“I Forgot to Take My Birth Control. Now What?”

The success of birth control pills is largely based upon whether or not you remember to take them every day. But life happens, and you get busy. You may go several days and completely forget to take your little white pills. What happens then? Missing 1 or 2 Days of Birth Control If you miss one … [Read more...]

Vaginal Discharge: Causes and Abnormalities

Vaginal discharge is nothing to worry about. In fact, it’s actually very beneficial because it helps keep your vaginal area clean and healthy. WebMD explains, “Fluid made by glands inside the vagina and cervix carries away dead cells and bacteria. This keeps the vagina clean and prevents … [Read more...]

“I’m Sick. Can I Still Breastfeed?”

It’s almost always okay (and actually beneficial) to continue breastfeeding while you’re sick. In some instances, you may want to take a brief break or “pump and dump,” but those situations are rare and should be discussed with your doctor. Your body has an amazing capacity to transfer antibodies … [Read more...]

What Causes Vaginal Itching?

Vaginal itching can be a very embarrassing and annoying issue. While it’s common and nonthreatening for most women, it can sometimes be a sign of a more serious problem. Almost every woman experiences vaginal itching, so if you’re dealing with it, you can rest easy that it’s likely not a cause … [Read more...]

Irregular Period Symptoms: Should I Visit My OB/GYN?

It’s rare that a woman doesn’t experience a missed or irregular period at some point in her life. It can be disconcerting when you skip a month or have an abnormally heavy period, but at what point should you see your doctor? A normal menstrual cycle lasts anywhere from 21 to 35 days, with the … [Read more...]

Is My Baby Too Big to Deliver Vaginally?

A woman’s body is designed to deliver babies, but is there a point where a baby can be too big to deliver naturally? The average newborn weighs in at about 7 lbs. 8 oz. Obstetricians and midwives measure your fundal height (distance from the top of your uterus to your pubic bone) each time you go … [Read more...]

Why Pediatricians Recommend Breastfeeding 6 Months or Longer

Breastfeeding is a wonderful experience for both a new mom and baby, but it can also be difficult. Many new moms fear they aren’t producing enough milk or experience common, often painful, issues like mastitis or thrush, which leaves them wondering if it’s truly worth the effort. The American … [Read more...]

Tampons and TSS: 3 Things You Should Know About Toxic Shock Syndrome

Every once in a (very great) while, news breaks about a case of toxic shock syndrome (TSS) linked to tampon use. These stories get a lot of media hype because they tend to be extreme situations, such as earlier this year when a woman left a tampon in for nine days. If you’re questioning whether … [Read more...]

That Time of the Month:
How and Why You Should Track Your Cycles

Whether you’re trying to get pregnant, trying to avoid pregnancy or want to plan your next beach vacation, tracking your period is a very useful tool. It can help you determine how long your cycles are, understand when you ovulate and make an accurate guess as to when you’ll start each month. It … [Read more...]

Working through Loss:
Understanding the Causes of Miscarriage

October was International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and we want to take time to recognize all of the mothers out there who have experienced such loss. Experiencing a miscarriage is extremely difficult and can leave parents feeling guilty or wondering what went wrong. Miscarriage … [Read more...]