Lauren Weber
Dr. Lauren Weber is a family practice physician at the Center for Women's Health in Fairfield. She writes a blog on women’s health issues, and shares organic recipes.
Dr. Weber

There is Help for Hot Flashes

I often walk into my office and find a patient fanning herself with a magazine. As I introduce myself, she seems stressed and her face is flushed with perspiration. When I ask if she's OK, I'm told she's " just having a hot flash."

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Quinoa with Fresh Veggies and Black Beans

Interested in a cool but healthy meal? Have I got a recipe for you!

As my family, friends and patients know, I love to share healthy, organic recipes. This is one of my favorites on a hot summer evening. You can fix the meal in advance and then enjoy it chilled.

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Sexually Active Seniors Vulnerable to STDs

Sexually Transmitted Diseases don't discriminate by gender, age or race. In fact, STDs are on the rise among those age 50 and older.

Some of the more common sexually transmitted diseases include syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomonias, herpes, HIV, hepatitis, and HPV (human papillomavirus - linked with certain cancers).

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Want a Wholesome and Delicious Recipe? Try This!

As I've mentioned in my blog before, I have a strong interest in healthy, organic recipes and love to share some of my favorites with readers and patients. If you give them a try, you'll not only be eating healthy, but you'll have some delicious, wholesome choices.

Here's another one of my favorites:

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Do you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

So many patients complain that they do not sleep well. There can be many reasons for the poor sleep.  One of the biggest concerns is obstructive sleep apnea. 

Some of the signs of OSA  are daytime sleepiness (falling asleep watching TV or sitting in a meeting), snoring, witnessed apneas (when breathing stops) waking up with headaches, difficulty concentrating, and non-restorative sleep.

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Here's a Healthy, Wholesome Recipe for You

I have a real interest in healthy, wholesome and organic food and most of my recipes reflect that interest. I thought I'd use this blog to occasionally share some of my favorite recipes with you.

Here's one I like:

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When is Bleeding Abnormal?

Menstrual cycles tend to be naturally irregular at the onset of menses (menarche) and nearing the end of menses (perimenopause). This can be very normal.

A woman can go into perimenopause at any point, but it typically begins in her late 40s.  The average age of menopause is 51.3. Perimenopause can last for years and we can't tell when it will begin or end.

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Lights out

One of the biggest complaints I hear in the office is poor sleep, leading to fatigue.  Most people do not sleep enough or when they do, they do not get quality sleep. There are many reasons for feeling tired. It's best to talk with your doctor to see if it's something that is fixable by changing your sleep habits or whether you have a medical condition.

Poor sleep habits can include staying up too late, getting up too early, over-stimulating yourself with work, television, music, bright lights, electronics and the distressing feelings of what tomorrow will bring. These things can cause us to feel fatigued on a daily basis.

The only two things that should be done in bed are ... sleep and sex. Avoid reading, eating and watching TV in bed.

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HPV: Human Papillomavirus

What is HPV and how does one get it?

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States and it is the leading cause of cervical cancer. There are more than 100 strains of HPV, but the two most virulent and likely to cause cancer are strains 16 and 18.

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Be Smart about Screening for STDs

Women who have been sexually active should also be active in seeking out screenings for Sexually Transmitted Diseases or STDs.

Here are the main tests that need to be done:

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