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Blog Profile / Below the Belt: Women's Health

Filed Under:Health / Fertility & Reproductive Health
Posts on Regator:25
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Archived Since:August 12, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Postcoital Bleeding: Some of Your Questions Answered

Jane Harrison-Hohner, RN, RNP answers questions about the causes of bleeding after sex.

A Woman’s Body — A through Z

Meet Dr. Laura Corio, practicing obstetrician/gynecologist, who will be blogging about women's health from "A through Z".

HPV: A Perpetual Problem or Brief Infection?

There are many of us who have been exposed to HPV -- both high and low risk subtypes. This month's blog will attempt to answer some of the most pressing questions about HPV.

Treating PCOS

In this final part of the series, we examine possible treatments for PCOS that may help you to get pregnant.

Do It Yourself Vaginitis Care: Testing

By Jane Harrison-Hohner, RN, RNP Questions from our readers bring forward some of the most interesting topics. After last month’s blog on home pregnancy testing, I received a query about home vaginal infection testing. This spurred an investigation about all facets of do-it-yourself (DIY) vaginitis care. Here, as a two-part series, is what I learned [...]

K is for Kidney/Bladder

By Laura Corio, MD Many women experience a bladder infection, also known as a urinary tract infection or UTI, at some point in their lives. A UTI can occur alone or along with an infection of the kidney (pyelonephritis). UTIs are caused by bacteria (commonly e coli) that ascend from the vagina and rectum into the [...]

Is My Home Pregnancy Test Telling the Truth?

By Jane Harrison-Hohner, RN, RNP There are a huge number of home pregnancy tests (HPTs) available now, but that wasn’t always the case: HPTs were not readily available until the late 1970’s. In 1976 the FDA granted approval for the first home pregnancy testing kit, the “e.p.t.” Since that time HPTs have become one of [...]

Oh No, Where Did It Go? When Things Get “Lost” In the Vagina

By Jane Harrison-Hohner, RN, RNP While the vagina is actually a structure with side and back walls, women can get panic stricken when an item seems to get lost or is not retrievable. We get requests on our Community Board for help in getting things back out of the vagina. Similarly, as a clinician I [...]

“J” is for Joints

By Laura Corio, MD Osteoarthritis(OA) is a degenerative joint disease that affects many adults. It is a frequent cause of joint pain and disability in the aging, commonly presents in patients over 40, and is multifactorial. Its causes are many, including aging, gender, genetics, occupation, previous injuries, muscle weakness, obesity, sports activities, and lack of [...]

Should You Have an Endometrial Ablation?

By Jane Harrison-Hohner, RN, RNP Currently our WebMD discussion on the side effects of endometrial ablation (EA) has nine pages of posts. It took me almost an hour of heavy-hearted reading to read every entry. Some 16 women stated that they had no further problems after their procedure. More than twice as many women reported [...]

“I” is for Infertility

By Laura Corio, MD Before we speak about infertility, it is important to define the word. Many of my patients believe that if they do not conceive on their first try, they will never get pregnant. This is so untrue. Infertility is defined as a lack of conception after 12 months of trying without birth [...]

H is for Hormone Replacement Therapy

By Laura Corio, MD Are you confused about hormone replacement therapy (HRT)? Because many women are. They are worried that HRT could cause cancer. They wonder if it is safe. They suffer from menopausal symptoms and continue to avoid all hormones because they’re unsure of the risks. If you have breast cancer, I would not [...]

Exposure to Birth Control When Pregnant: Will My Baby Be OK?

By Jane Harrison-Hohner, RN, RNP Just a few weeks ago one million packs of birth control pills were recalled by Pfizer, a well-known drug company, and more recently seven lots of Norgestimate and Ethinyl Estradiol Tablets were recalled by Glenmark Generics Inc. In both cases, the apparent error had been in the packaging of the [...]

What’s Making My Nipple Itch? Part II

By Jane Harrison-Hohner, RN, RNP Now that we have reviewed the most, and least common, causes of itchy nipple(s), let’s see if one of these other skin conditions may be the culprit. Contact Dermatitis Most people are familiar with the type of contact dermatitis that may arise from poison oak/ivy, nickel earring posts, rubber/latex, or [...]

What’s Making My Nipple Itch Like Crazy, and What Should I Do?

By Jane Harrison-Hohner, RN, RNP “Driving me crazy!” “I want to tear my nipple off!” These are just a couple ways our readers have described the torment of a nipple itch. Both women and men have written to WebMD about this frustrating condition, most often with vivid descriptions of their itching agony. Yet rarely is [...]

Is DHEA the Next Wonder Drug for Menopause?

By Jane Harrison-Hohner, RN, RNP Many of the currently menopausal women in the United States came of age during the “Swinging Sixties.”  Spurred on by very reliable contraceptives, the “sexual revolution,” and women’s right to have a satisfying sexual life, these women are less likely than their grandmothers to go off quietly into sexual retirement. [...]

G is for “Getting Through Perimenopause”

By Laura Corio, MD I decided to write about perimenopause not only because it’s my favorite subject, but also because a patient of mine has had an extremely rough time going through this period in her life. I wanted to share her struggles and her relief once we were able to get her to feel [...]

Coping With “Aunt Flow”: Part II

By Jane Harrison-Hohner, RN, RNP Women have been menstruating for as long as they’ve existed, and the products on the market are many and varied. In the last post, we covered sanitary pads and tampons. This post includes other, perhaps lesser known methods of dealing with “Aunt Flow.” Sponges As mentioned in the last post, [...]

Coping with “Aunt Flow:” Part I

By Jane Harrison-Hohner, RN, RNP While menstruation has been going on since time began, the majority of menstrual products designed to deal with monthly flows have been developed within the past century or so. Others, like sea sponges and cloth pads, have been used for centuries. Have you ever wondered about changing your mode of [...]

F is for Fibroids

80 percent of women is develop uterine fibroids by the time they reach menopause. Read about the symptoms and treatment.

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