Archive for the ‘Women’s Health’ Category

Friday, February 22, 2013 @ 06:02 PM
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Birth control pills are a highly effective form of birth control and have been used successfully by women throughout the world since the 1960s.  However, they are only effective if they are taken regularly.  For some women, this can be a problem.  For women who travel frequently into different time zones or who are just forgetful when it comes to taking pills, birth control pills may not be the best option.

Fortunately, today there are several different forms of effective birth control that are available for women who do not want the hassle of taking a pill everyday.  Your options will depend on whether or not you are finished with childbearing.

If you are finished with childbearing and/or are sure that you do not want to become pregnant in the future, you may want to consider a tubal ligation procedure or Essure®.  A tubal ligation is a surgical procedure where a woman’s fallopian tubes are severed and then are cauterized to prevent pregnancy.  Essure® is a non-surgical method of permanent birth control that works with your body to provide natural barriers to pregnancy.

If you are planning on becoming pregnant in the future or if you don’t know whether or not you may want to become pregnant in the future, you will want to choose a method of birth control that is not permanent.  This may include a diaphragm or an IUD (Intra Uterine Device).  There are a variety of diaphragms and IUDs on the market today that offer a reliable method of birth control that is temporary and reversible.

Your Gynecologist can help you determine the best method of birth control to meet your needs as well as your lifestyle.  If you would like to get more information about the available options for birth control, please schedule an appointment with a board-certified Gynecologist today.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013 @ 01:02 PM
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It is February and love is in the air.  It is almost Valentine’s Day, the day that people all over the United States and the world celebrate love and romance.  But how did Valentine’s Day come to represent love and romance?  No one knows absolutely how this came about but Valentine’s Day contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition.  It is named after a patron saint, St. Valentine or St. Valentinus, who was martyred.  One legend contends that he was a priest who served during the third century in Rome.  At that time, the Emperor decided that single men made better soldiers than men with wives and families.  For this reason, he outlawed marriage for young men.  St. Valentine realized the injustice in this decree and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret.  When his actions were discovered, he was put to death. That is just one theory out of many.

Today, Valentine’s Day has come to represent a time when we celebrate love and romance and give cards and gifts to those we love to as a token of our affection.  For this reason, the card companies, candy companies and florists have come to love Valentine’s Day!  Some remain cynical about celebrating love on Valentine’s Day because of the fact that it has become overly commercialized.  However, the fact is, love, romance and sex can be good for your health.  Studies have shown that engaging in regular sexual activity has many beneficial effects on your overall health.  Having sex regularly can lower your stress level and your blood pressure and can also help to boost your immunity and help you to resist colds and other types of viruses.  Other studies have shown that people who are married have less of a risk for heart attacks than those who are single. These are good reasons to celebrate love and romance on Valentine’s Day!

But what if you are just not in the mood for romance?  Stress, fatigue, hormonal changes and other health problems can take a toll on your sex drive and make it difficult for you to get in the mood.  If you are not feeling romantic and are experiencing a lack of libido or a lack of interest in sex, it may be a good idea to talk to your Gynecologist about possible causes and treatments.  After an accurate diagnosis, your physician can recommend the appropriate treatment or treatments to help put the spark back in your relationship.

This year, on Valentine’s Day, celebrate by thanking your loved-one for your health!  You may want to play it safe and get a card and some flowers or candy too!  Happy Valentine’s Day.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013 @ 02:01 PM
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Urinary Incontinence is a problem that affects many women, and affects more women than it does men.  It involves the involuntary release of urine and the symptoms can range from bothersome to debilitating.  Since the involuntary release of urine can be embarrassing for those who suffer from urinary incontinence, the problem often goes untreated.  This can lead to a decreased quality of life for many women.

Urinary incontinence results from problems with the muscles and/or nerves that help to hold the bladder and to release urine.  Pregnancy, childbirth, weight gain, aging and Menopause can all play a part in causing this condition.  Urinary incontinence can also result from more serious medical conditions including birth defects, strokes, neurologic injuries and multiple sclerosis.

If you suffer from this problem, you are not alone.  In fact, it is estimated that approximately seventeen million women in the United States suffer from urinary incontinence.  It is also estimated that approximately twenty-four percent of women between the ages of eighteen and forty-four and twenty-three percent of women over the age of sixty are struggling with this common condition.

Once you have been diagnosed with urinary incontinence, there are a variety of treatment options that may be prescribed by your physician.  The type of treatment prescribed will depend on the cause of your symptoms, the frequency and severity of your symptoms, and your medical history.  The available treatment options include Kegel exercises, medicines, vaginal devices, injections, surgery and more.

