Viewing posts for the category Reproductive HealthFolic Acid is a vitamin B and is used to help the body manufacture healthy new cells. Folic acid and "folate" mean the same thing. Folic acid is a manmade form of folate. Folate is found naturally in some foods. However most women do not get all the folic acid they need through food alone. Andrea Price Many forms of cancer are now curable yet women of color still suffer disproportionately from diseases and conditions that have long since been deemed preventable, treatable and/or curable if diagnosed early by simple, widely available screening tests? In general these treatable conditions in African American women are diagnosed at a latter stage. By the time one has finally gone to a physician and been diagnosed, the condition has often progressed well beyond the point where it is easily treatable. David Pryor, MD The health of African-Americans has improved over the last forty years. Many factors have helped improve our health such as regular medical care, exercise, a healthy diet, and timely screening tests. We need to be aware of these preventative health practices to make sure we are properly screened in order to ensure a healthier future for ourselves and our families. Consult with your doctor or health provider who can help you tailor these summary recommendations to your specific health situation. Andrea Price Vaginal infections are rarely life and death emergencies, but the intense itching and burning in your nether regions can sure feel like an emergency!. There are several types of vaginitis and each has it's own specific causes and treatments. But before we get into that, here are some things that your mother never told you. African American woman have the highest incidence of pre-term labor, low birth weight babies and other pregnancy-related complications. Also, certain diseases and illnesses that are frequent in our community (diabetes, hypertension, sickle cell) can cause significant problems in pregnancy. For this reason, early and frequent prenatal visits are essential to help ensure a healthy pregnancy and ultimately, a healthy baby.