| Posted On Sep 14, 2021 | By:

Your Teen’s First Visit to the Gynecologist

Dr. Lilja Stefansson, OBGYN at Atrius Health, answers sensitive questions with straightforward answers.

Dear Dr. Stefansson, my daughter is 13 years old and recently started her period. When does she need to have her first gynecology visit? – GrowingUp2Fast

Dear GrowingUp2Fast, this is an excellent question, and I wish I heard it more often! The adolescent years can be a challenging time where our kids are “not really children,

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| Posted On Jun 17, 2021 | By:

You’re Tracking Everything Else, Why Not Your Fertility?

So many people I know are tracking step counts, sleep cycles, nutrients and what they eat, heart rates, and more. However, most of the women I talk with have never learned that their bodies have observable, trackable signs of fertility. There is so much more than just the date of the last menstrual period. Knowing and using these signs can help women and their partners either avoid or achieve pregnancy, no added chemicals needed! Tracking these signs can also help women notice changes in their health earlier and seek care if needed.

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| Posted On Feb 26, 2013 | By:

A “Regular Cycle:” It’s All Relative

Talking about irregular periods first requires establishing what is and is not “regular.” When asked how long a woman’s menstrual cycle should be, most people would answer 28 days. But that’s just an average – very few women have 28 day cycles, and fewer still have 28-day cycles every single month, time and time again.

For most women, cycles run anywhere from 21 to 34 days, so defining regularity needs to be defined in terms of what is right for you.

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| Posted On Jan 07, 2013 | By:

Should I Be Worried About Breast Pain?

Breast pain, or mastalgia, is very common. Research indicates that nearly 70% of women will experience breast pain at some point in their lives. Breast pain can occur at all ages and stages of life, although it is most commonly seen in women entering the peri-menopausal phase.

Breast pain is rarely a symptom of breast cancer. While the exact cause of breast pain is not known, many of the factors likely center around hormonal fluctuations. 

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