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  • Jul 2018

    Natural treatments for postpartum swelling

    The body usually retains some extra water after pregnancy has ended. This extra water weight, or edema, can cause puffiness known as postpartum swelling. Various natural treatments and home remedies can reduce postpartum swelling, including staying hydrated, using foam rollers, and massage. Learn more here.

  • Jul 2018

    What to know about sex and yeast infections

    While it is possible for a person to have sex when they have a yeast infection, it may cause pain and other bothersome symptoms. In addition, having sex may increase the amount of time the infection takes to heal. In some cases, a person can pass on the infection to their sexual partner. Learn more here.

  • Jul 2018

    How does perimenopause affect periods?

    Perimenopause causes many hormonal changes in the body. This affects the frequency, regularity, and symptoms of periods and monthly cycles. People usually begin to skip periods and have longer or shorter cycles. In this article, we look at what to expect during perimenopause and how to manage periods during this time.

  • Jul 2018

    What to know about complex ovarian cysts

    Ovarian cysts can be either simple or complex. Complex ovarian cysts contain blood or solid materials. They are more likely to need treatment than simple cysts. Ovarian cysts are usually benign but, in rare cases, can become cancerous. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for complex ovarian cysts here.

  • Jul 2018

    What to expect after a laparoscopy for endometriosis

    Endometriosis is a condition that occurs when tissue similar to the tissue that lines the uterus grows in other places in the body. While physical examinations and ultrasounds can sometimes find endometriosis, a laparoscopy is the only way to be sure a person has the disease. Learn about the procedure and recovery.

  • Jul 2018

    Is it safe to make your waters break?

    In the final stages of pregnancy, women often want to speed up the onset of labor. Women can get their water to break with the help of a doctor, but it is not safe to try this at home as it can cause infections. In this article, learn about the risks of breaking your water, and tips for inducing labor safely.

  • Jul 2018

    What are the symptoms of stage 4 breast cancer?

    When breast cancer reaches stage 4, it will have spread from the breast to other parts of the body. Cancer cells in new parts of the body can cause a wide variety of symptoms. Here, we explain the symptoms that occur when breast cancer spreads to the bones, liver, or brain. We also cover other symptoms and treatment.

  • Jul 2018

    How can you tell if your baby is head down?

    Baby dropping is when the baby's head faces downward in the womb before birth. It usually happens toward the end of the third trimester. There is no specific week that women should expect their baby to drop. Signs include a lower belly and pressure in the pelvis. Learn more about signs of baby dropping here.

  • Jul 2018

    Is there a way to lose weight on birth control?

    Many women who use birth control believe that weight gain can be a side effect. While studies oppose weight gain related to birth control pills, some individuals report gaining weight after they start taking them. However, lifestyle changes can help weight control when a person is on birth control. Learn more here.

  • Jul 2018

    What are the symptoms of a polyp of the cervix?

    Cervical polyps are small growths on the cervix. They may cause symptoms that include spotting between periods or bleeding after sexual intercourse or menopause. Causes may include high estrogen levels or chronic inflammation. It is possible to remove polyps surgically, and they do not usually return. Learn more here.

  • Jul 2018

    Will home treatments work for a Bartholin's abscess?

    Bartholin’s glands are positioned on each side of the vagina. When they become blocked a cyst may develop. A Bartholin’s abscess occurs when a Bartholin’s cyst gets infected. The treatment options include draining, marsupialization, and surgery. Learn more about Bartholin’s abscesses here.

  • Jul 2018

    What causes hiccups in babies in the womb?

    A baby may hiccup while in the womb. This can be a regular occurrence for some women to feel but may not happen to everyone. There are some occasions when excessive hiccupping in the womb needs to be assessed by a doctor, as it may sometimes lead to serious complications. Learn more about baby hiccups in the womb here.

  • Jul 2018

    What are the signs of having a girl?

    There are many myths about how to predict the sex of an unborn baby. But do stress levels, morning sickness, sugar cravings, and other factors really indicate that the baby is a girl? In this article, we look at the science behind these claims to see if there are any real signs during pregnancy of having a girl.

  • Jul 2018

    How to switch birth control pills properly

    People can switch birth control pills with minimal issues by following a few simple guidelines. In this article, learn how to switch birth control pills and reduce the risk of unintended pregnancy. We also explain how birth control pills work and the possible side effects, such as spotting and tender breasts.

  • Jul 2018

    What's the link between birth control and headaches?

    Forms of hormonal birth control, such as contraceptive pills, can cause headaches and migraines in some people. In others, these contraceptives can improve headaches. A person who has a history of migraines with auras should avoid certain hormones. Learn more about the link between birth control and headaches here.

  • Jul 2018

    Coping with menopausal hot flashes and night sweats

    Most people experience hot flashes and night sweats to some extent during menopause. They are a regular part of the process. Here, we look at what causes hot flashes and how they are related to night sweats. We discuss the many home remedies, alternative therapies, lifestyle choices, and medications that may help.

  • Jul 2018

    Does nipple stimulation help to induce labor?

    Many people believe that stimulating the nipples can help to induce labor. Nipple stimulation causes the release of a hormone that triggers uterine contractions. However, there is no scientific evidence to show that this leads to true labor. Learn about nipple stimulation and other home remedies to induce labor here.

  • Jun 2018

    The riddle of human nipple sizes

    A key idea in evolutionary biology is that physical features with greater variability are 'nonfunctional byproducts.' But nipple size may contradict this.

  • Jun 2018

    Causes of shortness of breath during pregnancy

    Shortness of breath is a common problem during pregnancy. Doctors often attribute respiratory symptoms to the growing uterus pushing upward on the lungs and making it difficult to breathe. In this article, we look at several other potential causes. We also cover treatments and home remedies.

  • Jun 2018

    What do different types of contractions feel like?

    It can be difficult to know what to expect from labor contractions, especially during a person’s first pregnancy. In this article, we provide a guide to help soon-to-be-parents understand what types of contractions to expect as pregnancy progresses. We also cover how to cope with the pain and when to see a doctor.

  • Jun 2018

    How long does a pregnancy loss last?

    A miscarriage, or pregnancy loss, is a different experience for every woman. How long it lasts will depend on whether a woman has an early- or late-stage pregnancy loss, and the number of weeks that they have been pregnant. The emotional effects of a loss will often last longer than the physical process.

  • Jun 2018

    Is having vaginal pressure during pregnancy normal?

    It is normal to feel a heaviness or pressure on the vagina or pelvis during pregnancy. The common causes of vaginal or pelvic pressure are different in the early and late trimesters but are not usually cause for concern. In this article, we look at common causes, when to see a doctor, and how to relieve symptoms.

  • Jun 2018

    What to expect if your IUD fell out

    Intrauterine devices, known as IUDs, are a popular reversible method of contraception. An IUD may fall out or become displaced. There may be signs, such as shorter strings, or symptoms, including severe cramping. If a woman suspects a partial or complete IUD expulsion, she should see a doctor. Learn more here.

  • Jun 2018

    Is salicylic acid safe to use during pregnancy?

    Acne often develops during pregnancy, and many commercially available treatments contain salicylic acid. Is this acid safe to use during pregnancy? Are there any skin care products to avoid? We provide answers. Also, learn why some pregnant people develop acne, and what tips can help with managing it.

  • Jun 2018

    Sitting increases frailty risk for women

    A large, longitudinal study of middle-aged women finds that sitting for 10 hours per day drastically lowers the ability to recover from illness or injury.