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New Research Shows Antipsychotic Use Does Not Increase Risk Of Birth Defects

New research from Brigham Women’s Hospital – in Boston, MA – of 1.3 million women suggests that antipsychotic medication use during pregnancy does not significantly increase the risk of birth defects overall, or cardiac malformations in particular. The average number … Continue reading

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New Research Shows Link Between Vitamin D And Birth Control

Researchers have found that women who are taking estrogen-based birth control pills have higher quantities of circulating vitamin D; similarly, women who stop taking these contraceptives face a significant drop in vitamin D levels. Vitamin D’s primary role is to maintain the … Continue reading

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Research Shows Lupus Raises Women’s Risk Of Cervical Cancer

  Women with lupus are at significantly greater risk for cervical cancer than those in the general population, concludes a new study led by the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. Lead researcher Dr. Hjalmar Wadström, of the Department of Medicine Solna … Continue reading

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New Study Shows Timing Quitting Smoking With Menstrual Cycle May Be Effective

A recent study, published in Biology of Sex Differences, gives new hope to those females attempting to quit. Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania investigated how timing smoking cessation with the menstrual cycle might make things … Continue reading

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New Study Doubles Clues To Genetic Risk Of Endometrial Cancer

An international study has identified five new gene regions – bringing the total of known regions to nine – that increase a woman’s risk of developing endometrial cancer. As researchers gather more comprehensive data on the risk factors for endometrial cancer, … Continue reading

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Use, Advantages and Effectiveness of Female Condoms

  A female condom is a flexible pouch inserted into the vagina or anus before sex. Their role is to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. During intercourse, these thin silicone-coated polyurethane or nitrile sheaths collect ejaculated semen. The female condom … Continue reading

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Trichomoniasis, what is it? Symptoms, Treatment and Causes

Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted infection caused by a protozoan parasite and affects more than 8 million people in the US every year. The infection is passed from partner to partner during sex. However, the incubation period for the infection … Continue reading

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A Listing Of The 10 Most Common Birth Control Pill Side Effects

Common side effects of oral contraceptives include: intermenstrual spotting, nausea, breast tenderness, headaches, weight gain, mood changes, missed periods, decreased libido, vaginal discharge and visual changes with contact lenses. We’ll look at each of these side effects in detail below. 1. Intermenstrual … Continue reading

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Everything You Wanted To Know About Kegel Exercises

Kegel exercises, also known as pelvic floor exercises or Kegels, are exercises that can be done to strengthen the muscles situated beneath the bladder, bowel and uterus. Performing pelvic floor exercises can benefit males and females alike and can be carried out at … Continue reading

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Study Shows High Fiber Diet When Young May Lower A Woman’s Breast Cancer Risk

High intake of fiber-rich foods in adolescence and early adulthood could reduce women’s risk for breast cancer. This is the conclusion of a new study published in the journal Pediatrics. According to lead author Maryam Farvid, visiting scientist at Harvard T.H. … Continue reading

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