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Health Tip: Recognizing Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts

Posted 11 Oct 2017 by

-- An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac that forms on the ovary. Most ovarian cysts are small and often lack symptoms unless they rupture or become twisted. If there are symptoms, the website says these warning signs are common: Bloating. Swelling. Pain in the lower abdomen. Pelvic pain. Dull ache in the lower back and thighs. Problems emptying the bladder or bowel. Pain during sex. Unexplained weight gain. Pain during the menstrual period. Breast tenderness. Needing to urinate more often. Read more

Related support groups: Menopausal Disorders, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Ovarian Cysts, Dyspareunia

Consider Acupuncture for Incontinence, But Not Infertility Due To PCOS

Posted 27 Jun 2017 by

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, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Urinary Incontinence, Premenstrual Syndrome, Menorrhagia

Know Your Risk for Ovarian Cancer -- and the Symptoms

Posted 9 Sep 2016 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 9, 2016 – A major shift is needed in the prevention and treatment of ovarian cancer, according to a doctor who specializes in the disease. "Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed too late," said Dr. David Fishman, director of the cancer center and gynecologic oncology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens. "It's important for women to know their risk [of] contracting this deadly disease, and its earliest warning signs," he added. All women are at risk of ovarian cancer, and one in 75 will develop the disease, Fishman said. More than 250,000 women worldwide are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year, and 140,000 die from it. Fishman stressed that a clean pap test does not mean a woman's ovaries are cancer-free. Pap tests diagnose cervical disease, not ovarian cancer. Some call ovarian cancer a "silent" killer. Its early symptoms are mild and easy to ignore, according to Fishman. ... Read more

Related support groups: Birth Control, Contraception, Breast Cancer, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Ovarian Cysts, Ovarian Cancer

Frozen Embryos May Boost Pregnancy Odds for Some Women

Posted 10 Aug 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 – For some women seeking infertility treatment, the use of frozen embryos rather than fresh ones appears to improve the chances for a successful pregnancy, researchers report. Women with polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormonal disorder that causes enlarged ovaries with small cysts on the outer edge, had better odds of having a baby on the first try when frozen embryos were used (49 percent) than when fresh embryos were implanted (42 percent), the study authors found. At the same time, there was a slightly higher risk of potentially dangerous high blood pressure during pregnancy, and newborn death, in women who received frozen embryos, the findings showed. Lead researcher Dr. Richard Legro said, "Perhaps elective embryo freezing followed by frozen embryo transfer is a preferential treatment for women with polycystic ovary syndrome." Legro is a professor of ... Read more

Related support groups: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Female Infertility, Ovulation Induction, Follicle Stimulation

Ovarian Cyst Condition in Mom May Raise Odds for Autism in Child

Posted 8 Dec 2015 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 8, 2015 – Children of mothers with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) may have an increased risk for autism, new research from Sweden suggests. This study is the first to find such a link, the researchers said. And, they added, the findings support the theory that exposure to sex hormones early in life may play an important role in a child's risk of autism. PCOS is a disorder in which a hormonal imbalance can cause changes in the menstrual cycle, ovarian cysts, trouble getting pregnant and other health problems. It affects 5 percent to 15 percent of women of childbearing age, the study authors said. "We found that a maternal diagnosis of PCOS increased the risk of autism spectrum disorder in the offspring by 59 percent," lead researcher Kyriaki Kosidou, of the department of public health sciences at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, said in an institute news release. ... Read more

Related support groups: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Diagnosis and Investigation

For Unexplained Infertility, Breast Cancer Drug No Better Than Standard Treatment

Posted 23 Sep 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 23, 2015 – A breast cancer drug that is sometimes used to treat infertility may reduce a couple's risk of having a pregnancy with multiple babies – but it might also slightly lower their chances of having a baby at all, a new clinical trial suggests. The study did not find the cancer drug letrozole (Femara) more effective than standard fertility drugs for women with unexplained infertility. In research reported last year, letrozole actually improved birth rates among women who were infertile due to polycystic ovarian syndrome compared to a widely used fertility drug called clomiphene (Clomid). In contrast, the new study focused on women age 40 and younger whose infertility had no clear cause. "For them, we can't say that letrozole is as good as standard drugs when it comes to your chances of going home with a baby," said lead researcher Dr. Michael Diamond, professor ... Read more

