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When Should I Get a Mammogram?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so it’s an ideal time to talk about breast cancer screening. An estimated 1 in 8 women (or 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. To give yourself the best possible chance of survival, early detection is critical. The most reliable method for early … Continue reading When Should I Get a Mammogram?

What is Menstruation Awareness?

Menstruation, or getting your period, is a normal and healthy part of life for most women. However, it’s still stigmatized in many places, including the US.  Some girls and women feel embarrassed or ashamed when they have to address their periods. It can even cause some people to avoid certain activities and miss out on … Continue reading What is Menstruation Awareness?

The Top 4 PCOS Symptoms & How They’re Treated

September marks the start of PCOS Awareness Month, so we wanted to take some time to discuss the symptoms and treatments of this common syndrome. Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a hormone disorder that is common among women who are at reproductive age. The disorder can be difficult to diagnose, but there are PCOS symptoms that … Continue reading The Top 4 PCOS Symptoms & How They’re Treated

11 Breastfeeding Tips For New Moms

If you have made the decision to breastfeed your baby, you might have some questions about what it’s like and how you can nurse successfully. To prepare for National Breastfeeding Month in August, we have come up with some breastfeeding tips for new moms. 1. Enlist Help One of the first breastfeeding tips that can … Continue reading 11 Breastfeeding Tips For New Moms

5 Reasons Your Annual Women’s Wellness Exam Is Important

Though it’s probably not your favorite thing to do, your annual women’s wellness exam is one of the most important things you can do for your long-term health. Even though in most cases an annual pap smear is no longer required, that doesn’t mean you should skip out on your annual wellness exam altogether. Here’s … Continue reading 5 Reasons Your Annual Women’s Wellness Exam Is Important

9 Ways to Avoid Getting Sick While Pregnant

It’s always worrying when there’s a contagious illness going around. It can be even more worrying if you’re in a high-risk group or are pregnant. Some viruses are more dangerous to pregnant women and their babies than to the general population. The good news is that there are steps you can take to reduce your … Continue reading 9 Ways to Avoid Getting Sick While Pregnant

An Update from Raleigh OB/GYN Regarding COVID-19

After careful consideration and guidance from the rest of the medical community, we have enacted a few new policies, effective Monday, March 16th. 1. No one other than patients and staff will be permitted to enter the office. If you rely on another person for transportation, they may wait in their personal vehicle during the … Continue reading An Update from Raleigh OB/GYN Regarding COVID-19

What You Need to Know About Urinary Tract Infections

Your urinary tract is made up of your kidneys, bladder, ureters (tubes that connect your kidney to your bladder) and your urethra. The primary function of your urinary tract is to flush waste, including bacteria, out of your body through your urine. Sometimes things can go wrong and potentially harmful bacteria will begin to reproduce … Continue reading What You Need to Know About Urinary Tract Infections

Preventing Infections During Pregnancy

February is International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month. For nearly forty years, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has recognized the importance of reducing prenatal infections in the US. They first focused on preventing mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV, but their efforts have expanded to other harmful infections during pregnancy.  Prenatal Infections to … Continue reading Preventing Infections During Pregnancy

Painful Periods: When to See Your Gynecologist

Most women are familiar with the pain and cramping associated with menstrual periods. However, the severity of period pain can vary greatly on an individual basis. Some women experience mild discomfort that is easily managed, while others have pain severe enough to interfere with everyday activities during the menstrual cycle each month. Painful periods may … Continue reading Painful Periods: When to See Your Gynecologist