GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology Women's Health / Gynecology

How can your period affect bowel movements?

Many people notice that their bowel habits change predictably throughout their monthly menstrual cycle. This shift in pattern is because the bowel is affected by period-related hormone changes. During each menstrual cycle, the body goes through many hormonal shifts. These changes affect the whole body, leading to familiar premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms such as mood […]

Pregnancy / Obstetrics Women's Health / Gynecology

A guide to female anatomy

Female anatomy includes the external genitals, or the vulva, and the internal reproductive organs, which include the ovaries and the uterus. One major difference between males and females is their reproductive organs. Anatomy specific to females generally relates to sexual function, reproduction, and hormone control. Males and females have physically different sexual anatomy, but all […]

Sexual Health / STDs Women's Health / Gynecology

Vestibular papillomatosis: Everything you need to know

Some people have small bumps on their vulva and around the labia. These bumps are called vestibular papillomatosis, and they are not harmful. Vestibular papillomatosis is not a disease. It requires no medical treatment and is not contagious. In this article, learn more about vestibular papillomatosis, including its appearance and how doctors diagnose it. Share […]

Women's Health / Gynecology

Natural treatments and diet for fibroids

Uterine fibroids are common, noncancerous growths that develop in the uterus. Some people use natural treatments and dietary changes to relieve the symptoms associated with fibroids. But do these treatments work? Not all uterine fibroids cause symptoms, and they do not always need treatment. Fibroids can shrink and disappear, especially after menopause. A person may […]

Menopause Women's Health / Gynecology

The importance of ‘sport-related hobbies’ for middle aged women

Leisure time physical activity improves the blood lipid profile, a marker of cardiovascular risk, of postmenopausal women. Sports-related hobbies are vital for the heart health of postmenopausal women. This is the main takeaway of a new study that appears in the journal Frontiers in Endocrinology. Sira Karvinen — a postdoctoral researcher from the Gerontology Research […]

Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Women's Health / Gynecology

Getting a ‘Hollywood’ wax may not increase STI risk, after all

Many health and hygiene guides advise women, in particular, to avoid shaving or waxing all or most of their pubic hair to maintain their “natural barrier” against sexually transmitted infections. But is this a misconception? Completely removing pubic hair most likely does not influence the risk of STIs, according to recent findings. Many women, often […]