Sex education, while important, often excludes talk of the female body. More specifically, the shape, size, and elasticity of a woman’s vagina. Unfortunately, this leads many women to be confused about what’s normal. Women have also long been discouraged from talking about their genitalia. This gives room for rumors to dominate …
The arrival of a new baby is nothing short of a miracle. While the transition into motherhood can be overwhelmingly exciting, it can also wreak serious havoc on the female body. Though not every woman experiences significant physical changes, the majority of new moms undergo their fair share of body alterations. More often …..
In addition to being uncomfortable, vaginal laxity is also anatomically unsettling. Many women experience tears and laxity during vaginal delivery. This is also known as looseness of the vagina. With the vaginal canal widening a considerable amount while in labor, the vagina usually does not return to its pre-childbirth state …….
Whether you prefer to catch some Z’s or hit the hay, sleep plays a prominent role in our well-being. In addition to helping us recharge, sleep also allows us to retain information that we’ve acquired throughout the day. With a good night’s rest, you can also synthesize hormones, grow muscle …..
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a treatment used in women to reduce the symptoms associated with menopause. From the first menstrual period up to menopause, healthy ovaries (including the pituitary gland) regulate female hormones – estrogen and progesterone as well as male hormone production ….
Births, physical injuries, tissue loss and even physiological aging are the most common reasons why women undergo aesthetic procedures performed in the perineum, i.e. the area located between the vagina and the anus. The reason is both the desire to change the appearance of the skin and the opening but also to improve the quality of life and sexual ….
“Experts estimate that a uterine condition called adenomyosis may affect between 20% to 35% of women. The condition can cause painfu, heavy, prolonged”
“Like heartburn and cankles, expectant moms are more prone to this itching, burning condition. Here’s what you need to know about diagnosis, treatment and”
“It can be difficult to have conversations about sexually transmitted infections like HIV, herpes, and genital warts with one partner, but thanks to stigma around STIs, having conversations with multiple partners increases”…
Hormonal changes impact your nether regions in many frustrating ways besides vaginal dryness. About half of all menopausal women experience more itching, burning and irritation down below than they did during their fertile years—as well as a greater
Vaginal Rejuvenation and Labiaplasty are surgical and laser procedures that women usually opt for after they have given birth, gone through some hormonal changes or as they age and experience weakened vaginal muscles, change
There are numerous hormones in a woman’s body influencing fertility. The mere presence of these hormones are not sufficient. These hormones need to be available in sufficient amounts and work in a balanced manner in order to achieve ovulation. The following is
Pelvic Pain is pain that is felt in the lower part of the abdomen where the bladder, bowels, uterus, and ovaries are located. This kind of pain usually stems from the reproductive system, urinary system or the digestive system and can be classified as either chronic or acute pain. There are a number of
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors that grow in the muscle or wall of the uterus and usually only require treatment when symptoms such as heavy bleeding, pain, infertility, and frequent urination becomes a problem. There are various ways of treating fibroids
Most women after a vaginal delivery experience some trauma and damage to the supportive structure of their vagina. These supportive structures are scaffolding that maintains the position and the proper functioning of the organs surrounding the vagina
Women are at increased risk of depression during perimenopausal transition due to hormonal changes in this period so close to menopause. This syndrome is called perimenopausal depressive disorder or PMDD. Researchers hypothesis that during
Nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drugs, also known as NSAIDS, are the most commonly used over the counter pain medications. They are marketed under brand names such as aspirin, ibuprofen,advil, aleve and many others.
Period pains or the menstrual cramps are the most common complaint in menstruating women of all ages. Studies show 60-70% of women complain of cramps and 13-33% of women suffer from severe cramps. These symptoms can be so severe and disruptive that 24-34% of women fail to report for
Vaginal infections are one of the most common conditions women complain about. They present as abnormal odor, itching, and discharge. They show up as recurrent urinary tract infections, pain with intercourse, and persistent and chronic irritations inside and outside of the vagina.
Endometriosis is the implantation of the endometrial tissue in the pelvis or the abdomen. Endometrial tissue is what you see on your pad during menses. We think it finds its way to the inside of the abdomen through the fallopian tubes, tubes attaching the inside of the uterus to the inside of the abdomen. In most
“Can i still get pregnant?” “how much longer do i have? Time goes by fast. While we are going to school, building a career, and getting ready to get pregnant, time slips away. The number of women trying to get pregnancy after the age of 35 is growing. At 35 the chance of getting pregnant is 29% in each cycle, almost half of that before …..
“Do i need hormones?” “Are all hormones the same?” “what is the safest and the best hormones and when should i start?”These are the most common questions I am asked from women transitioning through perimenopause or in menopause. Women concerned about changes they see in themselves, friends …
“I can’t lose weight, my face is full of acne and thick hair, and my periods are very irregular. What is going on with my body?” These are some of the most common signs of a very common hormonal condition called polycystic ovarian syndrome or (PCOS). 10-15% of women …….
