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No Such Thing as Menstrual Memory Fog

Posted 16 days ago 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

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

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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'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

Related support groups: Menstrual Disorders, Endometriosis, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Period Pain, Premenstrual Syndrome, Amenorrhea, Menorrhagia, Dysmenorrhea, Diagnosis and Investigation

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 included more than 51,000 women in Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom and Scandinavia. Women who started their menstrual periods at age 11 or younger were 80 percent more likely to have premature menopause than those who started their periods between ages 12 and 13. Women who began menstruating at 11 or younger were also 30 percent more likely to have early menopause, the study authors said. Those who had never been pregnant or never had children had a twofold increased risk of premature ... Read more

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Lower-Income Girls in U.S. Feel Unprepared for Puberty

Posted 10 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 – Girls from poor U.S. families feel they're missing out on vital life lessons about the female body, researchers say. Girls repeatedly said they felt ill-informed about menstruation and other changes related to puberty, according to researchers who reviewed papers published from 2000 to 2014. "Puberty is the cornerstone of reproductive development," study co-author Marni Sommer, an associate professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health in New York City, said in a university news release. "Therefore, the transition through puberty is a critical period of development that provides an important opportunity to build a healthy foundation for sexual and reproductive health. Given the importance of this transition, the research is striking in its lack of quantity and quality to date." For the study, researchers at Columbia ... Read more

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Genes May Play Role in More Severe Form of PMS

Posted 3 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 – A new study links the activity of certain genes to a premenstrual mood disorder that affects 2 to 5 percent of women of reproductive age. The disorder, known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), causes more severe symptoms than premenstrual syndrome, better known as PMS. PMDD symptoms include disabling irritability, sadness and anxiety before a menstrual period. The link "adds to evidence that PMDD is a disorder of cellular response to estrogen and progesterone," said study researcher Dr. Peter Schmidt. He's with the National Institute of Mental Health, part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. "For the first time, we now have cellular evidence of abnormal signaling in cells derived from women with PMDD, and a plausible biological cause for their abnormal behavioral sensitivity to estrogen and progesterone," he said in an NIH news release. Scientists ... Read more

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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

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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

Related support groups: Menstrual Disorders, Osteoporosis, Binge Eating Disorder, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Period Pain, Premenstrual Syndrome, Eating Disorder, Fracture, bone, Amenorrhea, Anorexia, Prevention of Osteoporosis, Menorrhagia, Dysmenorrhea, Anorexia nervosa, Anorexia/Feeding Problems, Prevention of Fractures

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

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New Guidelines Issued on Breast, Genital Plastic Surgery for Teen Girls

Posted 23 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 – A growing interest among teenaged girls in plastic surgery on their breasts or genitals has prompted a leading ob/gyn group to recommend that doctors first talk to these young women about "normal" sexual development. "Our membership has been telling us this is coming up more and more frequently with their adolescent patients," said Dr. Julie Strickland. She is chair of the Adolescent Health Care Committee of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). The new recommendations also suggest that physicians screen these patients for body dysmorphic disorder, which is an obsession with an imagined or slight defect in appearance. There are already guidelines from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) on breast augmentation and reduction among teenagers. If it's strictly for cosmetic reasons, the society recommends surgery should ... Read more

Related support groups: Surgery, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Breast Asymmetry Disorder

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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Antidepressants Top Treatment Choice for Severe PMS: Researchers

Posted 23 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 23, 2015 – Antidepressants are the first treatment choice for a severe type of premenstrual syndrome associated with suicidal thoughts, according to a new research review. Up to 8 percent of women with PMS have this condition, called premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD, according to researchers who evaluated 31 published studies on it. Any woman with "depression, hopelessness, and self-deprecating thoughts that occur in the final week before the onset of menses" should see that as a warning sign to consult her physician, said study author Kenneth Trevino, a psychologist at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Options for treating PMDD include birth control pills, psychiatric drugs like antidepressants, and supplements such as saffron, calcium and ginkgo biloba, the researchers say in background notes. The researchers' "reasonable and ... 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

Related support groups: Menstrual Disorders, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Female Infertility, Period Pain, Premenstrual Syndrome, Amenorrhea, Menorrhagia, Dysmenorrhea, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, Pelvic Infections

Severe PMS May Last Longer Than Thought

Posted 5 Mar 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 5 – For years, women with the severe form of premenstrual syndrome known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) were told that their symptoms should subside the day menstruation begins. Now, new research suggests that these symptoms, which can include serious mood swings, start about four days before menstruation and can linger through the first three days of menses – as many women with the disorder can attest. This expanded PMDD definition will help researchers update the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), due out in May 2013. The DSM classifies mental disorders by precise definitions and diagnostic criteria, and it influences treatment decisions and insurance reimbursement. "It was thought that PMDD symptoms would drop off sharply at the onset of menses, and now we realize they don't," said study author Dr. S. Ann Hartlage, director of ... Read more

Related support groups: Menstrual Disorders, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Premenstrual Syndrome

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