Category Archives: Female Health

Diabetes, Pregnancy Risks, and Birth Defects

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Diabetes quadruples risk of birth defects, study shows . Diabetic mothers-to-be have a high risk of giving birth to babies with birth defects like congenital heart disease and spina bifida — specifically, a risk four-fold higher than non-diabetic mothers.

That’s according to new findings from a British study that analyzed data from more than 400,000 pregnancies in northeast United Kingdom that occurred from 1996 to 2008.

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NuvaRing Blood Clot Risks and Side Effects: Is It Safe for You to Use?

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NuvaRing Blood Clot Risks and Side Effects: Is It Safe for You to Use? Are you thinking about using the NuvaRing, the birth control vaginal ring? If so, take note: health experts say that women wanting to use NuvaRing because of its effectiveness and convenience must balance these qualities against the fact that the contraceptive may pose a higher risk for blood clots.

The world’s first when it was approved by health regulators in 2001 and hailed as a “no-muss/no-fuss alternative” to the birth control pill, NuvaRing is currently facing a massive, multidistrict federal case in the United States over safety issues. Trials are scheduled to begin this year.

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Vaginal Mesh Implants: Safety and Side Effects Study Ordered by FDA

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Vaginal Mesh Implants: Safety and Side Effects Study Ordered by FDA. If you’re a woman and you suffer from urinary incontinence, take heed. The United States Food and Drug Administration recently issued an order requiring makers of implantable surgical mesh used to treat urinary incontinence in women to study the rates of organ damage and complications linked to vaginal mesh implants.

U.S. regulators were responding to reports by patient advocates claiming the devices have caused infections, pain other complications and even serious injuries in women.

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