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About Women’s Health and Pregnancy

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There is no normal, healthy condition as stressful and dangerous as pregnancy. Many parts of a woman’s normal lifestyle can become a health risk when a woman is pregnant. Every woman should see her doctor as soon as possible when she suspects she may be pregnant and she should follow the doctor’s suggestions; maintain good nutrition and much more.

The good thing is that usually, the things a pregnant woman gives up are bad for her and the things she needs to do are good for her. Usually, women’s health and pregnancy go hand in hand.

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A woman who expects to become pregnant should already be living a healthy lifestyle. Smoking is possibly the worst thing for women’s health and pregnancy. Smoking increases a woman’s risk of heart disease, lung disease and can adversely affect just about every physical system in the body. Don’t wait until you are pregnant to quit. You wouldn’t invite a stranger into a smoke-filled home, don’t do it to your child. Begin your prenatal vitamin regimen as soon as possible including folic acid and iron.

And remember, the vitamins are all the “eating for two” you need to do for quite a while. Avoid toxic substances. Even paint fumes can be harmful to women’s health and pregnancy. Don’t eat undercooked meats or clean up after your cat while pregnant. Toxoplasmosis is very dangerous to an unborn baby. Increase your hand washing, too.

Weight gain is normal during pregnancy. If you are over – or underweight normally, you may need to consult a nutritionist during your pregnancy to monitor your weight gain and diet. If morning sickness is a problem, try eating six small meals instead of three large ones. Don’t let the queasy feelings make you skip too many meals.

Medication can be a problem during pregnancy. If you have a chronic disorder that requires medication, consult your doctor as soon as possible – even before becoming pregnant if possible. Sometimes women’s health and pregnancy become a tradeoff temporarily. That goes for over the counter medications, too. Check with your doctor before taking pain killers or cold medication. Cold medication can contain alcohol which is harmful to the baby. That also means cutting out alcoholic beverages while pregnant and nursing. Consult your doctor about physical activity.

Usually, the amount and type of exercise that was normal prior to pregnancy will be safe during at least most of the pregnancy. New types of exercise should be monitored by your doctor. By taking the sensible precautions, women’s health and pregnancy can get along just fine.

Eddie Lamb publishes an abundance of information on a range of topical subjects. This article About Women’s Health and Pregnancy, is just one of a host of useful articles about Womens Health listed on our site map at Womens Health Prognosis.

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She’s not a singular phenomenon: fitness fanatics and semi-anonymous physique models (almost always women) are as integral to Instagram as shots of toes, sunsets, and brunches served on tables made of reclaimed wood. There are hard bodies, like @FollowtheLita, and softer bodies, like Selter’s favorite, @AshleySky. Yogis are their own special subset.
Caitlin Turner, aka @gypsetgoddess, a yogi with over 120,000 followers (who says she’s also a @jenselter fan), says, “Living a fit lifestyle has become a huge phenomenon in our society, so it’s not surprising that it has also become a phenomenon on Instagram. People love to feel inspired, and the yogis of Instagram are definitely an inspiring and friendly group.”
Selter says that she, too, is in it for the inspiration, and her rear is just an end to that end. She is savvy enough to know that a shot of her (admittedly very cute) dog only snags a few hundred new follows, and that doesn’t really help the 20-year-old’s overall goal: to motivate people to be healthy and fit. “Motivate” comes up many times in conversation with Selter.
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Still, “It’s so crazy. I never expected [my following] to get as high as it did. When my friends graduated from high school, I went to cosmetology school for makeup, and on the side I was working at a gym. And I’ve always been a social media freak. The computer, tumblr, facebook, et cetera,” she explains by phone from New York City, where she is the spokesperson for a fitness company called Gameplan Nutrition (a gig, soon to be followed by her own line of workout clothes, courtesy of her immense social-media success)
From all the working out at the gym job, she explains, her butt began to plump up. As a teenager, she hadn’t considered herself model-y or a workout fanatic, and nobody had commented on her backside being remarkable. She was a self-proclaimed computer nerd who found college to be “a waste of time unless you know what you want to do.” And Selter seemed to know what she wanted to do.Related: A Body for SIN: My Week as a V.I.P. Gym Rat
“I noticed that fitness was a big thing on Instagram. So I made an account called @motivationforfitness. I would post random motivated people working out, because I love motivating quotes, and people working out.Then she created a tumblr, toofit2quit (which has since become jenselter), where she posted pictures of herself. More established fitness accounts began reblogging her photos without credit, so she reached out to each person and site to ask that they link back to her, and the magic began to happen.
Though the @jenselter account is her main stage, @motivationforfitness now has 329,000 followers, and her Facebook fan page has 486,111 likes. Once her personal handle hit 300,000 followers, sponsorship and “shout-out” offers piled up, from companies like Nike, Lululemon and New Balance (to name three of her favorites). Though Selter declines to put exact figures on-record, she can make thousands for a simple selfie by the barbells. Her sole concern is not money, though.
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A Hormone Imbalance: The Beginning Of A Wide Variety Of Different Health Problems

