General Health

What is Sickle Cell Disease? What You Need to Know

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a serious health condition that runs in families and can shorten life. In the United States, it affects more people who are black or African-American than other racial or ethnic groups. SCD, sometimes called sickle cell anemia, causes...

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Signs and Treatment

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a collection of symptoms such as cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. Most people with IBS can ease symptoms with changes in diet, medicine, and stress relief. For some people, IBS symptoms are more severe....

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) Fact Sheet

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the name for a group of problems that includes swelling, pain, tingling, and loss of strength in your wrist and hand. Women are three times more likely to have CTS than men. What are the Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Typically,...

How Stress Affects Women: Causes, Signs, and Stress Management

Everyone has stress. Even everyday events, such as planning a meal or making time for errands, can be stressful. This kind of stress can make us feel worried or anxious. With all that women have going on in their various roles, it seems almost impossible to find ways...

What is Caregiver Stress?

Approximately 43.5 million caregivers have provided unpaid care to an adult or child with an illness, injury, or disability in the past year. Caregiving can be rewarding, but it can also be challenging. Stress from caregiving is common, and women especially are at...

Lupus: Facts and How to Manage Symptoms

Lupus is a lifelong autoimmune disease. With autoimmune diseases, the body’s immune system cannot tell the difference between viruses, bacteria, and other germs and the body’s healthy cells, tissues, or organs. Because of this, the immune system attacks and destroys...

Graves’ Disease: Causes, Symptoms, Risks, & Treatments

Graves' disease is an autoimmune disease that damages the thyroid gland. It’s the most common cause of hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland) affecting more women than men. Symptoms of the disease may include: bulging eyes reddened skin and weight loss....

Iron-Deficiency Anemia: What Women Need to Know

Iron-deficiency anemia is the most common type of anemia. Anemia is when your body’s red blood cells don’t work correctly, or your body doesn’t have enough red blood cells. Iron helps bring oxygen to the rest of your body. More women than men are affected by...

Toxic Shock Syndrome: Facts, Causes, and Symptoms You Need to Know

What is Toxic Shock Syndrome? A 16-year-old teenager died on a school field trip from toxic shock syndrome (TSS) in March 2017. The death appears to be linked to the teen’s tampon use. But what is toxic shock syndrome? And why is it linked to tampons? The young...

Uterine Fibroids – What Do I Need to Know?

Fibroids are extremely common and affect more than 60% of women. However, even though it sounds a bit frightening that so many women have tumors in their uterus, fibroids rarely turn into cancer and having them doesn’t mean you’re more likely to get uterine cancer....

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