Breast Cancer Awareness: Why It Matters & How It Saves Lives

We all know someone who has been affected by breast cancer. It may be a close family member, friend, or maybe a neighbor down the street. We all know someone. October is breast cancer awareness month. Why is breast cancer awareness so important? Because the more we talk about breast cancer, … [Read more...]

IUDs: Putting the Rumors About Intrauterine Devices to Rest

Like snake oil and fedoras, IUDs (intrauterine devices) have a bad rap. Back in the 1970s, an IUD called the Dalkon Shield became a popular birth control option. Unfortunately, the product’s poor design caused infections in many women. It was pulled from the market, and women were advised to have … [Read more...]

Yeast Infections—No Piece of Cake: Preventative Tips from OB/GYNs

There’s no denying that yeast infections are miserable. They can cause intense vaginal itching, soreness, inflammation and burning. According to the National Institute of Health, at least 75% of women will experience a yeast infection at some point in their lives. What is a Yeast Infection? A … [Read more...]

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...]

“I Forgot to Take My Birth Control. Now What?”

The success of birth control pills is largely based upon whether or not you remember to take them every day. But life happens, and you get busy. You may go several days and completely forget to take your little white pills. What happens then? Missing 1 or 2 Days of Birth Control If you miss one … [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...]