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Marta Crous-Bou, Laura B Harrington, Christopher Kabrhel
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) includes deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, and a combination of environmental and genetic risk factors contributes to VTE risk. Within environmental risk factors, some are provoking (e.g., cancer, surgery, trauma or fracture, immobilization, pregnancy and the postpartum period, long-distance travel, hospitalization, catheterization, and acute infection) and others are nonprovoking (e.g., age, sex, race/ethnicity, body mass index and obesity, oral contraceptive or hormone therapy use, corticosteroid use, statin use, diet, physical activity, sedentary time, and air pollution)...
October 20, 2016: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
Waltraud Maierhofer, Emanuella Israel
The Fifty Shades trilogy by E.L. James has taken the world by storm and become a cultural phenomenon. The lack of contraceptive use in the erotic fiction, first pointed out by bloggers, is analysed in this article and compared to medical information. James may be praised for sexualising condom use. However, her protagonist makes poor choices in terms of hormonal contraception and is negligent about its use, resulting in an unintended pregnancy and resolved in marital bliss and motherhood. What is of more interest here than a possible message about contraceptive use, is the outcome that the fiction's negligence in birth control and responsibility affirms an ideology in which female sexuality and sexual experimentation can only be tolerated within the context of procreation and affirmation of motherhood...
October 20, 2016: Culture, Health & Sexuality
Jenny E Mullen, John-Olof Thörngren, Jenny J Schulze, Magnus Ericsson, Nina Gårevik, Mikael Lehtihet, Lena Ekström
Today's doping tests involving longitudinal monitoring of steroid profiles are difficult in women. Women have more complex hormonal fluctuations than men and commonly take drugs such as hormonal contraceptives that are shown to affect biomarkers used in these doping tests. In this study we followed six women's urinary steroid profile during one menstrual cycle, including both glucuronides and sulfate conjugated fractions. Additionally, we studied what happens to the steroidal module of the athlete biological passport (ABP) after administration of an emergency contraceptive (levonorgestrel, NorLevo®)...
October 18, 2016: Drug Testing and Analysis
Katalin Gornicsar, Tibor Mózes, Andor Grosz, Edit Bíró, Szabolcs Ládi, Paul Clayton
BACKGROUND: Multiple studies have found gender-based disparities in ICU admission rates and in complications following trauma. Female gender was associated with lower mortality when comparing patients less than 50 years of age. These data suggest an important role for cycle rather than gender itself. Our previous results indicate a crucial role for tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα) in inducing nososocomial infections. HYPOTHESIS: Cycle is important for TNF and other female hormone productions...
October 12, 2016: Shock
Helen S Pentikis, Nikki Adetoro, Carol J Braun
INTRODUCTION: Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a serious infection that is the most common vaginal infection in women of childbearing potential. SYM-1219 is a novel, granule formulation containing 2 g of secnidazole that is being developed as a single, oral dose to treat women with BV. Because many of the women diagnosed with BV use hormonal contraception, the effect of SYM-1219 on the pharmacokinetics (PK) of commonly prescribed oral contraceptive drugs, ethinyl estradiol (EE2), and norethindrone (NET) was evaluated...
October 15, 2016: Advances in Therapy
Jong-Wook Seo, Dong-Yun Lee, Byung-Koo Yoon, DooSeok Choi
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Young age is a possible risk factor of endometriosis recurrence after surgery. However, the efficacy of postoperative medical treatment has not been well addressed in adolescents. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether postoperative medical treatment is as effective in adolescents as it is in adults in the prevention of endometrioma recurrence. DESIGN: A retrospective cohort study SETTING: Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, Korea. PARTICIPANTS: This study included 176 reproductive-aged women who underwent conservative laparoscopic surgery for pathology-confirmed endometrioma...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
J L Yoost, R W Starcher, R A King-Mallory, N Hussain, C A Hensley, T W Gress
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the use of telehealth to teach reproductive health to rural areas with high rates of teen pregnancy. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study SETTING: Two high schools in rural West Virginia. PARTICIPANTS: High school females that attended telehealth sessions. INTERVENTIONS: Teleconferencing equipment connected rural high schools to a distal academic institution. Telehealth sessions included reproductive health and life skills topics...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher, Shira Dunsiger, Heather H Swales, Gerard P Aurigemma, Ira Ockene, Lindsey Rosman, Ilan S Wittstein
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC) occurs predominantly in postmenopausal women, suggesting a possible role of reproductive and hormonal factors in the pathophysiology of this condition. Yet reproductive characteristics of women with TC have received limited attention. This prospective case-control study sought to explore reproductive characteristics associated with TC. Incident TC cases and myocardial infarction (MI) controls were recruited among consecutive women presenting at the emergency departments of 2 large medical centers in Massachusetts and Connecticut...
