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Wife Impregnated By Houseboy, Who Is Her Husband’s Secret Son, Who She Poinsoned

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***My friend who has 3 kids for her hubby through outside help led me into it, she says


By Linus Oota, Lafia

It was a marriage doomed from the beginning, and after 13 years, it culminated in a tragedy. Presently, the couple, who live in Lafia, capital of Nasarawa State, are gradually coming to terms with the fact that they have opened a Pandora’s box.

It started with the husband’s deceit hiding his impotency from the woman he intended to marry; it got messier with the woman’s effort to break her 12-year barrenness by sleeping with the houseboy and she committed worse sin by murdering the 21-year-old househelp in order to keep her secret. Then a final twist: it turned out the houseboy was actually her husband’s son, born out of wedlock while he was a randy youth. This family calamity with the accompanying incest and murder was spawned by too many secrets between husband and wife.

Strange and improbable it may sound, this is actually a true-life story, a revelation that came straight from the horse’s mouth from the main protagonist herself the nine-month pregnant wife, Rebecca Bako, who prodded by guilty conscience on her own volition knocked on the door of a minister on May 20, 2019, to narrate the travails of her matrimony.
Rebecca Bako, arriving at the minister’s house by 8 am at first sat quietly on the bench outside. Few minutes later, she was sharing her story with the pastor in the presence of Saturday Sun correspondent.
It was a bizarre, complex, mind-numbing story of 12 years of fruitless marriage, with what would have been the climax the birth of the nine-month pregnancy becoming an anticlimax.

What was Rebecca’s purpose for involving the pastor?

To make a confession, seek God’s forgiveness and plead with the pastor to talk to her husband to forgive her, she clarified.

In an emotion-laden voice, the beleaguered housewife recounted how a perfect marriage gradually turned sour due to barrenness. Her narrative highlighted the aggravating factors, such as a toxic mother-in-law who harangued her endlessly, her husband’s lackadaisical attitude to their childlessness, her own fear of impending menopause and the bad advice of Rose, her childhood friend.

A marriage doomed by childlessness

Before she began her story proper, Rebecca Bako spent two minutes wiping her tears.
She started with a recollection of the sunny days. “He was my best friend before we got married. We had a beautiful wedding. Our honeymoon was fun. We were ready to have children as quickly as possible so we could move on.”

As with most marriage, barrenness begets misery.

“After 12 years, I didn’t conceive, I became apprehensive because I was not young any longer and I was nearing menopause. My mother-in-law was even more desperate. She pressured her son to take another wife. I understood her position. My childhood friend, Rose, who is married in Makurdi, advised us to adopt a child, but my husband wouldn’t buy the idea.

“My mother-in-law later came to live with us in the house and she became my nightmare. She made life a living hell for me, to the extent that I contemplated suicide countless times because she insulted me and claimed that I charmed her son who is the only son in the family.”
A friend’s sinful counsel
At her wit’s end, she turned to friends for advice.

“At a point, I had to share my experience with my friend, Rose, who confessed to me that she once faced a similar problem. She suggested that perhaps my husband might have been the source of the problem all these years. Her advice to me was to find a younger lover and try having sex with him to see whether it would work. According to her, that was how she gave birth to her three children. When she discovered that her husband was finding it difficult to impregnate her after more than two years of marriage, she devised a means of bearing children for him by having an affair outside, and it had worked perfectly for her, that had been the secret to her 10 years of a successful marriage.”

Rebecca recounted her friend’s advice to her: “Go for a guy who is not yet married, who is strong enough to give you the best of sexual satisfaction any time an opportunity presents itself, whether in the night or daytime. An unmarried man can easily walk away without accepting responsibility since he will equally get married someday to raise his own family, so there won’t be complications of laying claims to the child, but do not let the guy know that he is responsible.”

She at first found such advice impracticable. “I had never cheated on my husband before,” Rebecca said. “But I was equally considering my age too just a year away from menopause. For several weeks, I thought over it. I didn’t understand how I would submit my private part to a man other than my own husband; I didn’t know how to find a man who would sleep with me, get me pregnant, and then just walk away.”

Unfortunately, she had, at the time, reached the limit of her endurance, and the circumstance around her was not in her favour. “I’d prayed to God for a way out, but I didn’t get any immediate solution; worse still, I was conscious of my fast-approaching menopause. I concluded that if I did not act fast, I risked losing my marriage once I reach menopause the following year because my mother-in-law was not ready to take chances. She had taken the matter seriously that I must give way for her son to marry another wife who can bear her grandchildren.”


