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If you or your mother became menopausal between the 1960s and 90s, you know that most women were pressured to take hormones from their first hot flash until their death. A friend joked that all women would be clutching a...

One day around two years ago, while examining my body, I discovered a pelvic organ prolapse. Being a health researcher, I immediately started researching what I was facing. Two gynecologists I saw were ready to wheel me into surgery for...

Early puberty is becoming the norm, not the exception. The Breast Cancer Fund commissioned a meta-analysis of existing data on this subject in order to explore research indicating that early menarche is a risk factor for later development of breast...

Advocates fought for years to make emergency contraception available over-the-counter so that women could have convenient and timely access to this contraceptive option when they needed it. But removing the prescription requirement created a new barrier for some women.

Suzanne Somers looks great. In interviews and a series of books, the actress attributes her seeming agelessness -- not to mention increased energy, libido, and a host of other benefits -- to her use of “bioidentical” hormones.

In 1970 I had a bladder infection, hardly a cause for alarm. My gynecologist cleared up the infection with antibiotics but sent me to a urologist just to be on the safe side. Little did I know that I had...

When was the last time you heard a joke suggesting that sex invariably goes ever downhill or totally crashes after menopause? Like yesterday? This concept was boldly reaffirmed — without reference to reliable research — at a conference on menopause...

I doubled over and groaned as the stabbing sensation worsened in my abdomen. I was in the middle of a math test my sophomore year of high school, but the Pythagorean Theorem was the last thing on my mind. I...

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age. PCOS causes a woman’s body to produce excessive amounts of androgens or testosterone, hormones that are associated with male sex characteristics and reproduction. Updated: Aug 31, 2015

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a vague term for a vague disorder. The diagnosis is one “of exclusion,” meaning that it’s what doctors are left with when tests fail to reveal another diagnosis. IBS is a syndrome rather than a...

In all likelihood, every time you fill a prescription, information about you is sold to a company that then resells that information to pharmaceutical companies for promotional purposes.

In all likelihood, every time you fill a prescription, information about you is sold to a company that then resells that information to pharmaceutical companies for promotional purposes. Your name is removed from your medication history, which is supposed to...