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Researchers have found a way to preserve fertility in female cancer survivors

Study shows that about 43-62 percent had unmet information needs about fertility and two-thirds of women were worried about their capability to give birth.

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A recent study has shown that many young female cancer survivors are not fully aware of information about how they are at high risk of early menopause and how to preserve their fertility after completing treatment.

About 43-62 percent women had unmet information needs and two-thirds of them were worried about their capability to give birth to a child in future. Researchers have stated that females thinking to have children are not yet ready to start a family and may have to undergo fertility preservation with egg or embryo freezing after treatment. Due to cancer, they are also at high risk of early menopause.

“Failure to provide information and address concerns with respect to fertility-related decisions may have lasting consequences for young women who hope to achieve important life goals such as having children,” said lead author Catherine Benedict from Northwell Health, New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer.

The paper published by Benedict in journal cancer also stated “For women are at risk of early menopause, delaying fertility-related decisions may cause them to miss their narrowed window of opportunity to preserve their fertility, if desired.”

The team wanted to understand about how young female cancer survivors view the decision of undergoing fertility preservation after treatment and to learn about their informational needs.

Woman with her new born. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
Woman with her newborn. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Members of team examined around 346 participants whose age was about 30 years and they also researched on a subgroup of 179 women about women with certain fertility status who had not undergone the fertility preservation before.

The results showed that greater reproductive concerns and unmet information made it more difficult to think about the fertility preservation.

The findings in the study also established the need for creating support centres to help young female cancer survivors make decisions about fertility preservation and family-building as part of survivorship care.

This study also helped in understanding the importance and need of women making fertility decisions before treatment.

-by Bhaskar Raghavendran

Bhaskar is a graduate in Journalism and mass communication from Amity school of communication, Noida. Contact the author at Twitter: bhaskar_ragha

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Right Skin Care Must Be Ensured in Changing Weather

Girls, go through these super cool tips to protect your skin

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April is the month of changing weather. Be mindful of skin issues, and keep troubles away by exfoliating twice a week and by using a moisturiser with SPF in it, suggest experts.

Sham Kumar, Assistant Education Manager at Kiehl’s India, Geetika Mittal Gupta, Founder and Medical Director at ISAAC, and Shubhika Jain, founder of RAS Luxury Oils, have given inputs:

* Exfoliating your skin can really help in the rejuvenating your skin. Do so at least twice a week using the appropriate exfoliating products according to the skin type like face scrubs, exfoliating face masques.

This removes dead cells, dull skin-debris, improving hydration from toners and moisturisers.

Face masks for protecting skin
Face masks to protect skin

* Use a nourishing facial oil before applying SPF lotions.

* Peels can really help breaking the toughest layers of dead skin, we recommend a gentle peel with the quinoa husk extract (super food) which is known for ultimate exfoliating properties, gentle on skin, safe for acne prone and even sensitive skin types.

* Antioxidants can really help in rejuvenation of skin cells. Pure vitamin C in the serums and moisturisers rejuvenates skin and known for other benefits like boosting collagen and elastin production in your skin, protection from free radicals.

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* Follow the correct skincare regimen during evening time. Some of the essentials oils that can help rejuvenate skin at night are primrose oil, which is extracted from the ripe seeds of the evening primrose.

It contains essential fatty acids that the body cannot produce on its own that help to repair the skin barrier while maintaining hydration and elasticity. Lavender oil has soothing and calming properties, this oil helps skin looking brighter and healthier.

For glowing skin, never neglect a healthy diet.
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* A vitamin-C serum is a must in every woman’s arsenal. It is a powerful antioxidant to combat the effects of free radical damage due to air pollution. It leaves the skin with a soft dewy glow all over.

* Retinol being one of the richest sources of vitamin A, combats wrinkles, smoothens the skin and slows the overall signs of ageing over time.

* Never neglect on a healthy nutritious diet. It is crucial to maintain a healthy and youthful skin. Stay away from inflammatory foods such as excessive oil, dairy and opt for plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Also Read: Few suggestions to maintain a youthful skin

* Hydrate your body by drinking plenty of water everyday to add to the glow of your skin.

* Keep your skin hydrated by using hydrosols — floral waters made from the steam distillation of various plant materials. Rose is highly recommended as not only does it have a refreshing scent, it is anti-inflammatory and helps maintain the skins PH balance.  BollywoodCountry