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Notes on Women's Health
Notes on Women's Health

Category: Conditions and Treatments

[Update] Essure Permanent Birth Control: Questions and Answers

Essure Permanent Birth ControlThis blog has been updated to reflect the most recent FDA findings and changes in our practice in regard to the Essure procedure.

The Essure procedure is a permanent birth control method developed by an American company called Conceptus. Essure is their main product. During the procedure, tiny flexible coils made out of polyester fibers, nickel-titanium and stainless steel are passed by a small tube called a catheter from the vagina through the cervix and uterus and into the Fallopian tubes (Fallopian tubes are two very thin tubes that lead from the ovaries into the uterus). Once in place, the Essure coils cause tissue growth (scarring), which seals a portion of the Fallopian tubes. This tissue barrier prevents sperm from reaching the ovaries. Essure was the only permanent birth control device made for women that did not require a surgical incision.

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Does Ibuprofen Make COVID-19 Symptoms Worse? Here’s the Evidence

Does Ibuprofen Make COVID-19 Symptoms Worse? Here's the EvidenceThe COVID-19 pandemic is an ever-evolving situation. With this virus being the main topic of conversation, there is a lot of information circulating that may or not be true. One recent topic of discussion surrounding the virus and its treatment is the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs (e.g. ibuprofen).

But is there any real evidence to back up these claims? Here is all of the information you need about COVID-19 and anti-inflammatory medications, like ibuprofen, and their effects on COVID-19 symptoms.

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Abnormal Bleeding After Menopause: When to be Concerned

Woman on bed complaining of menopause bleeding & cramping

You’ve made it through menopause (meaning you haven’t had your period in at least one year). You’re done with the mood swings and the hot flushes, the fatigue and the cramping. And now, after decades of dealing with regular and irregular uterine bleeding, you’re settling into the latest phase of your body’s development, hopefully with a minimum of fuss. So what does it mean if you start experiencing abnormal bleeding after menopause, and should you be concerned?

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New Information on the Link Between Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer

Link Between Talcum Powder and Ovarian CancerTalcum powder is a powdered form of the mineral talc, valued for its ability to absorb moisture and reduce friction. This makes it a common ingredient in many household cosmetic and hygiene products like baby powder, adult face and body powder, and deodorizing powders. While the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel considers talc safe enough for human use, it has faced controversy and concerns over its safety in recent years.

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Is it Morning Sickness or Something More? What You Need to Know About Hyperemesis Gravidarum During Pregnancy

Feeling nauseous and even throwing up are common symptoms during pregnancy. In fact, The American Pregnancy Association states that more than 50% of women experience nausea during pregnancy. However, there are several differences between normal, expected morning sickness and a much more serious condition called hyperemesis gravidarum. Here is an in-depth examination of the signs and symptoms of hyperemesis gravidarum during pregnancy and what you should do if you suspect you’re suffering from this condition.

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Getting Pregnant with PCOS

Getting Pregnant with PCOSFacts about polycystic syndrome and how it can affect pregnancy

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal disorder, with 10% of women experiencing PCOS in their childbearing years according to the Office on Women’s Health. The syndrome causes several symptoms, which range from annoying to health-threatening. PCOS is also associated with trouble becoming pregnant as well as complications during pregnancy.

Below, you’ll find information about PCOS symptoms, causes, and working with your OB-GYN to reduce health effects and increase your chances of conception.

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STI Testing: What Will and What Won’t Show Up in Your Annual Well-Woman Exam

STI Testing Your annual well-woman examination from your OB-GYN is an assessment of your reproductive health as well as the condition of your genitourinary system (the reproductive system and the urinary organs), and for adult women under the age of 65, will routinely include a pelvic exam and Pap smear. Many women mistakenly think that a Pap smear checks for multiple sexually transmitted infections (STI), also known as sexually transmitted diseases (STD), but in reality, this is not the case. In fact, STI testing is not a standard part of an annual well-woman examination.

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Cervical Cancer and Pregnancy: Can you become pregnant after being diagnosed?

Cervical Cancer and PregnancyOver 11,000 American women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year. The average age at diagnosis is in the early forties, so a significant portion of cervical cancer patients is still in their child-bearing years. Additionally, since many women are now waiting well into their thirties before becoming pregnant, fertility preservation has become a major concern for many who are facing cervical cancer.

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Ectopic Pregnancy Causes & How to Help Prevent It

Ectopic Pregnancy Causes An ectopic pregnancy is any pregnancy where the fertilized egg attaches and begins to grow outside of the uterus or womb. In a normal pregnancy, a fertilized egg develops into a fetus in the lining of the uterus. In an ectopic pregnancy, the fertilized egg implants elsewhere within the female reproductive system. Over 95% of the time, an ectopic pregnancy implants in the fallopian tubes, the tubes that run from the ovaries to the uterus. However, in rare cases, an ectopic pregnancy may occur in the cervix, intra-abdominal area, or another location.

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FDA Approves First-Ever Postpartum Depression Drug

Postpartum Depression DrugLearn the Facts about Postpartum Depression and this New Medication

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 20 percent of new mothers are affected by some degree of postpartum depression. While treatments for postpartum depression have long been available, there has never been a drug specifically intended to address this potentially serious condition — until now. The approval of brexanolone (brand name Zulesso) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) represents a promising step forward for women suffering from postpartum depression and offers new hope for both them and their loved ones.

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