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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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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