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Stress Urinary Incontinence Isn’t a Laughing Matter

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jun 29, 2017

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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Topics: Women's Health

Hysterectomy Reasons, Options and Information

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jun 6, 2017

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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Topics: Women's Health

Nutrition Tips for Women Over 40

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on May 23, 2017

Women over 40 have different nutritional needs than younger women. A woman who has never had trouble keeping weight off may suddenly be gaining weight. A woman who has always found it easy to exercise may have trouble finding the energy to do so.

Hormonal changes may be to blame for weight gain, loss of bone and muscle density, and even digestive issues. Choosing a nutrient-rich diet including healthy fats, lean proteins, dairy, and lots of fruits and vegetables as well as a regular exercise program can help women fight against the changes caused by aging.

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Topics: Aging, Women's Health

Remedies and Treatment for Hot Flash Relief

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 26, 2015

Menopause is a fact of life for all women. One of the biggest complaints of women going through menopause or perimenopause (the time before menopause) is hot flashes. In fact nearly 75% of women say they suffer from this uncomfortable symptom. Women may have hot flashes for up to five years after menopause sets in.

What is a Hot Flash?

A hot flash is a feeling of extreme heat that is not caused by external sources such as the weather. They can even occur during sleep producing night sweats. The cause of hot flashes is unknown, but it's likely due to hormonal changes since it usually occurs during menopausal years. Hot flashes are also common in women who go through abrupt menopause, such as after a hysterectomy. For these women, the hot flashes are often more intense and last longer than those women who go through natural menopause.

For some women, a hot flash is mildly annoying, but for others the intensity may negatively affect their quality of life. During a hot flash, you may feel:

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Topics: Wellness, Senior Health, Women's Health

What Are My Permanent Birth Control Options?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 19, 2015

How many children do you want to have? That is a question we are asked from an early age and especially leading up to marriage. The decision is very personal; perhaps you may choose to not have children at all, or you may have health concerns that influence your decision. 

Whatever your circumstances may be, at some point you and your partner may be wondering if there are permanent birth control options available. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that permanent birth control is the second most common method of birth control used today.

According to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of HealthyWomen, many women do not know their permanent birth control options and haven't discussed their options with their Women's Health Specialist.

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Topics: Birth, Women's Health

How Often Should Women Have a Mammogram?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 10, 2015

In recent years, there has been some controversy over when to start and how often women should have regular mammograms. Knowing your body and family history are important to making the right decision for your health.

What Is a Mammogram?

A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast and is used to screen for breast cancer. Mammograms are also used as a diagnostic tool. During a mammogram, the breast is compressed between two flat surfaces on the machine. A black and white x-ray image of the breast is displayed on the computer and examined by a doctor who looks for signs of cancer.

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Topics: Mammogram, Women's Health