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Do You Have Birth Control High Blood Pressure Concerns?

Posted in Health & Fitness on April 27th, 2007

Birth control high blood pressure symptoms can be a problem for women taking certain types of hormonal contraceptives.   The two birth control methods that pose the most risk include the birth control pill and the birth control patch. 

However, not every woman who uses these methods of birth control will experience high blood pressure, as there are many factors involved that generally determine the degree of risk each woman faces.

Nevertheless, the reason why hormonal birth control high blood pressure risk exists, is because these contraceptives contain progestins.  Progestin is a type if drug that mirrors the activity of the hormone progesterone which naturally occurs in the female body. 

It is common for progestin to slightly raise the blood pressure in most women who take hormonal birth control, and it is the cause of high blood pressure when it occurs.

The risk of birth control causing high blood pressure increases for a woman based on the following factors:

 Age – As a woman ages (usually mid 35 and older), her chances of developing high blood pressure increases.
 Duration of use – The longer a woman uses the pill or patch, the greater the chances of high blood pressure occurring.
 Pre-existing condition – Women who have previously experienced episodes of consistent high blood pressure, even only if it was during  pregnancy, are    at a greater risk.
 Family history – Women who have a family history of hypertension could be at a greater risk.
 Obesity – a woman who is obese has a greater risk of developing high blood pressure.

Hormonal contraception is one of the most convenient and effective methods of birth control, but it is a fact that high blood pressure occurs 2- 3 times more frequently in women who take hormonal contraceptives than those who use other methods. 

Therefore, if you take the pill or are using the patch - regardless if you have any of the above increased risk factors or not - have your doctor check your blood pressure every year. 

Should you discover you have developed high blood pressure, you should stop taking hormonal contraceptives and seek out other birth control methods.  Once off the pill or the patch, your blood pressure should return to normal within 3 to 6 months. 

Keep in mind that although you can take hormonal methods of birth control if you have high blood pressure that is being regulated with medications, you will need to have your blood pressure closely monitored by your doctor.  Nonetheless, it is strongly advised that anyone who had, has, or is at a greater risk of developing high blood pressure, use other birth control methods.

The following are safe methods of birth control that doesn’t put a woman at high blood pressure risk:

 Barrier birth control methods – condoms, diaphragm, sponge, cervical cap.  Each of these methods is disposed of after sexual intercourse.
 Birth control injection – DepoProvera is a shot containing synthetic progestin (different from the pill and patch) administered via a needle every three   months.DepoProvera a long-term method of birth control.
 Birth control implant - Norplant is a progestin capsule that is inserted into the upper arm and lasts for 5 years.  An IUD (intrauterine device) is a T-shaped device that is inserted into the uterus (and can last a year or 10 years depending on the type) and is very effective at preventing pregnancy.  The IUD is recommended for those women who are in a long-term monogamous relationship.

Keep in mind that even though the above do not directly impact high blood pressure, the shots and implants do have side effects, and none of the above contraception (including the pill and patch), except for the condom, prevent the transmission of STD’s (sexually transmitted diseases).  Therefore, make sure you discuss your contraceptive options with your health care provider if birth control high blood pressure is a risk factor for you.

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Recognizing The Early Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Posted in Health & Fitness on April 23rd, 2007

Fibromyalgia is hard to diagnose as the early symptoms of Fibromyalgia can be masked as other conditions. Someone who thinks they may have it might have to go to many different doctors to find one who does not think the symptoms they are having are ‘all in their head.’ This can make the whole diagnosis process extremely frustrating.

If you suspect you might have Fibromyalgia you should document everything you feel and everything that happens to your body. This might help a doctor diagnose you more quickly. However, because many of the early symptoms of Fibromyalgia can be mistaken for something else, it can be hard to figure out what is going on.

Pain:  This is something that happens most noticeably in the neck and shoulders first, but a person with this pain might simply think they have strained or pulled something. The pain tends to be more pronounced in the joints, but radiates into the muscles. These areas will feel very tender when pressed. In some cases, the pain will shoot down the back and the arms.

Stiffness: This is something that happens in any of the joints of the body. It feels a little like arthritis, but when you first experience it, you might think you are far too young to be having problems such as these. You may notice the stiffness in the morning when you wake up or when the weather changes. This might also be accompanied by a burning sensation near the joints.

