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Is Having a Miscarriage Preventable?

One of the first questions patients who’ve experienced a miscarriage ask during a follow-up appointment with our office is, “Did I do something wrong?”  It’s a heartbreaking question and one that is very common among women who’ve miscarried. We also know that it can be a private thought, one that is presented as a small

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When Does Menopause Start?

Around the age of 40, many women wonder about the possibility of when menopause will start. Perhaps this is around the age when your mother or grandmother started experiencing symptoms. Or, maybe menopause is on your mind because you’re feeling the effects of your current age within your body.  The truth is, the question of

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Can I Switch to Another Form of Birth Control?

Sometimes it’s out of habit, and sometimes it’s from genuinely not realizing that a change is possible, but many women stick with their current form of birth control even when it’s not working out. Birth control is supposed to make life easier, but this is not always the case. Instead of feeling protected from the

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5 Pregnancy Experiences You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

We’ve all heard of the most common pregnancy symptoms – nausea, vomiting, heartburn, back pain, fatigue, etc. However, the full range of pregnancy symptoms would surprise most people. Pregnancy can be a very different experience from one woman to another. What one woman can find difficult and potentially damaging to her quality of life, another

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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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The Importance of Mental Health in Female Wellness

Any conversation on wellness that does not include mental wellness is incomplete. Mental health impacts our relationships with ourselves & others, our physical health, and our ability to manage day-to-day responsibilities. In other words, without a healthy mind, many aspects of life can become extremely difficult to sustain. Like physical health, mental wellness is not

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What Can I Expect During My First Year in Menopause?

Menopause marks the end of a person’s menstrual cycle and is a natural progression in the reproductive system of those with ovaries. Menopause symptoms typically start in middle age and depending on what stage of menopause you are in, your physical and mental symptoms will vary. Your first year of menopause will bring many changes,

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Potential Reasons Why Your Period Is Late

We are all aware of the most prominent reason why a woman’s period is late: a pregnancy. However, did you know that this is not the only reason? There are a number of sources for a delayed or even missed period. It is important to rule out a pregnancy of course, but this does not

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Five Things Women Need to Understanding About Having a Miscarriage

If you have had a miscarriage, you are not alone. However, because conversations about miscarriage can be so lacking, it may feel that way. Miscarriages are far more common than most people would guess, but because women do not always disclose that they’ve had a miscarriage, let alone talk about their feelings, it can seem

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Five Early Signs of Labor

Very few people know the day their babies will be born. Other than induced labor or planned C-sections, delivery dates remain elusive; they usually fall within 2 weeks of your due date, though sometimes earlier. The days leading up to your baby’s exact birthday contain fleeting indicators that labor is on the horizon; recognizing these

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