According to a study conducted by the Center of Disease Control (CPC), nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted diseases occur each year in the United States. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that pass from one person to another through various forms of sexual contact, like kissing, oral-to-genital contact, and sexual intercourse. STDs pose immediate health risks for women […]
How to Travel While Pregnant: Addressing Health Concerns
When it comes to traveling while pregnant, consulting your obstetrician and planning ahead are the best ways to ensure that you and your baby will have a safe and healthy trip. If you are planning to take a trip while you are pregnant, timing is everything. It is considered safe to travel throughout most of […]
Do I Need Bladder Surgery for My Pelvic Organ Prolapse?
Your chances of experiencing pelvic organ prolapse increase greatly as you age. Pelvic organ prolapse is especially common in women who have given birth. Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) occurs when organs of the lower abdomen descend, putting pressure on the vaginal walls and causing vaginal bulging. Prolapse is typically due to pelvic floor muscle weakness or damage following surgery […]
How to Prevent, Recognize, and Treat Yeast Infections
Up to 75% of all women are affected by a vaginal yeast infection at some point, with many experiencing multiple occurrences over their lifetimes. Knowing what symptoms to watch for, and which yeast infection treatment to use, can keep the infection from lingering. Normally, a small number of yeast fungus cells live in your vagina, […]
What Prenatal Vitamins Do I Need to Take?
Prenatal vitamins fill nutritional gaps and support your diet to help ensure that both you and your baby remain healthy. You should start taking prenatal vitamins before pregnancy, if possible, to maximize their effectiveness. Healthy development begins with conception. So if you are actively trying to become pregnant, visit your obstetrician or gynecologist for their […]
Our Doctors’ Guidelines for Performing a Breast Self-Exam
Early detection saves lives, so don’t forget to supplement your annual mammogram with monthly self-exams. Learn exactly how to detect abnormalities by following our self breast exam guidelines. Breast cancer is the second most common and second most fatal cancer among American women. However, there are steps you can take to detect early warning signs. A […]
What Type of Birth Control Is Best For Me?
With the many different types of birth control available today, how do you decide which is the best fit for your body and lifestyle? Knowing all of your options is the first step to deciding which type of birth control is best for you. When weighing the pros and cons of the different types of […]
Fetal Testing: The Diagnostic Tests You Need During Your First Trimester
First trimester testing provides early-stage information about the health of your pregnancy by combining comprehensive ultrasound and blood testing. First trimester screening ultrasounds are performed between the 11th and 13th week of pregnancy depending on the size of your baby. Blood testing can be done during either your first ultrasound visit or two weeks prior.
How to Ask Questions That Make the Most of Your Gynecologist Visit
When you only see your gynecologist once a year, it’s important to use your appointment time wisely. Be prepared to discuss your concerns and take advantage of their expertise. Your gynecologist is your most critical resource when it comes to female health. Through puberty, pregnancies, menopause, and beyond, there are certain questions you need to […]
Why the Food Pyramid Should Look Different During Your Pregnancy
Once you become pregnant, it’s important to focus your nutrition and diet plan on including foods with valuable minerals and nutrients that will be key to your baby’s development. Your decision to have a baby will forever change every area of your life in the very near future. One area in need of particular attention, […]