National Infertility Awareness Week, April 19-26

National Infertility Awareness Week® (NIAW) is a movement that began in 1989. The goal of NIAW is to raise awareness about the disease of infertility and encourage the public to understand their reproductive health. This year RESOLVE is urging the infertility community to spread the message “You are not alone.” Infertility impacts 1 in 8 couples of reproductive age and can be a very isolating disease to face. Just hearing “You are not alone” can help in so many ways. To participate in … [Read more...]

Social Anxiety

What is Social Anxiety? Social anxiety disorder affects the lives of nearly 15 million people. It is marked by a powerful fear of negative public examination. The individual is afraid of being embarrassed or humiliated in front of others. Usually the individual’s lack of social skills perpetuates the fear. YOU are NOT ALONE The most common example of social anxiety disorder is the fear of public speaking. Other situation that can cause extreme distress include eating or drinking in … [Read more...]

Bacteria has Good, Bad and Dangerous Qualities

Bacteria are everywhere, including your entire body. The bacteria in our body weighs as much as our brain–3 lbs! Bacteria can be harmful, but some species of bacteria are needed to keep us healthy. The bacteria on our skin, in our airways, and in our digestive system are the first line of defense against foreign “invaders” (pathogens) that can cause infection and other problems. Bacteria also act as “tuning forks” for our body’s immune system, making sure it’s pitched just right. The immune … [Read more...]

Menopause Mood Swings: 7 Effective Tips to Manage It

After not having periods for more than 12 months, women enter menopause - yet another challenging phase in a women’s life. Mood swings are always on the rise at this stage. However, even doctors do not know why women experience such drastic mood swings as menopausal symptoms, but they believe fluctuating hormones are a huge reason behind it. Influence of Hormonal Changes on Your Mood The deduction in estrogen will impact how your body manages serotonin and norepinephrine - which are … [Read more...]

Celebrating Women in Psychiatry

The history of psychiatry is replete with examples of poor outcomes for women in need, often women who sought medical help. Lobotomies are an extreme but illustrative example, as most lobotomized patients were women, although most institutionalized patients at the time were men. In 1937, Freeman and surgeon James Watts published on the surgery’s benefits, based on a case study of six patients with psychiatric symptoms. They credited the surgery for alleviating patients’ symptoms: “insomnia, … [Read more...]

Health and Wellness Trend – Are You Sober Curious?

What is Being Sober Curious? Sober curious is a movement that involves becoming more aware of your drinking and developing a healthier relationship with alcohol. The sober curious approach is ideal for people who tend to drink socially and do not have an addiction or dependence on alcohol. Dry January began as a public health initiative in 2012. The challenge? To start the new year with a healthy little detox and possibly some self-reflection, too. The idea of a booze-free month, following … [Read more...]

Global Mental Health: Escalating Psychiatric Care Shortage

"Mental health is one of the most neglected areas of public health. Close to 1 billion people are living with a mental disorder, 3 million people die every year from the harmful use of alcohol and one person dies every 40 seconds by suicide. And now, billions of people around the world have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is having a further impact on people’s mental health. Yet, relatively few people around the world have access to quality mental health services. In low and … [Read more...]

Strike a Pose: Evvy Gets High Praise From Vogue

Evvy is revolutionizing the way the world views vaginas and the vaginal microbiome. The brand’s at-home vaginal microbiome test is finally giving women answers as to what’s up down there by decoding the vaginal microbiome and how it might be related to vaginal symptoms and overall female health challenges. As the first company to use metagenomic sequencing in vaginal health testing, their work is a bold step toward closing the gender health gap — and Vogue took notice. Evvy was recently … [Read more...]

Celebrating Women in Medicine

The presence of women actively participating in medicine, particularly in the practicing fields of surgery and as midwives, nurses, caregivers and physicians, has been traced to earliest human history. Women have historically had lower participation levels in medical fields compared to men with occupancy rates varying by race, socioeconomic status, and geography. The involvement of women in the field of medicine has been recorded in several early civilizations. An Egyptian of the Early … [Read more...]

Mental Health Comes First Over Everything

Why Should Mental Health Come First? Mental health affects how we think, feel, and act as we cope with life. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood and aging. The numbers globally are staggering; more than 50% will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime according to the CDC. Although the terms are often used … [Read more...]

Maternal Health Education must be Prioritized Globally

What is Maternal Health Education? The WHO states "Maternal health refers to the health of women during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period." Each stage should be a positive experience, ensuring women and their babies reach their full potential for health and well-being." Although important progress has been made in the last two decades, in 2020, the global maternal mortality ratio was 152 deaths per 100,000 live births; this number is unacceptably high. Every pregnancy and … [Read more...]

Teen Suicide: The Topic Nobody Wants to Talk About

Suicide (i.e., taking one's own life) is a serious public health problem that affects even young people. For youth between the ages of 10 and 24, suicide is the third leading cause of death. It results in approximately 4600 lives lost each year. The top three methods used in suicides of young people include firearm (45%), suffocation (40%), and poisoning (8%). Deaths from youth suicide are only part of the problem. More young people survive suicide attempts than actually die. A nationwide … [Read more...]

Should Gender Bias in Pain Management Stop?

What is Chronic Pain? Chronic pain is usually caused by an initial injury, such as a back sprain or pulled muscle. It's believed that chronic pain develops after nerves become damaged. The nerve damage makes pain more intense and long lasting. In these cases, treating the underlying injury may not resolve the chronic pain. Chronic pain is pain that lasts for over three months. The pain can be there all the time, or it may come and go. It can happen anywhere in your body. Chronic pain … [Read more...]

Has Your Bladder Bottomed Out?

Millions of women experience involuntary loss of urine called urinary incontinence (UI). Some women may lose a few drops of urine while running or coughing. Others may feel a strong, sudden urge to urinate just before losing a large amount of urine. Many women experience both symptoms. UI can be slightly bothersome or totally debilitating. For some women, the risk of public embarrassment keeps them from enjoying many activities with their family and friends. Urine loss can also occur during … [Read more...]

Children’s Mental Health Matters

Mental Health Disorders in Children and Youth Mental health in childhood means reaching developmental and emotional milestones, and learning healthy social skills and how to cope when there are problems. The good news is that early diagnosis and treatment lead to better outcomes for children later in life. Mental disorders among children are described as serious changes in the way children typically learn, behave, or handle their emotions, which cause distress and problems getting through … [Read more...]

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