More women trying pot to manage menopause

(Jennifer Clopton/ WebMD) — A new study finds 1 in 4 women have tried cannabis to manage menopause symptoms. Laura Hamilton is one of them. She’s used pot recreationally since she was in college, but was surprised when she realized it was helping ease her menopause symptoms, which included insomnia, mood changes, vaginal dryness, and […]

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7 endometriosis symptoms you should never ignore

(Lisa Haney/ Health.com) — Most women cope with heavy periods, killer menstrual cramps, and painful sex once in a while. But for up to 10% of women of childbearing age, these symptoms signal something more serious: endometriosis. Endometriosis is a condition in which endometrial tissue—the lining of the uterus—migrates outside the uterus and adheres to […]

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Vulvovaginitis: what are the symptoms?

(WebMD) — Vulvovaginitis is inflammation of your vulva and vagina. It’s also called vaginitis. It’s a common condition — as many as one-third of women will have it during their lifetime. It shows up most often during your reproductive years. Types and CausesYou get vaginitis when the normal amount of yeast and bacteria in your […]

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Oxytocin could prevent osteoporosis in women

(Eleanor Bird/ Medical News Today) — Recent experiments in female rats suggest that the hormone oxytocin can prevent loss of bone density and strength. Further studies could enable the clinical use of oxytocin to prevent osteoporosis. One of the biggest risk factors for osteoporosis is biological sex. Females are much more likely to experience this […]

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Penis microbiome may lead to partner’s vaginal infections, study says

(Abby Moore/ MBG Health) — Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is an infection caused by an imbalance in the vaginal microbiome. If left untreated, BV can increase a woman’s susceptibility to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and can lead to fertility issues, according to the CDC. Though BV is common, there’s no clear cause of the infection. However, […]

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Some midlife weight gain is due to prescribed medications

(Beth Levine/ Everyday Health) — Many women experience weight gain, especially in the abdominal area, during the menopause transition. Using data from the Women’s Health Initiative, a new study, published in Menopause on July 13, discovered that the gain is exacerbated by the medications that women are often prescribed at this time — especially antidepressants […]

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What’s a menstrual cup?

(WebMD) — There’s a lot of buzz about this eco-friendly alternative to pads and tampons. But what exactly is a menstrual cup? How Does It Work?The small, flexible cup is made of silicone or latex rubber. Instead of absorbing your flow, like a tampon or pad, it catches and collects it. Just before your period […]

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Why is endometriosis surgery done?

(WebMD) — Endometriosis is a condition in which the type of tissue that lines a woman’s uterus grows outside it. A surgery called laparoscopy is the only way to know for sure whether you have it. Your doctor might also recommend surgery if you have severe endometriosis pain and medication doesn’t help enough. They can […]

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New study confirms strong connection between menopause and depression

(Beth Levine/ Everyday Health) — Studies have shown that the menopausal transition, particularly perimenopause and early post-menopause, is correlated with an increased risk of depression due to changing hormone levels. Indeed, the 2018 guidelines for perimenopausal depression, published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), state that: Perimenopause is a vulnerable […]

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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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