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What’s Happening to My Body During Menopause?

The end of a woman’s menstrual cycle, also known as menopause, is a natural progression in the reproductive system of those who ovulate. Menopause symptoms usually start in middle age, but everyone’s experience is different and begins at different ages. Depending on what stage of menopause you are in, your physical and mental symptoms will

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5 Things You Need to Know About Trying to Conceive (TTC)

If you’ve recently decided to grow your family or are planning on starting in the near future, it can be helpful to know a few things before/while getting started. Education about sex, procreation, ovulation, and menstruation can be lacking or not even present. Myths and misconceptions about getting pregnant are still widely spread. All this

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Women and World Mental Health Day

In general, mental health is not regarded as seriously as it should be. For many, their mental health tends to take a back seat. October 10th is World Mental Health Day, which provides us with a natural moment to reflect on mental health and provide strategies to help those who are struggling. As an OB/GYN

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5 Things You Need To Know About PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal condition that affects women during their reproductive years. Its symptoms can negatively impact a woman’s quality of life and possibly her fertility. PCOS symptoms can sometimes mimic other reproductive or general medical issues, so it is not always immediately diagnosed. Because of this, many women who experience PCOS

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August is Summer Sun Safety Month

A healthy amount of sunshine is essential to our wellbeing; spending time in the sun has proven to boost the immune system, lift moods, and result in better sleep. However, without taking the proper precautions, getting your daily dose of sunshine can also put you at risk of skin and eye damage, and dehydration. Luckily,

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Five Ways to Make Pregnancy Less Stressful

Confirming a pregnancy is a very exciting time in a woman’s life. Each stage of pregnancy brings new experiences and symptoms, and as our bodies change with the baby’s growth, there can be some challenges within everyday life. For some women, pregnancy is a breeze, with zero to minimal symptoms, high energy levels, and generally

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What Happens If I Skip My Annual Exam?

Once a year, it is highly recommended that women attend an annual exam with their gynecologist. Of course, spending time at a doctor’s office might not be your favorite to-do list item, but there is a reason why medical professionals deem it necessary. Annual exams, or annual well-woman exams, are used as preventative care. They

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Preeclampsia: What You Should Know

Preeclampsia is a condition that occurs during pregnancy. This complication usually occurs late in pregnancy (after 20 weeks), but it can also happen earlier or after childbirth. Most people diagnosed with preeclampsia are able to deliver healthy babies and fully recover. However, if left untreated, preeclampsia can lead to serious complications that put both mother

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How to Participate in National Infertility Awareness Week in 2021

This year, National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) offers the theme of #WhatIWantYouToKnow. So often, women and men experiencing infertility feel a sense of embarrassment or shame over their diagnosis. It can be so challenging to exist in a world where it feels like everyone you know is having babies and you’re scheduling fertility appointments between

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How Endometriosis Affects Fertility

It’s estimated that approximately 30% to 50% of women struggling with infertility have endometriosis. In fact, many women first discover that they have the condition when seeking fertility care after unsuccessfully trying to conceive. Like many disorders, endometriosis affects bodies differently and can cause infertility in a variety of ways. Endometriosis occurs when the lining

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