Managing family stress during the holidays
When you invite extended family members for a holiday event, know that they may bring a wealth of opinions along with gifts and well wishes. If you are already dreading your next big family event, take a deep breath and strategize so that you can be present and focus on enjoying the best of the season.
Ask Sofia: What should I expect in my annual exam?
Also known as a well visit, your annual exam will encompass your current health status, a breast and pelvic exam, general check of height/weight/blood pressure, information on vaccinations, potentially a Pap test, and a chance to discuss topics from birth control to mammograms to menstruation to family history. This preventative and diagnostic exam provides an annual health baseline and a chance to connect with your doctor.
Clinic Corner: Pelvic pain part 2
In addition to vulvodynia, chronic pelvic pain without an identifiable cause, and vaginismus, involuntary muscle contraction of the pelvic floor and difficulty allowing vaginal penetration, pelvic pain can spring from a variety of issues. For example, endometriosis, urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted diseases and fibroids can all contribute to pelvic pain.
Increasing your emotional intelligence
Even as the world gets more technical and wired, the softer skill of emotional intelligence or EQ is more important than ever. During October’s Emotional Intelligence Awareness Month, we wanted to focus on the relationship between our emotions, minds and bodies while taking time to highlight the importance of emotional intelligence and healthy emotional development.
Why flu shots are so important
Flu shots are critically important for individual, family and community health.
Not only can a flu shot save your life, but they can also reduce sick days, prevent doctor’s visits and hospitalizations, and support overall herd immunity. An annual vaccine, updated each year to address current flu strains, is the best way to prevent influenza.
Celebrating the First Weeks of Fall
Autumn arrived in beautiful fashion on Sept. 22, with temperatures cooling, leaves turning and the sun shining. Whether you were wistful about saying farewell to summer or thrilled to usher in the new season, there are many ways to celebrate and recognize these first days of fall.