pregnant woman timing her contractionsIt’s been nine months of pregnancy and you’re ready to have that baby, but determining when to go to the hospital can be tricky. The beginning of labor may be different for many women, but here are five signs that you might be ready to deliver.

  • You experience an increase in vaginal discharge, possibly brownish or pinkish in color.
  • The sensation of the baby dropping lower into your pelvic cavity. When this happens you may be able to breathe more freely because the weight of your baby is no longer pressing on your diaphragm.

woman getting a mammogramGetting your first mammogram is an important step for breast health. Maybe you've avoided it because of fears about pain or not knowing what to expect, but a basic understanding of the procedure and a few simple preparations can make getting a mammogram less scary.

Start with proper scheduling. Don’t have a mammogram when your breasts are tender or swollen, so avoid the week just before your period. On the day of the exam, wear a skirt or pants and a top that can be easily removed and don’t use deodorant or antiperspirant because it can show up on the image as white spots.

HPV vaccine photo 200What if there was a shot that could all but eliminate the risk for a deadly cancer? Would you get it for your child?

That's how effective the HPV vaccine can be against cervical cancer. The latest findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that 92% of cervical cancer cases are caused by HPV, or human papillomavirus. That means the HPV vaccine could prevent up to 32,000 cases of cervical cancer every year.

HPV can lead to cancers in both women and men, including cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, anus, throat, tongue and tonsils. HPV is transmitted through sexual activity and it's estimated that 80% of adults carry the virus. Most people with HPV have no signs or symptoms of the infection.

healthy aging 200Whether you’re stepping out in your 20s or nesting in your 30s or flying through your 40s or finishing up your 50s or ready for retirement in your 60s, one thing is true – we’re all getting older every day. So why not do that aging in a healthy way? Here are some lifestyle tips that work for any age.

Plan a Date with Your Doctor

Schedule a wellness visit once a year to track your health and see about screenings you might need.

Sleep Like A Baby

A daily nap can be a refreshing break for anyone. Limit your nap to no more than 20 minutes so it doesn’t interfere with your normal sleep schedule.



Senior woman having bone density tested at doctor visitOsteoporosis is thinning of the bones and it’s a common cause of fractures in older Americans. The National Osteoporosis Foundation says one in two women and up to one in four men over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.

A woman’s risk of breaking a hip due to osteoporosis is equal to her risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancer combined. And a man age 50 or older is more likely to break a bone due to osteoporosis than he is to get prostate cancer.

Every year, 75,000 Americans with osteoporosis who break a hip will die within 12 months of the injury. The same number will end up in a nursing home and another 150,000 people will never regain previous function after a hip fracture.

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