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  REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH (Pre 2009)


11 September 2008
Acupuncture trial for PCOS sufferers seeks participants
Researchers from the University of Virginia are assessing whether acupuncture can be successful in regulating hormones and curing the symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome...

6 August 2008
New Culprit Suspected In Endometriosis
Scientists have identified an enzyme in the body that may be responsible for causing endometriosis...

22 July 2008
Cranberry Juice Reveals Its Secrets
Researchers can now explain the science behind how cranberry juice prevents urinary tract infections...

23 June 2008
STDs And Urinary Infections Appear To Trigger Birth Defect
Women with both an STD and urinary tract infection during early pregnancy were four times more likely to have babies with gastroschisis...

1 May 2008
Genetics Play Part In Prolapse Risk
Pelvic organ prolapse, the gynecological condition that affects 20 percent of all women, runs in families, a new Saint Louis University study has found...

8 April 2008
Stress Worsens Endo Symptoms
A new study provides evidence of the negative consequences of stress in the progression of endometriosis...

18 December 2007
Low Birthweight Babies Linked To Previous Miscarriage, Abortion
Women who have miscarried or had an abortion run three times the normal risk of having a subsequent low birthweight baby...

13 November 2007
Vulvodynia Frequently Misdiagnosed
Vulvodynia is frequently undiagnosed or misdiagnosed as its symptoms mimic those of a number of common vaginal infections...

26 October 2007
Cervical Cancer Risk Persists 25 Years After Treatment
Women continue to be at risk of developing invasive cancer of the cervix or vagina twenty-five years after being treated for pre-cancerous lesions...

5 October 2007
Period Suppression: The Diseasification Of Menstruation?
According to a survey by a pharmaceutical company, more than the two-thirds of the women polled in a national survey say that they are interested in suppressing their menstrual periods...

11 September 2007
When Is A Yeast Infection Not A Yeast Infection? Most Of The Time!
Most women who think they have a vaginal yeast infection are wrong and may be doing more harm than good when attempting to treat their problem, says new research...

12 July 2007
Vaginal Bacteria Poorly Understood
Prescribed treatments for bacterial vaginosis aren’t always effective because there are distinctive differences in the microbial composition of the vagina among women...

9 July 2007
New Tilt At Tackling Endo
Possible new directions for the treatment of endometriosis involve targeting angiogenesis (the formation of new blood vessels), which encourages endometriosis by providing a rich blood supply...

8 March 2007
Endo Treated With Pine Bark Extract
Pycnogenol, an antioxidant plant extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree, has been found to significantly reduce the symptoms of endometriosis...

8 December 2006
Abnormal Pap Smear? Don't Panic
Women shouldn't immediately fear the worst if positive results are returned from their Pap smear test...

7 July 2006
Paracetamol Use Appears To Protect Against Ovarian Cancer
A six-year study has found that regular use of the over-the-counter painkiller paracetamol can reduce the risk of ovarian cancer by almost a third...

6 July 2006
Fibromyalgia Often Overlooked During Pregnancy
Worrying research suggests that pregnant women with fibromyalgia experience significant pain, fatigue and psychological stress, but the symptoms are often misdiagnosed as a normal part of pregnancy...

5 July 2006
Teaching Old Ovaries New Tricks
Scientists have found that, contrary to biological theory, some mammals appear to have a renewable egg supply in their ovaries, a finding which could lead to novel fertility treatments in women...

Have We Got PMS All Wrong?
(26 June 2006)
Despite a multitude of scientific reports into PMS, the studies are vague and amorphous, based on little more than anecdotal evidence. This has prompted an Australian psychologist to question the science that defines PMS as a hormonal problem. She contends that the combination of anger, stress and depression many women feel is the result of societal pressures...

15 June 2006
Vaginal Infections Often Ignored
Unfortunately, most women will have a vaginal infection at least once in their lifetime, but a recent survey has found that many women do not fully understand these infections and they often go untreated...

29 May 2006
Stem Cells Show Promise For Treating Incontinence
Results from a clinical study using muscle-derived stem cell injections to treat women suffering from urinary incontinence are extremely encouraging, say the researchers involved...

