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Ask an Expert: Alcohol and breast cancer risk

Q: I enjoy a glass of red wine with dinner each night and thought it was good for my health.  Now I hear having a glass of wine each day can increase your risk of developing breast cancer.  Is that true?

Answer from the expert staff of the Ruth J. Spear Breast Center at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center:

Ask an Expert: Balancing cardio workouts with active recovery

Q: Would it be a bad thing to do daily cardio workouts without any days off? I've been doing about 20 to 50 minutes of cardio a day for the past three months in hope of getting results quickly. I don't want to delay getting my new body, but I also don't want to cause any problems.

Ask an Expert: Beginning an exercise program

Q: "Year after year, I make a New Year's resolution to start exercising. And I never keep it up past about March. What can I do differently this year to finally succeed?"

Ask an Expert: Benign breast lumps and breast cancer risk

Q. I recently had a benign breast lump removed. It turned out to be a “fibroadenoma,” and my doctor said it was totally benign. Still, I’m worried – does this mean I’m at an increased risk of breast cancer?

Answer from the expert staff of breast cancer research at the Robert W. Franz Cancer Research Center at Providence Portland Medical Center:

Ask an Expert: Bouncing back after time off from exercise

Q: How long does it take to get out of shape? I couldn’t exercise for a while in December, and am wondering how much my fitness level may have declined. When I get back to the gym, how long would it take to get back in shape?

Ask an Expert: Breast cancer growth rate

Q: How long does it take for breast cancer to grow? My doctor just examined my breasts a month ago (no lumps), and today I found a lump. Is it possible that breast cancer could have developed so quickly?

Answer from the expert staff of breast cancer research at the Robert W. Franz Cancer Research Center at Providence Portland Medical Center:

Ask an Expert: Breast self-examinations

Q. I’m a young woman who tries to do breast self exams (BSE's) every month. But I often put them off because they make me so nervous. I just heard that not all health care organizations recommend monthly BSE's. What do you say?

Answer from the expert staff of breast cancer research at the Robert W. Franz Cancer Research Center at Providence Portland Medical Center:

Ask an Expert: Can I have my period and still be pregnant?

Q: “Can I have my period and still be pregnant?”

Ask an Expert: Can vitamin D prevent breast cancer?

Q: “A friend forwarded an article to me suggesting that vitamin D can reduce the risk of getting breast cancer. Is this true?”

Answer from Alison Conlin, M.D., medical oncologist, Providence Cancer Center:

Ask an Expert: Controlling Urge Incontinence

Q: "You know how when little kids realize they need to go to the bathroom, it needs to be now? I've become that way: I need to go often, and there's no delaying – otherwise I end up with an adult version of 'an accident.' I'm afraid of ever being very far from a restroom! Am I stuck with this for the rest of my life?"

Ask an Expert: Exercise to increase metabolism

Q: How much time do I need to devote to exercise each week to make a positive impact on my metabolism?

Ask an Expert: Exercising at the right intensity

Q: What intensity should I aim for in my cardio workouts?

Ask an Expert: Fatherhood after 50

Q. “I’m a 55-year-old male who is thinking about becoming a father. Does my age present any risks to the baby? My wife is 41. We are both in excellent health.”

Ask an Expert: Getting pregnant after…

Q: How long should I wait to get pregnant after…
  • Having a medical procedure involving anesthesia?
  • Taking prescription medications?
  • Getting travel immunizations?
  • Undergoing chemotherapy?
  • Having uterine fibroids removed?

Ask an Expert: Group B strep

Q. What is “Group B strep,” and how do I know if my unborn baby is at risk?

Ask an Expert: Headache Pain Relievers

What pain medicines are safe to use for headaches? With all the recent recalls and new safety warnings, I’m worried that I may be risking a stroke or heart attack every time I take something to get rid of a headache.

Ask an Expert: How do I get started on an exercise program if I’ve been a couch potato all winter and spring?

Q: The weather has been so bad, I’ve basically been a couch potato. Now that the weather’s improving, I want to get out this weekend and get active. How should I begin an exercise program?

Ask an Expert: How many calories should I drink each day?

Q: “How many of my daily calories should come from beverages? I realize that the calories in my daily lattes and occasional sodas, sports drinks and beers add up, but are there any actual guidelines on what, and how much, we’re supposed to drink every day?”

Ask an Expert: How much strength training should I do?

Q: “I am a 47-year-old woman, I weigh 155 pounds, and I am very physically active. Currently, I do more cardio than strength training. How many times a week should I be doing strength training?”

