Health Notes

What’s a “Normal” Period?

by Katina Granger on April 20, 2017

Choosing tampons“Aunt Flo.” “That Time of the Month.” “Code Red.” “The Curse.” “Leak Week.”

A woman’s period can be as different as the more than 5,000 ways to describe it. And since every woman’s body is different, what should you really expect when it comes to your monthly visitor? What is a “normal” period, anyway?

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The Constipation Conversation

by Katina Granger on March 25, 2017

Alright, ladies. We’re going to have the talk that most of us want to have, but simply doesn’t happen. (Much like the topic itself.) Yes, we’re talking constipation.

Constipation affects an overwhelming number of people – more than 4 million Americans, with women being three times more likely to have stubborn bowels than men. Researchers say this may have to do with the slower movement of food through a woman’s intestines, as well as with the effects of female hormones on the GI tract.

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What Expecting Moms Need to Know about Gestational Diabetes

February 16, 2017
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When Dr. Antara Pothuloori took the blood test during her pregnancy, she wasn’t too surprised by the results. With a family history of diabetes, she was almost prepared for the news she tested positive for gestational diabetes. “I remember thinking, ‘Well, this is not fun,’” said Dr. Pothuloori with a giggle. Now, Dr. Pothuloori, an […]

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What is a Hysterectomy?

January 26, 2017
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When other therapies have failed, a hysterectomy is often the best solution for a woman who is dealing with symptoms of fibroids or heavy bleeding and doesn’t plan to have any more children. A hysterectomy can solve problems for many women having issues with their reproductive system. “Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure removing the uterus […]

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Provides Fertility Challenges

January 5, 2017
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It’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 […]

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What You Need to Know about Pregnancy and BMI

November 3, 2016
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We’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 […]

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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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