What is a Doula?

 

You may or may not have heard the term “doula” associated with childbirth and the care of a newborn child. Or, you may have heard the term but not known what it means. The word doula comes from the ancient Greek word meaning “a woman who serves.” Today, this term is used to refer to a …

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The Physical Symptoms of A Broken Heart

 

Have you ever heard the term “she died of a broken heart?” While breaking up with a boyfriend or going through a divorce is not usually life-threatening, it can be hard on both your mind and your body. A breakup can cause a lot of emotional strain leading to real physical changes in your body. …

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Weight Loss and Women’s Health

 

If you are a woman and have vowed to lose weight in the new year, you are not alone. Every January, women all over the United States vow to lose weight and maintain a healthier lifestyle. If you have been to your neighborhood gym lately, or to a weight watchers meeting, you may have noticed …

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Excessive Menstrual Bleeding

 

Are you finished with childbearing and still putting up with excessive/heavy or irregular menstrual bleeding? If you are in your late thirties to mid forties and have noticed that your menstrual periods are getting heavier, longer, more irregular or more painful, you are not alone. Many women in their late thirties to mid forties experience …

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Screening Tests During Pregnancy

 

There are a variety of prenatal screening tests that are available for women who are pregnant. The number, types and frequency of testing are determined on a cases by case basis, taking into consideration risk factors, maternal age, medical history, etc. The first trimester prenatal screening tests involve a combination of a fetal ultrasound and maternal …

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Vegetable Compound Shows Promise in Treating Triple Negative Breast Cancer

 

Approximately 15% to 20% of women with breast cancer have a form that is often referred to as “Triple Negative Breast Cancer.” This name is used because women with this form of breast cancer do not have any of the three receptors (Estrogen Receptors, Progesterone Receptors and human epidermal growth factor receptor (HER2)) that characterize …

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Women’s Misconceptions About Their Own Fertility

 

According the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, infertility affects near 12% of reproductive-age women in the United States. Part of this number is due to a cultural trend of women delaying childbearing. In fact, one in five women in the United States now has her first child after age 35. This is an eightfold increase …

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Osteoporosis and Your Weight

 

If you are at a healthy weight (Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18.5 and 24.9), and maintain this healthy weight over time, it can dramatically decrease your risks for developing a number of serious medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and breast cancer. People who are genetically blessed with a …

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The Affect of BMI on Women’s Health

 

BMI (Body Mass Index) is a measure of body fat based on your height and weight and has an important affect on women’s health. The range for BMI is as follows: Category BMI Underweight less than 18.5 Normal Weight 18.5 – 24.9 Overweight 25 – 29.9 Obesity 30 or greater The goal is to be …

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