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...]

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...]