- Chronic Pelvic Pain: Care Instructions
Pelvic pain in women is pain below the belly button. Chronic pelvic pain means you have had this pain for at least 6 months. The pain can range from a mild ache that comes and goes to a steady pain that makes it hard to sleep, work, or enjoy life.
It can be hard to know what causes this pain. You may need a number of tests to find the cause. Some common causes include problems with your reproductive system and diseases of the urinary tract or bowel. Sometimes, chronic pelvic pain may be related to past or current physical or…Read More
- Cervical Polyps: Your care Instructions
Cervical polyps are small, smooth, red growths in the cervical canal. This is the passage between your uterus and your vagina.
These polyps are almost never cancer. Most of the time, the cause is not known.
You may have vaginal bleeding, or you may bleed after sex. Some women have a yellow or white discharge.
Your doctor may remove a cervical polyp. In addition, he or she will then test it to make sure it isn’t cancer.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your…Read More
- Mammogram: About This Test
What is a mammogram test?
A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast that is used to screen for breast cancer. This test can find tumors that are too small for you or your doctor to feel. Cancer is most easily treated and cured when it is found at an early stage.
Why is this test done?
A mammogram is done to:
Look for breast cancer in women who don’t have symptoms.Read More
Find breast cancer in women who have symptoms. Symptoms of breast cancer may include a lump or thickening in the breast, nipple discharge, or dimpling of the skin…
- Menopause Diet: Care Instructions
Menopause – Your Diet Care Instructions
Healthy eating helps ease menopause symptoms. And it can reduce your risk for getting conditions such as osteoporosis and heart disease.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It’s also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
How can you care for yourself at home during menopause?
Limit fats in your diet.Read More
Choose foods that have a lot of calcium. The recommended…
- Hot Flashes During Menopause: Care Instructions
Your Care Instructions for Hot Flashes During Menopause
A hot flash is a sudden feeling of intense body heat. Your head, neck, and chest may get red. Your heartbeat may speed up, and you may feel anxious or irritable. You may find that hot flashes occur more often in warm rooms or during stressful times. Hot flashes and other symptoms are a normal response to the hormone changes that occur before your menstrual cycle goes away completely (menopause).
Hot flashes often get better and go away with time. Making a few changes, such as exercising more, practicing meditation, quitting smoking,…Read More
- Learning About Mittelschmerz (Pain During Ovulation)
What is Mittelschmerz?
Mittelschmerz is pain a woman might feel on one side of the belly once a month while she is ovulating. The pain is usually mild. It’s a sign that she’s released an egg from one of her ovaries. A woman is most fertile-and more likely to get pregnant-when she ovulates.
Mittelschmerz can be used to plan when to have sex to try to become pregnant njk634s. But using mittelschmerz to time sex to avoid pregnancy usually doesn’t work.Read More
What happens when you have Mittelschmerz?
When you ovulate, a mature egg is released from one of your ovaries….
- Syphilis: Your Care Instructions
Syphilis is an infection caused by bacteria. It’s usually spread through sex. It is one of several types of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) top article.Read More
The first symptom is usually a painless, red sore on the genitals, rectal area, or mouth. This type of sore is called a chancre (say “SHANK-er”). Later, you may get other symptoms. These include a rash, a fever, and swollen lymph nodes. Your hair may start to fall out. Or you may feel like you have the flu.
Sometimes these symptoms go away on their own. But this doesn’t mean that the infection is gone….
- Vaginal Yeast Infection: Care Instructions
Your Care Instructions
A vaginal yeast infection is caused by too many yeast cells in the vagina. This is common in women of all ages. Itching, vaginal discharge and irritation, and other symptoms can bother you. But yeast infections don’t often cause other health problems.
Some medicines can increase your risk of getting a vaginal yeast infection. These include antibiotics, birth control pills, hormones, and steroids. You may also be more likely to get a yeast infection if you are pregnant, have diabetes, douche, or wear tight clothes.
