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

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