Your Monthly Cycle Explained
Whether you are having issues, are preparing to explain periods to your daughter or simply haven’t had a refresher since junior high, understanding your cycle can help you manage side effects and maybe even appreciate how amazing your body is each month.Read more
As women experience menopause, estrogen production naturally slows down. Estrogen helps support bone growth, so many women have weaker bones later in life. Some women are at risk for developing osteoporosis, which causes the bones to become extremely brittle and easily fractured.Read more
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) involves medications that contain female hormones designed to replace those that the ovaries stop producing. Women with symptoms of menopause may discover that HRT is a good option for them.Read more
Ask Sofia: Low Libido and Vaginal Dryness
At some point, most women have faced a health issue that they don’t feel comfortable discussing with friends or even doctors. They might be embarrassed or just unsure if it’s something that can even be treated. Read on for information that can help you feel confident to discuss issues with your caregiver.Read more
Understanding Your Thyroid
Like many things in life, you probably don’t think much about your thyroid until it gives you good reason to do so. A butterfly-shaped gland located just below the Adam’s apple, the thyroid secretes hormones, supports brain development and influences metabolism, body temperature and growth – it is one of the body’s master controllers or master glands.Read more
How Can I Boost my Low Libido?
Valentine’s Day and a low libido are not an ideal duo. Loss of desire peaks between the ages of 35 and 64, according to WebMD, particularly before and after menopause. Libido can dip due to hormonal changes, stress or lack of sleep, loss of
confidence and a host of other reasons, but it does not have to be a permanent change.
What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?
A big name for small cysts on the ovaries, polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS affects as many as one in every 15 women and can make getting pregnant more difficult. While the exact cause of PCOS is unknown, an imbalance of hormones often starting in the teenage years, can lead to excess hair growth, acne, trouble losing weight, and long or infrequent periods.Read more
Ask Sofia: Why is My Period So Heavy?
If you are among the 10 million women who suffer from heavy periods, your cycle can be a source of struggle and irritation. Abnormally heavy bleeding, also known as menorrhagia, is most common among adolescents getting their period for the first time and women approaching menopause.Read more
Ask Sofia: What Can I Expect as I Enter Menopause?
Menopause, the end of menstruation for women, affects every woman at some point – it can start as early as age 40, although the average age of menopause for women in the United States is 51. Menopause comes with a variety of physical and emotional symptoms and issues.Read more
Birth Control is More Affordable and Offers More Options than Ever
Cost and lack of viable options are no longer barriers to birth control for women. Thanks to health care reforms last year, insurance companies must now fully cover key women’s preventive health services, including birth control, without copays, co-insurance or other extra charges.Read more
Is HRT Right for You?
Used to treat menopause for many years, hormone replacement therapy or HRT involves medications that contain female hormones designed to replace those that the ovaries stop producing. Helping to reduce the signature sign of menopause, hot flashes, HRT was once thought to provide a variety of benefits, including prevention of both heart disease and dementia, […]Read more