Headaches: People with Fibromyalgia will notice they get more and more headaches that vary in degree and intensity. These headaches might be the tension variety that radiate into the neck and shoulders, or the more debilitating migraine variety.

Fatigue: This is also an early symptom that a person might brush off as something else. We all feel tired now and again, but someone with Fibromyalgia will notice they feel tired every single day no matter how much sleep they are getting. This fatigue may also be accompanied by ‘brain fog’, or feelings of depression that happen more frequently.

Horrible Sleep Patterns: Those with this condition will notice early on that they are having problems with their sleeping each night. Some have insomnia, and others wake frequently throughout the night. Some have both problems. Someone might also notice that they have Restless Leg Syndrome as well. All of these sleep problems are a common link to all those with this condition.

There are also a variety of other symptoms that may or may not be apparent in the early stages of this condition. Some of the other early symptoms of Fibromyalgia are not common for everyone, but many will have at least some of them. These can be frequent urination, painful menstrual cycles, problems with bowel movements (irritable bowel syndrome), and some might have problems with rashes and other skin problems.

If you have any of the more common early symptoms of Fibromyalgia, along with some of the secondary ones, you should find a doctor to help you sort through what you are feeling to see if you might have Fibromyalgia or if something else might be going on.

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10 Tips for Your Fibromyalgia Diet

Posted in Health & Fitness on April 13th, 2007

Though there are really no proven Fibromyalgia diet, there are some steps you can take to help you feel better, and to help balance areas that might be out of whack in the body. These dietary changes certainly won’t cure this condition, but a person who take the time to modify their diet somewhat, and watches what they are eating (and what they are not eating) might find some relief. You should talk to your doctor about your diet and any plans you might have for modification. Here are ten handy tips to help you get started.

Watch your sugar intake. Those who cut down or eliminate sugars altogether often feel better. Don’t forget about the less obvious sources of sugar like high fructose corn syrup, which is the most troubling of all sugars, and is found in many sodas and some juices. If you drink juice, make sure it is 100% natural.

Limit caffeine. Though you may be feeling tired and think a jolt of caffeine will help you might be making your sleep issues worse. If you must have some, have it in the morning only, and have only a cup or two of coffee. Caffeine will exaggerate your sleeping difficulties, so watch for caffeine in any form and in things like chocolate and medications, especially when taken later in the day.

Got food allergies?  If you are allergic to any type of food, you should eliminate it completely from your diet. One common problem is lactose intolerance. If this is a problem, you have to stop drinking milk and having milk products. Ask your doctor how to supplement vitamin D and calcium if this is something you must do. You need both of these nutrients for a healthy body.

Balance your meals.  Though carbs will give you a burst of energy, they should not make up the majority of your eating plan. It is recommended that you have equal amounts of proteins and carbs each meal.

Eat smaller and more frequent meals. You may find that eating a smaller meal will help you feel better, and adding healthy snacks in between can help hold off hunger. Think of it as having five or six small meals a day rather than three large ones. This might help eliminate fatigue in some people.

Avoid preservatives. This is a tough one, but it can be done. You should avoid foods that have preservatives as they can be like toxins to the body. Instead, opt for fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats for the main staples of your diet. Don’t forget about dairy if it is okay for you to have it.

Stop drinking. Alcohol can make sleep patterns worse, and also harm the liver. Many think they sleep more heavily when they are drunk, but in reality, it is not the deep, restful sleep that someone with Fibromyalgia needs.

Ask about vitamin supplements.  A lot of Fibromyalgia sufferers aren’t getting the vitamins they need. Vitamins are helpful to almost anyone, and they are a great way to make sure your body is running at it’s optimum. There may be reasons why your doctor does not want you to take them though, so be sure to talk with them about this first.

Be wary of artificial sweeteners.  These can have the same toxic affect on the body as preservatives. Eliminate them if you can.

Avoid glutamates. These are something that are found in the red tomato, some potatoes, and certain peppers. They may not be a problem for you, but they can cause problems with muscle pains in some. If you eliminate these from your Fibromyalgia diet, you may find muscle pain diminishes.

Try keeping a food diary for a month and note down what you eat and how you feel. If you notice any patterns regarding certain foods and worsening symptoms work to eliminate that food from your Fibromyalgia diet.

