Women’s Health Blog
Health information, news, tips and updates from University of Colorado OB/GYN & Family Planning.
Blogs cover all topics of gynecologic conditions and treatments across the ages: from birth-related abnormalities to teen health and menopause (and all the in-between).
July 2, 2018
Producers of bioidentical hormones claim these "natural" hormone pellets can cure everything from menopause symptoms to diabetes. Sound too good to be true? These unregulated treatments promise life-changing outcomes, but in actuality deliver very little, and may even put users at risk.
December 8, 2017
Mammogram screening guidelines can be confusing and even contradictory. Dr. Liss tackles this important topic, sharing the advice she gives to her patients.
September 7, 2017
Dr. Bastow discusses the minimally invasive approach to hysterectomies, and why this technique should be the new norm. Minimally invasive surgeries improve outcomes while minimizing pain and recovery time.
June 28, 2017
Dr. Conageski discusses the reasons that surgery patients benefit from the presence of resident physicians - doctors completing specialty post-graduate study - in the operating room.
April 13, 2017
Evidence based medicine is a science-based approach to healthcare. Well-founded research should be the guiding force behind every doctor’s medical decisions, but that’s not always the case.
November 14, 2016
Postpartum depression (PPD) can be scary, confusing and overwhelming, but hope and help are available. Dr. Diane Christopher answers some of the most commonly asked questions regarding PPD.
September 1, 2016
The minor inconvenience of menstrual periods for civilian women can be a major hassle for women soldiers deployed to the field for months, or even years, at a time.
November 24, 2015
Dr. Holmes discusses the growing number of patients curious about natural childbirth or giving birth with the least medical intervention possible, particularly anesthesia and pain medication.
November 5, 2015
Many of the women who experience abnormally heavy bleeding during their periods think that they have to just live with it. That’s just not the case. Treatment options like endometrial ablation or birth control can provide relief.
July 28, 2015
Medical professionals interpreting modern research are finding that annual Pap screenings may produce unnecessary anxiety and cost for women without reducing cervical cancer risk.
May 6, 2015
Potential harmful effects of marijuana on pregnancy and an unborn child are currently underfunded, leaving many women looking for answers.
April 16, 2015
As Americans, we see few dreaded infectious diseases anymore. Dr. Santoro explains why widespread vaccination for common infectious diseases is the safe, socially responsible and smart decision.
February 19, 2015
Going under the knife is a big decision for any patient. But almost as important is assessing and selecting the best surgeon, which can be challenging. Ask these questions to find out if your surgeon should operate on you.
September 2, 2014
In this video, Dr. Jaime Arruda discusses safe postpartum weight loss. Although some women post weight loss photos on Facebook quickly after giving birth, everyone gains & loses weight differently during & after pregnancy.
August 4, 2014
Dr. Chesney Thompson says the HPV vaccine is available, safe and the numbers are very compelling for its efficaciousness. Yet in 2012, only a third of teenage girls had taken the required three doses. Why the resistance?
July 25, 2014
In this video, Dr. Arruda explains the risk of power morcellation spreading cancer during laparoscopic hysterectomy or fibroid removal and how women should evaluate that risk.
February 5, 2014
Beware the inflated promises made by the bioidentical hormone industry in treating menopause transition: if it sounds too good to be true—it probably is.
January 14, 2014
A flu season that is hospitalizing an inordinately high number of pregnant women, plus pregnant Colorado women avoiding the flu vaccine equals trouble for mother and child.
January 7, 2014
It’s time to take stock of exactly what you are putting into your body and why. Are you taking something ‘natural’ as an alternative to mainstream medicine, but suffering as a result?
November 21, 2013
Too many girls miss too much school because of their periods, and girls and their parents need to know that there are safe and effective ways to treat their problem periods.
July 24, 2013
Progress has brought about recent guideline changes concerning Pap smear testing for women age 30 or older, making it possible to go five years between tests.
July 23, 2013
Only 12 percent of women know about Essure, an updated version of a tubal ligation that is one of the most effective methods of birth control in the country and a sensible option for many women.
June 17, 2013
When a girl goes to a gynecologist, it can be an emotional visit for her and her family, which is why pediatric gynecologists take special care to make everyone involved feel comfortable.
June 14, 2013
Cell phone apps help adolescents and young women who know they need to take the pill, don’t want to get pregnant, and are invested in doing what they can to keep that from happening.
May 15, 2013
In most cases of labor induction it's the uncomfortable patient ready to deliver who pushes the doctor to induce. But this may not be the best choice for mother or baby.
March 26, 2013
HIV/AIDS Awareness Days bring awareness to infection testing as a routine pregnancy test for your health and your baby and a good thing to keep in mind.
February 11, 2013
Breastfeeding has many benefits for a child, yet it's often difficult for a mother to breastfeed for the recommended period of time. Here are some tips on overcoming breastfeeding problems.
February 5, 2013
Many people search the Internet for medical information during pregnancy. Dr. Erickson cites her sources & how to tell if a medical website is trustworthy.
December 11, 2012
In the United States, it’s called a shot. In the United Kingdom, it’s called a jab. In either place, when it is flu season and you are pregnant, it’s called a good idea.
November 28, 2012
By Dr. Steve Rotholz – There may be times in your life where your menstrual cycle (your “period”) may be abnormal. It might be too heavy, too light, too often, not often enough, or painful. But you are not alone!
November 16, 2012
Many forms of exercise are acceptable throughout pregnancy. However, you may need to consider some adjustments to your routine – reducing routines while keeping well hydrated.
November 9, 2012
Your body adapts to pregnancy, changing to support the growth of a baby. Some of the most dramatic changes occur to the organs and cardiovascular system.
November 2, 2012
Newborn screening tests identify apparently healthy children born with rare but devastating genetic disorders which, if addressed early, can be managed so the child can lead a normal life.
October 31, 2012
About 10 million women suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding. There are many different causes for abnormal uterine bleeding, including fibroids and polyps. Learn different treatment options available to women.
September 19, 2012
The Back to Sleep Campaign recommends that babies should always sleep on their backs. Here is their full list of recommendations, which they call the Safe Sleep Top Ten.
September 18, 2012
The best sleep for your baby is a safe sleep, and a safe sleep position is one that reduces your baby’s risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, also known as SIDS.
August 30, 2012
Once your baby comes home, people will want to touch, hold and play with them. To keep everyone healthy, they will need to wash their hands a lot. Even you.
August 15, 2012
Assuming your care team thinks a vaginal delivery after C-section (VBAC) is a viable option, you may want to estimate your chances for being successful.
August 1, 2012
When choosing a health care provider for your baby, medical practitioners licensed to provide care to children include pediatricians & family practitioners.
July 9, 2012
Thinking about trying to become pregnant? Ensure your health is the best it can be through diet & exercise, quit smoking and start a daily prenatal vitamin.
July 1, 2012
Few studies have inspired more controversy than the Women’s Health Initiative’s principal research findings, which will be 10 years old as of July 2012.
January 9, 2012
Menopause left me with a short-term memory deficit that has since improved, but my memory has not gone back to what it once was.
December 16, 2011
After menopause, in many women, the loss of estrogen leads to a slight excess of resorption over formation, but both processes are still ongoing. The net effect, over time, is bone loss and eventually osteopenia or osteoporosis.