Problem Periods – It’s Not Normal!

Problem Periods Are Not Normal

 

In the first five to seven years after the first menstrual period and the last ten years before menopause there can be variability in the cycles. Between the ages of 20 and 40 most women’s menstrual cycles fall into a familiar pattern of 28-day cycles. A pattern of very short (less than 21 days) or very long (greater than 35 days) time between menstrual periods or skipped periods indicates the woman is not ovulating. Extremely painful or heavy menstrual periods lasting longer than 7 days are also a cause for evaluation.

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Tying Your Tubes: The Rest of The Story

The Truth About Tubal Ligation

The euphemistic term “tying your tubes,” actually means the tubes are surgically and permanently severed or scarred to prevent the passage of an egg. That is after all, the goal. Tubal ligation methods may differ in their effectiveness for preventing pregnancy and in the risk of damaging the blood supply to the ovaries. Many women don’t understand that a tubal ligation may cause them to go through perimenopause prematurely. There are structures in the tubes, such as nerves and blood vessels feeding the ovaries, which can be damaged in the procedure. Damage to blood supply can affect the function of the ovaries. At the very least, after tubal ligation, some women begin having heavy bleeding with their periods and they may also develop symptoms akin to perimenopause. Rarely, tubal ligation can lead to premature menopause.

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The 4 Factors That Will Help You Achieve Your Health Goals!

Dr. MArina JOhnson talks about the top 4 factors that contribute to health

A woman’s decision to take HRT is greatly affected by whether she is having bothersome symptoms. Understandably, if a woman is experiencing minimal symptoms, she may be less inclined to take estrogen. Women with a family history of cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, or osteoporosis should carefully weigh each of these factors with her physician.

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Many Factors Play a Role in Breast Cancer

 

There are many factors that play a role in a woman getting breast cancer. The body has an intrinsic, orderly process for dealing with early cancers. Understand that our bodies are constantly forming cancer cells that are quickly destroyed by our immune system. Cells in your body are in a constant state of flux and renewal and repair.  When a cell becomes “old” and needs to be recycled, that cell goes through a fascinating process called apoptosis or “cell death.” The cell virtually implodes and then the immune cells come in sweep up the debris and a brand-new cell is formed.

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Chocolate and Menopause? Here’s The Rest of The Story

Statistics, the language of medical researchers, can be a source of great confusion for the average health consumer.  I encourage women to look beyond the sensationalist headlines and arm themselves with the real facts.  Knowledge that encourages you to be proactive and take responsibility for your health is empowering and will greatly enhance your overall state of health. Your physician is there to help you but it’s YOUR body and you need to be part of the team!Let me give you some background for the chocolate headline that caught your attention. For example, let’s say that 3% of the people who eat chocolates develop cavities, and 2% of people who do not eat chocolates develop cavities. The difference between these populations is only 1%. In terms of absolute risk, that means that for every 100 people who eat chocolates, 1 extra person will develop cavities (in addition to the 2 who will develop cavities without eating a single truffle).

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