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Does Emergency Contraception Work for Everyone?

Millions of women around the world rely on birth control to keep them protected from unwanted pregnancy. Despite widespread accessibility and education, life does happen, and sometimes women must rely on an emergency contraceptive to ensure that they will not get pregnant after unprotected sex. The fear remains however, that the medication might not do its job as intended.

According to an article from SELF, whether or not emergency contraception is effective for women who have a slightly higher body mass index has been under speculation for years. In a study referenced from 2011, women with a BMI over 25 were found more likely to get pregnant after ingesting an EC pill. Though the study only took around 3,400 women into consideration, it sparked questions about the effectiveness of such medication, especially considering that the average adult BMI is 26.5, according to Livestrong.

Ella, which acts as an anti-progestin, unlike other emergency contraceptive pills on the market, shows no statistical evidence that weight is a crucial factor in its effectiveness, according to the SELF article. However, it’s still a factor to be considered. “Weight should be a consideration for everyone purchasing emergency contraception,” according to Dr. Rebecca Stone from the University of Georgia. “It’s one of several factors that doctors and pharmacists take into account when walking patients through their options.” Despite these worries, Stone recommends to SELF Mag that women should still take their emergency contraceptive if needed, since there’s no statistically significant reason not to.

There are still ongoing studies to determine what other factors may contribute to the effectiveness of emergency contraceptives or other birth control medications. If you’re worried that your medication will not work for you, consult your physician to learn more about your options.

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Avoiding Hair Loss: Is It Possible?

A seemingly inevitable part of aging, you may feel that avoiding hair loss is a lost cause.The reality is that although halting or reversing hair loss seems impossible, there are many preventative methods men can implement to minimize and slow down balding.

Prescription medications like Finasteride and Propecia have proven most effective. Though these drugs slow down hair loss, they can’t stop or reverse it completely –  The focus is to strengthen the hair that is left. So what other options are there? Easy lifestyle style changes like these can help prevent the balding you’re fearing become a reality:

  • Stress can play a major  role in male hair loss . Controlling that stress and exercising regularly can help subside rapid balding.
  • According to Men’s Health, a deficiency in Vitamin D could also play a part in hair loss. In turn, it’s more common to shed more hair in the winter months. Make sure you’re getting enough Vitamin D through supplements or direct sunlight.  
  • If possible, avoid brushing or combing your hair when wet, as you’ll increase the chances of premature hair loss by excess tugging and pulling.
  • Smoking cigarettes can slow hair growth and weaken follicles as it reduces blood flow to your scalp! Consider quitting or try reducing how much you smoke and you may see a difference in hair loss. Chantix can help you kickstart your journey to quitting.
  • If you have longer hair, avoid pulling it back into buns or ponytails, as the constant wear will eventually lead to overall hair loss.
  • Side effects of other medication you are taking may include hair loss, which could be the underlying cause of dramatic or premature balding.

If nothing seems to work, medication may be your next step. Speak to a physician at KwikMed to see if prescription medications are right for you and your hair loss. Learn more here: https://www.kwikmed.com/




So Long Viagra?

Until recently, being diagnosed with erectile dysfunction left men with limited options for treatment. Most have turned to Viagra, helping men get or keep an erection during sexual activity. The drug, though the most popular treatment option, is expensive and provides short-term results. A new study from Denmark however, suggests that new research and technology may actually open the door to better, more effective treatment that will allow you to do away with that pill bottle for good.

According to Newsweek, the study involved stem cells from the participant’s abdomen being injected into the base of the penis. Though the study focused on “men whose prostate glands have been removed due to cancer” further research will conclude if this stem cell injection is effective long-term for “men struggling with ED caused by aging as well as health conditions, such as heart disease.” Results have been positive, with the first eight who have undergone treatment having successfully restored their sexual function. According to the article, full results are pending for the study which included 70 participants.

If that research comes back strong, this will be good news to men who suffer with erectile dysfunction. According to the Cleveland Clinic, nearly 52% of men will experience impotence at some point in their lives. Though this new research gives hope to the 30 million who suffer with ED, there is a still a long way to go before stem cell injections become the norm for treatment.

Until then, Viagra still reigns as the most popular treatment for ED, along with lifestyle changes and therapy. A generic version of Viagra known as Sildenafil, has hit the market making it easier for men to afford the pill. If you’re struggling to find a solution for your ED, KwikMed can help you find a method that’s right for you.




New Study: Viagra May Have Other Health Benefits

Viagra is widely known as a treatment for erectile dysfunction in men, but a new study suggests that it can actually have other health benefits as well.

