Women’s Health

The taboo of talking about incontinence

It’s an easy topic to joke about, but the stigma of incontinence – loss of bladder or bowel control – prevents millions of women from seeking treatment.

Urinary stress incontinence, the most common type, is most often a symptom of a weakened pelvic floor. The pelvic floor is a network of muscles, ligaments and tissue that supports the vagina, bladder, rectum and abdominal cavity. Pressure can cause these weakened, stretched or injured structures to move and then function improperly.

9 anti-aging buzzwords

A few years ago I noticed a brown blotch on my face. My mother “diagnosed” it as an age spot. Ugh, really? Now I’ve got at least four. Even though I always use moisturizer with SPF and sunscreen when I’m outdoors, I still seem to acquire a new blotch every year, probably because I wasn’t always so great about using sunscreen. After all, I grew up in that time when we used baby oil whenever we were out in the sun! Thank goodness times have changed, but it doesn’t change the damage done to my skin.

Heart to Heart

A new mom gives back after her life-threatening heart condition

Most new moms would describe childbirth and the first weeks of a new baby’s life as a whirlwind. That was the case for Jessica Sorrels, but not in a good way.

After a long and difficult birth with her first son, Jack, she nearly lost her life.

11 things you should know if have diabetes and are pregnant

Diabetes has changed me in many ways, but mostly it has made me a stronger, more aware person. My name is Beth Moore-Glover, and I am a 39-year-old Type 2 diabetic. Throughout my adulthood I have struggled with hyperinsulinemia and then diabetes. As a result I lost half of all my pregnancies. I tried several methods to keep my blood sugars under control: weight loss of 127 pounds, oral medication, insulin, diet and exercise. For 10 years I was not able to hold on to a pregnancy.

What about that baby bump?

Actress Jennifer Garner’s recent announcement that she has a “baby bump” has spread like wildfire through social media. Who cares, right? Well, a lot of moms do. That’s because Garner took pride in announcing that no, she wasn’t pregnant — the baby bump is from her past pregnancies and it’s here to stay. That means we have something in common! Her baby bump is named Violet, Sam, Sera. Mine is named Meredith, Kate. Both are several years old.

Are those killer heels killing your feet?

I have to admit, I’m a sucker for a great pair of heels. But I know they can wreak havoc on my feet, legs and back, so I wear them sparingly — carrying them into work and taking them off before I leave — and fortunately I haven’t suffered any pain or problems, except maybe a few blisters.

However, high heels are one of the biggest factors leading to foot problems in women, with up to one-third suffering permanent damage as a result of prolonged wear.

Oncofertility specialist builds hope and families

It’s hard to imagine the difficulty of dealing with a cancer diagnosis. Add to that the worry that the cancer treatment you must receive to save your life may also take away your ability to have children.

A new physician with Norton Cancer Institute works to address this concern from cancer patients by preserving their fertility. Leslie Appiah, M.D., is an oncofertility specialist. She works with children and adults with cancer before they begin receiving chemotherapy or radiation to counsel them on options and steps that may be taken to improve their ability to have children later. She also works with patients trying to conceive after cancer treatment. 

What it means to have dense breasts

When you stop and think about them, breasts are pretty complicated. Large or small, they all are made up of lobules, ducts, fatty tissue and fibrous connective tissue. And some are more dense than others, meaning they have more fibrous tissue and less fatty tissue.

“Breast density is very common and not abnormal,” said Michele Myers, diagnostic imaging manager at Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital). “As many as 50 percent of women have a moderate to high level of dense breast tissue.”

My Journey through Pelvic Pain

My name is Krystal and I want to share my story in hopes it will help other women. I am a wife to a wonderful husband and mother of two beautiful children. My husband and I had been married for about a year and three months when I got pregnant with our first child. Our intimate life was great prior to this, but during my pregnancy I started experiencing pelvic pain, especially when my husband and I were together. At the time my obstetrician would tell me that it was more than likely a lubrication issue. She suggested several different lubricants, but it never seemed to take care of the problem. 

Making sense of the mammography maelstrom

Just when you think you’re thoroughly confused over the latest news report about getting annual mammograms, another report comes out and confuses you even more. Are mammograms beneficial in detecting cancer? Should you skip them? Should you do breast self exams? Should you just leave it all to chance? If you’re as perplexed as most over seemingly conflicting information about mammograms, read on.