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I'm Worried About Blood in My Urine Oct 1st, 2022

You look down to see that your urine is tinged pink or appears downright red, and you realize that there’s blood in your urine. Naturally, you’re concerned.  For women, the presence of blood in urine is fairly common and can be the result of a number of different conditions, some...

5 Types of Prolapse and How They're Treated Sep 1st, 2022

Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is incredibly common. Up to half of women in the United States develop some degree of this condition. In most cases, POP is asymptomatic, but if the issue advances far enough, problems can develop. As women’s health experts, Dr. Denise Molina Furlong and our team here...

Why Do I Have Urinary Incontinence? Aug 1st, 2022

Both men and women in the United States can develop urinary incontinence — about a quarter to a third of the adult population, to be exact. Unfortunately, women account for a greater percentage of these numbers for a wide range of reasons. If you’re struggling with urinary incontinence, Dr. Denise Molina Furlong and our team here at Chicago...

How Your Pelvic Floor Changes After Pregnancy Jul 1st, 2022

Throughout your pregnancy, your body underwent some significant changes to accommodate your growing fetus. Like the 3.5 to 4 million women who give birth each year in the United States, it may take a little time for everything to return to normal, and there may be a new normal. One area that’s...

Tips for Life After Menopause Jun 7th, 2022

Menopause is an inevtiable transition that all women make as they pass from their reproductive years into their non-reproductive years. In fact, each year in the United States, 1.3 million women become menopausal, which can lead to a number of changes in their physical and mental health. As women’s health experts, Dr. Denise Furlong and...

Reasons Why You Keep Getting UTIs May 11th, 2022

The pain of a urinary tract infection (UTI) is bad enough, but the need to be within steps of a bathroom is no small hassle to deal with either. If you find yourself with frequent UTIs, you want to do all that you can to avoid the problem in the...

Recognizing the Signs of Pelvic Organ Prolapse Apr 12th, 2022

Under normal circumstances, your pelvic floor ensures that the many organs housed inside your pelvis are in their proper places. If this floor weakens, organs can prolapse, or slip downward, which can lead to a number of different issues, depending upon which organ moves. Called pelvic organ prolapse (POP), the...

Which Type of Urinary Incontinence Do I Have? Mar 14th, 2022

The first thing to understand about urinary incontinence is that you’re far from alone. About 1 in 4 women in the United States struggles with the involuntary leakage that is the hallmark of urinary incontinence.  While there may be some comfort in knowing you’re not alone, it does little to help you overcome this...

How Menopause Affects Your Mental and Emotional Health Feb 14th, 2022

While some women sail through menopause with ease, most others experience side effects that range from mildy disruptive to life-changing.  If you’re struggling with mental and emotional issues due to menopause, you’re not alone. The North American Menopause Society reports that 23% of peri- and postmenopausal women experience mood changes....

Heavy Menstrual Bleeding: Understanding Common Causes and Your Treatment Options Jan 1st, 2022

Menstrual bleeding that lasts longer than seven days or occurs with a heavy flow is called menorrhagia. This relatively common condition affects over 10 million women in the United States every year. While about 50% of women experience heavy menstrual bleeding without a specific medical cause,  it can indicate a...

Menopausal Hot Flashes Jun 16th, 2020

Hot flashes are a common complaint in menopause and the time before menopause, which can start as early as 40 years of age. Hot flashes are random and sudden feelings of warmth which typically begins in the chest and ascends to the face. Your skin might redden, as if you're...