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Contraception

Choosing the Right Contraception Method

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Nearly half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned and it’s easy to become overwhelmed when choosing contraception. Understanding the options available is the first step in choosing a contraception method that’s right for you. Contraception options can fall into two key categories, contraception for birth control, or contraception that aims to prevent […]

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Urinary Incontinence

Urinary Incontinence in Women

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If you feel as though you just don’t have control of your bladder or if you ever leak urine, you may be suffering from a condition called urinary incontinence. This loss of bladder control and urine leakage can happen when your bladder muscles tighten but your sphincter isn’t able to close off the urethra. This […]

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Anorgasmia

Anorgasmia in Women

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Orgasms vary in intensity and duration and can present differently from woman to woman. However, for those who suffer from anorgasmia, it can be difficult, or even impossible, to reach orgasm at all. Essentially, anorgasmia is a sexual dysfunction where orgasm can’t be reached even with ample sexual stimulation. Given that many women experience anorgasmia […]

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Menopause

What to Expect During Each Stage of Menopause

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Many women think of menopause as a change that sets in quickly when a woman reaches her late forties or fifties. But the truth is, there’s actually a long transitional phase leading up to menopause called perimenopause, and another phase that follows called postmenopause. Some women also experience early menopause if they experience certain health […]

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COVID-19 Vaccines While Pregnant, Breastfeeding, or Trying to Conceive

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Deciding whether to get the COVID-19 vaccine is a very individualized decision, but should be an option among women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, and trying to get pregnant, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says.

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Influenza Flu Vaccine and Pregnancy

Why Pregnant Women Should Receive a Flu Shot

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Cooler weather, falling leaves, coughs, and sneezes are all signs the dreaded flu season is here. Flu season in the United States runs between October and May and annual vaccinations protect against new strains. The flu shot is safe and highly recommended for pregnant women, here’s why: Catching influenza (the ‘flu’) can be very dangerous for pregnant woman as […]

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Flu Shot Vaccination

Why You Need a Flu Vaccine This Year

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The flu season is upon us. The exact timing of flu season changes from year to year, but influenza tends to become more common starting in October and then ramps up from there, with the most virus activity occurring between December and February. Flu cases were at an all-time low during the 2020-2021 flu season. This […]

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5 Ways to Reduce Your Risk for Cervical Cancer

5 Ways to Reduce Your Risk for Cervical Cancer

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Forty years ago, cervical cancer was the leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States. Thankfully, cervical cancer cases have decreased significantly. This is mainly due to an increase in women getting regular Pap tests, which can find cervical precancer before it turns into cancer. Cervical cancer is a slow-growing disease that develops silently […]

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Miscarriage

Everything You Need to Know About Miscarriage

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Having a healthy pregnancy is top of mind for most women who become pregnant, and the thought of having a miscarriage can be scary and overwhelming. As many as 50% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage—usually before a missed menstrual period. And, about 1 in 4 recognized pregnancies end in a miscarriage. If you are pregnant, it’s […]

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Breast Cancer Awareness: Your Guide to Detection and Prevention

How to Prevent and Detect Breast Cancer

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About 1 in 8 women in the U.S. (13%) develop invasive breast cancer. Furthermore, 43,600 U.S. women are expected to die from breast cancer in 2021. Fortunately, catching breast cancer early saves lives. Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s a great time to review your breast health and cancer prevention plan. Detection: Mammograms and Self-Exams If […]

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Understanding the Female Sexual Response Cycle

Understanding the Female Sexual Response Cycle

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As you become sexually aroused and partake in sexually stimulating activities, your body responds by going through a series of changes known as the sexual response cycle. This cycle consists of four different phases: desire, arousal, orgasm, and resolution. With each phase comes physical and emotional changes, which are outlined below. Men also experience these […]

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When are Ovarian Cysts a Problem

When are Ovarian Cysts a Problem?

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Ovarian cysts are a common health condition that many women experience at least once throughout the course of life. Most of these cysts only last a few months, don’t cause discomfort, and really aren’t a problem at all. But sometimes, they can be more troublesome. Before we dig into the details of problematic cysts, it’s […]

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Staying on Top of Your Sexual Health at Every Age

Staying on Top of Your Sexual Health at Every Age

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Staying healthy isn’t only about exercising, eating right, and getting your annual physical exam. Staying on top of your sexual and reproductive health is important too. We understand that for some women, this can get confusing as the recommendations aren’t necessarily the same for young, middle-aged and older women. To help steer you along, we’ve […]

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SIDS

7 Ways You Can Help Prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

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A fear of any new parent, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (commonly known as SIDS) is a leading cause of death for infants in their first 12 months of life and occurs when a baby dies (usually in their sleep) without explanation or warning. Researchers aren’t entirely sure what causes SIDS, but some theorize that it […]

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10 Ways to Put an End to Menstrual Cramps. Period.

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Are menstrual cramps cramping your style? Here are 10 solutions to this common problem, also known as dysmenorrhea.

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What Every Woman Needs to Know About Ovarian Cancer

What Every Woman Needs to Know About Ovarian Cancer

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Ovarian cancer diagnoses rates have fallen over the past 20 years but it’s still the most deadly cancer of the female reproductive system. It kills nearly 14,000 U.S. women annually and more than 21,000 women will receive a diagnosis this year. Ovarian cancer doesn’t affect all age groups the same. Ovarian cancer is most common […]

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How Does IUD Birth Control Work?

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Women have been taking birth control for decades, but often with very little knowledge of the science behind how birth control works, and the effects on your body. When choosing birth control, it’s important to know both the benefits and side effects of the options available.

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Vagina

5 Ways Your Vagina Is Unique – And When It Should Worry You

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Every woman is unique, with her individual thoughts, personality, body shape, and vagina. While we encourage women to embrace their uniqueness, it’s important to know when something isn’t quite right down there.

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iron-deficiency anemia and your period

Iron-Deficiency Anemia and Your Period: 5 Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

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Do you frequently feel tired and weak? Are your periods heavier than normal? Keep reading to find out more about iron-deficiency anemia and how this common condition is treated.

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Female Fertility

Everything You’ve Been Wondering About Female Fertility

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Will I be able to get pregnant? Women are most fertile in their twenties and start to see a decrease in fertility around age 35. Around age 37, fertility declines more rapidly. By age 35, women have more than 50% odds of conceiving during their first year of trying. According to the CDC, around 10 […]

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8 Interesting Facts About Your Nipples

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Despite the fact that nearly all of us have nipples, talking about them isn’t all that common. This leaves people with a lot of questions about everything from their nipple health to whether the look and feel of their nipples is normal. Keep reading to find out eight interesting facts about your nipples. Sore nipples […]

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Nicole’s Story: My Rainbow Baby (Part 2/2)

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Written by: Nicole Sbordone, LCSW Click here to read Nicole’s Story: A Complicated Miscarriage (Part 1/2) After waiting a few cycles and having one last ultrasound to get the all clear in March of 2020, similar to the first pregnancy, I got pregnant right away. I had a feeling I was pregnant and so the positive […]

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Nicole’s Story: A Complicated Miscarriage (Part 1/2)

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Miscarriages. One out of four women experience them. They’re common. So why are they rarely talked about? I told my husband it would take us at least a few months to get pregnant. I had been on birth control for most of my adult life and had struggled with an eating disorder during my teenage […]

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The 8 Most Common Symptoms of Endometriosis

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Most women experience cramps and menstrual pain from time to time. But how do you know if the pain is just caused by your period or Endometriosis? An estimated 1 out of 10 women suffer from Endometriosis in the United States, however many remain undiagnosed.

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