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What’s a Pap Smear and Why Does It Matter?

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If you’re reading this then you know. You’ve heard it from your mom or daughter or best friend: “Girl, go get a pap smear every year!” Whether you listened (or didn’t…and we really hope you did), pap smears remain the standard of care for our lady bits. That said, we hear you – why  is it so important? Just as important, exactly what is a pap smear? Here’s what you need to know:

What is a Pap smear? 

To perform the test, usually as part of your annual gynecological check-up, your doctor first inserts a speculum to hold your vagina open and uses a swab to collect cells from in and around your cervix, where your uterus opens into the vaginal canal. Still following? Good. The cells that are collected are then put on a slide and sent to a laboratory where they are examined for abnormal cells that might signal cancerous growth. Simple enough, right? A quick in-and-out and you’re good to go!

Why get a Pap smear?

A Pap is typically done in order to look for cervical cancer. New studies show that a Pap smear may also be capable of detecting signs of uterine and ovarian cancers, too. A quick note about the human papillomavirus, or HPV for short: This sexually transmitted infection causes most cases of cervical cancer. By age 50, you have an 80% chance of getting HPV. That’s a pretty significant percentage, ladies. The more dangerous versions give you little or no symptoms, so you might not even know you have it. So, if you’re waiting for a “sign” or a “symptom” – don’t. If you are between the ages of 13 and 26, go get the shots! If you have a daughter between the ages of 13 and 26, send her to get the shots!

As with any tests, treatments or medications, communication is key. Talk to your gynecologist about your personal risks and the best course of action for you. Schedule a pap smear today!

 

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5 Ways To Overcome Postpartum Depression

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You would think that after nine months of a hellish pregnancy, I would be beaming with joy and gratitude for my baby boy. At least I thought I’d be. Instead, I discovered that the week or so after delivery was the hardest time of my life.

I wanted to share my experience to let you know that is okay to seek help. Really. Help is good and sometimes what you have to do to make it through another day. Whether it is postpartum or just the stressors of everyday life – seeking help and leaning on a supportive friend or doctor during a difficult time will make everything so much better.

Read through my tips on how I overcame this heaviness and how you can too. Always remember, this too shall pass.

This is Normal

Queen – remind yourself that nothing is wrong with you. Write it on your mirror if you have to. This happens to the best of us, you’re not alone in this and you definitely are not a failure.  You will power through with the love, support, and the help that you need.

Talk It Out

Now more than ever it is so powerful to lean on your tribe. Reach out to friends, family, or perhaps even a stranger. You won’t believe how many mothers have gone through this. Talking it out will help you feel understood, heard, and even relieved. Everyone has had a different experience and there are plenty of places to get help and advice to get you through this awful time.

Let Perfectionism Go

Being a mother is far from being perfect. Give yourself permission to be human and to make mistakes. You’re doing the best you can…we all are. You simply have to accept that no one is perfect and that some things are out of your control.

Get Out

Take a trip to Target solo or take a spa day to yourself. I know that may feel like the last thing you want to do, but go out anyway. Consider planning a trip with your older children. Whatever it may be, get out of the house and do something fun to take your mind off the blues.

Seek professional help

I wouldn’t have been able to get through those few weeks without my team of doctors. And yes, it was over in a few weeks. If self-help is no longer working, keep your doctor in tune with your feelings and seek the professional help you may need to be yourself again. This is not a sign of being a weak; it’s a sign you’re strong enough to get the help you need.

If you’re struggling with postpartum depression, we’re here to support you. Schedule a consult with us and find out if we’re the right fit for you. Remember: you don’t have to do this alone. 

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3 Simple Habits For A Healthy Blossom

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It’s 2017 and it still feels like folks are tip-toeing around the name – let alone the smells and fluids – of our lady bits. We are all too familiar with the lengthy (and awkward) pause right before the word vagina gets dropped. Or we get phrases like vag, vajayjay, nether regions, hoohaw, cooch…pink panther? Whatever you’re calling it these days, here are three easy and practical ways of optimizing the health and comfort of your pink taco…wait, banana basket? Punani? Oh, never mind.

Wear Cotton Underwear or Go Commando

When it comes to your underwear selection, your vagina has a favorite: cotton. Ever wonder why most underwear come with a thin strip of cotton fabric in the crotch? Because cotton breathes and absorbs moisture, so it’s ideal for your vagina. When you’re lounging around the house, feel free to go commando so you can let things air out!

Say No To Douching

Girl, we get it. Our vaginas each have a unique smell. They can also be very juicy – or not – depending on your body. When you begin thinking that you might need some assistance keeping your blossom clear, think again. The vagina actually cleans itself, she’s a powerhouse! Ditch the douche…really. Studies have shown that using intravaginal hygiene products can put you at increased risk of infections, pelvic inflammatory disease, and STDs. Just don’t do it.

Always Go To Your Annual Exam

A visit to your doctor isn’t just about poking around your cooch, ladies. An annual exam is important for talking about health problems – use this time to chat about using condoms, fertility, and any random sex questions you might have. This is just as important as checking for STDs. So before you switch up your doctor visits, have a conversation about it with your doctor first. If it’s about that time of year, be sure to schedule your consultation today! (link to consult form)

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