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STANDING IN BABY’S WAY

The umbilical cord runs from an opening in the developing baby’s stomach to the “placenta,” which is the pancake-shaped organ attached to the mother’s uterine wall that enables the developing fetus to receive nutrients, eliminate waste, and exchange oxygen through the mother’s...
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UPON CLOSER EXAMINATION

For decades, an annual pelvic exam has been considered an essential part of the “well-woman” visit. However, new guidelines issued by the American College of Physicians call the necessity of the exam into question by recommending that it is not necessary for women who are neither...
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UNDERCUTTING EPISIOTOMY

“Episiotomy” is a surgical incision that was once a routine part of childbirth. It involves making a cut in the woman’s perineal tissue to prevent more extensive vaginal tears. It was also thought to keep the bladder from drooping and the rectum from protruding into the vagina...
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A COMMON HORMONAL DISORDER

When women of reproductive age experience infrequent (or prolonged) menstrual periods, excess hair growth, acne, and obesity, the symptoms may be indicative of “polycystic ovary syndrome” (PCOS). This common endocrine system disorder may also cause enlarged ovaries with small...
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SKIN CHANGES DURING PREGNANCY

About 90% of pregnant women experience “hyperpigmentation,” which is a darkening of the skin that is often noticeable during the first trimester. Increased production of melanocyte-stimulating hormone causes darkening of the skin, especially on the nipples and pre-existing moles....
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WHY BREAST DENSITY MATTERS

One way that women can better protect themselves against breast cancer is to know whether or not they have dense breasts. Breast density refers to the proportion of the different tissues that make up a woman’s breasts. Breast and connective tissue are denser than fat. When breast...
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YEARNING TO BREATHE CLEAN AIR

Building upon previous research linking air pollution to autism, a new study suggests that pregnant women may nearly double their risk of giving birth to an autistic child by inhaling smog from smokestacks and tailpipes. The latest research identifies women in their third...
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A PAINFUL SUBJECT

“Dyspareunia” (pain during intercourse) affects about half of postmenopausal women and may be a primary reason why surveys show that sexual activity declines significantly as women age. Much of the problem stems from the fact that estrogen production falls off precipitously after...
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HEARTBURN DURING PREGNANCY

Heartburn during pregnancy is largely caused by hormone-induced relaxation of the muscular valve called the “lower esophageal sphincter” (LES). This valve opens to allow food to enter the stomach from the esophagus (the tube between the mouth and stomach). Heartburn (“ac...
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