Help Women in Crisis This Season
Like so many events and traditions this year, Clinic Sofia’s annual Crimson Kit Collection is changing due to COVID-19. Started by Dr. Erin Stevens in 2016, the donation drive helps to collect period products for women experiencing homelessness or displacement.
Ask Sofia: How do I deal with “mask-ne” and discomfort?
Many of us still struggle to mask our various frustrations with face masks – everything from acne to itching, discomfort around the ears and nose to fogged-up glasses and more. “Mask-ne” is a newly termed phenomenon where face masks lead to skin irritation, which can be even more challenging if you already struggle with sensitive skin, rosacea, allergies and other skin issues.
Ways to Brighten Your Spirits as the Days Get Darker
The darker afternoons and evenings that mark the end of Daylight Saving Time are swiftly approaching. If you struggle with shorter days during a typical year, the wild ride of 2020 might be even more challenging. With that in mind, this might be the perfect time to stock up on bright ideas for making this winter bearable and perhaps even enjoyable.
Ask Sofia: Can I skip my mammogram this year?
While many women initially postponed mammograms, Pap tests and other screenings during the early days of the pandemic, Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Mammography Day in October are reminders of the importance of this annual screening for most women. Mammograms can detect breast cancer early before it advances and requires more aggressive treatment, just one of the reasons you should maintain your regular schedule.
Preventative care in 2020
Preventative care is always important. Doctor’s visits, screenings and vaccinations are all designed to support your health and prevent disease. This year, however, preventative care is even more critical than ever. Experts hope to prevent a “twindemic” of flu and Covid-19 and many illnesses have symptoms that can be confused for coronavirus, underscoring the need to make health a top priority this year.
Is it time to make a birth control switch?
Some women love their birth control method while others struggle with remembering to take a daily pill, breakthrough bleeding, severe mood swings and other frustrating side effects. If you find yourself in the second camp, it might be time to talk with your doctor about making a switch.