STD Tested sqSexually transmitted diseases are at all-time high in America. The most recent annual figures from the Centers for Disease Control show more than 1.5 million cases of chlamydia, 400,000 cases of gonorrhea and nearly 24,000 cases of the most infectious forms of syphilis.

These rising numbers may be the result of more unprotected sex because of less concern about HIV, or because of the popularity of online “hook-up” apps like Tinder.  But it’s not just young people who are at-risk, because rates of STDs are rising for all age groups, including those 65 and older.

birth controlYour options for birth control are many. This can range from pills, patches, implants or IUDs to condoms, diaphragms and sponges, and more. Let’s look at the choices you have and what might be best for you.

Abstinence is the only 100% effective way to prevent pregnancy and protect against sexually transmitted infections.  If you’re sexually active, a birth control implant placed under the skin of your arm offers protection for up to three years and can be up to 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. It delivers a steady stream of hormones to keep the ovaries from releasing an egg and to keep the sperm from joining the egg.

breastfeed benefitsWe’ve all heard why breastfeeding is good for your baby but what’s in it for you, Mom? Here are five reasons why you should try breastfeeding:

1. It can help to shrink your belly
Breastfeeding helps your uterus return to its size before pregnancy.

2. It can help you shed that baby weight
Breastfeeding helps you burn up to 500 calories a day and that can make it easier to lose those pregnancy pounds.

woman annual exam smYour annual visit to the gynecologist is about more than a Pap test. It’s an opportunity to help you and your doctor understand your health at every stage of your life.

For women of childbearing age, the annual visit is when you can learn about all the options for birth control and find out if the method you’re using now is the best choice for you. Visiting your OB/GYN every year means you’ll beon the forefront of the latest innovations. It’s also when you can be screened for sexually transmitted diseases that could lead to chronic pelvic pain or even sterility if left untreated.

brushing teeth smWith so much to think about during your pregnancy, it’s not surprising that women can forget the importance of good habits like brushing your teeth and flossing daily. Studies show that poor oral health can have a significant impact on a mother’s health during pregnancy and the health of her child.

Begin with a complete dental check-up as part of your pre-conception plan. Gum disease during pregnancy can cause preterm delivery and low birth weight. Consult with your dentist about whether you’ll need a dental check-up every trimester instead of the typical semi-annual visit.

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