Women's Health

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.  


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