Are Contraceptives Containing Estrogen Safe for You?

The oral contraceptive pill has long been the most popular birth control option among women of child-bearing years. For most women, it is safe and effective, but for some, it increases the risk of dangerous blood clots. Learn about the risk factors.

How to Exercise Safely if You Are Pregnant

Contributor: Rebecca Justen, DPT, OCS One of the best things you can do during pregnancy is to continue to work out. It’s shown to help expectant mothers maintain a good weight, avoid the minor discomforts of pregnancy, and improve posture and body mechanics. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that pregnant women exercise three … Read More

What You Should Know About Breast Implants After 40

With childbearing behind them and menopause approaching, more women older than 40 are choosing to have breast augmentations. Perhaps they want to turn back the clock as they begin to see the effects of aging, while younger women also continue to have interest in breast augmentation — but for different reasons. Plastic surgeon Andrea Moreira, … Read More

What You Need to Know About 4 Gynecological Cancers

A diagnosis of cancer in a woman’s reproductive organs can lead to fears about losing her femininity and her ability to bear children. But according to gynecologic oncologist Robert DeBernardo, MD, gynecological cancers aren’t common, and most can be easily treated. “Gynecological cancers are rare in the grand scheme when compared to lung or colon … Read More

Breast Cancer in Young Women Requires Different Treatment

Breast cancer doesn’t occur often in younger women. Of the more than 230,000 new cases of breast cancer expected to be diagnosed in the United States in 2015, only about 11 percent will involve women younger than 45. Young breast cancer patients have special concerns. Their cancers tend to be more advanced, more aggressive, more likely … Read More

Why Does It Hurt Down There? How to Relieve Your Pelvic Pain

If you’re frustrated with chronic pelvic pain that hasn’t responded to treatment, you’re not alone. Many women suffer from chronic pelvic pain, and it is often difficult to diagnose because there are so many potential causes. “Pelvic pain can sometimes be a sign of a gynecological problem, such as cysts on the ovaries, endometriosis, pelvic … Read More

Limit Your Infertility Risk After Breast Cancer

Young women battling breast cancer have their whole lives ahead of them. That includes motherhood for some. Chemotherapy is the standard treatment for early stage breast cancer. Ovarian failure, or the development of early menopause, is a common long-term side effect of chemotherapy.  The ovaries no longer produce eggs that leads to conceiving a child. Research … Read More

Robotic Hysterectomy: Better Cervical Cancer Treatment for You

If you have cervical cancer and need a hysterectomy, a robotic-assisted surgery could offer you some advantages over traditional surgery. If the cancer is detected early enough, doctors may recommend radical hysterectomy as a treatment option, says gynecologic oncologist Thomas Morrissey, MD. Today, surgeons more frequently suggest robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical hysterectomy as a faster, less … Read More