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ADPKD and Pregnancy: What Are the Risks?

Is it safe to have kids when you have this form of kidney disease? Here’s what you should know.

By Stephanie Stephens

How to Explain Endometriosis to Your Partner

Explaining endometriosis, a chronic pain condition of a woman’s reproductive system, to your partner can be daunting. Learn how one woman did it and get her three main tips for starting the conversation.

By Julie Ryan

Breastfeeding With a Disability: What You Need to Know

About 12 percent of American women who are of reproductive age have a disability. If you want to breastfeed your baby and you have a disability, these tips and strategies can help.

By Robin Elise Weiss, Ph.D.

Endometriosis and Birth Control: My Experience

When Julie found out she had endometriosis, she tried different hormonal birth control options to lessen symptoms and pain. Here’s what worked for her.

By Julie Ryan

Women Are More Likely to Have Chronic Disease

Find out what chronic disease is costing American women — in finances and life — and what we can do to prevent it.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

How Well Are You Managing Life With Metastatic Breast Cancer?

Take this test to learn about areas in your life — like nutrition, stress and side-effect management, and more — where you may need extra support.

By Lara DeSanto

Mother’s Day When You Can't Have Children

Mother’s Day is a day of celebration — but for those who can’t bear children because of a chronic condition like rheumatoid arthritis, it can be a struggle.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Why Is Thyroid Disease the Butt of the Joke?

Comedians and jokesters have turned “fat-shaming” into “thyroid-shaming,” and it’s not OK.

By Mary Shomon

Home DNA Tests and Privacy: A Primer

Remember: Reputable companies will ask permission before they share your information with others.

By Carmen Roberts, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.

Surround Yourself With a Thyroid Support Team

HealthCentral thyroid writer Mary Shomon introduces her thyroid support team members and explains why they're so important.

By Mary Shomon