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  • Sep 2018

    Different baby positions during pregnancy: What to know

    During pregnancy, the fetus changes position often, but some positions are safer than others just before childbirth. In this article, learn about baby positions in the womb, including anterior, posterior, transverse lie, and three types of breech position.

  • Sep 2018

    Double mastectomy recovery: What to know

    It can be difficult to know what to expect after a double mastectomy. In this article, we discuss the physical and emotional side effects of surgery and provide tips to aid recovery at home. We also cover how to prepare for the procedure and the length of the recovery time.

  • Sep 2018

    What to know about rheumatoid arthritis during pregnancy

    Many women with rheumatoid arthritis experience a reduction in symptoms during pregnancy. However, this is not always the case, and some women may experience a flare shortly after childbirth. In this article, learn how rheumatoid arthritis affects pregnancy, including the possible risks and impact on symptoms.

  • Sep 2018

    Typical testosterone levels in males and females

    Testosterone levels vary depending on a person’s sex, age, and physical activity levels. Testosterone levels that are too high or too low may cause a range of potential complications including infertility and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Learn more about testosterone levels here.

  • Sep 2018

    How body fat affects men's and women's health differently

    New research in rodents helps us understand why women are better protected against the harmful effects of excessive body fat than men.

  • Sep 2018

    Is it safe to use Pepto-Bismol while breastfeeding?

    Although researchers are still unsure whether Pepto-Bismol passes into a woman's breast milk, most health authorities recommend avoiding it while breastfeeding. In this article, learn about the safety and risks of taking Pepto-Bismol while breastfeeding. Also, find out about safe alternatives.

  • Sep 2018

    Breast cancer: Discovery of new factor may improve therapy

    Researchers have found a previously unknown mechanism in the development of breast cancer, involving an enzyme that plays a key role in lactation.

  • Sep 2018

    Can you take NyQuil while breastfeeding?

    Breastfeeding women may worry about the effects that taking NyQuil to relieve cold and flu symptoms might have on the baby. Some products are safe to use but others may require caution depending on their ingredients, such as those containing alcohol. Learn more about the impact of using NyQuil while breastfeeding.

  • Sep 2018

    Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms in women

    Rheumatoid arthritis causes many symptoms, including joint pain and stiffness. In women, symptoms often start to appear between the ages of 30 and 50. Hormonal factors and other conditions, such as endometriosis, can increase the risk of the disease. Learn more about the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in women here.

  • Sep 2018

    What to know about transvaginal ultrasounds

    A transvaginal ultrasound is an imaging scan that doctors use to examine the inside of a person’s pelvic region. By inserting a scope into the vaginal canal, the doctor can identify certain health issues. Here, we look at the uses of transvaginal ultrasounds, how to prepare for this procedure, and what to expect.

  • Sep 2018

    Can yoga improve your sex life?

    Does yoga improve sexual function? We take a look at what the research has to say and what poses may be best for a happier, more fulfilling sex life.

  • Sep 2018

    Sexual function: Electrode stimulation helps women orgasm

    A new study reveals that nerve stimulation usually applied to treat bladder problems can also help women resolve sexual dysfunction and reach orgasm again.

  • Sep 2018

    What to eat if you have PCOS

    Research has consistently shown that people can reduce the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome by following a healthful diet. In this article, learn about the best diets for PCOS, including a low glycemic index diet, anti-inflammatory diet, and DASH diet. We also cover which foods to avoid.

  • Sep 2018

    What are the best positions for breastfeeding?

    Breastfeeding is a skill that takes time for both a woman and baby to learn. The best breastfeeding positions may change over time as the woman gains confidence and the baby grows. Learn about the best breastfeeding positions for comfort, a good latch, and reduced risk of muscle strains and nipple injuries.

  • Sep 2018

    What causes pinkish-brown discharge?

    Various factors affect the color of vaginal discharge. Pinkish-brown discharge is usually not a cause for concern, but it may sometimes occur due to a condition that requires treatment. Here, we look at the causes of pink or brown discharge, including periods, pregnancy, and infection, and discuss when to see a doctor.

  • Sep 2018

    HPV and breastfeeding: What to know

    Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a widespread sexually transmitted infection. It does not usually cause severe symptoms, but some strains can increase the risk of certain cancers. Can you breastfeed if you have HPV? In this article, we look at the safety and risks to help breastfeeding women make an informed decision.

  • Sep 2018

    What to do about clogged milk ducts

    Clogged milk ducts can occur during breastfeeding if the baby does not fully drain the breasts. Clogged ducts can cause intense pain, swelling, and itching. In this article, learn more about the causes and symptoms of clogged milk ducts and how to treat them at home. We also cover prevention and when to see a doctor.

  • Sep 2018

    What causes an absence of menstruation?

    An absence of menstruation, also called amenorrhea, means either that a person has not started having periods by the age of 16 or that someone who has started menstruating has missed three periods in a row. In this article, learn about 13 causes of amenorrhea, possible additional symptoms, and when to see a doctor.

  • Sep 2018

    What vitamins and minerals does a woman need?

    Women have different nutritional needs to men. These needs can change throughout life and according to activity levels, medical conditions, and lifestyle choices. Here, we look at which vitamins and minerals a woman needs at different life stages, the recommended dietary intakes, and which foods to eat.

  • Sep 2018

    How to stop or speed up your period

    Periods often occur at inconvenient times, and people may sometimes want to speed up or stop their period once it has started. There is no foolproof way to do this, but certain methods may work for some people. Hormonal contraception allows people to plan when to have a period or stop their periods permanently.

  • Sep 2018

    What to know about Foley bulb induction

    A Foley bulb induction is when a doctor inserts a small balloon into the cervix to help it dilate faster. Foley bulb induction is one of many ways to induce labor. There are few side effects and the procedure is safe for most women. Learn more about the procedure, benefits, and risks.

  • Sep 2018

    What causes itchy nipples while breastfeeding?

    Itchy nipples are a common complaint, especially in the initial weeks of breastfeeding. In this article, learn about the causes of itchy nipples and breasts while breastfeeding, including thrush, a bad latch, contact dermatitis, and the let-down reflex. We also cover how to get relief at home and when to see a doctor.

  • Sep 2018

    What days can you get pregnant?

    Females are most fertile within a day or two of ovulation, which is known as the fertile window. Being able to calculate when the fertile window will occur may be helpful for couples trying to conceive, and for those who want to avoid pregnancy by using fertility awareness contraception. Learn more here.

  • Aug 2018

    What does the LH surge mean for pregnancy?

    The levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) rise just before ovulation, and the increase triggers the release of an egg from an ovary. Just after this LH surge, the most fertile period of the menstrual cycle occurs. Tracking LH levels can help to time intercourse and increase the chances of becoming pregnant.

  • Aug 2018

    Is it safe to take ibuprofen while breastfeeding?

    Many doctors recommend that women avoid taking ibuprofen when they are pregnant, so people may wonder if this drug is safe to take while breastfeeding. In this article, learn about the safety, risks, and considerations of taking ibuprofen while breastfeeding. We also discuss other pain relievers and natural treatments.