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Endometriosis affects about 10% of women worldwide. It can cause chronic pelvic pain, scars, bleeding, discomfort during periods and sex, infertility, and be expensive. Diagnosis may prove difficult due to symptoms being similar to other gynecological or digestive disorders, and a confirmed...

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An article in the Neuron journal looked at neural mechanisms of pain severity and response as they relate to gender. Do men and women feel pain differently? If yes, why? If they do, should they receive different types of pain relief? In past studies of neural pathways, only male mice were included...

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An article in Anaesthesia, the journal of the Association of Anaesthetists, covered the prevalence, challenges to sufferers, and difficulties of managing chronic pelvic pain (CPP). Although CPP is common, there has been little research on how best to manage it. One of the difficulties is the variety...

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Women wait longer before seeking medical help for chest pain, and chest pain in women is more frequently misdiagnosed than men. A study reported at the 2021 Acute CardioVascular scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology showed that of over 41,000 patients with chest pain, 41% of...

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Urinary tract infections are common and hard to treat. UTIs lead to more UTIs. Researchers report findings in the PNAS journal of a new vaccine delivered directly to the bladder that would help the body fight infection through reprograming. The vaccine would destroy bladder bacteria and help prevent...

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Chronic pain in the reproductive track: what are the triggers? Because of "poorly characterised" information from the sensory pathways, treatments for dyspareunia are lacking while women are suffering from endometriosis, vulvodynia, etc. Researcher Dr. Joel Castro Kraftchenko, Head of Endometriosis...

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An article in January’s Journal of Pain discussed ibuprofen, a highly used analgesic. Due to its slow absorption, however, just how well does it work on acute moderate to severe pain? Researchers presented findings on the relatively new L-arginine salt-containing ibuprofen to determine its efficacy...

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Fibromyalgia sufferers experience chronic pain, limited ability to do physical activities, and often have poor sleep. The relationships, however, are unclear. A study in the Journal of Sleep Research looked at the times at which patient physical activity occurred. Activity levels were recorded using...

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A study reported in the journal BMC Women’s Health tested the Relational Bodily Experiences Theory (RBET), which seeks to explain the heightening or inhibition of women’s sexual desire, and pain issues, using interpersonal and psychological constructs. Researchers examined attachment models, which...

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A study published inJAMA Internal Medicineexpressed concern that most fibromyalgia treatment options are not supported by high-quality evidence.Almost 30,000 participants in 224 trials were included in the systemic review and analysis. Although evidence was found for cognitive behavioral therapy...

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