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Archive for October, 2009

Labiaplasty / Vaginoplasty

October 27th, 2009 No Comments » In Minimally Invasive Surgeries, Women's Health, by admin

Labiaplasty

Labiaplasty (labia reduction and beautification) is becoming increasingly popular among women. Many women suffer from over sized or asymmetrical labia minora (the skin surrounding the opening of the vagina). Some women are born with this condition, and for some it can appear later in life with aging or due to stretching after childbirth. There are multiple reasons that women are requesting labiaplasty. They want to alleviate the discomfort caused by large and/or thick labia. This can interfere with working out, biking, wearing tight fitting clothes and sexual intercourse. Others want to improve the appearance of the labia, which can build confidence and improve self-esteem. Women who have these problems can now have labia surgery to reduce the outward appearance of the labia minora and correct irregularities. (more…)

Pregnancy and Exercise

October 26th, 2009 1 Comment » In Pregnancy, by admin

Exercising is just as important when you are pregnant to build bones and muscles. Exercising gives your energy and keeps you healthy during pregnancy.

During your pregnancy many changes are taking place. With regular exercise and staying active this can benefit your pregnancy and your health.

Some changes will affect your ability to exercise. During pregnancy you are carrying some extras pounds, this extra weigh can contribute to the front of your body having shifts in gravity and places stress on joints and muscles, mostly those in the pelvis and lower back. The hormones that are produced during pregnancy causes the ligaments that support your joints to become relaxed. Your heart rate is sometimes affected by this extra weight and that makes your body work harder then when you were not pregnant. So it is important for you not to overdo it. (more…)

Group Beta Strep in Pregnancy (GBS)

October 26th, 2009 No Comments » In Pregnancy, by admin

What is GBS?

Group beta strep or GBS is a type of bacteria.  It is commonly found in about 10-30% of pregnant women.  GBS is not the same type of strep bacteria that cause strep throat. 

 Is GBS a type of sexually transmitted disease (STD)?

No.  This bacteria is considered normal bacteria to be present in a woman’s vagina, urinary tract and/or intestinal tract.  There is no need for a woman to feel ashamed if GBS is found.  (more…)

2009 H1N1 Influenza Vaccine Information For Pregnant Women

October 15th, 2009 No Comments » In Women's Health, by admin

The following link from the CDC is to provide pregnant women with valuable information about  the H1N1 (Swine Flu) Vaccine.

http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/providers_qa.htm

 

Swine Flu (H1N1) Symptoms

October 14th, 2009 No Comments » In Women's Health, by admin

For adults, teens, and kids aged 3 to 12, the most worrisome symptoms are:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
For children younger than 2, the most worrisome symptoms are:
  • Very rapid breathing
  • Not interacting normally, not eating or drinking normally, being unusually irritable, or appearing unusually sleepy
  • High fever and rash
  • A bluish color of the lips and skin
The 43-page Special Health Report, Swine flu: How to understand your risk and protect your health, answers questions such as:
  • What is an influenza virus, and how does it cause infection?
  • What is swine flu, and what is a pandemic?
  • What are the symptoms of swine flu, and how are they different from ordinary flu symptoms?
  • How serious and contagious could the swine flu epidemic be?
  • What has happened in past pandemics?
  • Is a vaccine available?
  • How is swine flu treated?
  • What can I do to protect myself and my family?
  • How can businesses prepare for a swine flu pandemic?
Reprinted from Swine flu: How to understand your risk and protect your health, a Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School, © 2009 by Harvard University. All rights reserved.

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