3 May 2006
Is PMS All In The Mind?
Is premenstrual syndrome an unavoidable condition that we all have to endure, or is it simply the result of negative self-judgment, self-silencing and self-blame?

31 March 2006
Are You Allergic To Your Own Hormones?
Premenstrual asthma, menstrual migraines and other conditions that appear to be linked to the menstrual cycle could be caused by an allergic reaction to estrogen and progesterone...

30 January 2006
Yale Launches Egg Freezing Service
The Yale Fertility Center has introduced a service that allows women to freeze their eggs to preserve future fertility...

Cervical Cancer Vaccine Coming, But Don’t Give Up On Pap Smears Just Yet
(16 January 2006)
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, and although researchers are closer than ever to finding a cure for the pre-cancerous condition that directly leads to cervical cancer, medical professionals are still concerned at the lack of knowledge many women have about the disease...

Mooncup: Period Perfection?
(19 December 2005)
I’ve been buying feminine hygiene products every month since I started menstruating. But despite this dutiful consumerism I still can’t skydive, surf or horse ride when I have my period. But never mind the extreme sports; I’d be happy if these products just worked properly. That’s why I decided to take the plunge and try a new product that’s less expensive, healthier and more environmentally sound than Tampons or pads...

28 November 2005
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome – The Hidden Epidemic
Affecting 10 percent of American women, this syndrome is the most common endocrine cause of infertility and serious weight gain in young women. It can lead to diabetes, heart attacks, stroke, and early onset of breast and uterine cancer, but most sufferers don’t even know they have it...

Cervical Cancer On The Ropes, Ovarian Cancer Next?
(13 October 2005)
The new cervical cancer vaccine works by preventing the development of the human papilloma virus, which makes the vaccine preventative rather than curative. While cervical cancer is directly caused by this viral infection, many other cancers are not. Ovarian cancer is trickier to deal with, as a normally functioning immune system does not detect ovarian cancer cells because they invade the body by stealth; they ostensibly “camouflage” themselves so as to appear like the body’s own cells...

13 October 2005
Report Slams Doctors Over Slow Endo Diagnosis
Researchers are critical of many doctors who fail to diagnose endometriosis correctly, with sufferers sometimes waiting up to ten years to be properly treated...

23 August 2005
Early Signs Of Ovarian Cancer Often Missed
Ovarian cancer’s reputation as the “silent killer” is well deserved as a new study finds that symptoms are often misdiagnosed or not investigated properly...

9 August 2005
Milk Associated With Ovarian Cancer Risk
A new meta-study has found that the consumption of milk products and lactose may be associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer...

PCOS May Begin In The Womb
(27 June 2005)
Researchers say that the way baby girls develop in the womb may affect whether or not they develop polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) later in life...

Older Mothers Prone To Ill Health And Unhappiness
(22 June 2005)
While miscarriage and still birth affect more than half of all pregnancies after the age of 42, other risks for the older mother include hypertension and pulmonary embolism…

PMS Minimized With Calcium And Vitamin D
(17 June 2005)
Women have a significantly lower risk of developing premenstrual syndrome if their diet has high intakes of vitamin D and calcium...

Endometriosis Sends Mixed Messages On Pain
(13 June 2005)
New research has uncovered why women with endometriosis often report having several different types of pain associated with the condition...

New Egg Freezing Technique May Help Cancer Sufferers
(30 May 2005)
A new egg freezing technique might allow women diagnosed with cancer the opportunity to have children after chemotherapy and radiation treatments...

Passive Smoking Linked to Cervical Cancer
(7 January 2005)
Women who live with smokers have a 40 percent or greater risk of developing cervical tumors...

Early Warning Signs Of Ovarian Cancer Flagged
(31 December 2004)
An analysis of symptoms of ovarian cancer patients suggests early warning signs could include urinary incontinence and abdominal pain...

HPV Vaccine To Reduce Cervical Cancer
(17 November 2004)
A new clinical trial has shown promising results for a vaccine against Human Papillomavirus, the most common cause of cervical cancer...

