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How birth control drugs kill women’s sex drive

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The use of hormonal birth control drugs has been linked to lower sexual function in women (Photo: Shutterstock)

The use of hormonal birth control drugs has been linked to lower sexual function in women, a study released by the Aga Khan University Hospital Nairobi (AKUHN) has reported.

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The most affected women are those using implants, followed by those on the pill.

Up to 63 per cent of women using implants, the study says, had low sexual function, while among those on the pill, 57 per cent were affected.

Overall, the study, published in the current issue of the African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine, reports almost a third of 566 participating women had low sexual function, or female sexual dysfunction (FSD).

“We found a high prevalence of FSD in the study population …. We also noted a strong association of FSD with the use of hormonal contraception,” said the study.

The overall prevalence of FSD was 38.7 per cent, meaning 219 out of the 566 study participants had low sex function.

The prevalence of FSD in the women using hormonal contraception was 51.5 per cent, compared to 29.6 per cent among those using non-hormonal contraception like condoms.

The authors, who were from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at AKUHN, said the high incidence of a low sex drive in this group was of concern and requires further research.

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A majority of the participants in the study had high education levels, financial security, health insurance and most were employed – factors thought to favour positive sex function.

The most affected women are those using implants, followed by those on the pill (Photo: Shutterstock)

Age gaps

The study participants were noted to be generally young, with small age gaps between them and their partners. The average age of the women was 32 and their partners about four years older.

The study coincides with the three-day International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25) forum in Nairobi, which ended yesterday, where access to contraceptives was a central issue.

“There are many issues that affect women and girls, but contraceptives are the most powerful tool for sexual reproductive rights,” Melinda Gates, the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, told the meeting.

The conference, which galvanised the world around women’s issues, drew thousands of delegates from across the world.

On Monday, Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki said Kenya was on track to increasing the use of contraceptives.

ALSO READ: Seven common side effects of birth control

“A lot has happened since we committed to reduce the unmet need for family planning during the Cairo summit of 1994. We must consistently advocate for more investments to attain the goal of zero unmet need for contraceptives,” she said.

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The study participants were noted to be generally young (Photo: Shutterstock)

Accelerated use

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Ms Kariuki was speaking at the launch of the Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) Women at the Center report, which listed Kenya among seven African countries with accelerated use of contraceptives.

“In Kenya, an estimated 6.1 million women are using a modern method of contraception – almost two million more since the launch of FP2020 in 2012,” said the report.

The most common method was injectables, where a woman is injected with a birth control hormone, usually once every three months, with 47.9 per cent coverage.

This was followed by implants at 18.2 per cent, pills at 14.1 per cent, and male condoms at 7.9 per cent.

But in the Aga Khan University Hospital study, more women were using non-hormonal contraceptives than hormonal ones. In this fairly young population, male and female condoms, and the natural cycle were the most prevalent birth control methods.

“This is contrary to the report of the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey, which stated a higher prevalence of hormonal contraception, with majority using injectable methods,” it said.

In Kenya, an estimated 6.1 million women are using a modern method of contraception (Photo: Shutterstock)

In the study, led by Dr Momin Butt, more women in Kenya were found to be using hormonal contraception, but with high rates of discontinuation of use attributed to side effects like weight loss and loss of libido.

The study, which involved women aged between 18 and 49 who attended the AKUHN clinics, also investigated other factors known to affect sex drive, such as drinking alcohol, smoking, financial instability, chronic illnesses and use of medicines.

The authors report only a small number of women, 12.9 per cent, had any chronic illness, with less than 10 per cent using chronic medication.

Financially stable

Further, of the total participants, 492 were either in salaried or self-employment.

“It is assumed that women who are more financially stable are likely to have higher levels of confidence and self-esteem, contributing to higher sexual satisfaction scores than unemployed women.”

However, despite the high rates of employment, the authors still recorded low sexual function in the group.

A majority of the women, 381, were married, 116 were single, nine separated and five divorced. Further, there was relatively modest use of alcohol and tobacco in the group.

Having weighed all these factors, the authors concluded that the low sexual function in the group was due to the use of hormonal contraceptives.

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New Bae? Sherlyne Anyango Gets Naughty With Mzungu In The States (Video)

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After declaring that long distance relationships aren’t for her, Sherlyne Anyango might have bagged herself a new mzungu boyfriend. It’s barely days since she left the country to go to the States to ‘hustle’. According to her, it’s easier to hustle in the States with her twerking talent.