If you are suffering from urinary incontinence, there is no need to feel ashamed or embarrassed and it does not have to interfere with your life.  Schedule an appointment with your doctor today so you can get on the road to an improved quality of life.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 04:01 PM
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Have you ever heard the term “she died of a broken heart?” While breaking up with a boyfriend or going through a divorce is not usually life-threatening, it can be hard on both your mind and your body.  A breakup can cause a lot of emotional strain leading to real physical changes in your body. This is often referred to as the mind-body connection. Maybe your stomach hurts or perhaps you just don’t have any appetite  at all. You may notice that you have this feeling in the pit of your stomach when looking at a picture or thinking about a past experience with your ex. You may feel achy all over and notice that your face is breaking out. What is going on?

An emotional trauma like a breakup can cause your adrenal glands to start churning out the hormones cortisol and adrenaline. Cortisol and adrenaline are the hormones that are responsible for your body’s fight or flight response. When this natural response happens, it can cause your blood pressure to rise. Most of the time the  level of these hormones go back to normal after the stressful situation is over. However, if this fight or flight response stays turned on for a long period of time it can lead  to a myriad of physical problems.

If you have noticed that your stomach hurts or that you have a decrease in appetite, your stressed out nervous system may be sending a signal to your digestive system to slow down.  This stressed out nervous system can also decrease your immune system leaving you more susceptible to infections and viruses. If your skin is breaking out, higher levels of the hormone cortisol in your body may be triggering the buildout of pore clogging oil underneath your skin.

In most cases the old saying that “time heals all wounds” is true. Over time you may start to feel like yourself again. However if  your physical symptoms do not get better over time, is important to schedule an appointment with your physician so that he or she can prescribe the appropriate treatment or treatments to help you manage your symptoms and regain your quality of life.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 02:01 PM
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If you are a woman and have vowed to lose weight in the new year, you are not alone.  Every January, women all over the United States vow to lose weight and maintain a healthier lifestyle.  If you have been to your neighborhood gym lately, or to a weight watchers meeting, you may have noticed that it is a lot more crowded than it was prior to the New Year.  Although maintaining a healthy weight (BMI between 18.5 and 24.9) can be very difficult for some women, it is certainly a worthwhile goal. Studies show that overweight and obesity in women can increase the risks for a multitude of serious health problems including Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, Breast Cancer and more.  In addition, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight can improve your overall health and your quality of life and help you to feel more confident about your appearance.

If you are one of the women who has vowed to lose weight in the New Year, it is important that you do it in a way that is healthy and that will enable you to maintain a healthy weight over time.  Diets that severely restrict certain food groups are not usually sustainable over time and can be detrimental to your overall health.  Before starting any diet or exercise program, it is important to first check with your physician to make sure that the program you have chosen will not be detrimental to your health.  Your physician can help you select a weight loss method that best suits your current state of health as well as your lifestyle.  You may even want to enlist the services of a Nutritionist.  A licensed Nutritionist can help you develop a daily eating plan that will foster weight loss while at the same time ensuring that you eat a balanced diet that contains all the important nutrients you need to remain healthy.

On the behalf of Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A., we wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year!  We wish you much success in meeting all of your goals in the new year!

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Saturday, December 29, 2012 @ 04:12 PM
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Approximately 15% to 20% of women with breast cancer have a form that is often referred to as “Triple Negative Breast Cancer.”  This name is used because women with this form of breast cancer do not have any of the three receptors (Estrogen Receptors, Progesterone Receptors and human epidermal growth factor receptor (HER2)) that characterize most forms of breast cancer.  Often, this form of breast cancer is very aggressive and fast growing. It is also harder to detect on a mammogram and recurs more often than other types of breast cancer.  Since this specific type of breast cancer does not respond to treatments that target these receptors (Tamoxifen and Herceptin), treatment options are more limited.

However, a report that was presented at the 2012 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Meeting and Exposition showed new promise for patients with Triple Negative Breast Cancer.  The report looked at the cancer-fighting potential of the new vegetable compound, C-substituted diindolylmethane (C-DIM).  This compound which is rich in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and brussels sprouts, showed promise for use in treatment of patients with Triple Negative Breast Cancer.  One of the study’s authors, Mandip Sachdeva, PhD from Florida A&M University noted the following:  “We are confident that the compounds we are currently working with are an effective treatment for Triple Negative Breast Cancer.”  He also noted that this vegetable compound is safer and has less side effects than other treatments that are currently being used.

Early detection is still one of the best tools we have in fighting all types of breast cancers.  If you have questions about your risks for developing breast cancer or how often you should be receiving a mammogram or other screening tests, schedule an appointment with your Gynecologist today.

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Monday, December 10, 2012 @ 03:12 PM
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BMI (Body Mass Index) is a measure of body fat based on your height and weight and has an important affect on women’s health.  The range for BMI is as follows:

Underweight = less than 18.5

Normal Weight = 18.5 – 24.9

Overweight = 25-29.9

Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater.

The goal is to be in the normal weight range which constitutes a BMI within the range of 18.5 to 24.9. If you are over or under this number, it can put you at risk for a variety of health complications.  Women who are overweight or even obese are at an increased risk for serious health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and breast cancer.  Being overweight or obese can also negatively affect a women’s fertility.