Ask an Expert: Losing the love handles

Q: “I’ve been working out for three years, focusing mainly on weight lifting, and I’m starting to get bulkier and to gain muscles. However, I still have some visible body fat. My ultimate goal is to become very lean and ripped. What is the best and fastest way to lose the fat – especially the love handles?”

Ask an Expert: Men and miscarriage risk

Q: “Could it be possible for the male to be at fault for miscarriages? I’ve had two pregnant women in my life: The first woman had two miscarriages, and the second had one. Is there something wrong with my sperm?”

Ask an Expert: Pets and newborns

Is there any truth to the rumor that cats will suck the breath out of babies? And are there any other reasons we should find new homes for our pets before we have our baby?

Ask an Expert: Preeclampsia risk in pregnancy

Q. "I am 40 and am, unexpectedly, expecting for the fourth time. In my last pregnancy seven years ago (same father), I gave birth three and a half weeks early due to preeclampsia. What is my risk of developing it again? Is there anything I can do to minimize my risk?"

Ask an Expert: Pregnancy past 40

Q: I just turned 40 and my husband and I would like to have a baby. What are the risks and what would you advise to optimize our chances of having a healthy baby?

Ask an Expert: SIDS

Q: What exactly is SIDS, and why does sleeping on the back prevent it?

Ask an Expert: Smoking and fatherhood

Q. “My wife and I are talking about conceiving a baby. I have been using marijuana and smoking cigarettes for about ten years. My wife has never smoked anything. Before we do this, I want to know if I should quit for a month or so to make sure that our children won’t have birth defects or problems later in life. My wife seems to think that what I do doesn’t matter, and that it’s only what she does that affects the baby. I’m not so sure. I want to do the right thing.”

Ask An Expert: Taking Estrogen for menopausal symptoms

Q: Ever since a hysterectomy, I've taken estrogen to help with menopausal symptoms and to prevent heart disease – my mother died of a heart attack. But I heard about a study that said estrogen doesn't really protect against cardiovascular problems. What's going on?

Ask an Expert: Ten tips for a healthy pregnancy

Q. “I'm pregnant! This will be my first child. In your expert opinion, what are the top 10 things I should do to ensure a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby?”

Ask an Expert: The benefits of aerobic exercise

Q: "My husband does a lot of strength training, but refuses to include any aerobic exercise in his routine. I'm worried that he's losing out on some important health benefits, but he doesn't buy it. Can you convince him?"

Ask an Expert: Vitamin K shots for newborns

Do all babies need a vitamin K shot? I don’t like the idea of sticking a needle in my newborn.

Ask an Expert: Weight gain after workouts

Q: "I’ve been working out for about three weeks now, and I have actually gained weight. Is this normal? What should I do if it isn’t? I eat right, and my workouts consist of 30 minutes of cardio followed by 30 to 40 minutes of weight lifting, five days a week.”

Ask an Expert: What’s safe to take during pregnancy?

Answers from Angela Keating, M.D., board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist with Providence Medical Group Columbia Women's Clinic.

Ask an Expert: When is nipple discharge a concern?

Q: “I am concerned about some discharge from one of my breasts. If I squeeze the nipple, I get a dark greenish fluid. Sometimes it also occurs spontaneously. I mentioned this during my last physical exam, but my mammogram appeared to be OK. Should I do anything else, or just wait for my next mammogram? If it’s nothing to be concerned about, what is causing it?”

Ask an Expert: Which is better in a workout: Intensity or duration?

Q: "I just purchased an elliptical trainer, and after three weeks of 30-minute routines every other day, I’m finding that staying in my ‘target heart rate’ zone is too easy. A higher level feels right – rigorous, but not too hard. The trouble is, at this rate, I am working at my ‘maximum heart rate’ – about 150 to 176. Would I be better off staying with my current high intensity level, or backing off on the intensity and doing a longer workout?"

Ask an Expert: Women's heart attack symptoms and what to do

Q: A friend forwarded an email to me about what to do if you're alone and you think you're having a heart attack. It says that coughing hard will squeeze the heart and keep the blood flowing until you can get help. It also says that women may experience strange symptoms, like a pain in the jaw, instead of chest pain. Is any of this true? Answer provided by Suzanne M. Hall, M.D., FACC, medical director of Providence Women and Heart Disease Program at Providence Heart and Vascular Institute, and cardiologist with Columbia Cardiology Associates.

Domestic Violence Resources

No one is immune to domestic violence or an abusive relationship. It can happen to anyone. It happens to men and women of all ages, from all cultures, across all socio-economic groups.

Stress increases the likelihood that a potential abuser will turn violent. Knowing the warning signs and resources available could save someone's life. Pretending that warning signs don't exist will only make a situation more dangerous. If you or someone you know may be in a dangerous relationship, please seek help immediately.

