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Notes on Women's Health

Notes on Women's Health

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month: Know the Facts

endometriosis awarenessEndometriosis Awareness takes place across the globe during the month of March with a mission to raise awareness of the disease, which occurs in about one in ten women of reproductive age. It is most often diagnosed in women in their 30s and 40s. Endometriosis can impact a woman’s quality of life if mild to severe pain exists, and if left untreated, can lead to infertility. Because of its impact, it’s important to understand the facts around endometriosis so that you can benefit from early detection and treatment. Read More

Counting Down to Your Due Date: Preparing for Labor

preparing for laborWhen labor begins, things may develop quickly, leaving you with little time to take care of all the final details that can help put your mind at ease. Planning ahead and knowing you are fully prepared can help keep you more relaxed and focused when the time comes, which in turn may impact your labor experience. It’s also important to know what you can expect as labor approaches, as your body may offer you several signs. If you can pick up on these signs, and perform your due diligence preparing for labor, hopefully you can lessen any anxiety around the countdown to your due date. Read More

Protecting You and Your Baby from Prenatal Infections

prenatal infectionsFebruary is International Prenatal Infection Prevention month which provides an important opportunity to increase awareness about viral infections that can be contracted by pregnant women and transmitted to their baby during pregnancy or birth.

During pregnancy your body can be more susceptible to infection because your immune system is weaker and not producing as many antibodies. There are many common infections that occur during pregnancy that are low risk, such as yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis (BV), but it is important to be vigilant to several infections that if left untreated could put your baby at risk. Read More

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS): What You Can Do for PMS Relief

Woman wanting PMS ReliefWe hear it all the time: “My husband doesn’t know who I am,” “I can’t stop yelling at the kids,” “I’m crying all the time,” and “After I get my period, everything’s better.” Almost every woman will experience PMS symptoms in her life. About 70% of women will suffer from headaches, mood swings, bloating and other problems that can affect their relationships and sense of wellbeing. And in about 20% of these women, the symptoms are severe enough to require medical treatment. So if you found your way to this blog in search of PMS relief, you’re not alone.

But what’s a woman to do during those difficult days every month? Read More

The Benefits of Da Vinci Hysterectomy Surgery for Patients

Woman smiling after Da Vinci hysterecetomy surgeryA hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus, and this operation is an exceptionally common procedure with over half a million hysterectomies performed in the United States every year. Gynecologists employ the procedure to treat a range of both cancerous and benign conditions including tumors, uterine fibroids, and heavy or prolonged menstrual periods, also known as menorrhagia. Depending on the condition being treated, the patient’s age, and other factors, a hysterectomy may be performed along with a salpingo-oophorectomy – removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes. There are several options performing a hysterectomy procedure, one of which is a Da Vinci hysterectomy, which offers patients several distinct benefits. Read More

Third Trimester Fetal Movement: What is Normal?

third trimester fetal movementOne of most exciting moments for any expectant mother is when she first feels her baby moves. Although this event or “quickening” occurs at different times in each pregnancy, you will probably first notice fetal movements at around week 20 in your second trimester. However, it is in the final three months of your pregnancy, known as the third trimester, that your baby is most likely to become very active. You will probably feel – and may even see – kicking, punching, rolling, and other intrauterine acrobatics – all signs of active third-trimester fetal movement.

Naturally, some mothers may begin to worry if their baby is too active or not sufficiently mobile. During many prenatal care appointments, some expectant women have expressed concerns about a decrease in fetal movement or what they feel are sluggish movements. We will address these concerns here and provide you with some facts about what types of fetal activity you can expect in your third trimester. Read More

Are Tampons Safe? Toxic Shock Syndrome from Tampons: Questions and Answers

are tampons safeWhat is toxic shock syndrome?

Recently, InStyle Magazine ran an article about a model named Lauren Wasser who lost her right leg and the toes on her left foot after contracting toxic shock syndrome, a dangerous but rare condition that can occur with certain types of bacterial infections. In most cases, people with toxic shock syndrome have to be hospitalized and closely monitored. If it’s untreated, toxic shock syndrome can lead to shock, kidney failure and even death, leaving many women wondering, “are tampons safe?”

Lauren Wasser has been busy lately, with a return to modeling and also acting in a TV series called Loudermilk. She even created a TED Talk to describe her ordeal. She has an inspiring story to tell, and part of her story is to warn women and girls about potential risks associated with tampons. Read More

You’re Going to Need a Bigger Stroller: Frequently Asked Questions about a Twin Pregnancy

twin pregnancyIf you’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant, you may have had a picture in your head of a healthy baby, sleeping peacefully in your arms. You probably weren’t picturing two babies! But if you’ve found your way to this blog, you may have figured out that a twin pregnancy adds a whole new set of questions to the pregnancy process. Here are some answers to get you started.

What are the chances of having a twin pregnancy?

Here in the United States, twins are much more common than they used to be. According to federal government data, about 34 sets of twins are born for every 1,000 births. This is a big jump from 1980, when the number was just under 19. Read More

Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy: Could You be Expecting?

signs-symptoms-pregnancyIn popular media, like movies and TV shows, the first sign that a woman is pregnant is usually a missed period. And while late menstruation and a positive pregnancy test can be signs of conception, there are several other early indicators that you could be pregnant. Here is a breakdown of common signs and symptoms of pregnancy and if experienced, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor for confirmation.

 

 

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