Women's Health

Address the unique health issues women face.

  1. Thyroid Disease Basics

    Thyroid Disease Basics
    When the thyroid gland is functioning properly, it produces hormones that regulate metabolism and convert food into energy. Women with healthy thyroid function burn calories efficiently; women who are not producing enough thyroid hormones develop hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism symptoms include: Fatigue Weakness Cold hands and feet Depression Weight gain High cholesterol levels Hair loss Constipation Dry skin and brittle nails  ...
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  2. The Thyroid - Serotonin Connection

    The Thyroid - Serotonin Connection
    Serotonin is intimately bound with thyroid hormone. Healthy thyroid function plays an important role in supporting healthy serotonin production and concentration, as well as preventing serotonin re-uptake. As a result, strong, healthy thyroid levels result in an increased level of serotonin in the brain.   If you exhibit symptoms of low thyroid, you can work to increase your serotonin levels...
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  3. Birth Defects Tied to Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy

    Birth Defects Tied to Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy
    Get a better understanding about taking antidepressants during pregnancy. Do antidepressants pose health risks to your baby and how stopping might be dangerous to you? Get the latest information about antidepressants and pregnancy. A Closer Look at Antidepressants and the Tie to Birth Defects: What is of particular concern and worry is the use of serotonin re-uptake inhibitor or SSRI. ...
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  4. Blood Pressure Meds May Increase Breast Cancer Risks

    Blood Pressure Meds May Increase Breast Cancer Risks
    Postmenopausal women who take prescription medications called calcium channel blockers to lower blood pressure may have increased odds of developing breast cancer, according to recent studies. Research published in the August issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association said in some cases the breast cancer risk may be more than doubled. The reason for the link is still...
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  5. Are Tall Women At Increased Risk For Cancer?

    Are Tall Women At Increased Risk For Cancer?
    Researchers have released the results of an intriguing study that suggests a woman's height may be a factor in her risk for developing cancer after menopause. The study, which was supported by the Women's Health Initiative, was highlighted in the latest issue of Cancer Epidemiology, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.   Among 145,000 women between the...
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  6. Birth Control Pills Linked To Serious Health Problems

    Birth Control Pills Linked To Serious Health Problems
    Although the birth control pill was lauded as a liberating breakthrough for women when it was first introduced in the 1960s, the proverbial honeymoon was quickly over as significant health risks surfaced. Because it was convenient, affordable and effective at preventing pregnancy, the pill was embraced by many women of childbearing age. But serious side effects, including blood clots, stroke...
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  7. Don’t Avoid Sex Because of Incontinence

    Don’t Avoid Sex Because of Incontinence
    Losing control of the bladder even a little bit can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. For women entering menopause, this can occur during sex, which can make what is supposed to be an intimate moment, humiliating. The inability to control the bladder is referred to as urinary incontinence, and there are a few different types.   Overflow Incontinence: This kind of...
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  8. Mild Exercise May Help Women Reduce Hip Fractures

    Mild Exercise May Help Women Reduce Hip Fractures
    One interesting fact about exercise that many people do not realize to this day is that exercise can actually strengthen bones. Virtually everyone realizes that exercise can produce larger and stronger muscles. Yet, many people are unaware that exercise can also work to improve
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  9. 6 Ways to Prevent Kidney Stones from Forming

    6 Ways to Prevent Kidney Stones from Forming
    Around one million Americans develop kidney stones every year. Unfortunately, according to Harvard Medical, once you have had a kidney stone, the chances are high that they will recur. Kidney stones are formed when minerals in the urine crystallize. If you have gone through the pain of passing...
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  10. 5 Little-Known Stroke Risk Factors for Women

    5 Little-Known Stroke Risk Factors for Women
    Several links to increased stroke risk are specifically female-related, and strokes are on the rise even in younger women. Recognizing these stroke risk factors may enable you to make a change of lifestyle to limit your exposure to this deadly disease. Migraines Women typically suffer more mig
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