March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month


Dull aching and cramping can occur during menstruation in many women and teens, due to uterine contractions and the release of various hormones, including those known as prostaglandins. However, period pain that becomes so debilitating it renders you unable to go about your normal routine is not ordinary or typical! Pain is your body’s way of signaling that something is wrong. If you are suffering from pelvic pain, an Endometriosis diagnosis should be considered.

Do you have Endometriosis? Review the following questions and consider if they apply to you. Print this page, fill in the appropriate More >

What is Black History Month?

Black History Month celebrates contributions made by African Americans and people of African descent around the world. It was started by an African American man named Dr. Carter G. Woodson in 1926.  Back then, it was called Negro History Week and was celebrated the second week of February.  Now it is celebrated for the whole month of February in the United States and Canada, and the month of October in the United Kingdom.

Why was Black History Month started?

Dr. Woodson studied African American culture and encouraged other people to study it, too. He felt it was important for people to More >

Health Conditions Common in African-American Women

Of all minority groups, African-Americans have the most, and many times the largest, differences in health risks when compared to other minority groups. African-Americans have more disease, disability, and early death as well. The illnesses and diseases featured here are among the top health concerns facing African-American women. Many of these problems are chronic, which means they last a long time, sometimes forever. Yet, many also can be prevented.

Lack of health care plays a large part in some of these problems. African-American women are less likely to receive health care. When they do get care, they are more likely to More >