Postpartum Depression

What is Postpartum Depression? Postpartum depression (PPD) is a serious mental illness that occurs among new mothers and involves negative emotions such as sadness, hopelessness, anxiety, anger, or indifference combined with sleep and appetite disturbances. According to the Office on Women’s Health, 1 in every 9 new mothers experiences postpartum depression. Causes There is no…

Menopause

What is Menopause? Menopause is a biological process experienced by women that signals the end of monthly menstruation cycles. Every woman will eventually experience menopause, as it most often occurs naturally when women are in their 40s and 50s. Menopause is diagnosed when a full year has gone by without menstruation and is associated with…

Women’s Infertility

What Is Infertility? Infertility is defined as the inability to get pregnant after 12 months or more of unprotected sexual activity. Fertility issues are commonly identified after a year of attempting to get pregnant, but may be diagnosed sooner, depending on other health factors. What Is the Difference Between Primary and Secondary Infertility? Primary infertility…

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

What is Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder? Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) is a serious and chronic condition that extends¬†Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), but is more severe in nature. According to WebMD, PMDD affects about 5% of women around childbearing age, and there is likely to also be a diagnosis of anxiety and depression.¬† In particular, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder…

Premenstrual Syndrome

What is Premenstrual Syndrome? Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) can be defined as a wide variety of co-occurring symptoms during the days (or weeks) leading up to a monthly period. There can be both emotional and physical symptoms, but the specific combination of symptoms is different for every woman. These symptoms vary in severity but can often…

Miscarriage And Loss

What is a Miscarriage? A miscarriage is the loss of a baby before the pregnancy reaches 20 weeks. Many couples face this kind of pregnancy loss. About 10-20% of recognized pregnancies end in miscarriage. The actual percentage of miscarriages is likely higher as many miscarriages occur very early in pregnancy before the person is even…