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Ch-Ch-Changes: Women’s Health Visits Through the Years
Every relationship evolves over time. The one you have with your gynecological care provider is no exception. As your body changes, your yearly well-woman visits adjust to your needs. Whether you see a gynecologist or your primary care provider for these checkups, here’s what to expect, decade by decade.

Pregnancy Past 30: Safe and Successful?
More women are becoming pregnant later in life. Some will be first-time mothers, while others are having another child. Older mothers may be more financially stable or settled in their careers. They also may feel better able to care for a baby than a young mother would. But do older mothers and their babies face additional risks?

Can You Decrease Your Risk for Pelvic Floor Problems?
Pelvic floor disorders (PFDs) affect millions of Americans. But you can take steps to lower your risk for these problems and keep Elvis as your main pelvis-related association.

The Secret You Don’t Have to Keep: Treatment for Bowel Incontinence Is Here
Millions of people in the U.S. live with bowel incontinence. It’s increasingly common with age and impacts more women than men. If you think you may have bowel incontinence, you don’t have to suffer in silence any longer. Bowel incontinence is often treatable, so talk with your healthcare provider today.

Planning for Pregnancy? Give Your Body a Prebaby Boost
If you’re trying to conceive—or even considering the possibility—good health is more important than ever. Preparing your body for pregnancy could make the difference between success and failure. Here’s how:

Postpartum Depression vs. Postpartum Anxiety: Know the Difference
Being a new mom is exciting, but it can also be stressful. You’re adjusting to a major change in your life. Meanwhile, your hormones are in flux, and you may be seriously sleep-deprived. It’s understandable if you occasionally feel a little blue or anxious. But sometimes a more serious, long-lasting form of anxiety or depression can develop.

‘Are My Menstrual Cycles Normal?’
Menstrual cycles vary from woman to woman. What’s a normal cycle? And what’s something you should get checked out? Here’s how to tell the difference.

Folate Could Safeguard Your Health and Your Baby's
Folate, a type of B vitamin, helps the body make new red blood cells. Not getting enough folate is a serious issue, as it can lead to anemia and other health problems.

Women: Midlife Isn’t Too Late to Slash Stroke Risk
Ask women their health fears, and breast cancer often tops the list. But twice as many will eventually succumb to stroke. Each year, more women than men die of stroke. What’s more, strokes are the leading cause of preventable disability in the U.S.

4 Tips for Living with a Pelvic Floor Disorder
When there’s a problem with the sheet of muscle that forms the base of the pelvic cavity, life-disrupting and unpleasant symptoms can result, including leaking or difficulty urinating, below-the-belt pain or discomfort, trouble controlling or moving the bowels, and frequent urinary tract infections.


3 Reasons for Your Painful Periods
They come like clockwork right before your period. As your bleeding starts, they worsen. But within a few days, they subside. If this describes your cramps, you can probably blame them on prostaglandins.
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