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Higher rate of pelvic pain found among women taking low-dose estrogen oral contraceptives

BY Alaric DeArment

SAN DIEGO — Women who take low-dose oral contraceptives may be at increased risk of chronic pelvic-pain symptoms and pain during sexual climax, according to a new study.

The study, scheduled for presentation to reporters at the American Urological Association’s annual scientific meeting in San Diego on Tuesday, was conducted by researchers at New York University and the Waitemata District Health Board in Auckland, New Zealand, compared CPPS in young women who used oral contraceptives with the condition in those who didn’t.

"This study reveals valuable insights into the relationship between oral contraceptives, pelvic pain and how effects may differ depending on hormone dosage," Drexel University College of MEdicine urology and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery chairwoman and urology and OBGYN professor Kristene Whitmore said.

The researchers used data from an anonymous, online survey of women aged 18 to 39 within large university populations but excluded those who were pregnant or who had a history of endometriosis or pelvic pain, dividing 932 respondents into those who took oral contraceptives, those who took low-dose estrogen and those who took a normal dose, defined as more than 20 micrograms.

Of the 327 respondents who used oral contraceptives, 27.1% of those who took estrogen in low doses reported pelvic pain, compared with 17.5% of non-users. Meanwhile, users of low-dose estrogen reported almost twice the incidence of pain or discomfort during or after orgasm compared to non-users, and there was no difference found between non-users and users of normal-dose estrogen. Forty percent of respondents reported onset of pain after starting on oral contraceptives and were more likely to have chronic pelvic pain symptoms than those who had symptoms prior to oral contraceptive use.

 

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Study finds testicular cancer rates on the rise among males aged 15-34

BY Alaric DeArment

SAN DIEGO — Rates of testicular cancer among young men have risen significantly over the last two decades across racial and ethnic groups, according to a new study, and researchers are wondering what accounts for it.

The study, scheduled for presentation Sunday at the 108th annual scientific meeting of the American Urological Association in San Diego, found that testicular cancer – the most common cancer among males between 15 and 34 – still had the highest incidence among Caucasians, but had risen 5.6% among Hispanics between 2002 and 2009, meaning Hispanics had the second highest rates, while African-Americans had the lowest.

Between 1992 and 2009, the rate among Caucasians rose from 7.5-per-100,000 people to 8.6-per-100,000, while the rate among Hispanics rose from 4-per-100,000 to 6.3-per-100,000, and the rate among African-Americans rose from 0.7-per-100,000 to 1.7-per-100,000.

"More research is needed to shed light on why the incidence is up nationwide and if any environmental factors or co-morbidities impact disease formation," University of Kansas Medical Center urology professor and director of urologic oncology Jeff Holzbeierlein said. "These new data confirm Hispanic-Americans should speak with their doctor about risk factors and be even more vigilant with their testicular health."

 

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Prasco to host NCCAA Division I and II baseball World Series

BY Jason Owen

MASON, Ohio — Ohio pharmaceutical company Prasco will host the National Christian College Athletic Association championships here at Prasco Park in May, the company announced today.

College teams from all over the country will descend on Prasco Park to compete in its Division World Series May 8 to 11, and May 15 to 18.

Division II games will begin on May 8, after a service day at Matthew 25 Ministries and banquet on May 7. The Division II opening games will be on May 8 at 1 p.m. at Prasco Park and Legacy Field, adjacent to Prasco Park. The NCCAA championship game will be played May 11 at 2 p.m.

Then on May 15, Division I games will begin after a service day on May 14 at Matthew 25 Ministries and banquet the night before. Division I opening games will start at 10 a.m. on May 15 at Prasco Park and Legacy Field. The Division I championship game will be played on May 18 at 2 p.m. at Prasco Park.

Admission to both baseball championships is free and attendees will have opportunities to participate in activities and contests throughout the tournament. Fan amenities will include complimentary food and drink, speed pitch, wiffle ball, an obstacle course, bungee run, face painting and more.

All community and media members are welcome and encouraged to attend.


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