Women's Health

Resource for women's health information, issues, fitness, and lifestyle.

Breast Health: Answers About Breast Cancer Risk, Prevention, & Diagnosis

Breast Cancer Risk, Prevention, & Diagnosis Eighty percent of breast lumps are discovered by women themselves and not by their healthcare providers. Lumps are the most common breast change discovered either with breast self-examination or with mammography. Fewer than one-third of women regularly practice breast self-examination. The fear of finding something abnormal is the biggest reason many women resist establishing a routine for...

Walking

By Patricia Older By discovering the wonder of self through movement, today's mid-life woman can invigorate both the mind and the body, while easing the discomforts of menopause. A generation with high expectations, we are doing better than ever. While racing along with personal and professional responsibilities, we want, among other things, to stay healthy and to look good. This is especially so...

Ask Your Doctor - Your General Health Q & A

Ask Your Doctor - Your General Health Q & A Q.I often wake up in the morning drenched in sweat. Is something wrong with me? A. It may just be that your sheets or nightclothes are made of non-absorbent, synthetic materials. You'll be more comfortable in natural fibers such as cotton. For a woman between 35 and 50, sweating primarily at night is a common signal that the menopause is approaching. But night sweating is sometimes associated...

Problems During Pregnancy

Problems Your body has a great deal to do during pregnancy. Sometimes the changes taking place will cause irritation or discomfort, and on occasions they may seem quite alarming. There is rarely any need for alarm but you should mention anything that is worrying you to your doctor or midwife. If you think that something may be seriously wrong, trust your own judgement and get in touch with your...

Tips for Healthy Pregnancy

What do You Crave? Where do cravings come from? Hormones, right? Maybe, says Elizabeth Somer, author of Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy. The extreme hormonal changes women go through during pregnancy can have a powerful impact on taste and smell. But the bottom line, says Somer, is that no one really knows for sure. You should pay attention to your pregnancy cravings -- but not necessarily give...

Acupuncture and Menopause

Since making its dramatic debut in the United States in 1971, acupuncture is being used successfully by millions of women to treat menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes and depression. Originating from ancient Chinese traditions, acupuncture is quickly becoming a preferred alternative to traditional health care. By stimulating specific points on the body, called "acupoints", acupuncture...

How to Find Dr Right!

The ideal doctor would be one who is : competent; compassionate with a caring attitude ; experienced; with a well-organized practice - and has all the time in the world for you! While you may never find someone who meets all these criteria, how can you find a good doctor to take care of you? It's not easy finding Dr. Right- there's no guaranteed way to do it. The physician who's Dr. Right for you...