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The pap smear is a simple test that takes only a few minutes, but many women are usually anxious on their first visit. If you are going for your first pap test, here are some things you should know to prepare for one. Understanding what happens in the test may help you be less anxious.
Experienced moms who have had children can make breastfeeding look natural and effortless. But for a first-time mom, this process can be rather challenging and confusing. It takes quite a bit of getting used to, and you may need some help to get going. It is okay if you initially have a bit of trouble; all moms have experienced it.
A miscarriage is a term used to describe the spontaneous loss of a pregnancy, usually during the first 20 weeks, although most occur in the first trimester. Miscarriage is extremely common, and studies estimate that as many as 20% of pregnancies may end this way. It’s not always known why some women miscarry and others don’t, but unsurprisingly, any miscarriage can be extremely distressing and upsetting for a mother-to-be, their partner, and even wider family. Unfortunately, once you have had one miscarriage your risk of experiencing another may increase and around 1 in 100 women experience recurrent miscarriage (3 or more miscarriages in a row).
For years, women have been hiring doulas to help them with childbirth. Even today, more mothers are looking to minimize medical involvement during labor. Rather than induce labor or use medicines to hasten the process, parents are turning to doulas for a more natural labor experience.
Visiting a gynecologist is just as important as seeing your regular physician. This is because your gynecologist visits form a crucial part of your preventative health care. Most health problems that develop can be treated more easily if they are detected early, and gynecological problems are no exception. In some instances, such as in the case of cervical cancer, early diagnosis and treatment can even be lifesaving.
Endometrial ablation is a surgical procedure that destroys your uterus lining (endometrium). Your doctor can suggest it if you experience heavy bleeding during your monthly periods. You can curb the bleeding or stop it completely.
This is a clinical screening procedure that tests whether a woman has cervical cancer. During the procedure, your specialist will collect cells from your cervix. This is the lower, narrow opening to your uterus, located at the upper side of the vagina. The doctor then examines the cells in a lab for signs of any abnormal changes. Early detection of cervical cancer with a Pap smear increases your chances of successful treatment.