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Laser therapy for vaginal symptoms comes up short

Published January 1, 2022
A 2021 study found that vaginal laser treatments may not be effective at improving vaginal symptoms in postmenopausal women.

Are bioidentical hormones superior to hormone medications?

Published January 1, 2022
Bioidentical hormone preparations aren’t superior to FDA-approved hormone medications and may bring additional risks.

Embryo donation: One possible path after IVF

Published December 3, 2021

In vitro fertilization (IVF) has helped countless people who were unable to conceive to have children. Frequently, the process results in additional embryos remaining, eventually leading to the question of what to do with them. Embryo donation is one of several options and deciding which path to pursue may not be easy.

Risk factors for benign breast conditions identified

Published December 1, 2021
Family history of breast cancer may up the risk of benign breast conditions.

Understanding menstrual changes

Published December 1, 2021
Perimenopause often brings menstrual changes, including longer cycles and episodes of heavier bleeding. These are most often due to hormone fluctuations that occur during this time. But there are changes that are not typical, such as very heavy bleeding that lasts for seven days or more, and breakthrough bleeding or spotting midcycle. If these occur, a woman should let her doctor know. They may be caused by treatable problems, such as fibroids (a type of uterine growth) or uterine polyps.

A new targeted treatment for early-stage breast cancer?

Published November 24, 2021

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and treatment strategies vary by subtype, stage, and more. A new targeted therapy may help some women with early-stage breast cancer linked to BRCA gene mutations.

Careful! Health news headlines can be deceiving

Published November 12, 2021

Eye-catching media headlines are intended to snag our attention and can influence whether we decide to read, click on, or tune into a story. When it comes health and medicine, though, it’s best to be careful: headlines may be written in a way that is misleading, confusing, or deceptive, so understanding the thinking behind them and focusing on the facts is important.

Preventing preeclampsia may be as simple as taking an aspirin

Published November 9, 2021

Preeclampsia is a complication of pregnancy that can cause serious health issues. While it can happen during any pregnancy, certain risk factors increase its likelihood. Now, a statement from the US Preventive Services Task Force supported by a review of research recommends that doctors prescribe a low-dose daily aspirin for those at risk.

Menopause and memory: Know the facts

Published November 3, 2021

The number of people in the US with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to climb drastically over the coming decades, and two-thirds of those people will be women. Understanding factors that happen earlier in life, and how they impact the brain later, is critical for developing strategies to prevent this public health crisis. Studies are examining the ways menopause affects the brain and how to maintain memory.

If it’s not breast cancer, should you worry?

Published November 1, 2021
Most breast lumps are not cancerous. Some 80% of biopsies are negative. But some women develop noncancerous breast conditions that may raise their risk of a future cancer. For women with these conditions, doctors may recommend additional monitoring. This might include additional screenings, or screenings using other technology, such as MRI or breast ultrasound.

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