Ten Women’s Health Issues You Need to Know About

Women have unique health needs at every stage of their lives—from adolescence and puberty to motherhood and menopause. Did you know women have a higher risk for developing heart disease, thyroid issues, certain cancers and stroke than men? And most diseases and conditions affect women differently than men? Regular health check ups and preventive health … Continued

Do I Need to Get Tested for STDs?

STDs, or sexually transmitted diseases, are infections that are passed from one person to another through sexual contact. Bacteria, parasites and viruses cause STDs. If left untreated, they can lead to serious, lifelong health problems like blindness, bone deformities, brain damage, cancer, heart disease, infertility, birth defects and even death. Everyone who is sexually active … Continued

What Is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis affects about one in ten, or 146 million, women worldwide during their reproductive years. It’s often a painful disorder that occurs when tissue that lines the uterus starts to grow outside the uterus and commonly involves the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and tissue lining the pelvis. While there is no known cure for endometriosis, treatment … Continued

What Causes Vaginal Dryness?

Just like your skin, the lining of your vagina changes throughout your lifetime. It’s important to understand these changes so you can keep your body—and your vagina—healthy. There is a thin layer of clear fluid that naturally coats the walls of the vagina. Estrogen, the female sex hormone, helps maintain and replenish this fluid so … Continued

Are You at Risk for Gestational Diabetes?

Gestational diabetes is a type of condition that occurs during pregnancy and is the result of pregnancy-induced hormonal changes. In short, the placenta produces hormones that make a pregnant woman’s cells less sensitive to insulin, which may lead to high blood sugar. This condition can have a cascading effect on a woman’s health, including high … Continued

Which Is Safer: The Pill or IUDs?

Sixty-two percent of American women use some from of birth control. If you (or a loved one) are of reproductive age and considering birth control, it’s important to choose one that’s right for you. Are oral contraceptives safe? Oral birth control pills are daily medications that contain hormones to prevent pregnancy. Even though birth control … Continued

Postpartum Depression FAQ

Postpartum depression is a common type of severe depression that affects new mothers following childbirth. It’s usually caused by a combination of hormonal changes, psychological adjustment to motherhood and fatigue. Typical symptoms of postpartum depression include insomnia, loss of appetite, intense irritability and difficulty bonding with the baby. Untreated postpartum depression can last between a … Continued