Fat Shaming and Weight Bias at Your Doctor’s Office

The anecdotes are legion. One time when Abby Carter (not her real name) had to get her gallbladder out, her doctor told her that he made her surgeon wait an extra day even though she hadn’t eaten anything that day. The doctor wanted her to know what it felt like …

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Fibromyalgia: Not the Flu

Imagine what it feels like when you have the flu: You’re exhausted and it feels like you’re carrying 50 pound sacks on your shoulders, your body hurts, you have a headache, it’s hard to get comfortable, you’re limited in what you can do, and you’re cranky because of these things. …

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Your Omega-3 Source Matters: Supplements Vs. Foods

It’s well known that too much fat in the diet isn’t healthy, but there is a particular fatty acid that is necessary: Omega-3. This is considered an essential fat because it isn’t made by the body and can only be obtained from food. Read on to learn more about omega-3, …

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Is Your Period Pain Normal?

I remember the first time I got my period. I was 12 and in school – of course. My bleeding and cramps were severe enough to warrant a get-out-of-school-free card. The only person available to pick me up was my taciturn grandfather. That was fun. My cycle has varied over …

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The Facts on Urinary Tract Infections

It’s a common misconception that a urinary tract infection (UTI) automatically equals a bladder infection. In reality, a UTI can develop in any part of the urinary tract, including the urethra, bladder, ureters, or kidneys. The villain in this scenario is bacteria. When a UTI is diagnosed and treated properly, …

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When and Why Should Adolescent Girls First Visit a Gynecologist?

I can’t remember when I first saw a gynecologist. Now that I have a 15 year-old daughter, I wondered about when she should start. Turns out we’re already late to the game, as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that adolescents establish care with an OB/GYN between …

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Infertility: Hope in an All-Consuming Struggle

When Nadine Wilson was 37, she started trying to get pregnant. When she wasn’t having any luck, her OB/GYN kept telling her there were plenty of options (like Clomid) to help her get pregnant. When those suggestions didn’t work either, Wilson and her husband were referred to a fertility specialist …

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News in Thyroid Research and Care: A Q&A with the American Thyroid Association

File this under small things that make a big impact: The butterfly-shaped thyroid gland, which is relatively small, produces a hormone that influences every cell, tissue, and organ in the body. As the American Thyroid Association explains, it regulates metabolism and affects critical body functions like energy level and heart …

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The Arthritis Foundation: What We’re Excited About

The number one cause of disability in the United States is arthritis, affecting over 50 million Americans, according to the Arthritis Foundation. This means 1 in every 5 adults, 300,000 children, and countless families, the AF says. Arthritis is a painful condition that affects one’s quality of life. The AF’s …

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The Foundation for Women’s Cancer: Helping to Save Women’s Lives, a Q&A

  Did you know that there are more than 100 types of cancer? With staggering numbers like these, we’d almost need an expert on each type to highlight the latest research and breakthroughs. Since WomensHealth.com focuses on women’s health, we turned to the Foundation for Women’s Cancer, a nonprofit organization …

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