If you’ve been diagnosed with an ovarian cyst, you probably have lots of questions. For women in their childbearing years, whether or not the cyst affects your fertility is a big one. Here are some answers.
A symptom of the metabolic condition known as PCOS is cysts on the ovaries, but not every person with ovarian cysts has PCOS or a hormone imbalance. Here’s how to sort out the connection between hormone imbalance and ovarian cysts.
Fibroids are incredibly common in women ages 30-50. Usually, these growths don’t show up with any symptoms, and they shrink after menopause. When fibroids do produce symptoms, however, here are seven you might experience.
It’s easy to skip a well-woman exam, especially if you’re feeling well. But scheduling these exams is critical to your preventive health. It’s no exaggeration to say that annual exams and periodic screenings can save your life.
If osteoporosis affects a close relative, you’re at a greater risk of developing the condition. Your age, gender, and lifestyle also contribute to your susceptibility. Here’s how you can strengthen weak bones and prevent complications.
Ovarian cysts are normal and usually go away on their own, without causing symptoms. However, if you have bloating or pain during sex, among other symptoms, you need treatment for your cyst. Here are four common types and what to do about them.
Whether you’ve waited to expand your family due to your career, the timing wasn’t right in your relationship, or you’ve had fertility issues, it’s possible to get pregnant after age 40. Here’s what you need to know about a later-in-life pregnancy.
Your well-woman visit is an important part of your preventive care. The arrival of the new year is also a great time to schedule this annual appointment. Here’s why your well-woman exam is so critical for your pelvic organ and reproductive health.
If you’re struggling to conceive, you’re not alone. Many couples face infertility problems, but then they go on to have a healthy baby. Here are some of the most common causes of infertility and how you can overcome them.
You’re experiencing hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness. You believe you're in menopause, but your doctor actually defines it as perimenopause. These two terms are confusing, so here’s how you can understand what you’re going through.
Polycystic ovary syndrome is a common condition that affects women’s fertility and quality of life. The following symptoms are possible signs that you have PCOS. The condition is manageable, so reach out if you notice these signs.
Many gynecological surgeries once required days in the hospital and weeks of recovery. Modern minimally invasive surgery makes these procedures much less of a burden on your physical and emotional well-being. Here’s what you need to know.
Fitting an annual well-woman exam into your busy schedule can be difficult. But this appointment is a critical part of your preventive care and overall reproductive and sexual health. Here’s why it’s an appointment you don’t want to skip.
No woman really enjoys their period, but a cycle that’s heavy and painful can really disrupt daily life. Many different conditions can cause irregular bleeding, so it’s a good idea to set up a consultation to get relief and prevent complications.
A hysteroscopy provides an in-depth look at your uterus. There are many reasons you might need one, including abnormal uterine bleeding. Here’s what you should know about this minimally invasive procedure.
Menopause is a natural progression of your fertility, but that doesn’t mean you should just deal with it on your own. Having a caring provider who can help you with symptoms and discomfort as you move through menopause helps make the process easier.
Prenatal care is essential in promoting your health and the health of your baby. Prenatal care should start soon after you find out you're pregnant to ensure you get the screenings and support necessary for you and your baby to thrive.
A typical period lasts 5-7 days and is controlled with regular pads and tampons. Longer, heavier periods may indicate an underlying condition that needs treatment. Here are some of the more common reasons you may be experiencing heavy menstruation.
Sterilization is a highly effective way to prevent pregnancy, but it is permanent. Consider the following to determine if tubal ligation or another long-term, but reversible method of birth control is right for you.
Perimenopause and menopause are actually two distinct stages of a woman’s fertility transition. You may wonder where perimenopause ends and menopause begins. Take a few moments to figure out how to tell the difference.
When you need surgery for your pelvic pain, you don’t have to experience distress and dread. Minimally invasive surgical options are not as daunting as conventional open surgery. Take a moment to learn about the benefits of this effective approach.
The pill and the IUD are safe and effective ways to prevent pregnancy. Choose a method based on your current health and health history, as well as your personal preferences. Take a moment to learn how to pick the right contraceptive method for you.
Heavy menstrual bleeding can mean you soak through feminine products, don’t enjoy daily activities, and lose sleep. Know that you have options. Learn some of the most common reasons you may suffer heavy menstruation, and what you can do about it.
If you’re certain your family is complete, female sterilization is an option to permanently prevent pregnancy. Take a moment to learn more about tubal ligation and whether it is, indeed, the right choice for you.
Pap smears are such a regular part of your pelvic exam, you may hardly notice this gentle swab of your cervix. But it’s worth a reminder that a Pap smear is a critical screening tool to catch cell changes before they become a serious health concern.
Endometriosis can interfere with your reproductive organs, making it hard for you to conceive. Knowing the exact impact endometriosis has on your fertility can help you understand your treatment recommendations.
A urinary tract infection is certainly no fun. Painful and urgent urination, cloudy urine, and foul smell aren’t symptoms to celebrate. Take a moment to learn what puts you at risk and how you can prevent future UTIs.
It’s concerning when your pregnancy is considered “high risk,” but most women in this category go on to have a healthy baby. Your prenatal care may differ slightly than a “normal” pregnancy to prevent complications. Read on to learn what to expect.
If you’re ready to add to your family, preconception counseling can help you have the best pregnancy experience possible. Optimize your health and address any possible risk factors in advance, so your pregnancy is safe and positive.
Heavy menstrual bleeding is uncomfortable — and sometimes embarrassing. If your periods are interfering with your quality of life and you have to change your feminine hygiene products hourly, or more often, during your flow, you deserve relief.
Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when her fertility ends, and doctors say you reach menopause when you go 12 straight months without a period. But symptoms of this major life change can occur far sooner. Take a moment to learn what to expect.
You can stay comfortable and safe this summer even while you’re pregnant. Yes, you’ll have to navigate the humidity and sun exposure, but you can have the most comfort and joy when you follow these tips.
Keep your bones strong and healthy to discourage the onset of osteoporosis, which can be a leading cause of disability as you age. What should you eat, and should you exercise? These are just some of the questions we answer about bone strength.
Fibroids affect up to 80% of women, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Fibroids don’t always cause symptoms, but when they do, you want relief. Find out how to manage this benign, but frustrating, gynecological condition.
The wide-ranging array of birth control options can be confusing enough, and no one method is right for every woman. Which type is best for you? Asking yourself specific questions can help you get the right answer.
Provide your new family member the best home, before they’re even born. Get your body ready for pregnancy with simple lifestyle habits so you and your new baby have the healthiest nine months possible.
Next to skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women. Reduce your risk of being among the victims by incorporating lifestyle habits that support good health and ward off breast cancer.