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Later Start, Finish to Menstruation May Extend Women's Lives

Posted 27 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 – Women whose periods begin later and who experience menopause later in life are more likely to live to be 90, new research suggests. "Our study found that women who started menstruation at age 12 or older, experienced menopause, either naturally or surgically, at age 50 or older and had more than 40 reproductive years had increased odds of living to 90 years old," said study author Aladdin Shadyab. He's from the department of family medicine and public health at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Shadyab said his grandfather lived to the ripe old age of 102. And that's what started his interest in researching longevity. The new study included a racially and ethnically diverse group of over 16,000 American women who were part of the ongoing Women's Health Initiative study. Fifty-five percent of these women lived to age 90. "Our team found ... Read more

Related support groups: Hot Flashes, Menopausal Disorders, Menstrual Disorders, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Premenstrual Syndrome, Postmenopausal Symptoms, Period Pain, Amenorrhea, Menorrhagia, Perimenopausal Symptoms, Dysmenorrhea

Health Tip: Hormones Can Affect Women's Dental Health

Posted 26 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Hormones may affect a woman's dental health throughout her lifetime. The American Dental Association cites these examples: During puberty, hormones can trigger bleeding, redness and swelling of the gums. Each month during menstruation, a woman may have bleeding and swollen gums, swollen salivary glands or canker sores. These symptoms should subside when menstruation ends. Some women who take birth control pills are more likely to develop a dry socket after oral surgery. Gingivitis, including swelling, soreness, tenderness and reddening of the gums, is possible during pregnancy. Regular brushing, flossing and visits with your dentist can help with all of these issues. Read more

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3 Health Issues That Can Threaten Young Female Athletes

Posted 18 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 18, 2016 – Doctors need to be on the lookout for a trio of harmful health conditions in young female athletes, a new report says. Known as the "female athlete triad," the conditions include eating problems, menstrual problems and weakened bones, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Experts now know that all three conditions need not be present together to cause long-term health issues, and that they are triggered by strenuous sports training and not eating enough to meet the body's demands. "Each one of the components really exists on a spectrum," explained report co-author Dr. Amanda Weiss Kelly, division chief of pediatric sports medicine at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland. The report discusses what is known about the triad and how doctors can screen for it during routine office visits. Doctors can ask a number of questions involving eating ... Read more

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Base Quit-Smoking Day on Menstrual Cycle?

Posted 2 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2016 – Certain weeks of a woman's menstrual cycle may be better than others for quitting smoking, a small study suggests. Success was less likely when a "quit day" fell during the follicular phase, or first half of the monthly cycle, researchers found. "Understanding how menstrual cycle phase affects neural processes, cognition and behavior is a critical step in developing more effective treatments and in selecting the best, most individualized treatment options to help each cigarette smoker quit," said lead author Reagan Wetherill. Wetherill is a research assistant professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia. Previous work by these researchers revealed that women in the follicular phase have enhanced responses to smoking cues in reward-related areas of the brain, the researchers said. The new study included 38 women smokers, ages 21 to ... Read more

Related support groups: Smoking, Menstrual Disorders, Smoking Cessation, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Premenstrual Syndrome, Period Pain, Dysmenorrhea

Women May Not Be Aware of Heart Disease Risks

Posted 24 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016 – Many American women have heart disease risk factors, but few are properly informed of their risk by doctors, a new study finds. Researchers conducted an online survey of 1,000 women nationwide and found that 74 percent had at least one heart disease risk factor, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, irregular menstrual cycle, early menopause or a family history of heart disease. Women who were younger, lower-income or minority were the least likely to be aware of their heart disease risk factors. These same groups of women were also least likely to know that heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women, the researchers said. Only 16 percent of those women were told by a doctor that they were at risk for heart disease. About one-third were advised to lose weight, the study revealed. Nearly half of the women in the study ... Read more

Related support groups: High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Type 2, Obesity, Hypertension, High Cholesterol, Menopausal Disorders, Menstrual Disorders, Premenstrual Syndrome, Period Pain, Dysmenorrhea, Hypertensive Heart Disease

Giving Birth, Breast-feeding May Help Women's Long-Term Health

Posted 30 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 30, 2015 – Having babies and breast-feeding may extend a woman's life, new research suggests. Other beneficial factors appear to include starting menstruation at a later age and using birth control pills. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 323,000 women in 10 European countries who were followed for an average of about 13 years. During that time, more than 14,300 of the women died. Nearly 6,000 died of cancer and more than 2,400 from circulatory system diseases. The study found fewer deaths among women who gave birth between the ages of 26 and 30 than among those who were older or who gave birth at age 20 or younger. Women who breast-fed also lived longer than those who did not. The risk of cancer death was lower in women who had given birth than among those who had not, and was lower among those who gave birth to two or three children than among those with one child. ... Read more

