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How to Give Yourself Breast Self-Exams Oct 4th, 2021

As a woman, you have a higher risk for certain types of cancer, including breast cancer. Even if you go for your annual health exam, it’s important for you to be checking your breasts on a regular basis for irregularities. But do you know how to properly perform a breast...

When Your Symptoms Go Beyond PMS Sep 1st, 2021

Just about every woman has experienced the dreaded premenstrual syndrome before their cycle begins. Not only does it make you moody and tired, you probably also feel bloated, among other things.  While PMS is usually harmless, it’s sometimes more severe. In fact, it could be a sign of another condition...

Tips for Thriving Through Menopause Aug 4th, 2021

As a woman, you’ve probably been dreading the end of your child-bearing years for many reasons. Menopause is usually foremost among women’s concerns. You’ve heard the horror stories of the unbearable symptoms that accompany this stage in womanhood. But there are things you can do to make your life much...

Top 5 Health Issues for Teen Girls Jul 11th, 2021

The teenage years are a particularly difficult time in your child’s life. Not only does puberty put them at an awkward stage in their life, they also face many health issues that only a teenager can understand. From sexually transmitted diseases to mental health disorders, the teenage years are tricky...

Everything You Need to Know About a Mammogram Jun 15th, 2021

With breast cancer so prevalent, it’s all the more important to stay on top of your breast health. Detecting breast cancer early is the key to successful treatment. This is where mammography comes into play, along with routine breast self-exams. At New England Women’s Healthcare, our team has experts in...

The Importance of a Pap Smear May 10th, 2021

If you were given the chance to prevent cancer, you would take it, wouldn’t you?  There are many preventive measures you can take, and a Pap smear is just one of the many screenings available to you. These tests help detect early signs of cervical cancer, so you get treatment...

Diagnosing and Managing Your PCOS Apr 12th, 2021

Polycystic ovary syndrome can disrupt your life in a number of ways. Not only does it affect your menstrual cycles, but it also makes it hard for you to conceive a child — a scenario that can be devastating. So what can you do to manage your symptoms so you...

Understanding the Different Types of Birth Control Mar 8th, 2021

An estimated 65% of women between the ages of 15 and 49 used birth control, according to a recent year’s data, and women have numerous options available. Not only does birth control prevent pregnancy, but it’s also used for other reasons, such as hormone regulation.  With so many types out...

Does Menopause Cause Weight Gain? Feb 10th, 2021

A woman’s body goes through many changes throughout her lifetime. One of the major changes you’ll go through in later life is menopause. Surely you’ve heard stories of hot flashes and mood swings, among other symptoms. But the one thing we all dread is weight gain, which could be a...

Myths and Facts About PMS Jan 8th, 2021

The period conversation has grown much louder in recent years (a change that was long overdue), but despite the increase in public awareness and knowledge, myths about menstrual cycles abound. Specifically, myths about premenstrual syndrome (PMS) seem like they’ll never be buried.  Take a moment as the expert OBGYNs at...

Bleeding During Pregnancy: What's Normal and What Isn't? Dec 2nd, 2020

Noticing blood in the toilet or on your underwear during pregnancy can certainly cause a scare. However, it doesn’t always mean that something has gone wrong with your pregnancy.  The expert OB/GYNs at New England Women’s Healthcare in Woburn, Massachusetts, have helped many pregnant women navigate bleeding during pregnancy, and...

Should You Consider an IUD? Nov 1st, 2020

Getting an IUD is a big decision. To help you determine whether an IUD is right for you, our expert obstetricians and gynecologists at New England Women’s Healthcare put together this FAQ article on IUDs.  If you still have questions, or if you would like guidance on any other women’s...

Myths and Facts About Your Breasts Oct 1st, 2020

Let’s talk about your breasts. Weird thing to say, right? Well, here at New England Women’s Healthcare, our experts are all about defying the taboo in order to get accurate, helpful information out there.  One particular passion point is breast health. The internet is chock-full of myths about breast health,...

Why You Shouldn't Ignore Persistent PMS Symptoms Sep 7th, 2020

As if periods weren’t bad enough when they arrive, the few days leading up to your period can be worse than the period itself.  It’s incredibly common for women to experience a range of unpleasant symptoms before they start menstruating each month, likely due to hormonal changes that happen in...

Avoid a UTI This Summer With These Vaginal Health Tips Aug 19th, 2020

Burning, itching, and painful peeing: The symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI) are, put very simply, no fun. And that’s the nice way of saying it. Women tend to battle UTIs more than men, which seems unfair, right? According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, half...

How Can to Stay Comfortable While Pregnant During the Heat of Summer Jul 22nd, 2020

“Summer” and “pregnancy” are two words that no woman hopes to simultaneously use — because “summer pregnancy” generally equates to hot, sweaty, and wildly uncomfortable. Ask any mom who’s made it through, and her answer is likely to include some groans and sighs.  However, don’t lose all hope: You can...

