Finding Fertility

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So you have finally decided to take the plunge. You and your partner are ready to have a baby! You stop using birth control but months and months pass with regular periods and negative pregnancy tests.

Mixed in with the disappointment is a growing concern: why aren't I pregnant yet?


Worried About Your Period?

What's normal in a period can cover a broad range.

 Your period is late. Again.

 And it's even more painful than last time. Not to mention the amount of blood.

What is a normal period, anyway?

You wish you knew!

Timing of Your Periods

Unfortunately many women complain about late, painful or heavy periods. Some experience problems occasionally, while others dread their period every month.

When should you be concerned?


Common Questions About Menopause

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There is more to menopause than the end of a woman's menstrual cycle. However, it isn’t talked about openly, so the experience can feel overwhelming and isolating.

I spoke with Carilion Clinic's Elizabeth McCuin, M.D., an Obstetrics & Gynecology specialist and certified menopause practitioner, to learn more about menopause symptoms and treatments.


Birth Control Q&A

When it comes to birth control, we’ve never had so many choices. But having so many choices can also make it difficult to know which is the best option for you.

Should you take the pill or use a sponge or the patch? Would you be better off with an implant, a shot or a vaginal ring? 


What Have You Heard About Breastfeeding?

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Have you ever noticed that when breastfeeding is mentioned everyone seems to have an opinion or advice? And while some of it may be helpful, a lot of it is simply not true.

To help moms tell fact from breastfeeding fiction, Carilion Clinic partnered with the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute to debunk some common misconceptions about breastfeeding. 

Myth: New mothers who breastfeed are the minority.



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