Women's Health

Diagnosing and Treating BV

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a condition that occurs when there is too much of a certain bacteria in the vagina. This overgrowth changes the normal balance of bacteria naturally found in the vagina. Women in their reproductive years are most likely to get bacterial vaginosis, but it can affect women…
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Diagnosing and Treating Lupus

A few months ago, I wrote about the prevalence of autoimmune diseases in women. Lupus is one such disease that disproportionally affects women. In fact, 9 in 10 lupus patients are women, primarily affecting women in the reproductive years between 15 and 44. Lupus is a chronic disease and like…
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Q & A about Menopause

Menopause is the permanent cessation of menstruation. It can occur as early as age 40 or as late as early 60s and usually spans 1-2 years. It is normally diagnosed in females after 1 year of absent menstrual periods. Menopause occurring before age 40 is termed premature and may need…
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Morning Sickness

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has in recent years bought the subject of “morning sickness” to headlines around the world. With all three of her spotlight pregnancies, Ms. Middleton’s more severe condition of hyperemesis gravidarum has heightened awareness about the topic of a fairly common symptom for many pregnant…
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Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) account for nearly 10 million doctor visits each year. At least one in every five women will have one urinary tract infection in her lifetime. Other names for UTIs are cystitis or bladder infections. A UTI occurs when bacteria get into the bladder and multiply. About…
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Women and Autoimmune Diseases

Our bodies are designed to fight infection through our immune system. However, in the case of autoimmune diseases, the immune system attacks healthy tissue and organs that can cause damage and illness. The vast majority of people affected by autoimmune disease are women, particularly women in childbearing ages between the…
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Gestational Diabetes: What You Need to Know

Approximately 7 percent of the 4 million women who give birth each year in the United States develop gestational diabetes. Researchers don’t know why some women develop gestational diabetes. To understand how gestational diabetes occurs, it can help to understand how pregnancy affects your body’s glucose processing. Your body digests…
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