The study, now published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research and supported by the National Cancer Institute, suggests that small daily doses of Viagra may actually reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer affects both the colon and the rectum, and according to Medical News Today, is “the third most commonly diagnosed form of cancer overall; around 1 in 22 men and 1 in 24 women are likely to develop it at some point.”

The study was conducted on a group of mice that received very small doses of sildenafil (generic Viagra) in their water daily. Over time, the size of their tumors decreased about 50%. Researchers found that sildenafil actually raises levels of cyclic guanosine monophosphate, or cGMP, which allows muscle cells, pituitary cells and retinal cells to function properly. This “suppressed some of the cells that were proliferating in excess in the gut. A second beneficial effect of the Viagra increased cGMP was that it aided the natural process of abnormal cell death and elimination,” as described by Medical News Today.

Though human trials have yet to be conducted, doctors have high hopes that these findings can reduce the number of people suffering with colorectal cancer. Learn more about Viagra and how to find out if it’s right for you here: https://www.kwikmed.com/




Emergency Contraception Myths: Busted

There’s no doubt that Emergency Contraception is a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy after engaging in unprotected sex. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths associated with ECP’s (emergency contraception pills) that cause confusion for women who may be in need of a quick solution. Here are our Emergency Contraception myths, busted:  

ECP’s cause abortion. False. According to the World Health Organization, ECP’s do not impact an already established pregnancy, but rather prevent a pregnancy from ever implanting in the uterus. This is why taking your pill as soon as possible after having unprotected sex is your best bet (within 5 days).

The more you take an ECP, the less effective it will be. False. According to Insider, if you follow the instructions, your ECP will be just as effective the first time as it will be the tenth or twentieth time. However, they are more effective the sooner you take it after unprotected sex, so keep that in mind when delaying your purchase.

An emergency contraceptive will make you very sick. Well, it depends. Common side effects include nausea, headache, dizziness, and vomiting, but every woman and body is different.

Taking an ECP will make it harder to get pregnant in the future. False. No studies have shown that an emergency contraceptive will harm fertility or lessen chances of getting pregnant in the future, so you’re in the clear.

Emergency contraception is hard to get. False. There are dozens of generic ECP’s on the market available at pharmacies or local clinics. We offer Ella, a newer pill that requires a prescription which can be issued online through KwikMed.

 

Speak to one of KwikMed’s U.S. licensed Physicians to see if Ella is right for you and how you can get it delivered straight to your door, when you need it most. Learn more here: https://www.kwikmed.com/buy-ella/




Standing Desks May Have No Health Benefits

Portrait of young woman working with laptop in her workspace

If you work in an office, you probably know at least one person who raves about their standing desk. In fact, it’s hard to ignore all the advertising and claims that standing all day at work can actually increase your energy, lessen back pain and improve your posture. It all sounds pretty impressive, right?

A new analysis, however, has shown that there may actually be no truth to these claims. Have we all fallen prey to a marketing stunt? Take a look at the facts and see what you think.

We have long known that sitting all day is not good for our health. In fact, many studies have even shown it may be fatal over time. Our chances of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity and even cancer are increased by living the sedentary office lifestyle, but why does everyone seem to think standing desks are the answer?

This new analysis suggests that there is no evidence-based science to back up the health claims most marketers use when selling these standing desks.

The report was recently published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

What may surprise you is that standing desks actually didn’t make much of a difference when it came to how often people still sit at work. In fact, standing desks only appeared to decrease workplace sitting for between 30 to 120 minutes each day. There was, however, a decrease in the amount of time spent consistently sitting. But is this enough to live up to all the health claims? Analysts aren’t so sure.

What do you think? Do you have a standing desk? Do you feel healthier and more energized? 




Sleep Deprivation to Blame for Mindless Eating

Funky young couple eating pizza on a couch in front of a green wall

Do you find yourself mindlessly eating or suffering from the munchies for no apparent reason? Well, researchers are now confirming their prior suspicions that there is a link between lack of sleep (or poor sleep) and overeating.

The recent research was published in the journal SLEEP this week and actually proves that poor sleep triggers the same “munchies” as marijuana.

While it may seem like a stretch to compare poor sleep with marijuana effects, there is actually a scientific link. The cannabis plant affects certain receptors which were studied by researchers. Those same results appeared in study participants facing poor sleep patterns and that same need to mindlessly eat (commonly known as the munchies) occurred.

In fact, those will interrupted sleep reported feeling hungrier than those who slept a healthy amount. When given access to food, the sleep deprived group consumed twice as much fat and protein as those in the control group. Interestingly, there wasn’t a large difference in calorie consumption by each during regular meals.