Grab your free copy of Jane Thompson’s brand new Fibromyalgia Newsletter - Overflowing with easy to implement methods to help you find out about fibromyalgia treatment and for information on fibromyalgia pain relief please visit Natural Cure to Fibromyalgia.

The Facts About Endometriosis Laparoscopy

Posted in Health & Fitness on March 30th, 2007

Though ultrasound can be used to help find signs of endometriosis, this is something that does not tell the true tale of what is going on in many women. Though ultrasound is a great tool for many things, it does have a disadvantage when it comes to diagnosing this condition. There are times when it just can’t pick up the nodules that often indicate that there is a problem. The next step after this type of diagnostics is to then use endometriosis laparoscopy surgery to get a better look at what is going on.

Laparoscopy is a tool that is used in many different areas of medicine. This tool takes some practice, but gives the doctor eyes to see inside the body without being as invasive. This is a tiny camera that can be put into the body through a very tiny opening. It has a light attached, and can be used to aid in surgeries like gastric bypass, and can also used for exploratory surgery to search for signs of endometriosis, among other things. This greatly cuts down on recovery time for many people.

When a person is getting this for endometriosis, the doctor will probably make a small incision in the belly button. The patient can be either completely knocked out, and in some cases, a local anesthetic can be used so that the patient can remain awake. A small tube containing both light and a tiny video camera are inserted. Many times, some sort of gas (almost always carbon dioxide), is insert so that the abdomen inflates. This allows the camera and the surgeon to see better. This also allows others to view the surgery as well. The spots that are suspected as being areas with endometriosis growth will be explored.

There are times when this is done to see what is going on, and other times, it can be used to help the surgeon see where the endometriosis is located for removal. Though removal is sometimes possible without more incisions, there may be instances when more incisions might be needed to remove the tissues that need to be taken from the body for biopsy purposes. These incisions are usually located down near the pubic area, or what is referred to as the bikini area. A doctor should go over all of the possibilities of what might happen and what might be done during the surgery and anything that they might do as a result.

Once endometriosis laparoscopy is done, a patient should recover rather quickly. Nausea is quite common, and recovery might take a few days. There may be some pain in the shoulders due to the gas that was used during the surgery. That should go away rather quickly. There may be some pain and discomfort, but a patient will be given pain killers to handle it. If pain goes above and beyond what the pills can handle, or if a person develops a fever, they should go back in to their doctor to make sure everything is okay.
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The Benefits of Cupping Therapy for Fibromyalgia

Posted in Health & Fitness on March 19th, 2007

Just as it is important to know what medical treatments will be most beneficial to treating your fibromyalgia symptoms, it is equally important to know what alternative therapies can offer you relief.  Why? Unlike medications, the vast majority of alternative therapies do not cause negative side effects.

There are different alternative remedies that have effectively alleviated pain in some fibromyalgia sufferers.  One such therapy that has become a popular treatment for fibromyalgia sufferers is known as cupping therapy. 

What is cupping therapy?  Cupping therapy is an adapted form of traditional Chinese medicine that involves applying glass cups to the skin to help alleviate pain, expel toxins, and restore proper circulation to the body.  Each glass cup acts as a vacuum through the use of heat or a suction pump.  The cups are positioned on a variety of specific trigger points (the same as those used in acupuncture) on the body, and are typically left on the body for ten – fifteen minutes.

There are two main types of cupping therapy used:
1. Massage cupping – During treatment, the glass cups are moved in a massage pattern around the skin to help massage sore joints and muscles.
2. Stationary cupping – During treatment, glass cups are applied to the skin and not moved until the end of the session.

How is a cupping session performed?
A cupping session is generally performed using the following tools: glass cups, cotton balls, rubbing alcohol, candles and matches.  Each of these tools is applied during a session as follows:

- A cotton ball is soaked in alcohol and lit on fire by a burning candle
- A vacuum is created inside a glass cup by holding the lit cotton ball inside the cup.
- Once the vacuum is created the cotton ball is removed and the cup is immediately applied to the designated acupuncture point on the skin.
- Four-six cups are applied during a session and are not left on the skin for longer than fifteen minutes.

Although a cupping session may sound painful, it is nothing of the sort.  In fact, usually the only thing a person feels is a slight suction where each cup is placed.  After a session, you may have circular red marks on your skin from the cups.  These red marks will fade and are a sign that the cupping therapy has successfully increased the blood flow within your body.

