Health Notes

HPV Vaccine offers Life-Saving Protection

by Katina Gordon on August 14, 2014

These days, Dr. Judith Scott at the Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center says it’s rare to see a young girl at the Adolescent Gynecology clinic without it. A series of three HPV vaccines that have played a major role in women’s health care.

“Pediatricians are doing such a fantastic job of getting kids vaccinated for HPV,” said Dr. Scott. “It’s rare these days to have a girl come into our clinic and not had the shot series. It’s made a big impact in the health and safety of women.”

The HPV vaccine prevents infections from the main cancer-causing strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV). A sexually transmitted virus, HPV can cause cervical, vaginal and vulvar cancers in women. It can also cause penile cancer in men, and anal cancer, throat cancer and genital warts in both men and women.

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8-5-14 Menopause and Nutrition - OL50Experiencing life’s “change” shouldn’t impact your active lifestyle, but menopause does mean you may have to think more about the nutrition it takes to support it. Eating the right foods not only affects your overall health, it can minimize the impact of the hormonal changes that come before, during and after menopause.

“Your body is changing. You might not have changed anything about your lifestyle, but you might need to,” said Annette Dillon, APRN, a Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center menopause practitioner certified by the North American Menopause Society (NAMS). “When working with women we take a look at exercise and nutrition because there might be some changes we need to make to help them feel better.”

As women grow older, the ovaries produce less estrogen and progesterone, two of the main hormones used for reproduction. Most women experience menopause around the age of 51, but it can happen earlier or later, and it’s not always an immediate transition. Every woman goes through menopause, or the decrease in their hormones, in their own unique way.

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Eight Ways to Ease Your Pregnancy Swelling

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Let’s face it. Those swollen legs, ankles and feet make pregnancy really uncomfortable. And it seems like the summer heat and humidity only makes it worse. I hear you, sister… and trust me, you’re not alone. Swelling during pregnancy is extremely common. In fact, it’s estimated about 75 percent of women experience edema around the […]

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Sprinting through a Healthy Pregnancy

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Olympian Alysia Montano runs an 800-meter race while 34 weeks pregnant. Washington Post When Olympic track athlete Alysia Montano ran an 800-meter race while 34 weeks pregnant, the whole world stopped to stare. People watched in awe as local golfer Sarah Whisonant hit the links and aced her first hole-in-one only a few weeks away […]

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Physical Therapy for a Private Pain

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When pain and discomfort comes from a private place, talking to your physician can feel awkward. But it’s important for every woman to know having that conversation can ultimately lead to better health. The National Institutes of Health says nearly a quarter of all women have pelvic floor disorders – everything from pelvic floor prolapse […]

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Five Signs of Serious Period Problems in Teens

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So your teenager has irregular periods. That’s a pretty common problem. But when should you be concerned about your teen’s unpredictable cycles? “In the beginning we often see irregular periods in girls and it’s not uncommon for them to be irregular for a good year or so,” said Dr. Judith Scott, OB/GYN at the Methodist […]

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Protecting Your (Changing) Pregnancy Skin

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As we approach summer, we often hear about the benefits of wearing sunscreen. Those benefits couldn’t be truer for women who are expecting. Pregnancy affects the body in many different ways, and many of those effects can be seen right on the skin. And while the threat of sunburn is not any greater than normal […]

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Can a Pill Cure Your Incontinence?

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The commercials make it seem too good to be true. A simple over-the-counter pill or patch can solve the problems with your overactive bladder. But will they cut down on your frequent trips to the bathroom… or stop your embarrassing leaks? “These drugs, called anticholinergics, basically block receptors in the bladder that cause it to […]

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Busting 7 Common Myths about the Pill

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Myths about oral contraception, a.k.a “the pill,” are almost as old as the pill itself. Developed nearly 60 years ago as a way for women to prevent unwanted pregnancy, the pill is now widely used by gynecologists to do so much more for women’s health. “Birth control pills are a hormone suppressant of the ovaries, […]

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6 Reasons Alcohol and Women Don’t Mix

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It seems like the perfect way to unwind: a night on the town with friends or simply relaxing with a glass of wine or two. But women beware, if your “me time” includes regularly raising a glass, it might bring on more risks than rewards. The reasons why come down to biology. “Women’s bodies process […]

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