Seducing the houseboy

Bako decided to take her chances after giving the issue a lengthy contemplation.
“I concluded that it is better I sleep with our houseboy, Kenneth, who is 21 years old. I had seen his crotch whenever he wore his boxer to keep the house clean. I realised that his manhood was long and sizeable enough to perform such functions. My husband had brought Kenneth from his village to live with us. He had just finished his secondary school and was preparing to go to university. I started admiring him anytime my husband went to work.
I summoned the courage and made advances, wooing him with gifts like new trousers and shirts, takeaway food and other attractive items. In no time, he succumbed to me and we started having sex. I warned him never to reveal it and threatened to kill him if tries it. He was not too perfect in bed because of his age, but he was strong enough to give me sexual satisfaction because it takes him longer to release. We progressed in that direction and it became regular.

“After two months of this, I missed my period and the result was pregnancy. I was very happy and informed my friend, Rose that her advice has worked; what my husband could not do for 12 years, Kenneth has done it in less than three months.”

Another diabolical advice

After about four months, Rebecca’s friend, Rose sold her another terrible suggestion. She asked her to eliminate the houseboy who impregnated her. Her reason: He might one day reveal the secret and try to claim the child, thereby bringing shame and embarrassment to the couple.
“Something held me back because he was innocent and did not offend me,” she claimed. “After all, I lured him into having an affair with me against his wish.”

She continued: “But Rose continued to pester me, pointing out the dangers to me. Eventually, I had mixed Sniper (a deadly insecticide), otapiapa and rat killer with his food. I kept the meal for him and went to the hospital for medical checkup. Before my return, he had eaten the poisoned food and later died of stomach pain after four hours in the hospital.”
She cleverly managed the aftermath by convincing her husband the houseboy’s death could be due to spiritual attacks from the village. One week after his death, the body of the 21-year-old was buried, in December 2018.

“I was sad after his death. I regretted taking such action. I prayed to God to forgive all my sins and I distanced myself from Rose––I stopped picking her calls.”
While the death of the houseboy has eliminated the possible risk of future embarrassment, all she got was cold comfort.

“I notice that my husband was sad and affected by Kenneth’s untimely death. He was affected psychologically so much so it almost cost him his job at the bank. He ceased to be a happy man, even with my pregnancy. I tried severally to discuss with him about the future of my unborn baby, but it never interests him, at the time, I was in the fifth month of my pregnancy. Even though the test shows that we are expecting a baby boy, the man was still not happy at all.”

Then comes the dark secret

Three months later, early in the morning of April 30, 2019, her husband had abruptly woken her. She came awake to find him in a disturbed and depressed state. The man broke down, crying uncontrollably, unable to tell his wife the cause of his misery.
After a 30-minute cry jag, he was calm enough to tell her why he was crying. He narrated a terrible and shocking story.

Rebecca recalled: “He started by apologising to me for not being fair to me by hiding from me what he ought to have told me from the first day of our marriage 13 years ago. I was confused. What fairness is he talking about? I became curious. Could it be that I am not the only one hiding secrets in this marriage?”

She recalled verbatim what her husband told her.

“He said: “While growing up many years ago, I lived a very rough life. I contracted a Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) and was too ashamed to go to the hospital to treat it, but opted for a local treatment, which was not working. Later I had some medical complications, the untreated virus damaged my testicles and rendered me impotent forever. I didn’t know how to tell you all these years, but earlier before the infection, my girlfriend then in my diploma programme years back got pregnant for me, and refused to abort it, and that cost our relationship. But after three years, she brought a boy to my father. I wanted to reject it but my father accepted the boy and took responsibility while I proceeded to the university. It was the same girl that gave me the disease. She died a few years later as a result of the complications too.”

At this point, his wife had asked about the whereabouts of the boy and how he was faring. Her husband’s reply confirmed her worst fear: “The boy is the late Kenneth who had lived with us as a houseboy. I didn’t want you to know his true identity. I was afraid you might maltreat him or even kill him as most women do to children who are born into their matrimonial homes from another woman. I wanted to protect him since I wasn’t going to be able to get a woman pregnant in my lifetime again.”

The embattled husband once again burst into tears. The couple then came to the knotty part of their matrimonial misfortune when the husband dropped the next bombshell: “ I knew all these while that the baby in your womb is not my own, but I was too ashamed to confront you; now that everything has come to the open, please tell me, who is the father of our unborn child?”

This was how Rebecca found herself in a classic catch-22 situation. At that point, it was clear lies would further complicate the situation.
She decided to come clean, she claimed.

