Trying to Remove Instead

A reader comments on her problem with the Instead menstrual cup:

I . . . noticed that you mentioned the Instead product [in this Web site], so I thought I'd throw in my two cents since I've had some experience with it.

I'm not sure if I'm just defective or what, but I had a serious problem with the product. I had absolutely no problem with how I had to get it in, but no matter how much I tried, I couldn't break the suction to get it back [out]. I ended up at the gynecologist's office to have it removed, which you can imagine was intensely embarrassing. It may be just me, but possibly something you'd want to mention.

See the table of contents at the top of the page for more items about Instead (listed under "cup, menstrual").

Researchers Lower Odds of Getting Cancer of the Breast and Ovaries Because of Faulty Genes

Researchers from the National Cancer Institute report in The New England Journal of Medicine that the chances of a woman's developing breast or ovarian cancer if she has the faulty versions of one of the genes BRCA1 or BRCA2 are lower than previously thought.

Instead of a 85% chance, she now has about a 50% chance of developing breast cancer if she has one of the defective genes, and a 16% chance, not 40%, of developing cancer of the ovaries. These odds apply to women by the time they turn 70, and who do not have strong histories of breast or ovarian cancers in their families.

Authorities say the predictive situation is still muddled.

See also the New York Times article warning readers against believing everything they read.

Genital Mutilation, Of Sorts, Practiced in the U.S.A.

Natalie Angier, in the Science Times section of the New York Times for May 13, reports on the changing attitude toward surgically changing children's ambiguous genitals. Read the article to see another instance of how increased public awareness.

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