Health, Published Articles

Do Your Painful Periods Mean Something More?

For a disease that affects 1 in 10 Nigerian women, too little is known about endometriosis in Nigeria. It causes crippling pain, affects marriages, jobs and practically a sufferer’s entire life, and yet we don’t talk about it, much less seek medical help.

Today, Saturday March 11th 2017, men and women in Lagos turned out in their hundreds for #March4Endo, a walk to create awareness about this disease that has aptly been called the silent disease. Just yesterday, I was privileged to listen to the founder of the Endometriosis Support Group Nigeria, Dr. Abayomi Ajayi who is also the MD of Nordica Fertility Centre, speak on the disease. After his talk, I was determined to learn even more about this disease. After all, “1 in every 10” means I know a woman who is living with endometriosis!

Here’s a summary of what I’ve learnt so far.

 

#IAmEndoAware #EndoSucks

Published Articles, Social Media

Making a Difference: Sanitary Aid for Nigerian Girls

Have you ever wondered how poor secondary school girls are coping with the costs of sanitary pads? What about displaced women in IDP camps? How do they maintain hygiene when their period comes around?

Sanitary pad costs range from ₦350 to ₦1800, and most women need at least two for each monthly period. Women with good income still feel the pinch, how much more economically challenged women?

Oghenekaro Omu, who tweets via @duchesskk, has decided to do something about this issue. She is currently reaching out to Nigerians to pitch in and support less privileged women and girls who are no doubt having a rough time with menstrual hygiene especially in this economy. Read about it here.