Common Health Insurance Terms

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It is open enrollment now for many group health insurance plans and many of us are busy weighing our options and trying to determine the best health insurance coverage to meet our needs.  However, in order to understand the different choices, it is necessary to be familiar with certain health insurance terms including the following: … Read More

Is It a Yeast Infection or Something More Serious?

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A vaginal yeast infection is an infection of the vagina that is caused by the overgrowth of a certain type of fungus, Candida albicans.  The symptoms include extreme itchiness around and in the vagina, pain during urination, pain during sex and more.  This condition is very common and 75% of women will experience a vaginal … Read More

Avoiding Menopausal Weight Gain

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If you are a menopausal or post-menopausal woman and have experienced weight gain since you hit menopause, you are not alone!  Everyday, women who are in Menopause or who have already gone through Menopause visit their Gynecologists complaining about weight gain.  The cause of Menopause related weight gain is not clearly known at this time. … Read More

I Had An Abnormal PAP Test: What is Next?

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If you have had an abnormal PAP test, you are not alone.  Many women have abnormal results on one or more PAP tests during their lifetime.  So, what is the next step?  The first step is not to panic.  One abnormal result on a PAP does not mean that you have cervical cancer.  A PAP … Read More

Female Urinary Incontinence

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It is a familiar story for many women who have delivered children.  You are in an exercise class or jogging and instead of concentrating on the exercise, you are busy worrying about whether or not you will have an accident.  Or maybe you are volunteering at your child’s school and have to sneeze.  Do you … Read More

Fibrocystic Breast Condition (FBC)

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Fibrocystic Breast Condition (FBC), is a common condition that affects approximately 60% of women, primarily women between the ages of thirty and fifty.  It is characterized by lumpiness and usually discomfort in one or both breasts.  The lumpiness and discomfort associated with FBC is due to small breast masses or cysts that are benign (non-cancerous). … Read More

FDA Approves New Silicone Gel Breast Implant With Restrictions

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new silicone gel breast implant manufactured by Mentor Worldwide LLC, with strict requirements.  The manufacturer is required to closely monitor the women who use it and research the long-term effects. The Mentor MemoryShape breast implant has been approved by the FDA for the use of increasing … Read More

Pelvic Pain: Causes and Treatments

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Pelvic pain is a common problem affecting women and can be caused by a variety of factors including painful menstruation, pelvic joint instability, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), sexually transmitted diseases, ovarian cysts and cancer.  Before prescribing any type of treatment for pelvic pain, it is important to first accurately diagnose the cause … Read More

Smoking and Your Risk For Osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis (“porous bone”) is a condition in which the bones weaken and become more likely to fracture.    This serious health problem affects an estimated forty-four million people in the United States, sixty-eight percent of whom are women.  It also costs our health system millions in health care expenditures and lost productivity. It is most … Read More

The Top Five Reasons to Consider An IUD

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If you are currently looking for a method of contraception and have not considered an IUD (Intrauterine Device), you may want reconsider this highly effective form of birth control.  Here are five reasons why: 1.  Effectiveness – IUDs have been proven to be 99% effective in preventing pregnancy as compared to birth control pills which … Read More