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5 Ways Your Gynecologist Can Help You

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A gynecologist is a doctor who specializes in women’s health, focusing in particular on the female reproductive system.
 
Experts recommend that adolescents start seeing a gynecologist while in their early teens, and continue with regular annual visits throughout menopause.
 
Carilion Clinic women’s health specialist Alyssa Watkins, M.D., offers five important reasons to see a gynecologist: 

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What Not to Say to Someone Struggling with Fertility

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For many couples, having a baby is the ultimate dream. It is usually associated with happiness and joy. But it can also be a tricky subject, especially for couples struggling to conceive. If you’re a friend or a loved one of someone trying to conceive, it can often be hard to navigate what to say and how to be supportive. Use and share these tips so you can avoid any uncomfortable moments in the future.

Don’t say: “Can’t you just do IVF?”

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Bladder-Control Basics

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It can happen at the most embarrassing times, and in the most inconvenient places. If you’re a woman who has urinary incontinence—loss of bladder control—you know how difficult it can be.

Urinary incontinence is also such a common problem that many women assume it’s an inevitable part of aging.

On the contrary: lifestyle changes and treatments can help minimize or even prevent it.

Taking Stock

How do you know if you have a problem? After all, many women notice occasional, small leaks of urine.

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Exercise and Pregnancy: A Beautiful Thing!

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At every stage of life, exercise is as important as nutrition for maintaining a healthy body and mind. Pregnancy is no different. In fact, the amount of energy that goes into growing and delivering a baby may well be the hardest physical work a mother ever does. Exercise under a health care provider’s guidance is an important part of preparing for, enduring and recovering from pregnancy.

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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?

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Can Your Weight Affect Your Fertility?

Mother bonds with her baby.

Can being overweight hurt your chances of getting pregnant?

Or can it hurt your baby?

Unfortunately, those extra pounds can interfere with both.

“The more excess weight you carry, the more it can affect your fertility and the health of your baby,” said Emily Evans-Hoeker, M.D., chief of Reproductive Medicine and Fertility for Carilion Clinic. 

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