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Are Fibroids Dangerous? Apr 7th, 2021

Uterine fibroids are the most common tumor of the reproductive tract, affecting up to 80% of women by age 50. Fibroids most often occur in women during their childbearing years.  While some women have fibroids without symptoms, others experience symptoms so painful and severe that the condition can affect their...

How Often Should I See My Doctor During Pregnancy? Mar 2nd, 2021

Ensure you’re giving your baby the best possible start by maintaining the recommended schedule of prenatal visits during your pregnancy. While it may be challenging to fit ongoing office appointments into your busy schedule, prenatal visits are the best way to protect your health and the health of your baby. ...

I'm Over the Age of 35. Is Pregnancy Still an Option For Me? Feb 18th, 2021

If you’re considering pregnancy after age 35, you’re part of a growing trend. Women are choosing to postpone motherhood and start or add to their families later in life.  As the birth rates for women ages 20-34 have decreased, birth rates for women in their late 30s to mid-40s have...

Understanding the Different Types of Birth Control Jan 7th, 2021

No single birth control method is right for everyone. Your lifestyle, age, and childbearing plans can make some options more appropriate than others.  With more than 15 methods of birth control approved by the Food and Drug Administration, you have a wide range of safe and effective options for preventing...

What Does It Mean if My Pap Smear Is Abnormal? Dec 10th, 2020

Finding out that you have an abnormal Pap smear, or Pap test, can send your mind racing toward a million worst-case scenarios. Before jumping to conclusions, remember that having an abnormal Pap smear simply means that some of the cells from your cervix don’t look normal.  A Pap smear doesn’t...

Tips for a High-Risk Pregnancy Nov 10th, 2020

Your pregnancy is considered high-risk when you have one or more medical problems that could affect your health or the health of your baby. About 6-8% of all pregnancies are in this category. Your pregnancy can be considered high-risk if you: Are in your teens or older than age 35...

The Truth About Birth Control Oct 12th, 2020

Despite medical advances that have expanded the availability and choices of birth control, many women make this important decision based on common misconceptions about the way birth control works and the effect it has on their bodies.  Almost 45% of pregnancies in the United States are unintended, indicating that many...

Gynecology Care in the Age of COVID-19 Sep 27th, 2020

As everyone has learned to adapt to a “new normal” that includes social distancing, wearing masks, and vigilant hand-washing, health care providers have established new procedures for treating conditions unrelated to COVID-19.  While the way you receive care may be different, routine and urgent gynecologic services are still key to...

Urinary Incontinence: Not a Natural Part of Aging Aug 28th, 2020

Living with urinary incontinence is more than an inconvenience. Bladder control problems can affect your self-image, interfere with your daily routine, and limit your social interactions.  Unfortunately, many women are too embarrassed to discuss this sensitive condition so they suffer in silence. Since urinary incontinence becomes more common with age,...

The Importance of Self-Care During the COVID-19 Crisis Jul 1st, 2020

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically affected the way you access routine and urgent health care services.  Because infection prevention and services related to emergency care have become a priority, many people are left with limited options for handling conditions and concerns that are not life-threatening.  You may...

Everything You Need to Know About a Colposcopy Jun 22nd, 2020

If your physician recommends that you have a colposcopy, it’s likely because you’re one of 3 million women who have an abnormal or unclear Pap smear each year. The test is typically recommended to clarify whether a problem exists and the appropriate treatment for it.  During a colposcopy, your doctor...

(COVID-19) Pregnancy and Coronavirus: What We Know Apr 1st, 2020

The medical team at The Association for Women’s Health Care wants to help you navigate the overwhelming amount of information concerning the COVID-19 coronavirus. The experienced OB/GYN specialists have been following the updates from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists regarding the coronavirus and pregnancy and have compiled some...

How Menopause Affects Your Sex Life Mar 1st, 2020

While many women comfortably talk about the hot flashes, night sweats, and fatigue associated with menopause, the impact of menopause on a woman’s sex life isn’t something that’s frequently shared. But the physical and emotional effects of menopause can result in dramatic changes in how you experience intimacy.  Every woman...

What to Expect During Your First Prenatal Appointment Feb 1st, 2020

Your body experiences many changes in the early months of pregnancy. Your first prenatal appointment helps ensure that both you and your unborn baby experience the best possible pregnancy and birth.  This office visit includes a thorough medical examination to assess your health and the possibility of complications. It also...

5 Things Every Woman Should Know About Fibroids Jan 9th, 2020

Do you always feel swollen and heavy in your pelvic region? Uterine fibroids can give you heavy periods, constipation, lower back pain, and other symptoms. If you are one of the women affected by this common condition, you may have found that your life is extremely disrupted by fibroid related...