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Young women have been advised to take pills derived from Scottish seaweed after researchers concluded they can boost the production of vital chemicals in the body in as little as three days.

The 16th annual National Women’s Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 10, and is celebrated until May 16, 2015.

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A hormone imbalance is most common among women because of the way their body is designed to work. In the first part of a woman’s monthly cycle the body produces estrogen, in the middle ovulation results and after ovulation the body produces progesterone in preparation to receive the egg in the event that a pregnancy occurs.

If the woman is not pregnant, she has her period, and the process of hormone fabrication begins all over again. This happens on a monthly basis. Some women do not ovulate which means estrogen is produced, but progesterone is not. The only time progesterone is produced is in preparation to receive the egg after ovulation. The lack of progesterone causes an imbalance to occur.

This is a common occurrence as a woman begins to age. Ovulation slows down and the body fabricates less progesterone which causes the estrogen in the body to rise. This type of problem may begin in very young girls after they have their first period. Other times it is common is after the first child is born or after a tubal ligation. Once this problem begins, other problems begin to multiply.

The brain actually begins to swell when there is too much estrogen in the body. A woman may notice that her hands swell, her breasts are tender, she has headaches and mood swings. The thyroid begins to malfunction which stresses the adrenal glands, which, in turn, causes adrenal fatigue. All of this will create problems such as unexplained weight gain, fatigue, depression, the inability to think clearly, sleep problems and many other health problems.

Anytime there is an imbalance of hormones, the entire immune system is affected. This causes the woman’s fitness level to decrease. She no longer feels like exercising or worrying about her health. She just tries to survive each day. Sometimes it gets so bad she can hardly function.

This is not normally a problem that most women consult their doctors over. They have a tendency to think it is just how women are, and they do not think there is a problem. If they see it as a problem at all, they feel it is caused from them working to meet the needs of their husband, children and home while working a full-time job.

When estrogen is much higher than progesterone, the only way to balance the hormones is for the woman to take natural progesterone. If this is not done, the woman continues to experience the symptoms that lower her fitness level. When the progesterone level becomes equal to that of the estrogen, the woman will begin to get her strength back, and she will feel like a totally different person.

When a woman begins to use the recommended doses of natural progesterone cream, she will not notice a change immediately. It will take anywhere from three to four months for the hormones to become balanced again. She should be able to tell that the hormones are balancing because she will feel better, she will be able to think clearer, the mood swings will go away along with the depression and she will feel like doing things again.

It is important for a woman with these symptoms to visit her doctor. Before she goes, she may want to try the natural progesterone cream. If she doesn’t see a change in her symptoms after several months, she should have a complete checkup to make sure there is not another underlying problem.

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Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt: Oral Argument - March 02, 2016

In 2013, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 2 (H.B. 2), which contained several provisions related to abortions. One such provision required that any physician performing an abortion have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where the abortion was performed, and another provision required that all abortion clinics comply with standards for ambulatory surgical centers. The petitioners are a group of abortion providers who sued the State of Texas seeking to invalidate those provisions in H.B. 2 as they relate to facilities in McAllen and El Paso. The petitioners argued that H.B. 2 denied equal protection, unlawfully delegated lawmaking authority, and constituted arbitrary and unreasonable state action. The district court dismissed the equal protection, unlawful delegation, and arbitrary and unreasonable state action claims and granted declaratory and injunctive relief against the enforcement of the two contested provisions of H.B. 2. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of the the equal protection, unlawful delegation, and arbitrary and unreasonable state action claims and partially reversed the injunctions because the plaintiffs failed to show that they placed a substantial burden in the path of a woman seeking an abortion.

