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What Women Should Know Before Choosing the Pill – Part 1: Weighing the Risks and Benefits

Informed women know that understanding risks and benefits can help them when it comes to deciding what is best for them. This is especially true when it comes to taking the Pill or any hormonal contraception. If you are one of the 61 million women in the US [1] who have used hormonal contraception or…

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Pregnancy Symptoms

Am I Pregnant? 12 Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms to Look For Have you been experiencing bodily changes? Do you think you may be pregnant? This can be a puzzling time as it is. To add to the confusion, many pregnancy signs and symptoms can have causes unlinked to pregnancy. You should know that the early…

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Pregnancy Calculator

If you’d like to estimate a due date, please use our pregnancy calculator. We provide comprehensive pregnancy services through 20 weeks gestation.  COLFS Medical Clinics provide free professional pregnancy tests at our licensed medical clinics.  We can provide ultrasound services, prenatal care and pregnancy support. We accept insurance and offer discounted medical services if you…

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What Kind of Pregnancies are “High Risk?”

According to UCSF (University of California, San Francisco), High Risk complications occur in only 6-8% of all pregnancies.  The terminology “High Risk Pregnancy”, is used by the medical community to indicate a need to watch these mothers (and babies) more carefully; to provide special care to ensure the best possible outcome. A pregnancy may be…

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Pregnancy Tests

Pregnancy Tests: When a woman suspects she is pregnant, a common concern is when to take a pregnancy test and how effective the results are.  Here at COLFs, we want to provide you with the most accurate information regarding pregnancy tests.  There are three ways to determine pregnancy: at home tests, a blood test, and an ultrasound.    Taking…

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Post-Partum Depression

Post-partum depression (PPD) or the “Baby Blues” is more common than many people think.  More than 20% of women are diagnosed with post-partum depression by their doctors every year, while many more cases continue to go undiagnosed.  PPD is a serious condition that often starts during pregnancy. Although many women go through the normal anxieties and fears of having…

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STDs and Pregnancy 

STDs and Pregnancy   Being diagnosed or suspecting you have an STD while being pregnant can be a very scary thing to deal with.  If you have been diagnosed with an STD and have found out you are pregnant, it is important to seek medical treatment right away.  Many women assume that the disease will automatically be passed down to their…

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Miscarriage

About 10-20% of pregnancies end in a miscarriage spontaneously, that is, without a known cause.  It is a recurring medical concern for some women that many providers don’t address, and both men and women are often left wondering if they did something wrong and blame themselves for it occurring. Many people do not know how…

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Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

Eating well-balanced meals is important at all times, but it is especially essential when you are pregnant. There are crucial nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that your developing baby needs. Most foods are safe, however, there are some foods that you should avoid during pregnancy. Raw Meat, Deli Meat, Fish with mercury (shark, swordfish, king mackerel,…

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Ectopic Pregnancy

An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy that implants anywhere outside of the inner lining of the uterus. While the fallopian tubes are the most common location for an ectopic pregnancy, it can also implant in the abdominal cavity or cervix. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), ectopic pregnancies occur in about 1…

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