​Lupus is A Cruel Disease — But Through Living With it, I've Found Balance and Grace
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by Roxanne Lerner
1w ago
As told to Nicole Audrey Spector I was in my late twenties and working a demanding — but wholly fulfilling — job at a large nonprofit in New York City. In addition to dedicating myself to my career, I was also going full force with physical exercise, had an active social life and was deep in a relationship with my now-husband. Life was hectic, but I felt happy. I felt alive. Then the symptoms began. Or maybe it wasn’t that they began. Maybe it was that they just finally reached the point of being unable to ignore. With this disease, it’s hard to precisely define when it all started. I was in ..read more
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FAQs about Lupus
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by Risa Kerslake, R.N.
1w ago
Anyone who’s a fan of the hit TV series “House,” starring Hugh Laurie, knows lupus inevitably came up as a possible diagnosis for the mystery condition of the episode (and they were always wrong, except for that one time). The show is right about one thing — lupus has a wide variety of symptoms, shows up differently in people and stumps doctors. The condition also tends to mimic many different health conditions, including celiac disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Lupus affects 1.5 million people in the United States — and 9 in 10 of them are women. Here’s what you need to know about this auto ..read more
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Good Sex with Emily Jamea: What Is the Coital Alignment Technique?
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by Emily Jamea, Ph.D.
1w ago
Emily Jamea, Ph.D., is a sex therapist, author and podcast host. You can find her here each month to share her latest thoughts about sex. Pick up a book on sexual positions, and even the most in-shape, flexible person is likely to feel intimidated by images that depict bodies twisted into pretzels in the name of sexual pleasure. If you have to read the fine print — or turn the book upside down — to make sense of the mechanics of a sexual position, let me save you some time — it’s probably not worth the trouble. We know that sexual variety is one of the keys to long-term passion, but I promis ..read more
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​What Is a Heart-Healthy Diet?
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by Jacquelyne Froeber
1w ago
February is American Heart Month. Most of us have a favorite comfort food we go to every now and then that’s not exactly healthy (looking at you, potato chips). But what you eat on the daily has a big impact on your heart health. Research shows eating more processed foods (i.e., those dang potato chips), red meat and refined sugar can lead to cardiovascular disease, including heart disease. And heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. Read: Symptoms of Heart Attacks in Women >> Of course, it’s not always easy to choose an apple over an apple fritter, but the wid ..read more
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​Am I at High Risk for Severe Illness from Covid-19?​
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by Marijke Vroomen Durning, R.N.
2w ago
The Covid-19 pandemic is over, but the virus hasn’t gone away. Not as many people are getting sick now that vaccines are available, but the infection can still cause serious illness — and even death — especially if you’re at high risk of severe Covid-19. ​What is severe Covid-19? According to Vidya Sundareshan, M.D., an infectious disease specialist at Southern Illinois University Medicine, the difference between mild, moderate and severe Covid-19 depends on whether you’re admitted to the hospital. Those with mild or moderate illness can be treated on an outpatient basis at home. People with ..read more
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Redefining Menopause: Including Gender-Diverse and Trans People
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by HealthyWomen Editors
3w ago
Everyone who menstruates goes through menopause including gender-diverse and trans people. These three videos offer advice from experts about the LGBTQ+ menopause experience including ways to manage symptoms, find supportive providers and other helpful information. Experts include: Monica Christmas, M.D., OB-GYN and director of the Center for Women’s Integrated Health and the Menopause program at the University of Chicago Medicine, Andrew Fisher, M.D., MBE, medical director of TransCare and OB-GYN at the University of Chicago Medicine, and Traci Kurtzer, M.D., OB-GYN and medical director of ..read more
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Including LGBTQ+ People in the Menopause Conversation
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by Shannon Shelton Miller
3w ago
“Because menopause happens to people.” That’s the phrase that welcomes visitors to Queer Menopause, a website designed to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ experiences in menopause, provide resources and advocate for better education for healthcare providers (HCPs). The statement itself serves as a prominent display of inclusion. Menopausal symptoms can manifest differently for everybody, and the spectrum of LGBTQ+ (including gender-diverse) identities adds additional nuance to an already individualized experience. For people who aren’t cisgender (when your gender identity matches your sex assigned ..read more
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What You Need to Know About Dry Eye Disease
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by Risa Kerslake, R.N.
3w ago
If you’ve ever felt that gritty, irritating feeling in your eyes when they’re dry, you know how bothersome it can be. Dry eyes can happen to anyone, but more than 16 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with dry eye disease, a chronic medical condition that can range from a mild annoyance to negatively affecting your quality of life — and even more go undiagnosed. People with dry eye disease can experience a range of symptoms including eye pain, discomfort, watery eyes, light sensitivity, blurry vision and more. Unfortunately, if it’s not treated, dry eye disease can get w ..read more
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Getting the Right Diagnosis and Treatment for My Dry Eye Disease Was So Frustrating It Made Me Want to Cry
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by Amanda Mott
3w ago
As told to Erica Rimlinger Imagine walking on the beach on a windy day. Sand blows into both your eyes. The sand hurts, itches and no amount of saline will dislodge it. Now imagine living with that sensation every day, for decades. That is my experience with dry eye disease. The symptoms started when I was a sophomore in college. Each morning, as I opened my eyes, I felt my eyelids scrape across my eyeballs like sandpaper. At this point in my life I wore contacts. I constantly poured saline over them: taking them out, rinsing them off and reinserting them. But no amount of saline helped, and ..read more
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​A Patient’s Journey​: How to Navigate Health Insurance for Heart Disease
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by Deb Gordon
3w ago
February 2, 2024, is National Wear Red Day and February is AmericanHeart Month. For the more than 60 million women in the United States living with some type of heart disease, navigating health insurance coverage can be overwhelming. A patient’s journey with heart disease should move seamlessly from diagnosis to treatment, with a strong partnership between the patient and their healthcare provider (HCP). Too often, the HCP’s recommendations must first make it through complicated hurdles put in place by the health plan. If you have heart disease, it’s important to understand your health insu ..read more
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