Women from all walks of life can suffer from disruptive symptoms secondary to pelvic floor dysfunction. The pelvis encircles multiple vital structures in women, such as the uterus, bladder and rectum. The muscles that support these structures are known as the pelvic floor.
Years ago, patients who needed gynecological surgery only had a single option — an open procedure. In open procedures, the surgeon makes a large incision to carry out the operation resulting in the potential for greater postoperative pain, larger scars and longer recovery times. Today, laparoscopic surgery options have replaced that invasive procedure.
In the continuing fight to prevent cancer, there are known and unknown risk factors. For example, we know that certain environmental exposures increase the risk of developing some cancers, like lung and skin cancer. Research has also shown that family history sometimes plays a role in the risk of other cancers, such as colon and breast cancer. Studies have now demonstrated that there is a strong link between infection with human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer.
There is currently no cure for HPV. Fortunately, a vaccine for many of the oncogenic – or cancer-causing – strains of HPV is available. Having your child vaccinated against HPV can significantly reduce their risk of developing several types of cancer, including cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina, anus, and throat. Additionally, the HPV vaccine can help guard against genital warts and warts in other locations. Read More
Endometriosis Awareness takes place across the globe during the month of March with a mission to raise awareness of the disease, which occurs in about one in ten women of reproductive age. It is most often diagnosed in women in their 30s and 40s. Endometriosis can impact a woman’s quality of life if mild to severe pain exists, and if left untreated, can lead to infertility. Because of its impact, it’s important to understand the facts around endometriosis so that you can benefit from early detection and treatment. Read More
We hear it all the time: “My husband doesn’t know who I am,” “I can’t stop yelling at the kids,” “I’m crying all the time,” and “After I get my period, everything’s better.” Almost every woman will experience PMS symptoms in her life. About 70% of women will suffer from headaches, mood swings, bloating and other problems that can affect their relationships and sense of wellbeing. And in about 20% of these women, the symptoms are severe enough to require medical treatment. So if you found your way to this blog in search of PMS relief, you’re not alone.
But what’s a woman to do during those difficult days every month? Read More
Vaginal bleeding during your pregnancy can be pretty scary. It’s also very common. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, bleeding during early pregnancy (first three months) happens to up to one of every four pregnant women.
Here at our practice, most of the questions we hear concerning bleeding during pregnancy come from first trimester patients, often over the phone or during prenatal care visits. Many of these women are worried about a miscarriage, which is defined as a pregnancy loss that occurs on its own, without any outside intervention. Read More
This is the fifth in a series of five blogs about conditions that can be related to abnormal uterine bleeding.
Mild vs. serious menstrual cramp pain
Most women experience mild to moderate menstrual cramping on occasion. When it occurs, the medical term for it is usually “primary dysmenorrhea,” which means painful menstrual cramps caused only by normal menstruation and not by an underlying condition or disease. Symptoms of normal primary dysmenorrhea can include pain that:
- feels like mild to moderate cramps in your lower pelvis or back
- occurs a day or two before your period or during the first few days of your period
- is accompanied by mild nausea or diarrhea
- doesn’t interfere with your daily activities
- improves with one or two doses of ibuprofen
Primary dysmenorrhea is caused by the release of chemical compounds called prostaglandins in your uterus, and it often improves as you get older. Primary dysmenorrhea often responds well to prostaglandin-lowering treatments such as ibuprofen, magnesium and certain dietary changes. Read More
This is the fourth in a series of five blogs about abnormal uterine bleeding.
What is normal menstrual bleeding and what isn’t?
Many of our patients experience abnormally heavy bleeding during their periods. In many cases, they suspect it’s not normal, but because they’re used to menstrual bleeding every month, they think that it’s just because of how their bodies are made, and that they just have to make some lifestyle adjustments.
Many women begin to experience heavy menstrual bleeding in their 30’s or 40’s, or when menopause is getting closer. Menstrual periods vary for each woman, so it may be hard to know what’s normal and what’s abnormal bleeding. But although there is no solid definition for abnormal bleeding amounts, you may be bleeding too much if you: Read More
This is the third in a series of five blogs about common conditions that can cause abnormal uterine bleeding.
What is pelvic inflammatory disease?
Infections are never pleasant. They can cause pain, fever, chills, dizziness, fatigue and other symptoms. But when infections occur in your reproductive organs, they can be especially difficult. When your reproductive organs are subjected to bacteria from by a sexually transmitted disease, inflammation can occur. When it does, this condition is called pelvic inflammatory disease, or PID. If left untreated, pelvic inflammatory disease can interfere with your ability to have children: It’s the leading cause of preventable infertility in women. It’s also a rising concern at our practice, because we’ve seen higher-than-usual incidence of chlamydia, which is one of many sexually transmitted diseases that can lead to PID if untreated. Nationwide, the rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, which are the three most commonly reported sexually transmitted diseases in the United States, have reached record levels in recent years. And because many women are used to periodic pain or are too embarrassed to act, PID can be undiagnosed and untreated, which can lead to additional complications, such as internal scarring, ongoing pain, miscarriages and difficulty getting pregnant, so it’s imperative to understand pelvic inflammatory disease symptoms. Read More
This is the second in a series of five blogs about common conditions that can cause abnormal uterine bleeding.
Uterine Fibroids: A common condition
Of every 10 women who come into our practice, seven of them will have uterine fibroids at some point in their lives. Uterine fibroids are that common. But despite their frequency, many women have questions about fibroids, especially when the condition affects quality of life or causes health issues. Here are answers to some of the fibroid questions we’re asked most often at our practice. Read More