How Does Endometriosis Affect Fertility? Dec 4th, 2019

If you’re a woman, you’ve probably heard the word endometriosis at some point. Even though it’s a common gynecological condition, though, it’s often poorly understood and underdiagnosed. In fact, at least 1 in 10 women has this common issue during their reproductive years, but many don’t know until they have...

Myths and Facts About HPV Nov 1st, 2019

Are you a sexually active adult? If so, you’ve probably had HPV at some point in your life. HPV, or human papillomavirus, is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the world. According to the CDC, 79 million Americans are currently infected with HPV and 14 million more will become...

Why More Women Are Choosing the IUD Oct 17th, 2019

When it comes to choosing birth control, finding a method isn’t the problem; there are a wide variety of options. More often than not, the decision comes down to finding one that suits your goals and lifestyle. If you’re unsure about what to consider when considering birth control, take a...

How Menopause Affects Your Mental Health Sep 1st, 2019

Menopause marks the end of your period and your reproductive years. Some women look forward to this change, while others do not. Most women, however, don’t welcome the symptoms that come with menopause — particularly when it comes to their mental health.  Here at The Association of Women’s Health Care,...

My Pap Smear Results Were Abnormal — Now What? Jul 31st, 2019

Getting a Pap smear is one of the most important things you can do as a woman to detect cervical cancer. If it’s been a couple of years since your last Pap smear, you should schedule one as soon as possible. If your Pap smear shows that you have precancerous...

Can Fibroids Affect My Ability to Get Pregnant? Jul 11th, 2019

Estimates suggest that 20-50% of women have fibroids, which are noncancerous growths found inside or outside the uterine wall, or underneath the uterine lining. However, since most fibroids don’t come with any symptoms, many women live their entire lives undiagnosed. In some cases, fibroids can prevent you from getting pregnant...

Who Should Undergo Genetic Testing? Jun 17th, 2019

Genetic testing before and during pregnancy can help many families make better decisions regarding the well-being of themselves and their baby. Some ethnic groups and women over 34 years old are more likely to have babies with a genetic disorder or a severe birth defect. Although severe birth defects are...

9 Ways to Get Your Body Ready for Pregnancy May 21st, 2019

Also known as “preconception planning,” getting your body ready for pregnancy is incredibly important to ensuring a successful conception, pregnancy, and birth. At The Association for Women's Health Care, we understand that you’re looking for the best in obstetric care, and that’s exactly what we provide you with when it...

What Every Woman Should Know About HPV Apr 28th, 2019

Sexually transmitted diseases aren’t anybody’s favorite topic. Yet, without proper education about the human papillomavirus (HPV), you could find yourself confronted with genital worst, or worse yet, cancer. The good news is, there are steps you can take to protect yourself. The Association for Women’s Healthcare, with locations in Chicago’s...

What Is a Colposcopy and Why Would I Need One? Mar 1st, 2019

As part of your routine pelvic exam, you have a Pap smear, which is a test that looks for changes in the cells of your cervix that could be a sign of cervical cancer. Although Pap smears usually reveal no abnormalities, sometimes they uncover abnormal or unusual cells that require...

Female Urinary Incontinence: It's More Common Than You Think Feb 8th, 2019

If you suffer from urinary incontinence (UI), you may think you’re alone. This is far from the case though, as research shows millions of women suffer from UI. The professional team at The Association for Women’s Healthcare has helped thousands of women regain their sense of self by successfully treating...

How Hormone Replacement Therapy Can Help With The Side Effects Of Menopause Jan 16th, 2019

Menopause and its symptoms can really disrupt your life, throwing you off balance and causing pain, discomfort, and even embarrassment. Hot flashes in the middle of a meeting, lashing out at a loved one for no reason at all then dissolving into tears, and, seemingly, the end of spontaneous romance...

3 Tips for Preventing Osteoporosis Dec 7th, 2018

Osteoporosis is a common condition affecting around 8 million American women, but it’s something that creeps up on you, leaving you unaware until your bones become so weak they begin to fracture. Osteoporosis begins to develop in your middle years when the normal and automatic process of bone loss and...

Family Planning: Things to Consider When Choosing Birth Control Nov 19th, 2018

Using birth control is a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy. Whether you are dating or married, if you are sexually active and don’t want to become pregnant, you should consider birth control. But, sorting through all your options can be overwhelming. Between pills, patches, IUDs, and more, there’s...

