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After attending Hardin Simmons University, Kay Dean finished her formal education with the Institute of Children's Literature. Since 1995, Dean has written more than 2,000 articles for publications, including "PB&J," Disney’s "Family Fun,""ParentLife,""Living With Teenagers" and Thomas Nelson’s New York Times best-selling "Resolve." After 17 years of homeschooling her five children, Dean discovered that motherhood doesn’t stop with an empty nest.
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The process of growing from infancy to girlhood, young adulthood and old age is significantly impacted by both the presence and absence of natural hormones. A woman's hormones tell her body when to enter puberty, when to prepare for and feed a baby and when the child-bearing years should cease. Hormones regulate her monthly periods and influence her moods, sex drive and complexion. They are also linked to significant diseases such as breast cancer, osteoporosis and heart disease.
Laugh lines, frown lines, crows feet, glabellar lines -- they are all facial wrinkles that are common to both men and women. Women, unfortunately, tend to get more and deeper wrinkles around the mouth than men do, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. A wide variety of products claims to reduce the appearance of wrinkles visibly, but the effectiveness of over-the-counter medications is limited, due to the minimal amounts of active ingredients. Effective wrinkle treatment usually requires a prescription.
Teething is an important part of childhood development. Infants use their sensitive oral faculties to explore their environment and will gum and chew any object they can fit into their mouths. Primary teeth, sometimes referred to as baby teeth, are essential for helping children chew their food and learn to speak. Baby teeth also serve as a placeholder of sorts for the permanent teeth that will emerge later.
Most people will experience an acne breakout at one time or another. The most common skin condition in the United States, it afflicts up to 85 percent of all teenagers, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Acne is not limited to teens: People of all ages can have a breakout. While acne is not a debilitating or life-threatening condition, it can have serious emotional repercussions, particularly when it results in deep, unsightly scars.
Wrinkles are part of the natural aging process. There are plenty of causes, including exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun, reduced production of skin oils, natural thinning of the skin and the loss of deep-layer body fat that comes with age. Sometimes the repeated facial expressions you make every day can contribute to lines and wrinkles around your eyes, forehead and lips. Many women, and a fair number of men, elect to treat their lip wrinkles with Botox.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer among women, excluding non-melanoma skin cancers. Breast cancer is the second most deadly form of cancer among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. The survival rate for breast cancer is significantly higher in women who are diagnosed at earlier stages of the disease.
Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. It afflicts up to 50 million Americans each year, including approximately 85 percent of the teen population, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. The unsightly pimples, nodules, cysts and scars that may accompany an acne breakout usually don't qualify as a serious health issue, but they can cause significant emotional and psychological distress. Many myths surround acne, including the idea that some foods can cause it.
Breast cancer is a catchall phrase for a number of different types of cancer of the breast, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The type of breast cancer that develops is dependent upon the type of cells within the breast that develop into cancer cells. Breast cancer is the second most prevalent form of cancer among women in the United States, exceeded only by nonmelanoma skin cancer.
Lice are small, crawling insects that infest and feed on human hosts. Contrary to earlier speculation, the presence of lice does not indication a lack of good personal hygiene. Lice are spread through person-to-person contact, and if one member of a household becomes infested, lice can spread rapidly throughout the entire family. All types of lice can usually be controlled with over-the-counter treatments, but occasionally a prescription medication may be required.
Acne is the most common of all skin conditions among Americans, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. There are a lot of myths surrounding what causes acne. While no one is sure of the exact cause, the AAD believes a combination of excess skin oil, clogged pours, inflammation and P. acnes bacteria is the source. Moderate to severe acne can result in unsightly changes in skin pigmentation and scars, which may be effectively treated with laser technology.
Approximately 40 to 50 million Americans suffer from acne, according to 2009 information from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Additionally, each year, 85 percent of U.S. teenagers will have acne an breakout. Most cases of acne are mild and you can effectively treat them with readily available over-the-counter medications. Moderate to serious acne cases typically require professional medical intervention and sometimes result in unsightly scars. Contemporary surgical techniques can help diminish the appearance of acne scars.
Myths about sexual activity during pregnancy abound, but the idea that sex will harm the baby or the mother, or that the baby somehow "knows" mommy and daddy are having sex, are simply false. Unless there are complications such as a history of miscarriage or leaking amniotic fluid that may prompt your health care provider to advise against it, sexual activity during pregnancy is normal, natural and healthy. Whether you desire sex while you are pregnant is a different matter altogether.
Breasts are significant features of the female anatomy. Girls may start to develop breasts as early as 8 years old, but breast development may not start until the early teens. Most women's breasts are fully developed by the time they reach their early 20s, and breast size will remain fairly stable, though it may fluctuate due to overall weight gain or pregnancy. Breast size is unique to each woman and is generally dictated by genetics.
