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Does Not Having Children Affect Reproductive Health for Women?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 27, 2018 9:53:12 AM

Over the past few decades, experts have debated the impact of not having children on women’s health. Between 1994 and 2014, the percentage of women who had no children by age 44 hovered between 15 and 20%, up from 10% in the 1970s.

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The Three Stages of Menopause

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 27, 2018 9:52:43 AM

Did you know menopause isn’t just one phase? It’s actually divided into three stages, based on where you are in your reproductive and hormonal life. Here’s a closer look at the four stages of menopause and what they mean for your reproductive health.

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How to Know If You Have a Hormone Imbalance

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 19, 2018 11:08:53 AM

Your hormones are like chemical messengers that deliver changes throughout your body. Over the course of your lifetime, hormones shape your body and mind. Anyone can have a hormone shift or imbalance. It’s not limited by age or gender.

For women, hormones shift significantly during adolescence, pregnancy, and menopause, helping the body adapt to these phases. Imbalances may be particularly noticeable for both women and men as they advance through middle age and experience hormonal shifts.

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What Should I Do If My PMS Is Getting Worse?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 8, 2018 8:19:39 AM

Like clockwork, many women experience premenstrual symptoms including body tenderness and bloating. These symptoms typically arise a few days before you get your period each month and fade as it goes by.

When symptoms are severe enough to disrupt your daily activities, it’s called PMS: premenstrual syndrome. PMS is an array of symptoms that includes mood changes, cramps, body aches, pain, and fatigue. About 90 percent of girls and women have PMS during their lifetimes and 20 to 40 percent experience severe PMS symptoms.

As women age, they tend to accept and cope with PMS challenges. But some women actually find their PMS worsens as the years go by. If this sounds like you, read on.

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Is it Normal to Have Hot Flashes in Your 30s or 40s?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 5, 2018 9:37:46 AM

When a woman has hot flashes, the first thought is the m-word: menopause. In the U.S., the average age of menopause onset is 51, but that average is surrounded by a wide swath of time that encompasses women age 30 to 70.

Genetics, illness, and medical procedures can cause symptoms of menopause much earlier than age 51. So if you’re in your 30s or 40s and starting to feel hot flashes, here’s what could be happening.

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Answers to Questions About Your Pap Test

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Aug 25, 2017 10:43:04 AM

The earlier cervical cancer is diagnosed, the better your chances are for a good outcome.

The most effective way to test for cervical cancer is a Pap test (also called a Pap smear). It can also reveal changes in your cervical cells that may turn into cancer later.

Here are some answers to common questions about the Pap test, provided by the American Cancer Society,  Women’s Health Magazine and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

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That Pelvic Pain Could Be Endometriosis

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Aug 19, 2017 5:31:20 PM

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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Signs You are Experiencing Perimenopause

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Aug 3, 2017 1:59:23 PM

Can we talk? The first reaction to the signs that women may be transitioning to menopause is as varied as the women experiencing it.

Emotions can range from sadness to happiness; from doubt to denial. This part of your life signaled the beginning of womanhood and has been a constant for decades. However, with the advent of time, your body is changing and it’s trying to tell you that.

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Stress Urinary Incontinence Isn’t a Laughing Matter

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jun 29, 2017 10:18:14 AM

It can be very embarrassing.

You are with friends during your girls night out, and someone tells a funny joke. You laugh, and you accidentally urinate. And it’s not the first time this has happened.

The condition is called Stress Urinary Incontinence and it’s common. Laughing, sneezing, coughing, crying or lifting can cause the unintended release of urine. Even if you experience SUI just a little, you are not alone -- 1 in 3 women will experience it in their lifetime.

The emotional fallout from Stress Urinary Incontinence can be worse than the medical condition. You can become afraid to venture out with your family and friends, feel the need to wear adult diapers or not be too far away from a toilet.

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Hysterectomy Reasons, Options and Information

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jun 6, 2017 1:56:23 PM

The female reproductive system is the remarkable and robust producer of life. Yet, it is fragile and requires constant monitoring and care.

When health problems arise or persist with a uterus and/or ovaries, a hysterectomy may be necessary for a woman’s long-term health.

The second most-common surgery among women in the United States, this procedure basically removes a woman's uterus. The surgeon also may remove fallopian rubes and ovaries – especially if tests indicate possible issues. The procedure ends the woman’s ability to become pregnant.

More than a third of American women older than 60 have undergone the procedure.

Here is some helpful information about hysterectomies:

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