Today Womyn's heatlth issues, as they are as diverse in solution
findings as they are also several leading expertises and varied specialists' of medical knowledge, whose sub-specialized
fields are likewise increasing, and its becoming more difficult for a womyn to decide what
is the appropriate medical protocol to implement. Thus one of the leading contemporary focus of social
and cultural medical concerns for both Men, in support roles only, and Womyn are Womyn's health issues. This site,
as you, the computer USER, must be fore-warned, is an attempt to plow through vast array of information in an attempt to depict
the alternatives which are now available.
More important, as several additional studies have likewise concluded, funding
for more needed womyn health issues in medical research is very limited in as much as the beneficiaries for such
research are womyn, instead of men which " we " recieve litterally the Lion's share of public funding. Therefore, and
in order for this to change, males will have to become more demonstrative in sociosexual concerns for the health of each and
every womyn, as we, then, have our own-equalitive sociocultural practical. Not the present day idle predilections. Then,
and only then, will the purse strings for needed additional research be forth-coming.
In any initial medical case, or need you should always consult
at least two physicans. I say this simply as it further reduces serious medical error, which is
the central factor for this additional protocol.
Mr. Roger M. Christian
Important Letter to the Editor - Publisher
I just got an email from one of the AHA's Government Relations Managers and had to share this important news with
From: Stephanie To:
Clarissa Subject: FW: HEART Amendment
Clarissa- Senator Stabenow(MI) has filed the HEART for Women Act
as an amendment to the Senate's health care reform bill and grassroots
support will be critical. Can you ask our You're the Cure advocates
to get in contact with their Senators ASAP to help build support?
Heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 killer of American women, claiming the lives
of more than 450,000 American women each year- a problem far too serious to ignore as the Senate debates the ways in which
the health care system can best serve patients.
The amendment would add key provisions from the bipartisan-supported
HEART for Women Act to the Senate health care reform legislation to help eliminate disparities in the diagnosis and treatment
of heart disease and stroke in women. This includes:
Expanding the CDC's WISEWOMAN heart disease and stroke screening and lifestyle modification program to low-income
women in all 50 states.
Providing gender and race-specific information about new drugs and medical devices to clinicians, researchers,
and the patients to help them make better-informed treatment decisions.
Regardless of your Senators' views on the overall Senate bill, you must let them know that you are counting
on them to find common ground and support provisions that will have a real impact on the health of patients, such as the HEART
for Women amendment. Send your message of support today!
I will keep you posted on the progress of this amendment.
Thank you for acting for women's heart health!
Garcia American Heart Association
Heart Disease and Stroke. You're the Cure.
Break - Through
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A University of Michigan Health Minute update on important health issues.
An end to periods?
Many women opt to stop their menstrual cycles; there are risks, gynecologist says, but also benefits
to suppressing menses
ANN ARBOR, MI – When birth control pills first hit the market in the 1960s, women generally took
three weeks of active contraceptive pills followed by one week of placebos or no pills.
“The thinking was that women would find this more acceptable, that they would feel like they were having their normal
menses,” says Susan Ernst, M.D., chief of gynecology services for the University Health Service at the University of
Michigan and clinical instructor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the U-M Health System.
Now, many gynecologists believe that the week without contraception – during which a woman experiences a “withdrawal
bleed” that mimics the normal menstrual cycle – isn’t necessary. And while some debate surrounds the issue,
numerous women are opting to take hormonal contraceptive products continually as a way of stopping the cycle entirely or for
several months at a time.
Some women use products such as Seasonale or Seasonique, birth control pills that result in four periods a
year; others take birth control pills that have been around for years, but without the week of placebos or no pills. An implantable
device was approved during the summer for use in the United States, and injections, patches and vaginal rings are other methods
of suppressing menses.
Ernst points out that suppressing one’s menstrual cycle is not very different from taking the three-weeks-on,
one-week-off cycle of birth control pills, which women have been doing for decades.
“When a woman chooses to use hormonal contraceptives, she’s giving her body estrogen and progesterone,
and that suppresses her own hormonal fluctuations,” Ernst says. “So she’s already controlling her cycle
by taking those hormonal contraceptives and can further control her cycle by eliminating the pill-free interval or placebo
She notes that the practice of physicians prescribing contraceptives to stop women’s menstrual cycles
is not new. “Gynecologists have been doing this for years,” she says, “using hormonal contraception for
treating women with painful, heavy or irregular periods, or painful premenstrual symptoms.”
Menstrual suppression also has been used among women with endometriosis, a painful condition in which tissue
that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows outside of the uterus; patients with disabilities who cannot maintain menstrual
hygiene; and women athletes who have a difficult time with their period when competing in games and meets.
One downside experienced by some women is “breakthrough bleeding,” or the unplanned days of spotting
or bleeding that can occur when they are not having monthly menses. Shedding menses three to four months after beginning menstrual
suppression can help to stop or prevent breakthrough bleeding, Ernst says. “If you shed the lining of the uterus at
an every three- to four-month interval, there tends to be less breakthrough bleeding than if you try to go completely menses-free
for a year,” she says.
Ernst also notes that there are risks related to hormonal contraception, including blood clots, hypertension,
stroke and heart attack, especially among women who smoke. Additionally, long-term use of progesterone injections can lead
to a decrease in bone density, and even osteoporosis.
“A woman has to take those risks into account when thinking about using hormonal contraception for menstrual
suppression,” Ernst says. Women should discuss the risks and benefits with their doctors before deciding to suppress
their menstrual cycles, she says.