Hormonal imbalance occurs when there are either too little or too much hormones in the body. Even though we might not get to see or feel the hormones, they play a very important role in the functioning of the organs and the body as a whole, hence even the slightest hormone
“Mothers are the root of the family tree. Without a healthy root the tree will wither. Self care is non-negotiable, it’s survival.” Postpartum mood disorders range from short lived “blues” (80% of new mothers), to more severe depression (20%), and much less common psychosis (1/1000). Causes are complex and treatment may require
‘Menopause-related cognitive impairment happens to women in their 40s and 50s, women in the prime of life who suddenly have the rug pulled out from under them,’ an expert says. Dr. Gayatri Devi’s patient, a 55-year-old former headmistress,
Ovarian cysts are one of the most common findings in women of reproductive age. The majority of women I see in the office with ovarian cysts complain of a combination of menstrual irregularities, pain with menstruation or intercourse, and abdominal distention. In some cases, the pain and bleeding is so severe
On any given day in my practice, I am faced with the seemingly straight forward, yet complex question from women at various stages of their lives; “can I get pregnant?”. Women in their twenties and nervous about their health; those in their thirties worried about the metaphorical clock ticking away; and women in their forties
Frequently, I hear a variation of this sentence from mothers very soon after childbirth. Too frequently, if you ask me.It is the symptom of our fastpaced life. We have no time to waste on recovery. We hear, “Be strong. Get back to work. All mothers do it.” Work, family, child, and pretty much anyone else comes first. No matter what a mother
Hemorrhoids are painful varicose veins in the anal area, which can get inflamed and cause significant pain and discomfort. Traditional surgical treatment involves excision of the hemorrhoids that can be very painful with a long recovery time. Using radiofrequency and electrocautery, we are able to treat
Postpartum urinary incontinence is a common condition many women face post pregnancy. Pregnancy and a vaginal delivery can cause increased pressure on the nerves that control the bladder (less common after a c-section delivery) and may result in a higher frequency of urination and urgency.
Yes, you read correctly. Recent studies show multivitamin use in healthy people not only decreases healthiness but also increases the risk of death. The exact conclusion from one study is as follows: “Most supplements do not prevent chronic disease or death,
One of the most common conditions women complain of is heavy vaginal bleeding and pain during their menstruation cycle. Adenomyosis, or uterine endometriosis, is one of the most prevalent conditions
As the baby grows, so does the uterus carrying the baby. This growth stretches the skin over the enlarging uterus. Stretch marks are the red and brown streaks which eventually turn white, and sometimes itchy, that appear on or around your belly. They are a ……
As the level of estrogen in women decreases in perimenopause and menopause, shrinkage and dryness of the vaginal and urinary organs occur. The tissues thin out and the blood flow to the genitalia decreases. These changes can …..
I hear this so frequently in my office. Cyclic changes in mood and physical discomfort that usually starts after ovulation and ends with a period is called premenstrual syndrome and is often referred to as PMS. Feelings of depression, anxiety, nervous agitation, breast tenderness, and cravings are …
Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a chronic pelvic pain condition that has its origin in the bladder. Two to seven percent or the population (primarily women) suffer from this potentially debilitating condition. Women with recurrent urinary tract infection symptoms and negative cultures …..
Fourth trimester is the three month period after delivery when a mother’s body deals with the residual changes from carrying the pregnancy and child birth. This time period is critical since neglect in correcting these changes can lead to chronic lifelong issues. ……
One of the most common conditions in women is endometriosis. It occurs in 1 out of 10 women. The symptoms are usually persistent pain with menstruation, bloody cysts of the ovary and fertility issues. It is usually considered to be a benign condition. However, for years there has been ……
Adrenal fatigue is one of the most common hormonal abnormalities in our society. The day to day stress from work, family and society, added to the changes that we and nature inflict on our bodies causes the overproduction and eventual depletion of cortisol, an adrenal hormone. The overuse and …….
Anna had stopped by my office today for a six month follow up. Anna is a 25 year old woman who complained of chronic pain with sex a year ago. Anna lives in Texas and had come to see me because she did not feel that the physicians she had seen for this problem in Texas were able to help her with her……..
Now, one more reason to consider weight loss. A recent study shows that women who are overweight, and continue to gain weight, have intercourse less frequently and a significantly decreased desire for sex. This has been attributed to possible changes in hormonal patterns,
You are dieting, exercising regularly, doing your best to stay healthy and fit and lose some weight but it’s not working. Why you ask? It may be the toxins in your food and environment that you are exposed to that are working against you. Biphenol A is a known and banned toxin that has been used in ….
Anna had stopped by my office today for a six month follow up. Anna is a 25 year old woman who complained of chronic pain with sex a year ago. Anna lives in Texas and had come to see me because she did not feel that the physicians she had seen for this problem in …..
“Did you know we can put in a pacemaker for your bladder?”, I asked my 55 year old patient with chronic urinary incontinence. “A pacemaker for my bladder?”, she replied in disbelief.Many are surprised to hear what we do to help women control their urinary …
Testosterone is an essential hormone in a woman’s body. It is commonly known as a male hormone because men need a higher level of testosterone in their bodies. It peaks in women at the age of 20 and declines in perimenopausal years. They drop to their lowest levels during ……
Changes in estrogen and progesterone levels during the cycles may cause headaches in some women complaining of pain prior and during the menstrual cycles. Prior and during the menstrual cycle these hormone levels drop and are at the lowest levels . These headaches …….
Many women on hormonal contraceptives complain of decreased sex drive and vaginal dryness. In fact a recent study shows that 1 in 5 women reported lack of interest in sex after 6 months on the contraceptives. Hormonal birth controls such as pills, ……..