Author: Zoya Ali

7 Posts

  • Hormonal Acne: The Culprits Behind Your Skin Stress

    August 31, 2020Zoya Ali

    Maintaining healthy skin isn’t always as simple as skinsperts and bloggers may make it sound. Sometimes no matter how much money you spend in the lotion aisle, or how many fads you try, your dreams of perfect skin don’t come true. Often the culprits behind your skin complaints are your hormones which can cause hormonal acne and other skin stresses. The hormones in our body are balanced very meticulously, so even…

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  • Cervical Screening: Have No Fear, Get Your Smear!

    August 30, 2020Zoya Ali

    Turning 25 not only marks the end of your first quarter of a century on earth, but it also calls for a (rather mundane) birthday card from the NHS, reminding you to book in for your cervical screening.   Now you’re ‘of age’, this is going to become something of a routine for you every few years, but just because it’s routine, doesn’t mean we fully understand the ins and outs…

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  • Recurrent Miscarriages Explained

    August 30, 2020Zoya Ali

    Experiencing a pregnancy loss can be a very emotional process, and it is understandable to have many questions about why it happened. Feeling a range of emotions including, frustration, guilt and anger, is normal; but it’s important to remember that you are not alone, as around 1 in 100 also experiences recurrent miscarriages.  A pregnancy loss is a clinically-recognised pregnancy that spontaneously ends before 20 weeks. A clinically-recognised pregnancy is…

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  • Hypothalamic Amenorrhea: Behind Your Missing Menses

    August 30, 2020Zoya Ali

    Hypothalamic amenorrhea (HA) is when your menstrual cycle and ovulation are interrupted due to the influence of the hypothalamus gland, located in the brain. It is a commonly occurring condition in women with eating disorders,athletes or dancers or those with a low body mass index (BMI). What causes hypothalamic amenorrhea? The hypothalamus is a small region of the brain that plays a crucial role in many important functions, including the…

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  • PCOS 101- This One Is For Our Cysters!

    August 30, 2020Zoya Ali

    Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), is one of the most common endocrine disorders affecting women of reproductive age. It causes an imbalance of reproductive hormones and affects as many as 1 in 5 women in the UK. Despite the large number of women it affects, many cysters don’t get diagnosed until they are having difficulties conceiving. What is PCOS? “Polycystic”  means “many cysts” and is a syndrome that occurs when a…

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  • How Fertility Struggles Impact Your Mental Health

    August 29, 2020Zoya Ali

    The journey to parenthood is probably the most venturesome of journeys to take during your adult life. Yet for 1 in 7 heterosexual couples in the UK, the journey to fertility is a rocky road. Experiencing fertility struggles can lead you towards an emotional rollercoaster filled with many difficult emotions, such as anger, depression, anxiety, shock, grief, and frustration. Many people remain silent about the influence fertility struggles can have…

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  • Fertility Preservation – Protecting Your Parenthood Plans

    August 29, 2020Zoya Ali

    When it comes to your fertility, preserving it isn’t quite as simple as locking it in a jar of vinegar to prevent it from expiring. Fertility preservation not only involves a lot more science but also, either freezing your eggs, embryos or reproductive tissue so that they can be used in the future to create your own biological children. Once collected, they are frozen and stored in liquid nitrogen –…

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