A Primer on Ovarian Cysts
Ovarian cysts sound much more frightening than they really are. Defined as fluid-filled sacs that form in the ovaries, ovarian cysts are quite common in women. The majority of ovarian cysts are harmless, but some can be painful and need attention. At Women’s Health Medical Group we treat ovarian cysts when necessary, but we also ... read more
Preparing for Pregnancy
Most women know they will need to do a good deal of planning once they become pregnant. There will be the regular doctor visits, the attention to diet and other lifestyle choices, getting the future baby’s room ready, setting up for changes at work, and on and on. But most people don’t think about planning ... read more
What’s the Most Effective Birth Control?
There’s only one completely foolproof way to never get pregnant if you’re a woman, other than having a hysterectomy. That’s the “Just Say No” clever catchphrase of past less than enlightened presidencies. Of course, we all know that in the heat of the moment the best laid plans to say “no” can…well, become pregnant. So, ... read more
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
If you’re a woman, you’re all too familiar with the occasional rise and fall of your hormone levels. That’s normal. But when your hormones are out of balance that’s a problem. One condition that stems from hormonal imbalance is polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). This is a common hormonal disorder that interferes with the growth and ... read more
Think You Know Your Period?
Your grandmother maybe called it “the curse.” When you were little you may have overheard adult women talking about a visit from “Aunt Flo.” Now that you’re an adult yourself, you’re very familiar with your period. Actually, women have around 450 periods in their lifetime, so you’re on a first-name basis, no doubt. But here ... read more
Why Do I Need a Colonoscopy?
People have heard enough horror stories about colonoscopies to fill a Halloween haunted house. Even if you’re not old to have had one, you’ve probably heard about them. So, if they’re such a hassle, why do you need one? Can you say, “colorectal cancer?” That’s what we’re screening for when we perform a rectal exam ... read more
When Is My Pelvic Pain a Concern?
A number of conditions can cause pelvic pain; they can stem from gynecologic or non-gynecologic sources. Because pelvic pain can vary widely between patients, and because the causes can’t often be traced or can be somewhat of a mystery, there aren’t great statistics on this condition. However, it’s estimated that between 15 and 20 percent ... read more
Prenatal Vitamins and Pregnancy
At Women’s Health Medical Group, we sometimes see a woman who has just found out she’s pregnant and she wonders what all the fuss surrounding “prenatal vitamins” is all about. Unlike many questionable supplements out there, prenatal vitamins aren’t some marketing hype put out by vitamin companies; prenatal vitamins help cover various nutritional gaps in ... read more
Keeping Tabs on Your Thyroid
Despite being a mere two inches in size, the thyroid gland sure plays a large part in our health. The thyroid produces a hormone that is carried through the bloodstream to every part of the body. This hormone plays a major role in regulating metabolism (the process in which the cells convert nutrients to energy), ... read more
Should You Have Your Tubes Tied?
OK, so you’re done with the patter of tiny feet on the kitchen tiles. Or, maybe watching your sister’s two-year-old turn into something other than human, writhing about on the floor of the spice aisle at the grocery store, screaming like a hyena with an abscessed tooth, has firmed up your decision to forgo having ... read more