Intrauterine devices, or IUDs, are one of the most effective types of birth control we have right now. They prevent pregnancy among 99.2 percent of their users, a way better success rate than condoms or birth control pills. Now, researchers have found even more good news about IUDs: they last longer than government regulators think.…

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MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Babies may get a brain boost in the womb when they hear the voices and heartbeats of their mothers, a new study suggests. Researchers studying premature babies in the hospital found that the sound centers in the babies’ brains grew more quickly when they heard recordings of their…

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Despite jubilant tweets and Facebook posts to the contrary, a new study does not reverse decades of advice prohibiting pregnant women from eating sushi, experts said. The study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition said pregnant women may be able to eat more fish than previously thought thanks to what appear to be…

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Intra-uterine devices — small, T-shaped devices that doctors implant in a woman’s uterus — are one of the most effective forms of birth control. And pediatricians want more teenagers using the long-acting contraceptive, largely because it leaves little room for error. In new recommendations published Monday, the American Academy of Pediatricians endorsed implantable birth control…

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Giving birth by C-section doesn’t mean a woman can’t give birth vaginally the next time, but people who want to learn more might not find helpful information on the internet, according to a new study.   Thinking of having a vaginal birth after cesarian (VBAC)?    Speak to your healthcare provider about your options.  Read…

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Angelina Jolie made headlines a couple of years ago when she had elective surgery due to testing positive for BRCA.  What is BRCA?  BRCA refers to a gene. When patients are referred to as positive, this generally means they have a mutation of the BRCA gene. Patients with the BRCA gene are at much higher…

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Adult women of all ages are encouraged to perform breast self-exams at least once a month. While mammograms can help you to detect cancer before you can feel a lump, breast self-exams help you to be familiar with how your breasts look and feel so you can alert your healthcare professional if there are any…

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With the advent of the Pap Smear, we have seen cervical cancer rates drop dramatically in the developed world.   Traditional pap smears collect a sample of cells from a woman’s cervix and these are examined for any abnormalities.  It has long been known that the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) causes pre-cancer cells and cervical cancer.  In…

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November 9-15 is National Nurse Practitioner Week, an event designed to recognize the contributions that nurse practitioners (NPs) make to our health care system. According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), there are more than 192,000 NPs practicing in the US today, approximately 8% of whom focus on women’s health. We are so…

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