“I burst into tears and cried uncontrollably. I found it difficult to explain to him. Since he had been plain with me, I knelt before him in tears and confessed to him that the late Kenneth was the father of my unborn baby boy and that I was also responsible for his death. I pleaded with him to forgive me of all my sins, that I took that course of action to protect the marriage, and the consolation is that the new baby boy will replace his late son.”
According to Rebecca, her husband’s mien had briefly reflected anger when he learnt about the circumstances surrounding his son-houseboy death. He, however, appeared conciliatory, advising his wife to let go of the past.

Uncertain future

Since their mutual confessions three weeks ago, life has not been the same between the Bako couple. Deteriorating relation between them has put Rebecca on tenterhooks.

“My husband has become a changed person completely,” she said. “He has emaciated, looking sorrowful nowadays. He hardly eats at home. He keeps late nights. As a banker, he gets home around 7 pm. Yet, he still goes out, which is very unusual of him. We hardly talk now. He hardly responds to my conversations. I am worried and even afraid to stay with him under the same roof. I suspect that he might also kill my son too when I delivered. His aloofness really worries me.”

On that note she concluded her story, bursting into tears again.
Pastor Joshua promised to meet with the husband by the weekend to hear his own side of the story before taking any decision.
Saturday Sun correspondent who was privy to the confession subsequently contacted Rebecca’s husband, who was hardly available due to the tight schedule of his job.

Daniel Bako was forthright in his response. “My brother, I am not myself. I am confused. I don’t deserve to be alive again. I am contemplating suicide. I wanted to give Kenneth the best education because he was my own blood, my only child in my entire life. I am yet to decide whether to be alive or not.”

On his wife, he is “confused about what to do with her.” He said: “It is not enough to kill my son in the name that she wants to protect the marriage. What marriage? What she did is an unforgiving crime, even if he (Kenneth) was not my son, it is wrong anywhere.” (The Sun)

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Woman, 42 Gives Birth To Five Babies After 18 Years Of Wait In Kogi |The Republican News

A 42-year-old woman has been delivered of five babies (quintuplets) at Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Lokoja, Kogi, after 18 years of barrenness, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) who visited the woman and her babies at the hospital on Friday reports that both mother, Mrs Uchenna Okeigbo and her kids are in good condition.

Okeigbo, an indigene of Olokoro Amangbo Community, Umuahia South Local Government Area of Abia, gave birth to three boys and two girls on April 17 through a Caesarean Section.

Speaking with NAN, the woman expressed gratitude to God for the rare gift of five babies, saying that her wait for 18 years did not end in vain.

“It is not easy to have five children at once,” Okeigbo said.

She showered praises on her husband for standing by her.

NAN further reports that the quintuplets, three boys and two girls, weighed 1.3kg 1.6kg, 1.7kg, 1.8kg and 1.9kg, respectively.

However, the first baby, who weighed 1.3kg was still inside the incubator as at the time of NAN visit.

The father of the quintuplets, Mr James Okeigbo, 47, an employee of a private establishment, who was overwhelmed with joy, described the coming of the babies as the happiest moment of his life and his wife as well.

”I thank my wife for retaining her respect for me for this 18 years of childlessness without quarreling with me.

“I am also grateful to her family for standing by us,” Okeigbo said.

He, however, solicited for assistance from government and members of the public to ensure adequate care for the five children.

‘ As a good citizen of Nigeria, I am appealing to government to help us,” he said.

Dr Grace Ogoke, Consultant, Obstetrician and Gynecologist at FMC, Lokoja, who handled the delivery of the quintuplets, said she was very happy and gave glory to God for the feat.

She told NAN that she delivered the babies on Wednesday April 17, through a Caesarean Section (CS) at about, 11:45 pm, which coincidentally was her own wedding anniversary day.

”They are three boys and two girls, and they weighed 1.3kg, 1.6kg, 1.7kg, 1.8kg and 1.9kg, respectively. The three boys came first and the one that first came out has the least weight of 1.3kg.

” The baby is put under observation inside an incubator because he weighs less than 1.5 kg but the baby is active,” Ogoke explained.

According to her, the couple approached the FMC when they were seeking for the fruit of the womb with lots of investigations.

”After going through all their investigations, I saw that they would need to be assisted, that spontaneous pregnancy medically speaking might not be achievable, and I advised them to be assisted.

” The procedure for the assisted reproductive technology through In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) was successful, and the doctor referred them back to her for management of the pregnancy.