Prolapse and Pessaries: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Recently I have felt pressure in my vagina and even something that seems to bulge out when I walk around or bear down. Are my insides falling out?

Tips to Keep Your Bladder Healthy

Simple behavior modifications may improve the symptoms of overactive bladder.

Urinary Incontinence: Questions & Answers

The medical term for involuntary loss of urine or stool is “incontinence,” and there are several types. Stress incontinence and urge incontinence are among the most common.

Women and Memory Loss

Forgetfulness tends to increase with age, but there's a big difference between normal absent-mindedness and the type of memory loss associated with Alzheimer's disease. 

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Heart Disease: A Woman's Concern

One in every three American women develops heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women.

New Guidelines for Mammography Screening

Breast health experts at Providence Health & Services recognize the importance and complexity of counseling women on breast health and screening recommendations. In November 2009, the US Preventive Services Task Force issued updated guidelines for breast cancer screening. These new recommendations have been met with uneven acceptance from various foundations, professional organizations and breast health providers.

We have reviewed these new recommendations carefully and have engaged a number of concerned providers, physicians and women’s health advocates in order to gain consensus around this important issue. In general, Providence endorses the thorough, professional and evidence-based effort put forth by the USPSTF and recognizes these are difficult issues to analyze.

New Patient Forms: PMG-Hood River Women's Clinic

To prepare for your visit with Dr. Elaine Adsit, Michele Bouche CNM, or Dr. Robin Henson please bring this completed form with you for your initial appointment. In addition we will also need your photo ID and current medical insurance card.

PMG- Hood River Women's Clinic Obstetrics Visit Forms

If you are an established patient at our clinic, and are preparing for your next follow-up visit, please complete these forms and bring them with your to your next appointment. In addition we will also need your photo ID and current medical insurance card.

Postpartum Guide

The postpartum time brings many physical and emotional changes. This guide will help answer questions about the changes in your body and about your postpartum care. It is not meant as a substitute for professional medical care. If you have questions or concerns, be sure to talk with your doctor, nurse midwife or family maternity nurse.

Postpartum Guide (En espanol)

El tiempo posparto trae consigo muchos cambios tanto físicos como emocionales. La presente guía le ayudará a contestar preguntas sobre dichos cambios en su cuerpo así como de su atención posparto. 

Prenatal appointment schedule for Portland midwife clinic

We care for you throughout your pregnancy. Click here to view the schedule for your prenatal visits with Providence Maternal Care Clinic.

Preparing for your delivery: Resources for new mothers and families

Ready to have your baby? Here's everything you'll need to prepare for delivery at a Providence hospital or medical center.

Providence Women and Children’s Health Research Center brochure

The Providence Women and Children’s Health Research Center conducts research designed to improve the health of women, newborns and children.

Request a Mammogram Appointment

Following the American Cancer Society guidelines, women are advised to have a screening mammogram every year after their 40th birthday. Most health insurance plans cover mammography expenses. Financial counseling is available for those without insurance.

Risk Factors for osteoporosis and fractures

Fill out this quick risk assessment, based on National Osteoporosis Foundation recommendations for bone density testing, to learn about your risk for osteoporosis.

This is your brain on menopause

Menopause is called “the change” for good reason: Women go through significant changes in our bodies, culminating in the end of our monthly periods.

Proprietary Health Article

A Discussion About Incontinence

The medical term for involuntary loss of urine is "urinary incontinence," and there are several types; stress incontinence and urge incontinence are among the most common.

Ask an Expert: Menopause and Incontinence

Q: I've recently gone through menopause, and on top of everything else, I seem to be losing bladder control. I have little leaks of urine when I sneeze or laugh hard. Is this related to menopause? Is there anything I can do about it?

Ask an Expert: Pregnancy and Incontinence

Q: Since I’ve been pregnant, I have been occasionally leaking urine. Will this stop after I have my baby? Can I do anything to avoid it now?

Ask an Expert: Shape up this summer with expert exercise advice

Everyone gets motivated to get more active when the summer sun comes out. Before you get started, make sure you’re setting yourself up for success and preventing injury by considering these tips from our experts.

Don't Make Me Laugh (or Run, Sneeze, Cough!)

If you leak urine when you laugh, sneeze or cough, you have what we call “stress incontinence.” It happens when extra pressure is placed on the abdomen which, in turn, puts pressure on the bladder. Coughing, sneezing, laughing, lifting heavy objects, playing tennis, running and jumping are examples of activities that can cause stress incontinence.

