Women’s Health Conditions

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Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death for women in America. Second only to lung cancer, breast cancer kills about 40,000 women annually. Based on recent statistics collected by the American Cancer Society, approximately 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer – accounting for about 230,000 cases every year. The good […]

Depression

Depression is very common in women. Research has shown that women are twice more likely to suffer from depression than men. Before we look at potential reasons for depression in women, let’s take a moment to consider the question – What is depression? We’ve all been there before – One day, life seems like a […]

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are complex mental and physical health conditions that cause people to become overly occupied with their weight, eating habits and body image. These disorders, which fall into a wide range of behaviors, can cause significant disturbances in a person’s eating habits, and can lead to critical physical problems or death. In fact, according […]

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a common benign (noncancerous) chronic disorder of the female reproductive system. In women with endometriosis, some of the tissue normally found only in the lining the inside of the uterus (the endometrium) is also found in other parts of the pelvis. These clusters of abnormally located cells are known as endometrial implants. Endometriosis […]

Infertility

Female infertility is a common problem in America affecting about 10% of women between the ages of 15 to 44.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this translates to approximately 6.1 million women who have problems getting pregnant or carrying a baby to full term. Infertility doesn’t only affect women. Studies have […]

Lupus

Lupus Erithematosus (Lou Pus Arith-thee-ma-toe-sus) is an auto-immune disease that affects a high percentage of women. An auto-immune disorder is when somehow the body mistakenly thinks that some part of itself is a foreign invader and begins to attack the body’s healthy cells to rid the body of what it thinks is the intruder.1 Most […]

Menopause

Menopause is the cessation of menstruation (monthly periods) that marks the end of a woman’s reproductive cycle.  Menopause is a natural result of the aging process in women when the ovaries stop releasing eggs and is entirely normal.  There are times when a woman may experience premature menopause as a result of the surgical removal […]

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Osteoporosis

Approximately 8 million women in the Unites States have osteoporosis, the most common disease of bone.1 One in two women over the age of 50 will suffer from a fracture related to osteoporosis in their remaining lifetime.2  The number of women affected by osteoporosis is only expected to rise as our population gets older. The […]

Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer occurs when the cells that form the ovaries grow uncontrollably leading to the formation of a tumor and possibly the spread of cancerous cells to other tissues and organs of the body. The ovaries are two almond sized organs in a woman’s pelvis which lie on either side of the uterus. Ovaries are […]

Ovarian Cysts

Ovarian cysts affect women of all ages. According to research published in the US Pharmacist Journal, over 250,000 women in America are diagnosed with having ovarian cysts. Before we explore treatment options, let’s take a closer look at this common condition for women. What are ovarian cysts? During ovulation each month, a woman’s ovaries (two […]

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

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Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary tract infection is the most common bacterial infection in US adults.1 11 million women are treated for urinary tract infection (UTI) every year. Approximately 15% of all antibiotics prescribed in the US are dispensed to treat UTIs, costing more than an estimated 1.6 billion dollars a year. Urinary tract infections result in more than […]

Uterine Fibroids

Uterine leiomyomas are more commonly known as uterine fibroids. These are non-cancerous tumors that grow in the muscular lining of the uterus. Uterine fibroids are the most common tumor affecting pelvic organs and occur in 77% of women; however, less than 25% of women have symptoms related to fibroids. Fibroids are described based on their […]

Vaginal Infections

The medical term for infections and inflammation of the vagina is vaginitis. Vaginitis is very common, resulting in more than 10 million doctor’s visits every year.1  It is estimated that approximately 75% of women have at least one episode of candida vaginitis (yeast infection) at some point in their lives.2  Vaginal infections are caused by […]

Yeast Infection

Yeast infection or vaginal thrush, also known by the name of vulvovaginal candidiasis by healthcare professionals, is, in fact, the inflammation of the vaginal region caused by the fungus from the genus candida. Being one of the most common causes of vaginitis in the US, this condition is experienced by as many as 75% of […]