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

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