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  • Jun 2019

    How does methotrexate affect pregnancy?

    It is not safe to take methotrexate during pregnancy. The drug affects folic acid levels in the body and can lead to birth abnormalities. In this article, we look at the effects of taking methotrexate during conception or pregnancy, how to stay safe, and alternative medications.

  • Jun 2019

    When do periods start again after an abortion?

    Women often experience bleeding right after having an abortion, which may last for 1–2 weeks. However, their first period will usually occur several weeks later and may be lighter or heavier than usual, depending on the type of abortion. Most women's periods return to normal after two to three cycles. Learn more here.

  • Jun 2019

    How does the cervix change in early pregnancy?

    The cervix has a different position and texture in early pregnancy. Cervical discharge also changes. In this article, we look at changes to the cervix during early pregnancy.

  • Jun 2019

    Why do women face higher heart disease risk after breast cancer?

    New research confirms that women who have undergone breast cancer therapy are more at risk of cardiovascular disease, and it also shows why this may be.

  • Jun 2019

    Can boric acid help with a yeast infection?

    Boric acid is an effective treatment for yeast infections. This article looks at the research into boric acid, how to use it, and possible risks.

  • Jun 2019

    What causes a lump on the areola

    A lump on the areola may have a variety of causes, including skin irritation and bacteria. Treatments depend on the cause. Learn more about the causes and treatments of a lump on the areola here.

  • Jun 2019

    Artificial light during sleep puts women at risk of obesity

    Researchers found that women who slept with lights or a television on in the room were at greater risk of weight gain and obesity during a 6-year study.

  • Jun 2019

    Women are better than men at remembering words and faces

    A new meta-analysis of over 600 studies has found that women are better than men at recalling certain types of memories, such as verbal information.

  • Jun 2019

    Could gut bacteria drive the spread of breast cancer?

    New research in mice finds that having an unhealthful balance in the gut microbiome can cause breast cancer to spread more aggressively.

  • Jun 2019

    New report shows overall cancer mortality on the decline

    A joint effort among various governmental bodies, the new 'Annual Report to the Nation' offers fresh insights on cancer incidence and mortality.

  • Jun 2019

    CBT may be effective in managing menopause symptoms

    New research suggests that cognitive behavioral therapy may be useful for managing several symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes and depression.

  • Jun 2019

    What to know about rib pain during pregnancy

    Pain around the ribs is a common complaint during pregnancy. In this article, we look at the possible causes of rib pain during pregnancy and provide tips for relieving pain.

  • Jun 2019

    Butt pain during pregnancy: Everything you need to know

    Feeling pain in the buttocks is common during pregnancy. Often, it is due to extra pressure from the growing uterus, which can cause sciatica or hemorrhoids. Here, learn about these and other sources of butt pain during pregnancy.

  • Jun 2019

    Best ways to lose weight during menopause

    Leading up to and during menopause, people often notice weight gain. For those who wish to lose this weight, it can be more difficult than usual. Here, we look at the link between menopause and weight and describe ways to lose weight during menopause.

  • Jun 2019

    Menopause and heart health: Why timing hormone therapy is key

    Researchers at the University of Guelph in Canada are the first to study how perimenopause affects heart health in female mice.

  • May 2019

    Are feminine hygiene products really necessary?

    Are intimate hygiene products, such as 'feminine' washes and douches, safe to use? Why or why not? In this Spotlight feature, we investigate.

  • May 2019

    What to know about blood in urine (hematuria) in females

    Blood in the urine, or hematuria, may arise after an infection or injury. Some causes are specific to females or more likely to affect females than males. Learn more here.

  • May 2019

    What to know about premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

    Most females experience at least some symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). This article explores the symptoms, causes, and treatments of PMS. We also discuss when to see a doctor about symptoms.

  • May 2019

    What to know about bumps on the cervix

    Bumps on the cervix are usually benign, or noncancerous, so they do not usually need treatment. In other cases, bumps can indicate cervical cancer, which will require treatment. Learn about the causes and treatments for bumps on the cervix here.

  • May 2019

    What is 'morning wood,' and why does it happen?

    "Morning wood" refers to nocturnal penile tumescence, which involves waking up in the morning with an erection. This is a normal occurrence. Changes in how often it happens can signal a health condition that may need treatment from a doctor. Learn more here.

  • May 2019

    Different types of nipples

    There are many types of nipples, including puffy, hairy, protruding, and inverted. These types are based on appearance and come with no health risks. Learn more about types of nipples here.

  • May 2019

    Endometriosis: Are scientists making any headway?

    Endometriosis is a common chronic condition, though nobody knows what drives its development. A new study takes us a little closer to tackling its causes.

  • May 2019

    Sleep apnea and cancer: Is there a link, and in what cases?

    New research analyzing a large dataset suggests there may be a link between sleep apnea and the likelihood of developing cancer, especially in women.

  • May 2019

    Brain study may explain why depression is more common in women

    According to new research, the brain’s response to inflammation may explain why depression is more common in women than it is in men.

  • May 2019

    Is it ok to masturbate during pregnancy?

    Most doctors agree that, in most cases, it is safe to masturbate while pregnant. In this article, we look at some of the myths and misconceptions that surround masturbation during pregnancy.