Love At First Sight?

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Well, she moved on quickly! This was the reaction of most of her fans after Sherlyne went live with her new catch. Most people were surprised by how fast she possibly got a boyfriend. But she hasn’t made it clear.

While this might seem unfair to her Kenyan bae, Oga Obinna, it was a mutual agreement between them to dissolve their relationship due to the distance between them.

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”I’m a single boy again now😪😱!! Now with the standards you set who will fit in🤷🏿 who will fill your shoes??But Si Ni Life… But for now Kill Them with your AWESOMENESS and SECURE THE BAG!!! Don’t let nobody tell you otherwise. Plus there will always be space for you in my Heart and Kidney🙊🙈🙏🏿.”

In line to this, Sherlyne had also declared how much she misses Obinna and wrote back to him;

  ”Don’t make me cry. That’s life 😞😞. I feel bad. I miss you badly.”

Well, turns out she won’t be missing him any more after getting a new catch. Obinna has not yet responded to Sherlyne’s video posted on her Insta stories. I bet he’s not happy seeing her with another man.

Below is the video;


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Tips to help you get the perfect blazer Eve woman

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 Choosing a blazer is key as it can either break or make your outfit (Image: Pinterest)

 

When it comes to buying or tailoring a new blazer, most people think it’s all about getting what fits. Even though that is one of the most vital things to focus on when selecting blazers, there are other things you need to look out for in order to have a perfect and versatile blazer.

Versatile is not just about being able to match most pieces in your closet, but something that will enhance your outfits and define your best features while at it. In case you are wondering on where to start with buying a blazer, start here:

 Always go for a colour that will pair well with most pieces in your closet (Image: Pinterest)

Yes, this is the first thing you should consider before making or buying yourself a blazer. You need to check your closet and consider the most dominant colour and pieces, can they be layered with a blazer or paired together?

Once that is set, you are good to go, though the more colourful a blazer is the more fun you will have pairing it with other pieces.

When selecting the perfect blazer always be very careful not to choose a small blazer. You might confuse a small blazer for a fitting one.

It should not be too tight that your shoulders cannot move in it or you can barely button it.

Although ladies are lucky they can go with any arm length, because it can be considered fashionable, ensure that it is your size. Also, avoid going for extra-large coats that will drown you and hide your best features.

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 The design and texture of a blazer will play heavily on how good you look (Image: Pinterest)

A blazer is in between a suit jacket and a hoodie. Meaning, it should be able to pass for official and casual events. Let your guide be what you are buying it for.

There are different kinds of blazers ranging from open front blazers, single breasted blazers, belted ones, the list is endless.

Always go for a blazer that resonates with your style and closet items. Also, long blazers are classier and versatile than the shorter boyfriend ones. This is in terms of versatility.

Are you looking for a linen blazer, cotton or the suit material fabric? Do you want it shiny or matte? Do you need one with metal studded elements or with embellished buttons like the army? The kind of texture you go for will determine the way you dress your blazer.

Although blazers are meant to match with all outfits, the kind of design you go for can either limit your outfit choices or broaden your matching game.

 The longer the blazer, the more you can play around with your pieces (Image: Pinterest)

They say the longer the blazer, the double the respect. You already know what I mean by this. Longer blazers are more eye catching, trendy and versatile. It will be easier for you to pair them to a tiny skirt, pencil trouser or palazzos.

Also did I mention how well they pair with crop tops? Yes, when buying a blazer, the length is very important.

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Sewage Menace in Pipeline, Residents Cry For Help

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By Milo George

Residents of Pipeline Transami area are decrying poor drainage system that has caused sewage water to overflow in their area of residence.

The residents claim that the overflowing sewage is not only putting their lives at risk but also causing air pollution.

They have called on Nairobi Metropolitan Services and Nairobi City Water and Sewage Company to come on board and expand the sewer lines before more areas are flooded with raw human wastes coming from the blocked pipes.
“We want Major Badi and our leaders to resolve this menace immediately. It’s terrible many have been forced to shift their businesses because of the foul smell,” they said.
Pastor Joe Ndivoh of Word Evangelistic Explosion Ministries says that they have been forced to call off the Sunday School Service to protect the children from the smelly sewage.
‘‘We now fear that if prompt action is not taken then we will have a bigger health problem than this because we fear there could be an outbreak of water-borne disease anytime,’’ Pastor Ndivoh added.


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