Women’s Health

Help for Stressed-out Moms that Works!

by Shawn Talbott, Ph.D

Got kids (or are you about to have kids)? Then you've got stress! If you have stress, then you also have cortisol, and you need to know what to do about it - because excess exposure to cortisol (the body's primary stress hormone) is associated with

  • Weight gain
  • Increased hunger (sugar cravings)
  • Diabetes
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Immune suppression
  • Depression
  • Memory problems

What is cortisol?

Estrogen Helps Fight Pain

by Colette Bouchez

A woman's tolerance of pain may have more to do with the power of her reproductive hormones than the strength of her muscles.

That's the theory a group of Michigan researchers presented Feb. 18 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Denver.

"Our studies have shown that although pain is influenced by both genetics and brain chemistry, it is clear that gender and hormones also play a role in our individual response to pain," says Dr. Jon-Kar Zubieta, lead researcher and a University of Michigan neuroscientist.

Gynecological Infection More Widespread Than Thought

by Colette Bouchez

A gynecological infection known as bacterial vaginosis may be more widespread than previously believed, even in women with no history of sexual activity.

In a study of almost 2,000 women who entered basic training for the U.S. Marines, doctors from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) report that bacterial vaginosis (BV) was present in more than one of every four. Eighteen percent of those infected were virgins.

The research appears in the November issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology.