April is "The Month of the Young Child"!

Month of the Young Child
Celebrate The Month of the Young Child! As parents, we appreciate how unique and fascinating our children are. We treasure each giggle and just-for-nothing hug; proudly bask in each accomplishment, big and small; and savor all the joy, love and laughter they bring into our lives every day. But did you know that there’s a special month dedicate...

What’s the Hubbub about Hummus?

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As you may have seen in the news, Sabra Dipping Co., LLC recently announced that they’re voluntarily recalling approximately 30,000 cases of their Classic Hummus. The reason? Possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious – and sometimes, fatal – infections in young children, frail or elderly people, ...

Our List Of Healthcare Plans Has Grown!

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We’re Now Accepting NH Health Insurance Exchange Plans From: * Maine Community Health Options (newly added!) * Harvard Pilgrim Health Care * Assurant Health In addition to many other health care plans, we are pleased to announce that we’re currently accepting Maine Community Health Options, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Assurant Health ex...

Are Herbal Supplements OK During Pregnancy?

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HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS - ARE THEY OKAY TO TAKE DURING PREGNANCY? By Linda C. Lassonde, MSN, APRN Approximately 18% of adults report that they regularly use herbal supplements and approximately 5-10% of women report taking herbal supplements while pregnant. The most commonly purchased supplements include fish oil, Echinacea, flax seed oil, ginseng, g...

FREE Lotion! Your Skin Will Say "Aaahhhh...."

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Give your skin the T.L.C. it deserves this month with our luxurious Ultrasonic Facial promotion! For all of April, when you purchase an Ultrasonic Facial (a client favorite!), you'll also receive FREE Rejuvenating Body Lotion! Out Ultrasonic Facial is gentle and non-invasive, suitable for all skin types, such as acne, rosacea, and mature skin. It ...

HOT Deal - 50% OFF Bikini Hair Removal!

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Be prepared for the warm weather (it'll be here soon!) with big savings on our Bikini Hair Removal treatments! For the entire month of April, when you purchase any Underarms Hair Removal treatment, you'll also receive 50% OFF of a Limited or Brazilian Bikini Hair Removal treatment. This deal is valued at up to $150! Be sure to make your reservatio...

What Is That Falling Out Of My Vagina?

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By Dr. Fletcher Wilson, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) occurs in as many as 40% of women, most commonly after age 40. One of the most common first symptoms is a bulge protruding from the vagina. Typically one's first reaction to this is terror, but don't worry, there is no need for panic. POP is the result of a laxity of muscles, ...

ZITS! Learn The Technique For Proper Popping!

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How To Pop A Zit by Kristen Herlicka, Esthetician First of all, I don't like using technical terms for zits and describing the medical jargon associated with skin care. I like to speak English. If you want me to behave like a professional with professional language, forget about it. I did that in school. I'm in the real world now speaking ...

Running - A Fantastic Aerobic Activity!

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Why I Run? I started running in college when I was getting sick of aerobic classes. Yes, there was a time before kickboxing, Zumba, Crossfit and Muderella when we only had either cardio or step aerobic classes. Running gave me an efficient workout and I loved seeing that I could run farther and farther the more time I put in. It is not for ev...

What You Should Know About Infertility

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At Bedford Commons, OB-GYN we have helped many women reach their goals towards motherhood. For many, infertility is a reality. Primary infertility is when a woman has never been pregnant. Secondary infertility is when a woman has been pregnant in the past but subsequently cannot conceive. The frequency of primary infertility varies by age group...

Home Birth? Let's get clear ...

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by: Kristen Bannister Well, I'm a gynecologist so my gut reaction is “NO!!!” That being said, home birth is a topic of controversy with valid arguments both for and against it. Certainly everyone involved, whether it is the mother-to-be, the delivering provider (obstetrician, midwife, doula), and partner all want the same outcome: healthy b...

PMS - Beyond Annoying!

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by: Kristen Bannister Have you ever noticed that everyone (and everything) gets so annoying right before your period? Why is that? Many women experience the change in hormones the week or two before your period differently. Some get moods swings and are irritable, some sore breasts and bloating, some acne, fatigue, headache or back/muscle ...

HPV Vaccination or How to Prevent Cervical Cancer the Easy Way

by: Kathryn L. Deason, MD, F.A.C.O.G. HPV: Human Papilloma Virus Vaccination ... When my oldest daughter was in college she received the HPV vaccination during the first year it was introduced. She said to me "I feel proud to be in the first generation of women able to get this vaccine." That is an exact quote, and as a Gynecologist, ...

Anal SEX: What You Need To Know

By: Kristen L. Bannister, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. As with any sexual topic, what is “normal” really is in the eye of the beholder. Anal sex involves inserting the penis through the anal sphincter. The anal area has a lot of nerve endings and, for some, is very erogenous. It is estimated that 5-10% of sexually active, heterosexual women engage in ...

