One of the hardest parts of being an embryologist is having to tell a patient that, after all their hard work getting their eggs ready for retrieval, there is nothing good to report the next morning when we check the eggs for fertilization. Hopefully this never happens to you. ...more
Thyroid disorders are a true epidemic affecting approximately 20 million Americans today-the vast majority are women. In actuality this number is even higher. Problems with conventional testing and reference ranges allow a large percentage of cases to fall through the cracks undiagnosed. Unfortunately, up to 60% of people affected are unaware that they have a thyroid disorder leaving their health conditions untreated and spiraling out of control. This puts women at risk for developing serious conditions that can impact health on many levels....more
They'll tell you how to cope during treatment, but life after cancer has its own battles. Because treatment ends, but cancer never truly leaves you. At 17, I fought an advanced form of cancer at a world-renowned hospital. I was given every form of support and educational resource possible, from counselors to peer mentors.
What they didn't tell me is that after cancer, new battles will arise. I'm sure a few of these won't resonate with some survivors, but these are the things I wish someone had warned me about.
I recently shared with a friend that I felt irrelevant.
What led to that conclusion was a year of tremendous upheaval. I left my university teaching job, sold my home, moved away from my community and friends, and sent my twins to college 14 hours away. All of the roles I had assumed for years -- mother, teacher, colleague, friend -- seemed to fall away, leaving... what?
I suppose May is a perfectly fine month to start thinking about getting fit. The weather is getting nicer, and the fear of squeezing into a bathing suit is looming large. However, wouldn't it be more efficient to think about fitness all year long? That would take the pressure off the month of May.
Then all we would have to do in May is the same thing we did in April and so forth.
An astounding 90% of girls age 15-17 want to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance, with weight being their highest priority. Even worse, that number actually raises once girls become women; 91% percent of women are unhappy with their bodies. So if you call under that category, you’re not alone....more
Last week, I had a hysteroscopy performed in my gynecologist's office. I previously had a hysteroscopy performed back in 2011 while under general anesthesia. (It was done at the same time I was getting my laparoscopy.) I was a little nervous and anxious about the in-office procedure because I would be awake and I didn't quite know what to expect.
November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, so it is a perfect time to discuss the differences between normal age-related brain function changes and the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease.Does this sound familiar? You walk into your bedroom, stop and look around dumbfounded. “What did I come in here to get?” No idea. Maybe if you walk out and come back later, your brain will remember. One of the biggest concerns women have as they get older is whether or not they will end up suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common type of dementia....more