breast rash smSummer heat is here, and along with it comes a problem that many women face when the temperature rises. It's not uncommon for a woman to develop to a skin rash under the breast during hot weather, and it occurs more often as we age. Often, the culprit is moisture from sweat that's trapped under the breast and becomes a breeding ground for bacteria, fungus and infections.

There are a number of ways to avoid an under-breast rash. You can minimize the moisture by using an antiperspirant under your breasts and on the chest area where they rest. A rash can also be an allergic reaction to a cosmetic or hygiene product you’re using, so try switching soaps or creams that could be causing your breast rash.

woman feet handsWhile that “baby bump” might be the cutest swelling you'll ever see, there's nothing cute about suffering with swollen feet when you're pregnant. The condition, known as edema, occurs when excess fluid collects in your tissue. This is normal during pregnancy because you are retaining more water. Plus, your growing uterus puts pressure on your pelvic veins and slows the return of blood from your legs. This forces fluid from your veins into the tissues of your feet and ankles.

woman pregnancy testYou want to have children some day, but what can you do now to improve the odds that you'll be able to conceive when you're ready to start a family? First, some good news: infertility in the U.S. is on the decline. According to the Centers for Disease Control, only about one-in-ten women report difficulty getting pregnant or carrying the baby full term. The chances of infertility do increase as you age, but there are things that you can do to put yourself on the road to motherhood:

Eat Right – What's good for your heart is also good for your eggs. Studies have shown that women who ate more healthy unsaturated fats were less likely to experience infertility due to ovulation problems than those whose diets included more unhealthy fats.

Breast Self-Exam

Eating better. Exercising regularly. Getting adequate sleep. These are healthy habits that can help you live a better life. And there's one more healthy habit for every woman – the monthly breast self-exam.

Studies show that 40 percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump, so doing a monthly breast self-exam is very important. It takes just 5 minutes and it's easy to do. Here are several methods recommended by the National Breast Cancer Foundation:

birth-controlThis is Women's History Month and a good time to look at the history of contraception. You may think that birth control began with the “Sexual Revolution” of the 1960s, but contraception has been a part of life for thousands of years, and includes many innovations that have occurred in the last decade. Here's a timeline of some of the milestones of contraception:

3000 B.C. – Condoms are made from materials such as fish bladders, linen sheaths, and animal intestines.

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