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What expecting mothers need to know about Zika Virus

If you’re pregnant or trying to conceive, then the Zika virus is something you should be concerned about for a good reason – it can have serious health consequences for both the mother and the child. What is Zika? Zika is a mosquito-borne virus, which means it is spread by infected mosquitoes. People who are…

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Violence and Assaults Affect on Mental Wellness

About 3 in 10 women in the United States experience physical violence and/or sexual assault. Violence and assault can have significant effects on a woman, both mentally and physically. How Violence and Assault Affects Women’s Mental Wellness Many women experience mental health issues after violence or assault. To cope with what they’ve gone through, some…

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What is ectopic pregnancy?

For a woman to get pregnant, a fertilized egg must travel to the uterus to attach itself. This isn’t the case for ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the fertilized egg attaches itself somewhere else aside from the uterus. It could be in the fallopian tube, abdominal cavity, or cervix. While ectopic pregnancy may…

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Can Hair Dyes & Straighteners Increase Breast Cancer Risk?

Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer affecting women. In the United States alone, it is estimated that about 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Breast Cancer and Chemical Exposure Like most cancer types, there is no single cause of breast cancer….

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January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Over 10,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. This disease is virtually preventable with screening tests and vaccination. What You Need To Know About Cervical Cancer Causes and Risk Factors  Human papillomavirus (HPV) causes the majority of cases of cervical cancer.  HPV is a sexually-transmitted virus. Hence, women with…

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Bleeding and Spotting During Pregnancy: What does it mean?

Bleeding or light bleeding during pregnancy is quite common.  Having vaginal bleeding during pregnancy may feel scary but it isn’t always a sign that something’s wrong. An example of that is implantation bleeding. Implantation bleeding occurs when the fertilized egg is implanted into the lining of the uterus. This can occur even before a woman…

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How to Prepare Your Teen for Her First OBGYN Visit

Doctors recommend doing yearly checkups to female teens starting at the age of 13. Also called well-women visits, these checkups are focused on the female’s reproductive system.  These wellness checks are helpful in catching small issues that may lead to serious health problems when left undetected or unmanaged  For a teenager, this first visit can…

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What is Endometriosis and What are the First Signs of it?

Over 200,000 women in the United States suffer from endometriosis. What is endometriosis? Endometriosis is a painful condition that occurs when the tissues normally found in the lining of the uterus, the endometrium, grows outside of it. This condition could affect the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and the tissues lining the pelvis.  Why does it happen?…

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