in a healthy way.

Don’t forget to drink water

According to research, water consumption increases the way you burn calories. It also helps fill you up so you are less likely to overindulge your cravings. Note that you will need to consume a lot more water if you have a frequent exercise schedule, or during hot weather as both result in body fluid loss, which needs to be replenished.

Don’t deprive yourself of treats

The key to healthy eating for weight loss is to practice moderation. Depriving yourself completely from indulging in treats and lead to stronger cravings and overeating. It’s normal to struggle to find the right balance at first, but one slip up won’t ruin your weight loss journey. Keep at it.

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6 common misconceptions about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

This might be probably the first time you’ve seen the abbreviation PCOS, and you just might be wondering what it means. Well, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that causes an enlargement in the ovaries, with small cysts on the outer edges. It is common among women in their reproductive ages, and affects about 1 in 10 women worldwide, but is more prevalent in African and Black American women.

The cause of polycystic ovarian syndrome isn’t well understood but may involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Symptoms include menstrual irregularity, excess hair growth, acne, and obesity. This particular medical condition as others has its myths – these tales are not necessarily true but are widely regarded by some people as fact.

Some of these misconceptions include:

The only treatment for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is birth control pills 

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Women that have been diagnosed with this condition most times are afraid of not being able to conceive. Although it is the number one cause of infertility, this is not to say that it is a straight-up sentence to infertility. PCOS affects ovulation and leads to irregular menstruation, which makes it harder for women to get pregnant. But does not completely rule it out.

You can’t get pregnant with PCOS 

Hormonal birth control is a common way doctors treat the menstrual irregularities that come with the condition. But a person’s treatment will largely depend on her situation. If you want to get pregnant, you certainly won’t go on a birth control pill. Also, it is not the only way to treat PCOS, and it is not advised for all women. Women should learn to address their hormonal health more holistically with lifestyle measures, like reducing stress and eating an anti-inflammatory diet.

PCOS is a sign of Obesity

Not all obese or overweight women have PCOS, obesity can be caused by an unhealthy lifestyle and many other health conditions. Obesity, like PCOS, can also be hereditary. However, it won’t be a bad idea to get tested for PCOS if you feel overweight. 

Every woman with excess hair has PCOS 

While having excess hair is one of the common symptoms of the condition, it is not a certain indicator that a woman has PCOS. One of the reasons women may have excess hair is Cushing syndrome – which occurs when a woman is exposed to high levels of the hormone, cortisol (your body’s main stress hormone). Cushing syndrome can be triggered by your adrenal glands making too much cortisol, or from taking medications such as prednisone over a long period.

Women with irregular menstrual circle have PCOS 

Not all women with irregular menstrual circle have PCOS. There are a variety of other medical conditions that could contribute to irregular menstruation. An irregular menstrual cycle is a symptom of PCOS, but should not be a tag for PCOS. You should take necessary precautions by consulting your doctor or getting a test to confirm if you have it. Do not base your facts on assumptions.

You don’t have to worry about it if you’re not looking to get pregnant 

PCOS does not just affect a woman’s fertility; it can also impact her long-term wellness. It has been linked to type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, poor cholesterol levels, sleep apnea, depression and anxiety, and endometrial cancer. So, even if you are not looking to get pregnant, it is definitely not a condition you should overlook.

PCOS can be self-diagnosed based on symptoms

PCOS has similar symptoms with other health conditions. It is also easy to mistake it for diabetes or other hormonal imbalance issues. Hence, you cannot be sure if you have it unless you get tested. 

It also is not a cause for panic. When it is discovered on time and treated in combination with healthy lifestyle choices, you have little to worry about.

However, it is not well known, hence, it is easy for people who lack adequate knowledge to spread false information about it. If you notice any symptoms of PCOS, it’s best you speak with a licensed doctor first to get a professional medical opinion on what next steps to take.