Category Archives: Women’s Health

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder. What is it? How to treat it?

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder “PMDD”, aka “PMS.”  The strict criteria of this disorder affects up to 12% of women, although 80% of women report at least one physical (or psychiatric) symptom during the luteal phase (last 2 weeks of their “month”).  Most … Continue reading

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Are you a woman with fibroids?

  Are you a woman with fibroids?  What are they?  Why do you have them?  What can you do about them? Fibroids are a common benign neoplasm.  They are more common in older women and African American women.  In fact, … Continue reading

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Need sexually transmitted infection screening?

If you are a sexually active woman under the age of 24 you most likely need STD screening.  A federal task force is suggesting that STD screening should be regularly done in all American women who are sexually active.  Gonorrhea … Continue reading

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Half of cervical pre-cancers are caused by two subtypes of HPV!

HPV subtype 16 was the most commonly detected HPV type among all “high grade” (read this: ominous) cervical lesions. Half of the high-grade cervical lesions had HPV 16 or 18 involved. Then, another 25% of high grade cervical lesions are … Continue reading

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Drinking diet drinks is linked to cardiovascular events in women

I know this sounds vague. . . and scary. But, the analysis focused on nearly 60,000 women aged 50-79 and followed them for 9 years. TWO or more diet drinks a day was associated with a 29% increased risk of … Continue reading

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Wanting to conceive?

If you are a woman wanting to conceive, there is no evidence that taking antioxidant supplements will improve your fertility. Research was compiled from 28 trials with over 3500 women attending fertility clinics.  Women who took antioxidant supplements were no … Continue reading

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Plan B “morning after pill” soon available over the counter

There has been significant legal turmoil over the handling of Plan B.  And, most recently the Justice Department and President Obama have decided to allow this contraceptive to be purchased at the pharmacy without a prescription. Plan B is a medication … Continue reading

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