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Women's Health Blog

  • Genetics- Why is it Important to know my Family Medical History

    Knowing one’s family medical history allows a person to take steps to reduce his or her risk. You should address any concerns you have about your family history with your physician or another qualified healthcare professional such as a genetics counselor. 

  • Flat Head Syndrome

    Positional plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome)-how do we help and prevent it?

  • Moms Support Circle

    Due to hormone changes after pregnancy, it is common to experience feelings of anxiety, sadness, or overwhelmed. The Women’s Hospital would like to assist you in your recovery with Mom’s Support Circle, our free, self-help group.
     

  • An Infertility Story: Journey to Baby Topper

    70 pills, 46 shots, 112 vaginal suppositories, numerous vaginal ultrasounds, and 2 years and 4 month’s time…
     

  • Sexually Transmitted Infections: A Reality That Must Be Discussed

    About 20 million United States citizens get a sexually transmitted infection each year, with 15 to 24-year-olds accounting for half of all new STIs. Protecting yourself against sexually transmitted infections is important and should be achieved not through fear, but rather education.

  • The Facts about Endometriosis

    Endometriosis is a common condition in which part of the uterine lining or glands are located outside of the uterus. Typically the glandular tissue is located in the pelvis and abdomen. The most common symptoms of endometriosis are painful menstrual cycles, pain with intercourse, infertility or an ovarian mass. Learn about the most common treatments for Endometriosis.

  • One Place for Breast Cancer Treatment

    When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, she has many needs and concerns. One of the most important things she wants to know is that she’ll get the best care, beginning as quickly as possible. That’s why The Women’s Hospital and Deaconess Cancer Services decided to develop the Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Clinic.
     

  • Women and Heart Disease: Pregnancy Induced Heart Failure

    Courtney Hoppenjans, OB and Heart patient, shares her 2014 story about pregnancy induced heart failure. Learn about why women should listen to their bodies and how the amazing teams from The Heart Hospital and The Women's Hospital helped save Courtney and her baby's life. 

  • Minimizing Visitors in the Hospital

    Can you believe it’s here? The day that your baby is born has finally arrived! Friends and family are excited and eager to meet the new addition to your family. Grandmas can’t wait to get their hands on that sweet baby and they will…in time. 
     

  • Keeping Resolutions in the New Year

    It’s that time of year again! New Year’s Day is around the corner and many of us are starting to think about making a resolution. But how do you stick to your resolution and not give up before Valentine’s Day? We’ve listed some tips below on how to make and keep momentum toward your New Year’s resolution throughout the year.

  • Staying Healthy Through The Holidays

    The holiday season is upon us.  Learn tips for staying healthy and avoiding illness so you and your family can be well from now into the new year.
     

  • Healthy Holiday Tips from The Heart Hospital

    Learn about these healthy tips and why they’re important to you. 

  • Dear New Mom, Don't Forget About YOU

    The postpartum period—the days and weeks after giving birth--involves many emotional and physical changes for you as a new mother.  It also involves learning how to care for your newborn and how to function with the new demands at home. Adequate rest, good nutrition, and support from family and friends are crucial during the first few weeks after delivery to allow you to rebuild your strength.

  • 10 Baby Necessities: What Are They?

    You are in Babies R Us. Your husband has the scanner gun because, let’s be honest, the only way you could get him to join you was by promising he could play with the scanner gun. The haunting memory of registering for your wedding gifts 9 months prior is coming back. You are overwhelmed. You have never had a baby before! How are you supposed to know what you need?!

  • Painful Bladder--Could It Be Interstitial Cystitis?

    Interstitial cystitis (I.C.) is a problem with the lining of the bladder and is often called painful bladder syndrome or irritable bladder – and for good reasons, it's painful! I.C. occurs mostly in women, is underdiagnosed and often mistaken for a urinary tract infection.
     

  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss

    October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month.  The loss of a pregnancy or baby is a life changing event.  No matter the gestational age of the little one, you may hurt physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.  The loss of a little one is not something families “just get over.”  Families grieve and mourn and eventually learn to live a “new normal” life. 

  • Flu Vaccinations and Pregnant Women

    The flu shot has traditionally been an important part of a pregnant woman’s prenatal care. This year, the flu shot has become a controversial issue due to a recent study and proposed association between the flu shot and miscarriage.  Learn more about the study and flu vaccinations so you are knowledgeable and informed.

     

  • What All Women Should Know About Mammograms

    Breast cancer will develop in 1 in 8 American women in her lifetime, so it’s very important that women be informed about options and recommendations for early detection.  
     

  • Making the Most of Your Doctor’s Appointment

    Ankita Bahuva, MD, Internal Medicine, Deaconess Clinic Downtown

    Your doctors’ appointments are an important and valuable time to connect with your doctor, share your perspective and information, and learn from your doctor’s expertise.  The best appointments happen when patients are very prepared.
     

