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When I was a youngling, my overactive mind was fascinated by pregnant women. I remember inquisitively questioning a pregnant woman about how she slept at night and if she would crush the baby ...

Are you Pregnant? Are You Getting Any Sleep?

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After missing my period for two months and since I had a severe case of sore boobs, my husband and I decided it was time for a pregnancy test. Instead of calling the doctor for an ...

How Accurate are Pregnancy Tests?

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These days more and more woman are working until their pregnancy due date. I remember having one boss who was flying until the end of her second trimester. And she was such a workaholic she was ...

Safe Air Travel During Pregnancy

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For many women, their identity is tied to their hair and their hair is tied to their sexuality. However, health issues may arise where our hair becomes secondary to our bodies' needs, especially ...

What Will Happen to My Hair During Pregnancy?

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Pregnancy is the first time many women may experience heartburn. Heartburn is one of the most very common complaints during pregnancy. It is relatively harmless but very ...

Heartburn during Pregnancy

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Vitamin K comes mainly from leafy green vegetables and from the good bacteria in our intestines. However at birth, a baby has very little vitamin K in its intestines. Also, during pregnancy ...

The Importance of Vitamin K in Newborns

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The closets in my home are loaded with a plethora of footwear, and as my husband teasingly says, "You are the little old lady who is surrounded by shoes." My friends always joke that my shoe ...

The Mystery of the Great Foot Expansion during Pregnancy

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For most women being pregnant is a wonderful and fulfilling experience, but for others pregnancy can mean some uncomfortable changes in the body. Among those uncomfortable changes are ...

Tips on How to Treat Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy

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Anovulatory bleeding can occur in any woman who has menstrual cycles, but it generally occurs in young women starting their periods and women over forty, because of hormone fluctuations. ...

What is Anovulatory Bleeding and What Can Be Done About it?

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Over the weekend, I was reflecting on the diseases that caused my grandparents' and parents' deaths. I am primarily concerned about diabetes and heart disease. Three out of four of my ...

Combined Effects of Menopause and Diabetes

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One of the most traumatic events in our lifetime is the death of a loved one. Losing a child to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is heart wrenching and devastating to the parents and immediate ...

Bereavement Resources for Sudden Unexpected Infant Death

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My pregnant girlfriends use to complain about short term memory loss and they’d dubbed their temporary illness "baby brain". As someone who never had a child, I chalked up baby brain to my ...

How to Deal with Foggy Brain during Menopause

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Holiday sales, baking, traveling, and family holiday dinners can be stressful this time of year. The overcrowded malls and the kids nagging for expensive gifts can push the sanest person into the ...

Spicing Up Your Sex Life During the Holidays

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According to a new study, your weight may have an impact on the effectiveness of the morning-after pill. The study, conducted in 2011, is based on the French morning-after pill called Norvelo. ...

Your Weight May Impact Effectiveness of Morning-After Pill

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If you believe you've experienced birth control failure during intercourse and the man ejaculated in your vagina or vulva area, you might decide to use an emergency contraceptive pill (ECP). ...

The Facts about Emergency Contraceptive Pills

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The withdrawal method of birth control (also known as "coitus interruptus" or "pulling out") requires that the man withdraw his penis, during sex, from the vagina when he feels he is about to ...

Withdrawal Method: Birth Control Kung Fu

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According to the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, only 45 percent of men between the ages of 18 and 24 used a condom with their last sexual partner. Also the survey found that as ...

Preventing Condom Failure: Breakage, Slippage and Leakage

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Think of perimenopause as the gateway to menopause. For example, perimenopause is the 2-10 year time frame before you enter into menopause. Well, how do you know you have entered perimenopause? ...

Perimenopause and Perimenopausal Rage

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Teen pregnancy happens more often than you think. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than 329,797 babies were born to women aged 15–19 years in 2011. As ...

Teen Pregnancy: Resources You Can Turn To

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Over the last 50 years feminine hygiene has changed dramatically. Back in the day, we wore a contraption that was called a sanitary belt. This intimidating looking item with its straps would ...

Feminine Hygiene and Your Body

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This year, I saw a plethora of my friends drive their children to college and say good-bye as their kids left the family nest. I know that will never be me. Ever since I can remember, I really ...

The Benefits of Being Child-Free

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Period sex for many is off limits. The thought of sex during “that time of the month” may invoke the feelings of seeing a bloody horror film or reading a Stephen King novel. Both men and ...

Wondering About Period Sex? What You Should Consider

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Menopause is a natural life event that all women may experience after the age of 40. The menopause rule of thumb is that it occurs between the ages of 40-58 with the average hovering around 51 ...

Unusual Symptoms of Menopause

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Cesarean section delivery is the most common surgery among women in the United States while a hysterectomy is the second most prevalent surgery among U.S. women. According to the CDC, ...

Preparing for a Hysterectomy

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I have never heard anyone say they are looking forward to glory days of menopause. Granted, most women I know are pretty happy to wave goodbye to their periods. Some of my female friends and ...

