Health Notes

What Do You Mean I Don’t Need a Pap?

by Dr. Abby Lankhorst on August 20, 2015

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 pap smear is the collection of cells from the cervix. Located at the base of the uterus and the top of the vagina, it’s where cervical cancer can develop. The purpose of a pap smear is to screen for those cancers or precancers.

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Solving New Moms’ Top Five Breastfeeding Concerns

by Katina Granger on August 13, 2015

breastfeedingMany 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 lactation consultant before they leave our hospital to make sure they have the information they need,” said Kolene Moore, a certified lactation consultant at Methodist Women’s Hospital. “Our consultants are also on hand to help new moms long after they leave.”
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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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Making the Most Out of Menopause

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When you hear the word “menopause,” what comes to mind? Hot flashes? Night sweats? Insomnia? Many women envision the uncomfortable years when the menopause transition takes place. However that period is only a brief window of the menopause experience. Today’s woman will spend a third of her life in menopause. The transition begins between the […]

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The Importance of ME in Menopause

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Old, aged, achy, fat, sleepless and exhausted. They’re the six top complaints physicians at the Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center Menopause clinic hear over and over again from women entering or going through menopause. If they’re yours… you’re not alone. “Sometimes I get lists,” said Dr. Julia Bishop, OB/GYN at Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center. […]

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What’s Safe during Pregnancy? The Truth about Dying your Hair and Massages

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In previous generations, women experienced pregnancy not really concerned about the safety of some of life’s little luxuries. But today’s expecting mom has much more information at her fingertips. While more information is great, it can also bring on some confusion about what is and isn’t safe to do during pregnancy. While there may not […]

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