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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Knowledge is Power: How Fat Can Work For You

Dr. Sylvia Tara became fascinated with fat because she has always gained weight easier than everyone else. After trying several diets unsuccessfully, she wanted to understand more. Because she’s a biochemist by training, Dr. Tara had the tools to conduct her research. After several years, what she uncovered was so …

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The National Headache Foundation: Promising Drugs on the Horizon

More than 90 percent of Americans are affected by headache disorders. Whether it’s a migraine, menstrual migraine, depression, or pregnancy, there are many types and causes. The National Headache Foundation aims to advocate, increase awareness, educate, and support research when it comes to headache. Migraine actually occurs more often in …

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How is the American Diabetes Association Working for Women?

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), almost 30 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes, and 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes. The cost and complications are high, and the numbers are only skyrocketing. If current trends continue, as many as one in three American adults will have …

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