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8 Ways College Women Can Protect Their Health

Posted 11 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 – The start of college means it's time for young women to take charge of their health. Dr. Aparna Sridhar, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, Los Angeles, offers several tips in a university news release. Know your health status. Talk to your parents and your doctor to make sure you're up-to-date with health screenings, shots and prescriptions. Ask about the status of allergies and other health issues. Guard against HPV. Sridhar said college students should make sure they have been immunized for human papilloma virus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection. "It can cause cervical cancer but can be prevented by the HPV vaccination and screening with pap smears," she said. Know how to get health care on campus. Find out the location of the closest health center that accepts your insurance. Keep track of menstrual ... Read more

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Breast-Feeding Linked to Lower Endometriosis Risk

Posted 8 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 – Women who breast-fed at least one child appear to have a lower risk for developing endometriosis, new research suggests. Endometriosis is a chronic and often painful condition that occurs when the lining of the uterus grows outside of the reproductive organ on the fallopian tubes, ovaries or another area. "We found that women who breast-fed for a greater duration were less likely to be diagnosed with endometriosis," said study author Leslie Farland. She is a research scientist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "Given the chronic nature of endometriosis and that very few modifiable risk factors are currently known, breast-feeding may be an important modifiable behavior to reduce the risk of endometriosis among women after pregnancy," Farland said in a hospital news release. The study involved thousands of women who participated in the Nurses' Health ... Read more

Related support groups: Menstrual Disorders, Endometriosis, Period Pain, Delivery, Dysmenorrhea, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Lactation Suppression, Cesarean Section, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Are Her Chocolate Cravings a Product of the Culture?

Posted 26 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 25, 2017 – While some U.S. women believe they need a dose of chocolate because their period is near, the culture they live in may be key to that impulse, new research suggests. Chocolate cravings are common among premenstrual American women – but unusual elsewhere in the world, the new study finds. "Menstrual chocolate cravings may be a culture-bound construct," said study lead author Julia Hormes. She is a psychologist at the University at Albany, State University of New York. "In a society that emphasizes the 'thin ideal' of female beauty, women may view menstruation as a socially acceptable excuse to indulge in otherwise 'taboo' food," she explained. For the study, the researchers surveyed 275 female undergraduate students who represented a broad range of cultural backgrounds, with 81 born outside of the United States. The investigators found foreign-born respondents ... Read more

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Majority of U.S. Parents Would Support Teen Switching Gender: Survey

Posted 21 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 – More than half of U.S. adults surveyed would be supportive if they had a teenage child who wanted to transition to the opposite gender, a new online survey finds. Women, college graduates and Northeast residents were slightly more likely than others to support kids who made this choice, according to the Harris Poll survey. It was commissioned by the American Osteopathic Association. "Trans children are living in a body that doesn't match how they view themselves," said Dr. Laura Arrowsmith, a transgender specialist in Oklahoma City, Okla. "To address the 'dysphoria', some may wish to transition socially or to medically transition through gender-confirmation surgery and/or hormone treatment," she said in an association news release. More than 2,100 adults participated in the online survey, conducted in June. Fifty-three percent of the respondents said they would ... Read more

Related support groups: Menstrual Disorders, Precocious Puberty, Gender Dysphoria

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 well established that the length of time that someone spends in education can have repercussions later on in life," said study lead author Dipender Gill, a clinical research fellow at Imperial College London. "It is associated with socio-economic status, rates of depression, risk-taking behavior and a range of health outcomes, so clearly time spent in education is important," Gill said in a college news release. "This study identifies that the age of puberty may have an effect on the length of ... Read more

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Estrogen May Influence Women's Depression Risk

Posted 21 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 – Women exposed to estrogen for longer periods of time during the reproductive years may have a lower risk of depression, a new study finds. Previous research has suggested that reproductive hormones play a role in depression risk among women, yet hormone fluctuations are something all women experience. So, the study authors tried to figure out how hormones might be linked to depression. The researchers focused on estradiol. This is the main form of estrogen present during a woman's reproductive years. Estradiol affects levels of serotonin, a brain chemical that's involved in depression. Factors that might increase the length of exposure to estradiol include a younger age at first menstruation and how many menstrual cycles a woman has over her lifetime, the researchers said. This study of more than 1,300 women found that being exposed to estradiol for a longer ... Read more

