• Seeing The Gynecologist About Genital Lesions

    Finding a lesion on your genitals can be a bit alarming. Whether it's a lump, a bump, a sore, or a spot, you're going to wonder about its origins, what it means, and what you need to do about it. Not every genital lesion warrants a visit to the gynecologist, but many do. Keep reading to learn a little more about when genital lesions need care and what care your doctor may provide. [Read More]

  • Symptoms And Treatment Of Third Trimester Polyhydramnios

    Polyhydramnios or excess amniotic fluid can make for a very uncomfortable last trimester. Although it can appear as early as 16 weeks gestation, polyhydramnios usually appears during the last few weeks of pregnancy. An ultrasound is usually performed to determine if polyhydramnios is present. If there is excess amniotic fluid, the amount will be measured by the ultrasound technologist. Once your obstetrician receives the results, it will be determined if the amount of excess fluid is mild, moderate or severe. [Read More]

  • What A Gynecologist Looks For During A Rape Assessment

    Rape is never something you hope will happen to you. However, if you think you have been raped but cannot recall, your gynecologist can perform a rape assessment. Here is what a gynecologist looks for during this type of exam. Bruising and Abrasions Around the Labia The lips of your genitals should not have signs of bruising or abrasions. These are indications of rough or forced sexual encounters. When you do not recall having sex willingly in the last forty-eight hours, these are often the first signs of rape of which your doctor takes note. [Read More]

  • The Deep Blue Sea: How Deep Water Aerobics Can Keep You Healthy While Pregnant

    When you're pregnant – especially once you get about halfway through your second trimester – it can feel nearly impossible to get through any sort of exercise. You're tired, your feet are swollen, and you feel like one of those killer whales you see on documentaries. But what if there was a way to exercise without any impact on your body – and where, even in public, no one can really see you? [Read More]

  • Comparing Like Symptoms Of Parkinson's Disease And Pregnancy

    Although the symptoms may occur for different reasons, some of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease are similar to those of pregnancy. For some women, these symptoms worsen during pregnancy. If you aren't certain whether changes in your symptoms during pregnancy are normal, report them to your doctor who can help you understand why like symptoms can occur for different reasons. Fatigue. Fatigue is a common symptom of Parkinson's disease. [Read More]

  • How To Properly Prepare For Your Annual Gynecologist Appointment

    If you are going to your first gynecologist appointment, or your first gynecologist appointment with a new doctor, it is important that you properly prepare for your appointment. Here are a few things you should and shouldn't do in order to ensure that you are prepared for your annual gynecologist appointment. Track Your Cycle Before Your Appointment If you are not already, start to track your cycle before your next annual gynecologist exam. [Read More]

  • How Can You Treat Uterine Prolapse While Maintaining Your Fertility?

    If you've recently been diagnosed with uterine prolapse, you may be concerned about the long-term ramifications of this medical condition -- particularly if you're not sure you're ready to say goodbye to your childbearing years. What treatment options can help prevent your prolapse from recurring without compromising your ability to carry future children? Will pregnancy put you in danger? Read on to learn more about some treatment options that won't impact your fertility. [Read More]

  • 3 Tips To Prepare For A Potential Emergency When Having An At-Home Birth

    Hiring a midwife and having an at-home birth can be a wonderful decision for many pregnant women. The idea of giving birth in your home -- while surrounded by family members, other loved ones and all of the comforts and familiarity of home -- can be a wonderful thing. However, it is important to prepare for a potential emergency. Although you shouldn't have anything to worry about if you aren't experiencing serious pregnancy complications and if you have chosen a good midwife, it's still important to be prepared for anything. [Read More]

  • Headaches During Pregnancy? Safe Ways To Ease The Pain

    The hormonal changes you go through after you become pregnant can often lead to headaches, especially during your first trimester. This can be especially bothersome, since the discomfort can interfere with the joy and excitement you should be experiencing, having recently found out that you're expecting. Many mothers-to-be are not sure how to manage headaches during pregnancy, since many of the medications used to manage headaches may not be safe for pregnant women. [Read More]

  • Beyond The Yeast Infection: 3 Other Possible Causes Of Vaginal Itching

    Often, when women develop an itch "down there," they assume a yeast infection is to blame. After all, yeast infections are pretty common. It is possible, however, that your vaginal itching has another more sinister cause. Here's a look at three other ailments that are known to cause vaginal itching. Bacterial Vaginosis Bacterial vaginosis is caused by an overgrowth of bacteria in your vaginal canal. Like a yeast infection, it causes itching and discharge. [Read More]