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The Truth About Menopause

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Apr 15, 2019

Menopause is a far-off event for much of a woman’s life, something we easily brush aside in the face of more immediate concerns related to our reproductive ability. Then, one day, after we’ve been too hot, too forgetful, or too uninterested in sex for too long, we’re struck by a thought:

Am I in menopause?”

How do you know if you’re menopausal? Will you know when it’s over? Are you destined to sweat every night for the rest of your life?

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5 Reasons Why Pelvic Health Is Important For Women

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Apr 14, 2019

First things first: Do you know where your pelvis is? Your pelvis is located between your abdomen and your legs.

Your pelvic floor is made up of muscles and tissue between the bony parts of your pelvis. The pelvic floor is responsible for supporting the function of urination, bowel movements, sex and pregnancy and delivery. It also keeps the bladder, intestines and reproductive organs in place.

Sounds important, right? You’re absolutely right. Taking care of your pelvic health can be done in multiple ways. It is important to see your OB/GYN once a year for an exam and lab work. Making sure you maintain a healthy weight is also important. If you are overweight, more pressure is put on the pelvic floor, straining the muscles and tissue that keep everything in place.

Here are five reasons why pelvic health is so important for women.

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Topics: Women's Health

That Pelvic Pain Could Be Endometriosis

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Apr 3, 2019

When you feel pain, your body is sending a signal – usually indicating something is not right.

When women feel pain in their pelvic area, they should heed the warning and see a doctor. One of the most common causes, Endometriosis, needs attention.

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Topics: Women's Health

Safety Tips When Taking Small Kids on Spring Break Trips

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 18, 2019

Southern destinations aren't just for college students blowing off a little steam this time of year.

Spring Break also is a blast for families trying to get a little time together at the beach or visiting cartoon characters. Spring vacations make memories that parents and their kids will cherish for a lifetime.

Unfortunately, accidents or illness can curtail the fun. It's a downer for everyone when you have to make a trip to the local Emergency Room.

To make certain your Spring Break vacation is a safe one, it's good to take a few precautions. Here are a few tips when traveling with small children:

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Topics: Travel, Children, Safety

Coming Back from an Exercise Injury or a Long Break From Working Out

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 12, 2019

Summer is here. Maybe you took an exercise hiatus during the winter and are thinking about getting back into your routine soon. Or maybe you haven’t exercised in a year or two because your initial winter hiatus two years ago never quite ended. Maybe you took a long break from working out not because of the cold weather, but because of an injury.

No matter your situation, we have 9 tips to help make your transition back to exercising safe and effective.

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Topics: Exercise

Preparing to Exercise Outside in All Kinds of Weather

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 12, 2019

You love your exercise routine. You feel physically, mentally, and emotionally better when you make time every week, or even every day, to exercise. One of the things that can throw a monkey wrench into your routine is the weather.

When temperatures are extreme--either unbearably hot or bitterly cold, or it’s raining, snowing, or really windy, it’s understandable that you’d prefer to stay indoors, while also be annoyed at not being able to get outside. We have some suggestions to help you exercise safely in all kinds of weather.

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Finding Creative Ways to Fit Running into Your Busy Schedule

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 12, 2019

We get it! Thanks to your full-time job, your family commitments, and carving out time to spend with your friends, your schedule is packed. It’s all you can do to get a decent night’s sleep!  

However, fitting in a running routine is important to you, too. Not sure how to do that? We have seven suggestions to get you started.

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Topics: Exercise

Scarier NOT to Do It: Importance of Colonoscopy Over 50

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 7, 2019

Men and women over the age of 50 are at the highest risk of developing colorectal cancer, which is cancer that begins in the colon or rectum. Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer in the United States.

While those statistics may seem daunting, the good news is that even though it is a very common type of cancer, it is also very treatable and even preventable.

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Topics: Cancer

Why Do I Have Urinary Incontinence and What Can I Do About It?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 3, 2019

Whether it’s a minor inconvenience or a larger problem, urinary incontinence has many different causes and can present many different symptoms. But there’s one aspect that’s truly universal: Most patients feel embarrassed about it.

Though it’s a common condition with many treatment options, some patients say they put off talking to their doctor. They anticipated an awkward or uncomfortable conversation about it.

The important thing to remember is that discussing your concerns with your doctor is the first step to addressing what is a very treatable problem— there is nothing at all to be embarrassed about.

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Urinary Incontinence: Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 3, 2019

Patients should start a dialogue if experiencing symptoms of urinary incontinence sooner rather than later, so that your physician can help you better understand the causes. Additionally, your physician can offer guidance about the best treatment options.

There is no reason to suffer in silence from a sense of shame or embarrassment. Urinary incontinence is a common condition and it is highly treatable.

Here’s a brief list of FAQ’s to help you start a discussion with your physician.

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Topics: Women's Health