Women

Is my daughter’s cycle normal?

Dear Doctor, My teen daughter gets her period once every two months or so. And when it comes, it so heavy, lasts about eight days with severe cramps.  I’ve never heard anyone in my family talk about irregular menstruation. Is this normal? Is there medical assistance I can get her?...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:01am

Should I tell my wife about my love child?

Dear Counsellor, I have a good marriage. I love my wife and she loves me. However, there is a small issue. I have a three-year-old child and my wife does not know about it. It happened during a rough patch in the marriage when I thought my wife would leave me. There was this co-worker I admired....

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:00am

Why Govt introduced monthly allowance for expectant mothers

Lives of vulnerable pregnant and breastfeeding mothers are set to improve thanks to monthly stipends that are set to address varied issues of health, nutrition and extreme poverty in families. The initiative, which was announced in January, will come into effect this month, and, according to...

Monday, February 4, 2019 - 10:35am

Inside a woman’s makeup world

Almost every woman in Kigali wears makeup, some say it makes a woman look beautiful and more confident. You must know someone who cannot go out of the house without manipulating their jaw line to look sharper and more defined, or their nose. Or maybe that person is you! In fact, there seems to be...

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 9:32pm

Beauty pageants: What’s the impact towards women’s empowerment?

Beautycontests have always been a subject of controversy. Some see them as platforms used to demean women by portraying them as ‘sex objects’. Others are of the view that beauty pageants pose a challenge to women as they subject themselves to judgment based on their physical appearance...

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 10:14pm

KWEZI AND I... (My little girl is finally a student)

If you had asked me where I saw myself in five years, five years ago, I wouldn’t have had an answer. Even if I had one, I don’t think that it would have involved motherhood, but here we are and I have never been happier. What an interesting journey of growth this has been. I have...

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 9:42pm

I was fired from my job

Dear Counsellor, I was unceremoniously fired from my job after giving the company three good years of my life. I was employed on a contract and it was not renewed. All of my job appraisals have been good over the years. I am certainly qualified for the job. There was no explanation given to me...

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 9:21pm

Do I have a UTI infection?

Dear Doctor, Of late I’ve had pain in my abdomen and the need to pee often. The urine is usually never really there and there’s a sensation that comes with it. Is this some sort of infection?  I’ve heard of UTIs. Is this the case?  What causes them? Monica  ...

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 9:06pm

Meatless meals: The benefits of eating less meat

You can eat healthfully without spending a lot. One way to achieve healthy savings is to serve meat less often. It can be challenging to serve healthy meals when you’re trying to save money. Consider serving budget-friendly meatless meals once or twice a week. Meatless meals are built...

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 9:03pm

The all-round trench coat

The history of the trench coat actually dates back to about a hundred years ago. It was originally developed years prior to the First World War and was worn by army officers. It was designed to be literally worn in the trenches, thus its name. The trench coat is a true fashion accessory that...

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 8:58pm

Resonate: Unlocking women’s leadership potential

Young women and girls at Resonate are taking charge of their callings. Their weapon for success is storytelling. With this, they are able to share and mirror their journeys in life without fear of being judged. These stories act as a reflection, and are a source of inspiration to those listening....

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 6:00pm

Why is my mother losing her memory?

Dear Doctor, My mum is becoming overly forgetful of late. She seems to forget even things you are sure she won’t. She is 72 years old and her memory has always been okay as she most of time reminds me and my siblings of things. We are worried about her. What should we do? Noella Dear Noella...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 12:08am

KWEZI AND I: Of little girls with opinions

Early this week, I had the bitter sweet experience of going shopping for the now famous ’21 items’ that are required by Kwezi’s school as necessities to make her new education journey fun and productive. Before you get very confused about why I said the experience was bitter sweet...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 12:07am

The all-round trench coat

The history of the trench coat actually dates back to about a hundred years ago. It was originally developed years prior to the First World War and was worn by army officers. It was designed to be literally worn in the trenches, thus its name. The trench coat is a true fashion accessory that looks...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 12:05am

Albinism: A woman’s plight

She has sores on her face and her skin is so delicate that it could crack under the harsh sun. However, this hasn’t drained Valentine Irakoze’s feisty spirit, even when she has had to endure prejudice and pain all her life as a young woman living with albinism. Growing up, children...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 12:14am

When will my baby’s umbilical stump heal?

Dear Doctor, My son is now two weeks old and the umbilical cord fell off when he was about eight days old. However, it looks like the wound has refused to heal. I have tried to keep it dry at all times but it is still a wound. What can I do? Sandy Dear Sandy, Accept my heartiest congratulations...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 12:13am

How to teach a child to read in 3 easy steps

Read aloud to your child Teaching your child to read is truly a process that begins at infancy. Begin reading with your new-born within days of welcoming her home!  Not only is ongoing reading time building a special bonding for the two of you, it instils in her a love for books. Enjoyment...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 12:12am

Together and apart

Dear Counsellor, I have a child with a man who is 15 years my senior. The relationship is not working. I am living at his house. He said that I can stay, but we are in different rooms. He earns much more money than I do. I am a teacher. I want to improve myself, so I do not mind living at his...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 12:11am

Unleashing women’s potential through sports

Alice Mukeshimana is a young woman who never got the chance to receive an education; she led what she calls an unbearable life and saw no future whatsoever. The now 20-year-old says she felt like an outcast, as she had no job or hope for securing means for survival. Life was really tough; however...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 12:08am

How effective is the IUD?

Dear Doctor, My husband and I have been thinking about birth control after the birth of our second child. However, after the nauseating side effects I suffered the last time I used birth control pills, we are considering other options. I am particularly interested in IUD. I’ve heard it is...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 12:07am

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