Don't Wait Until October to Schedule a Breast Exam Jun 24th, 2020

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but that doesn’t mean you should wait until then to come in for your regularly scheduled breast exam. Breast cancer is the second-most common type of cancer in women today, falling just behind skin cancer — it’s so important to check up on your...

Obstetrics Care is Essential for You and Your Baby's Health May 26th, 2020

Pregnancy and childbirth are truly magical processes — even if morning sickness makes you want to tear your hair out. When your little bundle of joy enters the world, all of your pregnancy woes fly out of the window, and your focus is on your new baby.  To make sure...

The Link Between Infertility and Endometriosis Apr 21st, 2020

Whether you have endometriosis or not, you may have heard that endometriosis causes infertility. While endometriosis doesn’t always cause infertility — and infertility is not always caused by endometriosis, even if a woman has it — this is sometimes the case.  The staff of experts at New England Women’s Healthcare...

Important Next Steps After An Abnormal Pap Smear Feb 29th, 2020

Pap smears: No one loves them. It’s not fun to feel exposed, have a doctor insert tools into your vagina while your feet are stuck in stirrups. No, it’s no woman’s favorite part of life, yet the Pap smear is an essential test for maintaining a healthy reproductive system.  The...

Which Birth Control is Best For Me? Feb 1st, 2020

The decision to start birth control is a big one. You should have the utmost confidence in your decision, and it should be guided by both facts and your personal preferences. To help you out, the expert obstetricians and gynecologists at New England Women’s Healthcare put together this guide to...

Kick Off Your New Year With a Comprehensive Women’s Health Exam Jan 1st, 2020

By scheduling your annual women’s health exam, you’re taking charge of your health. If your OB/GYN finds anything of concern, she or he can address it before it becomes a bigger problem. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Each stage in a...

Myths and Facts About HPV Dec 1st, 2019

If you are sexually active, it’s important that you know about sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and how to best protect yourself from getting them. There are many different STIs, but HPV is the most common one. Even though HPV is quite common, there is a lot of misinformation out there...

Here's How Menopause Affects Your Mental Health Nov 1st, 2019

Menopause is a natural part of every woman's aging process. Unfortunately, all of the changes happening in your life and body can affect your mental health for the worse. You might need greater mental health support than usual during this time.  At New England Women's Healthcare, our experienced team offers...

My Pap Smear Results Were Abnormal—What Now? Oct 1st, 2019

Pap smears, also called Pap tests, are an important part of maintaining good health for women age 21 on or within 3 years of becoming sexually active. They’re quick, painless, and a valuable way to detect and treat any problems early on.  If your pap smear came back with abnormal...

Living With Endometriosis Sep 1st, 2019

Endometriosis is a progressive disease without a cure. It can cause unyielding and debilitating pain, as well as severe inflammation. To live with endometriosis, it’s important to focus on symptom management and pain relief.  At New England Women’s Healthcare, our dedicated team of providers will work closely with you to...

What Constitutes a High-Risk Pregnancy? Aug 2nd, 2019

While pregnancy can be one of the happiest and most exciting times of your life, it's important to remember that all pregnancies come with risks for you and your unborn baby. For example, carrying twins, triplets, or more, can put you in the high-risk category. Being classified as high-risk doesn't...

What to Consider Before Choosing Permanent Birth Control Jul 17th, 2019

There are many things to consider before choosing a form of permanent birth control. Currently, there are two methods of permanent contraception: Female sterilization and male sterilization. Female sterilization is often referred to as tubal ligation. Male sterilization is simply known as a vasectomy. As the name suggests, permanent birth...

Lifestyle Changes That Can Help Improve Your Odds of Getting Pregnant Jun 3rd, 2019

So you’ve decided to begin or grow your family, and you and your partner are becoming concerned and a little impatient with the amount of time it’s taking to conceive. For about half of the couples who are trying, pregnancy occurs within six months. But for some, it can take...

Are Your Menopause Symptoms Slowing You Down? 5 Helpful Tips to Help You Manage May 30th, 2019

We at New England Women’s Healthcare understand that menopause is a huge milestone in the lives of many women. This time in your life indicates the end of your childbearing years. At this point, your body will stop menstruating, and you will no longer release eggs. The age it begins...

The Importance of Not Skipping Your Breast Exams Apr 30th, 2019

You’re diligent about the more mundane appointments in your life, from your oil changes to your children’s piano lessons. You should be equally as mindful about your regular breast exams, especially if you consider that 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer. We know that...

What Every Woman Should Know About HPV Mar 29th, 2019

HPV, or the human papillomavirus, is a very common virus in the adult population. Experts say about 80% of adults who are sexually active will contract it at some time during their lives. There are about 100 types of HPV; some are introduced through sexual contact. HPV and cervical cancer...