6 Must-Know Things Your Gyno May Forget to Tell You but you should be aware of
Posted 31 July 2010 - 04:32 AM
Wash your hands often to prevent birth defects
Eighty-six percent of women have never heard of CMV. If a mommy-to-be picks up this extremely common virus (you likely come in contact with it on a daily basis) while pregnant, she can pass it along to the fetus. This can cause blindness, deafness, severe disabilities, and death. One in 150 children are born with CMV—more than Down syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, spina bifida and pediatric HIV/AIDS.
The good news is that it can be prevented by simply washing your hands well and often—especially if you are around kids (and, as a result, changing diapers).
Posted 31 July 2010 - 04:34 AM
Mammograms are likely to miss tumors in women who have dense breast tissue (because it shows up white, just like a mass would)—yet only 9 percent of doctors discuss breast density with their patients. Dense boobies also might make it more difficult to ID a suspicious lump during a self exam. If you have a family history of breast cancer, ask your doc if you should have imaging done to determine your breast density. If you are dense-chested, have her mark it in your file. When the time comes, you may be better off having an ultrasound (or other imaging) as opposed to a mammogram.
Posted 31 July 2010 - 04:36 AM
Posted 31 July 2010 - 04:37 AM
It's not going to kill you, however, if you're prone to UTIs, consider going with a pad instead (especially on weekends when you're likely to sleep in). Blood breeds bacteria, so the longer you go without changing it up, the more likely you are to develop an infection.
Struggling with PMS? Besides being period-free, women who take birth control pills continuously (by skipping the placebo week or using an extended regimen) may end up with fewer headaches, less pelvic pain and milder mood swings than those whose pill plan results in monthly bleeding, a study in Contraception shows. The nonstop dose keep hormones steadier and side effects at bay. Have infrequent periods? Better ask the doc about polycystic ovary syndrome.
Posted 31 July 2010 - 04:39 AM
Studies show, in fact, that postpartum can manifest itself up to a year later. If you feel anxious, sad, withdrawn, etc., don't blame it on lack or sleep or simply making the transition into mommy-hood. This isn't sorority rush—there isn't a requisite initiation. Get to a doctor ASAP.
Some women are unhappy with the birth itself. Check your symptoms to see if you could have anxiety or depression. You're not alone if you do: One in three women will suffer from anxiety, and one in five will have clinical depression.
Posted 31 July 2010 - 04:41 AM