Infertility Awareness Week - April 23-29

April 23-29th is National Infertility Awareness Week. 

According to the CDC, 1 in 8 couples struggle to build a family in America. 


From The Huffington Post: Taken on April 19th, 1:42PM  

In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week, here are 12 statistics that will open your eyes to the condition.

7.4 Million

The number of women between 15-44 in the United States who have difficulty getting and staying pregnant. That’s 12 percent of all women, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


The estimated percentage of sexually experienced men who have reported seeing a fertility doctor at least once, the CDC reports. 


The percentage of struggling couples in which the male partner contributes to, or is the cause of, infertility, per the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.


The percentage of female infertility caused by tobacco and cigarette smoking, according to ASRM. 

6.1 Million

The number of women who suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome. Affecting 10 percent of women, PCOS is the most common cause of female infertility, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 


The estimated percentage of male infertility cases tied to the most common correctable cause, varicoceles, or abnormal veins surrounding the testicles, according to WebMD. 


The percentage of infertility cases that can be treated by conventional therapies like surgery or medication, ASRM reports...


... while only this percentage of infertility treatments include in vitro fertilization and the like.


The average cost of a single cycle of IVF in the United States, as reported by the ASRM.


The estimated percentage of IVF cycles that produce a live birth.


The percentage of couples that have more than one factor contributing to their infertility as a pair, per ASRM.


The percentage of infertility cases that have no identifiably known cause.


Syphilis among women, pregnant women, and newborns - On the Rise

Congenital Syphilis Surges in the U.S

Syphilis among women, pregnant women, and newborns – Focus on the increases among women and its impact on pregnant women and newborns, as well as what individuals and healthcare providers can do to help. 

What is Syphilis ? 

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that can have very serious complications when left untreated, but it is simple to cure with the right treatment.

  • It’s divided into three stages with primary and secondary (P&S) being the most infectious stages of the disease.
  • Without appropriate treatment, long-term infection can result in severe medical problems affecting the heart, brain, and other organs of the body.
  • Having syphilis also makes it easier to get HIV. 

What is congenital syphilis (CS)?

A disease that occurs when a mother with syphilis passes the infection on to her baby during pregnancy.

How can CS affect my baby?

CS can have major health impacts on your baby. How CS affects your baby’s health depends on how long you had syphilis and if — or when — you got treatment for the infection.

CS can cause:

  • Miscarriage (losing the baby during pregnancy),
  • Stillbirth (a baby born dead),
  • Prematurity (a baby born early),
  • Low birth weight, or
  • Death shortly after birth.

Up to 40% of babies born to women with untreated syphilis may be stillborn, or die from the infection as a newborn.  


Celebrating Women's History Month : Pioneers in Fitness

Celebrating Women's History Month : Pioneers in Fitness

First Female to Complete The Boston Marathon in 1967- after almost being forcibly removed from the start line ! Dr. Eldridge Office Celebrates March as Women's History Month 

March is Women's History Month and We're Celebrating Women in Medicine!

Originally taken from The Huffington Post 2/28/2017 3:43 PM. Women in Health Slide Show 

Dr. Virginia Apgar M.D.

Dr. Virginia Apgar, M.D., (born in 1909, and died in 1974) is best known for developing a standardized system to evaluate the health of babies when they are born. The system, called the Apgar score, was developed in 1952 before the era of fetal monitors and involved looking at the infant's breathing, skin color, muscle tone, reflexes and pulse, according to the March of Dimes. Apgar was also the first woman to earn the title of full professor at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, in the year 1949. She was also director of the division of anesthesia at Columbia, and it was during her time there that she studied specifically obstetrical anesthesia, the National Institutes of Health reported. Ultimately, Apgar went on to become director of the division of congenital effects at what is now the March of Dimes. -- Amanda L. Chan




Today, close to half of medical school graduates are women -- but the first woman to earn an M.D. after her name was Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, who achieved the milestone by graduating from New York's Geneva Medical College on Tuesday, January 23, 1849. Blackwell, who was born in England in 1821 and moved to the U.S. at age 11, also co-founded the New York Infirmary for Women and Children in 1857 and authored important books addressing women and medicine, including "Medicine As A Profession For Women" in 1860, according to her NIH bioThe NIH writes: In her book Pioneer Work in Opening the Medical Profession to Women, published in 1895, Dr. Blackwell wrote that she was initially repelled by the idea of studying medicine. She said she had "hated everything connected with the body, and could not bear the sight of a medical book... My favourite studies were history and metaphysics, and the very thought of dwelling on the physical structure of the body and its various ailments filled me with disgust." Instead she went into teaching, then considered more suitable for a woman. She claimed that she turned to medicine after a close friend who was dying suggested she would have been spared her worst suffering if her physician had been a woman. -- Laura Schocker

Celebrating Women's History Month : Pioneers in Medicine

Antonia Novello M.D 

First Female U.S. Surgeon General


Taken on 2/24/2017  The Huffington Post 

Dr. Novello was appointed to her groundbreaking position as the first female -- and first Hispanic -- surgeon general in 1990 by George Bush. She was inspired to become a doctor by a medical condition of her own that could only be corrected with surgery. However, her Puerto Rican family couldn't afford the procedure until she was 18, according to the National Library of Medicine. During her three years in office, she focused on health issues among women, minorities and children, as well as underage drinking, smoking and AIDS, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Servies. She is recognized for "changing the face of medicine" on the NLM's website. -- SK



Taken on 2/24/2017  The Huffington Post.  


Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler was the first African American woman to earn an M.D. in the United States.

She attended the New England Female Medical School (now Boston University School of Medicine) and graduated with a degree in 1864. After practicing in Boston, Crumpler moved to post-Civil War Richmond, Va., to care for freed slaves who would not have had access to medical care otherwise. Her book, Book of Medical Discourses, published in 1883, was one of the first medical publications written by an African American. While little information survives Crumpler, it is in her book we learn how her compassion for others and drive to enter medicine was inspired. She wrote, "It may be well to state here that, having been reared by a kind aunt in Pennsylvania, whose usefulness with the sick was continually sought, I early conceived a liking for, and sought every opportunity to relieve the sufferings of others.” -- Kate Bratskeir

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We're Going Red For Women's Health Month


Signs of a Heart Attack in Women ... 

Are completely different in women than they are in men. Each Friday, we are "Going Red" with our scrubs to make sure every woman that walks into our office knows about her heart health. 

Here are some of the signs: 

  • Nausea 
  • Pain in your left arm 
  • Shortness of Breath 
  • Sweating 
  • Extreme Tiredness 
  • Chest tightening 

Protecting Your Heart


Are you protecting your heart? 

Approximately 1 woman every minute dies from a heart attack in America. That is 1 in every 3 women according to the American Heart Association. 

This year the Doctors Office of Dr. Eldridge FACOG wants every woman to be prepared to know the signs of a heart attack.  

Besides yearly "Well Women's Exams" from your family care doctor, every woman should routinely check for the following: 

  • Check if heart disease is hereditary in your family 
  • Frequently monitor your cholesterol and fat intake in your diet
  • Get regular exercise. At least 30 minutes per day of brisk walking will do 
  • Commit to stop smoking 

Dial 911 Immediately if you suspect you're having a heart attack.

According to the article "Gender and Heart Disease," by The American Heart Association: 

Women can also have subtler, less recognizable symptoms such as pain or discomfort in the stomach, jaw, neck or back, nausea and shortness of breath. As a result, women are often unaware that what they’re experiencing is a heart attack. So what happens? Women blow off the warning signs, assuming something else is the problem. 

Article Retrived on January 31st, 2017