Five things about Pap tests that might surprise you

Pap tests (or Pap smears) are well accepted tests that check for changes in the cells of the cervix (the lowest part of the uterus or womb) and screen for precancerous and cancerous lesions.pap1

Pap tests are able to detect problems early and treatment may prevent cancer. Data shows that Pap screening has lowered the cervical cancer rate in the United States by more than 50% over the last 30 years.

This test is such a familiar part of our healthcare routine that many women might be surprised to learn five important things about the Pap test:

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Ten Things Every Woman Should Know About Her Bladder

10 things women should know about the bladderDoes it feel like your bladder is running your life? Like you have to wear black pants when you exercise because they don’t show the urine leaking out? Like you’re constantly running to the bathroom, or you know where all the bathrooms are in the mall?

I meet women every day whose lives have been changed because of pelvic floor disorders such as urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse. I hear stories about how these women have given up activities they love because of worries about urine leakage or discomfort from a vaginal bulge. Unfortunately many women don’t realize how common these problems are, so they are reluctant to talk about them.

Take back control of your bladder – here are 10 things that you should know:

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How do I make sure I get enough calcium?

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When I meet with clients at University of Michigan Health System Nutrition Counseling Centers, calcium is often a hot topic. Most women are aware that their risk of getting osteoporosis is much higher than men, but few know how dramatic the statistics are Continue reading

Managing Menopause

Taking charge of your health

Have you been experiencing hot flashes? Are you having difficulty sleeping? Has your desire for sex been decreasing? You are not alone! There are millions of other women going through menopause who might be experiencing similar symptoms. Menopause can cause a lot of changes in your body, cause you to experience a variety of undesirable symptoms and can put you at risk for many diseases. The good news is that you can take charge of your health and learn how to enjoy this new phase of your life! Continue reading