Archive for the ‘Women’s health’ Category

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5.4 million pregnancies are exposed to medication each year. Medication is not recommended for pregnant women as it can potentially endanger the safety of the baby. However, in cases where taking medication is unavoidable, it is always advisable to speak with your doctor. Advice for pregnant expats

This week the Environmental Working Group began their #FightForChemicalSafety campaign for stricter laws regarding toxic substance control. There is an alarming number of carcinogens and other harmful substances currently being used in consumer products. A particular concern is the use of these chemicals in baby products. The delicate skin of a baby is at a far greater risk to […]

If your new year’s resolution is to make health a priority start this year off with Cervical Health Awareness Month. An annual event, Cervical Health Awareness Month aims to educate women and highlight issues relating to cervical cancer, preventative measures, and HPV infection. Each year an estimated 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the […]

Widening the age range for breast cancer screening seems like a positive step forward at first glance; regular mammograms have the advantage of detecting cancer early so treatment can begin straight away, with the intention of saving more lives. As practical as it may sound, breast cancer screening isn’t as beneficial as it may seem, with […]

Facebook has recently proposed a new “perk” for female employees to freeze their eggs so they may focus on their career and postpone motherhood until a later date. Facebook is paying $20,000 to cover the oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing) treatment ($10,000) and yearly storage costs ($500). Technology giant Apple is soon to follow suit. However, […]

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of this disease which affects mainly women. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the developed world, with cancers caused by infections such as the HPV virus being more common in middle- and low-income countries. Scientific research and better screening […]

A recent study has analysed what women really feel about breastfeeding in nine different countries. A contentious issue at times, opinions are divided on every aspect from how long we should breastfeed for, to whether it should be done in public. The 2014 Lansinoh Global Breastfeeding Survey, conducted by breastfeeding supply company Lansinoh, asked over 13,000 […]

The controversial story in the news this month of the Australian couple who used a Thai surrogate to have twins threw a spotlight on surrogacy, particularly commercial surrogacy. Expat Family Health decided to take a closer look at surrogacy and how it is legally considered in different countries. There are two main types of surrogacy:

To honour World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) we are bringing you 10 facts about breastfeeding and breast milk. 1. Liquid gold Before your milk comes in (2/3 days after birth) you will produce a substance called colostrum, also known as ‘liquid gold’. It is packed full of potassium, calcium, minerals, protein and antibodies to give your […]

When I turned 40 last year I was surprised to discover that in the US (State of Illinois) you are referred to start having mammograms. In New Zealand the age is 45 and in the UK it is 50, so this seemed quite early. However, with breast cancer such a major issue for women of […]

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