Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It’s a painful, challenging, and sometimes downright embarrassing condition that can have you running to the bathroom at the worst times. Fortunately, IBS is a very manageable condition with the right care and strategies to help control your symptoms. If you suspect that you have IBS, the first step is to consult with your doctor to determine the best care plan for you. But did you know that there are also some at-home ways to relieve your discomfort? First, what is IBS? IBS is a chronic condition that affects both the stomach and...

Erin Pettis •Feb 26, 2024

When Kim Newcomer began experiencing severe constipation, she initially thought it was related to travel. “Thinking about my week-long vacation with my husband, I figured that travel and unusual food were to blame,” says Newcomer. It would have been easy to dismiss her symptoms or chalk it up to the disruption to her routine — but Newcomer opted to speak with her physician. “I visited my primary care doctor, who ordered an X-ray to check for an intestinal blockage. Finding none, he prescribed laxatives, but the constipation continued,” she said. “As the months passed, I developed...

Zara Hanawalt •Feb 26, 2024

I’m a cardiologist’s daughter, so I’ve spent a lot of my life hearing about heart disease. But even for someone like me — who grew up listening to dinnertime conversations peppered with cardiology terms — there’s a very specific picture that pops into mind when I think about heart health, especially in the context of heart attacks. Societally, we have this idea of who a heart patient is: A middle-aged man. We rarely think about heart health as a women’s health issue, but we need to change that. Because women also have cardiac issues and heart...

Zara Hanawalt •Feb 20, 2024

If you’ve been scrolling TikTok, chances are you’ve seen at least a few creators making the viral “sleepy girl mocktail." The recipe goes a little something like this: Creators fill up a wine glass with tart cherry juice, magnesium powder, and some sort of sparkling water. The viral drink earned its name because some creators claim it can help you get a great night’s sleep. Creators and commenters alike seem to have great success with implementing this concoction to help them sleep — but is there any truth to this, or is the sleepy girl mocktail...

Zara Hanawalt •Feb 12, 2024

When you consider taking a new supplement or medication, it's important to weigh the benefits with the potential side effects. Iron pills are infamous for causing unpleasant side effects such as constipation and general stomach upset. And, when a nutrient is intended to affect your blood health, you may also wonder how it could impact your menstrual cycle.  Often, people with heavy menstrual cycles will be directed towards iron pills, and this can bring up some important questions: Why do I need to take iron? Can it reduce the heavy bleeding? Is it possible to get...

Johanna Modak •Feb 12, 2024

Anytime someone gets pregnant in the movies or on TV, the first thing they’re usually told is that they need to start taking prenatal multivitamins. In the 2007 Oscar-nominated film Juno, for example, as soon as Elliot Page’s character, Juno MacGuff, drops the bombshell that she’s pregnant, her stepmom – played by Allison Janney – leaps into action, announcing that the teen needs, you guessed it, prenatal multivitamins.  Okay, understood, prenatal multivitamins are important during pregnancy. Your physician may even recommend taking one while you’re still trying to conceive. But what exactly makes a “prenatal” different...

Sarene Leeds •Jan 31, 2024

So you and your partner decided to pull the goalie — congrats! You’re one step closer to bringing a baby into this world. But with each month of trying to conceive with no success, the pressure builds, and so does your checklist. Track ovulation, add prenatals, and throw in some CoQ10. Replace plastic containers in the kitchen. Repeat.  Before putting more pressure on yourself, it’s time to look at the other half of the equation: your male partner’s fertility status. Many factors affect how well your male partner performs, and marijuana use is a big one....

Alexa Davidson •Jan 28, 2024

As soon as you decide you’re trying for a baby, the first step (after stopping any birth control you’re using) is to take prenatal vitamins. But with so many supplement types and brands out there, how do you know which vitamins are the right ones for you? There’s a lot of information to wade through.  First, you should know that a key ingredient you need to support a healthy pregnancy is folate, or vitamin B9. It can be found in whole foods like leafy, green vegetables, fresh fruits, peanuts, beans, sunflower seeds, and eggs. However, during...

Mara Santilli •Jan 20, 2024

If you’re doing dry January this month, you may be reaching the point where you feel like breaking down — but stay strong. Observing dry January has some serious benefits, from improving your sleep to even reducing liver inflammation associated with frequent drinking. One month may not seem like much, but experts say it can really make a difference both physiologically and psychologically. It may even help you rethink your relationship with alcohol down the line. And if you’re not doing dry January? That’s okay. If you want to reap those benefits, you can always do...

Zara Hanawalt •Jan 17, 2024

Pickles and peanut butter. Midnight milkshakes and fries. Up to 90 percent of women have intense (and sometimes bizarre) food cravings during pregnancy, which can lead them to drop everything to snack on that “gotta have it” food (or place an emergency Postmates order at 2 a.m.). But did you know that for some women, pregnancy actually makes them lose their appetite?  While less common than other symptoms, loss of appetite is something that women can deal with at the beginning of their pregnancy journeys. And it often happens alongside other early pregnancy symptoms. If the...

Jessie Van Amburg •Jan 15, 2024