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GETTING PREGNANT WITH PCOS

getting pregnant with PCOS

   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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6 Tips to Stay Healthy While you Work From Home

With the sudden shift to remote work, home office is the new normal for many workers across Nigeria. However, making the adjustment to working at home can be more challenging than many believe.

Here are some tips to help you make the make a healthy adjustment:

1. “Deskercise”

This is a great way to take a break between ultra-focused work sessions.

There are no co-workers to get up and speak to, much less a break room to stand around. And sitting down for hours on end is bad for your circulation, digestion, and back. So, stand up! Run in place, or get down for some crunches or push-ups. Working your abs can help prevent back pain.

2. Regularly Sanitize Frequently Touched Surfaces and Gadgets

While you work from home, it’s important to ensure you take preventive measures against COVID-19. This includes sanitizing your workspace, computer, and mobile phone. As the virus could easily rest on these surfaces and gadgets.

3. Stay Positive

Without a boss over your shoulder or co-workers sitting nearby, it’s easy to feel like you’re in your own little world. To counter the feeling of working alone, its important that you stay in regular contact with your team members and share any work challenges you face, with the appropriate colleague. It’s also great to keep a positive mindset by acknowledging your achievements (no matter how little).

4. Take Care Of Your Eyes

When you spend all day in front of screens, your eyes (and more) can suffer for it: dryness, headaches, even a stiff neck or shoulders. Take your eyes off your screen every 20 minutes and stare at a focal point at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

5.    Plan For Breaks.

It seems counter-intuitive, but when you take a short break from working, research shows you’ll be more productive when you’re back on the clock. Taking a lunch break is perfectly okay. You could use this time to clear your head, get something to eat, or even take a short walk.

6. Ensure You Have an Active Telemedicine Plan

The restriction of movement has greatly emphasized the need for telemedicine. Working from home could potentially trigger a few health conditions, ranging from body pains to constant headaches. Having an active telemedicine plan on a platform like Tremendoc means that you have a licensed doctor available on your phone anytime. And this could potentially save you from interrupting your workflow and making a long trip to the hospital. Download now, to get started

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Tremendoc partners with AXA Mansard Health Limited to provide virtual care to more Nigerians

Tremendoc is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Axa Mansard Health Limited. an arm of the AXA Mansard group of companies. This partnership allows Tremendoc, the nation’s leading telemedicine provider, to provide enrollees of Axa Mansard 24/7 access to licensed doctors on its mobile application through chat, audio call and video call features.

For Axa Mansard HMO, this is a significant move because it introduces an innovative approach to improving every patients’ experience, by providing remote access to medical advice, online appointment scheduling, tele-consultation, prescriptions, etc.

Where access to a hospital is a challenge, telemedicine is a truly valuable service, because a typical 10- or 15-minute tele-consultation may avoid a costly and protracted visit to the emergency room or doctor’s office.

 “Telemedicine is fast becoming the new normal” said Jay Chikezie, Founder/CEO of Tremendoc . “With telemedicine being relatively new and unproven, this is an incredible opportunity for us to demonstrate that telemedicine makes healthcare more cost effective.”

Amid rising demand, more health insurance companies are increasingly deploying virtual care as a path to expand instant access to high-quality care, improve affordability, and health outcomes of people in general.

The alliance between both companies creates a stronger unit for healthcare delivery across Nigeria, and further emphasizes the relevance of Telemedicine in the healthcare space.  

Tremendoc collaborates with the leading insurers, employers, organizations and health systems to deliver industry-leading virtual care.

The telemedicine market is growing worldwide and is expected to reach 226 billion dollars by 2026, compared with 38 billion dollars today. Tremendoc is part of a bulging telehealth care market that is forecast to hit over $5. 49 billion in Middle East and Africa by 2024.