With treatment, most vaginal yeast infections get better in 2 to 3…Read More
- Abdominal Hysterectomy: What to Expect at Home
Your Recovery after an Abdominal Hysterectomy
After your abdominal hysterectomy, you can expect to feel better and stronger each day, although you may need pain medicine for a week or two. You may get tired easily or have less energy than usual. This may last for several weeks after surgery. You will probably notice that your belly is swollen and puffy. This is common. The swelling will take several weeks to go down. It may take about 4 to 6 weeks to fully recover.
It is important to avoid lifting while you are recovering so that you can heal.
- Vaginal Prolapse Care Instructions
Your Care Instructions for Vaginal Prolapse
When the top of the vagina sags near or through the opening of the vagina, it is called vaginal prolapse.
This may happen after surgery to remove the uterus. This is because the uterus no longer supports the vagina.
Vaginal prolapse may cause you to leak urine or stool. Or you may have trouble passing urine or stool. You may feel pain during sex. Or you may feel pressure on your genitals.
Medicine may help you feel better. You can also talk to your doctor about a device you put in your vagina. It may…Read More
- Urge Incontinence in Women
Care Instructions for Urge Incontinence in WomenRead More
Urge incontinence occurs when the need to urinate is so strong that you cannot reach the toilet in time, even when your bladder contains only a small amount of urine. This is also called overactive bladder or unstable bladder. Some women may have no warning before they leak urine. This condition does not cause major health problems, but it can be embarrassing and can affect a woman’s self-esteem and confidence.
Treatment can cure or improve your symptoms.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and…
- Kegel Exercises
Your Care Instructions for Kegel Exercises
Kegel exercises strengthen muscles around the bladder. These muscles control the flow of urine. Kegel exercises are sometimes called “pelvic floor” exercises. They can help prevent urine leakage and keep the pelvic organs in place.
A woman who just had a baby might want to try Kegel exercises. They can strengthen pelvic muscles that have been weakened by pregnancy and childbirth. A man or woman may use Kegel exercises to treat urine leakage.
You do Kegel exercises by tightening the muscles you use when you urinate. You will likely need to do these exercises…Read More
What is menopause?
For most women, menopause is a natural process of aging. Menstrual periods gradually stop. The ability to become pregnant ends. Some women feel relief that their childbearing years are ending. But other women struggle with the physical and emotional changes that come with it.
For most women, menopause happens around age 50. But every woman’s body has its own timeline. Some women stop having periods in their mid-40s. Others keep having periods well into their 50s
Some women go through the process earlier because of cancer treatment or surgery to remove the ovaries.Read More
What can you expect with…
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- A Missed Period: What Does It Mean?
Missing a period can be a stressful experience. The first assumption many women make is that they’re pregnant. But even if you know that’s not a possibility for you, not knowing why your cycle isn’t consistent can send your mind racing. While there are quite a few factors that can cause this event to occur, the most important thing to remember is that all women are different. As a result, what’s normal for someone else may not apply to you. That’s why it’s important to get to know your body and its chemistry.
Common Causes of Missed Periods
For younger…Read More
- October Newsletter
“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying ‘I will try again tomorrow’ ” – Mary Anne RadmacherRead More
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
The combination of mammography, regular breast exams by your health care provider, and being aware of changes in your breasts may be the best way to find breast cancer early, when it is more easily treated. A very important part of early detection is the breast self exam. It is important to “Know Your Normal”.
When other parts of your body look or feel different…
- The Basics of Urinary Incontinence
Urinary incontinence is an issue that affects both men and women. But for today, since this issue is nearly twice in common in women as it is in men, we’re going to specifically focus on how it impacts women, as well as what can be done about it. Million of women experience a loss of urine that’s involuntary. That condition is what’s known as urinary incontinence.
The severity of UI can vary greatly from one woman to another. For some, it may simply present itself as accidentally losing a few drops of urine while coughing or running. For other women,…Read More