”I feel very happy and I give glory to God for seeing us through, because it was like all of us are pregnant during the pregnancy.

”This is my first time of taking delivery of quintuplets, the highest I have taken was three.

‘It is a relief and achievement for all of us and I thank God for that,” Ogoke said.

The Chief Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, Dr Olatunde Alabi, said that exprienced gyneacologists and padsetricians were deployed to manage the woman from pregnancy to delivery.

Alabi said it was the first time quintuplets will be delivered at the hospital, saying that the management of the pregnancy and successful delivery of the babies underscored the quality of staff at the hospital and their dedication to duty.

The Chief Medical Director , however, pleaded for more support for the centre from the government and corporate organisations, especially in the areas of equipment and funding.

(NAN)

 

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Women Who Eat Lot Of Fast Food Have Problems With Conception – Scientific Study

By Appolonia Adeyemi

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Scientists said women who eat a lot of fast food would experience a delay in conception. According to a study published in the peer-reviewed journal ‘Human Reproduction,’ people who eat fast food such as burgers, pizza and deep-fried chicken four or more times a week compared to those who never or rarely touched the stuff took an extra month to become pregnant.

The study showed that good diet increased the chances of conception. Prof. Claire Roberts, from the University of Adelaide, Australia, who led the study, said: “These findings show that eating a good quality diet that includes fruit and minimising fast food consumption improves fertility and reduces the time it takes to get pregnant.”

In a previous study, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health also linked poor diet with infertility. In the previous study, researchers worked for eight years with 17,544 women who did not have infertility history and were trying to become pregnant. The goal of the long-term study was to find the link between the ovulatory disorder and certain food choices and lifestyle.

The scientists after paying attention to lifestyle factors including the consumption of monounsaturated fats, vegetable protein, carbohydrates with low glycemic index and other nutrients, found that increased popularity of ‘fertility diets’ may be positively related to lowering the risk of ovulatory disorder and consequent infertility. In the new study, the researchers quizzed 5,598 women in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland about what they had eaten in the month before they became pregnant with their first child.

Similarly, they asked the women how often they ate fruits, green leafy vegetables and fish, as well as foods, such as burgers, pizza, fried chicken and chips, from fast food outlets.

The study found those who ate fast food four or more times a week took nearly a month longer to get pregnant than those who never or rarely ate.    (New Telegraph)

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Medical Experts Explain Diets That Boost Men’s Fertility |The Republican News

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Two medical experts in Lagos on Thursday advised men who are trying to impregnate their wives to eat healthy as this may help increase fertility chances.

They told the News Agency of Nigeria in separate interviews that what goes into the stomachs of many men could help their wives conceive faster.

A Diet Consultant at Solomon Conception, Lagos, Mr John Adigwe, said research showed that only women are cautious of food that could boost their fertility and men should also take such precautions.

“These days there are many men out there struggling to impregnate their wives, not knowing that the food they eat, most times, has a direct impact on the effectiveness of their sperm.

“Research shows that eating a poor diet and regular intake of alcohol, for instance, can lower the quality and quantity of sperm and make conception more difficult.

“Since infertility is nearly as much as a man’s issue as a woman’s, about a third of fertility problems can be traced to men too.

“Men often did not think their own habits could influence the chances of conception and were reluctant to seek medical advice when struggling with infertility.

“Men usually rely on women to seek medical advice but they don’t know that they both need it.

“Men’s diet should be a bit as balanced, varied, and nutritious as their partner’s, a healthy diet including plenty of fish, vegetables, fruits and whole grains gives more active and healthy sperm.

“They should also consume fibre-rich foods, healthy monounsaturated fats, and moderate amounts of lean protein.

“Eat food that is rich in zinc, omega 3 and fatty acids as they increase testosterone, sperm counts and improve sexual organ function.

“Citrus fruits, tomatoes, and berries which are rich in  Vitamin C boost sperm quality.

“Carrots, red pepper, apricots are rich in Vitamin A and they keep sperm from sluggishness,” he said.

Also, a Sex therapist, Dr Aminu Kazeem, of Energy for Sex Clinic, Lagos, advised anyone trying to start a family to adopt a healthy lifestyle in the hope of increasing the chances of success.

“Nutritious foods, healthy diets, exercises can help boost fertility.”

He also advised them to visit a gynaecologist for proper conception check.

(NAN)

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Men Infertility Is A Reality, There Are Two Kinds |The Republican News

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The terms ‘low sperm count’ and ‘no sperm’ are very frightening to many men and couples, especially when there is a history of infertility. But what do these terms mean?

