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When breast cancer treatment leads to early menopause

When breast cancer treatment leads to early menopause

In the same month I went from menstrual cramps to hot flashes overnight. By Sheryl E. Mendlinger, PhD Sheryl Mendlinger cut her hair short before undergoing treatment for breast cancer in 1994. In 1994, at the age of 43, I was diagnosed with stage 1 invasive breast cancer. At that time, treatment options were very limited, it was more a...
Save the Date! The Next Great Menstrual Health Con

Save the Date! The Next Great Menstrual Health Con

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Does it matter that hormonal contraceptives are endocrine disrupting chemicals?

Does it matter that hormonal contraceptives are endocrine disrupting chemicals?

I’ve been wading through State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals – 2012. The 289-page report was prepared by a group of experts for the United Nations Environmental Programme and¬†World Health Organization. It is dense and complex, but what I’ve been looking for is any acknowledgement that hormonal contraceptives are endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Hormonal contraceptives clearly...
When Breastfeeding Isn’t Best

When Breastfeeding Isn’t Best

Paula Modersohn-Becker (Public domain), via Wikimedia Commons Let me say up front that I have limited direct experience with adoption. Some members of my extended family have adopted children, another has given up an infant for adoption, and I have friends who have adopted children, and other friends who are adopted. It was one of those adopted friends who pointed...

Pfizer to pay $72 Million in Philadelphia PremPro Case

Three women who developed breast cancer after their use of combination hormone therapy have been initially awarded $72 million by a jury in Philadelphia, with further judgement about punitive damages still to come. The case concerns the use of PremPro, a combination of conjugated equine estrogen and medroxyprogesterone made by Wyeth. Wyeth has since been purchased by Pfizer. Women’s...
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