Living With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Back in 1988, when Anita Dueñas was 17, she was sent to the gynecologist for the first time because of symptoms she was experiencing. The doctor examined her and then took her into his office where he got out his Dictaphone and dictated medical and Latin jargon while she sat …

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Has Dieting Ruined Your Metabolism?

Have you ever tried — or wanted to try — to lose weight by doing something a little more extreme? Whether it’s a radical diet, fasting, cleansing, or juicing, these types of weight loss programs tend to be successful in the short-term – which is what makes them popular. But …

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Want to Lose Weight? Try Not Exercising

This is the advice of neuroscientist Susan Peirce Thompson, creator of Bright Line Eating, a weight loss movement. But does it make sense? And how does the hormone leptin factor into the process? Willpower Most people eat less and exercise more when they want to shed pounds. This won’t last, …

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Lena Dunham Reveals Painful Journey to Hysterectomy at Age 31 – Why Do Young Women Choose Hysterectomy?

Lena Dunham has everyone talking again, not about one of her nude scenes or a controversial statement she made in the press, but with the news that she underwent a hysterectomy at the age of 31. Hysterectomy – which is the surgical removal of the uterus – effectively ends a …

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Are Breast Self-Exams a Good Idea?

When’s the last time you performed a breast self-exam? If you’ve been feeling guilty for not doing them every month, you’ll be relieved to know that BSEs (breast self-exams) are no longer included in official screening recommendations. Despite this, there are mixed messages when it comes to this aspect of …

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Diabetic Retinopathy – When Are Women at Greater Risk?

People who have diabetes are at risk for diabetic eye disease, the most common one being diabetic retinopathy. As the American Optometric Association explains, this condition occurs when “elevated blood sugar damages the delicate blood vessels inside the eye, causing them to leak, bleed, and become blocked.” In some people, …

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Phone Apps and Resources for People with Hearing Loss

Hearing is one of the senses that can decline with age. About 15 percent of American adults over 18 report some trouble hearing, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), with age being the strongest predictor – particularly among adults aged 20-69. The good news …

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Phone Apps and Resources for People with Vision Loss

Do you wear contacts or glasses, or are you in denial about needing them? At least 10 percent of all adult Americans reported they either have trouble seeing – even when wearing glasses or contacts – or that they are blind or unable to see at all, the 2015 National …

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Find your Best Post-Workout Routine

What do you do after you exercise? If you ask 10 people, you’ll get 10 different answers. There’s a lot of misinformation when it comes to a routine after working out, and in fact, most people don’t have one. But this part shouldn’t be overlooked, because it’s just as important. …

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How Physical Therapy Can Help Pelvic Muscle Weakness

Pelvic muscle weakness is a condition that many women experience. A common treatment involves pelvic floor exercises.  Kegels are the most well known, but by no means the only option. Doing these exercises can improve symptoms like pain and pressure, as well as bowel and bladder control. WomensHealth.com talked with …

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