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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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    Some women, but not all, who take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for the treatment of menopause may have increased risk for blood clots, heart attack and stroke. You need to discuss your individual risk with your healthcare professional. Read More
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    An easy way to avoid overindulging during the holidays is to eat more slowly. Take your time savoring each bite and chew thoroughly. This way, you'll be able to sense when you're full before it's too late. As you eat, keep checking in with yourself to assess how full you are. Keep in mind that it takes...Read More
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    At some point, you should share your infertility with the people who care about you. If you don't, your friends and family may assume you're childless by choice, leading to some hurtful comments and uncomfortable situations.

    Keeping it secret also enhances the stigma and shame some couples feel. You...Read More
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    If you've just learned that you have breast cancer, your sex life may be the last thing on your mind. But as you move through surgery and treatment, it is definitely worth thinking about how you can maintain and preserve your sexuality. That's because sex is so closely tied to intimacy. Having cancer...Read More
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    Typically children and youth involved in cyberbullying are also likely to be involved in "traditional" forms of bullying. In a study of middle school students, 61% of cyber "victims" also reported being victims of "traditional" bullying; 55% of cyber "bullies" also said they had bullied others in "tra...Read More
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    The flu, or influenza, is a viral disease of the respiratory tract -- the nose, throat, bronchial tubes and lungs -- and is highly contagious. It is spread though airborne droplets of moisture produced by coughs or sneezes. When you breathe these germs in through your nose or mouth, you may come...Read More
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    A support group can provide you with an opportunity to talk with other people who are dealing with many of the same caregiving issues. These groups provide a safe place to receive emotional support and can be a good resource for caregiving strategies. You can learn from other people's successes and...Read More
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    There are six medications in the statin class of drugs available to lower high cholesterol, including atorvastatin (Lipitor), fluvastatin (Lescol), lovastatin (Mevacor, Altoprev), pravastatin (Pravachol), rosuvastatin calcium (Crestor) and simvastatin (Zocor). Statins are most effective at lowering...Read More
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    Despite the ever-increasing knowledge surrounding the negative consequences of smoking, many women continue to fuel their cigarette habit. In fact, 20 million adult women and 1.3 million girls in the United States were smokers in 2011. Of those smokers, around 174,000 die each year as a direct result...Read More
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    Microdermabrasion uses crystals or a diamond tip to lightly smooth the top layer of your skin. It is a more superficial form of dermabrasion. It is used for fine lines, crow's feet, age spots and superficial acne scars.

    Microdermabrasion takes about 30 minutes and requires no anesthesia. For best...Read More
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    Common causes of constipation include inadequate water intake, inadequate fiber intake, medication, stress and/or lack of activity or exercise. If you’ve strayed from your normal routine due to travel, pregnancy or simply ignoring the urge to go, that can also play a role.

    In some people, cons...Read More
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    The flu is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization or, in severe cases, death. Even healthy people can become very sick from the flu. Death rates from the flu vary from season to season. Annual flu-related deaths have ranged from a low of 3,000 to a high of 49,000 between 1976...Read More
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    It is possible for you to become infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) through receiving oral sex. If your partner has HIV, blood from his or her mouth may enter the urethra, the vagina, the anus or directly into the body, through small cuts or open sores.

    While no one knows exactly what the...Read More
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    During stress, hormones including adrenaline and cortisol flood the body, resulting in:
    • an increased need for oxygen
    • increased heart rate and blood pressure
    • constricted blood vessels in the skin
    • tensed muscles
    • increased blood sugar levels
    • increased clotting ability of blood
    • spilling
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    According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 13,200 pregnant females are infected with gonorrhea each year. The infection can be cured with antibiotics. Moreover, women who are pregnant can also be treated without harming the fetus; however, some drugs are...Read More