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What You Need to Know About HPV

08/28/2014 | CancerWomen's Health

What is HPV? HPV (Human Papillomavirus) is a sexually transmitted infection that causes oral and anogenital disease in both males and females, including some types of cancer.   In particular, it is responsible for almost all cases of cervical cancer in women and is the most common cause of anogenital warts.  There are several subtypes of the HPV virus, some of which are more likely to cause cancer than others. What are the signs and symptoms of HPV infection? Most patients with HPV…

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Have You Heard about Baby-Friendly Hospitals? Why? Because Breastfeeding Matters!

05/19/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMaternityWomen's Health

Decades of research has shown breastfeeding has multiple health benefits for both infants and mothers. Growing evidence has shown exclusive breastfeeding can reduce the likelihood of many health risks including ear and respiratory infections, obesity, diarrhea and diabetes. For mothers, breastfeeding can reduce the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for six months. In the U.S., nearly all infants…

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First-time mom survives pregnancy-related heart failure

05/07/2014 | InnovationsTechnologiesCardiovascularMaternityWomen's HealthPatient Stories

Michelle Fauber with her 1-year-old daughter, Andrea

As she brought new life into the world, an Indiana woman fought for her own survival Michelle Fauber was on a ventilator the first time she held her newborn daughter—a powerful image that exemplifies the fragility of life. Just a few days before that tender moment, Michelle and her husband noticed signs that something was wrong. In January 2013, Michelle was preparing to give birth to the couple’s first child. The Faubers, married since 2008, spent the past few years trying to have children.…

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Easing Your Daughter’s Anxiety About Her First Gynecologist Visit

09/24/2013 | IU Health PhysiciansWomen's Health

Scheduling the first visit with a gynecologist can make many teen girls and younger women feel anxious. Most aren’t sure what to expect, and there is usually apprehension about the physical exam. Moms can be a trusted source of information and a good resource for daughters who are preparing to see a gynecologist. One common question young women ask is “when should I go for my first exam?” All women should have their first pelvic exam and Pap smear by age 21. Your daughter may need…

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Nutrient-Dense Foods Help Menopausal Women Control Weight and Improve Bone Health

09/13/2013 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicineWomen's HealthHealthy Eating

Science shows that a woman’s fat cells are bigger, more active and more resistant to dieting than a man’s. During menopause, those cells are actually healthy for our well-being because they help produce the estrogen needed for fewer side effects, including hot flashes, mood swings and sleep disruption. Staying fit and healthy during menopause doesn’t mean you have to declare war on your fat-storing physiology, but you may have to re-educate yourself about what and how much to eat,…

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Two Hints for Managing Menopausal Weight Gain

09/11/2013 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicineWomen's HealthWellnessHealthy Eating

It’s no secret that maintaining an ideal body weight is easier on the joints. But for many menopausal women, controlling weight is a vicious battle, sabotaged by a variety of factors—from less energy to a slower metabolism. “Weight gain is directly and indirectly related to how you feel during menopause,” says Heather Fink, a registered dietitian and consultant for Indiana University Health Sports Performance. “You might find that your sleep is disrupted, and that has…

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When Should You Go for Breast Cancer Screenings

08/24/2012 | Treatments & ServicesWomen's Health

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States (skin cancer is most common). Breast cancer is cancer that forms in the cells of the breast. In the last year, over 200,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer. It is extremely important to know about breast cancer screening options and see a doctor for examination periodically. Q: I am young and healthy; can I be at risk for breast cancer? A: Yes. While breast cancer is more common after age 50, all women…

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Midlife Moms: Planning for a Safe Pregnancy Past 35

07/16/2012 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health PhysiciansTreatments & ServicesWomen's Health

Moving through your mid-30s and pondering motherhood? You’re not alone. More and more American women are postponing having children. Women have lots of reasons for choosing to start a family later. Many put motherhood on the back burner until they’ve completed their education and settled into their career. Others may take longer to meet their partners or become financially stable. Some may not feel ready to face the challenges of parenting until they’ve had more life experience…

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Advantages of Breast Feeding

06/14/2012 | Treatments & ServicesWomen's Health

Why should I breast feed my baby? Breast feeding is the most natural way to feed your baby, providing them with exactly what they need in ways that formula cannot. Not only are there many health benefits, but it is also a significant cost savings. Research consistently shows that exclusive breast feeding during your infant’s first 6 months followed by solids and continued nursing to a year or longer is the best and healthiest beginning for your baby. What are the health benefits to breast feeding?…

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The Benefits of Annual “Well-Woman” Exams

05/14/2012 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health PhysiciansTreatments & ServicesWomen's HealthWellness

It’s become increasingly common for women to put their own healthcare needs aside while caring for children, working or engaging in other activities. At every age, women should schedule an annual well-woman exam that includes preventive healthcare and guidance on diet, exercise, safety and contraception (for pre-menopausal women). Regarding prevention, women often have questions or concerns about breast health, specifically screening mammograms, and pap smears. The American Congress of Obstetricians…

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