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Womens’ health

In these pages are collected the stories from Bandolier relating to womens' health. In due course these will be supplemented by additional material, as resources become available through sponsorship or other means.

Other places to visit on this site of interest to women are Healthy Living,, Family Health, Migraine, Complementary and alternative therapy, and arthritis. There may be lots more, so use the search above if you are looking for something in particular.

Breast cancer

Breast cancer, alcohol, and tobacco Mastectomy versus lumpectomy for breast cancer Meat, dairy foods and risk of breast cancer Passive smoking and breast cancer HRT and breast cancer 2004: million women study HRT and risk of breast cancer death Update on fruit and vegetable intake and breast cancer risk Tamoxifen for early breast cancer Breast cancer screening: is it effective? Tamoxifen trials, tribulations and truths HRT and breast cancer Breast cancer survival is better with specialist surgeons Genetics of breast cancer Are breast implants safe? Breast implants and connective tissue disease Breast cancer and BRCA genes

Dysmenorrhoea (period pain)

Analgesics for dysmenorrhea Analgesics for dysmenorrhea 2 COXIBs for dysmenorrhoea

Sexual health

Antibiotics for cystitis: how long? Ectopic pregnancy risk factors Common sexual problems in men and women in UK Emergency contraception Common sexual problems in USA How good is that contraceptive? Contraception and abortion in Sweden Condom slippage or breakage is common Implanon: a new implantable contraceptive Home pregnancy tests may not be very good Hormones, thrombophilia, and VTE Screening for chlamydia Failure rates for contraceptives Vaginal douching is unnecessary in routine feminine hygiene Results of trials on Mirena IUD and ectopic pregnancy Contraceptive pills and risk Womens' knowledge of contraception and risk Worldwide survey of attitudes to sex and problems in women and men Treating thrush Treatments for Chlamydia

Pregnancy and childbirth 

Antenatal corticosteroid therapy Antiphospholipid antibodies and pregnancy loss Caffeine and pregnancy, colon cancer and stroke Corticosteroids for foetal maturation Epidural and risk: it all depends Methotrexate for ectopic pregnancy Nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy Outcomes after epidurals in labour and here Preconception care lowers risk of abnormalities in infants of diabetics RLS in pregnancy Smoking in pregnancy and risk of oral clefts Steroids in preterm delivery TENS in labour pain is ineffective The GP's guide to home birth Treatments for eclampsia

Menopause and osteoporosis

HRT and fracture risk Exercise training programmes prevent bone loss in women Risk factors for hip fracture in women Low oestrogen levels and risk of fracture Exercise and bone density HRT can protect against hip fracture in women Tibolone increases bone density Alendronate protects against hip fracture in women with low bone density Evidence that soya is helpful in the menopause Making decisions about menopausal treatments Effectiveness bulletin review on osteoporosis

Heart disease

Fish and omega-3 fatty acids reduce risk of coronary heart disease in women Behavioural interventions for hypertension Walking good for older women Walking briskly for three hours a week reduces risk of heart disease Risk of heart attack after sex

Ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer risk for relatives Ovarian cancer screening


Analgesics for dysmenorrhoea Breast reduction surgery D&C for women under 40 Do weight-reducing drugs work? Duloxetine for female stress urinary incontinence HRT and tooth loss Hysteroscopy for endometrial disease Stress urinary incontinence in women Topical NSAID for mastalgia Yoghurt is not effective in treating vaginal infections