Health Notes

What’s Your Menopause Mood?

by Katina Granger on October 2, 2015

“I don’t feel right, my hormones must be off.”

How many times have you blamed your mood on menopause? When you reach menopause or perimenopause, a hormone imbalance is an easy fallback.

But believe it or not, your emotional and physical well-being may have less to do with hormones and more to do with your way of life.

“It’s not necessarily a hormone imbalance,” said Annette Dillon, APRN, one of five providers certified by the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) at the Methodist Women’s Center Menopause clinic. “It’s life balance we need to look at.”

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When is the Right Time for Another Baby?

by Dr. Abby Lankhorst on September 17, 2015

birthDeciding when to have another baby is a tough decision. Many factors go into pregnancy planning, but some women don’t know there are medical factors they should consider as well.

When exactly is the best time to plan a second, third or fourth pregnancy?

In addition to considering the emotional, financial and psychological preparation for a new baby, there are physical matters as well. Short interval pregnancies, defined as less than 18 month between pregnancies, have increased risks. Some of those risks include:

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Menopause is Making Me Fat.

September 3, 2015
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“Mother Nature’s not always our best friend.” Menopause brings on a lot of changes in a woman’s life. Weight gain is just one of them. At Methodist Women’s Center Menopause clinic, Annette Dillon, APRN, says older women often ask how to tackle those unwanted pounds. “Mother Nature thinks she’s helping us by giving us a […]

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What Do You Mean I Don’t Need a Pap?

August 20, 2015
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Most women grew up being taught they need a pap smear every year. The annual paps started at age 18 and went on indefinitely. Though this was the recommendation in the past – with the goal screening as many women as possible for cervical cancer – recent guidelines have changed… and for good reason. A […]

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Solving New Moms’ Top Five Breastfeeding Concerns

August 13, 2015
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Many first-time moms look forward to breastfeeding their brand new baby. But a good percentage of those new moms quickly find out, it’s not always easy getting started. Successful breastfeeding comes with time, patience and practice – and sometimes a little extra help from those in the know. “New moms get a visit from a […]

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Giving Baby the Benefit: The Cord Clamp Debate

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When you are expecting, you hear a lot of advice about “what’s best for baby.” Now there may be a way you hadn’t thought much about to give baby an extra boost – keeping baby attached to the umbilical cord just a little bit longer. When discussing a birth plan with my patients at Methodist […]

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Breast is Best – for Fighting Cancer

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When a woman makes the decision to breastfeed, baby’s health and wellness is usually the first thing on her mind. However moms receive just as many benefits, if not more, than their growing infants. One such benefit moms may not realize is the decreased risk of cancer. Research shows breastfeeding reduces a woman’s risk of […]

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The Little Pink Pill

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We’ve all heard of Viagra, the little blue pill that can help men with sexual erectile dysfunction. Now, an FDA advisory panel has just approved the first female version of Viagra to help women who struggle with female hypoactive sexual desire disorder – female sexual dysfunction. (Final FDA approval is expected this fall.) And while […]

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When it’s Her “First Time”

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There comes a day when every girl must take that first step and join a sisterhood of women taking control of their better health. It can be both exciting and terrifying… for both girls and their moms. “It’s meant to be a clinic where moms and their daughters can have a positive bonding experience with […]

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Six Miscarriage Questions Every Woman Needs Answered

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It is a very difficult but important subject many women know very little about. Most women, if they have not personally experienced a miscarriage, know someone who has. It’s a tough subject not only because it often occurs at the time we are the most happy, but it is usually unpredictable and unpreventable. Unfortunately, because […]

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