Should a court’s “substantial burden” analysis take into account the extent to which laws that restrict access to abortion services actually serve the government’s stated interest in promoting health?

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Sexual Health 101 – Need-to-Know Facts about Protection and Birth Control

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A woman in Abu Nashab Salama, North Darfur, Sudan. Officers from the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), together with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and World Health Organization (WHO), went on a one-day mission to Abu Nashab Salama, an area with some 2000 inhabitants that has seen several clashes between warring factions.
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Many guys take a don’t ask don’t tell approach to contraception and birth control, and — apart from the good old condom — probably wouldn’t be able to identify other types of birth control if they were looking right at them. Whether a guy is a novice in terms of sexual health or just needs a quick refresher on the different options, here is an overview of the most common types of contraception available. Every guy needs to be educated so he knows best how to protect his sexual health and the health of his penis.

Barrier Methods:
This category of contraception does just what it says; creates a barrier to prevent sperm entering the uterus. Unlike hormonal methods, these have no lasting effects and must be put in place every time.

* Condoms: The most common barrier method, a condom fits snugly over the penis and collects sperm. These are 99% effective in protecting against pregnancy and – equally importantly – any sexual infections when used properly.

* Female condoms: Similar to male condoms, female condoms are inserted into the vagina. They are single use and should be disposed of after sex. Male and female condoms should never be used together as they may slip, tear and render each other in effective.

* Diaphragms: A flexible latex or rubber cup that the woman inserts into the vagina before sex to block sperm from entering the uterus. A woman must be fitted for a diaphragm by her doctor, and it must remain in place for several hours after sex.

* Cervical caps: A smaller and more rigid version of a diaphragm that is inserted into the vagina before sex; also remains in place for several hours post-action.

* Contraceptive sponges: A small, foam sponge that is spermicide-filled. It is inserted into the vagina, and both blocks the sperm from entering the uterus and kills sperm cells on contact.

* Spermicides: Available in foam, jelly, cream or suppository forms; they are inserted into the vagina just prior to sex. They are often used in conjunction with diaphragms, cervical caps and condoms, but can also be used alone.

Hormonal contraception:

Hormonal contraception methods stop or regulate female ovulation to prevent pregnancy. They are administered to the body in multiple ways and must be prescribed by a physician.

* Oral contraceptives; AKA, the pill: Women taking oral contraceptives must take one pill every day at the same time in order to prevent pregnancy.

* Contraceptive patches: Hormones are administered via a plastic patch that is placed on the woman’s skin. She replaces the patch each week for 3 weeks and goes patch free the 4th week.

* Contraceptive shots: An injection of hormones is given to the woman every three months to help control her fertility and prevent pregnancy.

* Implanted birth control: A small, flexible plastic rod is surgically implanted into the arm of the woman by a doctor. The rod releases the perfect amount of hormones into the body; it can stay implanted for up to 5 years.

* Emergency Contraception – “The Morning-After Pill”: Taken the morning after sex when it is suspected that other birth control methods have failed – or were not used at all – it may be successful in preventing pregnancy, depending on where a woman is at in her fertility cycle.

* Vaginal Rings: A flexible ring is inserted into the woman’s vagina where it releases a constant of dose hormones for three weeks time before being removed and discarded.

Other Types:

* Intrauterine Devices: An IUD is a small device implanted in the uterus by a doctor. It prevents the fertilization and implantation of an egg and can be left in place for years.

* Sterilization: The only surefire way to prevent pregnancy without consistent use of contraception is via sterilization. This is accomplished either through a male vasectomy, in which the sperm are permanently prevented from leaving the body; a tubal ligation in females, in which the fallopian tubes are cut, tied or blocked; or a sterilization implant which blocks the fallopian tubes.

Whatever method of contraception a couple decides to use, it is important for both parties to be aware of the risks, side effects and -most importantly – the effectiveness of the method. Most contraceptives do not offer protection from both pregnancy and sexual infections. To protect his own sexual health, a man should always wear a condom to prevent infection with additional birth control methods used as desired. A daily penis health cream (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) is another important way for a man to take charge of his sexual health regimen. Selecting a cream full of vitamins and minerals can improve the health and appearance of the penis while improving blood flow and circulation to the area.

Visit for more information about treating common penis health problems, including soreness, redness and loss of penis sensation. John Dugan is a professional writer who specializes in men’s health issues and is an ongoing contributing writer to numerous online web sites.

