The right way to talk about weight with girls

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jan 15, 2016 1:00:00 PM

There’s no question that weight is a sensitive issue for nearly everyone. Whether someone is too thin or too heavy, other people’s words about body weight can have a lasting impact on an individual.

Young girls, especially, are susceptible to being hurt or embarrassed by the wrong type of comment about their weight. Because of societal pressures to look a certain way, many girls as young as age 9 feel pressure to be “beautiful” or “thin.”

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Topics: OBGYN, Women's health, Children's Health, Primary care, Neighborhood health center

Reasons for a missed period

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jan 13, 2016 1:00:00 PM

From confusion to panic, women may have a variety of reactions when their monthly menstrual cycle doesn’t make an appearance. Aside from the obvious reasons of pregnancy or menopause, there are a number of reasons your period may not show up on time — or at all. If you’ve been having regular periods but you suddenly miss one or more, this is known as secondary amenorrhea. Here are the most common causes of this issue:

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

Food swaps to help with PMS

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jan 11, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Women have to deal with PMS for much of their reproductive lives. Mood swings, fatigue, cravings, bloating, and cramping can make life uncomfortable or downright miserable for many women.

Instead of enduring this discomfort every month, take a more proactive approach by modifying your diet and eating foods that will help alleviate your symptoms. And of course, you also need to avoid the ones that make it worse.

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Topics: OBGYN, Women's health, Nutrition

Women and fatigue: common culprits of exhaustion

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jan 8, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Many of us accept that being tired is just a way of life, with overloaded schedules and numerous daily commitments. But if you’re eating right, getting exercise, and getting seven to eight hours of sleep, you shouldn’t feel tired all the time. If you’re suffering from constant fatigue, this may be a flag for an underlying health condition, such as one of the following:

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

6 things you should do for your breast health

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jan 6, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Despite advanced screenings and treatments, breast cancer remains a threat to women’s health. It is the second most common cancer in women — but it is also very treatable if found early enough.

You don’t have to sit back and wait to see if breast cancer strikes you — take up a few healthy habits to decrease your odds of getting it, and increase your chances of finding it early.

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Topics: OBGYN, Women's health, Breast cancer

Surprising symptoms of a bladder infection

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jan 4, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Many women know that the classic signs of a bladder infection, or cystitis, include burning during urination or feeling the urge to urinate when your bladder is empty. These are reliable signs to watch for, but they aren’t the only ones.

Bladder infections can be mysterious. Some women don’t have any symptoms at all, but find out they have an infection after a routine urine test (such as during pregnancy). Usually, however, your body will give you an indication that something is going on — but you have to know what to look for:

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Topics: OBGYN, Women's health

3 myths about hysterectomy

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jan 1, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Hysterectomy, or removal of the uterus, has ranked among the top surgical procedures for women for decades. But despite its frequent occurrence and high safety and success rates, some misconceptions continue to circulate. If you’re considering hysterectomy, make sure you know the facts about it so you can make an informed decision.

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Topics: OBGYN, Women's health

Little-known causes of yeast infections

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 30, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Most women will encounter at least one yeast infection in their lives. Although they’re common and not typically serious, their annoying symptoms make them unpleasant.

The vagina naturally has an acid pH level, friendly bacteria, and some yeast. As long as the pH and bacteria are where they should be, the yeast is kept in check and doesn’t bother you. But when something upsets the pH or good bacteria, it allows the yeast to proliferate. Then, you experience the bothersome burning and itching.

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Topics: OBGYN, Women's health

5 things that cause hair loss in women

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 28, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Although it is commonly assumed that hair loss occurs only in men, women experience it too. In fact, up to half of all women will notice some hair thinning or loss in their lifetime.

If you’ve noticed your part getting wider or more scalp showing through your hair, you could be dealing with hair loss. Don’t assume there’s nothing you can do or that it’s simply aging. Find out the cause and whether there are treatments available.

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Topics: OBGYN, Women's health

What ovarian cysts mean for your health

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 25, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Ovarian cysts are a normal occurrence for menstruating women. Most of the time, these cysts come and go without any problems. But when a cyst gets too large, or is caused by another condition, it can cause pain and other symptoms. There are several different kinds of ovarian cysts, so it’s important to know the difference between each type.

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Topics: OBGYN, Women's health, Ovarian health