Women’s Health Research
Womens Health (Lond). 2015 Aug;11(5):705-9. doi: 10.2217/whe.15.58. Epub 2015 Aug 28.
Endometriosis in teenagers.
Endometriosis affects a significant proportion of teenagers. Published studies suggest that laparoscopically confirmed endometriosis could be found in over 60% of adolescent girls undergoing laparoscopic investigation for pain, in 75% of girls with chronic pelvic pain resistant to treatment and in 70% of girls with dysmenorrhea and in approximately 50% of girls with chronic pelvic pain not necessarily resistant to treatment. Both early and advanced forms, including deep endometriosis have been reported to be present in teenagers. It has recently been claimed that deep endometriosis has its roots in teenage years. Risk factors include obstructive mullerian anomalies, family history, early menarche and early onset dysmenorrhea. Both surgical and medical treatment approaches are used for treatment in this age group, but care should be taken when treatment with GnRHa and progestins is being considered due to their potential impact on bone formation. Further studies are urgently needed to determine whether early diagnosis and treatment of teenage endometriosis lead to better long term outcomes or simply increase number of interventions without preventing progression of the disease.
adolescent endometriosis; combined oral contraceptives; deep endometriosis; depomedroxyprogesterone acetate; laparoscopic surgery; peritoneal endometriosis; primary dysmenorrhea; secondary dysmenorrhea; superficial endometriosis; teenage endometriosis
PMID: 26315257 DOI: 10.2217/whe.15.58
J Midlife Health. 2016 Apr-Jun;7(2):61-4. doi: 10.4103/0976-7800.185325.
Role of therapeutic fasting in women’s health: An overview.
Nair PM1, Khawale PG1.
Fasting is a therapeutic tool practiced since millennia by different cultures and medical systems heterogeneously. PubMed and Google Scholar search engines were searched using the keywords “fasting,” “intermittent fasting,” “calorie restriction,” “women’s health,” “women’s disorders,” “fasting and aging,” and “fasting and health.” All the animal and human studies which address women’s health and disorders were included in the review. Fasting has shown to improve the reproductive and mental health. It also prevents as well as ameliorates cancers and musculoskeletal disorders which are common in middle-aged and elderly women. The present studies available have limitations such as majority of the studies are preclinical studies and human studies are with lesser sample size. Future studies should address this gap by designing medically supervised fasting techniques to extract better evidence. Nevertheless, fasting can be prescribed as a safe medical intervention as well as a lifestyle regimen which can improve women’s health in many folds.
Diet; fasting; menopause; therapeutic fasting; women’s health
PMID: 27499591 PMCID: PMC4960941