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Penis Health – What a Woman Should Know About Her Man’s Business

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Penis health is technically a man’s issue, but as most women know, men do not always stay on top of their personal health issues the way they should. Therefore, it’s beneficial for a woman to know a little about male organ health, if for no other reason than to know whether to worry when her guy says he has a sore penis. Proper penis care can become a team effort between a man and his partner. That not only ensures that his member will be in optimal health, but it can provide a bonding experience for the man and woman as well.

It’s not always ready for action.
Men like to make out that they are so sex-obsessed that their penises will spring to attention at the drop of a hat. While it’s true that men like sex (a lot!), it’s also true that sometimes the penis doesn’t always jump to an erect state at the slightest stimulation. This is not usually a comment on how alluring a woman is; it may mean that the man is tired, stressed, uncomfortable, not feeling in the best of health, sad, or preoccupied with other thoughts at the moment. In some instances, it can mean that there is a physical cause, such as anemia or diabetes. Sometimes, medications that a man is taking can also cause erectile issues.

Firmness can vary.
The firmness of a man’s erection can vary significantly from one time to the next. If a woman is used to a man having a very firm erection, she should not worry if it is not always as engorged; however, a woman should take note if loss of firmness – or, as above, lack of readiness for sexual activity – continues for an extended period of time. This could mean there is a physical issue that a doctor may need to look into.

Penis odor is common.
The pubic bush causes the crotch to be warm, a situation which is worsened by the penis being kept hidden behind two layers of clothing. Sweat accumulates easily, and even men who wash thoroughly and regularly may find that they carry a certain aroma with them more than they would like.

Penis skin is sensitive.
As many women have noticed, the skin on the penis is very thin, especially in men who have been circumcised and lack the protective foreskin layer. This by itself makes the penis skin sensitive to chemicals, so that many soaps and detergents can cause a skin issue to flare up. Skin rashes, pimples, and spots are common on the penis and the surrounding area.

Some blemishes are not unusual.
There are several common penis blemishes that many women (and men) think must be harmful but are in fact harmless. Hirsuties coronae glandis, more commonly called Pearly Penile Papules or PPP, are very common. PPP is a row (or rows) of small, raised bumps that typically form a ring around the bottom of the glans penis. Fordyce spots are small sebaceous glands that look like tiny little white or red dots.

Slight bends are okay.
Some penises are straight as a ruler, but most have some bit of curvature to them. Unless the bending is extreme (called Peyronie’s disease), it is fine; however, sometimes bending occurs because of a build-up of scar tissue, which can have a negative effect on penis sensitivity and function.

One thing men need to do to maintain penis health is to daily use a superior penis nutrient cream (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil). A cream with vitamin A can help to address unwanted penis odor, while one with a high-end emollient (think Shea butter) is excellent for damaged penis skin. And if impaired sensitivity is an issue, a cream with acetyl L carnitine, which is neuroprotective, should definitely be used. The best help a woman may be able to give her man is to make sure he uses a quality cream regularly.

Visit for more information about treating common penis health problems, including soreness, redness and loss of penis sensation. John Dugan is a professional writer who specializes in men’s health issues and is an ongoing contributing writer to numerous online web sites.

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For Women In Texas, Heart Health Means Taking Action

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As I drove across Kansas twice in the past week, I thought it was only favorite for the Wizard of Oz. A number of billboards played up this Kansas’ connection. Also, I begin to notice the publicity about its official state flower, the sunflower. And, I saw strange crops growing in their fields. One, I incorrectly identified as hops. But the other was the familiar sunflower.

I saw a sunflower plant going in village of Bulape, Congo this summer. I thought it was beautiful and provided a unique foreground for a picture of Mama Sylvie, Mama Rose, and Mama Jackie. I never thought about the sunflower as an agricultural crop. BUT now I know better.

I will do some followup work to find out if these Congolese women know about the other attributes of the sunflower and its seeds. The seed oil is healthy. The seeds are a tasty and nutritious snack, too.

Sunflower could can help fight the poverty.

Kansas Sunflower Commission. "While the vibrant, strong sunflower is a recognized worldwide for its beauty, it is also an important source of food. Sunflower oil is a valued and healthy vegetable oil and sunflower seeds are enjoyed as a healthy, tasty snack and nutritious ingredient to many foods.

