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5 Reasons Why Pelvic Health Is Important For Women

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Apr 14, 2019 10:34:00 AM

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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That Pelvic Pain Could Be Endometriosis

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Apr 3, 2019 11:24:00 AM

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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Urinary Incontinence: Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 3, 2019 5:30:55 PM

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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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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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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