This study could help health professionals better understand how the brain works and how to help their patients who overeat or suffer form obesity.

In today’s American society, we have seen a rapid increase in obesity as well as sleep deprivation and now we can finally understand the parallel between the two.

Perhaps with this new information in mind you can get plenty of rest and sleep this weekend with a better understanding of how you are helping your body!

 

 




A Hug A Day Keeps the Flu Away?

friendshipBy Emily Murray

While most of us look to the flu shot, perhaps we should be looking toward a more natural approach. A new study has found that those who are less frequently hugged suffer from more sever colds.

This study was published in the journal Psychological Science. In studies past we have learned the benefits that strong social ties can have on general health and well being. Depression and anxiety can lessen with social support but this is the first we have heard of how these ties can impact colds and the flu.

In order to conduct the study at it’s base Carnegie Mellon University, researches called 400 people each day to determine their levels of social support. Then, those in the study were supplied with nasal drops containing the flu or cold virus and then were quarantined for a week while their symptoms were monitored.

Surprisingly enough, those who reported the highest levels of support also had the fewest amount of severe symptoms.

The reason may be pretty simple. When  we feel supported by loved ones in our lives, we typically experience lower levels of stress. Those with lower stress tend to have better overall health.

This season, remember that showing those in your social group your support and love does more than just make them feel good, it supports their health as well!




How to Feel Your Best Over the Holidays

Be Whole Be Happy ConceptBy Emily Murray

The holidays stir up a variety of emotions and memories, for most these are pleasant but even the happiest holidays can lead to stress. There are dinners to cook, parties to attend, gifts to buy, budgets to balance and lots of family time. This year, take time to enjoy the holidays and create great (not stressful) memories. Here are a few tips for feeling your best this season.

Get Plenty of Sleep

Sleep deprivation can lead to a variety of issues and believe it or not, may also be a contributing factor for overeating and seasonal weight gain. Try and stick closely to the your normal sleep schedule.

Drink Water

In addition to sleep deprivation, dehydration is also terrible for your health. Not only will your skin become dry in the winter weather but you may also misinterpret your body’s need for water as hunger.

Take Time for You

With all the company coming and going it may be hard to get the alone time you need. Take time for yourself! Even if this is a small thing like a walk, reading a chapter in your book or a bath – you will feel much better pampering yourself.




New Cancer Risk Associated with Uterine Fibroid Removal Procedure

Mature woman with her female doctor.By Emily Murray

Getting regular pap smears and OB/GYN exams are  part of a normal healthcare routine for women but when results come back abnormal, anxiety levels spike. Nearly 20% to 40% of all women over the age of 35 will develop uterine fibroids, noncancerous tumors in the smooth muscle layer of the uterus, at some point in their lifetime. While the majority of these cases do not result in cancer, there are many other uncomfortable side effects that women with fibroids suffer from. The most common include pain and pressure in the pelvic area, trouble emptying the bladder, heavy menstrual bleeding (and prolonged periods), constipation and leg or back pain.

For some women, fibroids may be the size of a small seed or they can be a large mass in the uterus. Depending on size, location, a woman’s age (and a variety of other factors) doctor’s will choose from several treatment options. One of these requires a minimally invasive procedure known as morcellation.

Morcellation essentially grinds up the fibroids with power tools in order to allow small pieces to be removed. In some cases, this is also done for a hysterectomy (or removal of the uterus). Morcellation has been a standard procedure for many years now and has been preferred by surgeons since the downtime women experience is much shorter than that required of other procedures and additionally scars are smaller.

Unfortunately, doctors have begun questioning the procedure due to fears that the grinding process may actually spread cancer in some women. In fact, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston is planning to limit the procedure. They also believe that women need to be informed about the potential of this side effect (even if it is believed to be small).

There are other options for hysterectomy and tumor removal and perhaps if women are informed of the risks of morcellation ahead of time, they will be able to go with the choice that seems to be the best move for them.

While most of these fibrous tumors are benign, in the cases of undiscovered malignancy, the grinding process could inadvertently spread the cancerous cells throughout the woman’s body making the cancer more difficult to treat and more deadly as a result.

The New England Journal recently ran an article with the results of 10 studies of more than 30,000 women and discovered that of those who opted for morcellation, 1 in 400 were found to have cancer in the removed tissue. It stands to reason that these women were not warned of the potential for spreading cancer and those who are both for and against banning the procedure seem to agree that more care must be taken to have the risk disclosed ahead of time.

For more information on uterine fibroid treatment,  check out this resource.

 




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