September 15, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Chalder Nogueira Nunes, Lucas Ely Pauluk, Maria Lurdes Felsner, Vanessa Egéa Dos Anjos, Sueli Pércio Quináia
17α-Ethinyl estradiol (EE2), which is used worldwide in the treatment of some cancers and as a contraceptive, is often found in aquatic systems and is considered a pharmaceutically active compound (PhACs) in the environment. Current methods for the determination of this compound, such as chromatography, are expensive and lengthy and require large amounts of toxic organic solvents. In this work, a voltammetric procedure is developed and validated as a screening tool for detecting EE2 in water samples without prior extraction, clean-up, or derivatization steps...
2016: Journal of Analytical Methods in Chemistry
Charlotte W Usselman, Chantelle A Nielson, Torri A Luchyshyn, Tamara I Gimon, Nicole S Coverdale, Stan H M Van Uum, J Kevin Shoemaker
We tested the hypothesis that sympathetic responses to baroreceptor unloading may be affected by circulating sex hormones. During lower body negative pressure at -30, -60, and -80 mmHg, muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA), heart rate and blood pressure were recorded in women taking (n=8) and not taking (n=9) hormonal contraceptives. All women were tested twice, once during the low hormone phase (i.e. the early follicular phase of the menstrual cycle and the placebo phase of hormonal contraceptive use), and again during the high hormone phase (i...
October 12, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Carolina A Moreira, John P Bilezikian
CONTEXT: Stress fractures are repetitive use injuries in which recurrent strains lead to material fatigue and microarchitectural discontinuities. Stress fractures account for up to 20% of athletic injuries, more commonly sustained by women and in those who engage in track-and-field events. The pathogenesis of stress fractures is multifactorial. Although most stress fracture are reported among women who may experience menstrual disturbances, low body mass index, low energy intake and sometimes low bone mass, these individuals do not regularly seek endocrinological attention...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Ronni Hayon
Transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals experience significant health disparities. They are more likely to use drugs and alcohol, smoke, be diagnosed with HIV infection or other sexually transmitted infections, and experience depression or attempt suicide. Many also experience discrimination within the health care system. Office-level strategies to create a safe and affirming space for gender-expansive patients include posting of a nondiscrimination statement, use of intake forms that ask about current gender identity and birth-assigned sex, provision of gender-neutral restrooms, and staff training in use of appropriate language...
October 2016: FP Essentials
Sabrina Zidi, Mouna Stayoussef, Bano L Alsaleh, Ezzedine Gazouani, Amel Mezlini, Bashayer H Ebrahim, Besma Yacoubi-Loueslati, Wassim Y Almawi
We investigated the association between six common and novel interleukin-6 (IL-6) polymorphisms with the risk of cervical cancer (CC) among Tunisians. Study subjects comprised 112 CC cases and 164 control women. Genotyping of IL-6 rs2069845, rs2069840, rs1474348, rs1800795, rs1800797, rs2069827 variants was done by real-time PCR, with defined clusters. The allelic and genotypic distributions of the tested IL-6 SNPs were comparable between CC patients and control women. Stratification according to FIGO staging revealed that rs1800795 homozygous major allele genotype (P = 0...
