Preconception Checkups

  • The History of the Pregnancy Test

    The pregnancy test and the methods to find out if you're pregnant or not, have gone through a massive transformation.

  • Pap smear test guidelines 2012 -- 2013

    New guidelines were just released in December 2012 from The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) – and supported by The American Cancer Society. They state that most women only need a Pap test, which screens for cervical cancer, every 3 to 5 years, rather than annually.

  • Keep your cervix healthy -- avoid the preventable

    We often hear about cervical cancer and we get a Pap smear regularly. Do you really know why you're getting it and what your cervix is?

  • Top 10 Benefits of Folic Acid for ALL Women

    Folic acid is especially important for women who are able to get pregnant. When a woman has enough folic acid in her body before and during pregnancy, it can prevent major birth defects.

  • Uterine Fibroids Cost Billions Each Year

    More than one out of two women in the United States will develop fibroids before menopause. That adds up to nearly 64 million women and an estimated annual cost of $5.9 to $34.4 billion in medical expenses and lost productivity.

  • E! TV Host Giuliana Rancic to Undergo Double Mastectomy

    Less than a month after undergoing a lumpectomy for breast cancer, E! TV host, Giuliana Rancic will undergo a double mastectomy.

  • So confused...wishing it was easier

    I know my body pretty well. I know the symptoms before my period starts. My breasts usually become tender and sometimes swell a bit a few days before I begin.

  • Finally feel like I'm able to do something!

    So my husband and I had our first visit with our midwife today regarding trying to get pregnant a little more aggressively. This step has done wonders for my hope and spirit. My husband and I are excited and a little nervous. My hubby has to do the whole semen analysis first thing in the am and then we are starting on both Clomid and Metformin.

  • Solving Common Health Insurance Denials and Rejections

    Anyone who has used the healthcare system has probably had to sort through billing issues with their physician or dental office, clinic, or hospital. Here are the most common errors made in the exchange of medical information between the patient, medical office, and insurance company.

  • Sonogram

    I have never had a sonogram before, so of course whenever the doctor said, "Remove everything below the waist," it only made sense to ask if she meant shoes as well. When she said it was my choice, as she was leaving the room, I hurriedly removed all garmets, placing my cold callused, unpainted toenails in the stirups. My first prenatal appointment, and I'd asked a dumb question in the first minute of being in the presence of a woman who could potentially deliever my baby someday. The journey begins....

  • The History of the Pregnancy Test

    The pregnancy test and the methods to find out if you're pregnant or not, have gone through a massive transformation.

  • Fertility and Conception Tips

    Hoping to get pregnant soon? You've come to the right place! Here's everything you need to know to maximize your chances of conceiving quickly and to get your pregnancy off to the healthiest possible start.

  • Conception Countdown: Your Health Questions Answered

    Does "having a baby" top your list of New Year's Resolutions? There's no time like the present to start preparing your body for pregnancy. Whether this is your first time or you're hoping to conceive your second or subsequent baby, there's plenty you and your partner can do to increase your odds of giving birth to a healthy baby.

  • PCOS (Polyscystic Ovarian Syndrome)

    PCOS also known as Stein-Leventhal syndrome is a disorder in which the ovaries are enlarged with cysts, with levels of male hormones.

  • Trying to Conceive Terms and Acronyms

    Starting the "trying to conceive" journey is a lot like traveling in a foreign land -- complete with a new language! Were you wondering if the author was really writing in English the last article you read? To help with translation, we've put together an annotated acronym list.
  • Pre-Conception Appt.

    Today i went in for my preconception appointment. i absolutely love the OB, i feel so comfortable with her!! She prescribed me a prenatal vitamin, but when i went to Walgreens to get the prescription, the total price was $45.00!! Usually my Rx are like 4.00. Should i take an OTC one, are those as good as the Rx ones?? What are the best OTC brands and what are the prices??

  • So confused...wishing it was easier

    I know my body pretty well. I know the symptoms before my period starts. My breasts usually become tender and sometimes swell a bit a few days before I begin.

  • STD's (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)

    The impact of STDs is particularly severe for women. Since many STDs often cause few or no symptoms in women, they may go untreated. Women are at serious risk for complications from STDs. Some of these complications include: ectopic (tubal) pregnancy, chronic pelvic pain, infertility.

  • How Does a Tubal Affect My Chances Of Getting Pregnant?

    QUESTION

    Dear Ms Ultrasound,
    I'm a 26-year-old, newlywed woman and I want to become pregnant as soon as possible. About 6 months ago, I had a tubal pregnancy and had to have my tube removed.

    I was just wondering if this procedure has an affect on me getting pregnant now?