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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 negative impact of hormonal changes on [thinking and memory]," said the study's lead author, Brigitte Leeners. She's the deputy head of reproductive endocrinology at University Hospital Zurich, in Switzerland. The researchers said it's not just a pop culture myth or a persistent old wives' tale that surrounds menstruation and thinking skills. There have been some scientific studies that have suggested that hormones and the way they cycle could affect how a woman thinks and performs. For example, ... Read more

Related support groups: Menstrual Disorders, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Period Pain, Premenstrual Syndrome, Amenorrhea, Menorrhagia, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Dysmenorrhea

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 of research at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program. "The odds of having two or more abnormal menstrual patterns were significantly higher – six times higher for concussed patients, compared with those with orthopedic injuries," he said. The study included 128 young women, aged 12-21. Sixty-eight had sports-related concussions and 60 had an orthopedic injury, such as muscle strains or tears or broken or fractured bones. Forty-five percent of these women ... Read more

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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 of researchers determined that acupuncture did not help women who were infertile because of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Women with PCOS have a hormonal imbalance that keeps them from releasing an egg (ovulating) during the menstrual cycle. Acupuncture is a key element of traditional Chinese medicine. It involves inserting thin needles into the skin to stimulate specific body points. Previous research has found it might benefit constipation, depression and morning sickness, among other ... Read more

Related support groups: Menstrual Disorders, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Overactive Bladder, Urinary Incontinence, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Premenstrual Syndrome, Menorrhagia

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 stress fractures than others. BMI is an estimate of body fat based on weight and height. Women with a low body weight were also sidelined longer after an injury. Among those with the most severe stress fractures, recovery time was 13 weeks for women with a BMI of 19 or higher. That compared to more than 17 weeks for those with a BMI below 19, the study found. "We found that over time, we were able to identify the factors that put female runners at an increased risk of developing a stress fracture," ... Read more

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Why Teen Mental Ability Surges While Brain Shrinks

Posted 6 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 6, 2017 – Scientists say they have an answer to a persistent and quirky puzzle about brain development. They've long known that the brain's gray matter decreases in volume during adolescence – even though mental performance improves dramatically from childhood to young adulthood. Gray matter is the tissue in brain areas involved in seeing and hearing, memory, speech, emotions, decision making and self-control, among other things. While it shrinks in volume during adolescence, a new University of Pennsylvania study finds it becomes more dense to compensate. And while girls have lower brain volume than boys, proportionate to their smaller size, their gray matter is more dense. That may be why their mental skills are comparable, researchers said. "It is quite rare for a single study to solve a paradox that has been lingering in a field for decades, let alone two paradoxes," ... Read more

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Health Tip: Watch for Uterine Fibroids

Posted 30 May 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Uterine fibroids – growths in a woman's uterus – usually aren't cancerous. But they can trigger significant pain and discomfort. The womenshealth.gov website says typical symptoms include: Heavy, painful menstrual periods. A sensation of fullness in the lower abdomen or pelvis. Abdominal swelling. Urinating frequently. Pain during sex. Lower back pain. Reproductive problems. Read more

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'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 organs, including cancer and infertility, the model's creators said. "This is nothing short of a revolutionary technology," lead investigator Teresa Woodruff said. Woodruff is a reproductive scientist and director of the Women's Health Research Institute at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. EVATAR, as it's called, resembles a small cube. A special fluid pumping through all of the organ models performs the function of blood. Hormones and other secreted substances ... Read more

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Keep an Eye Out for Eating Disorders in Loved Ones

Posted 3 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 – Millions of Americans have eating disorders, but it can be difficult for family and friends to detect these problems in loved ones, a doctor warns. For example, many people with anorexia are skillful at hiding their weight loss by doing things such as wearing loose clothing to mask their size or being very involved in meal preparation, according to Dr. Martha Levine of Penn State Children's Hospital. But there are signs that loved ones can look for, said Levine, who is director of the partial hospitalization program, in the division of eating disorders and adolescent medicine. People with anorexia are often cold and may develop a fine layer of hair on their bodies in reaction to the loss of body fat. In females, menstruation tends to stop, she noted. In the case of those with bulimia, watch for the person visiting the bathroom right after meals. Dentists can ... Read more

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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 pregnant," said lead study author Rajeshwari Sundaram. She is a senior investigator at the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, a unit of NIH. Prior studies show an association between female obesity and reduced odds for pregnancy in a single menstrual cycle, as well as a link between men's increased body weight and lower sperm count, the researchers noted. This study breaks new ground because it enrolled couples hoping to get pregnant, not couples undergoing fertility ... Read more

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