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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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What Every Woman Should Know About Cervical Cancer

01/23/2012 | CancerWomen's Health

Cervical cancer can be prevented! Women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds are at risk for cervical cancer. Women who smoke, have their first sexual encounter at an early age, have multiple sexual partners, or are immune suppressed have a greater risk of developing cervical cancer. It’s important to know what you can do to reduce your risk of cervical cancer at every stage of life. Adolescent Early prevention can reduce the risk of cervical cancer. The cervical cancer vaccine, recommended for…

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Two Easy Steps to Prevent Cervical Cancer

01/20/2012 | CancerWomen's Health

Did you know the number one cause of cervical cancer is the Human Papillomavirus, or HPV? Human Papillomavirus is a family of viruses transmitted through sexual contact, including over 40 types that can infect the genital areas of males and females. Most types of HPV cause no symptoms and will go away on their own, but some types can cause pre-cancerous changes to the cervix (the lower part of the uterus that opens into the vagina), cervical cancer and other genital cancers. Anyone who has had, or…

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World Breastfeeding Week Information and Support

08/15/2011 | Treatments & ServicesWomen's Health

We're joining the World Breastfeeding Week celebration and working to increase awareness all month long. Breastfeeding provides many benefits for baby, mother and family. Jeni Leaird, BC, IBCLC, RLC, Lactation Consultant at IU Health Arnett Hospital, in an interview for the Lafayette Times revealed that, “One of the most highly effective measures a mother can take to protect the health of her baby and herself is to breastfeed.” Indeed, Scientific studies identify benefits such as…

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