How does cupping benefit fibromyalgia? After each session, patients usually report feeling deeply relaxed, and their specific target cupping areas feel light and agile.  This is due to the fact that cupping works to improve circulation, helps release toxins form the body, and promotes quicker healing of muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Other benefits reported by fibromyalgia sufferers include:
- Relief from pain or stiffness in the muscles and tissues
- Reduction of painful trigger points
- Improves flexibility in muscles and overall range of motion
- Reduces feelings of depression and anxiety
- Relieves stress

Cupping is a safe treatment for fibromyalgia sufferers as it does not aggravate their condition.

You should not perform cupping treatment on your own, nor should you let a person not qualified.  If you are interested in finding a cupping therapist, the best place to start your search is at local spas or holistic treatment centers.  It’s also a good idea to ask your massage therapist about cupping therapy.  If you don’t have a massage therapist, try searching online by using your city and “cupping therapy” as the main keywords. 
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Endometriosis and Mirena Is it the Right Treatment for You?

Posted in Health & Fitness on March 8th, 2007

Endometriosis and mirena treatment is something else you can consider if you find that controlling your diet by eliminating “bad” foods isn’t providing you with adequate relief. Mirena is used to treat endometriosis symptoms by limiting the amount of blood flow during menses.

What is Mirena? It is a form of contraception and a type of Intrauterine Contraceptive Device, commonly known as IUD’s or colis. Mirena is made up of light plastic, and is in the form of a T-shape. It is properly fitted and inserted into the womb by a doctor. It remains in place for a certain amount of time, and is then removed and a fresh Mirena coli is inserted.

How does Mirena work? As far as the benefits linked between controlling endometriosis and mirena treatment are concerned, mirena makes the bleeding during a menstrual cycle lighter than normal. This is achieved through the hormone levonorgestrel located on the mirena coli. Although Levonorgesterel is an ingredient also found in birth control pills, there is a much smaller dose in mirena.

Furthermore, levonorgesterel in mirena is distributed directly to the womb lining, which means there are no progesterone-like effects that can occur when the hormone travels through the blood stream as is the case with oral contraceptives.

What are the benefits? Studies have found that most women with endometriosis and mirena treatment have experienced the following benefits:

- Reduced dysmenorrhea (pain before and during menses)
- Reduced dyspareunia (pain during sexual intercourse)
- Reduces the risk of developing endometrial cancer

The reduction in pain is likely from limited blood loss during menses, which is due to the fact that blood can not build up because levonorgesterel prevents the womb from building up a lining.

Are there any negative side effects? Some people believe that endometriosis and mirena treatment is not a good match, due to the fact that it does increase the risk of developing benign, fluid filled ovarian cysts. Although not cancerous, these cysts can be quite painful when they break and lead to other complications.

Some other negative side effects that have been reported include:
- Change in menses (IE. Prolonged, frequent or heavy bleeding, spotting, irregular periods, painful periods, or no period at all)
- Weight gain
- Headache or migraine
- Moodiness
- Depression
- Nervousness
- Back pain
- Breast pain
- Vaginal discharge
- Acne
- Hair loss or growth
- Inflamed cervix
- Loss of libido
- Abdominal bloating
- Etc.

Remember, if you are taking mirena and experience any of the above symptoms or those not listed, contact your doctor or pharmacist right away.

Is mirena right for me? To help you decide if your symptoms of endometriosis and mirena treatment might be compatible, the following is information regarding women with health conditions who shouldn’t use this treatment:

- History or severe headaches or migraine
- Past, current, or suspected cases of cancer, especially those stimulated by sex hormones, as well as cervical cancer, liver cancer, and leukemia.
- History of ovarian cysts
- Risk of heart disease
- Angina
- Hypertension
- Diabetes
- Epilepsy
- AIDS
- Past or current case of blood clots, or a blood disorder that increases the risk of blood clots
- Post-menopausal women who have shrunken wombs
- Pregnant women
- Uterine fibroids
- Infection in the uterus
- Etc.

If you have endometriosis and mirena treatment interests you, make sure you consult your health care provider for more information, and to find out if mirena is for you.

By Shelley Ross. Sign up for a free newsletter that uses proven methods to help women combat endometriosis at Treating Your Endometriosis. On the site you’ll also find more about the different stages of endometriosis and how to recognize whether endometriosis and mirena is for you.

Severe Heartburn or a Heart Attack?