  • Fighting Chronic Fatigue

    Ankita Bahuva, MD, Internal Medicine, Deaconess Clinic Downtown

    Chronic fatigue is a condition that causes someone to be extremely tired—to the point that they can’t function in their daily life.  It is also often misunderstood.
     

  • Which Cancer Screenings You Need, and When, and WHY

    Cancer screening recommendations can be confusing for many people--in my 20 years of practicing primary care medicine for adults, thousands of patients have had questions about various cancer screenings. 

    In this article, I’ll focus on breast, prostate, lung, colon and skin cancer screenings.

  • An Urgent Need to Solve Your Annoying Problem – Overactive Bladder

    Do you experience any of the following?

    • Frequent urination
    • A persistent “urgent feeling” to urinate
    • Frequently waking up at night to urinate
    • Involuntary loss of urine
    If so, then you may have a urinary disorder known as Overactive Bladder (OAB).
     

  • FYI on UTIs

    Dr. Vivien Tucker, Family Medicine, Deaconess Clinic Darmstadt

    In my career I’ve treated thousands of urinary tract infections. They’re very common, can be quite painful, and can cause serious complications if untreated. 

  • The "Sweetness" of Motherhood from a Professional Doctor and Amateur Baker

    Dr. Darla Grossman, Family Medicine, Deaconess Clinic West
     
    As Mother’s Day approaches, it is a good time to count blessings and lick a spoonful of icing from the bowl. Motherhood (and grandmotherhood, I am discovering), actually has many sweet moments, and is like mixing, baking and putting together a cake.

  • Mommy Guilt....Let it Go!

    Kimberly Foster, MD, OB/GYN, Women's Health Care P.C. 

    As an OB/GYN physician (and mother of 5 boys), I am given the awesome opportunity to take care of expecting families. The majority of the articles for expecting moms are focused on our “first-time-moms”. As we approach Mother's Day, I want to focus on moms that are experienced or “veteran-mommies.”

  • Infertility Awareness

    Daniel Griffin, MD, Reproductive Endocrinologist, Boston IVF at The Women's Hospital

    At the end of April each year, we observe National Infertility Awareness Week. Often times, as a fertility specialist (reproductive endocrinologist), I am asked when people should consider fertility care and treatment, if referrals are necessary and what to expect. Below are my answers to a few of the most common questions I get with regard to fertility care and treatment.

  • Adult Vaccines

    Rebekah Basham, PA, Deaconess Clinic Mary Street

    Most people are aware pediatric vaccinations are very important and prevent serious diseases and related complications. However, people often forget there are adult vaccinations and boosters that are recommended to keep us healthy and prevent complications associated with certain infections. 

  • Being Smart About Online Health Information

    Gail Lee, Deaconess Health Science Librarian

    Researching health topics online can be frustrating, confusing and even scary, as it can be hard to know if information you find is correct and accurate. This article will empower you know how to find quality health information, and to recognize potentially bad sources of information.

  • The Baby is Here! Now What?

    Karla Kitch, MD, Deaconess Pediatric Hospitalist

    You’ve carefully followed your obstetrician’s instructions, and delivered a healthy baby… but now the BIG questions start to pop up. Usually these questions come to mind when it’s least convenient to you and often after your pediatrician’s office has closed for the day.  Here are some things to consider for these first few sweet but exhausting weeks!  

  • Health Benefits of Giving

    We all know that it’s “good” to give. Giving to charitable causes helps these organizations to continue functioning, providing services, and helping the community. But did you know that giving is actually good for your physical and mental health? 

  • No, It’s Not “Normal” and You Don’t Have to “Live With It” - Treating Incontinence, Pelvic Pain and More

    Amanda Phelps-Jones, WHNP-BC of the Pelvic Health and Wellness Center at The Women’s Hospital
     
    Incontinence, pelvic pain and other issues should not be considered “normal” or something you simply “have to live with.”  Pelvic health problems happen to many women, and are often related to pregnancy and childbirth, weakening pelvic muscles and tissue changes related to menopause and aging, and several other causes.

  • How To Help Someone in an Abusive Situation

    Heather Phelps, Therapist, Deaconess Cross Pointe, and Leslie James-Wilhite, Crisis Response Advocate, and Rachel Gumble, Community Engagement Director, Albion Fellow Bacon Center

    Maybe you know someone who you think is in an abusive relationship, but you don’t know how to help her (or him). We want to help you know how to help someone you care about….what to do and say, and what NOT to do and say.

  • Women And Bone Health

    Kim Snyder, PT, Clinic Director, High Pointe Therapy at The Women's Hospital

    Women seem to be very conscientious about getting routine exams completed.  Whether it is a mammogram, yearly physical, and colonoscopy or bone density.  When getting the results we are relieved when everything is negative or normal.

