Category: <span>Reproductive Health</span>

What Causes Spotting During Early Pregnancy?

What Causes Spotting During Early Pregnancy?

Even though spotting can occur in viable pregnancies and does not necessarily mean anything is wrong, it’s normal to worry about miscarriage. The term “spotting” means very light vaginal bleeding during pregnancy or between periods. Spotting is usually light and brown, although heavy spotting can be red. A woman who is spotting might need only...

6 Ways You Really Probably Can’t Get Pregnant When Having Sex

6 Ways You Really Probably Can’t Get Pregnant When Having Sex

Full disclaimer: No day is totally off-limits when it comes to getting pregnant, but there are plenty of circumstances that make your chances extremely low. Here, OB/GYNs share the scenarios where you’re least likely to conceive. Most of us spend the better part of our fertile years actively trying not to get pregnant, so it’s always an...

Prenatal Depression May Affect Fetal Brain Development, Research Shows

Prenatal Depression May Affect Fetal Brain Development, Research Shows

Depression during pregnancy could change a developing fetus’ brain and increase the risk of depression later in life, according to a new study published in August in the Journal of Neuroscience.1 They found that fetuses of women with greater prenatal depression symptoms had weaker white matter connections between brain regions involved in emotional processing. These conclusions...

What’s Vaginal Atrophy?

What’s Vaginal Atrophy?

Vaginal atrophy (atrophic vaginitis) is thinning, drying and inflammation of the vaginal walls that may occur when your body has less estrogen. Vaginal atrophy occurs most often after menopause. For many women, vaginal atrophy not only makes intercourse painful but also leads to distressing urinary symptoms. Because the condition causes both vaginal and urinary symptoms,...

6 Causes of Vaginal Bumps Every Woman Should Know About

6 Causes of Vaginal Bumps Every Woman Should Know About

If you’ve ever morphed into a (panicked) Dr. Google, issues with your lady parts probably tops your list of whys. After all, odd smells, itchiness, or mysterious bumps can be anxiety-inducing reasons to schedule an emergency gyno appointment — but that’s exactly what you should do if you notice something unusual happening down there. “First...

Should I Stop Trying to Get Pregnant Because of COVID-19?

Should I Stop Trying to Get Pregnant Because of COVID-19?

If you have been considering starting or expanding your family, the COVID-19 pandemic has likely caused you to reevaluate your plans—or at least contemplate them again in a new light. Sure, many people are joking that with so many couples quarantining at home, there is likely to be a post-pandemic baby boom, but you may...

Why Is My Period Late—Could Stress Be the Cause?

Why Is My Period Late—Could Stress Be the Cause?

We get it, living in a pandemic can really feel like the sky is falling. The last thing you need is a late period, especially if you’re not even sexually active. So what’s the culprit: Hormones? Stress? Less-than-optimal eating habits? (I’m digging through a bag of kettle chips as I write this.) To find out,...

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