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Start the New Year With an Annual Pelvic Exam Jan 1st, 2021

“Have a happy and healthy New Year” is a standard holiday greeting and toast. Although it’s just a saying, we should all heed the advice. What better New Year’s resolution could there be but to be happy and healthy, especially after 2020? One way to start 2021 off in a...

Are You at Risk for Developing Fibroids? Dec 1st, 2020

You may be one of the many women who have uterine fibroids and don’t know it. Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths that form on your uterus. About 20 to 80% of women will have at least one fibroid by the time they are 50, and many have no symptoms. Women...

Do I Have to Just Suffer Through Menopause? Nov 1st, 2020

While every woman goes through menopause, not everyone has to suffer through it. Menopause, which occurs when you have not had your menstrual cycle for 12 consecutive months, is a life transition that some women welcome, and some women dread.  The average age of onset of menopause in the US...

4 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Birth Control Method Oct 6th, 2020

Not ready for kids or don’t want more kids? Fortunately, you can choose from among many birth control options. Unfortunately, the multitude of options can be overwhelming and confusing for many. Birth control is available in short-acting, long-acting, and permanent options. Some you need to take daily, some you need...

Is Leaking Urine When You Laugh or Exercise Normal? Sep 6th, 2020

If you laugh hard at a joke or something funny and you urinate a little, once or twice, you don’t need to worry. If you find that you leak urine frequently when you laugh, sneeze, cough, jog, or do other activities, it’s called stress urinary incontinence. It’s a common issue,...

Common Causes of Infertility Aug 10th, 2020

Infertility means that you haven’t been able to conceive after one year of trying to get pregnant or after six months of trying if you’re over 35. While infertility can be upsetting, the truth is that it’s not uncommon. In fact, about 1 in 8 couples experiences fertility issues. While...

Why You Shouldn't Ignore Heavy Periods Jul 13th, 2020

It may be embarrassing to discuss your menstrual cycle, especially if it’s heavy or irregular. However, you should always share any issue of concern with your Ob/Gyn. Often, a heavy period is a nuisance that interferes with your daily life and full schedule. At other times, it can indicate a...

What Causes PCOS? How Can I Treat it? Jun 9th, 2020

Polycystic ovary syndrome, also called PCOS and polycystic ovarian syndrome, is a common condition among women of childbearing age. Most women become aware that they have it when they’re trying to get pregnant, because PCOS is one of the most common causes of infertility. At Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC,...

The Link Between Obesity and PCOS Apr 17th, 2020

Polycystic ovary syndrome, also called PCOS and polycystic ovarian syndrome, is one of the most common hormonal disorders, from 5 to 10 percent of women of reproductive age. PCOS can lead to irregular periods and fertility issues. Additionally, many women with PCOS are overweight or obese, and obesity exacerbates PCOS...

5 Symptoms of Fibroids and Available Treatments Mar 5th, 2020

Fibroids primarily develop during a woman’s reproductive years, when estrogen levels are at their highest. Approximately 30% of women get fibroids before age 35, and 20 to 80% by age 50.    While fibroids go unnoticed by many women, they often cause ongoing pain. Our compassionate team, including Drew Malany,...

End the Embarrassment: Effective Treatments for Urinary Incontinence Feb 1st, 2020

Urinary incontinence, the constant urge to empty your bladder, can wreak havoc on your life if you are forced to live with it. The experienced team at Women’s Health Care Center in Helena, Montana, provides relief to those suffering from this condition. Drew Malany, MD, Michael Hay, MD, Maria Huntley,...

Make a Resolution for Your Best Health: Schedule Your Well Woman Exam Today Jan 1st, 2020

The new year makes you feel like you have a new lease on life and anything is possible. Everyone makes resolutions to exercise more, eat less, lose weight, and other health improvement-related changes. Not to sound like Debbie Downer, but only around 8% of people actually keep their resolutions. However,...

Who Should be Tested for STDs and How Often? Dec 1st, 2019

Despite the stigma, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are incredibly common. According to the World Health Organization, almost 1 million people across the globe develop a sexually transmitted disease each day. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to tell if you have an STD. Sometimes symptoms mirror those of other conditions (like...

When is Hormone Replacement Therapy the Best Solution for Menopause Symptoms? Nov 1st, 2019

At the end of a woman’s reproductive life, falling levels of estrogen can cause a number of symptoms, including hot flashes and vaginal atrophy. One way to get relief from these menopausal symptoms is with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). The doctors, nurse practitioners (NP), and Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNM), at Women’s...

What Is Unexplained Infertility and What Are My Treatment Options? Oct 1st, 2019

Few things compare to the frustration of wanting to become pregnant and not being able to do so. Infertility is an incredibly complex condition, which is one of the reasons why doctors, even the very best ones, have trouble diagnosing infertility. And even with a diagnosis, it can be difficult...

7 Tips to Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy Sep 17th, 2019

Some women have always known they wanted to have children, while others make the decision after years of careful consideration. No matter which side of the equation you fall on, one thing is probably certain: Once you’re ready to have a baby, you’re ready!  But before you jump feet-first into...