As Men’s Health Month comes to a close, I want to talk about something that we don’t talk about enough: men and depression. While it’s not exactly a women’s health topic, our typical focus at the Office on Women’s Health, we know that most women have important men in their lives. Fathers, partners, sons, brothers, uncles, and friends. Their health matters to us. They’re why we need to have a conversation about mental health — because I worry they’re not talking about it enough.
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As an obstetrician-gynecologist, I have seen many women who struggle with mood changes after having a baby. There is a common belief that childbirth is a magical time for all mothers and that as soon as the baby is born, maternal feelings and knowledge magically appear. For many women, this may not be the case. Some women struggle with feeling anxious, sad, or like they are unable to care for their baby. They might even feel powerless to take care of themselves. Ella’s story is an example of the struggle some women experience.
Infertility is a common problem, and anyone can face infertility challenges. To uncover answers to common infertility questions, we spoke with Dr. Esther Eisenberg, director of the Reproductive Medicine and Infertility Program at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She shares the basics of infertility, including what it means and when to see a doctor. She also shares her advice on how to cope with infertility.
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Many of us have experienced times in our lives where we’re less active or not active at all. We may exercise every now and then but not as much as we should. And we want to believe there are tricks and quick fixes, but the truth is that starting and maintaining a health routine can be hard. I lived it — I know! I have sizes in my closet ranging from 10 to 16 to prove it.
It’s National Women’s Health Week — a very important observance! The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority, and I want to do my part by sharing why now is the time for women to take steps to improve their health and also raise awareness about a cause close to my heart: endometriosis.
If I could tell women what I wished I’d known, it would be: Don’t make the same mistakes I did! Debilitating pain is not normal.
Health and wellness is a journey. No matter where we are in the process, we can always learn news ways to reach our health goals. In fact, we can inspire each other! This National Women’s Health Week (May 13–19), join us by sharing some health advice you would give your younger self. We’re calling it the #WhatIWishIdKnown challenge, and we’re asking women to share their #WhatIWishIdKnown stories online and through social media.
If we’ve learned one thing at Her Campus, it’s that college is an important time for personal discovery and navigating the world of sexuality. But with the excitement, it’s crucial to get educated about sexual assault and how we can foster a healthy culture of consent on campus and off.
As women, we're the experts on our own bodies. We know what does and doesn't feel normal, but we don't always feel empowered to speak up to get the care we need. I recently had an experience with my health where I had to seek a third opinion because the recommendations my longtime doctors offered me didn't feel right. And I'm so glad I did. Here's what happened.
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