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?

mom sitting in a rocking chair breastfeeding her baby

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.


Bladder-Control Basics

female patient talking to her urogynecologist about incontinence

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.


Stroke and Women: Do You Know the Facts?

grandmother taking a picture with granddaughter in the park

How much do you really know about stroke, especially when it comes to stroke and women? Let’s start off with a quick quiz.
Stroke strikes women more often than men. True or false?
If you said true, you are correct, but chances are you said false. Stroke is not something most people often associate with women, but according to the National Stroke Association, each year stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer.


Are You Guilty of These Top Skin Care Mistakes?

line of skin care products

Your skin is one of the first things people see, but it can be hard to navigate through the sea of cleansers, wipes, scrubs, masks and other products to know what is best to use.
Suzi Bryant, master aesthetician at Carilion Clinic Cosmetic Center, shares some of the most common skin care mistakes so you can get on the right track to take great care of your skin.
Mistake #1: Not washing your face enough


Should Your Gynecologist Also Be Your Main Doctor?

woman talking to her gynecologist

Many women, pressed for time, have started to see their gynecologist for all their health care needs.

It isn’t just pregnant women and young mothers, but middle-aged and older women too.

“Over the last couple of years, we’ve seen more patients who don’t have a primary care physician (PCP),” said Jaclyn Nunziato, M.D., with Carilion Clinic Obstetrics and Gynecology.


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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