Mayo Clinic Health System provides Eau Claire, Wis., and the surrounding communities with a wide range of medical specialties, including comprehensive women's health, OB/GYN, cardiac and trauma care services. As part of Mayo Health System and through its partnership with Mayo Clinic, offers a network of community-based health care providers in several locations throughout west-central Wisconsin including Barron, Bloomer, Cameron, Chetek, Chippewa Falls, Colfax, Eau Claire, Menomonie, Mondovi, Osseo, Prairie Farm and Rice Lake.
Information for Moms
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Mayo Clinic Health System - Women's Health FAQ
Q: What are some steps I can take to reduce airborne allergens in my home?
Household airborne allergens such dust mites and pet dander can be greatly reduced or avoided by taking these precautions:
For dust mites:
- Use allergen-proof bed covers for your pillow, mattress and blankets.
- Wash all bedding in hot water weekly, and choose bedding wisely. Avoid bedcovers that can trap dust easily and are difficult to clean frequently.
- Keep humidity in your house low (about 30 to 50 percent). Air conditioning or a dehumidifier can help to keep humidity levels low.
- Buy stuffed toys that are easy to wash and keep them off beds.
- Use a damp or oiled rag to clean up dust. This will prevent dust from becoming airborne and resettling.
- Remove clutter. Clutter collects dust and will thus collect dust mites.
For pet dander:
- Bathe your pet frequently.
- Establish a pet-free zone, such as the bedroom, to reduce allergen levels in the that room.
- If possible, remove carpeting and replace with tile, wood, linoleum or vinyl flooring.
- Remove dander-attracting furnishings such as upholstered furnitures, curtains and horizontal blinds.
- Ask a family member or friend who doesn’t have pet allergies to clean the kennel, litter box or cage for you.
- Use high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) purifiers and vent filters to reduce airborne pet allergens.
- If your pet can live comfortably outside, make him/her an outdoor pet.
Q: Should I look for any particular ovulation signs if I'm hoping to conceive?
Ovulation signs and symptoms are often subtle. Still, understanding when you're ovulating — and having sex regularly around the time of ovulation — can improve the odds of conceiving.
Ovulation is the release of an egg from the ovary. Ovulation often happens around day 14 of the menstrual cycle, although the exact timing may vary among women or even from month to month.
Ovulation signs and symptoms may include:
Abdominal cramps. For some women, ovulation triggers mild abdominal cramps.
Change in vaginal secretions. Just before ovulation, you might notice an increase in clear, slippery vaginal secretions — if you look for it. These secretions typically resemble raw egg whites. After ovulation, when the odds of becoming pregnant are slim, the discharge will become cloudy and sticky or disappear entirely. Change in basal body temperature. Your basal body temperature, or your body's temperature at rest, increases slightly during ovulation. Using a digital thermometer or a thermometer specifically designed to measure basal body temperature, take your temperature every morning before you get out of bed. Plot the readings on graph paper or in a spreadsheet and look for a pattern to emerge. You'll be most fertile during the two to three days before your temperature rises. In addition, you might want to try an over-the-counter ovulation kit. These kits test your urine for the surge in hormones that takes place before ovulation, which helps you identify when you're most likely to be ovulating.
To maximize your fertility, have sex once a day around the time of ovulation — particularly during the day or two leading up to ovulation.
Q: If you plan to have a baby, how soon after stopping the birth control pill can you conceive?
After you stop taking the pill, you may have only a two-week delay before you ovulate again. Your period would follow about four to six weeks after you take the last pill.
Once ovulation resumes, you can become pregnant. If this happens during your first cycle off the pill, you may not have a period at all. Although this scenario is possible, it isn't likely.
Q: How accurate are home pregnancy tests?
Many home pregnancy tests claim to be 99 percent accurate on the day you miss your period. Although research suggests that most home pregnancy tests don't consistently spot pregnancy this early, home pregnancy tests are considered reliable when used according to package instructions one week after a missed period.
Q: I am not having any luck getting pregnant. When should I see a doctor?
If you're in your early 30s or younger, most doctors recommend trying to get pregnant for at least a year before having any testing or treatment.
If you're age 35 to 40, discuss your concerns with your doctor after six months of trying.
If you're over 40 or have a history of irregular or painful periods, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), repeated miscarriages, prior cancer treatment or endometriosis, your doctor may want to begin testing or treatment right away.
Q: Why bother with fitness during menopause?
Whether you've exercised faithfully for years or you haven't been physically active, physical activity during and after menopause offers many benefits. For example, regular physical activity can:
Prevent weight gain. Women tend to lose muscle mass and gain abdominal fat during and after menopause.
Even slight increases in physical activity can help prevent weight gain. Reduce the risk of breast cancer.
Physical activity during and after menopause can help you lose excess weight or maintain a healthy weight, which may offer protection from breast cancer.
Strengthen your bones. Physical activity can slow bone loss after menopause, which lowers the risk of fractures and osteoporosis. Reduce the risk of other diseases.
During and after menopause, the risk of various chronic conditions — including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes — increases.
Regular physical activity can counter these risks. Boost your mood. Physical activity can improve your psychological health at any stage of life.