The Importance of Exercising During Menopause

We all know that exercise is recommended for a healthy lifestyle. But did you know that exercise during menopause is especially important for women? How Does Exercise Help Women During Menopause? During menopause, many women experience depression, weight gain and loss of muscle mass. Exercise can … [Read more...]

Can STIs Cause Infertility?

Did you know that one of the leading causes of preventable infertility is STIs? Undetected chlamydia and gonorrhea can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can cause infertility. Chlamydia and gonorrhea cause at least 24,000 cases of preventable infertility every year. STI … [Read more...]

Uterine Fibroids: Symptoms and Treatment Options

Uterine fibroids are extremely common in women. One study estimates that 70% of white women and 80-90% of black women will develop uterine fibroids at some point in their lives. Luckily, only about 30% of those women experience symptoms. Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths in the … [Read more...]

Can Vaginal Atrophy Be Reversed?

Vaginal atrophy is a common problem for many women, especially during menopause. The term vaginal atrophy is used to describe a thinning of the vaginal tissue caused by a decrease in estrogen levels. What is Vaginal Atrophy? Common symptoms of vaginal atrophy include: Vaginal irritation … [Read more...]

Understanding the Complexity of Miscarriage Statistics

When reading or listening to statistics on miscarriage, a lot of numbers and percentages are thrown around - which can be quite alarming if you’re pregnant or trying to conceive. The truth is that statistics can sometimes be confusing, so you want to make sure you get reliable facts and complete … [Read more...]

What Do Braxton Hicks Contractions Feel Like?

Think of Braxton Hicks (BH) contractions like practice for the championship game or a dress rehearsal before the big performance. While they can be somewhat uncomfortable or unsettling, Braxton Hicks are actually good because they work to tone your uterus in preparation for delivering your … [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...]

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...]

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...]