Gynecology, Urogynecology, Womens Health

Painful or irregular periods? It could be an underlying condition

Painful or irregular periods can be uncomfortable and inconvenient, and sometimes, can significantly disrupt your life. Menstrual pain, also known as dysmenorrhea, is a common issue experienced during the menstrual cycle. This type of pain can range from mild to severe and is often accompanied by other symptoms, such as nausea, fatigue or headaches. In…

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Breast Cancer, Breast Health, Cancer, Womens Health

Breast cancer survivor recalls journey to celebrate

Celebrating Oaks Day 2024 has taken on a new meaning for Rachel Trice, 34, of Madison, Indiana. Rachel will be among the 150 breast and ovarian cancer survivors to walk in the Kentucky Oaks Survivors Parade moments before the 150th running of the Longines Kentucky Oaks at historic Churchill Downs on Friday, May 3. Rewind…

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News, Norton Womens & Childrens Hospital, Obstetrics, Womens Health

New rooms give patients options for childbirth

Patients giving birth at Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital have another option for their experience in two newly renovated labor and delivery rooms. The two rooms offer a more home-like setting and will be ideal for a natural or midwife-assisted delivery, as well as for those who may be expecting the loss of their infant….

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Breast Health, Womens Health

Breast cancer journey for 1 becomes a family affair

Sara Scott received upsetting news. Her niece had been diagnosed with breast cancer. At 40 years old and after her first mammogram, Virginia Doll, a fashion designer in New York City, had indications of breast cancer. “I was devastated by the news and thought this can’t be happening,” Sara said. “To be 40 years old…

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Cancer, Womens Health

‘This is ministry to me’

You’ll never hear another story quite like Euwonna Jones’. Euwonna is a mastectomy fitter at Norton Cancer Institute Pat Harrison Resource Center in Southern Indiana. Here’s how surviving her own harrowing health experiences led her to a career caring for cancer patients as they heal. In Nov. 2009, while living in her hometown of Detroit,…

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Menopause, Womens Health

Hot flashes and what causes them

Three-quarters of women experience hot flashes in the months or years leading up to menopause. A hot flash is a sudden intense feeling of heat, sweating and discomfort coming from within, like an internal furnace has been turned on. It typically lasts one to five minutes and usually is felt most strongly over the face,…

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Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics, Womens Health

Norton Clark Hospital recognized for excellence in infant and maternal health

Norton Clark Hospital recently was recognized by the Indiana Hospital Association, in partnership with Gov. Eric J. Holcomb and Indiana State Health Commissioner Lindsay Weaver, M.D., FACEP, for its commitment to infant and maternal health at the fourth annual INspire Hospital of Distinction recognition program. INspire, funded by the Indiana Department of Health’s Safety PIN…

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Menopause, Womens Health

If you’re bothered by vaginal symptoms of menopause, talk to your health care provider

The loss of the hormone estrogen during menopause can cause your vagina to lose its elasticity and cause other changes in the vaginal tissue, resulting in vaginal atrophy. Vaginal atrophy also means your vagina has less natural lubrication and can result in vaginal bleeding or spotting during sex, while sex itself can become painful. “Vaginal…

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Menopause, Womens Health

Menopause doesn’t have to keep you up at night

Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep can be an issue during menopause and in the months or years leading up to menopause. Complaints of poor sleep quality, waking up during the night, not enough sleep and night sweats are common. So are mood changes, including depression and anxiety, which can contribute to poor sleep.  “If…

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Menopause, Womens Health

Menopause and anxiety: When to talk to your gynecologist

As you approach menopause, your body starts producing less estrogen. This affects not only your body, but also your behavior, and potentially could lead to anxiety and other changes. These behavioral changes happen because estrogen is not just a sex hormone. It also plays a role in the brain, and the transition to menopause can…

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Obstetrics, Womens Health

What is a doula?

A doula is a trained, nonmedical professional who helps you before, during and shortly after giving birth. Doulas are not the same as a nurse midwife. They do not deliver babies. Instead, they offer emotional, physical and educational support to you and your family. The goal of a doula is to help you have a…

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Breast Health, Womens Health

Dense breasts: What they mean for you and your mammogram choices

All breasts are unique – from their shape and size to their density. Breasts are made of fat, fibrous tissue (strands of collagen protein that hold fat, connective tissue and blood vessels in place) and glandular tissue (the part of the breast that makes milk). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),…

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