Facts about menstrual suppression
One of the main benefits of menstrual suppression is the elimination or reduction of periods among women
who experience painful periods due to endometriosis, heavy bleeding or cramping. Many women also say the ability to suppress
their menstrual cycles adds a level of convenience to their lives.
Critics contend that too much remains unknown about the effects of menstrual suppression. Some say it prevents
women from ridding their bodies of excess iron; that it is unnatural to suppress one’s cycle; and that more needs to
be known about the effects on women’s bone health, heart health and cancer risks.
A recent survey by the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals found that 71 percent of women surveyed
do not enjoy getting their period each month, and that just 36 percent of clinicians surveyed think the monthly period is
something that women have to deal with.
A 2003 Gallup Organization survey, conducted for The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists,
found that 69 percent of women obstetrician-gynecologists believe long-term menstrual suppression is safe, and 30 percent
who say it is safe if used occasionally. One percent said it is unsafe.
Womyn: During the cultural transformation of women during America's epoch of
social revolutions of the 1`970's [ as I was there participating ] major feminist leaders sought a more representational define
terms of what they were accomplishing and word which represented the outcome. Thusly, both the words woman, and women,
though continually denoted, a new word appeared on the horizon representing their future soical, cultural, political,
economic, spiritual expectations, Womyn.
It is suggested, only, that students groups at the following campuses undertake a funding project
which benefits those medical groups and agencies published on this site. Moreover, this should done primarily on the
initiative of the campus male student leaderships.
MD / TV News: Another great resource for medical information.
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State public health director encourages healthy swimming practices and warns of water illness May 21-27,
2007 National Recreational Water Illness Prevention Week
SPRINGFIELD – As swimming pools, water parks and beaches prepare to open for the season during the Memorial
Day weekend, Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director, is encouraging healthy swimming behaviors
to prevent water illnesses during National Recreational Water Illness Prevention Week.
“Summer is just around the corner and many of us are looking forward to jumping in the pool, hitting
a water park or going to the beach. But you can get sick from the water if you are not careful,” said Dr. Whitaker.
“Now is the perfect time to learn what precautions to take to make sure you don’t contaminate the water and learn
how to possibly identify problems with the water.”
Outbreaks of recreational water illnesses continue to occur in the United States each year. Sixty-two
percent of these outbreaks are related to the chlorine-resistant pathogen, Cryptosporidium, (“Crypto”) which is
introduced into the pool by swimmers who are ill with diarrhea and spread to other swimmers when they swallow the contaminated
water according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These outbreaks underscore the continuing need to educate
people about recreational water illness prevention to ensure a healthy swimming experience.
Awareness of recreational water illnesses (RWIs) and healthy swimming behaviors play an important role in
stopping transmission of RWIs. Germs on and in swimmers’ bodies end up in the water and can make other people
sick. Even healthy swimmers can get sick from RWIs, but the young, elderly, pregnant women and immunosuppressed persons
are especially at risk.
Specific actions you can take to promote healthy swimming include: • Do not swim when you have
diarrhea or have had it in the past 2 weeks. • Do not swallow pool water or get pool water in your mouth. • Shower
before swimming (children too!) • Wash your hands after using the toilet or changing diapers. • Take
children on bathroom breaks or change diapers often. • Change children’s diapers in a bathroom, not at
There are also things you can look at to prevent recreational water illness. You should notice: • Clean
and clear pool water; you should be able to clearly see any painted stripes and the bottom of the pool. • Smooth
pool sides; tiles should not be sticky or slippery. • No odor; a well-chlorinated pool has little odor.
A strong chemical smell indicates a maintenance problem. • Pool equipment working; pool pumps and filtration
systems make noise and you should hear them running.
In order to minimize these risks, the Illinois Department of Public Health requires the state's 3,500 licensed
swimming facilities to meet water quality and safety standards, including engineering design standards that apply to pools,
spas, beaches, water supplies, bather preparation areas, and water treatment systems. The Department enforces
these rules and regulations through plan approvals and inspections.
Yale Nursing Researcher Explores Alternative Therapies For Menopausal Discomfort
Menopausal women who fear the ill effects of prescription estrogen are presented
with myriad alternative therapies to manage their symptoms, but there is little objective information available about the
efficacy and even the safety of these therapies.
Yale researcher Susan Cohen, director of the Yale School of Nursing's Adult Nurse Practitioner Program, is
undertaking studies to explore two alternative therapies - acupuncture and the herb black cohosh. Cohen's research has been
guided not by a particular interest in alternative medicine, but by her interest in women's health.
"Women have been told, 'Take your estrogen,' but they are clearly not comfortable doing that," said Cohen.
While estrogen can prevent osteoporosis and help relieve hot flashes and other discomforts associated with
menopause, there is also a suspected relationship between the hormone in its prescription form and breast cancer. While most
physicians will prescribe estrogen for menopausal women, less than half these women will fill their prescriptions, said Cohen.
Within a year, some studies show, only 20 percent of the women for whom estrogen was prescribed will be taking the hormone.
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The National Institute of Health has a wide variety of womyn's health related issues. If in need for additional
information you may be able to find what you need from this site to your lef upper corner of this statement. "Click
it on." None the less, in practical terms, you should always consult a local Physician always, and you must never take
anything on the Internet as absolute truthism- this as well as all other postings on the Internet should be reguarded only
as general references in which to guide you. In this site, this means within an alternative discourse.
Mr. Roger M. Christian, Ithaca, New York, Jnauary 28, 2007