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Can Substance Abuse Increase Risk of Miscarriage?

Alcohol and other drug use during pregnancy can lead to several health problems for both the mother and child. Some of the risks of substance abuse during pregnancy include:1 Placenta...

What Are Some of the Common Reasons Women Use Drugs?

Generally , men struggle with addiction at higher rates than women. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reported, in 2008, that 11.5 percent of males ages 12...

Opioid Abuse Among Pregnant Women

By: Dr. Lawrence Tucker Prevalence of Opioid Abuse During Pregnancy Over the past 3 years, there has been a dramatic increase in substance abuse rates among women of childbearing age....

How Does Abortion Affect Mental Health? Does It Have an Impact?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began documenting the number of legal, induced abortions in the United States in 1969 to understand national rates of pregnancy, birth, miscarriage, abortion,...

How Has Heart Disease Become One of the Biggest Threats Women Face?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death among American women. According t  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in four women in the United States in 2013...

Are Young Women More Prone to Mental Health Issues?

Mental health is a growing concern in countries all over the globe. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that mental illness is underdiagnosed, and individuals are reluctant to seek help....

What Is Breast Cancer? Does Diet Have Any Correlation?

Cancer is a broad term for dozens of diseases, characterized by the uncontrolled division of abnormal cells in one or more parts of the body. Some types of cancer form...

What Is Fibromyalgia? Are Women More Prone to Getting It?

Diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease receive a lot of attention in the media. Conditions like fibromyalgia, however, may seem mysterious because they are not as well understood as...

What Are the Main Triggers of Drug Abuse among Women?

Early substance abuse research focused on male subjects, but in the 1990s, research studies intentionally recruited women. The medical understanding of how women react to drugs and alcohol is changing....

What Are Some Alternatives to Drug Abuse for Women?

Adults in the United States struggle with stress – from work, children, aging parents, major life changes, and much more. Women report higher levels of stress than men. On average,...

How Can Postpartum Depression Affect Women after Childbirth?

Postpartum depression is a mood disorder that can affect new parents after the birth of a child. The condition does not have a single cause. Instead, medical professionals believe this...

What Are Perinatal Mood Disorders, and How Can They Be Treated?

Mood disorders are the most common form of mental health struggle in the United States. These conditions are typically triggered by an imbalance in brain chemistry, which may be caused...

What Is Endometriosis? How Can It Cause Health Problems?

Endometriosis is a condition in which the inner lining of the uterus, called endometrium, grows outside of the uterus. This leads to several chronic, painful conditions, reduced enjoyment of life,...

Breastfeeding during Drug Treatment

Women who struggle with addiction to drugs or alcohol need specific treatment, which may include care during pregnancy or just after childbirth. Breastfeeding is a controversial issue among women who...

Drug Abuse in Pregnancy and Effects on the Newborn

Substance use during pregnancy can be dangerous in many ways. Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Pregnant women who use substances regularly may have children who are born dependent on those substances....

What Is Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome?

Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) occurs when a baby is exposed to opioid narcotics like Percocet or heroin while in the womb. Narcotics easily cross the placenta through the blood since...

Substance Use Recovery & Treatment for Women

While there is not as much research on women with addictions as there is on men, the National Institute on Drug Abuse shares that women often “use drugs differently, respond...

How Does Cocaine Abuse Affect Babies of Pregnant Women?

In the 1980s, the War on Drugs was still fresh in the public eye, and studies predicting the hazardous effects of drugs on children were everywhere. One such prediction was...

Effects of Heroin Use on Pregnant Women

Heroin is an opioid drug that is typically injected into the body by people who abuse it, though it can also be smoked or snorted. It has no medicinal purposes....

Effects of Suboxone Use by Pregnant Women

Suboxone consists of both buprenorphine (which can decrease opioid cravings, lessen withdrawal from opioids, and diminish other opioids’ effects) and naloxone (which may deter a person from snorting or injecting...

Substance Abuse among Pregnant Women

Drug and alcohol abuse rarely affects just the individual engaging in the practice. Family members, friends, partners, and coworkers all bear the brunt of their choices. Even society pays for...

Marijuana Use among Women

Marijuana, a property of the cannabis plant, has been around since 6000 BC, Erowid reports. It is unknown exactly how long this drug has been used in an abusive manner. However, what...

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