Unmasking Melasma: The Mask of Pregnancy

ABC New Chief Meteorologist, Ginger Zee, revealed earlier this year to a national audience that she suffered from melasma, a hyperpigmentation skin condition that affects between 15 and 50 percent of pregnant women in the United States.

Melasma: The Mask of Pregnancy

Melasma is nicknamed, "The Mask of Pregnancy." It is triggered by the hormonal fluctuations caused by pregnancy, as well as the changes in hormones brought on by menopause. Some women also develop melasma as a side effect from using hormonal birth control.

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Potential Pregnancy Scare as FDA Recalls Birth Control Pill with Packaging Error

A packaging error of birth control pills may result in a baby boom for some women next spring. The Food and Drug Administration announced earlier this month that they had placed a nationwide recall on Mibelas 24 Fe, a popular birth control pill after a packaging error was discovered. 

Birth Control Pill Packaging Problems

The pills, manufactured by Lupin Pharmaceuticals, were reversed in their blister pack wallet during manufacturing. This happened when the blister packs were placed in their wallet holders upside down. The four placebo pills that round out most birth control pill packs were placed at the beginning of the pack, instead of at the end where they are typically found. 

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Taking Care of Yourself: Your 20s and 30s

In addition to providing high-quality obstetric care, Dr. Alqulali and the staff at Infinity Medical Group are here for all your regular healthcare needs- no matter what your age. We treat patients for regular gynecological care and as part of that care, we stress the importance of things like regular checkups, preventative screenings, and vaccinations to protect your health at every stage- beginning in your 20s and 30s.

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The Link Between Menopause and Heart Disease

During menopause, a woman undergoes many physiological changes that impact overall health, and can increase the risk of heart disease or heart attack after menopause up to 30 percent. Living a healthy lifestyle up to and during menopause can help to reduce your risk, but education and some steps of prevention will help to reduce your risk even further. Dr. Alqulali talks about the impact of menopause on hormones and hearts with her patients to make them aware of their increased risk of cardiovascular disease. 

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Birth Control/HIV Prevention Combination Will Lower Risk of HIV

A new clinical trial performed by the charity, International Partnership for Microbicides, may be influential in developing birth control that also helps to protect women from contracting HIV. The organization has developed a silicone vaginal birth control ring that releases both the contraceptive hormone, levonorgestrel, and the anti-HIV drug, dapivirine.

Women contract HIV at a higher rate than men. Many women around the world do not protect themselves because of economic and cultural reasons. Other contributors to this higher rate include biological factors that make women more susceptible to contracting the disease. Previous attempts to design HIV prevention methods for women included models that only contained dapivirine. This is the first attempt to combine the antiviral medication with birth control. The initial model was designed in 2016 and lowered the risk of contracting HIV by about 30 percent. Issues with the initial model were not with design, but rather with improper and inconsistent use.

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