Quick Facts: What You Need to Know About Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

Reviewed by Dr. Elizabeth Asiago-Reddy Antimicrobials are drugs used to prevent and treat infections caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites found in humans, animals, and plants. Antimicrobials include antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals, and antiparasitics. They have saved millions of lives and are one of the most important medical discoveries in history. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs …

Quick Facts: What You Need to Know About Vaginismus

Medically reviewed. Robin Faye Have you ever felt like you “hit the wall” when you tried to insert something into your vagina? Then, you didn’t get together wrong. You may have vaginismus, a condition that causes the vaginal muscles to automatically tighten in anticipation of vaginal penetration. Vaginismus can be frustrating, distressing, and painful, but …

Quick Facts: Alternatives to Opioids After General Pain Management

medically reviewed. Dr. Puja Shah Pain levels after surgery are different for everyone, and there are non-opioid pain management options to treat acute pain after common surgeries for women such as hysterectomy, mastectomy, breast reconstruction, and cesarean section (C-sections). Here are some facts to consider when discussing a pain management plan with your healthcare provider …

Breast Cancer Facts – Get 7 Breast Cancer Facts You Should Know

Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the breast tissue. These cancer cells, which are basically mutated cells that are damaged or grow uncontrollably, can either stay in the breast (benign cancer) and not spread, or they can invade surrounding tissues and spread to other organs (malignant cancer). While nearly …

Quick Facts: What You Need to Know About Birth Control

Medically reviewed. Dr. Sabrina Sahnisabrina sahni The best birth control option differs for each person. When choosing a birth control method, it’s important to consider factors such as your lifestyle, schedule, medical history, and medications you take. As these details change throughout your life, the best birth control option for you may change. Talking to …

Quick Facts: Here’s What You Need to Know About Cervical Cancer and HPV

Medically reviewed by Nancy Berman, MSN, ANP-BC, NCMP, FAANP A cervical cancer diagnosis is scary—and for good reason. NS American Cancer Society estimates about 14,480 women will be diagnosed cervical cancer In 2021, and about 4,290 of them will die. Black and Hispanic women probably More than white women to get this disease. cervical cancer …

Quick Facts: What You Need to Know About Shingles

medically reviewed. Elizabeth Liotta If you associate shingles with old age, it’s a common misconception. But anyone who has chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine can get shingles — including young adults. In fact, shingles infection rates constantly rising among young and middle-aged adults over the past few years. Shingles is not life-threatening, but the intense …

Quick Facts: What You Need to Know About Genetics and Breast Cancer

medically reviewed. Kristen Zarfos About 5% to 10% of breast cancer cases are hereditary, meaning they come from gene mutations (changes) passed down from a parent. But even if you have a family history, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get cancer. Here is a breakdown of the basics about genetics and breast cancer. Most cases …

Quick Facts: What You Need to Know About Skin Cancer

Medically, Dr. Revised by Elizabeth Liotta. Just in time for the 4th of July, Healthy Women CEO Beth Battaglino, board-certified dermatologist Dr. She’ll be chatting live with Liz Liotta to review your summer glow checklist and discuss any skincare questions you’ve been asking! Join us Instagram Live today at 18:00 EDT. Skin cancer It is …