Kelly Bilodeau

Kelly Bilodeau is executive editor of Harvard Women’s Health Watch. She began her career as a newspaper reporter and later went on to become a managing editor at HCPro, a Boston-area healthcare publishing company, where she covered healthcare industry trends and topics such as patient safety, medical billing, radiology and breast imaging. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, Boston Magazine, as well as numerous healthcare trade publications.


Posts by Kelly Bilodeau

Stretching: Less pain, other gains

Stay flexible by adding simple stretches to your day and fitness routine. Stretching aids balance and posture, and helps prevent pain and injury.

Managing pain after surgery

Even with all the attention given to the opioid epidemic, it may still be a surprise to some people that prescription pain medication is not always necessary after a surgical procedure. Talking with your doctor about post-surgical pain management will help you understand what to expect.

Bleeding after menopause: Get it checked out

Bleeding after menopause is likely caused by a noncancerous condition, but it should always be checked to rule out endometrial cancer, the most common gynecological cancer. It’s very curable if found early, and testing (ultrasound or biopsy) can identify most cases.

Hormone therapy for depression: Are the risks worth the benefits?

Many women going through menopause experience symptoms of depression. Hormone therapy may help some women avoid depression, but carries an increased risk of blood clots or stroke. A woman should talk with her doctor and carefully evaluate of the risks and benefits of hormone therapy compared to other treatments for depression.

Dark patches on the face may be melasma

The skin condition melasma is associated with pregnancy because it can be triggered by hormones, but women who are not pregnant can also have it (as can men). The most significant causes of melasma are hormone fluctuation and sun exposure.

Preterm birth and heart disease risk for mom

A study found that women who delivered a baby before the 37th week of their pregnancy were more likely to have their blood pressure rise later, but preterm birth or other pregnancy complication does not mean that future cardiovascular disease is a given.

Diet and age at menopause: Is there a connection?

According to a recent study, there may be a connection between diet and age at menopause. Foods like legumes and oily fish appeared to delay the start of menopause, while refined pasta and rice were associated with an earlier start.

Belly fat linked with higher heart disease risk

Too much fat around your middle increases the chance of a heart attack. Lifestyle changes and regular exercise will help you maintain a healthy weight, avoid or reduce belly fat, and lower your risk for heart disease.

Skin serum: What it can and can’t do

Women concerned about the effects of aging on their skin may want to consider a skin serum, which is a concentrated formulation containing vitamins, antioxidants, and other ingredients.

Fermented foods for better gut health

Naturally fermented foods have been getting the attention of health experts lately because they may help strengthen your gut biome—the bacteria and microorganisms in your digestive tract. These foods contain beneficial probiotics, live cultures found in foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, and some pickles.