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Is It a Yeast Infection, UTI, or STD?

Unusual vaginal discharge, frequent or painful urination, and uncomfortable itching may all be signs of a yeast infection, UTI or STD.  Maintaining proper reproductive and urinary tract health is just as important as exercising or eating right to keep your heart healthy. The lower urinary tract and vagina can serve as gateways for bacteria to enter the body, and, as a result, unwanted infections can appear. Here are some of the more common infections that can occur in this region, and how they can be diagnosed by your Little Rock gynecologist. Yeast Infection Characterized as a profound irritation and itching around the opening of the vagina along with a watery discharge, yeast infections are a condition all too common. About 75 percent of all women will experience a yeast infection during their lifetimes, and it is not unusual to experience more than one episode. The result of an increase in… Read More

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Vaginal Discharge: What is Normal and What is Not?

You’ve always wondered—and now we have answers. Here is your guide to what is considered normal, and what is not.  Discharge is just a fact of life for most women. But the color, odor, and consistency of vaginal discharge is not exactly a popular topic of conversation. In fact, it is a topic that many women would rather avoid altogether, even in medical settings. But at The Woman’s Clinic, we know that discharge is more than just normal; it is also an important way for your body to clean itself and deliver crucial information. To be proactive about your health, you should know what kind of vaginal discharge is normal and what kind is not. Here are some of the most common types of vaginal discharge, and what they could say about your body: Thick and white: normal as your period starts and ends Essentially, vaginal discharge is a combination… Read More

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Does Osteoporosis Treatment Actually Help?

As you age, your body will go through many natural changes. Osteoporosis is one condition that can lead to weakened or broken bones. Knowing the best osteoporosis treatment options for women can minimize the effects of this condition, and help you lead a healthy, active lifestyle.  What is Osteoporosis? Your skeletal structure plays a pivotal role in keeping your body functioning properly. It serves as the framework for the muscles that allow you to move your body, even for the most basic of tasks. Osteoporosis is a condition which affects the bones of your body by reducing their density, making them weaker or more brittle. For women, this often happens during menopause; the typically solid bone structure begins to exhibit a porous consistency, which means you may be more susceptible to fractures and injury. What Causes Osteoporosis?  The reasons why osteoporosis reduces bone mass is understood by the medical community,… Read More

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What You Can Do if You Are Worried About Infertility

When you are worried about infertility, it is easy to feel powerless. But with these steps, you can take charge and be proactive about your reproductive health. There are many reasons why women worry about their fertility, but one thing is sure; when it comes to reproductive health, you want to feel informed and empowered. If you feel worried about infertility, take these steps to ensure that your reproductive health is a priority in your life. Maintain a Healthy Environment Your environment has an impact on your health, reproductive and otherwise. If you are concerned about infertility, limit your consumption of alcohol (greater than 14 drinks per week significantly lowers conception rate) and give up smoking, which is known to disrupt hormone production. Research indicates that female smokers are more likely to begin menopause at a younger age than nonsmokers, and that female smokers who become pregnant are more likely… Read More

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