Women's Health

Patient Education for Women and Children

For more than 90 years, Baptist Health has been delivering quality healthcare to the citizens of Arkansas. As part of our mission, we are committed to promoting health education like the resources found below. For even more comprehensive health education, visit our health encyclopedia. 

Infertility Risk Factors

For women. General factors that can affect the ability to ovulate, conceive or deliver a child successfully include the following:
  • Age. Women in their late 30s and older are generally less fertile than women in their early 20s.
  • Endometriosis
  • Chronic diseases (diabetes, lupus, arthritis, hypertension or asthma)
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Environmental factors (cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption or exposure to workplace hazards or toxins)
  • Excessive or very low body fat
  • Abnormal Pap smears that have been treated with cryosurgery or cone biopsy
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Fallopian tube disease
  • Multiple miscarriages
For men. Infertility is not just a woman's problem. Following is a list of risk factors related to male infertility:
  • History of prostatitis, genital infection or sexually transmitted diseases
  • Exposure to hazards on the job or toxic substances, such as radiation, radioactivity, welding and many chemicals, including lead, ethylene dibromine and vinyl chloride
  • Cigarette or marijuana smoke
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Hernia repair
  • Undescended testicles
  • Prescription drugs for ulcers or psoriasis
  • Mumps after puberty

Breastfeeding Guide

This easy-to-read publication from womenshealth.gov provides women the how-to information and support needed to breastfeed successfully. It explains why breastfeeding is best for baby, mom, and society and how loved ones can support a mother's decision to breastfeed. Expert tips and illustrations help new moms learn how to breastfeed comfortably and how to overcome common challenges. The wisdom of real moms is shared in personal stories that reassure and encourage. Open Guide 
We encourage you to make a prenatal or postpartum appointment to visit with a lactation consultant at Expressly For You. We’re conveniently located on the second floor of the Hickingbotham Outpatient Center at Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock and are open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. We also welcome your calls or emails anytime. For breastfeeding questions, please call the Breastfeeding Warm Line at (501) 202-7378 or click here to email a consultant.

Assessment: Breast Cancer Risk

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, other than skin cancer. The American Cancer Society reports the breast cancer death rate is declining, probably due to earlier detection and improved treatment.

Breast Cancer Surgery Questions

Below are suggestions of what to ask your doctor before undergoing surgery to treat breast cancer:
  • Which type of surgery do you recommend for me? Why?
  • Where will the incision be, and how much breast tissue will be removed?
  • Will any lymph nodes be removed?
  • Will I be able to have breast reconstruction if I have a mastectomy?
  • Do you recommend breast reconstruction at the same time of the mastectomy surgery or at a later date?
  • Will I need more treatment, such as radiation or chemotherapy, after surgery?
  • What type of follow-up care is needed?
  • How long will it be before I can go back to my normal activities?

Assessment: Ovarian Cancer Risk

According to 2013 statistics from the American Cancer Society, ovarian cancer accounts for three percent of all cancers in U.S. women. Ovarian cancer is most common in older women and is a little more common in white women than in women of other ethnic groups. The risk of getting ovarian cancer during a woman's lifetime is about one in 72.