If you are someone is having pain with sex, the first thing your provider should help you to figure out is where the pain is coming from!Continue Reading
Menopause Management for Beginners.
The truth is that menopause is not a one size fits all experience. In fact, there are more than 34 symptoms of menopause that can pop up…Continue Reading
Hormone Replacement Therapy – What are the REAL risks?
Before we dive into one of the most hotly debated topics related to hormone therapy, its important to understand – what exactly is HRT? During the menopausal transition, the production of two female hormones (estrogen and progesterone) begin to fluctuate and eventually decline. HRT is the act of supplementing these hormones (one or both) to …Continue Reading
Put A Ring On It
There is a new kind of birth control on the market, and it’s called Annovera. Annovera is a silicone ring, containing two female hormones, an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) a progestin (segesterone acetate). Like other rings on the market, it’s meant to be inserted into the vagina, and kept in place for 21 days. Then removed …Continue Reading
Vaginal Odors? What To Make of Them
Vaginal odors are something many women worry about. Sometimes, women are concerned they aren’t cleaning down there properly, or that something else is wrong – do I have a vaginal infection? A UTI? Did I eat something that made me stink? None of these questions are silly, and most of the time the smell from …Continue Reading
Menstrual Cups? Here’s What You Need To Know
Menstrual cups seem to be everywhere these days, yet many people are still confused about what exactly, they are. There is lots of myth busting to be done around menstrual cups, so let’s get started. Menstrual cups are an alternative to tampons or pads. They are small cups, about the size of a shot glass. …Continue Reading
What’s the difference between Low Libido & Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder?
Did you know that 43 percent of all women experience some form of sexual dysfunction? Hypoactive (low) Sexual Desire Disorder [HSDD], characterized as frustrating low libido, is the most common form of sexual dysfunction in premenopausal women. Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD), is believed to be caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the brain. …Continue Reading
Defining Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
If you are a woman of reproductive age, chances are you have heard of PCOS. This stands for polycystic ovarian syndrome. We will get more into the defining characteristics of PCOS in a moment. But, for now, consider this: According to the Centers for Disease Control, PCOS is one of the most common causes of …Continue Reading
Migraines and Menopause…What’s the connection?
Migraine headaches are a gender specific healthcare issue, especially since many migraines are hormonally triggered. As such, providers in the field of gynecology need to be inclusive of this issue in treating the “whole” woman. Currently, we as healthcare providers do a very poor job of diagnosing and properly treating migraines early. When we fail …Continue Reading
Vaginismus is defined as the involuntary spasm or contraction of the muscles that surround the vagina. For women with this chronic condition, any kind of vaginal penetration can be painful – especially intercourse. The key to treatment of vaginismus is what is known as “dilation.” This refers to the introduction of a series of graduated …Continue Reading