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...]

Vaginal Atrophy: The Hidden Struggle of Menopause

While vaginal atrophy (atrophic vaginitis) can happen to any woman at any age, the most common timeframe development is during or after menopause. Vaginal atrophy is primarily caused by a decrease in estrogen, which causes thinning and drying out of the vaginal walls. A Silent Epidemic Vaginal … [Read more...]

Painful Sex: Causes and Treatments for Women

If you’re in the middle of an intimate moment with your partner and pain suddenly kills the mood, you’re not alone. In fact, about 3 out of 4 women admit to experiencing painful sex at some point in their lives. For some, it’s a temporary problem that goes away in time. For others, it’s a more … [Read more...]

I Have a Yeast Infection. Should I Go to the Doctor?

Three out of four women experience a yeast infection at some point in their lives. Because it is such a common issue, there are many over-the-counter (OTC) and natural treatments available. When you get a yeast infection, you might wonder if you should see a doctor or if you can just treat it … [Read more...]

Treating Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal dryness can be a painful and uncomfortable problem. If you struggle with vaginal dryness, it is helpful to understand common causes as well as treatments that can help you deal with the symptoms. Causes of Vaginal Dryness The primary cause of vaginal dryness is changing hormones during … [Read more...]

Why Is My Period Irregular?

Wouldn’t it be nice to know the exact day and time your period would start and stop every month so you’d never be caught unprepared? Unfortunately, for most women our bodies aren’t quite that predictable. The average menstrual cycle lasts for 28 days. Some women find this timing is right on every … [Read more...]

Contractions: Braxton Hicks, Prodromal Labor or the Real Thing?

It can be very difficult for women – even those that have gone through labor before – to figure out if the contractions they’re experiencing are “real” labor or not. Not only is every woman different, but every pregnancy and labor is different. So just when you think you’ve got it all figured … [Read more...]

Is the HPV Vaccine Dangerous?

If you have a daughter approaching her preteen years, you may be wondering if she should be vaccinated against HPV (human papillomavirus). According to the CDC, HPV is currently one of the most common sexually transmitted infections, with approximately 14 million people newly infected each year. … [Read more...]

Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Good or Bad?

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a treatment used for postmenopausal symptoms or for women who have had a hysterectomy. During the controversial therapy, women are given medication that contains two female hormones—estrogen and progestin—to replace the natural hormones that their bodies are … [Read more...]