Women’s Health

Fashion or foe?

Your oversize purse is ruining your body

You’re a multi-tasker. A career woman. A busy mom. A fashionista. You’re ready to take on whatever the day brings — and look good doing it — with your fully loaded, shoulder-slung, supersize satchel. But your posture may be paying the price for your preparedness. Heavy bags put a lot of stress on your bones, joints and muscles — and may actually be causing damage.

Goodbye to UTIs

Hello, better bladder health!

Chances are most women will experience a urinary tract infection (UTI) at some point in life, or have symptoms they think are a UTI. Either way, the discomfort can be miserable and. impacts quality of life. A UTI is a bacterial infection anywhere in the urinary tract, from the bladder to the urethra.

Understanding and treating bladder pain syndrome

Bladder pain syndrome (BPS), clinically known as interstitial cystitis (IC), is a chronic bladder condition that causes pain and pressure. Those who have it experience symptoms that mimic those of a lower urinary tract infection. Most of the symptoms will continue for six weeks or more, causing great discomfort.

Sarah M. Kane, M.D., urogynecologist at Norton Women’s Specialists – Urogynecology, explains that for some the symptoms may come and go, but for others they don’t go away.

Choosing the best hospital to have your baby

Giving birth can be one of life’s most exciting experiences. It can also be overwhelming. Expectant mothers feel pressure within their bodies and in all aspects of their lives. Preparing for a new baby takes a lot of time, but choosing the right hospital shouldn’t.

According to Laura Gipe, director of Patient Care Services at Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital, expectant mothers should expand their search to find the best option for their family. Gipe recommends looking for four things when selecting a hospital:


What causes night sweats?

Extreme nighttime sweating is fairly common among pre- and postmenopausal women. Typical signs are drenched sleepwear or sheets and disrupted sleep that is not caused by environmental factors (such as an overheated room, too many blankets or heavy pajamas).

Night sweats or “hot flashes” in women can be caused by hormonal changes common before, during and after menopause. Most women experience hot flashes — a feeling of sudden, intense warmth — in the face, neck and chest, along with perspiration, clamminess and chills.

PCOS: A common condition that can affect fertility

When a woman has difficulty becoming pregnant, it can be due to one of many reasons. However, perhaps the most common reason can be overlooked or go undiagnosed: polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

Doctors aren’t quite sure of the exact cause of PCOS, but up to one in 10 women of childbearing age may have it. They do know it’s largely linked to being overweight or obese. And with an obesity epidemic in this country — more than two out of every three people are overweight or obese — it’s no wonder so many women are struggling with fertility.