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

Figuring Out Your Baby’s Cries

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Newborn babies cry for a variety of different reasons during the first few months of their lives.  After all, since they cannot yet talk, crying is one of their only means of communicating their needs.  This means it is up to their parents and/or caregivers to determine what they need when they are crying.  There … Read More

Vacationing and Women’s Health

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Most women today are extremely busy!  Many of us are juggling a full-time job, caring for children and maybe even caring for our aging parents.  Not to mention getting our children to all of their different activities, trying to stay in shape, taking care of our spouses, cooking dinner, cleaning the house and driving carpool.  … Read More

HPV And Oral Cancer

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In a recent interview with The Guardian, popular actor and Hollywood star Michael Douglas announced that his recent throat cancer was most likely caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease that can be contracted during oral sex.  In the interview, Michael Douglas also admitted to drinking and smoking.  These two factors have been … Read More

STDs in the United States

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Despite major efforts at raising awareness and education, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain a problem in the United States.  The most common types of STDs in the United States include the following: •  Chlamydia – Chlamydia is an STD caused by a bacterium and is the most frequently reported sexually transmitted infection in the United … 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

Major Issues Concerning Women’s Health

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Being a woman today can be stressful.  Many of us are trying to balance work, family and other obligations and are finding that there is just not enough of us to go around.  Many of us are feeling, tired, stressed and worn down and this can leave us more susceptible to health problems.  That is … 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

Study Reveals Women’s Misperceptions About IUDs

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An IUD (intrauterine device) is a plastic or copper-and-plastic device that is inserted in the uterus to prevent pregnancy.  An IUD is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy and can remain in the uterus as birth control for up to five or ten years depending on the brand.  Paragard® and Mirena® are two of the most … Read More