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Health Risks of Oral Contraception?

Heidi Ledford at Nature covers a recent presentation at the American Heart Association of data showing that oral contraceptive use increases the amount of plaques in women’s arteries over years of use. This is part of several studies that have shown that the use of oral contraceptives may have some health consequences for women, particularly…

Estrogen and Cogntive Improvement

Madam Fathom has a great piece on the results of fellow Sinai researcher John Morrison’s study into cognitive improvement with estrogen treatment. (I would note, however, that hormone replacement therapy is still not recommended for anything other than the acute treatment of menopause because of negative cardiovascular side-effects associated with it.) (OVX = ovariectomized) A…

Chewable Birth Control?

God, what is with me today and women’s health? You would think I had girls on the brain. I happened across this the other day, and it is simply the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. They are now selling chewable mint-flavored birth control. Perhaps, the women out there can chime in on this,…

In Breast-related News…

This falls into the rather broad category of things I will post but about which I will not comment. This is in part because I think the results are relatively self-explanatory. Maybe it is because I am a big prude. But mostly it is just because I am not touching this. No way…not with a…

Merck drops HPV lobbying (updated)

In June, we talked about a new human papiloma virus (HPV) vaccine that was being opposed by a Christian group in Colorado on the grounds that it might promote premarital sex. HPV is a virus that commonly infects the female reproductive tract. It has many strains, and some of those strains confer a risk for…

There is a big controversy among doctors and patients as to the wisdom of C-section vs. vaginal delivery. It is a complex issue. For the first birth, there is no evidence that I am aware of that C-section or vaginal delivery are superior to one another with respect to the child’s health. Still, this is…

Do Women Need to Have Periods?

This is actually not a silly question. Birth control pills on the market such as Seasonale allow women to postpone having their period for three months and to only have four periods total per year. The way these oral contraceptives (OCs) work is relatively simple. Monthly birth control includes a withdrawl phase where the progesterone…