The Menopause Weight Gain Myth

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Painful menstruation can happen at that time of the month, and can include annoying cramps in the lower abdomen and upper thighs. Sometimes lower back pain may be attributed to your time of the ...

Taking the Pain Out of That Time of the Month

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As someone who is knocking on the door of menopause, I hear some very interesting stories about this stage of life. One of my girlfriends loves menopause, she has an active sex life and ...

Sex after Menopause

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Recently while surfing the Internet, I came across a reproductive health test at the Huffington Post website. The sex-education refresher test offered some very interesting reproductive health ...

5 Things You May Not Know about Reproductive Health

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Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) can be the result of using a tampon but many don’t realize it can be also the result of recent surgery, skin infections, or burns. TSS can be deadly in more than 50 ...

The Facts About Toxic Shock Syndrome

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Most women dream of having a family and that includes getting pregnant and having children. But certain risk factors can keep these dreams from coming true for some women. According to the ...

5 Risk Factors That Could Keep You from Getting Pregnant

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Discussing some female bodily functions, especially related to vaginal discharge, makes many squeamish but it is very important to know what is abnormal versus normal especially for those of ...

Is My Vaginal Discharge Normal?

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At one time or another every woman's nightmare has been a heavy, irregular or prolonged menstrual period or, worse yet, missing a period. But before we reach for the pregnancy test, we should ...

What is an Abnormal Period?

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One of the funniest scenes I've seen about menopause is from the movie “Sex in the City Two”. The oversexed character Samantha is determined to stop her body from entering menopause. After ...

Supplements and Hot Flashes

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This year, Madame Menopause has made her presence known in my life. My periods are lighter and after several repeated requests my husband finally installed a mini-window air conditioner in our ...

Managing Menopause Hot Flashes

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When women enter a mid-chapter in their lives, a very large majority of women between the ages of 40-60 will experience unpleasant flashes or bursts of heat. According to Breastcancer.org, more ...

Hot Flashes, High Blood Pressure or Fever?

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I love shoes, especially high heels. My closet is overloaded with more than 300 pairs of shoes and there are dozens of pointy tight-fitting high heels. Before casual Friday became casual ...

Bunions, Bunions, Bunions!

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Many moons ago when I’d walk around downtown Chicago in my high heels, I’d occasionally feel this weird rubbing sensation of my heel against my shoe. I told my roommate about it and she said, ...

Osteophyte: Bone Spur Results from Arthritis

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More than 70 percent of the 2 million people who suffer with rheumatoid arthritis are women. Except where the size of their paychecks are concerned, celebrities tend to be like everyone else. ...

Celebrities Suffer From Arthritis Too

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"More than 46 million Americans have some form of arthritis or related condition," said the Arthritis Foundation. Rheumatoid arthritis, which is also known as RA, affects more than 1.3 million ...

Alternative Medicine for Rheumatoid Arthritis

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According to the Arthritis Foundation, approximately 46 million Americans have some type of arthritis or related condition. Women make up more than 60 percent of all arthritis cases. Arthritis ...

Osteoarthritis Versus Rheumatoid Arthritis

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More than 8.3 million people suffer from gout each year. This arthritis condition affects both men and women but during menopause women seem to be more susceptible to the condition. According ...

Got Gout? Try Cherries

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While on vacation, my husband and I met a woman from Canada who had several body parts surgically replaced. Her knee, hip and ankle had all been replaced. Her scars were fading. She ...

Knee Replacement Surgery

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One of my first trips to the doctor was for a rash all over my body. If my memory serves me correctly, I was in first or second grade. The rash lasted more than a week. My mother thought I ...

Joint Pain and Fifth Disease

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This week, the ancient practice of acupuncture made headlines across the country. Researchers have confirmed what many who receive and practice acupuncture have known all along. According to ...

Acupuncture May Relieve Sciatica and Other Pain

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Pseudogout and gout are often misdiagnosed as each other. Both cause pain and inflammation inside the joint. Both are forms of arthritis. The main difference between the two ailments is that ...

Pseudogout Like Gout But Caused by Calcium Pyrophosphate Dihydrate

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When you suffer from arthritis many chores and hobbies are cumbersome. For many arthritis sufferers, using a pen, vacuuming and even a pleasurable hobby like gardening are painful and almost ...

The Arthritis Foundation’s Ease-of-Use Program

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When I was a kid, no one ever discussed or prepared me for some of the aches and pains I would feel as I become a more mature adult. As I get older, I feel these aches and pains occur almost ...

Do-It-Yourself Tips for Easing Arthritis Pain

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According to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) “rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the synovium.” The ...

Home Therapy Tips for Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain and Inflammation

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One of my favorite websites to research medical information is the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). The UMMC website offers a plethora of medical information. Along with the ...

Alternative and Complementary Treatments May Ease Gout

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My grandmother lived to the youthful age of 101 years old. Many of my relatives believe her lengthy lifespan was a result of her walking miles daily. Another acquaintance of mine in Chicago ...

Importance of Walking: Decrease Pain, Increase Strength and Balance