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HealthyWomen is the nation's leading nonprofit health information source for women. Our mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families.

For 25 years, HealthyWomen has been providing unbiased, original health information, reviewed and vetted by leading medical experts -- earning the trust of consumers, health care providers, nonprofit and corporate partners, and the media. In July our website HealthyWomen.org was selected to ForbesWoman’s "Top 100 Websites for Women" for the third consecutive year.

In addition to our site, HealthyWomen produces print publications for health care providers, the annual WomenTALK® survey addressing current trends in women’s health, as well as public health education campaigns designed to raise awareness of conditions most affecting women.

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    Our partners can be remarkably out of touch with understanding what gets us in the mood. Instead of limiting seduction to fancy dinners and bottles of wine (which may be more likely to put you to sleep), suggest that physical intimacy on any given night is more likely if:
    • You are touched during
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    Medications are usually not helpful in treating sleep apnea. The most common and effective treatment is nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). You wear a mask over your nose while you sleep, and a machine gently blows air through your nasal passages to prevent your throat from collapsing...Read More
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    Review the following questions about glaucoma so you're prepared to discuss this important health issue with your healthcare professional.
    • What are the risk factors for glaucoma and do I have any?
    • How often should I have comprehensive eye examinations?
    • What is my current intraocular pressure,
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    If you are pregnant, you should call your healthcare provider immediately if you have flu symptoms to determine if you need to be seen. Don't guess about what's causing your symptoms. Ask your healthcare professional for guidance.

    Report any of the following symptoms right away: difficulty breathing...Read More
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    It's not unusual for the flu to lead to pneumonia. These cases of pneumonia result when bacteria, viruses and other organisms invade the lungs and cause them to become inflamed. The body's defense mechanisms ordinarily prevent these bacteria from reaching the lungs, but when the defenses are weakened...Read More
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    Continue to breast-feed if you have the flu or think you may have it. Breast milk contains antibodies that help fight off infections like the flu. Even before a woman has flu symptoms, her body has begun to make antibodies against the flu. These antibodies are passed on to her baby through her breast milk and will...Read More
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    If you have or suspect that you have the flu and you're pregnant or breast-feeding, consult with your healthcare provider before taking any medications. If your healthcare provider decides that you need treatment, you'll likely be prescribed oseltamivir (Tamiflu), an antiviral medication. In order...Read More
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    Flu may be a threat to your health during flu season, and it is a particular concern for pregnant women who may be at risk for more serious complications from the flu. To help reduce your chances of infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends these steps:
    • Flu vaccines
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    The injectable flu vaccine, made with an inactive form of the virus, is safe for pregnant women during any trimester of pregnancy. You also can consider flu vaccines that are not made with the mercury-based preservative thimerosal. Plus, no matter what you've heard, you cannot get the flu from the flu...Read More
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    If you haven't exercised in years, don't plan on running 10 miles a week -- it's not likely to happen. Instead, make a more attainable goal, such as "I'll take a walk with the dog three times this week."

    Find a fitness activity that's fun and enjoyable enough that you'll want to keep doing it....Read More
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    Are you fighting extra weight? Instead of saying, "I want to drop 50 pounds," state your goal as "I will lose one pound this week." You'll probably be able to meet that goal successfully, and even repeat it the following week. Remember, recommended weight loss for most people is only about one pound...Read More
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    Why do January's good intentions often end up discarded by March? Many goals start out being too difficult and too general. That's a setup for failure. Before deciding on your goal, keep a food or exercise diary for a week to get a clear view of your current lifestyle. Every day, write down what...Read More
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    Okay, so you pledged to go to the gym three times a week, but you only went once last week and not at all this week. Now what?

    First, don't let a slip-up or two rock your boat. Too often we stop pursuing a goal just because we failed to accomplish the original one. Instead create Plan B -- a more...Read More
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    You don't have to make drastic changes to see positive results in  your sleep patterns. Take control by committing to a few bedroom basics: Keep chores like laundry folding out of the bedroom; leave entertainment in the living room by removing the bedroom TV; and attempt to retire for the evening 30 minutes before...Read More
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    OK, you've all heard this one before: Take the stairs at work or park farther away from the store. But what about even simpler changes you can make at home? Try getting up during each commercial break and clean up clutter, go through mail and what-nots before your favorite show comes back on. The commercial...Read More