Women's Health

  • Another Reason to Ditch the Pill

    Listen up, ladies: If you’ve got a knee injury, using birth-control pills may hinder your healing time. “Women have four to eight times more knee ligament injuries than men, even when playing the same sports,” says Ross Hauser, MD, a rehabilitation specialist in Chicago.

    By Joe Wallace
  • Your Natural Treatment Plan

    Adding complementary therapies to your treatment plan can both improve your prognosis and help you feel better. Integrative oncologists agree that when it comes to breast cancer, conventional therapies such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation may be unavoidable. But the following holistic strategies offer healing benefits.


    5 holistic approaches to help beat breast cancer
    By Meghan Rabbitt
  • Surviving Breast Cancer Together

    One sunny Friday in August, my wife called me at work. She’d just had a mammogram, and a no-nonsense radiologist told her, “Sure looks like cancer to me.” Here’s what I should have said: “Honey, you must be terrified. I’m coming home right now. We’ll get through this together.”

    A relationship can be put to the test after diagnosis and through treatment. How one man learned to stop "fixing" and start listening.
    By Marc Silver
  • Un-Cramp Your Style

    If you don’t experience menstrual cramps, consider yourself lucky. For the rest of us, “that time of the month” involves a clenching pain that causes us to miss more than our share of work and school days. To some extent, cramping is a normal part of the menstrual cycle, but the pain shouldn’t be (and doesn’t have to be) debilitating.

    Put an end to menstural pain without meds.
    By Hillari Dowdle
  • Postpartum Energy Loss

    According to ayurveda, it isn’t just the sleepless nights that are zapping your strength; the vata dosha becomes dominant in the first six weeks after childbirth—known as the postpartum period.

    I just had a baby and can’t seem to regain my energy. What can I do?
  • HRT Alert

    Here’s one more reason to avoid hormone replacement therapy: New research shows that women who take hormones to ease their transition through menopause greatly increase their risk of having abnormal or inconclusive mammograms.

    By Rachel Odell
  • Yoga Rx: Endometriosis

    The severe pain and heavy bleeding associated with endometriosis impacts nearly 5 million US women. While there’s no cure, yoga can help manage pain. Try these poses from Yoga for a Healthy Menstrual Cycle by Linda Sparrowe (Natural Solutions’ editor-in-chief) and Patricia Walden (Shambhala, 2004).

    By Nora Simmons
  • The Arnica Cure

    The cheery yellow flowers of Europe’s native arnica plant (Arnica montana) have “had a place in folk medicine for hundreds of years,” says Laurie Steelsmith, ND, LAc, author of Natural Choices for Women’s Health (Three Rivers Press, 2005), “helping those who suffer from bruises, contusions, joint pains, or any kind of physical trauma.” We no

    By Victoria Dolby Toews, MPH
  • The End of the Period?

    Some see menstruation as a curse that dashes vacation plans, cramps our bellies (and our styles), and wreaks havoc on our emotions. Others embrace it as a welcome sign of health and an integral part of womanhood. But in an age when a pill exists for everything, a growing number of women look toward one that can render their menstrual cycle something else entirely: optional.

    What you need to know before you stop the flow.
    By Lisa Marshall
  • The Fertility Diet

    It doesn’t seem all that tricky. But in the US, baby making has turned into one of the most earnest endeavors of the 21st century. More than 6 million women of childbearing age have trouble getting pregnant, and infertility affects an estimated one in 10 couples.

    10 foods to boost baby making
    By Lisa Turner