I don't feel like having sex; is there something wrong with my libido?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Nov 20, 2014 1:20:00 PM

Myths about libido and women's sexual dysfunction

If you’re a woman and you don’t feel like having sex, it’s common to think that something’s wrong with you. But before you continue to stress about it, you should know that low libido is the most common type of female sexual dysfunction. Andraya Huldeen, MD, who has addressed several women’s health myths in previous articles, says low libido is likely to strike at some point in every woman’s life. Dr. Huldeen is an OB/GYN at Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics, and she estimates that she discusses low libido with at least one patient every day.

This is the seventh article in our blog series about women’s health myths, in which Dr. Huldeen discusses the reality of libido and sexual dysfunction in women.

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Is women's hormone therapy harmful?

Posted by Andraya J. Huldeen, MD on Nov 18, 2014 11:15:28 AM

Myths about hormones and tips for managing menopause

Women who want to take an active, thoughtful role in their own health care are often concerned about the possible dangers of hormones in treating symptoms of menopause. So what’s the real story here? Andraya Huldeen, MD, an OB/GYN at Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics, has been helping us explore various women’s health myths in a 10-part blog series.

In this post, we clarify the myth that hormones are dangerous, and offer some tips to deal with hot flashes, as well.   

No need to suffer in silence.

If menopausal symptoms are compromising your quality of life, Dr. Huldeen encourages you to talk to your doctor about treatment options. “We have hormonal and non-hormonal options,” she notes. “Hormones do have some risks, but they are not nearly as significant as many patients think.”

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Why is it so hard to lose weight?

Posted by Andraya J. Huldeen, MD on Nov 13, 2014 9:27:33 AM

Women and exercise myths

“I’m exercising, so I should lose weight, right?”

Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Most women have been taught to believe that losing weight is an expected and obvious outcome of exercising. The fact is though, exercise results can be very different for women than for men, and the same holds true for dieting. In this article, the fifth in our 10-part series on women’s health myths, we’ll explore common myths about women’s exercise, and we’ll top it off with some weight loss tips.

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, Women's Health

Something’s falling...out – now what?

Posted by Dr. Michael Valley on Nov 11, 2014 11:35:00 AM

What women need to know about pelvic organ prolapse

Michael Valley, MD, is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology with a specialty in Urogynecology. He practices at Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics. 

Pelvic organ prolapse is a condition that affects many women. In fact, about half of all women between the ages of 50 and 79 have some form of prolapse. Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when there is a weakness in pelvic support, so that pelvic organs are not held in a correct position. Risk factors include increasing age, giving birth, smoking and chronic lung disease, and lifestyle factors, like obesity or a very strenuous job.

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Topics: Women's Health

Does breast pain mean I have cancer?

Posted by Andraya J. Huldeen, MD on Nov 6, 2014 11:00:42 AM

Three things you should know about breast cancer in women

Breast cancer is receiving a tremendous amount of publicity these days. That’s a good thing, because it raises awareness. But Andraya Huldeen, MD, notes there are still many myths surrounding breast cancer in women that need to be dispelled. In this fourth part of our 10-blog series on women’s health issues, she helps us look at two fundamental myths – one that assumes the worst, and one that ignores the problem.

The worst case scenario: I have breast pain, it must be cancer.

“Most breast cancer is not painful,” says Dr. Huldeen. “That’s part of the problem. If it hurt, women would come in and we would find it sooner.” Often, she points out, breast cancer shows no symptoms.

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How do I know if I'm having a heart attack?

Posted by Andraya J. Huldeen, MD on Nov 4, 2014 12:05:00 PM

Examining six facts about heart disease in women

“I’m so nauseated and tired, I must be coming down with something.”

If you’re a woman and you feel this way, you could be “coming down” with a heart attack. Since it’s literally a life-and-death matter, it pays to know the facts and myths about heart disease in women, which can be very different from men.

In this third part of our 10-article blog series on women’s health issues, Andraya Huldeen, MD, has some advice for all women about your heart. Dr. Huldeen is an OB-GYN at Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics.
“Heart disease is a top killer of women,” says Dr. Huldeen. “It’s not just a man’s disease. “ Unfortunately, studies show barely more than half of women recognize that heart disease is their number one killer. These sobering statistics from the American Heart Association should make you think more seriously about your own risk and how you can lower it by improving your heart health:
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What should I know when I'm pregnant?

