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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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    Is it normal to feel pain during exercise if I have osteoarthritis?

    Consistent exercise is good for joints, even though it may cause some occasional muscle or joint pain. If you have pain that lasts more than a couple hours, reduce the intensity of your workout or take a day off. Talk to your doctor or physical therapist about which activities are best for you. Read More
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    How can I get my baby to sleep through the night?

    Forget about tips for making organic baby food or procuring the perfect tiny wardrobe. When it's 3 a.m. and baby is fussy and awake, the only advice you care about is how to get him or her to sleep. Here are five tactics to try when you're in desperate need of some shut-eye.
    • Establish a regular r
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    What are the chances of treatment success if breast cancer is found early?

    As you age, your risk for developing breast cancer increases. Most of us know at least one woman who has battled breast cancer. Advances in methods of detection and treatments have transformed breast cancer from what had been considered a dreaded disease -- what some perceived as a death sentence --...Read More
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    How do ACE inhibitors control high blood pressure?

    Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors)  interfere with the body's production of angiotensin II, a hormone that causes the arteries to constrict. The drugs enable muscles in your arteries to relax so they can open wider.

    The most common side effect of ACE inhibitors is a dry,...Read More
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    What causes flu to develop into pneumonia?

    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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    How can I prevent chlamydia?

    Protecting yourself from chlamydia requires the same care and attention needed to prevent other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). If you have already been infected, you should be vigilant in preventing reinfection, which can increase your risk of infertility.

    Abstinence is one sure way not...Read More
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    Belly bloat happens for many reasons—overeating, gulping air, eating too fast. Here are 10 ways to avoid belly bloat and discomfort. Read more.
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    Can I get influenza from the influenza vaccine?

    The influenza vaccine cannot cause influenza (the flu) if you're vaccinated with the inactivated trivalent vaccine, made with killed virus. However, fever and achiness can occur after a flu vaccine. This is not the flu, however, but the result of an activated immune system.

    The nasal flu vaccine,...Read More
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    What is noninvasive skin tightening?

    Noninvasive skin tightening uses radiofrequency technology or pulsed light to treat wrinkles and sagging skin. Unlike laser treatments, this technology can be used on all skin types, on people of nearly any age and on almost any body part where skin tightness is a concern. Brand names include Thermage...Read More
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    How does gestational diabetes affect my baby?

    The main concern with gestational diabetes is that the baby may develop a fetal macrosomia, a condition in which it grows more than nine pounds, four ounces before birth, regardless of gestational age. This occurs because the baby is getting large amounts of glucose from the mother, which triggers the...Read More
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    How can I exercise when I have no time?

    No time to exercise? That's no longer a good enough excuse for skipping the physical activity we all need. Here are four great exercises you can do in two minutes or less each. Squeeze them in throughout your day:
    • When you're at the supermarket, get your shopping cart and push it -- empty -- around the
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    How do I teach my kids good hygiene habits?

    To help your kids avoid getting sick (and prevent them from bringing germs home from school), it's important to show them how to protect themselves with good hygiene habits. Teach them to wash their hands after using the restroom and before going to lunch or eating a snack. It may be smart to provide...Read More
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    How can I tell my loved ones about my infertility?

    Here are some tips on how to share your infertility with your loved ones:
    • Keep the details to a minimum. Your mother doesn't need to know how often you have sex.
    • Warn them that the hormonal treatments can lead to major mood swings.
    • Ask for their support when you need a ride to doctor appo
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    Which medical tests do I need after menopause?

    Many women pay close attention to their gynecological health during their younger years and start to ignore it after menopause. Your wellness plan after menopause should include, at minimum, annual visits to a healthcare professional. These visits should include:
    • An annual breast examination
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    How does using a hot tub affect male fertility?

    Hot tubs will not affect a man's fertility if the exposure is limited to a few minutes daily or less. Still, high temperatures can decrease sperm production. That's why the scrotum is located outside the body -- sperm production occurs at 95 degrees, cooler than normal body temperature. Thus, it's...Read More