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Andraya J. Huldeen, MD, Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics

Andraya J. Huldeen, MD, is an OB/GYN at Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics. Her special interests include birth control and adolescent care, and she was recognized as a 2013 "Best Doctor for Women" by Minnesota Monthly magazine. Click here to learn more about Dr. Huldeen.

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‘It’s time for a serious talk about HPV—the most common sexually transmitted disease’

Posted by Andraya J. Huldeen, MD, Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics on Aug 20, 2019 1:30:00 PM

The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease. Currently, 79 million Americans are infected. Studies using blood tests have concluded that more than 80 percent of adults have been infected at some point in their lives—most unknowingly.* 

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Topics: Women's Health

The cruel coincidence when perimenopause and puberty collide

Posted by Andraya J. Huldeen, MD, Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics on Jul 2, 2019 2:00:00 PM

Andraya Huldeen, MD, Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics, has done the math. She realizes that she and her young daughter Gwen—now age 7—will likely approach perimenopause and puberty at the same time. Perimenopause begins mid- to late-40s and puberty in girls starts between ages 10 and 14. Both involve cascading hormone fluctuations and being an expert on women’s health, Dr. Huldeen is acutely aware of relationship challenges ahead, with a sense of humor about the irony of it all.

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

Posted by Andraya J. Huldeen, MD, Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics on Mar 24, 2015 7:32:00 PM

Examining six facts about heart disease in women

In this “best of HealtheViews” blog about 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.

“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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Is women's hormone therapy harmful?

Posted by Andraya J. Huldeen, MD, Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics on Nov 18, 2014 11:15:00 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, Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics 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

Does breast pain mean I have cancer?

Posted by Andraya J. Huldeen, MD, Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics on Nov 6, 2014 11:00:00 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, Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics 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, Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics 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, Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics 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

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