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What You Should Know Before Your First Mammogram

If you are approaching 40 years old, it is time to have your first mammogram screening. Some women become anxious and worry about all sorts of unknowns. We are here to tell you that sometimes anticipating something is worse than the actual event. So take heart and learn what you should know before your first mammogram.  » Read more about: What You Should Know Before Your First Mammogram  »


11 Signs You Need To Call Your Gynecologist

Most young women begin to see a gynecologist in their teens and by the time they are in their 20s or 30s know the routine, know their bodies, and schedule annual visits. There are times, however, when abnormalities present themselves, and you wonder if you should see your doctor in between your normal visit. The answer is usually yes, and in case you’re in doubt, here are 11 signs you need to call your gynecologist.  » Read more about: 11 Signs You Need To Call Your Gynecologist  »


What Is “Mom Guilt” and How Can You Manage It?

There it is again, mom guilt.  Another photo on Instagram depicting a perfect birthday party for someone’s 2 year old, with the mom’s perfect bikini body in the spotlight. How can you possibly live up to this hype about the “super moms” all around you? They’re happy, gorgeous, calm, and living life to the fullest. They have it all (or that’s what social media tells us), and there it is again…mom guilt. So exactly what is “mom guilt” and how can you manage it?  » Read more about: What Is “Mom Guilt” and How Can You Manage It?  »


12 Potential Causes of Your Uterine Pain

There are a number of reasons pelvic or uterine pain bothers a woman. Among the 12 potential causes of your uterine pain, some are more worrisome than others.  » Read more about: 12 Potential Causes of Your Uterine Pain  »


Why Regular Pap Smears Are So Important to Your Health

Pap smears, also known as Pap tests, help to identify suspicious cells in your cervix that could signal a precancerous condition.  » Read more about: Why Regular Pap Smears Are So Important to Your Health  »


How Menopause Can Affect Your Sleep Schedule

If night sweats and day sweats aren’t enough to ruin a normal day, now your clothes seem to be shrinking a bit. At least that’s what you keep telling yourself. Now the knockout punch comes; you begin to realize how menopause can affect your sleep schedule.
Women who have never had trouble falling asleep or staying asleep find that suddenly their rest is disturbed, or they can’t sleep at all. So, what does it all mean,  » Read more about: How Menopause Can Affect Your Sleep Schedule  »


Five Health Questions To Ask On Mother’s Day

As a mom, you’re dedicated to knowing your child’s medical history to ensure they stay as healthy as possible. You probably even track what they eat, drink, and breathe, just to make sure you’re preventing every ailment you can. But, do you ever think about your own mother’s medical history and how it may affect both you and your children?
This Mother’s Day, take a step back and ask a few questions that can help gain valuable insight into your family’s health patterns for generations to come.   » Read more about: Five Health Questions To Ask On Mother’s Day  »


How Is Stress Affecting Your Health?

Nearly everyone will experience some type of stress in their lives. Stress can be caused by a variety of factors including, work, money, health, family and a laundry list of other items that are often unavoidable. You may know that long periods of stress and anxiety can leave you feeling tired and worn out, but did you know that it can have serious long-term effects on your health?  » Read more about: How Is Stress Affecting Your Health?  »


Go Red for Women: American Heart Month

Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women.  » Read more about: Go Red for Women: American Heart Month  »


4 Essential Medical Exams for Women

As women, we face unique health challenges. In order to maintain  long-term health, prevention and early detection of medical conditions and diseases is key. Depending on your stage of life, the following exams are recommended.  » Read more about: 4 Essential Medical Exams for Women  »