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Women's Health (UK) - - BREAK THE CYCLE -

WONKY CY­CLES FIND SPICY FIX

Columbia Univer­sity re­search sug­gests cin­na­mon could help women with poly­cys­tic ovary syn­drome, a com­mon en­docrine dis­or­der that can cause in­fre­quent bleed­ing and fer­til­ity is­sues. Sci­en­tists think it may help bal­ance the hor­mones re­spon­si­ble for men­stru­a­tion.

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Con­sume 1 tsp cin­na­mon a day. Mix it with cof­fee grounds when brew­ing a cup or sprin­kle on oats.

WEIGHT-LOSS WON­DER RE­VEALED

A new study from the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety for Nu­tri­tion found that har­ness­ing hor­monal shifts could help you lose ex­cess weight. Women who ate fewer carbs but more pro­tein and fat as their cy­cle pro­gressed lost more than those who just cut calo­ries.

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When hor­monedriven hunger pangs hit (usu­ally the week be­fore your pe­riod), sat­isfy them with tofu and nut but­ter in­stead of crisps or pasta.

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.

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Un­til the vac­cine ar­rives, sit tight and stay on the safe side by chang­ing your tam­pon ev­ery four to eight hours and us­ing the low­est ab­sorbency for your flow.

SICK LEAVE FOR PE­RI­ODS GRANTED

In­dia made news last year when me­dia com­pany Cul­ture Ma­chine in Mum­bai of­fered em­ploy­ees leave for the first day of their pe­riod.

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If your pe­ri­ods are ren­der­ing you woman down, chat to your GP about med­i­ca­tion. Then, ap­proach your boss about tak­ing leave – there’s no spe­cific right to sick leave for your pe­riod in the UK, so it’s at your em­ployer’s dis­cre­tion.

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