Persistent Vaginal Infection Linked To Treatment
(3 November 2004)
Researchers compared two antibiotics routinely prescribed for a common vaginal infection and found that one could lead to an increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria...

Pelvic Prolapse Treatment Trial Needs Participants
(1 September 2004)
A clinical trial evaluating new surgical techniques for treating pelvic prolapse is seeking participants in Texas...

Vaginal Inflammation Not Helped By Probiotics
(27 August 2004)
Probiotics are widely recommended for vaginal problems but new research shows that they do not prevent the inflammation caused by the bacteria Candida albicans...

Endometriosis Risk Linked To Diet?
(16 July 2004)
It may be possible to lower the risk of endometriosis by eating more fresh fruit and green vegetables and eating less red meat and ham...

Angiostatic Therapy Proposed For Treating Endometriosis
(30 June 2004)
Chemicals that inhibit the development of new blood vessels may present a new way of treating endometriosis...

PCOS More Widespread Than Previously Thought
(7 June 2004)
Polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormonal disorder affecting the reproductive and metabolic function of premenopausal women, may be much more common than previously believed...

Menstrual Cycle Influence In Epilepsy Examined
(7 May 2004)
Women who suffer from epilepsy may find their seizures get worse around ovulation, then get better, then get worse again around menses...

Exercise Reduces Risk Of Endometrial Cancer
(31 March 2004)
An active lifestyle in both adolescence and adulthood has been associated with a 30-40 percent reduction in endometrial cancer risk...

New Surgical Procedure For Vaginal Prolapse
(23 February 2004)
A Mayo Clinic study has confirmed the effectiveness of a new, robot-assisted procedure that corrects vaginal vault prolapse, a complication that can follow hysterectomy...

Study Suggests Promising New Treatment For Endometriosis
(16 February 2004)
Letrozole - used to prevent breast cancer recurrence in postmenopausal women - shows promise in the treatment of endometriosis according to a new pilot study...

Endometriosis Linked To Cancer Risk
(1 January 2004)
Women with endometriosis have an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, endocrine and brain cancers...

Polycystic Ovaries Twice As Common In Lesbians
(3 July 2003)
A common cause of infertility in women is more prevalent amongst lesbians and researchers suggest that it might contribute to the women's sexual orientation...

Ovary Disease May Increase Risk For Heart Disease
(27 January 2003)
Women with polycystic ovaries, a common gynecologic disorder, develop stiff arteries that may increase their risk of heart disease and stroke...

Endometriosis Associated With Range Of Diseases
(30 September 2002)
Women with endometriosis are significantly more likely than other women to suffer from a number of additional distressing or disabling conditions...

Women With Ovary Disease At Risk Of Heart Problems
(8 August 2002)
Women with polycystic ovaries, a common gynecologic disorder, develop stiff arteries that may increase their risk of heart disease and stroke...

Endometriosis Study Challenged
(31 July 2002)
The Endometriosis Research Center says results from a recent European study are flawed and should be treated with caution...

Menstrual Cycle Link To Weight Loss
(4 July 2002)
Researchers studying the little-known impact of the menstrual cycle on women's exercise say that exercising at particular times in the menstrual cycle could help women to lose more weight...

Tissue Changes May Explain False Negative Pap Smears
(27 June 2002)
Some women may be getting false negative results on their routine Pap tests because aberrant tissue changes can keep abnormal cells from being picked up...

Sexual Activity May Protect Against Endometriosis
(30 May 2002)
Using tampons and engaging in sexual activity appears to protect women against developing endometriosis, a painful condition that often results in infertility...

Lesbians' Health May Be Threatened By Lack Of Pap Smears
(29 March 2002)
Women who have sex with other women may be risking their health because they may not have Pap smears as often as other women…

Self-Diagnosis & Treatment Of Yeast Infections Challenged
(19 March 2002)
About half of the women buying over-the-counter remedies for a vaginal yeast infection may have other infections - with similar symptoms - that are going untreated…

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