healthcare costsCost sharing is a reality for many people with health insurance today, but a number of women's preventative services should be available to you with no copayment or coinsurance, even if you haven’t met your yearly deductible, as long as you see an in-network provider for your plan.

Tops on the list for many women is contraception.  According to, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that insurers fully cover the cost of at least one form of contraception in each of the methods that the Food and Drug Administration has identified for women in its current Birth Control Guide, which includes birth control pills, the ring, the patch, and intrauterine devices.

The issue came to the forefront recently when the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services restated the wellness care provisions of the law in the face of complaints from women who said that their insurers were not covering the cost of contraception services like birth control pills.

Along with contraception services, your insurer should also be picking up the full cost of screenings for cervical cancer, HIV screening and counseling, screening and counseling for sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia, and gonorrhea and syphilis screening and counseling.

Also, breast cancer mammography screenings for women over age 40 are fully covered, as is osteoporosis screening for at-risk women over age 60, and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) DNA testing for women age 30 and over.

Other wellness services that are fully covered under the ACA include paying for folic acid supplements for women who may become pregnant, and breastfeeding comprehensive support and counseling from trained providers, including access to breastfeeding supplies for pregnant and nursing women. Insurers are also required to pay the full cost of tobacco use screening and interventions for all women.


dos-donts smPregnancy is a time when you're focused on doing all the right things to give your baby the best start possible. Sometimes that means giving up things that you enjoy, but it's not all bad news. Here's a dozen tips that will help you have a happier, healthier pregnancy.

DO eat well and enjoy five or six smaller balanced meals each day.

DON'T do household chores that require heavy lifting, litter box cleanup, or the use of harsh chemicals

DO get eight hours of sleep a day, and take naps if necessary.

DON'T drink alcohol.

DO take a prenatal vitamin each day as directed by your obstetrician.

DON'T smoke or expose yourself to secondhand smoke.

DO drink plenty of fluids but DON'T make it a beverage with caffeine or artificial coloring.

DON'T wear high heels or tight shoes and DO put your feet up to prevent swelling.

DO exercise by walking or taking a pregnancy exercise class.

DON'T skip the sunscreen because pregnancy makes you more prone to sunburn.

DO wear a seat belt but keep it under the abdomen and low as possible on the hips.

DON'T take over-the-counter medications or herbal remedies without first consulting your obstetrician.


DO take time to indulge yourself occasionally with a nice manicure, an evening with your friends, or just a quiet walk to relax and de-stress. It's good for you and your baby.


summer healthySummer is a great time to get active and enjoy fun in the sun, but don't let your summer be sidelined by a vaginal yeast infection. Humid weather can increase your risk, and there are steps you can take to avoid having to deal with a yeast infection.

Start by slipping out of that wet swimsuit as soon as possible. Sitting in wet clothes can promote the overgrowth of yeast that leads to an infection. And when you're changing into your dry clothes, pick out a pair of cotton underwear. Synthetic fibers can hold moisture, but cotton keeps it away from your skin.

Hot and sweaty summer weather might have you reaching for scented hygiene products, but think again because these can affect the natural chemical balance in the vagina. And don't douche, because this can spread an infection into your cervix and uterus.

In summer, you should change pads and tampons more often, because that moisture combined with heat can be a risk factor for developing a yeast infection. Make it a habit and you'll have less to worry about at that time of the month.

And be sure to treat a summer yeast infection right away. Talk to your doctor about a prescription-strength treatment, or try an over-the-counter remedy if you've had a yeast infection before. Either way, don't wait to begin treatment of a yeast infection, so you can get back to enjoying your summer as soon as possible.


HAP DoctorAttention Health Alliance Plan (HAP) members in Monroe County – if your doctor or hospital no longer accepts HAP, come to Northline Women's Health Center for complete women's health care.

We accept most HAP plans and our convenient office at the Henry Ford Health Center Brownstown on West Road in Brownstown Township is just minutes from where you are.

Let our experienced team of physicians and nurse practitioners provide gynecological care for all phases of your life, and pregnancy care with delivery at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, a winner of the 2015 “America’s 100 Best Hospitals” Award from Healthgrades®.

Request an appointment online or call (734) 362-7000 and let Northline Women's Health Center serve you.


menopause and puberty collideAs more women delay parenthood until their mid-30s or later, a phenomenon had developed in many households – the clash of hormones when Mom begins to experience symptoms of menopause just as her teenage daughter is dealing with the effects of puberty.

If your home is one of these x-chromosome battlegrounds, the veterans of the Mom/Daughter wars have some advice. Ellen Dolgen, who writes the popular Menopause Mondays blog, says it's important to keep communicating.

“Share your own challenges openly,” Dolgen says, “so they know what you’re going through, and you can give them an opportunity to relate to you, even if they don’t want to show it. Chances are, your teen may be experiencing sleepless nights and mood swings just like you.”

While you're communicating, try a little empathy, too. Consider what it was like for you as a hormonal teenager, to help you connect with your daughter and her struggles.

Life coach Lynn Blades is dealing with what she calls “The Clash of the Titans” and advises that you pick your battles carefully.

“Don’t sweat the small stuff,” says Blades, but do “lay down your code of conduct and make your teen stick to the rules or pay the consequences.” Blades also recommends encouraging your teen to exercise, eat right and get involved in constructive extra-curricular activities. That's good advice for you, too.

And don't be afraid to ask your doctor for help in dealing with your hormonal changes. There are many options, including conventional hormone therapy, herbal therapy, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, and others offered by Northline Women's Health Center that can treat symptoms caused by menopause, such as excessive mood swings, anxiety, and hot flashes.

With more communication and understanding, and fewer blowups and ultimatums, plus some help from your doctor with menopause symptoms, you might find hormone happiness in your house.


Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

(734) 282-3600
(734) 282-3603 - Fax

23050 West Road, Suite 210

Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
(734) 362-7077 - Fax