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Women's Pelvic Pain Often Unreported

Posted 12 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2015 – Untreated pelvic pain is common among U.S. women in their childbearing years, a new study reveals. The findings suggest that even during routine visits, doctors should ask women about pelvic pain, the investigators said. "Our study suggests that many reproductive-age women are experiencing but not reporting some form of pelvic pain," study author Karen Schliep, of the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, said in an institute news release. "If they aren't doing so already, gynecologists may want to ask their patients if they're experiencing pain, as well as the type and precise location of the pain, and offer treatment as appropriate," she said. "Similarly, women should let their doctors know if they're in pain." The researchers surveyed more than 400 women, aged 18 to 44, at 14 surgical centers in Salt Lake City and San Francisco who ... Read more

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Viagra for Menstrual Cramps?

Posted 9 Dec 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 9, 2013 – Women dealing with painful menstrual cramps may receive relief from an unexpected source – the erectile dysfunction medication normally found in their husbands' little blue pills. Sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, appears to help women who are suffering from moderate to severe menstrual cramps, according to a small study funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Researchers found that administering the medication vaginally provided nearly double the pain relief compared to a second group of women who received a placebo, or dummy drug. The study focused on 25 women aged 18 to 35 who were suffering from primary dysmenorrhea (PD), the medical term for painful menstrual periods. PD accounts for 600 million lost work hours each year in the United States, according to background information from the study, which was published in the November issue ... Read more

Related support groups: Viagra, Period Pain, Dysmenorrhea

Vitamin D3 Might Ease Menstrual Cramps

Posted 28 Feb 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 28 – Menstrual cramps are the bane of many women, but new research suggests that a form of vitamin D may one day be added to the meager list of pain relievers for the sometimes disabling condition. A small study in Italy found that a single, high dose of cholecalciferol – also known as vitamin D3 – was linked to a marked reduction in menstrual cramps, with the largest benefits observed in women reporting the most pain at the beginning of the study. U.S. experts cautioned that it's too early to recommend vitamin D3 to those experiencing cramps – estimated to occur in at least half of all reproductive-age women – because the study didn't delve into possible long-term risks of taking high doses. "It's provocative in the fact that the results are pretty amazing," said Dr. Robert Graham, an internist and vitamin D expert at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "But the ... Read more

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'The Pill' Can Help Ease Period Pain, Study Finds

Posted 17 Jan 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 17 – There's more evidence that use of the oral contraceptive pill can help ease the cramps, bloating and other pain some women experience during their period. Some previous research, as well as anecdotal evidence, have suggested that the Pill could help women with painful periods, but a 2009 review of all available research concluded there was limited evidence for such a conclusion. The new findings, from a Swedish study that has been running for 30 years, show that women who used the combined birth control pill (estrogen plus progestin) suffered less severe pain than women who did not use the Pill, the researchers said. Their study findings appear online Jan. 18 in the journal Human Reproduction. Experts estimate that pain associated with menstrual periods accounts for 600 million lost working hours and $2 billion in lost productivity in the United States each year. One ... Read more

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Menstrual Cramps May Be Helped by New Drug

Posted 23 Mar 2010 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 23 – A new drug shows promise in treating severe menstrual cramps, researchers say. The condition, called dysmenorrhea, affects 45 percent to 90 percent of women of child-bearing age and is the leading cause of school and job absenteeism among women in their teens and 20s, according to a news release from the American Chemical Society. Existing treatments, such as pain relievers, anti-inflammatory drugs and oral contraceptives, are ineffective in nearly one-third of women with moderate to severe dysmenorrhea, the news release noted. Menstrual cramps are caused by contractions of the uterus. In dysmenorrhea, the uterus contracts with increased frequency. The British pharmaceutical company Vantia Ltd. has developed an investigational pill, called VA111913, that's designed to block the hormone vasopressin, which plays a role in regulating contraction of the uterus. Last ... Read more

Related support groups: Period Pain, Dysmenorrhea

The 'Pill' Offers Benefits Beyond Birth Control

Posted 22 Dec 2009 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 22 – Along with preventing pregnancy, hormonal contraceptives also treat menstruation-related disorders such as severe menstrual pain and heavy menstrual bleeding, according to a new Practice Bulletin issued by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The bulletin also said that combined contraceptives containing both estrogen and progesterone reduce the risk of endometrial, ovarian and colorectal cancer. Other potential benefits include prevention of menstrual migraines, treatment of pelvic pain caused by endometriosis and treatment of bleeding because of uterine fibroids. "We've known for many years that hormonal contraceptives have health advantages beyond preventing pregnancy," Dr. Robert L. Reid, who led the development of the bulletin, said in a news release from the organization. "These recommendations examine the scientific data supporting the ... Read more

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