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...]

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...]