Health Notes

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Provides Fertility Challenges

by Katina Granger on January 5, 2017

12-8-16 PCOSIt’s a complicated disorder that can provide even greater complications for women wanting to start a family. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) can make it difficult – but not impossible – for women to get pregnant.

PCOS is a very common among women of reproductive age.  In PCOS, a woman’s ovaries create several fluid-filled sacs called follicles, as opposed to a single follicle, every month. Follicles are the basic units of female reproductive biology. Each has the potential to release a single egg cell, which when met with sperm is fertilized to become an embryo.

Unfortunately, in PCOS that overcrowding in the ovaries and other hormonal issues means ovulation, or the release of an egg, doesn’t happen regularly.

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What You Need to Know about Pregnancy and BMI

by Katina Granger on November 3, 2016

10-27-17 Pregnancy BMIWe’ve all heard the saying, “eating for two,” when it comes to having baby on board. But a healthy weight and having a healthy weight gain during pregnancy is just as important to baby’s well-being as it is for yours.

The best way to start pregnancy off on the right foot is at a proper Body Mass Index (BMI).

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Pee Happens (But It Doesn’t Have To)

October 13, 2016
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A cough. A sneeze. A laugh that was just a little too hard. More women than probably care to admit it have had the embarrassing problem: urine leaking at the worst possible time. “It can be embarrassing, uncomfortable, and causes some people to stay home and avoid their everyday life,” said Dr. Paige Berryman, a […]

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Diagnosis Preeclampsia: What You Need to Know

September 22, 2016
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It’s a serious diagnosis that can worry and confuse expecting moms, but just what is preeclampsia? Preeclampsia is a disorder that can only occur during pregnancy. It’s when tests indicate both high blood pressure and protein in the urine. “Preeclampsia most often occurs towards the end of pregnancy but it can occur any time after […]

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Let’s Talk about Sex… Intimacy after Menopause

September 8, 2016
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Reaching menopause changes a lot of things in a woman’s life. Sex doesn’t have to be one of them. Sex and sexuality is something that is personal to every woman of any age. But if changes to your body changes the way you want to experience intimacy, it’s time to take action. Conversations with your […]

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A Healthy Teen Pregnancy Starts with Support

July 25, 2016
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A teenage pregnancy is rarely something that is planned, but it can and does happen. When a teenager discovers she is expecting, the first focus should be on health and safety. Teen pregnancy carries risks for both mom and baby. “The first thing they should do is call a doctor, make an appointment and be […]

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Not Without the Sunscreen…

June 3, 2016
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Warmer weather is FINALLY here, and most of us are anxious to soak up all those sun rays. But before you do… HOLD UP. While the sun and heat may feel good, it’s doing terrible and even deadly things to your skin. “Skin cancers are directly related to UV exposure,” said Dr. George Dittrick, surgical […]

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The Best Medicine for Menopause: Exercise

May 5, 2016
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When it comes to the negative side effects of menopause – fatigue, weight gain, hot flashes – it’s easy to blame hormones. And whether a decrease in estrogen is to blame or not, there is one prescription health care providers agree will provide relief: exercise. “Exercise can be key,” said Annette Dillon, APRN, one of […]

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The Most Important Question

April 7, 2016
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“Are you safe?” Three simple words asked during an appointment with your provider can mean so much. Whether a woman is ready to leave or not, it could be the first step towards a way out. For women in unsafe situations at home, living with a violent or abusive partner, pregnancy can be the one […]

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The Good, the Bad, the Bacteria and the Birth Canal

March 17, 2016
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Inside your body is an entire community of creepy-crawlies. But before you freak out, you should know that they are supposed to be there. The collection of bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms (known as your microbiome) help keep your human body working as it should. They protect us from disease and help fight off infection […]

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