Compared with male patients, women who present with the same condition may not receive the same health care. In recent years, this has been found to happen with everything from skin conditions to neck pain to heart disease.
Pelvic pain is a common problem for women. It’s a general term for pain that occurs below the belly button. That includes pain in the lower belly, lower back, buttocks, and genital area. About 14% of women in the U.S. have pelvic pain lasting for at least three to six months. Many others experience it occasionally.
Social media, online blogs, texts, emails, and even in person. People love to give advice, often whether you want it or not. It’s not just strangers trying to sell you something. Even well-meaning friends and family can pass on ineffective, outdated, or just plain unsafe suggestions.
When your daily routine involves waking up early with your kids, putting in a full day at work, running errands, cooking dinner, and tucking everyone in to sleep before finally getting the chance to hit the pillow yourself, feeling fatigued seems unavoidable.
For being so tiny, the thyroid sure has a big job. The butterfly-shaped gland at the bottom of the neck makes the thyroid hormone, which affects nearly every tissue and organ in the body. It controls your heart rate and how fast you burn calories, among many other things.
Your health never comes into sharper focus than it does when you’re pregnant. Because your decisions directly affect your baby, it’s worth adopting positive habits to give you both the best chance at good health. Here are 6 healthy behaviors to practice when you’re expecting.
What do obstetrician-gynecologists (OB-GYNs) actually do? If you said that they provide pregnancy care and treat menstrual disorders, that’s true—but it’s only part of the answer.
You may have heard that 3,500 calories equal one pound of body fat. Drop or burn just 500 calories a day and you should lose a pound a week, right? Well, theoretically—but it may not be as simple as the arithmetic suggests. Although paying attention to what you eat can help shed extra pounds, counting calories may not. In fact, this outdated strategy may be sabotaging your long-term weight loss success.
Research suggests that about 40% of adults will develop osteoarthritis (OA) of the hand at some point in their life. OA of the hand is a common condition that can cause joint pain and stiffness, loss of hand strength and function, and disability.
If you are a woman with hip pain, figuring out the cause is key to getting the right treatment. Here are 3 common causes of hip pain in women.
You’re pregnant. Once you processed that stunning fact, one question probably jumped straight to the top of your mind: Now what?
All medicines have certain risks and benefits, but some aren’t safe to use when you’re pregnant. And each woman’s situation is different. Before you start—or stop—taking any over-the-counter, herbal, or prescription medicine, it’s important to talk with your healthcare provider.
If you’re a woman who has been told that you have fibroids, you’re not alone. These muscular tumors in the wall of the uterus are very common in women of childbearing age. By age 50, up to 80% of women may have fibroids. After menopause, the tumors usually shrink.