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Urinary Incontinence

Medically speaking, urinary incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine from the bladder. You can’t hold your urine until you reach a bathroom. This is a symptom that something is wrong. Leaking urine can be embarrassing and this can affect a woman socially, medically, and emotionally.


The Pap Smear

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2003, about 12,200 cases of invasive cervical cancer will be diagnosed in the United States. About 4,100 women will die from cervical cancer in the United States in 2003.


Important Information

A report issued in January 2003 by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and co-authored by the American Academy of Pediatricians concluded that the majority of newborns brain injury cases do NOT occur during labor and delivery.


Is this Normal?

Women experience many different feelings during pregnancy. As you have heard many times, no two pregnancies are alike, so avoid comparing yourself to others. During a normal pregnancy, you may experience unusual events that may concern you. The following list may help with some of these concerns.


Medication During Pregnancy

During the first trimester it is extremely important to avoid all medications, including suppositories and vaginal creams. During this time there is rapid development of the fetus and it is felt that certain medications could produce harmful effects, especially during this period.


Endometriosis

Endometriosis (pronounced end-oh-mee- tree-oh-sis) is one of the most common diseases affecting women in their reproductive years. This disease will start quietly. The endometrial implants or growths will develop unnoticed inside the pelvic cavity. This will go on until the pain or heavy periods interfere with the woman’s life and she seeks medical advice. It is a painful disease of the female reproductive system. Endometriosis is not an infection, it is not contagious, and it is not cancer.


Infertility

Many childless couples are asked this question by well meaning family and friends. It can be a painful question. Maybe you have been trying to conceive, but it just hasn’t happened yet. If you have been trying to conceive for over a year, and have not become pregnant, you may have a fertility problem. Infertility is described as the inability to become pregnant despite trying for one year.


Last Trimester of Pregnancy

The following information is very important in your last 12 weeks of pregnancy. Your baby is enclosed in a bag of water called the amniotic sac. This fluid protects your infant while in the uterus.


Symptoms of Concern

The following is a list of symptoms that can be cause for concern. It is important if you have any of these symptoms to notify the doctor. You will know if there is a need to notify the doctor immediately or to wait and call during office hours.


Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis, which means “porous bones,” usually affects “older women” causing them to become frail and weak. However, osteoporosis is a condition that begins in the younger years of life. Women reach their peak in bone density when they are in their 30s, and unless special attention is given to the amount of calcium and phosphate in their diet, they may be at risk for osteoporosis later in life. It is estimated that 10 million Americans already have osteoporosis and an estimated 18 million have low bone density, which places them at high risk for osteoporosis.


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