Hormone Replacement Therapy: Answers to your questions

For some women, menopausal symptoms can be very uncomfortable, leading to loss of sleep, mood swings, hot flashes and diminished sexual satisfaction.

Managing Menopause: Options beyond HRT

In May 2002, the National Institutes of Health announced that it was halting the arm of it’s Women’s Health Initiative study that measured the effects of combined estrogen-progestin therapy (Prempro).

Managing menopause with: Botanical therapies

If you’re interested in trying botanical options for managing menopause, phytoestrogens and black cohosh may be your best bets.

Managing menopause with: Dietary changes

Modifying your diet can significantly improve your menopausal symptoms and decrease your risk of serious disease.

Managing menopause with: Exercise

Women who exercise regularly have fewer menopause symptoms. “Maybe it’s because they get all their sweating done in one fell swoop!” Dr. Ferrier jokes. “We really don’t know why, we just know it works.”

Managing menopause with: Hormonal therapies

For many menopausal women, combined estrogen-progestin therapy remains a reasonable treatment choice, Dr. Ferrier says.

Managing menopause with: Weight control

Weight gain is a common symptom of menopause. It’s frustrating when your old pants no longer fit – but more importantly, increased weight contributes significantly to risk of heart disease.

Menopause and sleep…or not

By the time women hit their 50s, sleep is something that many of us no longer take for granted. 

Providence midwives pair traditional practices with technology

Midwifery has long been an option for women wanting to deliver their babies with minimal medical intervention. Providence Health & Services has paired the personal support of midwifery with the modern comforts of a hospital since 1993.

Tapping into maternal instincts: Empowering women through midwifery

As a pregnant woman, you have options. You can see an obstetrician, a family medicine doctor or a midwife for pregnancy care. Sometimes, you may see a combination. So, how do you decide which choice is right for you? Lisa Chickadonz, a nurse-midwife with Providence Maternal Care Clinic, is a great source of perspective on the midwife experience. 

Recommended Resource

CDC Guidelines for Vaccinating Pregnant Women

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s information page about vaccinating pregnant women and associated risks.

Clackamas Women’s Services Crisis Line

Our mission is to foster self-empowerment of women and children so they can establish lives free of domestic and sexual violence.

Call: 503-654-2288

Domestic Violence Relationship Questions

 Do you wonder if your relationship may be abusive? Ask yourself the questions below. If you answer 'yes' to more than a few, you may want to take a closer look.

Domestic Violence Safety Plan

The following steps can help me protect myself in case of further abuse.

Domestic Violence Safety Planning

If you are in an abusive relationship, you may need to leave quickly. Having a safety kit packed and ready to go is important.

EPA: Health Effects of Exposure to Secondhand Smoke

Secondhand smoke is a mixture of the smoke given off by the burning end of a cigarette, pipe, or cigar, and the smoke exhaled by smokers. Secondhand smoke is also called environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) and exposure to secondhand smoke is sometimes called involuntary or passive smoking. Secondhand smoke contains more that 4,000 substances, several of which are known to cause cancer in humans or animals.

Healthwise Learning Center: Fitness and exercise

Physical activity is not just for jocks. It's for everyone. Being active can help you stay healthy, control your weight, and get the most out of life. No matter what your age or condition, there is a type of exercise that's right for you.

How to Talk with Someone Who Is Being Abused

If you know someone who is being abused by their intimate partner, you can do many things to make a real difference. Most battered women who are offered help deeply appreciate it, even if they don't say so.

National Library of Medicine: Toxoplasmosis

The National Library of Medicine’s Medline Plus site providing information about toxoplasmosis, causes and treatment.

National Osteoporosis Foundation

The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) is the leading consumer and community-focused health organization dedicated to the prevention of osteoporosis and broken bones, the promotion of strong bones for life and the reduction of human suffering through programs of public and clinician awareness, education, advocacy and research.

National Stroke Association: Women and Stroke

Stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer every year –

However, women in a recent survey believed breast cancer is five times more prevalent than stroke and 40 percent of women said they were only somewhat or not at all concerned about experiencing a stroke in their life.

Postpartum depression

Having a baby brings many dramatic changes—changes in your lifestyle, your sleep, your hormones and your views of yourself and your family. It is not surprising that mood swings and feelings of sadness, resentment and self-doubt accompany your delight in your new baby.

The Women’s Health Initiative

The Women's Health Initiative (WHI) is a long-term national health study that focuses on strategies for preventing heart disease, breast and colorectal cancer and fracture in postmenopausal women.

Women's Healthcare Associates: Northwest Perinatal Center

Providence understands the importance of having a healthy, satisfying and successful birth experience. We partner with the best clinics in the state to provide you with an ease.