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Does an Abnormal Pap Smear Mean I Have Cancer?

The last thing you expect when you go in for your regular Pap smear is to learn that your latest results are “abnormal.” What does that mean? Do you already have cancer? Can it be cured? What are your next steps?
Sep 1st, 2023

Understanding the Two Types of IUDs

When you’re ready for reliable, long-term birth control, one of your best and most hassle-free options is an intrauterine device (IUD). Both types of IUDs — hormonal and non-hormonal — are effective, safe, and reversible. So what’s the difference?
Aug 7th, 2023

STIs vs. STDs: Understanding the Difference

Even if you don’t know the difference between sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), you know that you don’t want either. But what’s the difference between them? When it comes to treatment, does it matter?
Jul 5th, 2023

Signs You've Chosen Your Ideal Birth Control Method

You may wonder if you have the right type of birth control for your needs. Evaluating where you are now helps you decide if you need to make a change or not. Are you using birth control that served your past needs or your present needs?
Jun 7th, 2023

Is Pain During Intercourse Normal?

Pleasure and pain are sometimes, paradoxically, linked. But if you feel pain when you have intercourse, you probably don’t find it pleasurable. Intercourse shouldn’t be painful. But what if it is? Why does that happen, and what can you do about it?
May 2nd, 2023

5 Life-Improving Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy

When you enter perimenopause or menopause, you may want to balance your hormones with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Today’s HRT conveys numerous physical and emotional benefits that improve your quality of life. Here are five of them.
Apr 1st, 2023

Is Vaginal Dryness Normal After 50?

You used to love sex, but now you dread it. Instead of pleasure, you feel pain. You may also notice that your vulva is drier and even smaller than it used to be. Now that you’re 50 or over, do you have to accept vaginal dryness as normal? No.
Mar 12th, 2023

Five Encouraging Facts About Routine Pap Smears

A Pap smear is one of the simplest tests you can have to ensure that you stay healthy and catch cervical cancer in its earliest, most curable phase. If you’re wondering whether a Pap test is worth your time, following are five reasons why it is.
Feb 14th, 2023

How Are Estrogen and Progesterone Different?

If you’re in perimenopause or are already postmenopausal, you may consider hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to alleviate symptoms and prevent bone loss. But should you only take estrogen? Or just progesterone? Or both? How are they different?
Jan 15th, 2023

How to Heal Well From Your C-Section

After you’ve had a C-section, you have to baby your body as well as your baby. C-sections are major surgery, so it’s important that you give yourself every opportunity to heal well and fully. Here’s how to do that.
Dec 8th, 2022

Understanding Your Birth Control Options

If you’re sexually active but don’t want to become pregnant, you need birth control. Although “natural” contraception exists, it’s notoriously ineffective. Barrier methods, hormones, implants, and IUDs are far better choices.
Nov 2nd, 2022

I'm Embarrassed to Get an STD Test: What's Involved?

If you’re sexually active, part of maintaining your health is testing regulaly for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), whether you have symptoms or not. Even though you may feel embarrassed to ask for or get a test, they’re both simple and fast.
Oct 1st, 2022

Fertility and Diet: Is There a Connection?

The healthier your body is, the more likely you are to become pregnant when you’re ready. So, does what you eat really influence your fertility? It absolutely does! If you want to preserve or restore your fertility, take these steps now.
Aug 1st, 2022

Reasons Why You May Have Painful Sex

Sex should be pleasurable, not painful. Whether you’ve always experienced pain during sexual intercourse, or whether this is a recent manifestation, you deserve to know why. Painful sex is a sign of an underlying condition that needs to be addressed.
Jul 4th, 2022

Preparing for Your First Pap Smear

It’s time for your first Pap smear and you’re a little nervous. Is it going to hurt? Will your doctor find abnormalities? If so, what do they mean? And, you may wonder, is there anything you need to do to prepare yourself for this life-saving test?
Jun 1st, 2022

How Hormone Replacement Therapy Has Changed Over the Years

If you’re in menopause or perimenopause, you may remember early studies that linked hormone replacement therapy (HRT) with an increased risk for breast cancer. Not only were those studies flawed, but today’s HRT has evolved. Here’s how.
May 5th, 2022

How Childbirth Changes Your Vagina and What You Can Do About It

If you’ve ever overstretched a t-shirt to the point where you can’t wear it anymore, you may worry about your vagina after childbirth. You feel “looser” than you did before. You may also have less pleasure during sex. Here’s what to do.
Apr 8th, 2022

Five Popular Birth Control Methods to Consider

Choosing birth control is like choosing a partner: You want to match your needs as well as your values. With so many options, though, deciding which type of contraception to use may feel overwhelming. Here are some popular choices.
Mar 13th, 2022

How Are STIs and STDs Different?

In this world of ubiquitous acronyms, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of what means what. If your doctor tells you that you have an STI, does that mean you have an STD? Or, are they somehow different?
Feb 13th, 2022

Recovering From a C-Section: What to Expect

Almost one-third of childbirths in the United States are through cesarean section (aka C-section). Although C-sections are safe for both mother and child, it’s still major surgery. You need to give yourself time and space to recover and heal.
Jan 11th, 2022

How Often Do I Need Pap Smears?

More than 4,000 women die each year in the United States from cervical cancer. A simple test detects cervical cancer in its earliest stages, when doctors can cure it. That test is called a Pap smear. Here’s when you should get it.
Dec 13th, 2021

Which Women Should Be Tested for STDs and How Often?

If you’re sexually active, STD testing should be part of your self-care routine. But how often do you need to be tested? And if you’re in a long-term, monogamous relationship, is STD testing even necessary? Find the answers here.
Nov 9th, 2021

What You Need to Know About Prenatal Care

You can hardly wait until your baby’s in your arms so you can bestow the loving care they need to thrive. But your little one actually needs your care even before birth. Prenatal care gives your baby a head start toward a healthy life.
Sep 14th, 2021

Is a Birth Control Implant Right for You?

Birth control implants are a safe and effective way to drastically reduce your risk of pregnancy, and there’s much to understand about them. Here’s what you need to know.
Jul 20th, 2021
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