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Women’s Health Through the Decades
It’s never too late (or too early) to take care of your health. Here’s how women can improve their mental and physical well-being, decade by decade.

The Change Before ‘The Change’: Perimenopause
You know you’ve reached menopause when you haven’t had a period—not even spotting—for 12 months in a row. But “the change” usually approaches gradually, starting in a woman’s mid- to late 40s. This stage is called perimenopause.

4 Common Health Problems in Women
Your health is the most important thing you have, so protecting it should be a top priority. Besides making healthy lifestyle choices, visiting your health care provider regularly can make a big difference. You should also have any recommended screenings—they can detect diseases even before you have symptoms.

5 Surprising Things That Can Affect Your Pregnancy
If you’re pregnant or planning a pregnancy, you probably already know about the negative effects that alcohol, tobacco, and unhealthy eating can have for you and your growing baby. But other things in your everyday life can affect your pregnancy, too. Here are 5 to keep in mind.

Women’s Health Concerns Often Go Ignored
Compared with male patients, women who present with the same condition may not receive the same health care. In recent years, this has been found to happen with everything from skin conditions to neck pain to heart disease.

‘What’s Causing My Pelvic Pain?’
Pelvic pain is a common problem for women. It’s a general term for pain that occurs below the belly button. That includes pain in the lower belly, lower back, buttocks, and genital area. About 14% of women in the U.S. have pelvic pain lasting for at least three to six months. Many others experience it occasionally.

For Sound Pregnancy Advice, Turn to Your OB
Social media, online blogs, texts, emails, and even in person. People love to give advice, often whether you want it or not. It’s not just strangers trying to sell you something. Even well-meaning friends and family can pass on ineffective, outdated, or just plain unsafe suggestions.

Are You a Tired Mom? 4 Tips to Sleep Better
When your daily routine involves waking up early with your kids, putting in a full day at work, running errands, cooking dinner, and tucking everyone in to sleep before finally getting the chance to hit the pillow yourself, feeling fatigued seems unavoidable.

What Women Need to Know About Thyroid Disease
For being so tiny, the thyroid sure has a big job. The butterfly-shaped gland at the bottom of the neck makes the thyroid hormone, which affects nearly every tissue and organ in the body. It controls your heart rate and how fast you burn calories, among many other things.

6 Healthy Things to Do When You’re Pregnant
Your health never comes into sharper focus than it does when you’re pregnant. Because your decisions directly affect your baby, it’s worth adopting positive habits to give you both the best chance at good health. Here are 6 healthy behaviors to practice when you’re expecting.

5 Nonpregnancy Reasons to See Your OB-GYN
What do obstetrician-gynecologists (OB-GYNs) actually do? If you said that they provide pregnancy care and treat menstrual disorders, that’s true—but it’s only part of the answer.

Why Counting Calories Doesn’t Work
You may have heard that 3,500 calories equal one pound of body fat. Drop or burn just 500 calories a day and you should lose a pound a week, right? Well, theoretically—but it may not be as simple as the arithmetic suggests. Although paying attention to what you eat can help shed extra pounds, counting calories may not. In fact, this outdated strategy may be sabotaging your long-term weight loss success.

Arthritis of Hand to Affect Almost Half of Adults—and Mostly Women
Research suggests that about 40% of adults will develop osteoarthritis (OA) of the hand at some point in their life. OA of the hand is a common condition that can cause joint pain and stiffness, loss of hand strength and function, and disability.

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