Health

What is gynecomastia or ‘man boobs’? Gynecomastia (often referred to as ‘man boobs’)is the enlargement of male breast gland tissue. It is benign, meaning that it is not cancerous. Gynecomastia can develop in males of any age or weight, but often arises around puberty as breast development is affected by…
World Diabetes Day (WDD) was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225. It is marked…
What is testicular cancer? Testicular cancer starts as an abnormal growth or tumour in a testis. A cancer will usually appear asa painless lump in a testis. If a man sees a doctor as soon as a lump, swelling or pain in a testis is noticed, the cancer can remain…
Blood in semen, also called haematospermia, can happen to men at any age after puberty. It is most common in men aged 30 to 40 years and in men over 50 years of age with benign prostate enlargement. Most cases go away in time without treatment. Is it normal for…
Low libido Sex can be fun, exciting, and a time of intimate sharing. However, sex can also be a time of anxiety for either partner, especially when there is a sexual problem. What is low libido? ‘Low libido’ is the term used to describe a lack of interest in sexual…
The current hot temperatures are going to get worse, South African (SA) weather service has issued out an advisory of heatwave conditions until at least Sunday, 20 October. In the advisory, extremely conditions will persistent with temperatures between 33°C to 36°C in Gauteng. Tips to stay cool: Stay indoors in…
PinkDrive is no newcomer to the NGO space. On 25th October 2019, PinkDrive is celebrating it’s 10th year of existence. From humble beginnings, PinkDrive continues to grow and expand their fleet, in order to assist and offer free cancer screening services to the medically uninsured. In 2018, an additional three…
Suicidal behavior has existed throughout human history, but due to several complex factors, it has increased gradually in all parts of the world and, in the past few decades, has reached alarming statistical levels. While the WHO has made suicide a priority issue for a number of years, it is…
In honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Gold Reef City along with CANSA and Icarus media, are going for gold in setting the South African record for hosting a Zumbathon with the most participants. Gold Reef City is encouraging everyone to contribute to making history in a meaningful way, by…
Mention binge drinking and one’s thoughts usually turn to college students partying, but research shows that many adults also regularly drink enough alcohol in one sitting to be considered binging. Various sources have different definitions for binge drinking. England’s National Health Service defines it as “drinking lots of alcohol in…
In the wake of the brutal rape and murder of UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana,Leighandre Jegels, Ayakha Jiyane and so many other victims the Wits University SRC hosted a public interfaith prayer and candle lighting vigil in memory of Uyinene as well as the many victims of gender-based violence (GBV) earlier…
GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT. Two words on the tip of every parent’s tongue. We research it, we think about it, we lie awake at night worrying about it. How much do you really know about it? Two kids later and I can tell from personal experience that children can change before…
WHAT IS CHLAMYDIA? Chlamydia trachomatis is a common bacterial sexually transmitted infection, in both men and women. It can cause infection in the cervix in women, urethra in men, anus, throat and occasionally in the eyes of both men and women. HOW IS IT TRANSMITTED? Chlamydia is transmitted by vaginal,…
HERPES (HSV – Herpes Simplex Virus) WHAT CAUSES IT? Genital herpes is caused by Herpes simplex virus (HSV), either HSV-1 or HSV-2. HSV initially enters through the genitals, mouth or anus through tiny abrasions. The virus then enters nerve cells where it persists but is generally kept under control by…
I recently read an article on twilight sleep, an archaic practice of the 20th Century in labour and childbirth, in which women were restrained and drugged during the process. This came into practice at the end of the 19th century with the discovery of more modern anaesthetic drugs. This was…
The penis diaries Don’t deny it. Ever since you first saw those penis enlargement adverts at every traffic light and pasted all over the walls, the big letters screaming “Add centimetres!” you’ve always wondered: Could I be bigger? Male patients often ask me about. They say they’ll do anything to…
