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Far too often women suffer from pain in silence. Whether they think pelvic pain is part of the aging process or they’re too embarrassed to talk about when they should get a mammogram, many women do not speak up.

10 Women’s Health Myths:

  1. I don’t need to see my gynecologist for an ingrown hair.
  2. After menopause, normal periods occasionally can come back.
  3. Doctors don’t want to hear about your personal life.
  4. Hot flashes are something you have to deal with.
  5. Mammograms are the only breast health check you need.
  6. Your water has to break in order to be in active labor.
  7. If I choose not to have a kid, I don’t need to do Kegel exercises.
  8. It’s normal to have some leakage after childbirth when you laugh, run or sneeze.
  9. Period pain or pain in the pelvic area is normal, even if it is debilitating.
  10. Very few women suffer from postpartum depression.

Take the pledge to take action for your health!

  • Maybe. If you see an ingrown hair, use a warm compress. If that does not help, visit your physician as ingrown hair can turn in to an infection.
  • Menopause is defined as 12 months of not having a period. If you are bleeding after menopause it is recommended to make an appointment with your doctor.
  • They do want to know! A lot of times bringing personal items up – sexuality, depression, domestic violence, etc. – can help you get the help that you might need.
  • Not necessarily. There are treatments for this classic menopausal symptom and for other related issues including vaginal dryness or urinary problems.
  • No. You need to continue to do monthly self-checks. Additionally, if you have dense breast tissue it may be beneficial to get a whole breast ultrasound. Talk to your physician to see if you need one.
  • Only about 10% of women have their membranes rupture before labor begins. It is not a good indicator of whether you are in labor or not, so you pregnant women should also focus on the frequency of contractions.
  • Kegel exercises help with more than just labor! They help with incontinence and for some women, may help contribute to better orgasms.
  • It is common for pregnant women to experience some urinary incontinence, and childbirth also weakens the pelvic floor muscles. If the incontinence continues for longer than six weeks after birth, contact your physician.
  • Some mild discomfort may be normal, but the pain should not be debilitating. If your pain is that bad, even if it responds to NSAIDs, consider calling your physician to make an appointment to see if you have other causes of pain especially endometriosis or fibroids.
  • The statistic is actually closer to 1 in 5, meaning a significant number of women are experiencing postpartum depression symptoms after birth. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms, get help.

Ladies, you have no problem advocating for your loved ones’ health so why not yours?

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