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Like many young girls, Charlene du Toit had dreams of one day getting married and being a mom. However, after a bladder infection turned to an infection of her kidneys and ovaries, scarring her fallopian tubes when she was just 15 years old, doctors prepared Charlene for the fact...
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March is global Endometriosis Awareness Month. Endometriosis is one of the most common chronic gynaecological disorders, affecting an estimated 10% of women in the reproductive age group (usually 15 to 49 years old). It is defined as the growth of endometrial-like tissue (the inner lining of the uterus) outside the...
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Lesna Naidoo’s story begins two years ago when she was 30 years old. Married for one year at the time, she and her husband, Kriben, had been together for 13 years (now 14) and felt that they were finally financially secure and mentally prepared enough to consider bringing a...
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My journey began in 2014 when I was 29 years old. Having been diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) at the age of 16, I knew that trying to conceive would be a challenge. I went for a diagnostic laparoscopy in 2014 for the doctor to determine how severe my...
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Infertility has a devasting effect and a major emotional impact on those who suffer from it. It strains relationships and takes an enormous psychological toll on individuals. It is estimated that infertility in Africa affects one in six couples, which means that in southern Africa alone there are eight million...
Sister and brother from mother with enometriosis
Diagnosed with endometriosis at aged 13 and at 23 with endometriosis, Kellie De Sa would go on to have 11 laparoscopies, and a seven-year wait with infertility before her son was born. Kellie shares her journey from infertility to mom of two. At the age of 13, I was diagnosed...
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Candice Botha has a special story to tell, one of coincidences and special blessings. One of the first test-tube quintuplets in South Africa, she shares how many similarities between her mom and her have played out in her life now that she is the mother of twins. Q. Your family...
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It’s holiday time. The malls are packed. People are swarming around like bees on a nectar hunt. It’s a sea of jovial faces, loads of chatter and the occasional laughter echoing down the lines. I walk with my head high. Life is good. I share my complacency with my...
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As women, it is our birth right to be able to carry a child. We’re born with all of the parts to create, nurture and give life, if we choose to. Yet, mostly through no fault of our own, some have been denied this right before even knowing it....
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When people think of women freezing their eggs, it’s often seen as something to do if you want to get ahead in your career – a way of delaying motherhood. Some companies have even offered funding for the procedure for their female staff. Egg freezing allows women not yet ready...
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