As a certified health coach, I often hear from women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) who are frustrated and have lost all hope because the only advice their doctors offer is to lose weight, take a pill, and live with their symptoms. For much of my life, I was one of these women.
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My first and only pregnancy was a very difficult one. I was on bed rest for over a month, and I went into premature labor. Sadly, my baby did not survive, but that experience motivated me to work to help other women have healthy pregnancies. For the past 15 years, I have made pregnancy outreach and education a major part of my work with women and their families. Currently, I lead FDA’s Resources for You and Your Baby initiative that provides pregnant women with health and safety information they can use to make informed choices about using medicines and medical devices.
Ladies, do you ever stop to consider your own power? As women, we’re capable of some incredible things! Really, we can do whatever we set our minds to. We’re leaders, astronauts, mothers, software developers, noble prize winners, artists, and so much more. But this National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 10) and beyond, I want you to tap into your power to outsmart HIV.
Today, about 1 in 4 people living with HIV in the United States is female. At the Office on Women’s Health, we want to support these women and girls. We also want to help others learn how they can prevent infection and fight the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS. That’s why we talked to National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day ambassador and sex educator Shan Boodram.
When I was a teenager, during the long winter month of February, I would often look forward to the warm weather and getting back to summer camp. Being a summer camp counselor was the best part of the year. But now that I am a pediatrician, I often think back on summer camp and remember one thing that I wish I had done differently.
How much do you know about keeping your heart healthy? Not sure? That’s okay! We’ve got you covered. For American Heart Month, we asked cardiologists Drs. Sanket Dhruva and Rita Redberg (pictured) our top questions about heart disease and how to keep your heart in tip-top shape. Read this interview to get the heart health information you need for a longer, healthier life.
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. There is a great way for you — a caring adult — to make a real difference this month. Currently, 1 in 3 young people experience some form of dating violence in their lives. In 2010, Congress recognized the efforts of youth and adult allies nationwide and began dedicating the entire month of February to teen dating violence awareness and prevention.
This Valentine’s Day, show your bladder some love… and don’t let your bladder get in the way of your love life.
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