The Major Role of Estrogen in Women’s Health Oct 17th, 2018

From the moment you begin puberty, and often before you even know what’s happening, your hormones take control. If you’re a woman, especially, due to your monthly cycle the ebb and flow of hormones coursing through your system can impact your life in many ways. From menstruation and pregnancy to...

3 Topics to Discuss at Your First Prenatal Appointment Sep 26th, 2018

When you see those pink lines on the pregnancy test, you’re probably over the moon and filled with questions. As soon as you learn you’re pregnant, it's good to get in touch with your family doctor, midwife, or OB/GYN. Even if you have yet to choose a doctor to guide...

Pros And Cons Of An IUD Aug 24th, 2018

You’ve heard great things about today’s intrauterine devices (IUDs), but you don’t know much about them.  With so many different types of birth control out there, you’re not even sure how you’re going to choose the right one.Knowing what you want from birth control — and what you don’t want...

Experiencing Pelvic Pain? It Could Be Fibroids Jul 20th, 2018

Commonly referred to as pelvic pain, the severity of pain and cramping in your lower abdomen can range from mild and sporadic to severe and constant. The pain may come on during sexual intercourse, a bowel movement, exercise, or your period. A number of things can contribute to pelvic pain,...

Are You Suffering From Endometriosis? Jun 19th, 2018

Are You Suffering From Endometriosis?The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services estimates that endometriosis affects about 11% of American women between the ages of 15 and 44. Some women experience very mild symptoms, so mild that you may not realize you have endometriosis.For many women, however, endometriosis causes significant,...

What Foods Should You Avoid During Pregnancy? May 18th, 2018

What you eat during pregnancy is your baby’s main source of nourishment for healthy growth and development. The average pregnant woman needs about 300 additional calories a day and higher amounts of calcium, folate, iron, and protein. The goal is to eat a wide variety of nutritious foods to ensure...

FAQ About This Permanent Method of Birth Control Apr 19th, 2018

Women who have completed their families and want a sterilization procedure, but don’t want the risks, the hospital stay, and the downtime associated with surgical tubal ligation, might be looking to Essure. The device blocks the fallopian tubes without surgery.The expert OB/GYN specialists at The Association for Women's Health Care...

Five Lifestyle Habits That Could Be Hindering Your Fertility Mar 29th, 2018

You’re doing all the right things, tracking your menstrual cycle to know when you ovulate and going to regular checkups with your obstetrician, yet you still haven’t seen two pink lines on your home pregnancy test. If you’re among the more than seven million women having trouble getting and staying...

5 Tips for Preventing Osteoporosis Feb 21st, 2018

Osteoporosis describes a condition in which you’ve lost a lot of bone or aren’t making enough. The bones thin, making you vulnerable to height loss, limited mobility, and serious breaks that have trouble healing, causing pain and sometimes early death.When it comes to being at risk of osteoporosis, you can’t...

5 Reasons You Should Consider an IUD Jan 26th, 2018

If you’re wavering on your decision to move to an intrauterine device – or IUD – as your primary means of birth control, you should know that female health professionals and gynecologists choose IUDs seven times as often as the public for their own personal use. There’s perhaps no greater...

Hormone Replacement Therapy and Menopause: What You Should Know Nov 16th, 2017

For women, one of those experiences is menopause. Every woman will experience it when she reaches a certain age. What’s not guaranteed is how severely your body will react to it. It’s different from person to person. If you’re experiencing challenging symptoms on a daily basis because of menopause, you...

What an Abnormal Pap Smear Can Mean Nov 9th, 2017

A wooden or plastic scraper is used to remove cell samples from the cervix which are then laboratory tested to screen for any abnormalities. One of the more nerve wracking things to hear after a visit with your OBGYN is that you had an abnormal pap smear.An abnormal pap smear...

Why You Should Speak to Your OBGYN About Incontinence Issues? Oct 30th, 2017

Sometimes a person can develop a condition that isn’t just disruptive to her life, but is embarrassing as well. These kinds of issues are doubly problematic because not only do they make daily life difficult, but it can be challenging working up the nerve to speak to your doctor about...

What Birth Control Option Makes the Most Sense for You? Aug 29th, 2017

At one time or another, a woman is going to start wondering if birth control is right for her. Many women begin to inquire about it during their teen years, however you can begin birth control at any time depending on your desires or family planning needs. It’s important to...

Why You Should Visit Your OBGYN If Experiencing Abdominal Pain Aug 8th, 2017

At one time or another, we all experience some pain or distress in our abdomen. It could be anything from something we ate to poor sleep habits that upset our stomachs. But, abdominal pain isn’t always actually being generated in the digestive tract. For many women, gynecological issues present as...