Latest stories: Women's Health

House Call: Pap test important for cervical health

Women have become accustomed to Pap smears being a necessary part of adulthood. However, there has been confusion in recent years about when women should begin having this screening test, how often to have one and when to stop having them. Because January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, it is a good time to talk about the many different steps, including Pap smear, you can take to stay healthy and reduce your risk of cervical cancer. A Pap smear is performed with a small brush that looks like a long mascara brush. Cells are brushed from the cervix (the opening of the uterus) and sent to a lab to determine if there are any precancerous or cancerous changes. Read more

Study tracks opioid use among women age 15 to 44

MILWAUKEE – Narcotic painkillers – which can cause birth defects – commonly were prescribed for women of reproductive age, according to new data presented Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The research, which looked at the years 2008-2012, found that 39 percent of women age 15 to 44 on Medicaid and 28 percent of those on private insurance received an opioid prescription. Read more