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Health Tip: Cope With Stretch Marks During Puberty

Posted 31 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Stretch marks aren't confined to pregnant women. Youngsters in puberty also may develop these lines on the body due to rapid growth. Skin is typically quite elastic, the Nemours Foundation points out, but when it overstretched, small scars known as stretch marks may develop. Nemours suggests how to make stretch marks less noticeable: Use a sunless self-tanner. Apply body makeup that is the ...

Health Tip: Use Tampons Safely

Posted 18 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Tampons – cylindrical devices used to stem a woman's menstrual flow – are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as medical devices. The FDA offers these tips for safe tampon use: Follow all directions on the product's label. Wash hands before and after use. Only use tampons during the menstrual period. Change a tampon every 4-to-8 hours. Use the lowest-absorbency tampon for ...

Can Type 2 Diabetes Lead to Irregular Periods for Teen Girls?

Posted 25 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 – As if coping with type 2 diabetes as a teenager isn't tough enough, it turns out that many girls with the metabolic disorder also have to deal with irregular periods. And menstrual cycles that stray from normal can lead to very heavy bleeding and cause extra cramping, said Dr. Megan Kelsey, lead author of a new study. She's an associate professor of pediatric ...

Early Periods Tied to Mental Health Issues Into Adulthood

Posted 10 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 9, 2018 – Mental health problems can last into adulthood for girls who start having their periods at an early age, a new study suggests. Previous research had found that girls with early periods have more frequent and severe mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety and eating disorders. They're also more prone to substance abuse, delinquency and failing or dropping out ...

Could Smoggy Air Affect a Girl's Periods?

Posted 26 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 26, 2018 – The quality of the air she breathes might have an impact on a teen girl's menstrual cycle, a new study suggests. U.S. researchers said that exposure to smoggy air could raise teen girls' risk for irregular periods. "While air pollution exposures have been linked to cardiovascular and pulmonary [lung] disease, this study suggests there may be other systems, such as the ...

Early Periods, Higher Heart Risks?

Posted 16 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 – Women whose periods started before age 12 may face an increased risk for heart disease and stroke, a new British study suggests. Early menopause, pregnancy complications and hysterectomy are also associated with a higher risk for heart disease and stroke, according to the research. "More frequent cardiovascular screening would seem to be sensible among women who are ...

Know the Signs of Ovarian Cancer and Your Risks

Posted 10 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 – About 22,440 American women will learn they have ovarian cancer this year, and more than 14,000 will die from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society. Often called a "silent killer," ovarian cancer is the 9th most common type of malignancy in women in the United States. Every woman should know the risks and symptoms of ovarian cancer. While the causes are ...

Does Early Puberty Affect a Girl's Academic Achievement?

Posted 9 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 – Girls who begin puberty at an earlier age may spend fewer years in school, a new study suggests. On the other hand, starting menstruation later was associated with staying in school longer, British researchers found. For every one year increase in age before starting menstruation, a girl spent an additional 53 days in school, on average, according to the report. "It's ...

No Such Thing as Menstrual Memory Fog

Posted 5 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 – Contrary to what some have been led to believe, a woman's monthly menstrual cycle doesn't seem to dampen her thinking skills, no matter what time of the month it is. That's the finding of a small study that hopes to put to rest the idea that a woman isn't performing quite at her best during her period. "There might be individual exceptions, but our study did not show a ...

Concussion Can Spur Short-Term Change in Women's Periods

Posted 3 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 3, 2017 – After a concussion, a young woman might notice that her next few menstrual periods are a bit off-schedule, a new study finds. "The findings suggest that adolescent and young women have significantly increased odds of multiple, abnormal menstrual patterns following concussion, compared to those with an orthopedic injury," said lead researcher Anthony Kontos. He's director ...

Consider Acupuncture for Incontinence, But Not Infertility Due To PCOS

Posted 27 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 – Acupuncture, a 3,000-year-old healing technique, received mixed reviews in two new studies from China – one focusing on incontinence and the other on a cause of female infertility. A research team found acupuncture did improve symptoms of stress incontinence – an involuntarily loss of urine, such as when a woman sneezes or coughs. But in a separate study, another team ...

Being Thin Could Boost Stress Fracture Risk in Female Runners

Posted 23 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 – Female runners with a low body weight are more likely to have stress fractures and take longer to recover from them, according to a new study. Researchers from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center reviewed data on dozens of injuries suffered by female college runners. They found that runners with a body mass index (BMI) below 19 were more likely to suffer ...

'Menstrual Cycle in a Dish' Explores Intricacies of Female Body

Posted 30 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 – Scientists say they have created a palm-size model of the female reproductive system that even has a period. Dubbed a menstrual cycle in a dish, the miniature 3-D replica includes human and rodent tissue and models of ovaries, fallopian tubes, the uterus, cervix, vagina and liver. The technology could lead to improvements in treating diseases in women's reproductive ...

Obese Couples May Take Longer to Conceive

Posted 3 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 3, 2017 – It's not just a woman's weight that matters when couples are trying to conceive, a new study suggests. When a woman and her partner are both obese, their chances for pregnancy during any menstrual cycle are about half that of a normal-weight couple, according to the analysis from the U.S. National Institutes of Health. "It translates to maybe a longer time to get ...

Premature or Early Menopause More Likely in Women Without Kids: Study

Posted 25 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 – The risk of premature or early menopause is higher among women who began having menstrual periods at a young age and did not have children, a new report contends. Premature menopause is when periods naturally stop before the age of 40. Early menopause is when periods naturally stop when a woman is between 40 and 44 years old, the study authors said. The new research ...

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