Related support groups: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Clomid, Female Infertility, Femara, Letrozole, Ovulation Induction, Clomiphene, Primary Ovarian Failure, Follicle Stimulation, Serophene, Milophene

Many U.S. Women Live Far From Gynecologic Cancer Care

Posted 15 Jun 2015 by

MONDAY, June 15, 2015 – Millions of American women have poor access to gynecologic cancer care, a new study finds. The analysis showed that 36 percent of counties in the United States are more than 50 miles from the nearest doctor specializing in ovarian, uterine and cervical cancer. About 10 percent of American women – nearly 15 million – live in those counties, researchers found. "This is the first national study to identify specific regions of the United States where residents may be at an increased risk for poor clinical outcomes – including misdiagnoses and late detection – as a result of limited access to specialized gynecologic cancer care," said study author Dr. David Shalowitz, a fellow in the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine's division of gynecologic oncology, in Philadelphia. "Based on our estimates, it's likely that more than 7,000 women with gynecologic ... Read more

Related support groups: Abnormal Uterine Bleeding, Menstrual Disorders, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Endometriosis, Ovarian Cysts, Uterine Bleeding, Ovarian Cancer, Cervical Cancer, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, Gynecological Conditions, Cervical Dysplasia

Female Hormone Disorder Linked to Numerous Health Conditions

Posted 27 Jan 2015 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 – Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are at increased risk for a number of serious health problems, new research suggests. "PCOS has profound implications for a women's reproductive health, as well as her long-term risk of chronic illness," wrote study author Dr. Roger Hart, of the University of Western Australia and Fertility Specialists of Western Australia, both in Perth. PCOS is the most common hormone disorder in women of reproductive age. The condition causes an imbalance of hormones that causes a variety of symptoms, including excess weight, irregular periods, infertility and an overgrowth of body and facial hair. As many as 5 million American women have the condition, according to the U.S. Office on Women's Health. For the current study, published Jan. 27 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, researchers analyzed data from more ... Read more

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Breast Cancer Drug May Help Women Fight a Leading Cause of Infertility: Study

Posted 10 Jul 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 – Women with polycystic ovary syndrome have a better chance of getting pregnant if they take a breast cancer drug instead of the currently preferred medication, a new study suggests. Polycystic ovary syndrome – the most common cause of female infertility in the United States – causes higher than normal levels of the male hormone androgen, infrequent periods and small cysts on the ovaries. It affects 5 to 10 percent of reproductive-age women, according to background information in the study. Currently, doctors typically prescribe clomiphine (Clomid) to boost fertility for women with polycystic ovary syndrome. However, this new study suggests the drug letrozole (Femara) results in better ovulation, conception and birth rates. "We found a simple and comparatively safe and vastly more effective treatment for [polycystic ovary syndrome]," said lead researcher Dr. ... Read more

Related support groups: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Clomid, Female Infertility, Femara, Letrozole, Clomiphene, Serophene, Milophene

Cinnamon May Help Ease Common Cause of Infertility, Study Says

Posted 16 Oct 2013 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 16 – Cinnamon has long been used to add flavor to sweet and savory foods. Now, preliminary research suggests the spice may also help jump-start irregular menstrual cycles in women affected by a common infertility disorder. A small study by researchers from Columbia University Medical Center in New York City found that women with polycystic ovary syndrome who took inexpensive daily cinnamon supplements experienced nearly twice the menstrual cycles over a six-month period as women with the syndrome given an inactive placebo. Two of the women in the treated group reported spontaneous pregnancies during the trial. "There is a lot of interest in homeopathic or natural remedies for this condition," said study author Dr. Daniel Kort, a postdoctoral fellow in reproductive endocrinology at the medical center. "This may be something we can do using a totally natural substance ... Read more

