Important to know the Underlying Cause
What is infertility?
The definition of infertility differs based on the age of the female trying to conceive because age is the single most influential factor when it comes to fertility. It is generally regarded that female fertility begins to decline after about age 30. This is because females have all of their eggs at birth and over time the reserve of eggs dwindles resulting in a lower number and quality of eggs available. Infertility is defined as not being able to get pregnant after trying for a year. However, this definition is amended to a (more…)
HPV of the Cervix and Vaccines
Human papilloma virus, HPV, is the most common cause of both sexually transmitted infections and of cervical cancer worldwide. This virus is a particularly tricky one, sometimes evading the immune system for years. In addition to hiding from the immune system, it can cause changes to cells of the cervix, called cervical dysplasia. Left unchecked, this dysplasia can lead to cancer. In fact, over 99% of cervical cancer cases can be directly linked to specific high-risk strains of this virus. Annually, (more…)
What is melatonin?
Melatonin is a hormone that is secreted by the pineal gland in the brain and plays a key role in the maintenance of the sleep-wake cycle. In addition to its function regarding sleep, melatonin has been proposed to have many varied properties as it also functions as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Because of melatonin’s diverse characteristics, it has been studied for a (more…)
Roughly 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. With this outstanding number in mind, many women ponder what can be done to reduce breast cancer risk. While a genetic predisposition for development of cancer cannot be altered there are other factors that can be modified. One such modifiable risk factor is alcohol consumption.
Does alcohol increase risk for development of breast cancer?
Compared to women who drink less than one drink daily, women who regularly drink 1-2 alcoholic drinks per day have a statistically significant increased lifetime risk for the development of breast cancer. This risk further increases when consumption exceeds 3 drinks per day.
Is it Celiac Disease or Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity
Gluten-free eating, cooking, and living has been increasing in popularity over the past decade. Some skeptics consider this a fad, while others swear they feel better eating a strictly gluten-free diet. Gluten-free bakeries and restaurants speckle metropolitan areas,and now even body-care and cleaning products are hopping on the bandwagon, labeling their lotions and scrubs as “gluten-free”. So, is it hype, or is there a medical need for eating sans gluten?
The endocannabinoid system. This term sounds complex, but it is actually just what it sounds like: the body’s internal (“endo”) system that responds to cannabinoids. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is so named because it was first discovered when scientists were studying the effects of cannabis on the body.1 The ECS is perhaps most notable for its role in regulating the limbic system, a part of the brain responsible for emotions, motivation, and our stress response. This system responds to our body’s own endogenous cannabinoids, anandamide and 2-AG, and to exogenous cannabinoids. A well-toned endocannabinoid system can help us recover from major stresses, prevent stress-related overwhelm, regulate cortisol levels, and will naturally increase during times of stress.
With the menopause transition comes a change in estrogen levels. That change affects just about EVERYTHING, including sex. Estrogen is responsible for keeping the tissue of the vagina moist and well lubricated. It keeps this tissue plump and healthy and even helps keep the good bacteria in the vagina healthy! When estrogen levels decline, the tissue in the vagina can become dry, thin, less lubricated and less elastic, all of which can cause sex to feel painful or cause a burning or tearing sensation. For some, this pain can be significant enough to deter all interest in sexual activity. Fortunately, there are many things that can be done to protect this tissue and to keep sex (touch and/or penetration) comfortable.
Roughly 75% of reproductive aged females will experience at least one vaginal yeast infection (vulvovaginal candidiasis or VVC), with half of them developing a second episode at some point. Additionally, between 5-9% of these women will go on to develop recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis, meaning numerous episodes over the course of a year.
June was National Safety Month and it brings to mind an important form of safety that is different from wearing seat belts, applying sunscreen or not talking to strangers. Challenges with mental health, such as those caused by depression, are a significant factor to consider when ensuring a child’s safety.
Imagine running through a field of tall grass and wildflowers, arms spread wide, sunshine on your face and the breeze blowing in your hair. That may sound like an afternoon well spent! For many of us however… the scene I described just sounds like an allergy nightmare! What can one do to start enjoying the outdoors again?