Posted in Health & Fitness on March 1st, 2007

Severe heartburn caused by acid reflux and GERD (gastroesphageal reflux disease) is suffered by millions of people across the globe. Heartburn feels as though one’s heart is on fire. However, this feeling is simply caused by stomach acid being pushed back up into the esophagus, which tends to result in a burning sensation behind the breast bone. Thus, the effects of heartburn are not actually causing the heart any damage.

Unfortunately, it is easy to mistaken an attack of severe heartburn for a heart attack or vice versa. In fact, it is estimated that every year over five million Americans with chest pain, who fear a heart attack, are admitted to emergency. Of these five million cases of chest pain, more than half are noncardiac chest pain cases (NCCP), and as many as 60% of these NCCP cases are GERD related.

How can you distinguish heartburn from a heart attack? Although symptoms may be similar, the following are the symptoms associated with each condition to help you determine your personal diagnosis:

Typical heartburn Symptoms - Discomfort and/or burning pain located directly behind the breastbone, which is often accompanied by burping, bloating or gas. Sometimes an acidic taste can be felt in the back of the throat or mouth. Symptoms are generally worse after eating, especially after large meals. They may also worse after ingesting alcohol, caffeine and after using tobacco.

Heartburn usually feels worse when lying down to rest. Heartburn symptoms may subside after taking an over-the-counter (OTC) antacid. However, in severe heartburn cases, prescribed medication may be the only treatment to provide relief.

Typical Heart Pain – A tight feeling in the middle of the chest that may also feel like squeezing, weight or pressure in the chest. Pain may spread into the shoulders, neck and/or jaw. Sweating and shortness of breath may also accompany symptoms. Heart pain usually occurs after being physically active or exertion.

Heart pain will not subside after taking an antacid but can subside when lying down or from general rest.

When should you seek immediate medical attention? Although the above symptoms are typical for each condition, they may not be the same for everyone. Therefore, it is in your best interest to pay close attention to the symptoms you experience. If you have GERD or are prone to acid reflux, write down the symptoms you feel and refer to these each time you experience heartburn to be sure that is what you are experiencing. If for any reason you experience a symptom you’ve never felt before, or are worried that your condition could be more serious than severe heartburn, Seek Medical Attention Immediately. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

If it turns out that you are suffering a heart attack, the first few hours of your symptoms are critical for effectively saving your heart muscle.

In addition, make sure you see your doctor for regular physical checkups to help ensure that you heart is strong and healthy. Furthermore, if you have not been diagnosed with GERD, but experience frequent chest pains, be sure to bring any symptoms to your doctor’s attention to receive a proper diagnosis.

Finally, if you are suffering from severe heartburn, medication is the only effective treatment to provide quick relief. The following are three types of medications that may provide you quick relief:
- OTC Antacids – Tums, Rolaids, Maalox, and Gelusil.
- OTC or prescription H-2 receptor blockers – OTC Pepcid AC, and Zantac 75 – Prescription - while prescription meds may be Axid, Tagamet, Pepcid and Zantac
- OTC or prescription Proton pump inhibitors – OTC Prilosec – Prescription Nexium, Prevacid, Aciphex, and Protonix.

Keep in mind that taking medication all the time to treat your heartburn isn’t the best way to treat your body, so be sure to discuss alternative treatment with your doctor. Try to avoid severe heartburn in the first place by watching your diet and eating smaller meals at a slower pace.
By Kathryn Whittaker. Sign up for a free newsletter that has proven methods for tackling Acid Reflux, Heartburn and GERD head-on at Stop Acid Reflux Now. On the site you’ll also find more about the different kinds of acid reflux help and what to do if you have severe heartburn.

High Blood Pressure in Children- Why it is on the rise and how you can protect your child

Posted in Health & Fitness, Living on February 27th, 2007

Although you may find it surprising that Cold and flu medication can increase blood pressure, you may be even more surprised to learn that high blood pressure is becoming more and more common among children.  In fact, it is estimated that nearly 5% of American children suffer from hypertension.

Why do so many children suffer from high blood pressure?  There are different reasons such as:

• Birth complications – babies who have high blood pressure are often born premature or have problems with their heart or kidneys
• Heredity – There is a history of high blood pressure in the family
• Unhealthy lifestyle – Many children live a sedentary lifestyle and eat poor diets, causing them to become overweight and experience unnatural stress.

