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Ovulation is a subject of reproductive health that is often surrounded by myths, unverified information, and fiction. While there are factors beyond ovulation that can help in getting pregnant, ovulation plays an important role in successful conception. Not knowing about your fertile window, tracking, and predicting ovulation days can be challenging for desirous couples to get pregnant.
Kshitiz Murdia, CEO and Co-Founder of Indira IVF explains it all:
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A: Ovulation is a part of the reproductive cycle when the egg is released from the ovary of the dominant follicle into the fallopian tube. When the egg is fertilized by a sperm, an embryo is formed in the fallopian tube which later travels to the uterus developing further into a fetus. In the case where the egg isn’t fertilized by a sperm, it disintegrates and sheds along with the uterine lining during menstruation.
Q: How to track or predict ovulation day?
A: Typically, ovulation happens about 13-15 days before the start of each period. But like a period, the timing of ovulation can vary in each person from cycle-to-cycle. If an average menstrual cycle is 28 days, the ideal day for ovulating would be around day 14, and the most fertile days would be two-three days prior to that.
A: Symptoms of ovulation can differ from person to person. Females can experience – mild ovulation pain, spotting, increased libido, tender breasts, bloating, and change in consistency and amount of vaginal discharge (clear and slippery like egg white) and the amount of vaginal discharge also increases
Apart from these symptoms, ovulation can also be tracked by transvaginal sonography, basal body temperature, ovulation prediction kits, maintaining a tracking calendar, ovulation indicator applications, etc.
Q: What is a ‘fertile window’ and how is it related to ovulation?
A: A fertile window is the time frame during the reproductive cycle when the chances of conception are higher. While the sperm can stay active in the female body for up to three days, the life of an egg is limited to survive for about 24 hours. Therefore the best time to try for pregnancy is from three to four days before ovulation to about two days post ovulation.
A: While the quality and quantity of eggs in women starts to reduce in their 30s and can sharply decline post 35, it is possible to have babies through various ART methods. The consistency of ovulation and risk of infertility can get affected after 40 years of age. Egg freezing, cryopreservation, embryo preservation PGTA, IVF, and IUI, etc. are a few of the methods one can opt for under the medical guidance of doctors and embryologists for a successful conception even in the 40s.
Getting pregnant or a successful conception goes beyond just ideal timing. There is a variety of physiological, physical, reproductive, and health factors that can impact pregnancy. It is always advised to consult your doctors and embryologists and gain more knowledge on the subject to be able to plan a successful roadmap to pregnancy. (IANS)
People change the color of their tresses quite often. Hair color has the power to alter your personality and make you feel like a whole other person altogether. But whether it’s about covering those pesky greys or experiment with new hair color, there are several myths around hair coloring. Sameer Hamdare, Zonal Technical Manager, Streax Professional speaks to IANSlife to burst the myths and shares the facts about hair coloring.
Myth: If you color your hair once, you have to keep coloring it.
Fact: This is not true at all! Recolouring your hair is entirely your choice. Tresses coloring does not mean that you can never have its natural color back.
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Myth: Colouring your hair will make it go grey sooner.
Fact: Grey hair is entirely genetic, and coloring does not accelerate the greying of hair. The hair starts greying when the melanin stops producing the color pigment, and this is when your hair starts turning into grey.
Myth: Colouring will make your hair-thin.
Fact: Colour has no role in making your hair thin, deficiency in vitamins and minerals could be one reason your hair starts thinning.
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Myth: Colouring will damage your hair.
Fact: This is one of the biggest myths and one that you all must have heard all the time. Colouring your hair can’t have an incredibly negative impact on your hair. Still, there are many different options on the market for maintaining healthy hair while having fun with the colors, and you need to use a color-safe shampoo, conditioner, and serum, a significant culprit for damaged hair lies in the use of color if using a proper technique & aftercare then your hair will be just as soft and healthy always.
Myth: Hair color is difficult to maintain.
Fact: No, hair color is easy to maintain, you need an excellent aftercare product such as (shampoo, conditioner & serum it is vital but don’t buy them without consulting with your hairstylist, as he/she know your hair & scalp. (IANS)
That a hair transplant procedure is as painful as any other surgical process is a myth, points out Dr. Pradeep Sethi, Hair Transplant Surgeon at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi and Managing Director Eugenix Hair Sciences. Many people think that the procedure might result in regular headaches or migraines which is also untrue, clears Dr. Arika Bansal, Hair Transplant surgeon, AIIMS New Delhi.
IANSlife spoke to the experts who bust all the myths around hair transplant and point to the facts. Read on:
The procedure needs to be retouched or done again and again – It will always remain intact once done, only if done by a highly experienced professional. One may lose hair in a different region where the procedure has not been done and might require transplantation for the same.
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People cannot get hair transplantation after a certain age – Advancing age is never a problem as long as there is good blood flow in the scalp region and if the person is not suffering from any uncontrolled pre-existing health condition.
The donor can be anyone – Wrong. Only your own hair can be transplanted on you.
Hair doesn’t grow any longer than the grafted length – Once the hair is grafted, it becomes as natural as your existing hair. You can do whatever you want at your will. It can be shaved, dyed, treated, etc., and will come back to its originality with growth. Hence, you can grow your hair as long as you want without any further treatment or procedures.
The procedure may cause cancer – There is no relation to cancer at all. The transplant doesn’t cause any health conditions
There are lifelong scars after the procedure – There are rarely any chest extraction cases that leave scars on patients. Scars are generally not seen on the scalp if extracted in a proper manner. Whereas, any break in skin leaves a scar which is generally lifelong, if done by an expert, there will hardly be any visible scarring.
