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Wellness for Washington Women

Quick Facts about Amenorrhea

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Joy Jensen, RN, MN, Clinic Nurse Manager Susan Rutherford, MD, Medical Director Amenorrhea means the absence of menstruation. The menstrual cycle comes about due to hormonal increases, decreases and interactions.  Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) are made by the brain and send signals to the ovaries, where estrogen and progesterone hormones are… Read More

A Rundown on Vaginitis

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Joy Jensen, MN, RN, Clinic Nurse Manager What is Vaginitis? Vaginitis in an inflammation of the vagina that can result in discharge, itching, abnormal discharge and pain. Infection is the most common cause of vaginitis, but it may also result from poor hygiene, an allergic reaction, exposure to vaginal irritants or low estrogen levels (especially with… Read More

Menstruation and Women’s Health

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Joy Jensen, MN, RN, Clinic Nurse Manager Evidence-based research indicates that most women do not understand how their bodies, hormones, and menstrual cycles work.  Many women lack health literacy, or awareness of the behaviors that affect their general and reproductive health over the course of their lives, such as nutrition, weight, sleep, stress, and exercise. Finally,… Read More

Prenatal Infection Prevention

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Dr. Susan Rutherford, MD, 3W President & Medical Director  One of February’s national health observances is Prenatal Infection Prevention. We suggest that you learn more, such as through The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( ). Some of the infectious agents harmful to unborn babies are: chicken pox (varicella), cytomegalovirus, fifth disease (parvovirus), group B… Read More

Simple Facts and Myths about UTIs

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Joy Jensen, MN, RN, Clinic Nurse Manager  Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) occurs when any part of the urinary tract become infected by bacteria. Kidneys: produce urine while filtering waste products from the blood Ureters: two tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder Bladder: a balloon-like structure that empties by pushing urine out through… Read More

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