An unhealthy lifestyle is the leading cause of high blood pressure in children.  Many children have become obese from eating a diet rich in high fatty processed foods, and consuming high sugar and caffeinated beverages such as soda.  Furthermore, children of today are much more content sitting in front of a TV or computer for hours on end.

Due to the fact that they are consuming too much fat and are failing to burn it off, this creates many health problems including high blood pressure, which can lead to heart failure, kidney disease, cardiovascular disease and diabetes in children.

Like adults, children should have their blood pressure checked on a regular basis, starting at the age of 3.  Regular blood pressure checks will be different depending on the health of the child in question.  If you discover that your child’s blood pressure is higher than normal, they should have their blood pressure checked again in 6 months.

It is imperative that you have your child’s blood pressure monitored regularly, because if it is not checked and he or she has hypertension, you will be oblivious to the condition until your child begins to exhibit the signs and symptoms including visual problems, dizziness, headaches, fatigue and shortness of breath.  Usually by the time these sings become present, the child is suffering from a sever case of high blood pressure.

How can hypertension be prevented in children?
Aside from taking your child for regular blood pressure checkups, you can help them maintain a healthy blood pressure level and prevent hypertension, even if the condition is hereditary, by –

• Providing a healthy diet – Limit processed and high fat foods, as well as sugar and caffeinated beverages.  Make sure your child is receiving plenty of water and the necessary portions of foods that contain the essential nutrients they need to help them grow and stay healthy.
• Encouraging exercise – Make sure your child exercises every day by bicycling, running, swimming, dancing, engaging in sports, etc.
• Reducing their exposure to secondhand smoke – If you or anyone in your home smokes, it’s time to quit.  Frequently exposing your child to the nicotine in second hand smoke increases their blood pressure.

Essentially, ensuring that your child lives a healthy lifestyle also means adopting a healthy lifestyle yourself.  You can’t expect your child to make healthy choices without your guidance.  You are their role model.

Finally, remember that even if your child is overweight but doesn’t have high blood pressure, it is still imperative that you do everything you can to help them attain their ideal weight by ensuring better eating habits and exercise.  The reason is because children who are overweight have a dramatically higher risk of developing high blood pressure and dangerous health complications such as heart disease, heart attack and stroke when they become overweight adults.

For more information about reducing blood pressure please visit The Blood Pressure Reduction Guide, where you can sign up for a free newsletter on lowering blood pressure naturally.

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Endometriosis and Mirena Is it the Right Treatment for You?

Posted in Health & Fitness on February 23rd, 2007

Endometriosis and mirena treatment is something else you can consider if you find that controlling your diet by eliminating “bad” foods isn’t providing you with adequate relief. Mirena is used to treat endometriosis symptoms by limiting the amount of blood flow during menses.

What is Mirena? It is a form of contraception and a type of Intrauterine Contraceptive Device, commonly known as IUD’s or colis. Mirena is made up of light plastic, and is in the form of a T-shape. It is properly fitted and inserted into the womb by a doctor. It remains in place for a certain amount of time, and is then removed and a fresh Mirena coli is inserted.

How does Mirena work? As far as the benefits linked between controlling endometriosis and mirena treatment are concerned, mirena makes the bleeding during a menstrual cycle lighter than normal. This is achieved through the hormone levonorgestrel located on the mirena coli. Although Levonorgesterel is an ingredient also found in birth control pills, there is a much smaller dose in mirena.

Furthermore, levonorgesterel in mirena is distributed directly to the womb lining, which means there are no progesterone-like effects that can occur when the hormone travels through the blood stream as is the case with oral contraceptives.

What are the benefits? Studies have found that most women with endometriosis and mirena treatment have experienced the following benefits:

• Reduced dysmenorrhea (pain before and during menses)
• Reduced dyspareunia (pain during sexual intercourse)
• Reduces the risk of developing endometrial cancer

The reduction in pain is likely from limited blood loss during menses, which is due to the fact that blood can not build up because levonorgesterel prevents the womb from building up a lining.

Are there any negative side effects? Some people believe that endometriosis and mirena treatment is not a good match, due to the fact that it does increase the risk of developing benign, fluid filled ovarian cysts. Although not cancerous, these cysts can be quite painful when they break and lead to other complications.

