Sunday, August 31, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014
contraceptive use daily in the life of a gyno. The causes weight gain, and the causes obesity are both similar and many, but it's not likely that you got fat from your oral contraceptive pills (OCP). Many women do believe that OCPs cause weight gain, but well controlled studies just do not back this up. Generally studies of healthy women over a period of time find that about a third of them will gain weight. The good news is that also during those studies about 1/5th of the participants actually lose weight. Birth control pills could cause weight gain due to water retention, accumulation of fat, or due to increased hunger drive followed by increased caloric intake. But these factors do not affect all women and it has mostly been found that pill users were no more or less likely to gain weight than non OCP users. However, a few studies found that OCP users did gain a small amount of weight, on the order of a couple of pounds.But that is also postulated to be water weight that resolves within the first three months of use. Calorie consumption and exercise is still the major contributor to weight gain in women on the birth control pills, so work on your energy balance, on the pills or off.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
New Pap Testing Recommendations March 2012 And the newest information, now that the health care law has gone into effect: Plans must cover HPV testing! So for women over the age of 30, even with a normal pap test, if you haven't had HPV testing, it is now covered by most plans, and will be covered by all plans with in the year. For more specific information regarding what the Affordable Health Care Act covers for women check their website.
Friday, August 22, 2014
Among women in Finland, Dr. Soini and coauthors analyzed data on all Finnish women between 30 and 49 years of age who were reimbursed for the levonorgestrel-releasing IUD between 1994 and 2007 for the treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding or menorrhagia. The breast cancer incidence among users of the hormone-releasing IUD was 7% higher than expected compared with women who did not use the IUD, with an excess of 188 cases. Among women who had at least 2 IUDs, there was an excess of 76 cases, for an increase of 20%.
However the levonorgesterel IUDs can protect against cancer also. Compared with the general population, the standardized incidence ratio for endometrial adenocarcinoma after at least 1 levonorgestrel-releasing IUD the risk is half as great, and the risk of ovarian cancer was also reduced by almost half.Even lung and pancreatic cancers were reduced in the IUD users.
The risk of breast cancer after at least 1 purchase was almost 20% greater, and even lightly higher if the IUD had been used for at least 5 years.
This research was supported by research grants from Helsinki University Hospital and Hyvinkää Hospital. The authors have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
Obstet Gynecol. 2014;124:292-299.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
- HPV Vaccination prevents cervical cancer
- Young men and boys can be vaccinated, and their vaccine will help prevent cervical cancer too
- You don't know if you have HPV unless tested
- HPV vaccination prevents vaginal, vulvar, anal and probably many oral cancers
- The first HPV shot is the most protective, but you are not as well protected over time if you don't get your boosters; the newest study says 2 doses are enough!
- Protection lasts a long time, recent studies show that it will last for over 8 years in girls and boys
- HPV shots prevents genital warts
- Women do not become immune to infection just by contact, most have to be vaccinated
- Safe Sex is still recommended by ACOG, the CDC and WHO
Friday, August 15, 2014
hypothyroidism. In her editorial in JAMA, Dr. Ann Cappola, one of the associate editors, points out that too many patients are being prescribed thyroid when their numbers are only slightly off, and that there is no clear benefit for this type of treatment. Over treatment with too much thyroid medication, however, is not safe. Women have special considerations with thyroid management, especially if they are pregnant. And women who have been treated with too much thyroid replacement have been reported to have abnormal heart rhythms and bone fractures. The point is ultimately to work with your physician to achieve levels that correlate with optimal health. You want medicine, not math, to determine your personal thyroid management.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
For Cases of Prepremature Menoapsue Women Need To Check Their Chromosomes, Their Thyroid, and Their Adrenal Glands, Not Just Their Estrogen Levels
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Cologuard analyzes stool specimens for evidence of blood or evidence of DNA pieces that are shed by precancerous polyps or actual colon cancer.Like colonoscopy the test is designed as a screening test for individuals over the age of 50. Risk factors for colon and rectal cancer include those with inflammatory bowel conditions, those with prior colon or rectal cancers, and those with family history of cancer cases that include bowel cancers. You can also protect yourself against colon cancer by eating fruit and vegetables, increasing fiber and increasing your physical activity. World Health Organization study showed that for ever 10 grams of fiber you increase per day you lower your colon cancer risk by 10%.In this WHO study only whole grain fiber was protective. For diet and nutritional advice, and how to balance competing nutritional needs, see your women's health primary care provider to discuss.
Monday, August 11, 2014
It turns out that if you think you are on your game, then you are. The research from the Seattle Midlife Women’s Health Study showed that 60% of women in the menopausal transition report decreased memory function over the past few years, including forgetfulness. The Decision at Menopause study was also relied upon for some of their findings. Yet their studies also revealed an effect on perception of your function as it actually correlates to your memory function. Positive attitude again comes through as an important indicator of success.Of course it's easier to have a positive attitude if your gyno confirms that is warranted, so don't skip the yearly visits, she has things to say to your about how to keep sharp and keeping positive!
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Uterine Fibroid Study
If you are a female between the ages of 18 and 50 years old and are experiencing abnormal bleeding due to uterine fibroids, you may be able to take part in the VENUS research study, testing an investigational medicine. Qualified participants will receive study-related medical evaluations and care at no cost. If interested, please call 217-356-3736.
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