Related support groups: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Cinnamon

Hormonal Disorder Linked to Pregnancy Complications: Study

Posted 14 Oct 2011 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 14 – A common hormonal disorder among women known as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) seems to be associated with an increased risk for pregnancy complications, such as preeclampsia, diabetes and premature birth, a new study indicates. PCOS affects between 5 percent and 15 percent of women of reproductive age, according to background information in the study published in the Oct. 13 online edition of BMJ. Symptoms include irregular periods, ovulation problems, weight gain and excessive hair growth, and women with the disorder typically have small cysts on their ovaries. In the study, Swedish researchers compared just under 3,800 births among women with PCOS with nearly 1.2 million births among women without the condition, and found that women with PCOS were more likely to be obese and to use assisted reproductive technology. Women with PCOS were 45 percent more likely to ... Read more

Related support groups: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Premature Labor, Toxemia of pregnancy, Gestational Diabetes

Is Female Hormone Disorder Tied to Familial Heart Risk?

Posted 7 Oct 2011 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 7 – Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), an endocrine disorder that often leads to infertility, are more likely to have parents with some form of heart disease, according to a new study. "By further understanding the link between PCOS and other family medical conditions, we might be able to diagnose and treat all of these illnesses at an earlier stage," the study's lead author, Michael Davies, an associate professor from the University of Adelaide's Robinson Institute, said in a university news release. In conducting the study, researchers examined the medical histories of more than 700 women. They found that mothers of women with PCOS are more likely to suffer from some form of heart disease and almost twice as likely to have high blood pressure than mothers of other women. Meanwhile, the findings, published Oct. 4 in the online journal PLoS ONE, revealed that ... Read more

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Can Weight-Loss Surgery Reverse Common Cause of Infertility?

Posted 15 Jun 2011 by

WEDNESDAY, June 15 – Weight-loss surgery may reverse a common cause of infertility in women, a small, new study suggests. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal imbalance that affects up to 10 percent of women of child-bearing age. An estimated one-third to one-half of women with PCOS are overweight or obese, according to the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Researchers at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City reviewed records on 566 morbidly obese women who had gastric bypass surgery. Morbid obesity is having a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more. The women in the study had an average BMI of 52 and lost substantial weight after surgery. Researchers contacted 20 women between the ages of 22 and 42. Of those, 14 were fertile prior to surgery and had no interest in having more children, while six women had been diagnosed with ... Read more

Related support groups: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Female Infertility

Plastics Chemical BPA Tied to Ovarian Cysts

Posted 21 Jun 2010 by

MONDAY, June 21 – There may be more troubling news about the ubiquitous plastics chemical bisphenol A (BPA): Women with polycystic ovary syndrome have higher levels of the chemical in their bloodstream, a study finds. The ovaries of women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) develop multiple "cysts" – immature follicles bunching together in lumps --and the condition can raise the risk of several conditions including infertility, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. In women with PCOS, higher BPA levels were also associated with elevated levels of male hormones, according to new research that was presented at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in San Diego. And a second abstract, also being presented at the meeting, found that male rats exposed to BPA in the womb and while suckling suffered long-term testicular dysfunction. The findings add to the burgeoning, if ... Read more

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Acupuncture May Help Relieve Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Posted 18 Jan 2010 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 4 – Acupuncture and exercise may help women better handle the symptoms and risks that come with hormone imbalances caused by certain ovarian cysts, Swedish researchers report. About one in 10 women of reproductive age have polycystic ovarian syndrome, a condition that can start in the teen years and cause irregular menstrual cycles and infertility. Small immature cysts on the ovaries disrupt hormone production, causing excessive secretion of testosterone, the male sex hormone. In addition to infertility, it can increase a woman's odds of becoming obese and developing type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease, the study authors explained. While the syndrome's cause remains mysterious, researchers believe it is linked to a highly active sympathetic nervous system, part of the body's internal controls that regulate several functions one cannot willingly manage, such as how ... Read more

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