Understanding Midwives and Midwifery Historically midwifery is a very old profession. Dating back to as long as humans have existed. Long before it was a professional career, experienced women in the community were responsible for caring for mothers in labour and childbirth. These are now known as traditional midwives in…
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) What are common signs and symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)? What causes PCOS? What is insulin resistance? What can high levels of androgens lead to? What can irregular menstrual periods lead to? What are the health risks for women with PCOS? Are treatments available for…
The low-down on Family Planning by Sr Victoria Black of Protea Nursing Services (proteanurse@outlook.com) You have just had a baby less than 2 months ago, you are visiting your midwife or obstetrician for a routine post-natal visit. The last thing you are thinking about right now, is having another baby,…
How to fight fair in your relationship - Conflict management in your relationship / marriage All couples have arguments, or rather fights. How you fight is the key to whether or not you will have a successful, long term relationship / marriage. Fighting fairly with respect for one another is…
Dr Megan Martin is a medical doctor and sexual health blogger. Megan is incredibly passionate about patient autonomy and education. She believes that every person, and womxn in particular, should have the power and knowledge to make informed decisions when it comes to their own health. She believes that at…
D R Tlaleng Mofokeng ( M B C H B ) Medical doctor, Author, SRHR expert Current job: Commissioner at the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) EDUCATION MBChB, UKZN, 2007 AREAS OF EXPERTISE Clinical Services, Public Health Policy, Comprehensive Sexuality Education, Advocacy, Content Production LECTURES Gender Studies, West Virginia Wesleyan…
WHAT IS ANTENATAL CARE? An antenatal consultation is a medical interaction between a pregnant patient and a midwife or obstetrician. The goal of this consultation is to determine the well-being of mom and the unborn child by assessing the health of the pregnancy. This is done through physical examinations, history…
Dr Elna Rudolph is a Medical Doctor and Sexologist working exclusively in the field of sexual medicine. Having qualified as a medical doctor in 2005 at the University of Pretoria, she has been involved in Sexual Medicine on a full-time basis since 2010. She is extremely passionate about Sexual Health…
I was born and raised right in the suburbs of Johannesburg. Growing up I always knew that I was destined to work in healthcare, but I always had a special interest in the process of childbearing. Long before I even started my training as a nurse, I knew that I…
Obstetrician & Gynaecologist Special interest in Sexual & Reproductive Health and Sexual Medicine. Dr Mpume Simelane was born in Kwanzimakwe, a village near Port Shepstone South Coast- KZN. She is not only a passionate Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, but also Founding Chair of Mics & Steths (Microphones &Stethoscopes) Legacy, a health…
What is Pre – ejaculate or Pre – cum? Pre-ejaculate, sometimes called precum, is a clear fluid that is released when a man becomes sexually aroused, but before he ejaculates. Sometimes, it can be seen at the tip of the penis, but many men don’t even notice it. The fluid…
HERPES WHAT CAUSES IT? Genital herpes is caused by Herpes simplex virus (HSV), either HSV-1 or HSV-2. HSV initially enters through the genitals, mouth or anus through tiny abrasions. The virus then enters nerve cells where it persists but is generally kept under control by immune cells in healthy skin.…
What causes sexual problems in women? Some common causes of sexual problems in women include the following: Aging—A woman’s libido (another term for interest in and desire for sex) and sexual activity sometimes decrease with age. This decrease is normal and usually is not a cause for concern, but problems…
Vaginismus OVERVIEW: For almost 150 years the term “Vaginismus” has been used to refer to a “vaginal muscles spasm” at the entrance of the vagina which causes a “persistent or recurrent difficulties of the woman to allow vaginal entry of the penis, finger, or any object, despite her expressed wish…
CASE STUDY: Dimakatso* (not her real name) is a 29 year old executive in a Top 100 company. No one would guess that under all those prefect Instagram and other social media pictures, she is a very unhappy and depressed young woman. She has been avoiding seeking any form of…