Gynecology

Endometrial Hyperplasia

Endometrial hyperplasia is a condition that happens when the uterine lining grows more than is necessary. Usually, it is a benign (non-cancerous) condition, but it has been known to lead to uterine cancer. If you have hyperplasia, this page should cover the basic information about your condition.

Fibrocystic Breast Changes

With the risk of breast cancer being a lurking concern for all women, it is not surprising that detecting a lump in your breast can be a very scary, emotional discovery. However, there is good news for women that have been noticing lumps and other changes in their breasts- not all of these growths are cancerous. Sometimes, women will develop benign (not cancerous) lumps in their breasts, especially around the time of their periods. This is an occurrence called fibrocystic breast changes, and they are not a disease, nor do they increase your risk of cancer. However, all lumps found should still be checked out by your doctor.

Genital Herpes

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease that affects around 20% of Americans, most are unaware they have the virus. Since it is a virus, it does not go away. Heathcare providers can only treat the symptoms and reduce the risk of transmission. Although there are several types of herpes, usually one type of herpes affects the mouth, and the other type affects the genitals. Both types of herpes cause sore, red blisters in the affected areas, which usually occur off and on throughout the affected person’s life. Since genital herpes is considered a sexually transmitted disease, it is important to know the facts about it in order to protect yourself and your partner.

Hormone Therapy

A woman’s body produces different amounts of hormones at certain important times in her life. During puberty, her body’s hormones began to produce more and more to allow her menstrual cycle to begin. During pregnancy, they change to cause the healthy growth of a baby. During menopause, hormone levels decrease to cause her to stop having her menstrual cycle. All these changes are very natural. However, menopause can cause some undesirable side effects from the estrogen depletion. These side effects can be anywhere from mild to very severe, and their manifestation is different in every woman. For women with more severe side effects, hormone therapy (HT) is an option to help restore estrogen levels in order to reduce symptoms. This page covers the basics about hormone therapy.

Hysterectomy

A hysterectomy can be a solution for problems of the uterus that have not responded to other treatments. Usually, it is the last resort after other attempts of improving the condition were not effective. This can be an emergency procedure that needs to be done for the safety of the patient. Since a hysterectomy is a major surgery, it is important to know the facts about what the procedure entails and what to expect.

Hysteroscopy

A hysteroscopy is a procedure that allows a doctor to look inside the uterus with a small, telescope-like device. It is inserted first into the vagina, then through the cervix and into the uterus. Hysteroscopy is an important way for doctors to help diagnose a potential problem with your uterus that they normally would not be able to do without looking inside. However, many women have questions about their upcoming procedures if they are scheduled to undergo hysteroscopy. The answers to the following frequently asked questions will hopefully help you understand more about the procedure you are about to undergo.

Intrauterine Device

An intrauterine device (IUD) is a type of birth control that is inserted directly into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. When considering birth control, there are many options for women to use, which is why it is important to get the information on each method for an educated decision. This page covers the basic information about the IUD to help you decide if it's right for you.

Laparoscopy

A laparoscopy is a medical procedure that your doctor uses to look directly inside your abdomen to diagnose certain problems. This abdominal view can give your doctor a very good look at the outsides of these organs, most importantly your reproductive organs like the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. Although many medical problems can be diagnosed through procedures that allow your doctor to get an inside view of your reproductive system through the vagina, this helps him or her get a look at what may be causing problems from the outside. This page goes over the basics about laparoscopy procedures- what they are, why they are used, and what to expect during a procedure.

Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP)

Although cells on your cervix grow and change all the time, it can be a scary thing to find out that some of the cells have become abnormal. This can be an early warning sign that cancer may occur. When you receive test results with abnormal cervix cells, your doctor may suggest the loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP). This procedure is used to remove the abnormal cells from your cervix. This page covers some frequently asked questions about LEEP as well as the basics about this procedure.

Ovarian Cysts

Ovarian cysts are one of the most common complaints from women of childbearing age. These painful afflictions can range anywhere from being a mild annoyance to a serious problem. This wide range of possible degrees of severity can oftentimes make it difficult for women to take the appropriate action for their type of cysts and to find suitable information that applies to them. This informational page is meant to answer your questions about ovarian cysts, whether big or small, and to help you decide what is right for your condition.