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girl with menstrual crampsMenstrual cycle-related pain is a fact of life for women and it’s no fun. It can mean a few days of discomfort or disabling pain that stops you cold every month. Understanding what causes this and evaluating your options for self-treatment can help you decide if you can manage your menstrual pain or if you need to talk to your doctor about it.

Osteoporosis 200x200Every year, two million Americans suffer a bone fracture caused by osteoporosis, a thinning of bone mass. It’s estimated that more than 53 million people are at risk for a fracture because of low bone mass but only but only one in four seek treatment for the condition.

Post-menopausal women are at the highest risk for osteoporosis, but women of all ages should take steps to improve their bone health. The earlier you start, the better the chances of avoiding osteoporosis when you’re older. Here are some effective ways to reduce your risk.

AdobeStock 114675162 200x200Multiple births aren’t that rare. About one out of 90 deliveries are twins and more women today are having babies well into their 30s or using fertility treatments, both of which increase the odds for a multiple birth.

So, what happens when you find out that you’re pregnant with more than one baby? How does this change your prenatal game plan?

You may need extra doctor visits, and this could include more ultrasounds and other tests. If you have a history of pregnancy complications, you may need to see a maternal-fetal medicine specialist who can follow you and your babies closely to help prevent or treat any conditions that may occur.

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It’s the stuff of classic sitcoms. A pregnant woman is ready to head to the hospital to have the baby, but her bag’s gone missing. Or worse, the father brought the wrong one!

That may be cute on TV, but there’s nothing funny about not having the things you need when you’re at the hospital delivering a baby. So, what should you bring?

Before we answer the “what” question, let’s talk about when you should pack your hospital bag. Week 32 is typically a good time to get it done, but if you’re having twins or experiencing a high-risk pregnancy you’ll want to have that hospital bag ready by Week 30, in case labor comes early.

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Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection. Nine out of ten sexually active men and women have been exposed to HPV and the Centers for Disease Control estimates 79 million Americans are currently infected with some form of HPV.

An HPV infection usually has no symptoms and often goes away on its own, but HPV can lead to cervical, vulvar, vaginal, anal or penile cancer. The only visible signs of an HPV infection may be genital warts that appear as small cauliflower-like bumps, flat sores, or tiny stem-like protrusions. Using a condom doesn’t eliminate the risk because any skin-to-skin contact can spread HPV.

Because HPV is so prevalent, it makes prevention even more important. Since 2014, there has been a vaccine available that can prevent HPV from developing into cancer, and now even more people can be protected with vaccination.

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