CUR­RENT AF­FAIRS

Women's Health (South Africa) - - HEALTH -

1. No need to bleed!

More and more women are giv­ing pe­ri­ods a hard pass by reg­u­lat­ing their hor­monal birth con­trol. USE THIS NEWS: Go­ing with­out the flow is to­tally safe. Women on the Pill can skip placebo-week tablets, elim­i­nat­ing the oe­stro­gen drop that trig­gers bleed­ing, says Dr Alyssa Dweck, an as­sis­tant clin­i­cal pro­fes­sor of ob­stet­rics and gy­nae­col­ogy. Hor­monal IUDs, patches and im­plants can also get you out of the red – they re­lease a syn­thetic hor­mone that thins the uter­ine lin­ing so there’s lit­tle or no blood to shed.

2. Wonky cy­cles find spicy fix

Columbia Univer­sity re­search sug­gests cin­na­mon could help women with poly­cys­tic ovary syn­drome (PCOS), a com­mon en­docrine dis­or­der that can cause in­fre­quent bleed­ing and fer­til­ity is­sues. Sci­en­tists sus­pect the spice helps lower in­sulin lev­els, which, in turn, may help bal­ance the hormones re­spon­si­ble for men­stru­a­tion. USE THIS NEWS: Con­sume a tea­spoon a day. Mix some with cof­fee grounds when brew­ing a cup or sprin­kle on oats.

3. Weight-loss won­der, re­vealed

A new study from the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety for Nu­tri­tion found that har­ness­ing your cy­cle’s hor­monal shifts could ac­tu­ally help you lose weight. Women who ate fewer carbs but more pro­tein and fat as their cy­cle pro­gressed lost about four ki­los more over six months than those who just cut kilo­joules. USE THIS NEWS: When hor­monedriven hunger pangs hit (usu­ally the week be­fore your pe­riod), sat­isfy them with peanut but­ter in­stead of slap chips.

4. First day of pe­riod leave

In­dia made news last year when me­dia com­pany Cul­ture Ma­chine’s Mum­bai of­fice of­fered fe­male em­ploy­ees leave for the first day of their pe­riod. And in a Twit­ter poll, 70 per­cent of WH read­ers said women should get time off for pe­riod pains. USE THIS NEWS: If your pe­ri­ods are ren­der­ing you wo­man down, chat to your doc about meds. Then, ap­proach your boss about tak­ing sick leave – per SA’s labour laws, you should be al­lowed.

5. Life-sav­ing vac­cine dis­cov­ered

Sci­en­tists in Vienna say they’ve de­vel­oped the first vac­cine against toxic shock syn­drome (TSS), a rare, but po­ten­tially fa­tal ill­ness linked to su­per-ab­sorbent tam­pons. USE THIS NEWS: Un­til the vac­cine ar­rives, stay on the safe side by chang­ing your tam­pon ev­ery four to eight hours and us­ing the low­est ab­sorbency for your flow.

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