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Come On In the Water!

(04/09/2018)

Mom always said “You can’t swim while you’re on your period!” Mom said, and so it was for generations of girls. But was Mom right? Can you swim while experiencing “that time of the month?” If you do, are you putting yourself at risk? By examining various pools of water, we’ll test Mom’s rule step by step.

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Popeye Was On To Something

(04/05/2018)

Iron is an essential mineral to the human body. It helps with oxygen circulation throughout the body. The classic cartoon character, "Popeye," would eat a can of spinach to energize himself anytime Bluto, Wimpie, or Olive Oil sent hijinks his way. Known for being high in iron, spinach gave Popeye the strength he needed.

In the real world, maintaining proper levels of this ferrous mineral is not as easy as opening a can. With many nutrients (Vitamin C for example) the body can easily flush out excessive amounts. Iron is a complicated one-- too little and too much are a bad thing.

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All About Your Ovaries

(03/29/2018)

Ovaries are small, but mighty. Women are typically born with two of them. They are organs producing egg cells (ovum) and an endocrine gland secreting hormones. About the size of an almond or grape, ovaries house a lifetime supply of eggs.

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Everybody Poops

(03/19/2018)

Adding insult to injury, many women experience bouts of diarrhea during their menstrual cycle. It is common, and generally not an indication of a health concern.

The cause of loose stools during menstruation is likely prostaglandins, a natural hormone released to help the uterus contract and cleanse. Sometimes that contract and cleanse message extends to your intestines, causing diarrhea.

 

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Command-OH!

(03/11/2018)

Clearly there are times when wearing underwear is beneficial or necessary; but are there instances when not wearing underwear is beneficial or necessary?

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Yoga 360

(03/05/2018)

Western culture came to yoga as an alternative to aerobics and Jazzercise in the 1980’s, but yoga is centuries old. Likely originating in the sixth and fifth centuries B.C. in ancient India, yoga is a discipline encompassing physical, mental, and spiritual practices. This ancient discipline can benefit women at all stages of life.

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Are You a Sexually Active Teen? If so, are You Using Effective Birth Control?

(02/26/2018)

Statistics show that modern day teens are using birth control; just not the most effective ones.

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Pre-Eclamp-- WHAT?

(02/19/2018)

You may have heard about it on that episode of Downton Abbey. Reality celebrity Kim Kardashian proved that fame and fortune can’t buy a healthy pregnancy as she famously battled preeclampsia during her first pregnancy. Regardless of whether you’ve heard of it or not, it’s something to pay attention to and know that it is highly treatable.

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Valentine’s Day Sex Tips

(02/13/2018)

Between Cosmopolitan, O, the Oprah Magazine and countless other magazines in the checkout aisle, everything from romance to kink for Valentine’s Day is pretty well covered. But here are some tips you may not have thought of.

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That Not So Fresh Feeling

(01/28/2018)

“Douche” means “wash” or “soak” in French. An estimated 20-40% of American women use vaginal douche. Despite devotees' claims that it cleanses the vagina and eliminates unpleasant odors, there is no scientific data to support this belief.

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Managing Morning Sickness

(01/23/2018)

Pregnant women know that the nausea and vomiting common during the first trimester do not necessarily occur in the morning. The sour stomach feeling can occur at any time of the day; and even all day for some. It is generally not harmful to mother or baby, but it is understandably unpleasant.

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Sneaky Leaky Bladder

(01/16/2018)

Incontinence. Not proper dinner table conversation, but it is something you should discuss with your doctor.

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Acne at Any Age

(01/08/2018)

It's stereotyped as a teen problem, but acne--the most common skin condition--is affecting women (not so much men) into their 50's. What can be done?

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Can drinking beer really reduce the symptoms of menopause?

(12/18/2017)

Hot flashes, mood swings, insomnia-- can beer really help alleviate these symptoms?

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Vegan Diet May Ease Period Pain

(12/11/2017)

Some women adhering to a vegan diet report light, less painful periods. Also noted are less PMS, mood swings and bloating. 

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A flushable, biodegradable pregnancy test is on the way

(12/04/2017)

The days of hiding used pregnancy tests in a nest of toilet paper or disposing of them in a public restroom will soon be over. Women are rejoicing. And Mother Nature rejoices that the new product will be biodegradable and sustainable.

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Study links raw flour to E. coli illness

(11/26/2017)

Some of my best memories from childhood involved helping mom to bake in the kitchen and getting to lick the beaters and bowls. 

A new study may take the fun out of holiday baking for you, however. It is no longer just the raw eggs in batters that are a cause for concern, according to a study published Nov. 23 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Got the flu? Should have gotten your flu shot!

(11/19/2017)

If you have been hemming and hawing about getting a flu shot this year, there is still time to get ahead of flu season!

The most common myth surrounding the flu vaccine is that it will give you the flu. False. The vaccine, which contains several strains that doctors deem the most common strains in a given year, does not contain live virus.

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Study links IUDs, reduced cervical cancer

(11/12/2017)

If you are weighing the pros and cons of different birth control methods then there is now one more reason to consider an intrauterine device (IUD).

A recent review published in Obstetrics & Gynecology showed that women who had used IUDs had chances of cervical cancer reduced by one-third.

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Like eyebrows, breasts are sisters not twins

(11/05/2017)

You've had your breasts your entire life, so chances are you notice every little change, including asymmetries and differences in size.

Rest assured, you are not the only person with one superstar and one slacker. Why the differences? The less satisfying answer is that it depends.

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