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.
August 15, 2005 |
The belief that girls who start menstruating before age 12 will be overweight later in life is unfounded, a new study reports. Because excess body fat has been found to jump-start puberty, with some larger girls starting their periods before age 12, some doctors believed the reverse could also be true -- perhaps girls who matured at an earlier age faced a higher risk of becoming overweight later.
November 11, 2002 |
Heavy menstrual periods are more than an inconvenience. They exact a significant economic toll. American women who suffer severe bleeding and cramping miss nearly a month of work and lose work time valued at nearly $1,700, on average, each year, researchers report in the first attempt to quantify the financial impact. Dr. David Cumming, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Alberta in Canada, analyzed data from nearly 2,800 U.S.
June 3, 2002 |
Menstrual irregularities are not usually taken seriously by women or doctors. But such disruptions could lead to bone loss--and eventual osteoporosis, researchers have found. While many people think that bone loss occurs after menopause, when the ovaries have stopped working due to age, researchers now believe that disruption of the ovaries' function at any age has a direct effect on bones.
May 13, 2002 |
Women can now use several methods of hormonal birth control--not only pills but also the new vaginal ring and skin patch--without taking a break every fourth week to have a period, doctors say. Experts speaking at the annual meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, held last week in Los Angeles, said there is no harm in using the contraceptives for several months before allowing the shedding of the uterine lining.
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.