Most pregnancies last to term, which is at least 37 weeks. Full term is 39 – 40 weeks, but about 12% of babies in the U.S. are born preterm or prematurely.
If you have already had one child, then you know the drill. Pregnancy puffiness and swelling are all part of the deal that comes with bringing new life into the world. With all the joys of waiting for your baby to arrive, including the so-called glow, you also experience the annoying puffiness and swelling.
No one enjoys discussing STDs, but if you are an adult having sex, or you are a parent, it would be wise to learn some essential facts about STDs that everyone should know.
Cervical Health Awareness Month
Cervical Health Awareness Month is an opportunity to raise awareness about women protecting themselves from HPV and cervical cancer. Here are just a few facts about cervical health that you might not be aware of:
- Every year, more than 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the United States.
- 91 percent of women who catch cervical cancer in its early stages survive.
- Cervical cancer is most common in women 35-44 years of age.
- Six out of ten women who are diagnosed with cervical cancer have never had a pap smear
Can I Reduce my Risk of Cervical Cancer?
The answer is yes. There are many things women can do to reduce the risk of getting cervical cancer, including:
- Get pap smears regularly – Pap smears detect cervical changes prior to cancer forming. Check with your physician about how often you should get a pap smear.
- Follow up after having an abnormal pap smear – Follow up tests or colposcopies are necessary if you have an abnormal pap smear.
- Practice safe sex – Women with fewer sexual partners and women who practice safe sex decrease their risk of developing HPV, which is one of the causes of cervical cancer.
- Get vaccinated – The HPV vaccine prevents the formation of high-risk strains of HPV. The vaccine is most effect for young women who are not sexually active. If you are older than 27, you might not be eligible for the vaccine.
Contact Women’s Physicians and Surgeons at (732) 431-2993 to schedule a pap smear.
Polycystic ovary syndrome, abbreviated as PCOS, is a female hormone disorder. This syndrome is caused by an imbalance of reproductive hormones, which can lead to many issues involving the ovaries.
What was commonly known as the Sexual Revolution back in the 1960s and early 1970s burst on the scene due to the invention and FDA approval of the birth control pill. That little pill managed to change how the US and the rest of world think about sexual health, and still does today.
STI vs. UTI and knowing the difference between their symptoms is quite a common dilemma. There are some symptoms similar to both a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) and a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), so sometimes it may be difficult to to discern which type of infection your symptoms represent. What follows may help you to spot the difference quickly and take action.
Let’s just be blunt and ask – when was the last time you wore a white dress? If you are one of the almost 70% of white women and 80% of black women of childbearing age in the U.S. who suffer from uterine fibroids, our guess is that it’s probably been a very long time.
No one has to tell you why a white dress might be out of the question. Those who struggle with the worst of fibroid symptoms already know why. But here’s the catch: you CAN fight back, and wear white again.
On Sunday, September 30th, the Prego Expo will team up with Axia Women’s Health for a one-day event focused on everything before, during and after the bump! Enjoy mommy seminars, shopping, product demos and more! Purchase tickets with our discount code “AXIA”. Bring a friend and stop by our booths to meet our team.
Enter the AXIA ticket giveaway on Facebook and try your luck to win! Scroll through the discussion posts to find the contest. Winners will be announced Sept. 20th.
If you are pregnant, summertime is not your friend.
You already know how uncomfortable you feel even with the AC cranked up, and how quickly any kind of activity wears you out. You are familiar with the humidity and the hot temperatures, but be aware also that the heat of summer can result in many unhealthy effects for you and your baby. Read the rest of this entry »