Sunflower is an important agricultural crop choice for US producers in the northern plains of the Dakotas to the panhandle of Texas."…

For women in Texas, notably but not exclusively in the larger cities of Dallas, Houston and Austin, health is an ongoing concern, as it is in other areas of the country. One of the biggest health issues is one that’s closest to the heart. Quite literally.

The fact is, heart disease is responsible for the death of more American women under the age of 45 than any other single disease, including breast cancer. Whether someone has health insurance or not, more than half a million women a year die from heart disease. And more than 60% of those had no previous symptoms.

When a woman does find herself suffering from heart disease, she’s less likely than a man to receive aggressive medical treatment, according to the American Heart Association. She’s also more likely than a man to die from heart disease: 38% of women (compared with 25% of men) will die within one year following a heart attack.

While two risk factors — the aging process itself and a family history of heart disease — aren’t something a woman can change, others can be changed.

Smoking is one area that can tip the scales in favor of a woman, as far as risk of heart disease is concerned. With numerous support programs available, in cities such as Houston, Dallas and Austin and throughout Texas, a woman wanting to quit smoking is well-equipped to do so, with the healthful benefits to follow.
And more and more people are deciding to quit, the overall number of adult smokers having decreased during the last 20 years.

Unfortunately, the number of teenage girls that are taking up the habit is actually increasing, which is a reason for concern. Smoking lowers levels of good cholesterol, which increases the risk of heart disease. And cigarette smoking combined with the use of birth control pills has also been shown to increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.

Another factor that contributes to heart disease is high blood pressure or hypertension. Left untreated, the condition makes the heart work harder, speeds up hardening of the arteries (known as atherosclerosis) and increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and kidney failure. While high blood pressure can sometimes occur during pregnancy, it usually goes away after childbirth. Although high blood pressure cannot be cured, doctors say it can be controlled with diet, exercise, and, if necessary, medicines.

Cholesterol levels are another risk factor when it comes to heart disease, and women in general have higher cholesterol levels than men due to the positive effect of estrogen on HDL, one of the most important predictors of cardiovascular health, according to a study in the American Journal of Cardiology. In short, the higher the level of HDL cholesterol, the less likely a woman is to have a heart attack or stroke. Once a woman goes through menopause, however, HDL levels tend to drop, increasing the risk of heart disease. HDL and LDL cholesterol levels can be improved by diet, exercise and, in some cases, cholesterol-lowering medicines.

Want more out of life? One way is to become less of a person, at least so far as your weight is concerned. Obesity is certainly a strong predictor for heart disease, but where the weight settles is also an important factor. The Texas Heart Institute, based at Houston’s St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, says women who have a lot of fat around the waist are at greater risk than those who have fat around the hips. A plan of diet and exercise approved by a doctor is the best way to safely lose weight.

Yet another area of health concern in women at risk for heart disease is diabetes. A correlation between obesity, physical inactivity and high cholesterol levels may be part of the reason, but studies show that women with diabetes have a higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease than men with diabetes do. Proper management of diabetes is, therefore, even more important to women, throughout Texas and elsewhere.

Birth control pills may also pose an increased cardiovascular risk for women, especially those with other risk factors such as smoking. Researchers believe birth control pills raise blood pressure and blood sugar levels in some women and also increase the risk of blood clots, risks which increase as women get older. The advice of some: communicate with your doctor about any other cardiovascular risk factors that might exist, before taking birth control pills.

Drinking alcohol on an excessive basis is another risk factor when it comes to heart disease in women, notably in terms of its contribution to obesity and the raising of triglyceride and blood pressure levels, all factors which can cause heart failure and lead to stroke. While some studies have shown that the risk of heart disease in those who drink moderate amounts of alcohol can be lower than among those who do not drink alcohol, it doesn’t mean those who do not drink should start or that those who do drink alcohol should increase the amount they drink. For women, a moderate amount of alcohol is considered to be one drink per day.

Hopefully, none of this is adding to your levels of stress, which is, itself, considered to be a contributing risk factor for both men and women. While researchers are as yet unclear about the relationship to heart disease, stress can lead to other risk factors such as smoking and overeating.

For women in particular, heart disease can be a significant health concern. Thankfully, there are things that anyone can do to reduce that risk. Yet even then, knowing that various options exist can be something of value.

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