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Adenomyosis

Adenomyosis is a condition in which the lining of the womb/uterus (called the endometrium) is found within the muscles of the womb (called the myometrium). It can be in just one area or be found throughout the whole of the womb muscle. Although it involves the lining of the womb appearing where it shouldn’t, adenomyosis is not the same as endometriosis. Researchers have now concluded that the two conditions together are found in only 10% of cases although it has also been known to be misdiagnosed as fibroids.

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Understanding Stress Incontinence

Stress incontinence is one of the most common forms of incontinence and it’s estimated that three million people in the UK are affected although this number may be conservative because some won’t mention it to their doctors. It also becomes more common in women as they age and go through the menopause. Estimates suggest that 1 in 5 women over 40 may suffer some degree of stress incontinence.

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Ovarian Cysts

Ovarian cysts are very common in women of all ages, developing develop on one or more ovaries. They contain fluid and in most cases are completely harmless, often disappearing without the need for any treatment.

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The link between endometriosis and clear cell carcinoma ovarian cancer?

Endometriosis is a common disease amongst women and is thought to occur in between 7 and 10% of the female population. And whilst it is known that the vast majority of these women will never go on to develop any form of cancer, the work that has been done recently in demonstrating a link between endometriosis and particular types of ovarian cancer could provide an easier way to provide the necessary screening for a disease which is notoriously difficult to diagnose.

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Removing the ovaries may increase the risk of dementia

There has been a long debate about the role that HRT may play in the prevention of dementia in later life, this is because it is felt that oestrogen may be key to it’s development in women.  Researchers who studied 1,489 women have now found that some who had one or both ovaries removed before menopause may be at increased risk for dementia.  They compared the women with another group of 1,472 who had their ovaries retained and studied both groups for between 25 and 30 years. 

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