Women's Health

Adolescence is an Important Time of Change
Keeping young women healthy isn’t limited to the doctor’s office.
Birth Control Pill Fact Sheet
Discover the truth about birth control effectiveness, benefits, and more.
Breast Cancer FAQs
No two are alike. From training bras to breastfeeding to menopause and beyond, breasts show up in some of our most awkward years and change throughout our lives. It’s important to get to know your “girls” at every stage of life in order to protect yourself against breast cancer.
Breastfeeding and Benefits of Breast Milk
The healthiness of breastfeeding has been questioned in recent years. This article reviews the benefits and possible downsides of breastfeeding.
Cervical Cancer Fact Sheet
To live well and avoid the risk of cervical cancer, it is important for women to have Pap smears (also known as “Paps”) done starting at age 21. A Pap checks for changes in your cervical cells and detects infection or the presence of cervical cancer. Being proactive with your health transforms the fear of the unknown to the freedom of peace of mind!
Common Cold v. Flu
Though it tends to coincide with many fall and winter holidays, no one looks forward to flu season. But how can you tell the difference between a case of the sniffles and something more serious? Read these insights to help you the next time you think you may have the flu.
Eight Tips to Manage Your Stress
There are many activities and techniques that can help you manage your stress and keep it at a healthy level. Try some of these tips to help you de-stress wherever you are.
Fibrocystic Breast Disease: Frequently Asked Questions
Fibrocystic tendencies are very common. The signs and symptoms are cyclic breast pain, tenderness, lumps, and nipple discharge.
Five Things You Should Know About Prenatal Care
Prenatal care is the best thing you can do for yourself and your baby while pregnant. These quick tips will start your child’s life out happy and healthy before they are even born.
Five Ways to Decrease Nausea During Pregnancy
Nausea is common during pregnancy. Here are some tips for how to decrease that.
Five Ways to Improve Fertility
If you’re trying to get pregnant and it hasn’t been working so far, read these quick tips to boost your fertility and start your family.
Four Steps to Overcome Fading Intimacy
In order to overcome fading intimacy in a committed relationship, you have to attract each other over and over again. To do this, you must understand how your partner’s mind and body react.
Four Ways to Protect Yourself from Cervical Cancer
While these recommendations will not completely prevent cervical cancer, they will lower your risk and help protect you from the disease.
For Women with Breast Cancer Considering Prophylactic Masectomy
This article reviews the option of a double mastectomy, whether it is viable option or an overcautious procedure.
Gynecologic Cancer Fact Sheet
Your first line of defense against gynecologic cancers? Get informed. Knowing the facts can help you recognize the sometimes silent symptoms so treatment can begin in the earlier stages.
How Can I Control Perimenopausal Mood Swings?
If you experience symptoms of menopause that make you uncomfortable, there are medications and lifestyle changes you can try.
How to Choose a Doctor for Your Child
Jerold Woodhead, MD, a pediatrician at University of Iowa Health Care – Iowa River Landing, offers some helpful tips on finding a doctor for your child.
How to Keep Young Women Healthy
Many adolescent females have special needs and concerns about their bodies as they change.
HPV Fact Sheet
HPV, also known as the human papillomavirus, is the most common sexually transmitted infection. HPV is passed on through direct skin-to-skin contact during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. There are more than 40 types of HPV that can infect both males and females.
Identifying Depression in Adolescent Girls
Depression in teenage girls doesn’t look the same as it does in adults.
Inside Look at 7 Types of Birth Control
Every form of birth control has pros and cons, but the most important aspect is choosing the right one for you.
Love Your Selfie: Adolescence Body Image Fact Sheet
Many teens and young adults (girls AND boys) don’t feel good about their appearance. Some of them don’t even realize they have negative thoughts about their body or how they look. If this is you, it may help to know you are not alone.
Managing Menopause FAQs
Menopause is a natural event that is defined as a time in a woman’s life when their menstrual period stops and she can no longer get pregnant. A women has reached menopause after a full year without getting a menstrual period.
Menopause: Frequently Asked Questions
Menopause is the point in time when a woman's menstrual period stops and she can no longer get pregnant.
Myths About the Pill (Oral Contraceptive)
Read these common misconceptions to learn more about birth control and how it may affect your body.
Overactive Bladder Fact Sheet
Do you spend an excessive amount of time in the bathroom stall? Voiding disorders affect urine storage and release because both are controlled by the same muscle mechanisms. Overactive bladder (OAB) and other voiding disorders can keep you from doing the things you love because you constantly live in fear of being too far away from a restroom.
Pap Test Guidelines
Preventative testing is important for all women, and pap test guidelines have changed recently.
Perinatal (Pregnancy and Postpartum) Depression: Frequently Asked Questions
Information for those who are affected by antenatal, postpartum, perinatal depression
Preeclampsia Fast Facts
If you are experiencing these symptoms 20 weeks into pregnancy, contact your obstetrician.
