Women's Health

Women have many unique health concerns — menstrual cycles, pregnancy, birth control, menopause — and that's just the beginning. A number of health issues affect only women and others are more common in women. What's more, men and women may have the same condition, but different symptoms. Many diseases affect women differently and may even require distinct treatment.

We tend to think of breast cancer and osteoporosis as women's health diseases, but they also occur in men. Heart disease in a serious concern to both men and women, but risk factors and approaches to prevention are different. Women may also have specific concerns about aging, caregiving, emotional health issues, and skin care.

Women's Health Articles

Dealing with high-density breasts

High breast density is a risk factor for breast cancer that is typically detected on a mammogram. The FDA is proposing that mammography facilities tell women if they have high density, but there are no definitive rules in place that tell doctors how to best manage these women to reduce risk. Some strategies you can use if you have high breast density are to have a conversation with your doctor about breast cancer risk and reducing alcohol use. (Locked) More »

Does your vagina really need a probiotic?

Many people are taking vaginal probiotics, which are promoted as a means to improve health. But experts say there is little scientific evidence that they work. While probiotic treatments could hold promise, the science isn’t quite there to back up current claims. People who do want to use a vaginal probiotic should be skeptical of claims and be aware that supplements are not regulated, so they may not actually contain promoted ingredients. (Locked) More »

Newer breast screening technology may spot more cancers

A new study shows that digital breast tomography, sometimes referred to as 3D mammography, is better at accurately finding cancers, including smaller cancers, and reduces the risk of false positive results compared with digital mammography. The advantages of the technology were particularly pronounced in women in their 40s. For this reason, younger women may want to consider using this screening method instead of traditional digital mammograms. (Locked) More »

Taking osteoporosis drugs shouldn't prevent you from getting oral surgery

Some women are being turned down for oral surgery or other dental procedures because they are taking osteoporosis drugs, which pose the risk of a rare condition called osteonecrosis of the jaw. But experts say the overall risk of developing this condition is low, and in most cases the fact that a woman is taking an osteoporosis drug shouldn’t stop her from receiving oral surgery. (Locked) More »

Don't ignore vaginal dryness and pain

Vaginal dryness, irritation, and pain during intercourse affect 50% of women after menopause and are caused by declining estrogen levels in the body. A study showed that vaginal estrogen and moisturizers are equally effective in reducing symptoms in some women. But existing treatments often fall short of providing full relief. (Locked) More »

Avoid complications by treating chronic constipation early

Aggressive and early treatment of constipation can prevent painful complications from the condition, including hemorrhoids, anal fissures, ulcerations of the colon, bowel obstruction, and rectal prolapse. Start with lifestyle changes—such as adding more fiber to the diet, drinking enough water, and regular exercise. Used wisely, medications also can be very helpful. (Locked) More »