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4 signs you may be in perimenopause

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 23, 2015 1:00:00 PM

It’s not talked about nearly as often as the big “change” itself, and it’s a harder-to-recognize transition that nearly every woman goes through. It’s perimenopause, and if you’re in your 30s or 40s, it could explain some of the symptoms and changes you’ve noticed.

Menopause isn’t an overnight event. It can take months or even years before the complete hormonal change takes place and you experience the end of periods for good. In the meantime, you may start to feel different as your ovaries gradually decrease the amount of hormones they produce.

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Topics: OBGYN, Women's health

Long-acting reversible contraception — is it for me?

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 21, 2015 1:00:00 PM

The type of contraception each woman uses is based on many things. Personal preference, lifestyle, and even your health can have an impact on what kind of contraception you choose.

The most popular reversible methods used today are the pill and condom. But these have some drawbacks: you have to remember to take the pill each day, and you have to use a condom correctly each time. What if you could use a highly effective method that didn’t require so much work? That’s where long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) comes in.

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Topics: OBGYN, Women's health

5 things to do today to protect your bones

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 18, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Taking care of our bodies means eating right, exercising, and seeing our physician for well visits and preventive screenings. These are basics that can help us to feel better and get healthier.

And, when it comes to bone health, these guidelines apply as well. But it doesn’t have to be a complicated, difficult process. Look at some of the small changes you can make in your life to minimize your risk of osteoporosis and broken bones:

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Topics: OBGYN, Women's health, Exercise, Nutrition, Health, Osteoporosis, Bone health

The facts on vulvar cancer

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 16, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Many types of cancer are well-known today because of their high rate of occurrence. Lung and breast cancers are the top cancer killers for women — but there are many other cancers that affect women too.

Vulvar cancer, a cancer of the female external genital area, is a fairly rare form of cancer. However, it is caused by a very common virus that affects more than 14 million people each year: human papillomavirus (HPV). In fact, the CDC estimates that up to 90 percent of sexually active people will contract some form of HPV in their lifetime. Although many forms of HPV will go away on their own, some have the ability to cause genital cancers later. Vulvar cancer is one of those cancers. Some people who get vulvar cancer, however, never had HPV.

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Topics: OBGYN, Women's health, Cancer

How smoking affects women’s health

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 14, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Smoking is harmful to your health, no matter who you are. But for women, the history of smoking — and how it affects women’s health today — is a worrisome trend.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smoking rates — and smoking-related deaths — among women have continued to rise over the last 50 years. In the 1960s, smoking among men decreased when some of the health dangers of smoking became well-known. But shortly after that happened, cigarettes became heavily marketed to women, with slimmer designs and feminine packaging. Many women were led to believe that smoking would help them lose weight. In the years that followed, the number of women who smoked began to rise dramatically, and the numbers never came back down.

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Topics: OBGYN, Women's health, Health, Smoking

Feeling your best after menopause

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 11, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Menopause is a natural and normal phase of every woman’s life. Unfortunately, this phase often includes symptoms like sleep disturbances, hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings that can make women miserable.

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Topics: OBGYN, Women's health, Exercise, Nutrition, Health, Menopause

What to do about irregular periods

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 9, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Despite plenty of evidence to the contrary, many women have been brought up to believe that a menstrual cycle should be 28 days long. But for many women, their cycles last as few as 21 days or as long as 35 — and this is considered normal. As long as you see consistency each month, this is not cause for concern.

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Topics: OBGYN, Women's health, PCOS, Endometriosis

Dealing with bladder control issues

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 7, 2015 1:00:00 PM

There’s no doubt that bladder problems can be embarrassing and annoying. Although they’re common, a bladder accident is likely the last thing you want to deal with at an important event or even just in everyday life.

If you’re experiencing accidents, there are some things you can do to cope. First and foremost, know that this is a medical condition, and you should see a urogynecologist to get an accurate diagnosis and treatment. In the meantime, try these strategies to help you carry on with life with minimal interruptions:

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Topics: OBGYN, Women's health

Preparing for your urogynecology visit

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 4, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Loss of bladder control, leakage, and accidents — it’s not really a health problem, right? It’s just a normal part of aging.

Wrong. If you’re dealing with urinary incontinence or pelvic floor problems, you know it can take its toll on your daily life. Although these problems can affect both women and men, women are twice as likely to be affected. And a woman’s unique anatomy requires a specialist: a physician who specializes in treating women, and only women. A urogynecologist offers this advantage.

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Topics: OBGYN, Women's health, Health

The facts about women and alcohol

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 2, 2015 1:00:00 PM

The reasons for having a drink are wide and varied among women. Some women drink at social activities or to unwind at the end of the day. Some women drink because they believe that drinking red wine every day is good for them. Drinking has become an acceptable and almost expected part of daily life in our culture. But is it really harmless?

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Topics: OBGYN, Women's health, Health, Alcohol

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