How IBD Messes With Your Period, Pregnancy, and Sex Life

If you have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and you think it’s messing with your menstrual cycle, your pregnancy, your menopause, and even your sex life, you’d be…right. Women have all the luck, eh? IBDs affect both women and men, but as often seems to be the case, women experience unique …

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Women More Likely to Get Kidney Disease than Breast Cancer

How often do you check your plumbing? Not very often, right? Usually only when the toilet won’t flush, the faucet won’t work, or the bathtub drain becomes clogged beyond what Drano can fix. Unfortunately, most of us treat our own plumbing system—the kidneys—much the same way. As long as we …

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How Even Mild Dehydration Can Ruin Your Day

Ask yourself. Do you feel sleepy? Have a bit of a headache? Are you craving candy? You could be slightly dehydrated. It’s true! Less than optimal amounts of water in your body can cause uncomfortable changes in a hurry. On the other hand, getting enough water every day can have …

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5 Ways High Blood Pressure is Particularly Dangerous in Women

It’s called the “silent killer.” You could have it right now, and not even know it. According to the American Heart Association: 7 percent of non-Hispanic white women have it 47 percent of non-Hispanic black women have it 8 percent of Mexican American women have it In 2009, it killed …

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Sleep Apnea May be More Dangerous for Women than for Men

When it comes to heart attacks, a woman’s symptoms are subtler than a man’s. Whereas a man may have fierce chest pain, a woman may feel nauseated, tired, and out of sorts. It took us decades to discover the difference. Meanwhile, women may have had fewer heart attacks then men, …

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The Smart Woman’s Guide to Avoiding Heart Disease

Okay, ladies, admit it. There are a lot of things we do better than men. We can make dinner, talk to Mom, balance the checkbook, and solve Jenny’s boyfriend problems all at the same time. We can dance in high heels, find the perfect present for the in-laws, and keep …

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A 3-Step Self-Care Program for Women with Lupus

When you have lupus, people just don’t get it. Friends and family may not understand why you can’t get out of bed and get going. Co-workers may think you’re being lazy, or wonder why you’re taking so many sick days. After all, most of the time a person with lupus …

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The Danger of Gender Bias in Medicine

I traveled to South America several years ago with a friend of mine. When we arrived for our stay, he recommended that I take melatonin to help reset my body clock, since the time zone was several hours different from our own. I had never tried melatonin before, but I …

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Can You Cure Your IBD with a Poop Transplant?

Animal poop is a good thing Since time immemorial we’ve used it to nourish the ground and grow our food. But human poop? We’d just as soon not talk about it, but these days, doctors can’t seem to talk about it enough. Not because it might be a good alternative …

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All About Cortisol, and Signs That You’re Chronically Stressed

If you’ve heard about cortisol, most likely it was in relation to stress. Women know that chronic stress isn’t good for them, and that it’s linked to a number of health problems, including heart disease, stroke, and even cancer. You may have also heard that when you feel stress, the …

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