So why is it that around 3.7 million women in the UK are currently taking ‘the Pill’, and around 100 million worldwide? The keenest uptake is among the young. An incredible 64 per cent of women aged between 20 and 24 are on the Pill, more than in any other age group.
Women and their physicians need more data about the uses, efficacy and side-effects of oral contraceptives. There is a lack of data about the general health of girls and women who use oral contraceptives and about the efficacy of these pills in treating non-birth-control related conditions. The purpose of this survey is to fill that data void; to learn more about the off-label uses for oral contraceptives – why birth control pills are prescribed and whether or not they work for the host of non-birth-control related conditions.
Excess estrogen levels during pregnancy can disable, in their daughters, a powerful breast cancer tumor suppressor gene, say researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. They found the DNA repair gene BRCA1 to be silenced in one year-old girls exposed to a high hormonal fetal environment.
New research, conducted on rodents, suggests that pre-menopausal hysterectomy with ovariectomy induces changes in the hippocampus (memory center of brain) making it hypersensitive to ischemic stressors (reduced blood flow). In contrast, ischemic stressors did not cause hippocampal damage in non-ovariectomized female rats or even gonadectomized male rats.
According to a new Guttmacher Institute review of more than 66 studies conducted over three decades, a woman’s ability to control her fertility affects much more than just if and when she’ll start a family; contraception plays a big a role in the financial, professional and emotional lives of American women, too.
Oh Hormone Goddess – what is your answer? Tell your partner to get a vasectomy. Where are the men in this discussion? I have heard so many horror stories from women who are on synthetic hormone birth control until they reach menopause. And then they wonder why they are anxious, depressed, moody, gaining weight etc. Continue Reading …
Estradiol is used to treat symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, and vaginal dryness, burning, and irritation. Other uses include prevention of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, and replacement of estrogen in women with ovarian failure or other conditions that cause a lack of natural estrogen in the body.