Pregnancy results in a whole lot of changes in a woman's body. You may expect normal pregnancy changes like an expanding uterus and enlarged breasts, but you might not consider other common factors like your heart rate speeding up from around 70 beats per minute to around 90 beats per minute, or the need to urinate much more frequently. One positive side effect of pregnancy is the tendency of your hair to grow lush and full. Unfortunately, like the rest of your body, this returns to normal after the baby is born, too.
Menstruation or your monthly period, is a normal, natural part of womanhood. Most young American women get their first period when they are about 12. Women who do not experience their first period by the time they reach 16 years are said to have primary amenorrhea. Secondary amenorrhea refers to the condition of women who have had a menstrual period, but whose periods have stopped. Secondary amenorrhea is usually the result of pregnancy, but there are other reasons a woman may not have a period.
Breast reduction surgery, technically referred to as reduction mammaplasty, is usually performed on fully mature women whose breasts are overly large. Mature women may wish to have breast reduction surgery to alleviate back and neck pain, rashes or infections under their breasts. Teens with overly large breasts may have their own particular reasons for wanting to have breast reduction surgery.
Menopause, sometimes referred to as the change of life, is a normal, natural part of every woman's life cycle. Menopause is the stage of life when female fertility ends. It is marked as occurring once a woman has gone 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period. A number of symptoms may accompany the change of life including hot flashes, night sweats and weight gain, particularly around the abdomen.
There are plenty of skin disorders that can trouble in teens ranging from seborrheic dermatitis, or dandruff, on the top of their heads, to tinea pedis, or athlete's foot, at the tip of their toes. The most common skin problem facing teens is acne vulgaris, known in teen vernacular as pimples, zits, whiteheads or blackheads. Around 85 percent of teens will suffer from an acne breakout every year, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
When it comes to getting a laugh or getting pregnant, the same adage is true -- timing is everything. The ability to conceive is predicated on a number of factors, including the sexual health and maturity of both partners. Once a male enters puberty, his fertility remains relatively stable, and he maintains the ability to father children into old age. A woman's fertility is a much more delicate condition that ebbs and flows with her monthly cycle.
Menopause, sometimes referred to as the change of life, is not a disease, disability or medical condition. It is a normal, natural part of every woman's life cycle. By definition occurring 12 months after a woman's final menstrual period, it marks the end of her reproductive fertility. While menopause may signal a change of life, it may be viewed as a new beginning.
Oral contraceptives, usually referred to as birth control pills, are a convenient, safe and effective means of preventing unwanted pregnancies. Birth control pills can be more than 99 percent effective when used correctly, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Birth control pills can become effective within seven days of beginning a regular regimen, and the contraceptive effects typically wear off soon after discontinuing their use.
Some parents first learn their children have vision problems after they start attending school, when the teacher sends home a note saying little Johnny is having trouble seeing the blackboard. Up to 10 percent of pre-school children have vision problems, many of which can be corrected if caught early enough through vision testing and screening. The American Academy of Pediatrics advocates childhood vision screenings begin as early as the newborn period.
Breast cancer can can afflict both men and women, but it is far more prevalent among women. It is the second-most commonly diagnosed type of cancer among women, exceeded only by skin cancer. Massive breast cancer awareness campaigns and improved early detection and treatment methods have contributed to a steadily increasing survival rate for breast cancer victims, but the medical community is still not sure of the causes of breast cancer in women.
Menopause, sometimes referred to as the change of life, is a normal, natural part of the aging process -- not a disease or medical condition. Menopause refers the end of a woman's reproductive fertility when a woman's ovaries cease to produce viable eggs and is marked as having occurred 12 months after her final menstrual period. Women can prepare for the change by starting a healthy exercise, diet and lifestyle routine.
Menopause, which is sometimes referred to as "the change of life," is a normal, natural part of the aging process for all women. It is defined as the end of fertility and is marked as having occurred 12 months after a woman's final menstrual period. Menopause occurs after all the eggs in a woman's ovaries have been exhausted, rendering a naturally occurring pregnancy impossible.
Shakespeare once declared that a man during his lifetime would play seven parts; the infant, the schoolboy, the lover, the soldier, the justice, the elder and second childhood. Shakespeare may not have written about it, but women play just as many parts and their bodies change dramatically during the different stages of their lives that include adolescence, which is marked by the onset of menstruation and fertility, and menopause, which signals the end of fertility.
The female breast is a subject of intense contemplation by both men and women. Breasts serve the natural function of producing milk to nourish our young, but they represent so much more, particularly when it comes to attitudes regarding femininity and sexuality. Contemporary Western culture celebrates large breasts as an ideal. As a result many women express dissatisfaction with the size of their breasts and seek natural means, such as exercise, to make their breasts larger and firmer.
Breasts are made of milk glands, called lobules, milk ducts and fatty tissue. This fatty tissue increases as overall body fat increases, and it decreases when body fat is lost. There is no such thing as spot fat loss, so when you shed those extra pounds you will likely lose fat from your breasts as well. There is not much you can do to prevent loss of breast size as you lose weight, but there are some techniques that can help keep them looking perky.