Articles on Hormones

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Women with endometriosis need evidence-based information to make informed choices about their treatment. Timothy Paul Smith

Considering surgery for endometriosis? Here’s what you need to know

Endometriosis is cut or vaporised with an electric current or laser. It ranges from a simple, 20 minute operation to complex surgery involving important organs such as the bowel and bladder.
Women commonly suppress their period around special events and holidays. Haley Phelps

It’s OK to skip your period while on the pill

Women on the pill are able to manipulate or suppress their menstrual cycles to have fewer "periods", or to avoid bleeding at important or inconvenient times.
Their hormones mean they still need zzz’s even when they’re already supposed to be in homeroom. Antonio Guillem/Shutterstock.com

Sleepy teenage brains need school to start later in the morning

Teenagers aren't just lazy. Their sleep hormones aren't calibrated to let them get up and go until later in the morning – which has academic and health consequences when school starts too early.
Women are vigilant about avoiding alcohol and smoking during pregnancy, but what about stress? Camila Cordeiro/Unsplash

Health Check: can stress during pregnancy harm my baby?

Most pregnant women are aware of the advice to quit smoking, avoid alcohol, and fear soft cheese, but much less is done to avoid stress during pregnancy, despite its harms.
Doctors and patients should appreciate the many roles estrogens play in the body. Doctor and patient image via www.shutterstock.com.

What women with breast cancer should know about estrogens

Estrogens also have many positive effects on mental health, cognitive function, libido and protection of the brain, possibly even slowing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
From a woman’s first periods until menopause, menstrual hormones drive her vaginal discharge. Annette Shaff/Shutterstock

Health Check: what is normal vaginal discharge and what’s not?

Vaginal discharge varies in consistency, texture, smell, taste and volume in the same woman from day to day, week to week, month to month and beyond.

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