  • Five Tips for Staying Healthy During the Holidays

    Sarah Perdue, The Women's Hospital 

    Staying healthy during the holidays is never easy. Here are 5 ways to make it through the holidays and stay healthy.

  • Cold or Flu - What To Do?

    Dr. Carla Essling, Family Medicine Physician, Deaconess Clinic Gateway Professional Building  
    Cold symptoms are usually milder in nature than those of the flu—but can make you pretty miserable. Cold symptoms also start more gradually than flu symptoms. 

  • Holidays and Stress

    Sarah Kluender, LCSW

    Holidays are supposed to be a great fun time filled with comfort & joy...holly jolly feel good time.  Those dealing with depression or anxiety may not experience it that way.  The holidays can bring on more difficulty for already stressed out people with the expectation to do more and more things when already feeling bad. 

  • Pelvic Pain

    Dr. Francis McDonnell, and Brittany Fulcher, NP, of the Deaconess Comprehensive Pain Centers
    Pelvic pain, especially among women, is a common condition that can significantly impact the quality of your life. Pelvic pain has numerous causes, which also means that there are numerous treatments available, depending on the cause and type of pain. 

  • Single out Shingles: New Medical Advances for Combating Shingles

    Dr. James Gutman, Family Medicine Deaconess Clinic
    Chickenpox are nearly a childhood rite of passage…  Quarantine from others, being doused in calamine lotion and strong inclinations to take a hairbrush to those itchy miserable lesions.  The varicella virus (or chickenpox) primes patients to develop herpes zoster later on in life.

  • Understanding Your Thyroid

    Dr. Hisham Allababidi, Deaconess Clinic Endocrinologist  
    As an endocrinologist, I help manage issues related to hormones in the body. I see many patients with thyroid disorders, which can lead to a variety of health issues

  • Don’t Let Uterine Fibroids Limit Your Life

    Constantine Scordalakes, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Up to 25% of women have uterine fibroids but many are unaware because they often can occur without symptoms.  However, uterine fibroids can cause a myriad of symptoms including but not limited to constipation, frequent urination, heavy menstrual bleeding or prolonged menstrual periods, pain or pressure in the pelvic region, backache or difficulty emptying the bladder.  

  • Influencing Influenza – Is It Possible?

    Michelle Galen, MD Deaconess Clinic Family Medicine 
    Every year, parents, school nurses and physicians dread flu season.  For most, influenza is an inconvenience characterized by missed work, a trip to the drug store and hours of daytime television.  However, for others, influenza can be deadly.  According to The World Health Organization, up to 500,000 people die every year from the flu.  

  • 10 Choices to Add Years to Your Life

    Terry Gehlhausen, DO Deaconess Clinic Family Medicine
    People who follow a few simple steps to improve their health have less cancer and heart disease compared to other Americans, and their overall death rate is significantly reduced compared to other people under age 65. Here are ten choices you can make that will lead to a longer and healthier life:

  • The Women's Hospital and Project Reveal

    Project Reveal and The Women’s Hospital have partnered together to bring a local television series to women in Evansville and surrounding communities. The series will be documentary-style and feature real women and their stories. The goal of Project Reveal is to be real, inspiring, creative and diverse. The series will launch in the Spring and air in varied time slots on WNIN and WEVV. 

  • 10 Good-for-You Date Ideas

    With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you may be scrambling to come up with a great date idea. While the old standbys of flowers and chocolate are always popular, it may be time to spice things up a bit and think outside-the-box with some healthy date alternatives. Here are some date ideas to get you and your special someone active and healthy. 

  • The Well-Stocked Medicine Cabinet

    Dr. Jung Smith, Family Medicine, Deaconess Clinic 
    I think it’s wise to have a stash of basic medications for everyone in the family, so I want to share information about various over-the-counter medications, to help you decide what you should have in YOUR well-stocked medicine cabinet.

  • Cervical Cancer Screening and the HPV Vaccine

    Dr. Lauren Veazey, Family Practice Physician at Deaconess Clinic Mt. Pleasant.

    We’ve come a long way with cervical cancer.  Cervical cancer used to be the number one cancer killer of American women.  That number has gone down in recent years due to improved screening methods, but there are still improvements to be made.

  • What Women Need to Know About Their Heart Health

    Dr. Prasanna Yelamanchili, Cardiologist, The Heart Group​

    Women sometimes think that they aren’t at risk for heart disease, but that simply isn’t true. More women die of heart disease and stroke than all cancers combined. One in four women die of heart-related problems compared to 1 in 30 by breast cancer.  Also, 2/3 of women who die of a heart attack had no prior symptoms of heart disease, and women die twice as often after a heart attack as compared to men.

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