In this episode of EmpowHER's, "HER Week In Health", for July 8th 2011, Bailey Mosier talks about a study on women's unrealistic idea of love, how Vitamin D may help you live longer, and how brushing your teeth may help you get pregnant sooner.
Hi, I'm Bailey Mosier and this is EmpowHER's HER Week In Health.
In this week’s edition we learn that modern women hold romanticized ideals of love and sex that don’t necessarily reflect reality, that survival rate increases in elderly women who take vitamin D and that taking good care of your pearly whites may get you pregnant sooner.
In a study published in the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, researcher Susan Quilliam argues that women today are fed a rose-tinted view of relationships and that it’s a detriment to their well being.
The research says that half of all fiction books purchased in the developed world are romance novels that depict unreal expectations, multiple orgasms, trouble free pregnancies and a world where women don’t use condoms.
While the women surveyed said they understood they were reading fictional stories, there was a clear correlation between the frequency of romance reading and negative attitudes toward condom use.
Quilliam says that she can’t fault women for enjoying romance novels but that it would be wise for women to put down the books and pick up reality.
In a review published in The Cock-crane Library, an international team of researchers found a correlation between elderly women taking vitamin D3 and a reduction in mortality by six percent.
The team identified 50 randomized trials of 100,000 participants with a mean age of 74 and found that vitamin D3 consumption decreased elderly women’s risk for falls and fractures. This is the first analysis to draw a connection between vitamin D3 and mortality but it could not be determined from the research what affect other forms of vitamin D have on mortality.
For the first time, researchers have found that poor oral health can slow a woman’s ability to conceive.
Researchers analyzed information on pregnancy planning and pregnancy outcomes for 3,400 women and found that women with gum disease took an average of seven months to conceive whereas women without gum disease only took five.
The researchers also found that women who had the most difficult time getting pregnant were older, non-caucasian, smokers and had BMIs greater than 25.
The study’s authors stress the importance of oral health for women trying to get pregnant and say that healing gum disease may take as little as four visits to the doctor and can be prevented with regular brushing and flossing.
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