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Help! I Bleed After Sex Feb 2nd, 2023

Sexual intercourse should be pleasurable and exciting, not painful or scary. If you notice blood coming from your vagina directly after sex, however, you’re probably scared, or at least worried.  There’s not a single cause for postcoital bleeding. That’s why you should contact your OB/GYN to find out what’s causing...

Here's What to Expect From Your Estrogen Receptor Test Jan 17th, 2023

About one in every eight women in the United States will develop an invasive breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Every year, doctors diagnose nearly 290,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer, plus another 51,000 cases of noninvasive (i.e., in situ) breast cancer. If you have a suspicious...

Myths About Hormone Replacement Therapy Debunked Dec 1st, 2022

Just as you celebrated the end of monthly menstrual cramps and bleeding, the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause throw you off your joy wagon. You try to maintain a good attitude about aging — it’s a luxury, you know — but restless nights in soaked sheets and days where your...

The Link Between Smoking and Vaginal Health Issues Nov 1st, 2022

Your vagina is a delicate ecosystem that depends on the presence of good bacteria, the proper pH balance, and sufficient lubrication to stay healthy and happy. Anything you do that affects your health ultimately affects your vagina. One habit that has a strongly negative effect on vaginal health is smoking...

Talking to Your Daughter About Her Risk for Breast Cancer Oct 6th, 2022

You know how media exposure to upsetting topics affects your own emotions. Now imagine you’re a girl who’s just getting used to her body’s changes, and you read or hear multiple stories about breast cancer. Wouldn’t you be scared? Breast cancer awareness has helped decrease fatalities from breast cancer, because more...

What to Know If You're Pregnant and Have an STI Sep 1st, 2022

Each year in the United States, there are about 12 million new cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and that’s not including infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). That statistic also doesn’t account for the many women, men, and teens who have an STI but don’t yet know it. If you...

Why You Shouldn't Ignore Vaginal Dryness Aug 1st, 2022

You never miss the water til the well runs dry. You might not have even noticed the water. Women and other people with vaginas often grow up wary, and even ashamed, of their “private parts.” Even if you secretly — or with your partner — celebrated your “juiciness,” you probably...

Fibroids, Bleeding Symptoms, and Bulk Symptoms: What to Know Jul 1st, 2022

Somewhere around one-third of women in the United States have uterine fibroids, which are tumors composed of uterine muscle cells that can grow to large proportions. Although 99% of the time, fibroids are benign (noncancerous) they can cause a range of uncomfortable symptoms and problems.  At Elite Gynecology, our expert gynecologists, Molly McBride, MD, and Tamara...

What Are My Options for Heavy Menstrual Bleeding? Jun 1st, 2022

While up to 30% of women experience abnormal bleeding during menstruation, that doesn’t mean that heavy bleeding is normal or that you should have to put up with it. In fact, heavy bleeding puts you at risk for anemia. It may also severely affect your quality of life and even how...

My Pap Smear Results Were Abnormal—Now What? May 3rd, 2022

Cancer screenings, such as Pap smears and breast cancer screenings, are a routine part of women’s health care. These screenings help detect potential issues before they snowball into bigger ones. Pap smears – officially called a Papanicolaou smear – screen for precancerous and cancerous lesions in your cervix. Early detection...

UTERINE FIBROIDS LINKED TO HIGHER RISK OF BREAST CANCER BUT LOWER RISK OF DEATH, STUDY SAYS Nov 9th, 2021

Breast cancer is the MOST COMMON cancer worldwide. In 2021, AN ESTIMATED 281,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 49,290 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the US alone. A STUDY PUBLISHED IN ONCOTARGET found that although the risk of breast cancer was higher among women...

Chronic UTIs are Preventable Oct 8th, 2021

A woman in a private online group of middle aged women recently asked the rest of us how to manage her chronic urinary tract infections. The advice she received, from dozens of menopausal and perimenopausal women dealing with similar and seemingly intractable tracts, ranged from PH balanced vagina wash to...