Is There Really a Connection Between Birth Control and Brain Cancer?

birth-control-cancerGet the facts behind the latest scary health headline…

When it comes to oral contraceptives and cancer, the news is mostly reassuring. Taking the Pill offers solid protection against ovarian and uterine cancer. And though recent research suggests that the Pill can jack up your breast cancer risk, other research refutes this, according to Planned Parenthood.

But a new study linking birth control pills to brain cancer has left a lot of Pill takers panicking. The study, from the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, looked at the incidence of a brain cancer called glioma among younger women in Denmark. Curious about whether the hormones in the pill had an affect on glioma, the research team poured through health registries, IDing all the Danish women between ages 15 and 49 who were diagnosed with glioma between 2000 and 2009.

They then looked into how many of these women had an Rx for birth control pills, recording the type they took (either the estrogen-progestin “combo pill” or the progestin-only “minipill”) and for how long. Finally, they compared them to a control group of glioma-free women in the same age range.

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Are There Really Benefits to Eating Your Placenta?

kourtney-kardashianFind out what midwives and ob-gyns say about Kourtney Kardashian’s beloved placenta pills….

The Internet’s abuzz, thanks to Kourtney Kardashian’s Instagram post endorsing placenta pills.

She’s the latest star to spill about chowing down on some form of her placenta after giving birth. The placenta is an organ that “looks like a piece of brisket,” says Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Yale Medical School. It provides nutrients to the baby via the umbilical cord and also triggers the release of pregnancy-related hormones.

Other celeb fans of ingesting their placenta include Alicia Silverstone, who loved hers so much that her husband called them her “happy pills,” and Gaby Hoffman, who threw hers in a smoothie with strawberries, blueberries, guava juice, and a banana. What benefits are these stars looking for in this process?…

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4 Ways to Get Pregnant That Aren’t Sex

pregnancy-optionsKnocking boots isn’t the only way to put a bun in the oven…

Most women turn to their beau and their bedrooms — or kitchen floors, if that’s what you’re into — when they’re ready to make a baby.

But for women who face medical issues, same-sex couples, or even single ladies who no longer want to wait for Prince Charming, there are other options.

Here, Alyssa Dweck, M.D., co-author of V is for Vagina, takes us through four options…

 

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Is It Harder to Get Pregnant the Second Time Around?

Kim Kardashian - Second Pregnancy?We consulted with an expert about Kim Kardashian’s recent conception concerns.

Kim Kardashian and husband Kanye West have been working on adding a baby to the family (South West?), but Kim is finding it much harder to get pregnant this time around, she told the DailyMail.com at the E! International Press Junket this past Friday. It begs the question: Is Kimye just having some bad luck, or are sophomore pregnancies really more difficult?

According to ob-gyn Alyssa Dweck, M.D., Kim’s problem is one plenty of women face. Secondary infertility — a.k.a. trouble conceiving the second time around when you had no issues with the first pregnancy—is more common than primary infertility in women, she says. Here are a few reasons why Kim (and you) might be seeing the delay and what to do to speed things along.

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5 Reasons Your Vagina Is Going Dry

Idry_vaginaf you’ve never had a problem getting wet before but now your privates feel like the Sahara, don’t panic—you’re not going through early menopause. Fact is, there are many reasons why younger women experience vaginal dryness, and the problem is a lot more common than you’d think. Still, it’s not something you want to blow off. It’s important for your hoo-ha to be moist, and not just because lubrication makes sex feel more pleasurable. Vaginal wetness keeps tissues healthy and even serves as a line of defense against infections and STDs, says Alyssa Dweck, an ob-gyn in Westchester, New York, and co-author of V Is for Vagina. Use a water-based vaginal lubricant in the meantime as you suss out what’s leaving you dry.

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What Your Period Can Tell You About Your Health

period-healthYou may think the only thing your period can tell you is whether or not you’re pregnant—or if need to pop an ibuprofen because your cramps hurt like hell. But your menstrual cycle can actually clue you in to other health issues, too.

According to new research from the American Heart Association, women whose periods start at age 10 or younger—or 17 and older—have a higher risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and health complications related to high blood pressure. Women who experience their first menstrual cycle at 13, however, have the least risk of experiencing those conditions. Granted, that doesn’t mean that your period causes any of these problems—or that you’re doomed to experience them if you’re an early or late bloomer. But it’s still a good reminder that your flow can serve as an indication of other things going on in your bod.

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Is It Okay to Have Sex the Night Before a Big Race?

sex_before_big_raceRunning coaches, ob-gyns, and real-life racers give the final word on pre-race hanky panky.

It’s the night before the big race. Your race-day outfit is ready to go, your stomach is full of more simple carbs than you thought it would ever hold—and your significant other is giving you that look.But is it OK to put that super-hot running body of yours to good use? Or should you push your partner into a cold shower and tell him or her to think about baseball?

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7 Places You Should Never, EVER Have Sex

places-never-have-sexWe all have a few fun locales on our “oh, I’ve got to have sex here” list.

The stairs, the back seat of the car, maybe even a public place or two. But, sorry to break it to you: Sex just shouldn’t happen in some places. And we don’t mean in an “ew, it’s creepy to get down in your parents’ bed” kind of way. Nope, in some places, sex can actually lead to UTIs, injuries, and little critters attached to your labia.

Check out these seven spots—and then erase them from your sexy-time wish lists.

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16 Ways to Make PMS Suck Less

pms_suck_lessFeel that familiar pain and rage coming on? It’s your uterus’ way of telling you that you’re going to be out of commission for the next week.

Pretty soon, even you won’t want to be around you.

But PMS isn’t going to win this time. You’re going to be a real person with goals and non-elastic waistbands and plans that occur outside of your apartment. You. Got. This. Here’s how to be a lot less miserable in the process…

 

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Why You Should Be Looking At Your Vagina On the Regular Basis…

vagina_look_regularWe spent a lot of time talking about vaginas this year—but you should be doing more than just talking about your nether-region. It’s also smart to take a good look at what you’re working with down there on a regular basis. “It’s empowering to educate yourself about your body and note any concerns,” says ob-gyn Alyssa Dweck, M.D., co-author of V is for Vagina. “And you may just prevent a bigger health problem in the future.”

Studying your lady-parts in a mirror can help you spot new moles, painful or bloody lesions, blisters or fissures, or thick discharge—all of which are reasons to book an appointment with your ob-gyn, stat. “In general, if something shows up that is not normal for you, always check in with your gynecologist,” says Dweck…

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