Health Effects of Menopause

Menopause is the name for the stage of life in which women stop menstruating and ovulating. It’s the end of reproduction and many women experience symptoms like hot flashes, mood swings, irritability, and sleeplessness. It’s easy to get the impression that the health effects of menopause are mostly just inconvenient.  Understanding Menopause Individual experiences vary […]

Ovarian Cancer Myths

Ovarian cancer is expected to affect almost 20,000 American women this year. It is the most deadly reproductive cancer and the fifth most common cause of death from cancer in women. Yet many women don’t know the basic information about this type of cancer. Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Take the quiz to see how much […]

Coping with Perimenopause

Perimenopause is the transition from your childbearing years into menopause, which officially begins 12 months after your final menstrual period.  Perimenopause can be a different experience for every woman. It may begin as early as 10 years before menopause. During this time hormones decrease especially estrogen.  One effect of the decrease in estrogen is the […]

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. This is a great time to understand the resources available to you if you suspect you may be at risk for ovarian cancer. It is estimated that approximately 21,410 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2021. Although this type of cancer has a mortality rate of 2.3%, […]

Understanding Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are muscular tumors that grow in the uterus. It’s a very common condition, and is not usually associated with cancer.  Fibroids may be so small they can’t be seen with the human eye, or as large as a watermelon. Usually, once they have developed, they will continue to grow. After menopause, however, they […]

Women, Give Yourselves a Gift of Health

The holidays may have been a bit different this year, but you can still give yourself the gift of better health.  Here are some things you can do that will make a big difference in your well-being. Schedule your well woman visit Has it been a while since you last visited your primary health care […]

HPV Vaccine

79 million Americans are infected with Human Papillomavirus (HPV). It is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. There are more than 100 different kinds of HPV,  and at least 14 of them can cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization. HPV can be transmitted by someone who doesn’t have any […]

What Women Need to Know About Thyroid Disease

According to the American Thyroid Association, women are five to eight times more likely than men to develop thyroid disease; more than 12 percent of women will develop a thyroid disorder during their lifetime. Because women are more likely to develop thyroid disease, it’s especially important for women to know what causes thyroid problems, how […]

Understanding Menopause

Menopause is defined as the absence of a menstrual cycle for at least twelve months. The average age of menopause is 51.  While many women dread menopause, we should remember that it can also be a time of great relief. Menopause brings relief from painful or heavy periods, PMS symptoms, and hormonal headaches. Worrying about […]

How to Prepare for a Well Woman Visit

You should schedule a well woman visit each year; annual wellness exams help women stay healthy, detect health issues, and prevent health problems even if a pap smear is not collected at that visit. Renaissance Women’s Healthcare provides wellness exams for women of all ages. You don’t have to do much to prepare for your […]