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Menstruation Problems Women Shouldn’t Ignore
27 May. 2016

menstuation problems women shouldn't ignoreMenstruation is an essential part of a woman’s life. However, not all women perceive problems with their cycle as a signal to go and see a doctor. But, before talking about problems here are some facts about menstruation.

Every woman has a unique body with its own peculiarities. So, normal menstrual cycle is a rather vague conception. Thus, an average menstrual cycle lasts about 28 days with menstrual bleedings from 3 to 5 days. However, for some women it is normal to have bleeding for 7 days. Read more…

Why Do We Get Varicose Veins?
3 Mar. 2016

causes of varicose veinsVaricose veins are a fairly common condition. As per statistics, every third woman and every tenth man suffer from this disorder, and it most often begins between the ages of 30-40 years.  The more time a modern man spends sitting at a computer or in a car, the higher the risk of developing varicose veins is.

Veins have special valves stopping the blood that returns to the heart from flowing backwards. Varicose veins progress when these valves stop working properly and become leaky, the walls of the veins become weak and the blood starts collecting in the area of weakness causing stretching and sagging of the veins. Read more…

Breast Changes Before Periods
17 Feb. 2016

breast changes before periodsBreast is the part of the female body that undergoes constant changes, it’s one of the most sensitive ‘barometers’ that responds to any changes in the condition of the body. So, it stands to reason that cycles specific for female physiology (periods, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding) have a strong effect on its state.

Estrogen, progesterone, prolactin and other hormones that maintain the hormonal profile in females get concentrated in the excretory ducts and tissues of the mammary glands; therefore, any changes in their balance may cause swelling, tenderness, itching, dull and heavy pain and other unpleasant sensations in the breast. Read more…

Lump in the Armpit: Should You Worry?
19 Jan. 2016

lump in the armpitOnce in a while, some people may find lumps in their armpits. Such lumps can be either a sign of a relatively harmless condition or a symptom of a dangerous disease. Armpit lump is quite a common complaint; tenderness in the armpit as well as reduced motor activity of the arm – it’s the combination that makes it impossible to stand the discomfort and pain caused by a lump for too long waiting until it fades away on its own. So, what are the causes of armpit lumps and are such lumps dangerous?

Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Armpit lumps can occur during pregnancy due to the natural hormonal changes happening in the female body. Read more…

Complications of Hypothyroidism in Women
15 Jan. 2016

complications of thyroid problemThyroid is the small, but most important endocrine gland, which produces hormones to regulate metabolism and growth.  These hormones influence many organs and if the thyroid gland doesn’t function well, it affects all bodily functions, having the greatest impact on cardiovascular health, weight, fertility, memory and kidneys.

The most common thyroid disorder is hypothyroidism, when the gland produces too little hormones. The disorder affects about 10% women, increasing with age. The disease develops slowly, over a number of years, producing symptoms, which can be attributed to getting older, such as fatigue or weight gain. Read more…

Risk Factors of Early Menopause
5 Dec. 2015

early menopauseMenopause is an important period in the life of every woman when menstruations stop permanently due to the decrease in the production of hormones by the ovaries. While this process should happen later in life, it may still occur at a younger age due to certain health issues, cancer treatment or removal of the ovaries. Menopause can be considered premature when it occurs before a woman turns forty.

What are the possible causes of early menopause?
Any health issue or surgery that disrupts the natural production of estrogen or damages the tissue of the ovaries can lead to early menopause regardless of the female age. Read more…

The Fear of Sexual Intercourse
14 Nov. 2015

Sexual aversion disorderSexual aversion disorder (SAD) is a phobic avoidance of sexual contact with a partner and lack of sexual enjoyment, which causes personal distress. It is the most recent form of sexual disorders, first appearing in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in 1987.

SAD is the most severe form of sexual desire disorder, which involves a morbid fear of sexual relations and intense desire to completely avoid intimate situations. Sexual aversion can also encompass revulsion, shortness of breath and nausea. It is often related to an aversion to the opposite sex’s genitals or repulsion to their outward looks or smell. Read more…

Migraine and the Risk for Stroke
10 Nov. 2015

strokeMigraine is a rather common chronic neurologic disorder which is often inherited. Migraine can be a real disaster for those who are suffering from it. It deprives a person of the ability to move, function and even think. Its symptoms are so severe and evident that it’s near to impossible to confuse migraine with a simple headache. And, in spite of it being the most common type of headache, it still remains untreatable. Even provided that the treatment is 100% right for the patient, it still cannot cure the disorder, it can only help relieve the signs of migraine for a certain period of time.

In recent years another migraine-related issue has drawn the attention of researchers – is migraine a risk factor for stroke? Read more…

Foods that Lower Estrogen Levels
23 Oct. 2015

food to lower estrogen levels

Estrogens are female sex hormones, they are responsible for the development of the female reproductive system, menstrual cycle, ability to conceive and other body functions. In menopause, estrogen levels drop naturally and women can experience unpleasant symptoms so they turn to hormone replacement therapy to ease them. High levels of estrogens can cause unpleasant symptoms as well – mood swings, weight gain, headaches and breast tenderness. High estrogen levels can also increase the risk for thyroid diseases, osteoporosis and even breast cancer. Read more…

Vaginal Odor: When to See Your Gynecologist
5 Oct. 2015

vaginal odorThere is a misconception that vagina is odorless. In fact it does have a smell as with everything else on our body. Everything we consume, from food and drinks to medications and alcohol, change our vaginal secretions. If you are concerned about your odor try to drink more water and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables (with the exception of cabbage family as they contain sulfur compounds that can give a distinctive ill odor), cut back on alcohol as it can increase sweating in the crotch and give up smoking as the smell penetrates everywhere.

Still, if the smell suddenly differs greatly from your normal odor for no apparent reason, it could indicate a problem. Read more…

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