October 8, 2016: Pathology Oncology Research: POR
Maninder Ahuja
INTRODUCTION: Age of menopause is a very important biomarker of not only the loss of fertility but also an increased risk for various mid-life diseases and problems. Many of these diseases can be prevented by timely intervention of lifestyle modification, menopausal hormone therapy, or other supplementations such as calcium, Vitamin D, and micronutrients. In India age of menopause is less than our counterparts in the Western world. This means that the fertility potential of Indian women starts compromising early, so we need to start with the preventive measures much early...
July 2016: Journal of Mid-life Health
Amy L Shafrir, Megan S Rice, Mamta Gupta, Kathryn L Terry, Bernard A Rosner, Rulla M Tamimi, Jonathan L Hecht, Shelley S Tworoger
OBJECTIVE: We assessed the association between reproductive and hormonal factors and ovarian cancer incidence characterized by estrogen receptor-α (ERα) and progesterone receptor (PR) status. METHODS: Tissue microarrays were used to assess ERα and PR expression among 197 Nurses' Health Study (NHS), 42 NHSII and 76 New England Case-Control Study (NECC) ovarian cancer cases. NHS/NHSII cases were matched to up to 4 controls (n=954) on diagnosis date and birth year...
October 5, 2016: Gynecologic Oncology
Kurt T Barnhart
The science of contraceptive medicine and reproductive medicine are similar. At present contraceptive medicine has moved beyond understanding the mechanism of action of steroid hormones with the introduction of many safe and effective methods. Long-acting reversible contraceptives are increasing in acceptance and providing very high efficacy. The science has pivoted toward optimization of family planning in selected high-risk populations, such as those with a high-risk of thrombosis, as well as addressing the challenge of obesity...
October 5, 2016: Fertility and Sterility
Linda Linton, Monica Taylor, Sheila Dunn, Lisa Martin, Sonia Chavez, Greg Stanitz, Ella Huszti, Salomon Minkin, Norman Boyd
BACKGROUND: In previous work in young women aged 15-30 years we measured breast water and fat using MR and obtained blood for hormone assays on the same day in the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle. Only serum growth hormone levels and sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) were significantly associated with percent breast water after adjustment for covariates. The sex hormones estradiol, progesterone and testosterone were not associated with percent water in the breast in the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle...
2016: PloS One
Franca Fruzzetti, Daria Perini, Lara Fornaciari, Marinella Russo, Fiorella Bucci, Angiolo Gadducci
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to examine, in a sample of Italian women, the rate of discontinuation of use of hormonal contraception. METHODS: In a retrospective cross-sectional study, data were collected from a chart review of 1809 women using or stopping the hormonal contraceptive prescribed by their physician. The name of the contraceptive and the reason for discontinuation were taken from the charts. The differences between the methods regarding reasons for discontinuation were analysed...
October 7, 2016: European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care
Katherine He, Vanessa K Dalton, Melissa K Zochowski, Kelli Stidham Hall
BACKGROUND: Family planning research has not adequately addressed women's preferences for different contraceptive methods and whether women's contraceptive experiences match their preferences. METHODS: Data were drawn from the Women's Healthcare Experiences and Preferences Study, an Internet survey of 1,078 women aged 18-55 randomly sampled from a national probability panel. Survey items assessed women's preferences for contraceptive methods, match between methods preferred and used, and perceived reasons for mismatch...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Women's Health
Kyle E Horst, Susan C Modesitt
OBJECTIVES: Endometrial cancer remains the fourth most common malignancy among US women, and hormonal contraceptives drastically reduce this risk. The study objectives were to assess the prescribing patterns, counseling practices, and knowledge of family physicians and obstetrician/gynecologists (OB/GYNs) regarding hormonal contraceptives, obesity, and cancer prevention. METHODS: A 25-question survey was mailed to 4600 OB/GYNs and family practitioners licensed in Virginia to assess self-reported hormonal contraceptive prescription practices, patient evaluation and counseling, and gynecologic oncology knowledge...
October 2016: Southern Medical Journal
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