Pregnancy Power Foods
While pregnant what you eat is more important than how much you eat. Everything you put into your body while pregnant also goes into your baby’s body. These power foods will keep you and your baby healthy throughout the process of pregnancy.
Preventive Health Screenings
Everybody is busy, sometimes so busy that we ignore our health. We are here to tell you there aren’t as many test as you think. In every decade, there are Top Tests to Save Your Life. Keep yourself healthy by adhering to these lifesaving tests.
Recognizing Eating Disorders in Adolescent Girls
Adolescence is a time of major physical and psychological change, as well as significant changes in social interactions and relationships. Often, eating disorders are an attempt by a girl to regain some control over her body.
Safe Driving Rules for Adolescents
Any attempt to address the health and wellness issues in adolescents has to begin with cars.
Sexual Assault: A Women's Health Issue
Learn how to reduce you chances of sexual assault and how to respond if sexual assault occurs.
Simple Steps to Better Sleep Fact Sheet
Do you feel fatigued during times of the day when you used to have energy? Do you feel like you need that midday coffee in order to make it through the entire workday? You’re not alone, many people suffer from a lack of sleep. These simple steps will help you regulate your sleep schedule.
Six Safe Exercises for Pregnant Women
While pregnant it should be your main priority to keep you and your baby healthy. The right types of exercise will help relieve some discomforts like back pain and sleeping troubles.
Steps Toward Better Health: In Your 90s and Beyond
Do you know what you should be doing in your 90s to live a healthier life? Use this list! Pledge to follow one or all of the steps below. Then get the conversation started at your next checkup with this list.
Steps Toward Better Health: In Your 80s
Do you know what you should be doing in your 80s to live a healthier life? Use this list! Pledge to follow one or all of the steps below. Then get the conversation started at your next checkup with this list.
Steps Toward Better Health: In Your 70s
Do you know what you should be doing in your 70s to live a healthier life? Use this list! Pledge to follow one or all of the steps below. Then get the conversation started at your next checkup with this list.
Steps Toward Better Health: In Your 60s
Do you know what you should be doing in your 60s to live a healthier life? Use this list! Pledge to follow one or all of the steps below. Then get the conversation started at your next checkup with this list.
Steps Toward Better Health: In Your 50s
Do you know what you should be doing in your 50s to live a healthier life? Use this list! Pledge to follow one or all of the steps below. Then get the conversation started at your next checkup with this list.
Steps Toward Better Health: In Your 40s
Do you know what you should be doing in your 40s to live a healthier life? Use this list!Pledge to follow one or all of the steps below. Then get the conversation started at your next checkup with this list.
Steps Toward Better Health: In Your 30s
Do you know what you should be doing in your 30s to live a healthier life? Use this list! Pledge to follow one or all of the steps below. Then get the conversation started at your next checkup with this list.
Steps Toward Better Health: In Your 20s
During your well-woman visit, you’ll discuss the steps you need to take, as well as the screenings and shots you need, based on your age, health habits, risk factors, and family history
Stress or Depression Fact Sheet
In some, stress can lead to serious mental health problems such as depression. Depression is more than just a rough patch. Also known as major depression, major depressive disorder, and clinical depression, it is a serious condition that impacts every facet of your world, such as your social life, relationships, career, physical, and overall self-worth and purpose.
Technology and Teenagers: Parents Need to Pay Attention
According to the Pew Research Center’s 2015 report, 92% of teenagers use the internet daily. Parents should pay attention to overuse of technology for a number of reasons.
Tips to Increase Intimacy
There's an old myth that says as people get older they aren't interested in intimacy. It's time to set the record straight! Try a few of these tips to help increase the intimacy in your relationship.
Top Tests To Stay Healthy
Sometimes the amount of tests that we think we may need to stay healthy can seem daunting. We are here to tell you that there may not be as many as you think. In every decade, there are Top Tests to Save Your Life. Keep yourself healthy by adhering to these lifesaving tests.
Unique Stroke Symptoms in Women
Strokes have different symptoms in women. Know them and know how to respond quickly.
Vaccine Fact Sheet
Being aware of the vaccine schedule for preteens and teenagers can give your son or daughter the opportunity to give high school and college their best shot.
Vaginal Cysts, Polyps, and Warts
Although cysts, polyps, and warts occur often in the vagina, they are not harmful.
Vaginal Lichen Planus
Lichen planus is a skin condition which causes inflammation and ulcer-like changes of the skin.
Vulvar Skin Care Guidelines
Recommended guidelines for healthy vulvar skin includes decreasing and removing chemicals, moisture, or rubbing (friction).
Vulvar Vestibulitis
Vestibulitis is a condition that causes redness and pain of the vestibule. Vestibulitis is an inflammation of this skin and the mucous secreting glands found in the skin.
Well-Woman Visit Overview
Scheduling an appointment annually when you are not sick gives you time with your physician dedicated to maintaining your overall health by providing services based on your age, risk factors, and individual needs.