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HRT not linked to increased risk of dementia — Largest study yet

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is not linked to an increased risk of developing dementia, according to the largest study of its kind, in the British...

New estimates of breast cancer risks associated with HRT

A study published by The BMJ provides new estimates of the increased risks of breast cancer associated with use of different hormone replacement therapy...

Irregular and long menstrual cycles linked to greater risk of early death

Irregular and long menstrual cycles in adolescence and adulthood are associated with a greater risk of early death (before age 70), finds a study...

Antibiotic use with hormonal contraception linked to 7x higher risk of unwanted pregnancy

The combined use of broad-spectrum antibiotics and hormonal birth control was associated with a higher risk of unintended pregnancy, MedPageToday reports researchers found. Individuals...

Microbiome therapy reduces recurrent bacterial vaginosis in trial

A product containing healthy vaginal bacteria has proved effective against recurrent bacterial vaginosis (BV), an extremely common vaginal infection that is associated with preterm...

Starting oestradiol therapy soon after menopause may slow atherosclerosis

Taking oestradiol within six years after the onset of menopause may help prevent atherosclerosis, plaque build-up in artery walls, from progressing; however, starting oestradiol...

Hot flashes may impair memory performance

If you're having difficulty identifying the right word to express yourself clearly or remembering a story correctly, you may blame menopause. A study by...

More frequent sex reduces early risk of early menopause

Women who engage in sexual activity weekly or monthly have a lower risk of entering menopause early relative to those who report having some...

Hormone therapy associated with improved cognition

Oestrogen has a significant role in overall brain health and cognitive function. That's why so many studies focused on the prevention of cognitive decline...

Early menopause and risk of cardiovascular disease

Women who reach menopause before the age of 50 have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to researchers from The University of...

Vaccine for genital chlamydia shown to be safe and effective

The first ever early clinical trial for a vaccine for genital chlamydia has shown it to be safe and effective at provoking an immune...

HPV vaccination dramatically reduces risk of cervical disease

Routine vaccination of girls aged 12 or 13 years with the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in Scotland has led to a dramatic reduction in...

New way to prevent and treat chlamydia

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have developed a new way to prevent and treat chlamydia, the most common sexually transmitted bacterial infection in...

'Watchful waiting' rather than surgery for benign ovarian cysts

'Watchful waiting' rather than removal is suitable for most women diagnosed with non-cancerous ovarian cysts, avoiding potential surgical complications, found a two-year study following 1919...

Pregnancy before 29 helps decrease later breast cancer risk

A large study points to the protective effect of pregnancy on breast cancer risk arising precisely at the 34th pregnancy week, but additional protection...

Many more mesh sling insertions should be reversed

Many more women than initially estimated who received vaginal mesh implants to treat incontinence will need the procedure reversed, a large study from the London...

Abuse in childhood increases later endometriosis risk

A large prospective study has found that sexual and physical abuse in childhood and adolescence is associated with a greater risk of endometriosis diagnosed...

HPV test better than Pap smear at detecting precancerous changes

A test for HPV detects precancerous changes of the cervix earlier and more accurately than the Pap smear, according to a large clinical trial....

Greater risk of toxic shock syndrome from menstrual cups

Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) has long-been associated with tampon use, but a study claims that menstrual cups could pose an even greater risk. The...

Worrying connection between feminine hygiene products and infection

A Canadian study found that women who use vaginal hygiene products are three times more likely to experience some type of infection. Vaginal hygiene products...

Expensive menopause treatments no better than placebo

Neither prescribed estradiol tablet nor over-the-counter moisturiser provides additional benefit over placebo tablet and gel in reducing post-menopausal vulvovaginal symptoms. Nearly half of post-menopausal women...

No link between hormonal birth control and depression

A US meta-analysis found no evidence to support a link between hormonal birth control and depression. Women face several options when it comes to birth...

Menopausal HRT linked to healthier heart

Women who use menopausal hormone therapy (HRT) appear to have a heart structure and function that is linked to a lower risk of heart...

Increased health risks with hysterectomy alone

Mayo Clinic researchers show that hysterectomy with ovarian conservation is associated with a significantly increased risk of several cardiovascular diseases and metabolic conditions. "This is...

No increased risk of stroke with early post-menopausal hormone therapy

Post-menopausal hormone therapy is not associated with increased risk of stroke, provided that it is started early, according to a report from Karolinska Institutet...

HPV vaccine lowers the need for cervical screens

Women may only need three cervical screens in their lifetime if they have been given the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, a UK study has...

Increased cardiac and stroke death risk in the first year after discontinuation of HT

Discontinuation of postmenopausal Hormone therapy (HT) may be associated with increased risk of cardiac and stroke death in the first post-treatment year. Hormone therapy (HT)...

IUDs may cut cervical cancer risk by a third — US systematic review

Considered a safe and highly effective contraception method, intrauterine devices (IUDs) may also be quietly offering protection against the third-most common cancer in women...

Education needed regarding efficacy of HRT for most women

Women today have more options than ever before for treating their menopause symptoms, although hormone therapy still ranks as the most effective treatment for...

EMAS Guideline on calcium in reducing osteoporosis risk

The European Menopause and Andropause Society has issued a new clinical guide that summarises the evidence regarding the effects of calcium in reducing the...

No increased mortality risk from HRT — 18-year study

Among postmenopausal women in the Women’s Health Initiative trials, use of hormone therapy (HRT) for five to seven years was not associated with risk...

NICE guidelines on endometriosis: Diagnosis will improve, treatment won't

The UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s new guidelines on endometriosis will be transformative in enabling women to circumvent years of unnecessary suffering, writes...

Breastfeeding significantly lowers endometriosis risk

A study by investigators at Brigham and Women's Hospital finds that women who breastfed for longer periods of time had significantly lower risk of...

New drug cuts number and severity of hot flushes

An experimental drug has been shown to dramatically cut the number of hot flushes in women with severe menopause symptoms, says a Pharmaceutical Journal...

New drug compound cuts frequency of hot flushes

Women plagued by frequent hot flushes during the menopause could cut the number of flushes by almost three-quarters, thanks to a new drug compound,...

Less invasive hysterectomy supported in stage-1 endometrial cancer

There were similar rates of disease-free survival and no difference in overall survival among women who received a laparoscopic or abdominal total hysterectomy for...

Contraceptive pill can protect women from some cancers

Women who have taken the oral contraceptive pill are protected from some types of cancer for as long as 30 years after they stopped...

The evidence base for HRT: What can we believe?

A 'sensationalised cascade of fear' has for more than a decade led many women and their doctors incorrectly to believe hormone replacement therapy (HRT)...

Oestrogen reduces tooth and gum disease in post-menopause

Women treated with oestrogen for post-menopausal osteoporosis have a lower prevalence of severe periodontitis than women not receiving treatment, found a Brazilian study of...

Dyspareunia affects nearly 1 in 10 British women

Nearly one in 10 British women experiences painful sex (dyspareunia), according to a study. The findings come from the third The findings come from the...