If you are underweight (BMI less than 18.5), this can also put you at risk for health problems including under nourishment, anemia and osteoporosis.  Being severely underweight can also negatively affect a woman’s fertility.

If you are severely under or over your ideal BMI, the New Year is a great time to get started on a health regimen that will lead to a healthy BMI and improved overall health.  Developing healthier habits such as eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, exercising regularly and drinking an adequate amount of water can go along way in improving your BMI and your overall health. Remember, it is important to talking to your doctor before making any significant changes in your diet and before adopting an exercise routine.  Your doctor can help you come up with a plan that is best-suited for your particular situation.  On the behalf of Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A., we wish you a very happy and healthy New Year!

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Sunday, November 25, 2012 @ 04:11 PM
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Pelvic Organ Prolapse is a medical condition where one or more of the pelvic organs drops (prolapses) from its normal place in the lower belly and pushes against the walls of the vagina.  This problem affects many women, particular women who are older. It happens when the muscles and ligaments that support the pelvic organs and hold them into place become weakened and stretched due to childbirth, surgeries or menopause. There are several different types of Pelvic Organ Prolapse including posterior prolapse, uterine prolapse and small bowel prolapse.  Treatment options will vary according to the type and severity of the condition.

To diagnose Pelvic Organ Prolapse, your physician will start with a physical exam of your pelvic organs.  This helps to determine the type and severity of the problem.  He or she will also conduct an oral review to get information about your symptoms, your medical history and your family history.  Diagnoses may also involve the use of a cotton swab test, a bladder function test, a pelvic floor strength test, an MRI, an Ultrasound or a Cystoscopy.

Once your condition has been properly diagnosed, there are a variety of treatments available for Pelvic Organ Prolapse.  For mild to moderate cases, treatment usually starts with non-surgical methods including medications and physical therapy.  If these methods are not effective in treating the problem, surgery may be required.  In severe cases, surgery may be performed without first attempting non-surgical treatments.

If left untreated, Pelvic Organ Prolapse can negatively affect your overall health and quality of life.  However, you do not have to continue to suffer.  If you are experiencing symptoms of Pelvic Organ Prolapse, schedule an appointment with your Gynecologist today so he or she can confirm the diagnoses and prescribe the best treatment or treatments to suit your particular case.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012 @ 02:11 PM
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If you are a woman in the United States, chances are you are very aware of your risk for breast cancer, cervical cancer, osteoporosis and other conditions affecting women’s health.  However, how aware are you of your risks for heart disease?  You may be surprised to learn that heart disease is the leading cause of death in women in the United States.  Each year, cardiovascular disease claims the lives of over 432,000 women in the United States, and more than 200,000 women in America die as a result of heart attacks every year.  Cardiovascular disease is often referred to as a “silent killer.”  That is because many people do not even know they have it until it is too late.

Now that we have gotten your attention, there are several things you can do to reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.  The first is to visit your doctor to get a complete physical, including labwork.  Checking your blood pressure is an important component of a physical and untreated high blood pressure increases the risk for cardiovascular disease.  High LDL cholesterol levels have also been linked to cardiovascular disease.  The doctor can test your cholesterol levels using a blood test.  Diabetes is also a risk factor for heart disease.  If you have diabetes, it is important to keep your blood sugar in check and to visit your doctor for regular check-ups.

In many cases, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and Diabetes Type II can be effectively treated with lifestyle modifications. Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet and maintaining a healthy weight can keep these medical problems in check for many people.  Many patients are able to reduce or eliminate blood pressure medications and/or cholesterol medications by simply losing weight.  For others, blood pressure and cholesterol medications are still needed to maintain healthy levels.  Visit your doctor today to get more information about how you can decrease your risk for cardiovascular disease.

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Friday, November 9, 2012 @ 09:11 PM
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If you are a woman over the age of forty and you are having trouble getting to sleep at night or staying asleep you are not alone.  Many women in their late thirties and early forties experience sleep problems due to declining hormone levels and other hormonal changes that are a natural part of the aging process.  This time of life is referred to as “Perimenopause” and is the time where your body is moving toward Menopause or the cessation of your menstrual cycle.  During this time of life, hot flashes, night sweats, health issues and the normal stresses of life can make it very difficult to get a good night’s rest.  According to sleep experts, making small lifestyle changes can help increase your chances of getting a full night of sleep.  Here are some suggestions:

•  sleep only at night, in your bed; do not nap during the day

•  avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine

•  go to bed around the same time every night

•  exercise daily, at least three hours before bedtime

•  establish a nighttime ritual such as drinking hot tea (decaffeinated) or taking a warm bath before bed

Getting enough sleep is an essential part of maintaining your immune system as well as your overall health.  Lack of sleep can leave you feeling irritable, edgy, exhausted and depressed.  If you have tried making lifestyle changes to improve your sleep and it is not working, it may be time to talk to your Gynecologist.  If hormonal changes are causing your sleep problems, he or she may recommend hormone replacement therapy or some other type of hormonal treatment.

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