Women's Health
New generation of period products

A New Generation of Products for Your Period

Navigating your monthly cycle can be a nuisance — cramps, irritability and cravings are all par for the course. Plus, the products women use to keep their periods under control present another set of problems. “Conventional feminine hygiene products, including pads and tampons, often contain dioxins from bleach, fragrance for …

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Pregnancy & Birth
woman in childbirth, experiencing labor pain

Managing Labor Pain: 5 Q’s for a Labor & Delivery Nurse

Labor pain is hard to describe to someone who hasn’t been through it. But you should know, they sure don’t call it labor because it is easy. “For most women, going through labor is probably the worst pain you’ll experience in your life,” says Rebecca Peterson, RN, a labor and …

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Supporting New Parents

Baby Blues vs. Postpartum Depression: How to Tell the Difference

The event of becoming a mother should be nothing but a joyous one, but the excitement of having a new baby can be overshadowed by feelings of sadness and mood swings. Many new moms experience these feelings shortly after giving birth, which are often referred to as the ‘baby blues.’ …

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Preventing Osteoporosis
4 Ways for Women to Improve Bone Health

4 Ways Women Can Improve Bone Health

When you break a bone as a kid, it’s no big deal – you get a cast, your friends sign it, and in a few weeks you’re all healed up. As you get older, your bones weaken, and your body doesn’t bounce back from an injury the way it used …

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Women's Health Tips
What to Eat (or Not) During Menopause

What To Eat (or Not) During Menopause

Most women agree, menopause is no picnic. Just as shifting hormones can lead to acne and mood swings during puberty, they can also wreak havoc on body and mind when estrogen levels decline. What Happens During Menopause During menopause, women tend to gain fat while simultaneously losing muscle mass. But …

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Cancer Screenings

When to Get a Mammogram? Your Questions Answered

As baseball legend Yogi Berra once said, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” Recently, more breast cancer screening recommendations have been released, which can often mean more confusion for women, particularly those in their 40s and 50s, about when to begin – and how often to get – routine mammograms. If you’re …

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Sexual Health
Q & A: Sexually Transmitted Infections Among Seniors

Q & A: Sexually Transmitted Infections Among Older Adults

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) like genital herpes, human papillomavirus (HPV), chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), are at an all-time high. While most of these cases affect teens and young adults, rates among older people are also climbing. “Older individuals may think they don’t have to use …

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Healthy Postpartum Care
No, You Shouldn't Eat Your Placenta (and other postpartum tips)

No, You Shouldn’t Eat Your Placenta

Eating the placenta after delivering a baby may sound gross, but celebrity moms from January Jones to Kim Kardashian claim ingesting the placenta after birth boosts milk production, increases energy and staves off postpartum depression. What harried new mom wouldn’t want some of that? FAQ on Placenta Eating (aka Placentophagy) …

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Women's Health
Dealing with Hot Flashes

Dealing with Hot Flashes

For many women, the symptoms of menopause can be a nuisance. Just as you faced hormonal shifts during puberty, you’ll also have to navigate another series of changes in the years surrounding menopause. One of the biggest complaints among women in the pre-, peri- and postmenopausal year? Hot flashes. Heating …

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Healthy Pregnancy
Eating for Two

Eating for Two: Healthy Choices for Baby & You

When eating for two (or more), it’s where the calories come from that matters most. Extra baby-building calories need to come from a well-balanced diet that is high in protein, low in sugar and refined carbs, loaded with fiber, and rich in the right kind of fat—omega-3 polyunsaturated fat. You …

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