I recently listened to a regrettable tale from a friend of another friend. One of their kin had been experiencing some unusual symptoms, and the diagnosis was elusive. She eventually ended up at the hands of surgeon who recommended surgery. Nothing was found, but something entirely incidental and of no clinical relevance was apparent on one of her organs. The surgeon just removed it, even though that wasn’t necessary, and there wasn’t any prior consent. Worse still, the organ in question wasn’t within the said surgeon’s area of expertise.
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I recently had an interesting conversation with some enthusiastic students interning in our office. They seemed to wonder why a single patient usually requires a team of medical professionals to address specific healthcare needs. In the students’ minds, a single doctor should suffice. But nothing could be further from medical reality. It’s long been accepted that medical teams, working in unison, collectively perform better than individual clinicians working in isolation.
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There has been a rising trend in surgical requests for designer vaginas, more akin to cosmetic breast surgery. This is more so in the West, but such requests are not uncommon in Kenyan Gynecology clinics. Vaginoplasty refers to cosmetic vaginal surgery, usually aiming to tighten up a vagina that has become loose with child-bearing or age. Vaginoplasty is commonly combined with Labiaplasty, which aims to change the appearance of the vaginal lips (labia) to a cosmetically appealing look.
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Delaying childbearing is now more common, with education and careers taking preference. Stable relationships appear to be increasingly difficult to establish as well, also contributing to delay in childbearing. The result of these changes is that more and more women start thinking about conceiving once they are already over the age of 30.A big positive is that older parents are more likely to be able to provide the financial needs required to raise a child.
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Effective contraception after delivery should be initiated as soon as possible. This prevents the likelihood of an unplanned pregnancy, and allows adequate spacing prior to subsequent pregnancies. There are many disadvantages of conceiving shortly after a recent pregnancy, with poor health implications for you and your newborn.
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