Gynecology & Wellness FAQs

Should I (or my daughter) get the HPV Vaccine?


Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a common virus that is spread through sexual contact. Approximately 80% of men and women in the US acquire a HPV infection during their lifetime. Most of the time HPV has no symptoms so people do not know they have it. There are approximately 40 types of genital HPV. Some types [...]

Should I (or my daughter) get the HPV Vaccine?2019-12-18T07:12:25+00:00

What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?


Bioidentical hormones are biochemically similar to those produced by the body or ovaries. The FDA has approved many prescription products that contain bioidentical hormones. However, the term “bioidentical” is often used to refer to custom-compounded hormones. One major difference between FDA-approved prescription bioidentical products and custom-compounded products is that the former are regulated by the [...]

What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?2019-12-18T07:12:08+00:00

What treatment options are available for my heavy menstrual periods?


Excessive or prolonged bleeding with periods is known medically as menorrhagia. Affecting almost 1 in 5 women, menorrhagia is a serious health condition that can have very disruptive effects on your family, your social life, regular daily activities and your mood. Treatment options available for menorrhagia are varied. Oral contraceptive pills and Lysteda are excellent [...]

What treatment options are available for my heavy menstrual periods?2019-12-18T07:11:51+00:00

What is an endometrial ablation?


An endometrial ablation is a minimally invasive outpatient treatment to ablate or destroy the lining of the uterus. The procedure is used to treat abnormal uterine bleeding and is an alternative to hysterectomy and hormone therapies. NovaSure endometrial ablation is performed in the office with local anesthesia and following NovaSure 91% of women experience less [...]

What is an endometrial ablation?2019-12-18T07:11:34+00:00

How can I have my “tubes tied” without an incision or general anesthesia?


Essure Permanent Contraception is a simple, minimally invasive procedure that permanently prevents pregnancy. Performed without anesthesia in an office setting, the Essure procedure involves placing a soft insert into each fallopian tube. Your body’s own tissue then grows in and around the inserts to block your tubes.

How can I have my “tubes tied” without an incision or general anesthesia?2019-12-18T07:11:18+00:00

What surgery is available for my urinary incontinence?


Stress urinary incontinence is a condition in which sudden movements put stress on the bladder, causing urine to leak out involuntarily. While there are several types of incontinence, stress urinary incontinence is the most common, affecting 1 in 3 women, many of them after childbirth. Tension-free vaginal tape or TVT is a minimally invasive surgical [...]

What surgery is available for my urinary incontinence?2019-12-18T07:11:02+00:00

What new types of contraception are available?


In addition to hormonal contraceptive options such as oral contraceptive pills, the contraceptive ring (NuvaRing) and a contraceptive injection (Depo-Provera), longer acting reversible methods of contraception are available. Mirena is an intrauterine contraceptive device that provides 5 years of contraception as well as lighter periods in 75% of women and no periods in 20% of [...]

What new types of contraception are available?2019-12-18T07:10:43+00:00

What is PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and what treatment is available?


Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common female endocrine disorder, affecting approximately 5%-10% of all females. The principal features are obesity, irregular or no periods due to lack of ovulation, acne and excessive amounts or effects of androgenic (masculinizing) hormones. Treatment options include oral contraceptive pills, medication to reduce excess hair growth, medication typically [...]

What is PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and what treatment is available?2019-12-18T07:10:29+00:00

What treatments are available for endometriosis?


Endometriosis is when the tissue lining the uterus (known as endometrium) is found outside the uterus. Common symptoms include pain with periods, pain with sex, painful urination or painful bowel movements during periods, and infertility. Treatment options include hormone therapy with oral contraceptive pills, progesterone and GnRH agonists (DepoLupron); pain medications; and surgical intervention. Conservative [...]

What treatments are available for endometriosis?2019-12-18T07:10:12+00:00

What is a colposcopy?


Colposcopy is a way for your doctor to use a special magnifying device to look at your cervix, vagina and vulva. The procedure is usually done when the result of a Pap test is abnormal. If a problem is seen during colposcopy, a small sample of tissue (biopsy) may be taken from the cervix or [...]

What is a colposcopy?2019-12-18T07:09:55+00:00
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