Women's Health

Adolescence is an Important Time of Change
Keeping young women healthy isn’t limited to the doctor’s office.
Battle of the Blah-zzz
It is important to realize that being fatigued is not normal and can be a sign of other conditions such as sleep apnea.
Birth Control Pill Fact Sheet
Discover the truth about birth control effectiveness, benefits, and more.
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!
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 Ways to Decrease Nausea During Pregnancy
Nausea is common during pregnancy. Here are some tips for how to decrease that.
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.
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.
Guidelines for the “Girls”
Breasts: 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.
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.
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.
Menopause: Frequently Asked Questions
Menopause is the point in time when a woman's menstrual period stops and she can no longer get pregnant.
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.
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.
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.
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 Systems 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.