• Abnormal Pap Smears

    Abnormal Pap Smears What is a Colposcopy? Coloposcopy is a diagnostic tool to determine the cause of abnormalities found in Pap smears. A Colposcopy is a visual examination of the cervix; it's a relatively simple and painless procedure, usually performed in your physician's office and lasting approximately 10- 15 minutes. A Colposcopy seems much like a Pap smear; however, there a few important differences. You are positioned on the examination table as in a Pap Read More
  • After a Miscarriage

    After a Miscarriage: Getting Pregnant Again After a miscarriage, making the decision to try for another pregnancy can be difficult. It is natural to want to become pregnant again right away after going through the heartache of losing a baby. However, you should wait to attempt again until you are physically, as well as emotionally ready. When can I attempt another pregnancy? There is no perfect amount of time to wait before trying to conceive Read More
  • Assisted Delivery

    Assisted Delivery Near the end of the pushing stage, it may be apparent that mother and baby need a little extra help for a successful delivery. After ensuring anesthesia is working, your health care provider will gently apply forceps or minimal suction to the baby's head. As you push through the next contractions, your health care provider will gently bring the baby's head through the birth canal. What are the instruments used in an assisted Read More
  • Cancer

    What are Gynecologic Cancers? Gynecologic cancers strike the organs of the female reproductive system, including the ovaries, cervix, uterus, placenta, fallopian tubes, vagina and vulva. While there may be signs or symptoms, often there are not.In the States, 82,000 women are diagnosed with gynecologic cancer each year. It's the fourth most common type of cancer in women and affects approximately 1 in 20 women. Cervical Cancer Endometrial and Uterine Cancer Fallopian Tube Cancer Gestational Trophoblastic Read More
  • Complication during Preganancy

    Complication during preganancy 1. Bacterial Vaginosis during Pregnancy Approximately 10% - 30% of pregnant women will experience Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) during their pregnancy. Bacterial Vaginosis is caused by an imbalance in the normal bacteria that exists in a woman’s vagina. It is not transmitted sexually, but is associated with having vaginal intercourse. You may or may not experience symptoms. How do I know if I have Bacterial Vaginosis? One of the symptoms of BV is a Read More
  • Cyst

    What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)? PCOS is a health problem that can affect a woman’s menstrual cycle, fertility, hormones, insulin production, heart, blood vessels, and appearance. Women with PCOS have these characteristics: high levels of male hormones, also called androgens an irregular or no menstrual cycle may or may not have many small cysts in their ovaries. Cysts are fluid-filled sacs. PCOS is the most common hormonal reproductive problem in women of childbearing age. Read More
  • D&C Procedure after a Miscarriage

    D&C Procedure after a Miscarriage What is a D&C Procedure? D&C, also known as dilation and curettage, is a surgical procedure often performed after a first trimester miscarriage. Dilation means to open up the cervix; curettage means to remove the contents of the uterus. Curettage may be performed by scraping the uterine wall with a curette instrument or by a suction curettage (also called vacuum aspiration), using a vacuum-type instrument. Is a D&C necessary after Read More
  • Ectopic Pregnancy

    Ectopic Pregnancy What causes an ectopic pregnancy? Ectopic pregnancies are caused by one or more of the following: An infection or inflammation of the fallopian tube can cause it to become partially or entirely blocked. Scar tissue left behind from a previous infection or an operation on the tube may also impede the egg's movement. Previous surgery in the pelvic area or on the tubes can cause adhesions. An abnormality in the tube's shape can Read More
  • Endometriosis

    Endometriosis What are the symptoms of endometriosis? Pain is one of the most common symptoms of endometriosis. Usually the pain is in the abdomen, lower back, and pelvis. The amount of pain a woman feels does not depend on how much endometriosis she has. Some women have no pain, even though their disease affects large areas. Other women with endometriosis have severe pain even though they have only a few small growths. Symptoms of endometriosis Read More
  • Female Infertility

    FEMALE INFERTILITY Infertility is a condition that affects approximately one out of every six couples. An infertility diagnosis is given to a couple who is unsuccessful with their attempts to get pregnant over the course of one year. When the problem exists within the female partner, it is referred to as female infertility. Female infertility factors contribute to approximately 50% of all infertility cases, and female infertility alone accounts for approximately one-third of all infertility Read More
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