Winning The Fight Against Cervical Cancer

HPV Cervical Cancer smCervical cancer affects nearly 13,000 women in the United States each year and it kills more than 4,000 of them. But it is one of the most preventable cancers and vaccination can greatly reduce the risk.

Cervical cancer develops slowly beginning with abnormal cell changes that occur years before cancer develops. These cell changes can be caused by human papillomavirus (HPV).

The best way to reduce your risk of cervical cancer is vaccination against HPV. This vaccine can help prevent an HPV infection that can lead to cancer and cause genital warts.

Almost all women and men will be exposed to HPV at some point in their lives, so early prevention is important. HPV vaccines have been approved by the FDA for all girls and young women between the ages of 9 to 26 to help prevent cervical, vulvar, and vaginal cancers.

The HPV vaccine is administered in two or three doses than are given over a six-month period. Boys and young men can also get the vaccine to help prevent the spread of HPV.

For the best protection, the vaccine should be given before sexual activity begins and guidelines recommend vaccination at age 11 or 12. The word about HPV vaccination is reaching parents because surveys show that 60 percent of teen girls and 50 percent of teen boys have started the HPV vaccine series.

The traditional screening for early detection of cervical cancer is the Pap test and it's important to have this test throughout your adult life. Continuing Pap tests after menopause is recommended because four out of 10 cervical cancer deaths occur in women age 65 and older.

See your women's health provider for an annual exam and discuss how often you need a Pap test because recommendations will vary based on age and risk status.


How To Avoid Falls When You’re Pregnant

pregnant fallWhen you think about the danger of falling we usually associate it with older women, but mothers-to-be also need to take care to avoid a fall that can injure you and your baby.

It’s estimated that one out of four pregnant women will suffer a fall. Luckily, the body is built to protect your baby against injury with cushioning amniotic fluid and strong muscles in the uterus, but don’t disregard the risks. Be sure to evaluate any symptoms you might have if you take a tumble.


Convenient And Effective Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy With Pellets

smiling man womanBio-identical hormone replacement therapy (Bio-HRT) is the most natural way to overcome hormone deficiencies and hormone imbalances. Now, there’s a new way to get Bio-HRT from using pellet delivery from Northline Women’s Health Center, the leader in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy in southeast Michigan.

Pellets about the size of an apple seed and made from hormones are placed just under the skin in an outpatient procedure. These pellets slowly release the hormone into the body's fat and then into the bloodstream.


Coping With Stress During Pregnancy

pregnancy stress smLife is stressful enough without the challenges of being pregnant. Add the pressure cooker atmosphere of the holiday season and you have a recipe for an expectant mom’s meltdown. But there are some simple steps you can take to cope with stress now and anytime during your pregnancy.

The first step is to accept that pregnancy is stressful. It’s okay to share your fears with your partner, because he’s probably feeling stress too. Communicating about your anxiety can help you both feel better.


You Don’t Have To Live With Urinary Incontinence

incontinence smUrinary incontinence (UI) is a common problem that affects as many as one out of three women. It may be a few drops of urine that leak out when you cough or laugh, urine loss during sexual activity, or a sudden and uncontrollable urge to urinate.

UI is usually caused by problems with muscles and nerves as a result of pregnancy, childbirth, or menopause. There are effective medical treatments for urinary incontinence, but the first step is to talk about it, even if you feel shy. Many women across southeast Michigan suffer from urinary incontinence and our doctors at Northline Women’s Health Center have heard stories just like yours.


Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

(734) 282-3600
(734) 282-3603 - Fax

23050 West Road, Suite 210

Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
(734) 362-7077 - Fax