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

Women and Thyroid Problems

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Your thyroid is a small gland that is shaped like a butterfly and is located in your neck, right below your voice box.  It is responsible for regulating your body’s natural metabolic process.  Many women experience thyroid problems including overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) and underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). In fact, a woman faces as high as a … Read More

Uterine Fibroids: Causes and Treatments

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A uterine fibroid is a muscular tumor that grows in the wall of the uterus (womb).  This type of tumor is almost always benign.  The medical term for a fibroid tumor is a “leiomyoma” or “myoma.”  A woman may have a single fibroid or multiple fibroids at an given time and they can widely range … Read More

Breastfeeding in the United States

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According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), breastfeeding in the United States is on the rise.  In fact, their breastfeeding report card shows that rates of initiation of breastfeeding rose from 74.6% in 2008 to 76.9% in 2009 births.  The rates of breastfeeding at six months also increased from 44.3% in 2008 … Read More

The Importance of Prenatal Vitamins During Pregnancy

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If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, it is vitally important that you eat a healthy diet that is rich in the vitamins, mineral and important nutrients that you and your baby will need during this very exciting time.  Getting an adequate amount of folic acid is especially important before and during pregnancy … Read More

The Importance of Laparoscopy in Gynecologic Care

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A Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive gynecologic procedure that allows your doctor to look directly at your your female reproductive organs.  It can be used to diagnose problems that may not be detected during a physical examination or on X-rays or other tests. In some cases, Laparoscopy can even be used to treat gynecologic problems. … Read More

Common Causes of Pelvic Pain

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Many women experience pelvic pain before or during their monthly menstrual cycles.  Most of us just brush this pain off as an expected symptom of menstruation.  However, other common causes of pelvic pain include Endometriosis, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) and Fibroids.  In some cases, pelvic pain may be a sign of a more serious medical … Read More

Birth Control Without the Pills

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Birth control pills are a highly effective form of birth control and have been used successfully by women throughout the world since the 1960s.  However, they are only effective if they are taken regularly.  For some women, this can be a problem.  For women who travel frequently into different time zones or who are just … Read More