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Ectopic Pregnancy: Signs to Take Seriously Oct 2nd, 2023

Pregnancy, ideally, is a joyous and exciting time. But reality and what’s ideal don’t always match. Sometimes a fertilized egg doesn’t travel down your fallopian tubes and into the uterus, where it implants itself in the blood-rich lining that nourishes its growth. Instead, the zygote (fertilized egg) stays in the...

When to See Your Gynecologist About Discharge Sep 1st, 2023

Maintaining vaginal health helps maintain your overall health, too. If you have responsible, safer sex and bathe regularly, your vagina should maintain itself through its own self-cleaning mechanisms. Both your vagina and your cervix (the opening to your uterus that extends into the vagina) create fluids that cleanse and lubricate...

Why Do I Keep Getting UTIs? Aug 4th, 2023

From the world of “It’s just not fair,” as a woman you’re 30 times more likely to develop a  urinary tract infection (UTI) than a man is. And, if you do get a UTI, you have a 6 in 10 chance of having another one (or more) within six months. ...

Ready for Birth Control? Here's What You Need to Know Jul 1st, 2023

Your great-great-great grandmother probably had to rely on your great-great-great grandfather’s self-control in order to control her family size. Withdrawal and other forms of natural birth control are among the reasons that couples used to have so many more children than they do now. Luckily, you have more freedom than...

Is Vaginal Dryness Hurting Your Sex Life? Jun 1st, 2023

When you’re young and healthy, so is your vagina. As soon as you become sexually aroused, your vaginal walls secrete moisture to reduce the friction of sexual intercourse so that it’s pleasurable and exciting.   As you age, or if you’ve recently given birth or have a medical condition, your...

Revolutionizing Pelvic Floor Therapy with Emsella: A Breakthrough Treatment for Incontinence and Sex May 22nd, 2023

Pelvic floor dysfunction is a common problem that affects millions of people worldwide. It can cause a range of symptoms, including incontinence, sexual dysfunction, and pelvic pain. While there are many treatments available, most of them are invasive, time-consuming, and often ineffective. However, a new breakthrough treatment called Emsella is...

Here's How Often You Need a Pap Smear May 7th, 2023

Since the Pap smear was introduced in 1943 through a book coauthored by Dr. George Nicholas Papanicolaou, the rates of cervical cancer have plummeted. In the beginning of the 20th century, it’s estimated that 24-37 women out of 100,000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer, but by 2008, the rate drops to only 7.5 out...

Contraception Options: What's Right for You? May 1st, 2023

Introduction Contraception is an effective way to prevent pregnancy. There are several different types of contraception that you can use, including: Birth control pills (oral contraceptives) Condoms Diaphragms and cervical caps IUDs (intrauterine devices) Each type of contraception has its own benefits and risks, so it's important to talk with...

How Uterine Fibroid Embolization Can Improve Quality of Life for Women Apr 24th, 2023

Introduction Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that develop in the uterus. Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a catheter to block blood flow to the fibroids, causing them to shrink and eventually die off. The procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis, with patients...

The Importance of Regular Gynecological Check-Ups: What Women Need to Know Apr 17th, 2023

Introduction Most women are aware of the importance of regular gynecological check-ups. However, they may not know exactly why they're so important. In this article, we'll discuss some of the most important reasons why it's so vital for women to visit their gynecologists on a regular basis.First and foremost, knowing...

Understanding PCOS: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment Options Apr 12th, 2023

What Is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome? (PCOS) Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS is a common hormonal disorder that affects the ovaries. Women with PCOS have high levels of androgens, which are male hormones that can cause acne, facial hair growth and weight gain. They also have higher levels of LH and...

Beware of These 6 STDs Apr 5th, 2023

Approximately 20% of the United States population has a sexually transmitted infection (STI), according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Even if you think you’re in a monogamous relationship, if your partner cheats, you’re at risk. Even if you limit your sexual activity to intimate touch, you’re at risk. By becoming...

Food Cravings And What Can Be Done In Our Modern Age Apr 5th, 2023

Hunger is a natural process that works best when it's followed in an ordered way. A hormone called ghrelin is released, which tells your brain that you're hungry. Blood sugar levels drop; this triggers feelings of hunger and fatigue until they're back up to normal. When you start to eat,...

Who Needs a LEEP Procedure? Mar 1st, 2023

Depending on your age and sexual activity, you probably undergo regular Pap smear tests. A Pap smear is a simple test that allows your OB/GYN to evaluate the health of your cervix, which is the opening to your uterus, at the top of your vagina. The Pap smear is then...

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...