Urogynecology, Womens Health

Overactive bladder: Don’t give up if medication fails

Controlling your bladder is something we take for granted until we lose the ability. If you’re living with urinary incontinence, you may be surprised to learn that your condition is quite common. “Among American adults, 42.6 million have an overactive bladder,” said Stephanie A. Flaspoehler, APRN, nurse practitioner with Norton Urogynecology Center. “That’s more people…

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

Norton Women’s Care only location in Louisville ranked ‘High Performing’ from U.S. News & World Report

Norton Women’s Care, which encompasses childbirth services at Norton Hospital and Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital, has been recognized as High Performing in Adult Maternity Care (Uncomplicated Pregnancy) by U.S. News & World Report. The designation is the highest award a hospital system can earn in the U.S. News list of Best Hospitals for Maternity…

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Breast Cancer, Breast Health, Cancer, Womens Health

A breast self-exam is no substitute for a screening mammogram, but has benefits

Knowing how to check for breast cancer with a self-exam can be an effective way to be aware of any changes in your breasts, but isn’t a replacement for an annual screening mammogram or a clinical breast exam. Breast self-awareness is a way to improve overall breast health and make it more likely you will…

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Obstetrics, Womens Health

Following Mediterranean diet, eating enough fiber can improve neurodevelopment in baby

Studies on the advantages of the Mediterranean diet have long shown it to be beneficial for heart health, reducing the risk of stroke and even decreasing the risk of diabetes. A new study also shows that following a Mediterranean diet during pregnancy can improve a child’s neurodevelopment. The diet focuses on whole grains, beans, seeds,…

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Gynecology, Norton Community Medical Associates, Norton Primary Care, Womens Health

Why having a regular primary care provider and a gynecologist is a good idea

You need a primary care physician and a gynecologist, because while each can address a broad range of issues, each has specialized experience to make sure you get the right care when you need it. Both can perform basic health assessments, write prescriptions, and provide flu shots or other immunizations. Most insurance plans cover an…

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Labor and Delivery, Obstetrics, Womens Health

Doula program available to patients in West Louisville and beyond

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Black mothers are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than those who are white. While disparities around maternal mortality can be impacted by preexisting conditions that Black women are more likely to experience, such as hypertension, these disparities do not happen…

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Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics, Womens Health

Fetal transfusions give unborn baby lifesaving blood

Every three weeks, Katrina Crume and Aaron Dean Calloway made the nearly two-hour journey from their home near Owensboro, Kentucky, to Louisville so their baby, Phoebe, could receive a lifesaving blood transfusion. What made these transfusions remarkable was Phoebe was still in the womb. What made them necessary was incompatibility between Katrina’s and Phoebe’s blood….

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Gynecology, Women's Pelvic Health, Womens Health

What is the difference between a Pap smear and a pelvic exam?

The transition from the teenage years into young adulthood comes with many changes in development and questions about sexual and reproductive health. You may be wondering when it’s time to visit a gynecologist and what happens during a typical appointment. “You should visit your OB/GYN once a year for a well-woman visit after you turn…

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Gynecology, Womens Health

Cramps but no period

Cramping around the time of your cycle is very common, but what’s happening when you have cramps — but no period? “The reason for cramping could be a normal part of your menstrual cycle or could be a sign of a more serious underlying health issue,” said Pamela M. Hill, M.D., OB/GYN with Norton Women’s…

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Breast Cancer, Breast Health

Louisville woman recounts her breast cancer surgery from small lump to fast and compassionate care

Finding a lump in her breast was something Heather Kleisner didn’t have time for in her busy life. But when she did, the meetings, conference calls and event planning on her calendar quickly changed to doctor appointments, surgery and a treatment plan. Heather had experienced this once before. A small lump discovered in 2015 during…

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Heart, Women’s Heart Program, Womens Health

What are the signs of high blood pressure in women?

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of blood vessels. High blood pressure, or hypertension, makes the heart work harder than normal. Left untreated it can scar and damage the blood vessels, and can lead to heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, eye damage and other dangerous conditions. Of the total adults…

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Cancer, Cervical Cancer, Gynecology, Womens Health

How to prevent cervical cancer

Cervical cancer often can be prevented through regular screenings and vaccinations for children and young adults. According to the American Cancer Society, about 14,100 new cases of cervical cancer were diagnosed in 2022. Ways to help prevent cervical cancer The best steps that can be taken to prevent cervical cancer include the following: Vaccinations (the…

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