Don’t Let Chores Create Stress

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – A study performed by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine reported that men and women who feel they’re responsible for most household chores experience higher blood pressure and overall anxiety.
Here are a few tips that can help ease the stress:
1. Plan ahead. Plan your meals a week in advance, and only make one trip to the grocery store for everything on your list. Multiple shopping trips quickly add up.
2. Divide and conquer. Tackle mounting housework one day at a time or one task at a time. Prevent a long stretch of cleaning on Saturday by spending 30 minutes a day on different chores. For example, vacuum on Tuesdays, dust on Wednesdays and clean the bathrooms on Thursdays.
3. Simplify errands. Do you loathe the weekly trip to the store for cleaning supplies and paper products? Make your life simpler and save money by shopping online for essentials. Check out www.dollargeneral.com for items that are a chore to get home. Have big, bulky items and other necessities shipped directly to your door.
4. Check out store brands. You can save a lot of money by trying store brands. Now, private-label products have national equivalent money-back guarantees. Even replacing a few frequently purchased items with their private-label counterparts will result in big savings.
5. Get your family involved in household management. Age-appropriate tasks can be assigned to children. Let older children help prepare dinner, and give younger children simple tasks such as helping set the table. Other simple tasks for children include making their bed and putting away toys.

Living with Heavy Periods: National Survey Reveals Profound Effects on Daily Activities

By Dr. Michael Bennett, M.D.
Grand Rapids Women’s Health
For NewsUSA

Millions of American women suffer from a medical condition called heavy monthly bleeding (HMB). Many have periods so heavy they can limit daily activities, including work, childcare, exercise and managing household responsibilities.

Despite the significant impact of heavy periods, many women suffer in silence, according to “Living with HMB: A National Survey of 500 Women,” conducted online in June 2010 by Harris Interactive® on behalf of Ferring Pharmaceuticals. The survey found that:

Living With Heavy Periods: Study Reveals Challenges

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Millions of American women suffer from a medical condition called heavy monthly bleeding (HMB). Many have periods so heavy they can limit daily activities, including work, childcare, exercise and managing household responsibilities.
Despite the significant impact of heavy periods, many women suffer in silence, according to “Living with HMB: A National Survey of 500 Women,” conducted online in June 2010 by Harris Interactive on behalf of Ferring Pharmaceuticals. The survey found that:
* 92 percent of women were very frustrated by having HMB. Nearly two in three women (64 percent) said HMB has a significant negative impact on their social, leisure and physical activities.
* 47 percent could not adequately perform everyday household chores, 37 percent reported HMB negatively impacts their job, and 19 percent said it affects their ability to care for their family.
* HMB was also reported to negatively affect relationships. More than 55 percent reported it negatively affected their sex life. For three out of 10 women, HMB had a negative impact on their relationship with their spouse or significant other.
* Remarkably, 37 percent had never talked to a doctor about their HMB. Those who haven’t consulted a healthcare professional think it is normal (42 percent) and/or think there is nothing their doctor can do about it (41 percent). Some women who haven’t discussed HMB with a healthcare professional (21 percent) were simply too embarrassed to talk about their condition.
As a physician, I encourage women to break their silence around HMB, and to talk to a healthcare professional about treatment options. Traditional treatments have been limited to pain relievers like ibuprofen and most hormonal contraceptives, which are not FDA-approved for HMB, as well as surgery such as endometrial ablation or hysterectomy.
Women also have another option: Lysteda (tranexamic acid) tablets, the only oral non-hormonal and non-surgical prescription medicine FDA-approved specifically to treat HMB.
In clinical studies, Lysteda was shown to lower the amount of blood lost during monthly periods by about one-third.
Lysteda pills are taken only during the monthly period for up to five days, and have been shown to work across all treatment cycles studied and as early as the first cycle of use. Lysteda has not been studied in adolescents under age 18 with HMB.
For more information about HMB, talk to your doctor or visit www.lysteda.com.