What is pelvic inflammatory disease?Pelvic inflammatory disease, or PID, is a serious infection of a woman’s reproductive system. Every year it’s contracted by about a million women in the United States. The disease is most likely to harm your Fallopi…Learn More
What causes vaginal dryness?
Chronic vaginal dryness, which results from less-than-normal lubrication in your vagina, is usually caused by changes in your estrogen level. Your production of estrogen may drop while you’re breastfeeding, for example; so…
What is vulvodynia?Vulvodynia is a puzzling syndrome in which women feel chronic pain in the vulva, which consists of the external genitals (including the clitoris, the pubic mound, and the labia). Women with the condition describe the pain as a burni…Learn More
What’s so great about condoms? The condom, a thin rubber sheath that fits over your erect penis, traps your semen during sex and keeps you from impregnating a female partner or infecting your partner with a sexually transmitted disease. It can also p…Learn More
What are hot flashes?
A hot flash (also known as a hot flush) is a sudden feeling of heat, usually on your face, neck, shoulders, and chest. You may begin sweating profusely, and your heart might start pounding. These symptoms can last for only a few …
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) revolutionized treatment for male infertility. The procedure, introduced in 1992, involves taking single motile sperm and directly injecting the sperm into the egg to initiate the fertilization process. ICSI nec…Learn More
Why should I have a blood test for hepatitis B?Like other forms of hepatitis, hepatitis B is a virus that can cause severe liver damage. Unfortunately, a third of the people who have hepatitis B fail to show any symptoms of the disease. (Doctors would…Learn More
It’s a tough call, but no one would dispute that back pain ranks in the Top 10 list of a pregnant woman’s gripes. According to the North American Spine Society, at least half of all women experience back pain at some point in pregnancy. An aching back…Learn More
If you’re having a normal, healthy pregnancy, you may want to add some low-intensity strength training and daily exercise to your regimen. Pregnancy isn’t the time to take up new or strenuous sports, but with your health provider’s okay, you can begin…Learn More
Whether you’ve been faithful to your exercise routine during pregnancy or are looking for a safe and comfortable way to stay fit, now is the perfect time to work out in the water. You don’t have to know how to swim, and you don’t even have to get your…Learn More