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  • Apr 2019

    Low levels of 'bad cholesterol' may actually increase stroke risk

    Recent findings suggest that women with low levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol — or 'bad cholesterol' — have a heightened bleeding stroke risk.

  • Apr 2019

    Signs and symptoms of MS in women

    Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that damages the nerves and causes a wide range of symptoms, including vision problems and numbness. In this article, learn about the symptoms of MS in women.

  • Apr 2019

    Dry nipples: Causes and treatment

    The nipples are a sensitive area of the body. Many factors can cause nipple dryness, including chafing, eczema, and Paget’s disease of the breast. In this article, we look at the causes, symptoms, and treatments for dry nipples, as well as when to see a doctor.

  • Apr 2019

    What can cause pain under the right breast?

    Pain under the right breast often results from muscle strain or a minor injury, and it will usually get better on its own. However, pain in this area can also be a symptom of an underlying condition, such as a gastrointestinal issue, infection, or chest inflammation. Learn more here.

  • Apr 2019

    Could this protein explain why migraine is more common in women?

    An animal study shows that certain nervous system responses to a protein that scientists have long known to play a role in migraine occur only in females.

  • Apr 2019

    What to know about female sex hormones

    Summary description Female sex hormones, or sex steroids, play crucial roles in sexual development, sexual desire, and reproduction. They also influence body weight and hair, bone, and muscle growth. Learn more about the types and roles of these hormones here.

  • Apr 2019

    Are large areolas normal?

    Areolas can be large or small, and they come in many different shapes and colors. They can also change over time, for example, with age or during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Learn more about areola size and reduction options here.

  • Apr 2019

    Is it safe to use coconut oil for vaginal dryness?

    Some people prefer a more natural approach to relieving vaginal dryness. Pure coconut oil is free from additives, and studies suggest that it is generally safe to use on the skin. Learn more here.

  • Apr 2019

    What causes a low libido?

    It is common for a person's libido to fluctuate throughout their life and according to their mood. However, a significant change in libido may be due to an underlying cause. Learn about low libido causes and how to treat them here.

  • Apr 2019

    Breast cancer: Estrogen byproducts may predict outlook

    New research finds an association between the ratio of two estrogen metabolites and the risk of all-cause mortality among women with breast cancer.

  • Apr 2019

    What does the color of period blood mean?

    Period blood can vary in color and relays important information about a person’s health. Normal period blood typically varies from bright red to dark brown or black. Blood or discharge that is orange or grey may indicate an infection. Learn more about what the different colors can mean here.

  • Mar 2019

    Can you get pregnant on your period?

    A person can get pregnant at any point in their menstrual cycle, but it is much less likely during their period. In this article, we look at the factors affecting whether someone can get pregnant before, during, and after their period.

  • Mar 2019

    How can you make your period come faster?

    People have tried many methods to induce periods using traditional and modern medicine. In this article, we look at the evidence behind various ways to make a period come faster, risks, and methods that have no scientific backing.

  • Mar 2019

    Relieving sciatica pain during pregnancy

    During pregnancy, the uterus can put extra pressure on the sciatic nerve, causing sciatica pain in the low back and legs. In this article, we look at how to relieve sciatica using stretches, exercise, massage, and other methods.

  • Mar 2019

    Can home remedies help regulate your period?

    Certain home remedies and lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise, can help people to regulate irregular periods. In this article, we look at home remedies that are backed by science, along with those that are not, such as eating turmeric and pineapple.

  • Mar 2019

    What causes upper stomach pain in the third trimester?

    Stomach pain is one of the most common pregnancy complaints. Most often, pain in the upper stomach or abdomen is harmless, though people should know when to see a doctor. Learn more about the causes and treatment for upper abdominal pain during pregnancy here.

  • Mar 2019

    Groundbreaking blood test detects fibromyalgia

    Researchers have identified a unique 'molecular signature' that distinguishes fibromyalgia from other related disorders that doctors often confuse it with.

  • Mar 2019

    Breast cancer: Does stress fuel its spread?

    A new study from Switzerland shows how stress can act on breast cancer tumors, supporting their spread and diversification and making them harder to treat.

  • Mar 2019

    Is the shot or the pill better for birth control?

    People can take the pill or have shots to prevent pregnancy, but which type of birth control is better? In this article, we discuss the effectiveness, side effects, and costs of the shot and pills for birth control.

  • Mar 2019

    Ovarian cancer: New drug may prevent recurrence

    New research in mice identifies a compound that significantly improves ovarian cancer survival by targeting stem-like cancer cells.

  • Mar 2019

    What can cause a sensitive breast?

    Breast sensitivity can come and go, and it is rarely a cause for concern. Causes of a sensitive breast can include hormonal changes, injuries, cysts, and breastfeeding issues. Learn more about the possible causes and when to see a doctor here.

  • Mar 2019

    Type 2 diabetes: Work stress may raise risk in women

    New research examines the association between 'mentally tiring work' and the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes in more than 70,000 women.

  • Mar 2019

    What to know about genital warts in women

    Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common sexually transmitted infection. Some types of HPV can cause genital warts, which can develop on the vulva, vagina, and cervix. Learn more about the causes, treatment, and prevention of genital warts in women here.

  • Mar 2019

    Are Unisom and vitamin B-6 safe during pregnancy?

    Many pregnant women take a combination of doxylamine (Unisom) and vitamin B-6 for morning sickness. These two medications are also available as a combination drug called Diclegis. Despite some concerns, extensive research shows that taking doxylamine and vitamin B-6 during pregnancy is safe. Learn more here.

  • Mar 2019

    How yo-yo dieting impacts women's heart health

    New research suggests that significant fluctuations in weight may negatively affect a woman’s ability to control her heart disease risk factors.