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What's in Prenatal Vitamins, and Do I Need Them? Jul 21st, 2020

Eating a balanced, nutritious diet enhances wellness throughout your life. Getting vitamins and minerals from the food you eat is important, but fueling your body the right way is especially important when you’re pregnant.  Prenatal vitamins are specially formulated to supplement a healthy diet, giving you the extra nutrients you...

What's in Prenatal Vitamins and Do I Need Them? Jun 24th, 2020

Eating a balanced, nutritious diet enhances wellness throughout your life. Getting vitamins and minerals from the food you eat is important, but fueling your body the right way is especially important when you’re pregnant.  Prenatal vitamins are specially formulated to supplement a healthy diet, giving you the extra nutrients you...

Alternatives to Hysterectomy May 28th, 2020

Women of all ages live with pelvic pain and heavy menstrual periods. The causes behind female pelvic pain vary widely, but two of the most common conditions are uterine fibroids and endometriosis. Chronic pelvic pain can make life miserable. If you’re one of the 15% of women of reproductive age...

Do Your Symptoms Mean You're in Menopause? Apr 22nd, 2020

Many women cringe at the word “menopause,” dreading their 40s and 50s and the hot flashes, mood swings, and weight gain that are infamously associated with these decades of life. Menopause is a natural biological change that comes when your fertile years reach their end, but it often brings with...

Should I Get the HPV Vaccine? Mar 9th, 2020

About 80% of sexually active Americans have contracted human papillomavirus (HPV), making it the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the United States. It’s a viral infection that often disappears on its own — but in some cases, it can lead to contagious warts or certain types of cancer....

5 Reasons Bioidentical Hormone Therapy May be the Best Solution for Your Menopause Symptoms Feb 7th, 2020

Menopause is a biological process that most women experience between the ages of 40 and 60. The transition to menopause begins in perimenopause, when your body stops producing as much estrogen, the female hormone that influences reproduction. Your hormone production can diminish 4-8 years before you have your last period....

What You Need to Know About Recovering from a Hysterectomy Jan 1st, 2020

The procedure to surgically remove a uterus and end a woman’s ability to menstruate or become pregnant is called a hysterectomy. Sometimes this procedure can also involve the removal of other tissues or organs like the fallopian tubes or ovaries. Hysterectomies are the second-most performed surgery on American women, coming...

Can Endometriosis Cause Infertility? Dec 2nd, 2019

Affecting about 11% of American women of reproductive age, endometriosis describes a condition in which the inner lining of the uterus -- the endometrium -- begins to grow outside of its usual location. It could be inside the Fallopian tubes, on the ovaries, or outside of the uterus altogether, and...

Pregnant for the First Time? Here's What You Should Know Nov 1st, 2019

Your first pregnancy can be both a magical and overwhelming experience — often at the same time! You might be nervous about all the things you don’t know, and while we understand that the internet is every first-time mom-to-be’s best friend, there are also some things you should probably hear...

Myths and Facts About Ovarian Cysts Oct 1st, 2019

During your menstrual cycle, an egg grows inside a sac within your ovaries. If the sac fails to release an egg, or it recloses and fails to shrink after releasing one, it can develop into a fluid-filled ovarian cyst. Ovarian cysts occur frequently, affecting 8-18% of premenopausal and postmenopausal women. ...

Living with PCOS Sep 3rd, 2019

PCOS, or polycystic ovary syndrome, is a more common problem than you might think. In fact, it affects 1 in 10 women of childbearing age. And most women aren’t even aware they have the condition; one study found that 70% percent of women with PCOS had gone undiagnosed. At the...

What Women Need to Know About HPV Aug 1st, 2019

Here’s the thing about HPV -- it’s the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) out there. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 79 million Americans have HPV. That’s about a fourth of the population. What’s even more alarming is that of this number, most are in...

Staying Cool: Your Summer Pregnancy Survival Guide Jul 1st, 2019

Most people eagerly look forward to the return of warmer weather until the heat and humidity kick in. Fortunately, Samuel D. Van Kirk, MD, in Redding, California, has some suggestions to help you stay cool as a cucumber, even if you are pregnant when the mercury soars. Dress smart When...

How Endometriosis Affects Your Pregnancy and What You Can Do About It Jun 1st, 2019

Endometriosis is more common than you may think, affecting more than 176 million women, worldwide. Because endometriosis can be so painful and life-altering, it’s important to stay educated on its health effects. This is especially true when it comes to getting pregnant. Because endometriosis can impact your pregnancy, Dr. Samuel...

Don't Endure Painful Sex After Menopause: Learn How Bioidentical Hormones Can Help May 9th, 2019

The passage through menopause differs from one woman to the next. Some sail through with ease, while others are plagued with life-altering side effects. Most women fall somewhere in between, with nearly half of postmenopausal women between the ages of 51 and 60 reporting problems with vaginal dryness. This unfortunate...