How to add variety to your workout sessions

Here are a few tips from Dr. Danielle on how to spice up your workout with your old DVD's and exercise equipment!

The Importance of Willpower

Dr. Danielle tells the story of a client who willed her way to significant weight loss through healthier eating and exercise. Need motivation to reach a goal?

Breast Cancer Awareness

  During the month of October, you may have noticed lots of pink ribbons being worn on clothing. That’s because October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. But breast cancer is something we need to be aware of all year long. It’s likely that, at some point in our lives, we’ve all had a family member, friend or co-worker who has been...

I Tried to be a Leaf Peeper

I decided that I wanted to take advantage of our NH foliage. After all, I've lived in NH all my life and have taken for granted to some extent the beautiful foliage we have in the fall. I dragged my husband and my 14-year-old son out for a drive along the western half of the state. This is how my mind translated the drive of beauty...   Th...

Making your Birth Plan...

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Should I make a birth plan? It's a question many pregnant women ask their OB/GYN. However, the answer isn't a simple "yes" or "no". So let's start with an even more basic question: What the heck is a birth plan anyway? A birth plan is a way for women to communicate their wishes for labor and birth to their health care provider. It often i...

A Belleza Welcome From Kristen Herlicka

Hi! [Be sure to get your GIFT below] I hope this message finds you enjoying the summer sunshine. I wanted to introduce myself and the newest esthetic services at Belleza Cosmetic & Laser Studio. I studied esthetics at The Laird Institute of Spa Therapy where I completed a 900 hour program in Advanced Esthetics. I also hold a certificate...

Greek Origins of...well...Everything!

My husband and I were laughingly discussing his favorite line from the movie: "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" the other day. That's when the father explains that "everything comes from the Greek". He went on to explain the allegedly Greek derivation of the Japanese word "kimono". That may be a little far-fetched, but when it comes to medical terms, t...

Don't Put Food In Your Vagina!

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One of the common misconceptions about women't health is that yogurt cures yeast infections. How did this idea get started? And why isn't it true?And if there is no benefit from using yogurt in the vagina or on the vulva, are there other food-related products that are useful? First of all, what is a yeast infection? Candida albicans is a fung...

Tell me about Intrauterine Devices...

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In the United States there are currently 3 types of intrauterine devices available for contraception. Intrauterine devices are small T shaped flexible devices that fit in the palm of your hand. They are placed inside the uterus at an office appointment, and the are very effective forms of birth control that are 99% effective in preventing pregnan...

Pregnancy Horrors: Stretch Marks

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Do stretch mark creams really work? Pregnancy does a number on your body, and while some changes are great (hello gorgeous, shiny hair) others can leave a lasting effect that isn't too desirable. Stretch marks are a big concern for some moms-to-be, but do the creams all over the market really work? I can't tell you how much money is spen...

HPV-What's all the fuss about?

If you are over 30, your pap smear is now being screened for HPV (Human Papillomavirus), and if you are under 26, you are being encouraged to get vaccinated for HPV.  If you have ever had an abnormal pap smear, you are tested for HPV automatically.  Why?  What is the fuss about?  Why is HPV so important? What is HPV? Well, we now know...

Get Out of Bed Campaign!

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We all know that exercise is important.  As women, the older we get the more important exercise becomes.  When our metabolism slows down it is very challenging to avoid weight gain by decreasing calories alone.  Exercise burns calories and the muscle we build increases our lagging metabolism. Here is the big questions: when do we fit in th...

Changing Healthcare Providers During Pregnancy?

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Having to change care providers during a pregnancy can be difficult, and potentially stressful for mom-to-be. It doesn't have to be as stressful when you know that there are experienced and helpful healthcare providers right in your own neighborhood here at Bedford Commons. As a bit of history, Bedford Commons OB-GYN has been operating for over 30 ...

What is the Contraceptive Implant Nexplanon?

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The contraceptive implant called Nexplanon is a flexible single rod device that is the size of a matchstick that is inserted just under the skin of the upper inner arm.  It contains the hormone progesterone within in it.  The progesterone is slowly released and works by preventing your ovaries from releasing an egg each month.  This method of bi...

Listeriosis in Pregnancy: No More Peaches?

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There has been a major recall on stone fruits (in particular peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots) sold at stores including Walmart, Sam’s Club, Trader Joe's, Costco, Kroger's and Wegman's between June 1- July 12. The facility which processes the fruits was found to be contaminated with Listeria and thus recalled the fruit for POTENTIAL contami...

We've got a new TV Show!

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Hey Ladies...do you want to change your life in 5 minutes or less? We've been doing some research, and asking women what they truly want from their healthcare providers. One of the answers that kept coming up was that there is a real need for a local source of information for women, from the professionals that can answer all of their question...
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