Oligozoospermia or ‘low sperm count’ refers to semen with a low concentration of sperm cells and it is commonly associated with male infertility.

Based on the current World Health Organisation criteria, a concentration of less than 15 million sperm per millilitre of semen is termed oligozoospermia. There are also different classes of oligozoospermia (mild to severe). Mild refers to a concentration of 10 million to 15 million sperm, while moderate is between five million and 10 million sperm and severe is characterised by less than five million sperm per millilitre.

Azoospermia (no sperm) refers to the complete absence of sperm cells. It is a well-known form of male factor infertility and may occur in up to 20 per cent of male infertility situations.

Cryptozoospermia is a severe condition in which sperm cannot be seen in a fresh semen sample but later found after extensive centrifugation and microscopic search. Since the sperm cells are very few and difficult to find, this diagnosis is easily missed.

In our society, the burden is placed more on the female partner when it comes to conception. When a couple can’t conceive after a year, the society automatically blames the woman. This assumption, most times, is false. As a matter of fact, male infertility accounts for approximately 40 to 50 per cent of infertility cases. About seven per cent of men are said to be infertile, but a lot of men with fertility problems are reluctant to visit a clinic for diagnosis and treatment.

The good news is that a diagnosis of oligozoospermia or azoospermia is not the ‘end of the road’. These conditions can be treated and a lot of men have benefitted from various treatment options. Furthermore, it has been observed that the success rate for the treatment of infertility is higher when both couples face the issue and attend clinic appointments together as seen in developed countries.

Before listing the treatment options it is necessary to discuss preventive measures which include, but are not limited to, life-style adjustments such as no smoking, avoidance of recreational drugs and environmental toxins, cutting down on alcohol and caffeine intake. It is important for men to avoid exposing their testicles to high temperatures, such as hot tubs, long distance driving and tight underpants. It is also important to seek prompt and regular medical care for a number of medical conditions associated with infertility, such as mumps, tuberculosis, and sexually transmitted diseases, i.e. gonorrhoea and syphilis.

Management

A detailed medical and sexual history, as well as complete physical examination, is done by a clinician to check for possible causes of varicocele, testicular atrophy, undescended testis and other abnormalities.  A seminal fluid analysis is done to properly assess the sperm parameters. Usually, patients are advised to abstain from intercourse for between 2 and 7 days before doing this test for optimal results.  Further testing including hormone profile and scrotal ultrasound may be done especially to check for other underlying causes.

In our centre, we also recommend bio-energetic testing to determine food allergies, environmental toxins or the presence of pathogens.

Medical treatment

Depending on the underlying cause, patients can benefit from various drugs. The following are commonly used:

Gonadotrophins:  Gonadotrophins especially human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) have been used successfully in treating some patients with azoospermia especially those with underlying hormonal imbalance.

Anti-Estrogens: Drugs like clomiphene citrate and tamoxifen have also been used in patients with oligospermia/azoospermia. These drugs have been used in patients with idiopathic oligozoospermia as well as patients with low levels of the male hormone- testosterone.

Dietary supplements and antioxidants: The use of antioxidant therapy in the treatment of patients with male infertility has been associated with statistically significant improvements in sperm parameters. This is because many of these anti-oxidants are required at different stages of sperm production. Co-enzyme Q10, for example, has been shown to significantly improve sperm concentration, motility, and morphology in patients undergoing treatment.

Other drugs used include aromatase inhibitors like      Anastrozole and cyclic steroids (for immunosuppression). It is important to note that these drugs can be combined to get better results. It is the duty of the clinician to identify the underlying causes and appropriate medication to use.

What we find most successful is to use these medications in a sequence but not together. For instance, many people use a testosterone medication like Proviron on a daily basis for several months. Unfortunately, in men, the physiological levels of testosterone are not constant; hence, the need to prescribe them in a pulsatile fashion for good results.

Lifestyle modification: Patients should be encouraged to stop smoking cigarettes and psychoactive substances. Stress relief, weight loss, dietary modification, avoidance of toxins have all been shown to be beneficial in treating male infertility.

Body detox: A lot of people are exposed to toxins from the environment, preservatives in food, drugs, cosmetics, stress. These toxins may accumulate in vital organs leading to organ damage and infertility. Total body medical detoxification in a medical spa helps to remove these toxins, thereby improving fertility.

