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Notes on Women's Health

Notes on Women's Health

COVID-19 and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

COVID-19 and PregnancyThe current global outbreak of COVID-19, commonly called coronavirus, is an issue of great concern for the general population, especially those who are pregnant, elderly or those who have serious chronic medical conditions.

After the 2015 outbreak of the Zika virus, which can be transmissible from mother to fetus and cause microcephaly and other fetal brain defects, it is reasonable to wonder what additional risks coronavirus may pose to pregnant women. Here is what you need to know about the COVID-19 coronavirus and pregnancy. 

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New Information on the Link Between Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer

Link Between Talcum Powder and Ovarian CancerTalcum powder is a powdered form of the mineral talc, valued for its ability to absorb moisture and reduce friction. This makes it a common ingredient in many household cosmetic and hygiene products like baby powder, adult face and body powder, and deodorizing powders. While the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel considers talc safe enough for human use, it has faced controversy and concerns over its safety in recent years.

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Is it Morning Sickness or Something More? What You Need to Know About Hyperemesis Gravidarum During Pregnancy

Feeling nauseous and even throwing up are common symptoms during pregnancy. In fact, The American Pregnancy Association states that more than 50% of women experience nausea during pregnancy. However, there are several differences between normal, expected morning sickness and a much more serious condition called hyperemesis gravidarum. Here is an in-depth examination of the signs and symptoms of hyperemesis gravidarum during pregnancy and what you should do if you suspect you’re suffering from this condition.

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What is the Link Between Age and Breast Cancer Risk?

Age and Breast Cancer Risk Multiple risk factors can influence a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer during her lifetime. While many of these risk factors are controllable, such as being overweight after menopause, being physically inactive and drinking alcohol, other risk factors, like age, are beyond a woman’s control. This is not to say that every woman will develop breast cancer as she advances in age. However, the risk of breast cancer does increase with age.

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How to Sleep When Pregnant: An Update

How to sleep when pregnant - Norwalk, CTExpectant mothers have been advised for years that sleeping on the left side of their body during pregnancy is best for the baby. Sleeping on the back, called the supine position, was particularly discouraged. Failure to follow this recommendation came with warnings of increased risk of stillbirth, underweight newborns, and gestational hypertension in the mother.

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Getting Pregnant with PCOS

Getting Pregnant with PCOSFacts about polycystic syndrome and how it can affect pregnancy

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal disorder, with 10% of women experiencing PCOS in their childbearing years according to the Office on Women’s Health. The syndrome causes several symptoms, which range from annoying to health-threatening. PCOS is also associated with trouble becoming pregnant as well as complications during pregnancy.

Below, you’ll find information about PCOS symptoms, causes, and working with your OB-GYN to reduce health effects and increase your chances of conception.

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What to Expect During Your Appointment for Placement of an IUD for Contraception

What to Expect During Your Appointment for Placement of an IUD for ContraceptionIntrauterine devices (IUDs) are one of the most effective forms of contraception from which a woman can choose. In fact, other than tubal ligation (having your tubes tied), there is not a more effective female birth control method than an IUD. In addition, an IUD can provide you with benefits, such as reversibility, long-term effectiveness, fewer side effects than other birth control methods and affordability. However, IUDs do not protect against sexually-transmitted diseases, and the devices can cause complications in very rare cases.

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How to Prevent Preeclampsia in Pregnant Women with Aspirin

How to Prevent Preeclampsia in Pregnant Women with AspirinHypertension, or high blood pressure, can be a health risk for anyone. However, this condition is particularly dangerous for pregnant women and their unborn children. There is an even greater danger if gestational hypertension becomes a condition called preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is defined as maternal high blood pressure during pregnancy accompanied by signs of organ damage. Not only is preeclampsia a chief cause of preterm births, but this problem can eventually progress to eclampsia, which often results in seizures, coma, and even death.

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5 Foods and Drinks to Avoid While Breastfeeding

Foods and Drinks to Avoid While BreastfeedingOnce you have given birth, your baby’s body is not as intricately linked to yours as it was during the nine months of your pregnancy, although if you choose to breastfeed, you continue to nurture that physical bond between you and your child.  Just like when you were pregnant, with this bond comes the understanding that what you put into your body finds its way to your baby through your breast milk.

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Are You Dense? The Link between Breast Density and Breast Cancer

The Link between Breast Density and Breast CancerThere are several important breast cancer risk factors among women, such as age, family history of breast cancer and reproductive history, but breast density is one risk factor that has not received extensive attention from the media. In this article, I explain breast density, how to find out if you have dense breasts, and what breast density means for your health.

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