May 28, 2006 |
For young women with a world of choices, even the menstrual period is optional. Thanks to birth control pills and other hormonal contraceptives, a growing number of women are taking the path chosen by 22-year-old Stephanie Sardinha. She hasn't had a period since she was 17. "It's really one of the best things I've ever done," she says. A college student and retail worker in Lisbon Falls, Maine, Sardinha uses Nuvaring, a vaginal contraceptive ring.
July 17, 2000 |
For years, gynecologists have been quietly telling their patients who take birth control pills that they can avoid menstruating while on their honeymoon or on vacation simply by skipping the seven placebo pills and starting right in on the next packet. Now, however, some women are going far beyond this onetime, "special occasion" skipping of a period and opting to have just three or four periods a year. Still others are stopping menstruation altogether.
November 29, 1999 |
The girls' empowerment movement is one of the most positive public health trends in the country these days, and the multitude of health books for girls is proof. It's possible to find a good book for a girl on almost any aspect of physical or psychological health. Some of the latest offerings include two new books from Pleasant Co., which has set the standard for girls' health with its American Girl magazine and library of books.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1999 |
He was a rich 19th century Don Juan. She was the last woman he wronged. She killed him with a single shot through the eye, delivered in broad daylight alongside a busy road in downtown Los Angeles. But what really convulsed respectable residents of the community was what followed: a trial in which her defense attorneys presented 12 male jurors with forensic evidence and expert scientific testimony that their client should be acquitted by reason of "menstrual madness."
May 6, 1999 |
Karen Houppert opens "The Curse" with the debatable observation that menstrual "blood is kinda like snot." She then immediately complains about "the dearth of research attention--and dollars--devoted to" the "topic" of menstruation. Thus she establishes a contradiction that undermines "The Curse." If menstrual blood is indeed a minor secretion "like snot," why devote a book to it?
June 29, 1992 |
Endometriosis affects about 15% of women of reproductive age. Women with this condition experience chronic pelvic pain, and many experience years of frustration in a search for a diagnosis. But advancements in surgical techniques and new studies have given doctors additional methods of diagnosis and treatment. Donna, 30, went through 15 years of chronic pain and a series of doctors before her condition was diagnosed.