Posted by Andraya J. Huldeen, MD on Oct 30, 2014 10:08:00 AM

Three pregnancy and miscarriage myths and tips

This is the second in our 10-part blog series on women’s health issues. Today, we’ll share some pregnancy tips and myths from Andraya Huldeen, MD. An OB/GYN at Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics, Dr. Huldeen isn’t simply an expert on pregnancy tips and myths; Minnesota Monthly named her one of the 2013 “Best Doctors for Women.” 

Myth: “If I get an epidural, I will end up with a C-section.”

Epidurals do not cause C-sections. They are the most common pain relief used in the United States for women in labor. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says epidurals are given to about 61 percent of women who deliver one baby vaginally.

Dr. Huldeen says women with longer or harder labors are much more likely to request an epidural. Labor is usually longer or more difficult because the baby is not ideally positioned or is bigger in size.

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Topics: Women's Health

Three common fertility myths debunked

Posted by Andraya J. Huldeen, MD on Oct 28, 2014 10:01:00 AM

Fertility tips and myths for women's health

This article kicks off our new 10-part series on women’s health myths. There is a great deal of information available about women’s health issues, from any number of sources, and of course women tend to talk with one another about everything from fertility tips to diets. But the “facts” they share aren’t always accurate.

With this series, we hope to set things straight for women who want to take an active role in promoting and maintaining their own health.

Today, we’ll get some fertility tips from Andraya Huldeen, MD, and dispel three common myths about women’s health. 

Myth #1: “If I go off birth control in May, I’ll be pregnant by September.”

It takes the average couple three to six months of “trying” to get pregnant, so there is some basis for this myth, but taking longer than six months doesn’t necessarily mean you have a problem.

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Topics: Women's Health

Break free: Bladder health questions answered

Posted by Dr. Michael Valley on Oct 24, 2014 11:22:48 AM

Is it normal for aging women to develop bladder leakage?

As women get older, it is common for bladder and pelvic floor problems to develop. Female bladder leakage, or urinary incontinence, affects 18 million women in the United States alone. But more than half of these women wait at least one year before to seeking help. Although these issues are common, it’s not “normal” to have a leaky bladder or pelvic floor problems at any age. Further yet, one in four women wait over five years before seeking help. No woman should have to go through life feeling embarrassed or in discomfort; there are easy ways to minimize these bladder health issues.  

Treatment is available

As women age, urge incontinence becomes more common. This occurs when one gets an urge to go, without sufficient warning, and has an accident prior to getting to the bathroom. Women with this complaint often report coming home after being out and getting a sudden, strong urge as soon as they come in the driveway. Knowing the bathroom is close, they are unable to make it to the bathroom without leaking. Urge incontinence can sometimes be treated with pelvic floor exercises but may also require a medication. These medications can have side effects, such as dry mouth, but there are multiple medications that women can use. There are other treatments available if a medication doesn’t work, such as injecting Botox into the bladder using a scope. Botox works by relaxing the bladder muscle so that it doesn't contract without warning. This procedure is done in the office with local anesthesia only.

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Topics: Women's Health

Strength training tips for beginners

Posted by Sandra Hanson, ATC, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties on Oct 21, 2014 10:38:23 AM

Getting started: strength training 101

If you aim to lead an active lifestyle, strength training can be an effective way to stay in shape, reach your fitness goals and lose weight. Sandra Hanson, ATC, is an athletic trainer and exercise physiologist at Ridgeview Rehab Specialties in Chaska, Minnesota. With expertise in sports performance enhancement, medically supervised weight loss, adolescent nutrition and emergency care, she shares some advice on how to strength train.

Cardiovascular exercise, strength training and flexibility are all necessary components of a well-rounded fitness program. Strength training generates the most questions. Most people can easily accomplish their cardio regimen, but they struggle to develop a comprehensive strength-training program.

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Topics: Women's Health, Fitness/activity, Wellness

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