National Infertility Awareness Week

April 25, 2011

1 in 8 women and men are diagnosed with infertility. National Infertility Awareness Week® (NIAW) is a movement that began in 1989.  The goal of NIAW is to raise awareness about the disease of infertility and encourage the public to take charge of their reproductive health. This year’s theme is “Bust a Myth” and their goal is to make the conversation much easier between the infertility community and their family and friends.

Who gets it?

 Infertility is a medical problem. Approximately 30% of infertility is due to a female factor and 30% is due to a male factor. In the balance of the cases, infertility results from problems in both partners or the cause of the infertility cannot be explained.

 

What are the risk factors?

  • Weight
  • Age
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
  • Tubal Disease
  • Endometriosis
  • DES Exposure
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol

What are the signs and symptoms?

Often there are no signs or symptoms associated with an infertility problem. Listening to your body and getting regular checkups will help to detect a problem. Early detection and treatment of a problem are often critical in achieving successful pregnancy outcomes later.

To learn more visit: http://www.resolve.org/national-infertility-awareness-week/home-page.html


Prom Safety Tips

April 18, 2011

Prom is one of the most memorable experiences of high school, however it can also be one of the most dangerous experiences as well. Some students feel pressured to drink, smoke, use drugs or have sex on prom night by friends or the media. Below we have listed some tips for having a fun and safe time at prom!

Prom Tips:

1)    Don’t Go to Extremes to Get in Shape– Many students will go on crash diets before prom to try and lose weight, resulting in unhealthy habits. Instead students should: eat lots of fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water and exercise regularly.

2)    Don’t Use the Tanning Bed- There are plenty of tanning lotions and self-tanners that can be applied to get the same effects, without exposing your skin to the dangerous UV rays.

3)    Travel Safely- Always wear a safety belt. Don’t drink and drive, and don’t get in a car with a driver who has been drinking.

4)    Plan Ahead-If you plan to go to an after-prom party, go with a friend to ensure each other’s safety. Avoid using alcohol and drugs.

5)    Respect Yourself- Respect yourself and others, avoid alcohol and drugs, and tell family or call 911 if you or someone you know is being abused.

 

Above all, trust your instincts and have fun!


Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

April 11, 2011

Of the many health differences between men and women, many may not be aware of the fact that women are more affected by eye disease and other eye conditions than men.

Eye disease strikes women far more frequently than men, which is why women should take time to learn about protecting their sight in April—Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month.

  • Two thirds of blindness and visual impairment occurs in women
  • Three quarters of visual impairment is estimated to be preventable or correctable
  • One third of age-related macular disease and cataract may be due to smoking

To learn more visit:

http://preventblindness.org/

http://www.womenseyehealth.org/


April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 4, 2011

Sexual Assault Awareness Month,  is an annual campaign that strives to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. This year’s campaign, “It’s time … to get involved,” incorporates a bystander approach to sexual violence prevention and encourages everyone speaking up as another prevention method. This primary prevention approach helps to create environments where people are safe in their relationships, families, neighborhoods, schools, work places and communities.

This year’s campaign brings together resources and information, thus offering everyone the opportunity to address behaviors before sexual violence occurs.

To learn more visit: http://www.nsvrc.org/saam