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Here’s a 3-pronged plan to promote bone health and help prevent osteoporosis: Calcium, vitamin D and exercise!Did you know that after a certain age, your body no longer creates any new bone density? Sometime between the ages of 30 and menopause, your body stops adding bone density to your skeleton. This is why it’s so important to bone up on bone health—and build as much bone as possible from your late teen through early adulthood. What is osteoporosis? Oste

Leaking urine is more common than you might think—there are ways to cope with light bladder leakage.Maybe you’re on a jog or simply sneezing and you feel a small amount of urine dribble out—you can’t stop it. What is happening? Could this be incontinence? After all, you only had one vaginal birth—you might be asking yourself, “Should I be leaking urine at such a young age?” Truth is light bladder leakage can happen for women at any age, regardless of previous

Our immune system keeps us healthy and fights off viruses and bacteria so we don’t get sick. But with autoimmune disorders (Ads), the immune system does quite the opposite—it attacks and damages the body itself.So, chances are you know someone affected or may have wondered if the way you feel could mean you have an AD. There are more than 75 different autoimmune disorders that affect close to 50 million Americans. More than 75% of people with ADs are women – mostly ages 18-40s.The

Most of us don’t think about our vaginas during our busy days, but when our vagina starts to feel just plain angry, we can’t help but stop and notice! Did you know that 75% of women will experience a yeast infection? That means, gentle reader, you likely already know all too well how irritating and distracting this infection can feel. The remedy? Understand yeast infections and what you can do to keep your vagina happy and healthy.Read:

So, you’ve made the decision to stop birth control in hopes of starting or expanding your family. The good news is that having been on birth control doesn’t create problems for women who want to conceive. Most women find that their menstrual periods return to what they were like before birth control and that their fertility returns to allow them to conceive within a year when trying to do so.Read: Conceive a Perfect Pregna

Have you thought about long-term birth control choices? When you think about birth control, do you think about pills or condoms—or getting your “tubes tied?” Hey, it’s 2016! There are many other effective options.Whether you want to delay or space your pregnancies or you just aren’t ready to do something permanent with your fertility, consider long-acting reversible contraception, or LARC.Intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants are LARCs. Most health insurance plans cover LARC

If you’re like many expectant moms, exercise during pregnancy seems like a scary, potentially dangerous activity. You may wonder ‘will I hurt my baby or my body?’ Friends or family might tell you it’s unsafe, that pregnancy should be a time of rest and relaxation. However, the facts show that pregnancy is a great time to be active, even if you haven’t exercised before.How Much Activity is Safe in Pregnancy?If you already exercise, keep up the good work! Exercis

The word cancer always strikes fear in our hearts and minds, but when it affects the uterus (womb), a woman’s life- giving organ, it’s even scarier. There are 2 types of uterine cancer: endometrial carcinomas (cancer that starts in the lining of the uterus) and uterine sarcomas (cancer that starts in the muscle layer of the uterus). Almost all uterine cancers are endometrial cancers.Endometrial cancer is the most common gynecologic cancer, more common than cervical, ovarian, or vulvar ca

From pregnancy tests to morning sickness, here’s how it all beginsWelcome to your 1st and sleepiest trimester; during these 12 weeks your baby will grow from an embryo 1/5th the size of the period at the end of this sentence to a nice juicy plum. Every day, the pregnancy hormone HCG is increasing and it’s this that makes your pregnancy test positive. It’s also responsible for feeling tired, tender or sore breasts, frequently needing to pee and for many wo

Are you interested in birth control that protects against infection, doesn’t require a prescription and that also doesn’t involve hormones? Why not consider the female condom—condoms aren’t just for men. Female Condoms The female condom is an easy to use, soft, polyurethane (non- latex) pouch that fits comfortably inside your vagina. There’s a ring at each end of the condom. Before intercourse, insert inner ring/pouch deep into your vagina, leaving the outer open ring coveri

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