Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Better women's health requires the weening of our dependency on contraception.

Baby steps.

I willing to work in baby steps, when it comes to dealing with contraception. The Pill is self-defeating. We use the Pill to treat gynecological health symptoms, but fail to address the illness.

Still there is research out there to help women, without relying on the Pill as a crutch.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Cardiovascular Disease

One in 15 women of childbearing age is diagnosed with a disorder commonly referred to as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Given the ambiguity, there is no universal protocol for treating women with PCOS-related CVD factors, according to Berga. "Some women need intervention based on existing guidelines, either to control their blood sugar to head off diabetes, or reduce their cholesterol to moderate the risk of premature heart disease. For the rest, it's a matter of treating each woman based on their individual needs. We know that PCOS puts these women at risk for CVD-related disease, but we do not yet understand the extent to which it does so."
Can birth control pills affect PCOS?
Many women with PCOS are often prescribed oral contraceptives to help regulate an irregular or absent menstrual cycle. However, this merely regulates the period artificially, without changing the underlying problem causing PCOS, namely Insulin Resistance. When the contraceptives are discontinued, the PCOS symptoms will persist. In addition, a new study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility showed that birth control pills may exacerbate Insulin Resistance.

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