Women’s Health

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:

The taboo of talking about incontinence

It’s an easy topic to joke about, but the stigma of incontinence – loss of bladder or bowel control – prevents millions of women from seeking treatment.

Urinary stress incontinence, the most common type, is most often a symptom of a weakened pelvic floor. The pelvic floor is a network of muscles, ligaments and tissue that supports the vagina, bladder, rectum and abdominal cavity. Pressure can cause these weakened, stretched or injured structures to move and then function improperly.

9 anti-aging buzzwords

A few years ago I noticed a brown blotch on my face. My mother “diagnosed” it as an age spot. Ugh, really? Now I’ve got at least four. Even though I always use moisturizer with SPF and sunscreen when I’m outdoors, I still seem to acquire a new blotch every year, probably because I wasn’t always so great about using sunscreen. After all, I grew up in that time when we used baby oil whenever we were out in the sun! Thank goodness times have changed, but it doesn’t change the damage done to my skin.