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Can Stress Cause Spotting? Jun 8th, 2020

Bleeding when you’re not on your period is called spotting. Generally, spotting is very light bleeding that doesn’t require a pad or tampon. You might notice spotting in your underwear or after using the restroom. While many women experience spotting at one time or another, it can be alarming. Any...

5 Reasons to Consider a Hysterectomy May 6th, 2020

At Advanced Women’s Healthcare, our goal is to help you live the healthiest life you can. We understand that an invasive procedure such as a hysterectomy can be a scary thing to think about and that it may also bring up an emotional response. Our experts are experienced, knowledgeable, and...

Don’t Let Menopause Affect Your Sex Life Apr 18th, 2020

Many of the patients who see our experts at Advanced Women’s Healthcare are worried about how menopause may impact their sex lives. The first thing we want you to know is that it’s entirely possible, and healthy, to continue having an active sex life during and after menopause. You may...

Diastasis Recti: What is it and do you have one? Apr 8th, 2020

Diastasis recti is a condition where the abdominal muscles separate. This is commonly associated with pregnancy (and multiple pregnancies) as the abdominal muscles stretch to allow the baby to grow. There is a natural separation line between the two rectus abdominis muscles called the linea alba. The separation occurs at...

Safety Tips for a High-Risk Pregnancy Mar 2nd, 2020

It can be scary hearing the words "high risk" when it comes to your pregnancy. But factors like your weight, overall health, age, and family history can cause unwanted hiccups along the way. Fortunately, you can still have a safe and healthy pregnancy with the right care — even when...

Are you experiencing postpartum Posttraumatic Stress Disorder? Feb 18th, 2020

Postpartum depression is familiar term when discussing postpartum mental health, but did you know another common result of childbirth can be postpartum PTSD? According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 5 (DSM-5), Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is characterized as a “Stress-Related Disorder,” which results when one struggles to recover from a...

What is mindfulness and how can it help your anxiety? Feb 18th, 2020

Mindfulness is a strategy that allows for present thinking. Focusing on the present moment improves the ability to calmly accept (and understand) one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. Mindfulness is often used as a helpful strategy in therapy, but it can also be done outside of those therapy appointments. The...

What You Need to Know About Menopause and Heart Disease Feb 17th, 2020

There’s a bit of confusion for many people about what, exactly, menopause is. Technically, it’s one single day, the day exactly one year after your last menstrual cycle. However, most people refer to the time leading up to that day as menopause, but the correct term is perimenopause.  Most women...

Biofeedback: The Nonsurgical Treatment for Urinary Incontinence You Haven't Tried Dec 31st, 2019

If you leak urine or need to urinate frequently, you may have urinary incontinence, a common women’s health condition that affects your ability to control your bladder. Urinary incontinence is prevalent in women because pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause can strain your bladder and weaken the muscles that play a part...

Beyond Kegels: Understanding Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy and What It Can Do for You Dec 3rd, 2019

If you have a pelvic floor disorder, you’re not alone. Approximately 27% of women ages 40-59 have this type of dysfunction. These numbers increase to nearly 50% of women age 80 and older, because pelvic floor muscles weaken with age. Here’s what you need to know about your pelvic floor...

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

When you go to your well-woman health exam, you’re hoping to get a clean bill of health. When you instead receive the news that you had an abnormal Pap smear result, it’s normal to feel concerned. Fortunately, by regularly getting your Pap test at Advanced Women’s Healthcare, you’ve greatly increased...

Pelvic Prolapse: Know Your Treatment Options Oct 1st, 2019

Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a very common problem in women, affecting up to one-third of the female population in the United States, especially as women grow older. There are several different kinds of prolapse, but all stem from a weakened pelvic floor, which allows your organs to drop down....

What is Unexplained Infertility? Sep 1st, 2019

Even healthy, young, fertile couples only have a 15% to 25% chance of getting pregnant each month. If you or your partner are older or have health issues, then that number goes down. And if you’re a woman who’s been trying to get pregnant for at least a year, and...

Not Your Mother's Hysterectomy: Learn About the Benefits of our Robotic-Assisted Surgery Aug 1st, 2019

Have you recently had a gynecologic cancer diagnosis? Have you not had much success with non-surgical treatment options? Perhaps you’ve suffered non-cancerous issues such as endometriosis, abnormal bleeding, or polyps. If your uterus has caused you more problems than it’s worth, you may want to consider a hysterectomy. Dr. Dele...

How Endometriosis May Affect Your Chances of Getting Pregnant Jul 3rd, 2019

Endometriosis affects women of all ages, races, and walks of life. Yet even though it can start as early as age 11, most cases of endometriosis remain undiagnosed until fertility issues arise.  Our experienced team at Advanced Women's Healthcare in Bloomington, Illinois, understands the impact endometriosis can have on your...