Postpartum Depression: How Common Is It?

Postpartum depression is a complex mix of physical, emotional and behavioral changes that can occur during pregnancy and up to a year after delivery. It is often attributed to the chemical, social and psychological changes associated with having a baby. Women who experience postpartum depression have a greater risk of developing major depression later in … Continued

Five Things to Know About UTIs

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of the urinary system, kidneys, bladder or urethra. It occurs when bacteria enter your urine and travel into your bladder. They alone cause more than 8.1 million visits to the doctor each year. Approximately 60% of women and 12% of men will have at … Continued

Birth Control Methods and Options

Birth control is an effective way to prevent pregnancy—until you are ready. In the United States, 98% of sexually active women have used birth control at some time during their reproductive years. There are many different birth control methods and options. Choosing the one that’s right for you depends on your unique needs and goals.  … Continued

Should I Tell My OB/GYN About My Menstrual Cramps?

If you experience menstrual cramps so severe you are unable to manage everyday activities, you are not alone. Nearly 30 percent of American women experience menstrual cramps severe enough to merit medical attention. Is my menstrual cycle normal? Here are the main bleeding patterns to look for during your cycle, and how to tell if … Continued

I’m Pregnant, Do I Have To See An OB/GYN?

While a primary care physician or midwife can care for you during pregnancy and childbirth, an OB/GYN has expertise in female reproductive health, pregnancy and childbirth. Pregnancies and childbirth are life-changing experiences that involve many physical and emotional changes, so it’s important to feel comfortable and confident in the care and guidance you receive. Another … Continued

What Is The Role Of An OBGYN For Pregnancy?

An OBGYN is a primary care physician who is trained in two medical specialties: gynecology and obstetrics. Gynecology is the medical practice dealing with the health of the female reproductive system and the breasts. Obstetrics focuses on pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. Together, these two specialties center on the female reproductive organs in their … Continued

7 Tips for Choosing an OBGYN

Whether you’re a young woman looking for your first OBGYN or a woman in need of a new OBGYN, there’s a lot to consider. Women’s needs are unique and often very specific, so having a skilled OBGYN by your side can make all the difference. An OBGYN should be a partner and confidant throughout your … Continued

How to Get Rid of Menstrual Cramps

The cramps can feel like knives going into your back. The constant, dull ache sometimes feels like a weight on your lower abdomen. Virtually every woman has experienced menstrual cramps. For some, the level of pain is low, while for other women, the intensity is so high, it interferes with their normal day-to-day activities. What’s … Continued

How Long Does Menopause Last?

Early symptoms of menopause include hot flashes, irregular periods, vaginal dryness, sleep disturbances and mood swings. The reason for these symptoms can be attributed to fluctuating levels of ovarian (estrogen) hormones in the body. This journey is unique for every woman, so it’s important to understand each stage of this natural process and how long … Continued