Women’s Health Week: Take Charge of Your Health

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital May 13, 2013

National Women’s Health Week (May 12-18), encourages women to take control of their health. We’ve assembled a collection of HealthHub posts focused on health issues for women of all ages.

 

Attention All Women, Do You Experience Mittelschmerz?

If you have regular pain in your lower abdomen, you may be experiencing mittelschmerz, a German word used to describe pelvic and abdominal pain around the time of ovulation, usually in the middle of your menstrual cycle. Learn when your should consult your doctor about pelvic and abdominal pain.

 

Young Female Athletes in Danger of Osteoporosis?

Stress fractures are common sports injuries in women. They also are a potential warning sign of the female athlete triad, a disorder characterized by inadequate nutrient intake, irregular menstrual cycles, and premature bone loss (osteoporosis). This can result in long-term loss of bone density among competitive and recreational female athletes.

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Overcoming the Challenges of Living with Interstitial Cystitis

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital March 6, 2013

 

Interstitial cystitis treatments can help women live more comfortably.

Today’s post on interstitial cystitis, is the fourth post in a series about pelvic floor disorders that impact the quality of life in women.  It was written by physicians in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Division of Urogynecology, led by Dr. Vatche Minassian.

Occasional burning with urination or treatment for a urinary tract infection is common once women go through puberty. However, if you have chronic and disruptive burning or bladder pain and urine testing does not indicate an infection, you may have a condition called interstitial cystitis (IC). Women with IC have a urethra and/or bladder wall that is tender and easily irritated, leading to uncomfortable symptoms such as pain, a sense of the need to urinate, or the feeling of not emptying the bladder completely. There is no definitive test to diagnose IC, and there is no clear understanding of what causes it. Although IC currently has no cure, there are treatments that can help you manage your symptoms to feel better and live more comfortably.

Women with IC often experience gynecologic problems too, such as a worsening of bladder symptoms during intercourse, and pain or burning at the entrance to the vagina.The combination of symptoms can be very frustrating for patients. Women with this array of issues may need a referral for specialized diagnosis and treatment. Urogynecologists, with specialized training in gynecology as well as expertise in pelvic floor disorders, can manage both the urologic and gynecologic aspects of this condition. They also are comfortable talking to women about sensitive health conditions.

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