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...]

Common Breastfeeding Problem #3: “How do I know if I have a plugged duct or mastitis?”

If you’re in the throes of breastfeeding, you may find yourself dealing with a plugged duct. Plugged ducts are very common among breastfeeding moms, especially if your baby is not latching well or if you’ve recently decreased feedings because you’ve gone back to work. When you have a plugged … [Read more...]

Preparing Your Daughter for Her First Gynecology Visit

As a mom, you want to make sure you’re supporting your daughter as she moves from childhood to womanhood. One of the best ways to do that is by encouraging her to choose a gynecologist and set up her first exam. It can often be a scary and confusing time for a teenage girl as her body and … [Read more...]

Warm Hugs: Benefits of Skin-to-Skin Contact in Postpartum Care

Nothing calms you down better than a hug from your mom. Several research studies have shown that newborns need skin-to-skin contact (or “kangaroo care”) to truly thrive, particularly right after birth. That initial parent-child connection is even vital to a child’s future development. What … [Read more...]