The Female System. Part 2

June 1, 2012

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Get to know your own hormones. These incredibly powerful but subtle substances are easily influenced by a number of factors — illness, lifestyle behaviors, stress, and more. Understanding these hormones can potentially increase your conception odds, in addition to helping you feel generally more in control of your own body. A simplified description of the average woman’s monthly hormonal track is provided here by Unipath.

The Female System. Part 1

June 1, 2012

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Whether you’re still trying for Baby #1 or adding to your brood, knowing the basics of reproduction is crucial, particularly if you’re going to see a specialist. Most specialists will make some assumptions about your level of basic knowledge, so it’s good to be ahead of the game before you walk into their office door.

How to Get Emotionally Ready for Romantic Relationships. Part 4

March 12, 2012

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Build your confidence — By the time you get to this step, your confidence level will have already received a major boost from the steps outlined above. But there is more you can do. First of all, add 30 repetitions of “acting as if” to your daily workout routine. If you wait until you feel confident before acting accordingly, it will never happen! Instead, make this the theatrical performance of your life. Starting today, go out with a smile on your face, head held high and posture erect. Make eye contact and be ready to laugh. Wherever you go, send the signal to the world that you feel great about yourself.

How to Get Emotionally Ready for Romantic Relationships. Part 3

March 12, 2012

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Pump up your exercise and eating habits — When you are down in the dumps, you probably stop doing the very things that would help the most — healthy eating and regular exercise. In fact, what often feels best in the short-run is sitting down in front of the television and consuming large quantities of comfort food. In the long term, however, this approach will only add to your misery.

How to Get Emotionally Ready for Romantic Relationships. Part 2

March 12, 2012

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Lift your attitude — When Steph first came to see me, she had unwittingly developed a kind of myopia about her life. Her single focus was the fact that Mr. Right hadn’t come along. And at her own report, she wasted hours each day obsessing over when and if she would ever find him. Now I know that most of you are saying to yourselves, “That could be me!”

How to Get Emotionally Ready for Romantic Relationships. Part 1

March 12, 2012

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Starting Over With Your Love Life

Last week, we talked about how to put the pain and self-defeating patterns of the past behind you. So now you are starting from a clean slate, fired up and ready to develop a stronger and better-than-ever you.
We will be checking in on Stephanie — the woman we introduced in part one of this series — her hurdles and her progress, as she continues to “firm and tone” herself, both in body and in mind.

Cervical Cancer in Pregnancy

February 1, 2012

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At the beginning of the pregnancy, it is standard to perform a Pap smear and immediately review the patient’s Pap smear history. If cervical cancer is present at this time, therapeutic decisions can be made that are most appropriate and, if possible, the pregnancy will be preserved.

Chasteberry and PMS. New Study Adds Little

November 28, 2011

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The herb chasteberry is frequently called by its Latin names: vitex or, alternatively, agnus-castus. Good evidence tells us that chasteberry can be helpful for a condition called cyclic mastalgia, a condition where breast pain varies with the menstrual cycle.1,2,3 One well-designed double-blind placebo-controlled study also found evidence that it can help general PMS symptoms.4

Make Time for Yourself

April 19, 2011

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Women are so conditioned to be the caretakers that we often forget to take care of ourselves. In the midst of the holiday season, we throw ourselves into preparations while still doing all the other work that falls under our purview. We add to our lists. And sometimes we forget to just plain smell the pine cones or to pamper ourselves with a brisk walk on a sunny day or a cup of tea on a late winter’s afternoon.

The Secrets of Your Fingernails

May 24, 2010

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Have you always had beautiful long healthy fingernails? Or are you among those whose nails always seem to be breaking, chipping or splitting? Your diet or your overall health may be the reason.

Our body produces fingernails. They are a fibrous protein called keratin and one of the body’s strongest tissues. Like the rest of the body, nail health depends on getting the proper nutrients to maintain their natural color and shape.