Surgical Care

There are some surgical procedures done to help improve male infertility

Vasovasostomy / Vasoepididymostomy: These are surgeries done to reverse vasectomies. A vasectomy is a form of permanent birth control whereby the vas-deferens are cut and sealed off to prevent the flow of sperm into the urethra. Pregnancy rates for these procedures vary between 20 and 70 per cent with vasovasostomy having a higher success rate.

Varicocelectomy: This is a common operation for the treatment of male infertility. Varicoceles are abnormally dilated testicular veins found in the scrotum.  They can cause decreased sperm production and quality, which may lead to infertility. They are common and occur in 15 per cent of the general male population. This procedure involves clamping off the abnormal veins so blood flow is restricted to only normal veins.

Assisted Reproductive Technology

This refers to the use of advanced techniques to achieve conception. These techniques will not cure or treat the cause of infertility but they can help couples to achieve a pregnancy. The following are commonly used

Artificial Insemination (AI)/Fallopian Tube Sperm Perfusion: Patients with mild and even moderate oligozoospermia can benefit from this non-invasive treatment. It involves the direct intrauterine injection of ‘sperm suspension’ usually after adequate sperm processing (washing). The aim is to achieve higher concentrations of sperm in the ‘fallopian tubes’ to facilitate conception. Pregnancy rates are about 20 per cent per trial and multiple births are common when combined with superovulation.

Intra-cytoplasmic Sperm Injection: This is used for patients with severe oligozoospermia. It involves the direct injection of sperm into the oocyte (egg). For this to be done, the oocytes have to be retrieved from the female partner while semen is collected from the male partner and processed. This method has been extremely beneficial for patients with very low sperm concentrations. Globally, pregnancy rates are around 35 to 45 per cent and can go up to 60 per cent with multiple trials.

Advanced sperm retrieval techniques: A number of procedures can be used to collect sperm in patients with azoospermia using local anaesthesia. Many patients with absence of sperm in their semen may have some sperm in their testis (organ where sperm is produced) and epididymis ( the organ that stores mature sperm). Certain procedures can be used to obtain sperm directly from these organs with the help of special needles.

In summary, there are various treatments available for oligozoospermia and azoospermia. The type and extent of treatment can only be determined after proper evaluation and testing by a skilled fertility physician using appropriate techniques and procedures.  (Punchng.com)

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Too Much Sugar Can Make You Barren, Says Nutritionist |The Republican News

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A nutritionist, Michele Chevalley Hedge, has warned that uncontrolled sugar consumption can lead to a series of complicated health problems that can culminate in infertility among women.

She says one of the diagnoses that women struggling to get pregnant could receive is that they have a Polycystic ovarian syndrome.

She warns that in a lot of cases, affected women struggle to fall pregnant without knowing the cause, and are usually later given an upsetting PCOS diagnosis by their doctors.

She said this condition is present in up to 21 per cent of women diagnosed in her clinic, while about 70 per cent of women with the condition remain undiagnosed in the general population.

“The condition (Polycystic ovarian syndrome) can present a number of symptoms — from reduced fertility or absent ovulation to mood changes, obesity and/or acne.

“And despite it being increasingly common, doctors are still unsure of the exact cause,” she notes.
She adds that while there are some cases with unknown causes, some are thought to be linked to sugar consumption.

“I’ll tell you what’s happening and what we see often in our clinical practices. Women between the ages 27 and maybe 37… and these women can often be slim women.

“They might be slender and they may have been able to get away with eating lots of junk food and hidden sugars.

“They’re not thinking about their hormones; all they’re thinking about is contraception.

“And then, all of a sudden, they start to think about coming off it and thinking about having a baby.”

Michele says that in a lot of cases, these women struggle to fall pregnant and are later given an upsetting PCOS diagnosis from their doctors.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome can, however, be corrected just through the use of food, she says.

“Sugar is a culprit in many disease processes and conditions, we know that. It’s not the natural sugars, it’s the hidden sugars in some so-called healthy foods.”

The nutritionist also reveals that the blood work is done on many women with PCOS also shows abnormal blood glucose which, she also says, can be corrected.

She warns, however, “I’m not saying every woman with PCOS can be cured of food, but what I am saying is people need to be investigating;” adding that she believes at least half of cases could stem from too much sugar and be eased through a diet change.

“Lifestyle changes — such as eating a healthy, balanced diet and introducing regular physical activity into your weekly routine — can have a positive effect on your health in so many ways.

“For women who have PCOS, a healthy lifestyle can lead to an improvement in symptoms, particularly if your new lifestyle helps you to lose weight,” the specialist counsels.    (Punchng.com)

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