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The hair transplantation procedure is temporary – There is nothing temporary about the procedure, the characteristics of the transplanted hair might change with age like greying of hair but otherwise, it remains as is a life long without any losses.
A person can differentiate between natural hair and those transplanted – If done by a highly experienced professional, an onlooker cannot make out if the hair has been transplanted or if it’s natural. It is recommended one research’ properly before opting for the procedure as it depends entirely on the person who performs it.
The process is very painful – There is a misconception for the hair transplant procedure to be painful like every other surgical process, which is absolutely untrue. The procedure is initiated by inducing local anesthesia which is a pinprick with a very fine needle following which the procedure of transplant is absolutely painless and doesn’t cause even the slightest of discomfort.
Causes headaches and Migraine – Many people think that the procedure might result in regular headaches or migraines which is again untrue. There has never been a case as such where people who have had the procedure complained anything as such.
Will lack density – No, the hair is nice and dense. It will be thick and healthy, but we cannot match nature in its density.
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Hair cannot be implanted on scarred tissue – Hair can only be transplanted in regions with ideal blood supply. As long as the scar is completely modulated and has an optimal blood supply, it can be grafted upon as it will grow naturally.
The procedure is done with cut and stitch technique – The old cut and stitch technique has now been replaced by an entirely modernized procedure with absolute precision. Now individual grafts are extracted by modern aided equipment.
The transplanted hair will develop into scalp hair characteristics – The body hair grafted onto the scalp during the transplantation procedure will retain its own nature while the rest of the features remaining as it is. (IANS)
The growing towards conscious eating habits, backed by health benefits is set to drive Veganism as a way of life in the days to come. But being a vegan, one often faces questions about their diet.
It’s important to remember Veganism is not a diet or fad but a social justice movement for animals. To start with, vegans are those who do not use animal products or even by-products such as eggs, dairy products, honey, leather, fur, silk, cosmetics. Individuals who prefer to be vegan choose food that does not exploit animals.
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On World Vegan Day, IANSlife spoke to Amjor Chandran, animal rights activist and co-organizer of Vegan India Movement, Animal Liberation March India (ALMI), and the Animal Rights March India clears the air on veganism.
Bursting the myths about veganism:
There is a common belief that it is not affordable to go vegan. The truth is: it is economical. It is essential for a human being to follow a balanced diet with pulses and cereals, grains, vegetables, and fruit to fulfill the body’s nutritional requirements, he says.
“When we eliminate animal products from our diet, it is not necessary to substitute them with vegan alternatives. Vegan alternatives like almond and soy milk mock meat are only to satiate our taste buds. They are not essential to go vegan. Eliminating animal products is cost-effective.
“Another big misconception is that the vegans are protein deficient because people think only meat has protein. A well plant-based diet will give you all the essential amino acids needed for your body. Other requirements like B12 is a vitamin which is neither plant nor animal origin.
They are found in microbes. Because of too much sanitation, it is not readily available. So, it is necessary to take supplements. Sunlight is an excellent source of vitamin D as well as supplementation. 40 percent of the world’s population is deficient in vitamin D irrespective of what they eat. So, it is not correct to think that a vegan diet lacks nutrients,” Chandran points out.
Benefits of veganism
By choosing to go vegan you not only contribute to the effort to stop the exploitation of animals but also to reduce your carbon footprint and prevent diseases. By following a whole food and plant-based diet, you can prevent or even reverse 15 of the major killer diseases of our time that includes heart disease and diabetes. This is explained with facts by Dr. Michael Gregor in his famous video on YouTube “Uprooting the leading causes of death”, says the expert.
“Being vegan is the single best way to reduce your environmental impact on the earth. Animal agriculture is responsible for deforestation, water shortage, Global warming, and climate change. Globally, 50 percent of food grains that are produced in this world are used to feed the animals that we breed and overpopulate. A global shift towards veganism significantly helps us in preventing food shortage,” he asserts.
Adding: “Animal agriculture is responsible for global warming, deforestation, climate change, and water scarcity. This is the reason why environmentalists like James Cameron and Greta Thunberg have turned vegan. There are growing activist groups across the country like Duval (Delhi Vegans for Animal Liberation ) which is based in Delhi and Kerala vegan Movement, which aim at creating vegan awareness by several campaigns like Marches, the cube of truth, lectures, street outreaches.”
Vegan India Movement is an initiative that strives to bring together grassroots vegan Activists across the country. 1,000 activists across the country actively participate in different campaigns. Last month was named #whydiaryiscruel in which several activists made videos in their regional languages to make people aware of the standard practices of the dairy industry.
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Cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, and Chennai have an immense rise in the number of vegans. The Movement is slowly spreading across the small towns as well. There is no proper survey conducted to measure the number of vegans yet. But with more awareness being created by activists, it’s bound to increase exponentially.
How can one become a vegan?
He says: “Veganism is not about perfectionism. It is not a perfect world that we live in, but the endeavor is to strive towards creating one. It’s about not causing intentional harm to animals. As far as our diet is concerned, it’s about following a balanced diet and eliminating animal products.
Some people find it difficult to let go of the taste of animal products, that’s where alternatives come into play.” Tea, coffee, paneer, and all other addictions can be replaced with similar plant-based alternatives. There are many start-ups which sell mock meats as well
He adds: “Besides diet, it is important to focus on our lifestyle as well. As a vegan one should not wear silk, fur, wool which is made of animal skin, and replace cosmetics, beauty products with cruelty-free products. One needs to be very careful in using products from the industry where animals are used, they are abused and exploited.” (IANS)