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In Brief: The Complex Relationship Between Endometriosis and Depression

A meta-analysis of 24 studies, including 99,614 women, demonstrated higher levels of depression among women with endometriosis compared to unaffected controls.  When researchers restricted the analysis to healthy controls, the association between endometriosis and depression was even stronger. Pain seemed to be the primary driver of  the association between endometriosis and depression; in fact, rates… Read More »

In Brief: CBT Effective for Menopausal Symptoms, Including Depression

Up to 80% of women experience symptoms as they transition into the menopause, including vasomotor symptoms, sleep disturbance, and depressive symptoms.  While hormone replacement therapy and certain medications may be helpful, these interventions may have side effects.   In a recent study, 71 peri- or postmenopausal women who were seeking treatment for menopausal symptoms, including vasomotor… Read More »

In Brief: FDA Approves New Drug to Improve Sexual Desire in Women

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new drug for the treatment of hypoactive sexual desire disorder in premenopausal women.  Bremelanotide (to be marketed as Vyleesi) is used on-demand. Bremelanotide is a peptide which acts as a melanocortin receptor agonist.  Its mechanism of action is distinct from flibanserin and is thought to have… Read More »

In Brief: More Data on Pregabalin (Lyrica) and Pregnancy

Pregabalin (marketed in the US as Lyrica) is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of epilepsy, fibromyalgia, and neuropathic pain.  It is also used off-label to treat psychiatric disorders, most commonly generalized anxiety disorder. While it is not used as frequently as other anti-epileptic drugs, we do occasionally see women… Read More »

Contraceptive Pills: A Brief Overview Posted By : Ian Caspar

Women around the world use different forms of contraception to prevent them from becoming pregnant. Hormonal contraceptive methods have proven to be very effective in preventing pregnancy in women. Among the three methods, oral contraceptive pills are the most popular of all. These pills consist of artificial female hormones, and based on the hormones present,… Read More »