Reproductive and Pelvic Health
We could have titled this article, "Contraception: Not Your Mother's Birth Control," because women today have never had more options when it comes to birth control. Did you know there are at least 17 forms of contraception today? And that several of these options can do more than just prevent pregnancy.
It's probably not something you want to talk about, but have you been itching "down below" lately? Does it get worse at night? Do you sometimes feel a burning sensation? You could have a condition called "lichen sclerosus," or LS.
There's no question that 40 is a milestone birthday. It's a midlife point—a time to reflect, evaluate, consider, think. Is this the right career for you? Are you happy in your marriage or relationship? How are your children turning out? Is it time to have children?
Trying to describe pain to someone is never easy. It's kind of like trying to describe the sound of a flute to someone who was born deaf. This can be particularly difficult when describing pelvic pain because it can be so hard to even know exactly where the pain is coming from.
If you have endometriosis, you've probably asked yourself or your health care provider: "How could this affect my ability to get pregnant?" That's a good question. The simple answer is that it may make it harder for you to get pregnant. Studies find that about 21 to 44 percent of infertile women have endometriosis, but only 4 to 22 percent of fertile women.
You've been coping with it every month since you were a young girl, but just how much do you know about your menstrual cycle? No, not the four or five days of bleeding you get every month, but the full 28-day cycle during which your hormones rise and fall with greater regularity than the stock market. That's what we thought. Welcome, then, to Menstrual Cycle 101.
In the Beginning