Women with endometriosis ‘finally being believed’

(Georgie Bevan/ BBC News) — Endometriosis affects one in 10 women and can cause debilitating pain, very heavy periods and infertility. UK MPs began an inquiry into the condition after BBC research, and will listen to the experiences of those living with it when hearings get under way later. Rosie Longman, 40, said: “We’re finally […]

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Women unhappy with size of their breasts are ‘less likely to check for cancer’

(Natalie Morris/ MetroUK) — Women who are unhappy with their breasts are far less likely to check them for potentially dangerous lumps and changes, according to a new study by Angela Ruskin University. The study – that looked at 18,000 women across 40 countries – also revealed that women in Britain are most likely to […]

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How is endometriosis diagnosed?

(Beth Levine/ Everyday Health) — An endometriosis diagnosis is no simple matter. According to statistics, it can take a woman anywhere from 3 to 11 years to get a proper endometriosis diagnosis. Your first step is to find appropriate care. Many physicians, including gynecologists, don’t have special training in endometriosis, so it’s critical that you […]

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Premature menopause increases health risks after 60

(Manorama.com) — Women who experience premature menopause are almost three times more likely to develop multiple, chronic medical problems in their 60s, says a new study. It is known already that premature menopause, occurring at the age of 40 or younger, is linked to a number of individual medical problems in later life, such as […]

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Blood pressure patterns are different for women

(Nicholas Bakalar/ New York Times) — Blood pressure begins to increase at younger ages in women than in men, and it goes up at a faster rate, a new study reports. On average, women who develop heart disease are about 10 years older than men who develop it. But this report, published in JAMA cardiology, […]

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Less sex could mean earlier menopause

(Robert Preidt/ WebMD) — For women, a humdrum sex life might also mean an earlier onset of menopause, a new study suggests. British researchers who tracked the sex lives and menopausal status of nearly 3,000 American women for a decade found that those who had less sex were more likely to begin menopause at an […]

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Young women could be receiving unnecessary pelvic exams

(Kristen Dalli/ ConsumerAffairs) — A new study conducted by researchers from the University of California at San Diego found that pelvic exams, which are often used to detect cervical cancer and other conditions, may not always be necessary, especially for young women. The study revealed that millions of young women are receiving these tests without […]

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Quebec’s college of physicians to investigate surgeries that remove incontinence sling

(Radio-Canada Enquête/ CBC News) — Quebec’s college of physicians is launching an inquiry into how surgeries to remove an incontinence sling are being performed in the province. An investigation by Radio-Canada’s Enquête found 31 women who had been implanted with suburethral slings felt the need to have the devices surgically removed in the United States […]

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Vaginal-fluid transplants in the works for US women

(Ben Cost/ New York Post) — Good news for women with imbalanced nether regions. US scientists are working to provide vaginal-fluid transplants to women suffering from bacterial vaginosis (BV), a condition characterized by “unusual discharge that has a strong fishy smell,” per the BBC. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine team working on the […]

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Breast cancer risk in hormone replacement therapy linked to type and length of treatment, study says

(Nicole Ireland/ CBC) — New findings published in the Lancet medical journal provide more certainty than ever that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. The risk is higher than previously thought — and persists years after women stop taking the treatment — says Gillian Reeves, one of the […]

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