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What Is Vaginismus? What Causes Vaginismus?

Vaginismus is the German name for a condition which affects a woman's ability to engage in any form of vaginal penetration, including sexual intercourse, insertion of tampons, and the penetration involved in gynecological examinations. The vagina is the muscular canal which extends from the cervix to the outside of the body. The muscles around the vagina tighten involuntarily when penetration of the vagina is attempted. This makes sexual intercourse difficult or impossible (the vagina can completely close up) and it can be painful. A vaginismic woman does not consciously control the spasm. The vaginismic reflex can be compared to the response of the eye shutting when an object comes towards it.

Breast Cancer Screening Should Begin At Age 40 According To New SBI And ACR Recommendations

The new recommendations from the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) on breast cancer screening, published in the January issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR), state that breast cancer screening should begin at age 40 and earlier in high-risk patients. The recommendations also suggest appropriate utilization of medical imaging modalities such as mammography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and ultrasound for breast cancer screening. "The significant decrease in breast cancer mortality, which amounts to nearly 30 percent since 1990, is a major medical success and is due largely to earlier detection of breast cancer through mammography screening, " said Carol H.

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China Aoxing Pharmaceutical Company Announces Successful Completion Of Phase II Clinical Study Of Novel Menstrual Pain Drug

China Aoxing Pharmaceutical Company, Inc. (OTCBB: CAXG) ("China Aoxing"), a pharmaceutical company specializing in research, development, manufacturing and distribution of narcotic and pain-management products, today announced that it completed Phase II clinical study for oral TJSL capsules, a novel investigational drug to treat primary dysmenorrhea ("PD"), or menstrual pain, in adult women. Top-line results from this study are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. The Phase II clinical study was a 12-week, multi-center, randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of TJSL capsules among 240 patients with primary dysmenorrheal.

Hormonal Contraceptives Offer Benefits Beyond Pregnancy Prevention

Hormonal contraceptives are effective in treating menstruation- related disorders such as dysmenorrhea and heavy menstrual bleeding, as well as preventing unplanned pregnancies, according to a new Practice Bulletin issued today by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and published in the January 2010 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology. In addition, combined contraceptives containing both estrogen and progesterone offer disease prevention by reducing the risk of developing endometrial, ovarian cancer, and colorectal cancer. More than 80% of women in the US will use some form of hormonal contraception during their reproductive years.

In The New Year, Get Fit, Don't Get Hurt

Life is full of hassles, deadlines, frustrations and demands. Stress can take its toll on a woman's health and spill into the home during the holiday season. In these economic times, tightening budgets during the 'season to be jolly' brings additional stress. There is hope on the horizon, as the New Year provides a fresh opportunity for women to resolve to get a handle on stress. "If time or finances prohibit you from going to the gym, find other ways to stay active such as taking a walk, running and even yard work or gardening." "It is very important to set fitness goals and incorporate physical activity into your daily routine to manage stress levels, " says NYC physical therapist Megan Barclay.

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Women With Partner, Baby Gain More Weight Than Single Women

Young women with a weight problem often say the weight started creeping up when they had their first child and they found they had less time to exercise. However, when researchers added up all factors, they found that the fact that a woman is married and has a baby has more influence on weight gain than being physically active. That is the key message from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health, a 10-year study from the School of Human Movement Studies at the University of Queensland. The findings appear online and in the February issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. "The weight gain appeared to start when they married, then worsened when they had their first child, " said lead author Wendy J.

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