Women's Health

  • Heart Matters

    If you’re thinking, “Why should I worry about heart health?” here’s a reality check: A third of Americans already have some form of the condition. Even if you don’t have a family history of cardiovascular problems, you should take steps to protect your ticker. Why? Because your heart rules the health of every other system in your body.

    Heart disease is still the No. 1 killer of women. Try these 19 simple ways to lower your risk today.
    by Kate Hanley
  • Ask The Doctor: Symptoms of Perimenopause

    Accuracy among saliva hormone levels and serum (blood) hormone levels is similar, so there’s no need for both tests. That said, a growing number of physicians feel salivary testing, which evaluates cyclical hormone levels, is superior to serum testing because saliva reflects which hormone actually gets into the tissue.

    I’m in my late 40s and experiencing symptoms of perimenopause, so I would like my hormone levels tested. I’ve heard that saliva tests are more accurate than blood tests. Is this true?
    Answered by Kimberly Wilson, NMD
  • Yeast Infection Protection

    If you’ve ever had a vaginal yeast infection, you’re all too familiar with the telltale symptoms that make it so miserable: itching, burning, swelling, painful urination, and an unpleasant white discharge.

    Natural ways to prevent and cure Candida.
    By Larissa Long
  • Yeast Infection Protection

    If you’ve ever had a vaginal yeast infection, you’re all too familiar with the telltale symptoms that make it so miserable: itching, burning, swelling, painful urination, and an unpleasant white discharge.

    Natural ways to prevent and cure Candida
    By Larissa Long
  • Ask The Doctor: Lymphedema

    Luckily, there are several ways to relieve the painful arm and leg swelling caused by secondary, or acquired, lymphedema. This condition, which affects an estimated 3 million cancer survivors, occurs when lymph nodes are damaged or removed during surgery or radiation treatment causing lymph fluid to accumulate in the tissues.

    Q. I’ve been suffering from lymphedema ever since my lumpectomy. What can I do to relieve the pain and swelling
  • How I Beat Breast Cancer

    For Maria Claudia White, integrative therapies played a crucial role in helping her fight this battle. Here, her journey to recovery.
    As told to Erin Quinn
  • 8 Ways to Prevent Breast Cancer

    According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight US women will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives. This staggering stat could equal two members of your soccer team, three women in your yoga class, or five faces you see in a busy sushi joint. Fortunately, there are several natural ways to potentially lower your breast cancer risk.

    By Melaina Juntti
  • Ask The Doctor: Irregular Periods

    First off, keep in mind that regular is relative. Many women believe that if their periods don’t come every 28 days, something is wrong with them. But if you have a consistent cycle of 35 or even 40 days, that’s normal for you.

    I’m 40, and I still have irregular periods. Is this normal? I don’t want to take the Pill, but what else can I do to regulate my cycle?
    By Teraona Low Dog, MD
  • Fertility-Friendly Foods

    Culling wisdom from time-honored traditions, Nina Planck, author of Real Food for Mother and Baby (Bloomsbury USA, 2009), offers four simple rules to conceive by:

    By Meghan Rabbitt
  • Embracing Menopause

    My mom has been right about everything. About the high school typing class that would come in handy later and the boyfriends who would surely fall from the trees for me as soon as I turned 18. She was right about travel, careers, and babies. So naturally I was inclined to believe her about menopause.

    One woman shares her quest to make it through “the change” without the hot flash and weight gain horror stories her mom warned her about. Learn how you can embrace this rite of passage...
    By Julie Tilsner