Uncovering endometriosis: conference brings painful condition out of the dark

(CBC News) — Pain remained a steadfast companion for Laura Millions Cone from her childhood into adulthood. It wasn’t until she was in her early 20s that she got a name for that pain: endometriosis. Having fought hard first to get a diagnosis, and then the health care she needed, she has now become an […]

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Persistent pelvic pain: Women suffer in silence amid ignorance and stigma

(Alexandra Alvaro/ Australian Broadcast Corp News) — Each time Kate Mokrzecki presented to doctors with pelvic pain, they put it down to a different condition — appendicitis, a liver infection, intestinal problems. She was even tested for a heart condition. “There wasn’t much help, really. After they did that test [for heart problems], they just left […]

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Exposure to cleaning products can affect lung health in women but not men: study

(Agence France-Presse/ Relax News) — New European research has found that women who regularly use cleaning products and sprays, either at home or in their work, are more likely to experience a decline in lung function than men, or women who do not clean. Carried out by researchers at the University of Bergen in Norway, […]

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Diabetes risk increased in women who work long hours

(Monica Beyer/ Medical News Today) — Women who work 45 hours or more each week may be upping their risk of diabetes, new research finds. Men who work the same number of hours, however, are not affected. While prior research has suggested a link between a long work week and an increased risk of diabetes, most […]

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There’s no such thing as a ‘normal’ vagina, and that’s a good thing

(Blake Bakkila/ Health) — When the researchers behind a new study decided to determine what constitutes a “normal” vulva, they recruited more than 600 female study subjects who each consented to having their external vaginal area measured—including the clitoris and inner and outer labia. What did the study conclude? That there’s so much variety when it […]

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Early periods may heighten obesity risk later

(Robert Preidt/ HealthDay) — Women who began puberty early are more likely to be overweight, a new study reports. Specifically, the earlier they had their first period, the more apt women were to have a higher body mass index (BMI), which is an estimate of body fat based on weight and height. Researchers at Imperial College […]

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Healthy foods linked to later menopause onset

Eating lots of oily fish and legumes was linked to starting menopause later than average, according to research (David Oliver/ U.S. News and World Report) — It turns out that what you eat could help determine when you start menopause, according to a new study. England-based University of Leeds researchers found a link between eating healthy foods – […]

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What are the signs of heart attack in a woman?

(Jayne Leonard/ Medical News Today) — A heart attack is a life-threatening event caused by a disruption in the blood flow to the heart. Knowing the female-specific symptoms of a heart attack could help a person seek medical attention sooner, which may save their life. Women are less likely to survive their first heart attack than […]

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Vaginal hygiene products like sprays, wipes, creams linked to infections: study

Think twice before buying gels, anti-itch creams, moisturizers, sprays and wipes, researcher says (Sheryl Ubelacker/ Canadian Press) — Doctors have long advised women to avoid vaginal douching because of the risk of infection and other adverse effects, but a new study suggests other feminine hygiene products may be just as harmful.The University of Guelph-led study […]

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Hysterectomy no longer only option for treating fibroids

Keyhole incisions and/or a vaginal cut require about a third of the recovery time (Dr. Michelle Jacobson and Katie Tucker/ Toronto Star) — Hysterectomy is the most common major gynecologic procedure done in Canada, with more than 100 performed daily. This procedure involves the removal of all or part of the uterus, and may or may […]

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