Women’s Health

PCOS: A common condition that can affect fertility

When a woman has difficulty becoming pregnant, it can be due to one of many reasons. However, perhaps the most common reason can be overlooked or go undiagnosed: polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

Doctors aren’t quite sure of the exact cause of PCOS, but up to one in 10 women of childbearing age may have it. They do know it’s largely linked to being overweight or obese. And with an obesity epidemic in this country — more than two out of every three people are overweight or obese — it’s no wonder so many women are struggling with fertility.

Diabetes and family planning: Saving baby Blake

Diabetes has changed Beth Moore-Glover in many ways. Though she’s faced many challenges and heartbreaks, they have made her a stronger person who is more aware of how to keep her body healthy.

Moore-Glover, age 39, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes seven years ago. Before that, she struggled with hyperinsulinemia, which is higher-than-normal blood sugar but not diabetes.

“I tried several methods to keep my blood sugars under control — losing weight, oral medication, insulin, diet and exercise,” she said.

New Gardasil vaccine works even better

The FDA says a new vaccine has the potential to prevent more than 90 percent of cervical cancers. Gardasil 9 targets nine strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can lead to cervical cancer as well as other types of cancer. It’s approved for use in females ages 9 through 26 and males ages 9 through 15.

Meredith Loveless, M.D., a pediatric and adolescent gynecological specialist with Norton Healthcare, explains why getting this vaccine is so important.

 

Stepping in early to save a life

An unexpected pregnancy leaves a mother worried about her baby’s future, until the experts at Kosair Children’s Hospital Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists step in.

Carrie and Jeff Schreck were the proud parents of four beautiful children when they unexpectedly found out they were pregnant with their fifth. During Carrie’s fourth pregnancy with son Cole, she developed complications from a blood disorder that affects the unborn baby. She knew from the beginning of this pregnancy that she may have the same issue.

Hey thirty-something — So you want to have a baby?

A guide to pregnancy over age 35

I got married at what many consider to be “later” in life — age 35. When I became pregnant at 37, it seemed strange to be referred to by doctors as “advanced maternal age.” I wasn’t exactly “old” for Pete’s sake! But there I was, learning about the higher risks associated with being pregnant at my advanced age.

For starters, I learned that it is riskier, statistically speaking, to be pregnant after age 35, especially for the baby.

Breastfeeding: It’s good for the heart

Breastfeeding is good for mom and baby. Most of us already know this. However, the more research that comes out, the more we’re learning just how beneficial it is — not only for baby’s health, but mom’s health too.

Breast milk is unique to each mother and contains specific nutrients her baby needs. No other food can adequately replace it, not even formula, which is made from cow’s milk. Breast milk is a living, everadapting fluid. Here’s a quick rundown of the health benefits for baby. Children who were breastfed:

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