Blog Archive

Pains of Pregnancy – What’s Normal and What Isn’t Jun 27th, 2022

You never forget the moment you see the two pink lines on a pregnancy test confirming that your life is about to change. Whether it’s your first or your sixth baby, your body is going to go through 40 weeks of change to accommodate the little one growing and developing...

Reproductive Choices In Connecticut May 18th, 2022

Even after Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, reproductive rights have remained a point of passionate debate and division. Currently, Roe v. Wade is making new headlines and sparking emotional protests because of the leaked Supreme Court opinion indicating that Roe v Wade will very likely be overturned. Although...

It’s National Infertility Awareness Week! Apr 29th, 2022

April 24th begins National Infertility Awareness Week, encouraging us to talk openly about the challenges of becoming pregnant, carrying a baby to term and overcoming the stigmas associated with infertility. At Her Wellness Health Center, Dr. Garritano and Christina are always here with compassionate care and the latest evidence-based information...

When Morning Sickness Lasts All. Day. Long. Apr 1st, 2022

“Pregnancy is a magical, special time,” is a hard notion to sell to the pregnant person who vomits around the clock thanks to the little miracle growing inside. It’s rather difficult to appreciate anything when your body is working overtime growing and developing your child, your organs are rearranging themselves,...

Teenagers Requesting Labiaplasty – A New Alarming Trend Feb 24th, 2022

We’ve come a long way, baby – or maybe we haven’t. Today’s media and advertising is now showcasing teens, young people and more adults in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, skin tones and types. It is easier now - more than ever - to appreciate everyone’s unique beauty. However,...

6 Tips for Real Self-Care Jan 24th, 2022

Let’s start with this scenario: Your girlfriend calls you after weeks of playing phone tag and says the following: “I’m on my way to Lassie’s vet and grooming appointment even though I haven’t had time to shower in the past week. I’m two months past when I was supposed to...

FREE COVID-19 At Home Tests Jan 19th, 2022

USPS is now offering one free set of 4 at-home COVID-19 tests to every residential household in the U.S. Please click here to complete the order form. USPS will ship your order in late January.  Test when you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, or if you have...

Thirty-five and Pregnant Jan 3rd, 2022

The word “geriatric” is defined as “relating to old people” or “old person receiving special care.” Geriatric medicine indicates “the problem and disease of old age and the medical care and treatment of aging people.” It would seem that the term “geriatric pregnancy” is an oxymoron, as anyone in “old...

It’s That Time of the Month. What should you reach for? Nov 30th, 2021

Public conversation about menstruation has changed dramatically since the days of women isolating themselves for a week out of every month. How we talk about and handle menses are very different today than it was even a decade ago. That’s a good thing. Normalizing menstruation opens the conversation to how...

The Best Time to Have Your First Mammogram Could Be Right Now Oct 29th, 2021

As we wrap up Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Her Wellness understands that people have been inundated with messages about scheduling a mammogram to detect any cancer as soon as possible. However, Dr. Garritano and Christina also realize that, while talk of mammograms is everywhere, very few messages explain the basic...

Why skipping your periods may mean a doctor visit Oct 7th, 2021

There are a lot of things that can lead to an absent period or two; someone may be pregnant, trying out a new birth control method, or experiencing increased stress. But then you notice acne, hair on your chest, or perhaps a thinning of hair on your head. What could...

7 Things You Shouldn’t Eat While Pregnant Aug 30th, 2021

You’ve heard it dozens (and dozens) of times; eating healthy foods during pregnancy has a direct effect on the health of your baby. You know you should eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, lean meats and dairy and whole grains. But are you really sure of what you shouldn’t...

What are the Most Common STIs in the U.S? We’re here to explain! Aug 3rd, 2021

Sexually transmitted infections have been around a looong time. Our pre-human ancestors experienced STIs and animals and insects also transmit STIs to each other. It wasn’t until 1746 that the first STI treatment was available. These included mercury, arsenic and sulphur, making the “cure” barely better than the disease -...

Rings, Rods & Patches: What Will Work Best For You? Jun 28th, 2021

In 1975, when Loretta Lynn sang Now I’ve Got The Pill, she rejoiced in gaining control of her reproductive life. Decades later, birth control is still making an enormous difference in women’s lives, and many factors go far beyond simply controlling birth.  Birth control can also help: Regulate menstrual cycles...

Pregnant mamas, it’s time to get the COVID-19 vaccination May 29th, 2021

You’re drinking lots of water and eating plenty of well-washed fresh fruits and vegetables. You’re getting regular exercise, cutting back on coffee and soft drinks and avoiding second hand smoke. You’re taking naps when needed. In short, you’re doing everything you can to give your baby the best start possible....

Poop, Earwax and Copper: Birth Control Then and Now Apr 23rd, 2021

Birth control has been with us since at least 1850 BC, when ancient Egyptians and Mesopotamians were using honey, acacia leaves and lint (yes lint!) to prevent fertilization. For thousands of years, in different societies, plants, outright poisons such as mercury and lead, and unusual substances such as mule’s earwax,...

Could This Be Menopause? Mar 30th, 2021

You’re boiling hot, you’re cold. You’re crabby, you’re crying. You’re gassy, you’re constipated. Some days, you feel as if you can’t remember your own name. Could all these symptoms mean you’re entering menopause? Entering menopause can be a rocky road (now we’re in the mood for ice cream and oh...

Four Things That Can Happen During Labor Mar 2nd, 2021

You’ve read all the books. You’ve asked all your mommy groups and you’ve quizzed Dr. Garritano and Christina during your appointments. You feel very confident that you know what’s going to happen during labor and delivery. Sometimes, however, the questions you’ve asked may not cover all the situations that can...

What IS a Pap smear anyway? Jan 27th, 2021

You know you need a Pap smear and a pelvic exam, but you may just be making appointments without considering what those health care appointments actually do for you. Her Wellness is here to help! Dr. Garritano explains what she and Nurse Practitioner Christina Martin are screening for during your...

Wouldn’t it be GREAT not to leak? Dec 28th, 2020

You sneeze, you pee. You laugh, you pee. You jog, you pee. You have sex and you feel like nothing much is happening down there.  For decades, women have been told that this is normal especially after childbirth. Your pelvic floor just naturally weakens over time causing urinary incontinence, vaginal...

Meet Christina! Nov 19th, 2020

Her Wellness Health Center is pleased to introduce you to Christina Martin, MSN, SNM, WHNP-BC. Christina brings a diverse and extensive knowledge and experience in women’s health to Her Wellness and all of our patients.  Graduating Cum Laude from Williams College, Christina then earned a Master of Science in Nursing...

Four Ways To Keep Your Breasts Healthy Oct 14th, 2020

While mammograms are critical to identify, diagnosis and begin early treatment for breast cancer, we here at Her Wellness know that year-long habits to improve and maintain overall breast health are critical to lowering your risk in the first place. 1 - Menu Planning for Better BoobsYou(r breasts) are what...

Follow us on social media! Oct 14th, 2020

Dr. Garritano, Christina and Her Wellness are now on social media! We’re so excited to be able to offer you health information via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Please like and follow us - and share us with your friends - to stay on top of the latest women’s health news,...