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Wellness for Washington Women

Prenatal Infection Prevention

Thursday, February 28, 2019 | Dr. Susan Rutherford, MD

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 strep, listeria and campylobacter, rubella, toxoplasma, Zika virus…. Read More

Simple Facts and Myths about UTIs

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 | Joy Jensen, MN, RN

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 the urethra Urethra: opens in front… Read More

The Choice To Breastfeed

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | Joy Jensen, MN, RN

Every woman deserves and has the right to receive complete, balanced, and nonjudgmental breastfeeding and bottle-feeding information. No woman should be pressured into anything with which she feels uncomfortable. Women are strong and capable decision makers and have the right to choose what they feel is best for them and their families. Breastfeeding Positives: There… Read More

Breast Exams – What To Expect And What You Can Be Doing To Screen For Breast Cancer

Monday, October 1, 2018 | Allison Crawford, BSN, RN

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “not counting some kinds of skin cancer, breast cancer in the United States is the most common cancer in women, no matter your race or ethnicity”. With this in mind, breast health is an important component of an annual well-woman exam at 3W Medical for Women…. Read More

Instruments Used And What To Expect During Your Pelvic Exam & Pap Smear

Friday, September 21, 2018 | Dr. Susan Rutherford, MD

The purpose of this blog is to share some details that women may like knowing about having a pelvic exam and Pap smear or other testing. The term speculum is used to describe tools used to look into body orifices, such as the ear canal, nasal canal, vagina and others, each designed for their specific… Read More

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