Some other negative side effects that have been reported include:
• Change in menses (IE. Prolonged, frequent or heavy bleeding, spotting, irregular periods, painful periods, or no period at all)
• Weight gain
• Headache or migraine
• Moodiness
• Depression
• Nervousness
• Back pain
• Breast pain
• Vaginal discharge
• Acne
• Hair loss or growth
• Inflamed cervix
• Loss of libido
• Abdominal bloating
• Etc.

Remember, if you are taking mirena and experience any of the above symptoms or those not listed, contact your doctor or pharmacist right away.

Is mirena right for me? To help you decide if your symptoms of endometriosis and mirena treatment might be compatible, the following is information regarding women with health conditions who shouldn’t use this treatment:

• History or severe headaches or migraine
• Past, current, or suspected cases of cancer, especially those stimulated by sex hormones, as well as cervical cancer, liver cancer, and leukemia.
• History of ovarian cysts
• Risk of heart disease
• Angina
• Hypertension
• Diabetes
• Epilepsy
• AIDS
• Past or current case of blood clots, or a blood disorder that increases the risk of blood clots
• Post-menopausal women who have shrunken wombs
• Pregnant women
• Uterine fibroids
• Infection in the uterus
• Etc.

If you have endometriosis and mirena treatment interests you, make sure you consult your health care provider for more information, and to find out if mirena is for you.

By Shelley Ross. To find out more about endometriosis diagnosis and for information on endometriosis characteristics please visit Treat Endometriosis, where you can also sign up for a free newsletter focusing on treating endometriosis.

The Good News About Endometriosis After Menopause

Posted in Health & Fitness on February 22nd, 2007

Menopause is a time of life that most women dread, but if you’re an endometriosis sufferer, menopause may be the break you’ve been waiting for. Why? Menopause is a normal part of aging that virtually every woman experiences. It is the time when estrogen levels drop and the ovaries no longer produce eggs. As a result, a woman no longer has a menstruation cycle due to the natural cessation of ovarian function. Menopause is the end of a woman’s reproductive cycle.

Menopause usually occurs naturally for most women when they are in their late 40’s or early 50’s. However, some women may be pushed suddenly into menopause at any age if they have their ovaries removed, or take certain types of chemotherapies for cancer treatment.

Although menopause has its own host of unpleasant symptoms that a woman is forced to deal with as her body adapts to change, it has been known to have one positive side effect for endometriosis sufferers – It often puts an end to painful endometriosis symptoms.

To help you fully understand the positive influence menopause has on endometriosis, the following are some answers to common questions regarding the issue:

How does menopause improve endometriosis symptoms?
The hormone estrogen is no longer produced during menopause. Estrogen is what stimulates endometriosis growth. Thus, most women no longer feel pain, as the endometrial tissue no longer grows or breaks down because the menses cycle has ceased.

Does menopause cure endometriosis?
No, you need to understand that menopause does not cure endometriosis. However, for most women, it seems to put it in an eternal state of sleep. Nevertheless, symptoms of endometriosis can still occur at any time, even though for most women not taking hormone replacement therapy this is rare.

Can endometriosis symptoms still occur after menopause?
Yes. For some women, especially those who have a severe case of endometriosis and experienced strong symptoms prior to the stop of their cycle, endometriosis can still persist after menopause, especially if a woman has scar tissue. Often the reason why endometriosis persists is due to hormone replacement therapy that provides the body with estrogen, which is taken by women to help with menopausal symptoms.

Is hormone therapy necessary for menopause?
No. However, some women who go through menopause take hormone replacement therapy to help prevent and treat osteoporosis. Estrogen plays an important role in building and maintaining strong and healthy bones. Lack of estrogen causes cells that build bone to become less active, which increases the risk of bone loss.

Aside from keeping bones healthy, estrogen also plays a big role in keeping the vagina moist, helping it to guard against infection. Thus, many women take estrogen hormone replacement therapy for these reasons. Unfortunately, estrogen stimulates the growth of endometrial implants, which can lead to a recurrence in painful symptoms.

There are different ways you can help treat your menopausal symptoms caused by lack of estrogen without dramatically increasing your risk of reactivating endometriosis symptoms. Talk to your doctor about your condition. He or she may be able to provide you with treatment that limits the amount of estrogen you give back to your body, or they may be able to prescribe you creams or other treatments to help with vaginal dryness and other menopausal symptoms.
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