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Early diagnosis and multi-modal treatment is necessary to improve quality of life in adolescents and women with endometriosis.
Heavy menstrual bleeding has a major impact on a woman’s quality of life. This article covers the most recent guidance and available treatment options.
Treatment options for menopausal symptomsSubscription
Pharmacists and healthcare professionals can provide a patient-centred approach to advising women about the menopause, and provide robust information about the risks and benefits of menopause hormone treatment that will allow patients to make an informed choice about how to relieve their symptoms.
Case-based learning: postnatal depressionSubscription
Appropriate early recognition and timely treatment of postnatal depression is essential if patients are to make a full recovery.
Postnatal depression: recognition and diagnosisSubscription
Pharmacists are likely to encounter patients affected by postnatal depression; therefore, the ability to identify signs of this under-recognised disorder is essential for appropriate and prompt referral for help and support.
Oral contraceptive pills may be protective against anterior cruciate ligament tears in women, particularly in 15–19 year olds, a study has shown.
Researchers in Denmark found that newer combined hormonal contraceptives were still associated with a reduction in ovarian cancer risk in women of reproductive age.
The first combined oral contraceptive pill was licensed for ‘menstrual irregularities’ in 1957, and contraception three years later. Since then, millions of women have taken ‘the pill’.
Study explores the impact of both oral contraceptives and breastfeeding on womens’ risk of rheumatoid arthritis.
Barriers, such as a price premium, should be removed to allow easier access to emergency hormonal contraception.
An estimated 100 million women use the contraceptive pill, but surprisingly little is known about its effect on overall health.
Adding the CDK4/6 inhibitor palbociclib to hormone therapy can slow or stop tumour growth in women with early breast cancer, a study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology has shown.
By using Oncotype DX test technology, researchers behind the TAILORx trial have proven that invasive and often harmful chemotherapy needn’t be the only option for women with breast cancer.
ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers reduce risk of cardiotoxicity for some Herceptin patientsSubscription
Researchers conclude that prophylactic use of lisinopril or carvedilol should be considered in patients who could benefit from anthracycline treatment prior to trastuzumab (Herceptin).
Research has shown that testing for PIK3CA levels after taking palbociclib could help predict a progression-free survival, making it the first known biomarker for this therapy.
Women with asthma who experience exacerbations during pregnancy are more likely to have birth complications than women with well-controlled asthma, a study published in the European Respiratory Journal has suggested.
Women who take antidepressants during pregnancy are more likely to develop gestational diabetes than women who do not, research published in BMJ Open suggests.
Having a flu vaccination during pregnancy helps to prevent infection and admission to hospital in babies, a study funded by Public Health England has found.
Testing all pregnant women for insufficient vitamin D levels is expensive, but two systematic reviews suggest that providing them all with vitamin D supplements could reduce risk of pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes and low birth weight.
Is hormone replacement therapy worth the risks?Subscription
The risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) have long been the source of confusion and controversy. Here we summarise the latest evidence to assist pharmacists in supporting patients thinking about HRT.
Hormone replacement therapy is associated with a small but significantly increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, research published in The BMJ has found
Research has shown that neurokinin 3 receptor antagonism has a rapid effect on vasomotor symptoms of menopause