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Safe Sex

What does “safe sex” mean? It can mean many different things to many different people. It can mean protecting yourself from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) like HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, Syphilis, and many more. It can mean feeling secure and safe around the person with which you are intimate. It can mean using contraception to prevent pregnancy.…

Procedures To Treat Fibroids

In my last blog, I discussed fibroid tumors of the uterus and different medical treatments.  Today, I will discuss procedural treatments.  Remember, fibroids grow due to hormonal influence, but are fed through a blood supply.  They cannot survive without the blood supply, much like any muscle in the body, including the heart. Depending on the…

Fibroids

Fibroids are benign tumors of the uterus.  They are SO common.  Most estimates say that up to 75% of women have at least one fibroid.  Fibroids grow because of a smooth muscle uterine cell mutation that is influenced by the hormones estrogen and progesterone.  They can be as small as a pea or as big…

Urinary Stress Incontinence

In my last blog, I discussed loss of urine caused by bladder spasms. Today, we will discuss loss of urine due to an anatomical change in the support of the urethra called Urinary Stress Incontinence (USI). The urethra is the small channel that drains the bladder. The bladder and the urethra are supported by thick…

Urinary Urge Incontinence

Have you ever seen the commercial on TV where it says: “gotta go, gotta go, gotta go right now?” That commercial pretty much sums up Urinary Urge Incontinence (UI). UI and overactive bladder (OAB) go hand in hand. Women with OAB feel like they always have to go to the bathroom. They could go 15…

Surgical Treatment for Regular Heavy Bleeding

In my last blog, I discussed medical treatment options for regular heavy periods.  Now, I will discuss surgical options.  Typically, but not always, we like to try medical options first.  Most medications have the potential for side effects, but surgery always has its own inherent risks. The most important thing to know about surgical treatment for…

Treatment Options for Heavy Periods

In my last blog, I discussed some of the most common reasons for heavy periods in women.  Now I will review treatment choices.  Remember, these options are described for heavy regular bleeding. The most important thing before initiating treatment is having the correct diagnosis. Treatment options can be medical or surgical.  Some women don’t want any treatment.  They…

Menorrhagia or heavy regular uterine bleeding

One of the most common things that I see women in the office for is heavy periods.  In this blog, I will discuss heavy regular bleeding in women.  There are different possibilities in younger girls with heavy periods and in women with irregular periods.  I won’t address those in today’s blog.  This is another extensive…

Pap Smear Guidelines – Part 2

We left off discussing what happens after we get the result of an abnormal pap smear. It really depends on what the pap shows.  Some abnormalities require nothing more than repeating the test in one year.  And remember why that is?  Because in most people, HPV is transient.  That means if we give your body enough…

Pap Smear Guidelines

Pap smear recommendations can be confusing for patients.  I can’t tell you how often a patient of mine asks me when her daughter should get her first pap smear.  And that is because things have changed so much through the years.  Recommendations in medicine are ever changing, especially as our technology improves.  Why?  Well, our…