Preventing Menstrual Pain

A surprising new study has cropped up in the medical world relating smoking to causing excess pain in menstruation. The subjects of the group included women who were current smokers and had started the habit by the age of thirteen. But as our medical expert knows knows, this report raises the bar somewhat. But he also says that the study’s findings merit further testing. Smoking, for example, can reduce the flow of blood in the arteries and that could be linked to the severe menstrual pain so many of the test subjects reported. Our expert has been practicing medicine in Glendale, Arizona since 2008, where he specializes in treating a wide range of women’s health issues.

Menstrual cramps already affect some ninety-one percent of all women during their reproductive lives, and the women as many as twenty-nine percent of those women who were surveyed said that their menstrual cramps were severe.

The new data, which followed a study group of women over a twelve year period, concluded that smoking before the age of thirteen can raise the risk of severe and chronic menstrual pain by as much as sixty percent. The study defined severe and chronic menstrual cramps as pain that lasts longer than two days. He makes every effort to keep up to date with new advances in medicine, and was intrigued by a new report that links smoking among teenage girls to an increased risk of chronic and severe menstrual cramps.
That report just strengthens the data that has been taken for granted for many years: smoking is a bad idea, no matter who you are or what your age. It compared those women with other subjects who had never smoked at all.

Barry Littlejohn, a medical practitioner and certified doctor, says that the findings in this study are observational, and that there are theories that could explain them.


How to Be a Better Doctor

As our own medical expert knows from experience, patients who believe their doctor has empathy for their condition can actually experience some reduction in pain as a result. He has been the recipient of multiple Patients’ Choice Awards during that time. Our expert says that the medical professional is constantly changing, with new research enhancing the body of knowledge already out there. By the same token, a patient who thinks his or her doctor isn’t interested in them can experience extended symptoms. A doctor must also show a level of compassion and empathy for his patients as they are usually going through a very turbulent and confusing time in their life, something exacerbated by their current illness or condition. That is why a doctor must be very in tune with the well-being of their patient, whether mentally or physically. Doing so will set you apart from other colder doctors who forget to add a human touch of warmth which has a significant impact on the recovery rate and likelihood.

It’s also very important for a doctor to keep up with developments in the medical profession, in particular those areas of his or her specialty. Our expert has been practicing medicine in Glendale, Arizona since 2008. Patients rely on a doctor’s discretion so that they can freely express their concerns on what are often delicate, highly personal matters that only a doctor should hear.

It is equally important for a good doctor to have empathy for each of his or her patients, says our expert. One of the most important traits that a doctor should have is professionalism.

Before opening his Arizona practice, Barry Littlejohn spent many years in Illinois; he has a total of thirty years experience. It is imperative that he keeps up to date. The doctor-patient confidentiality pact is extremely important. And his experiences have given him some very clear ideas about what makes a good doctor.


Barry Littlejohn – Birth Control

Barry Littlejohn is a physician in private practice in Glendale, Arizona. His dedication to personalized healthcare has won him countless devoted patients since he opened his practice there in 2008, and has also won him three Patients’ Choice Awards.

He treats a full range of women’s health issues, including ovarian cysts, infertility, and birth control. He says that in his experience, many women do not understand the health risks that are associated with birth control that manipulates their hormones.

Hormonal birth control can have serious side effects, he says, including nausea, vomiting, and constipation; breast swelling or tenderness; a decreased libido; weight gain or loss of appetite; headaches, dizziness and fatigue; mood swings; and many others.

Barry Littlejohn says that many women can take hormonal birth control and have none of these or other side effects. But none of these side effects mentioned above are to be taken lightly. And for those patients of his who do have problems with hormonal birth control, he recommends some drug-free alternative methods.

Some of the methods are grouped into what are called the barrier methods. Those include using a latex condom for male partners, which have the added benefit of protecting against any form of a sexually transmitted disease, including AIDS. Barrier methods also include the sponge, cervical cap, or a diaphragm, the copper IUD. Barry Littlejohn recommends that women read up on the effectiveness of these methods and discuss them with their partners to decide what is best for their personal situation.


Barry Littlejohn – Pregnancy and Alcohol

Barry Littlejohn has been treating women for a wide range of health issues for many years. He has been practicing in Glendale, Arizona since 2008 and has become a trusted fixture in that city’s medical community.

He treats many pregnant women in his practice and has learned that this can be an exciting and anxious time in their lives. Most women, especially those who are expecting their first baby, have a lot of questions about what is going on with their bodies, and what they can expect as they await the birth of their little miracles.

One of the most common things that Barry Littlejohn hears from expectant mothers has to do with what they put in their bodies. Is it safe to take an aspirin for a headache? Or cold medicine for a stuffy nose? Is it okay to have a glass of wine with dinner?

Barry Littlejohn says that pregnant women should not take aspirin, ibuprofen, or related medications for a headache or any other symptom. Tylenol is okay, either regular or extra strength. For a stuffy nose, he says that Sudafed or Actifed is safe to take as a decongestant. It’s also safe to take Robitussin for a cough, throat lozenges for a sore throat, and Imodium for diarrhea.

But alcohol is a more complicated issue. Barry Littlejohn says that there is a clear link between heavy drinking during pregnancy and birth defects, and some doctors tell pregnant women not to drink at all. Anecdotal evidence is divided on this question, as Barry Littlejohn knows. Some women contend that a glass or wine or one beer now and then is not a cause for concern, while others say that it is simply too risky, and you are better off not drinking anything alcoholic during pregnancy. He says that while the jury is out on this question, it is always better to be safe than sorry.