Gynecology

Pelvic Pain

The term “pelvic pain” is a very broad description of a problem that almost all women experience at least once in their lives. Pelvic pain can be a result of many different conditions, and can range from being mild menstrual cramps to severe, chronic pain resulting from an illness. This means that finding the cause of your pelvic pain may take a while, since there are many different problems that need to be ruled out. Almost all women experience varying degrees of pelvic pain from various causes and handle it in different ways, but it is important to go to your healthcare provider if the pain is consistent, if it has worsened exponentially, or if it is disrupting your life. This page should help answer some common questions about pelvic pain and what can be done about it.

Pelvic Support Problems

As women age their bodies and reproductive organs change. During pregnancy these organs stretch and grow, and then must return back to a new "normal" after childbirth. Sometimes women may feel that their pelvic organs are "sagging" or "falling out". These symptoms may be caused by pelvic support problems. This page goes over basic information about pelvic support problems, their causes, and how they can be treated.

Premenstrual Syndrome

A woman’s monthly cycle can greatly affect her mood at the different stages during the month. Most of these changes manifest themselves during the days before and during her period. Although often only minor mood swings or other physical symptoms occur, some women experience that can be significant enough to affect thier lives. If the symptoms are debilitating, they may be classified as PMS (premenstrual syndrome) or PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder). Because “premenstrual symptom” is a broad term and can apply to many different symptoms, women may have questions about it. This page should offer some answers to these questions and help build your knowledge on menstruation and PMS.

Preparing for Surgery

Preparing to have any surgery - whether major or minor - can be a very scary time for any woman. You may have many questions about what to expect and how to deal with it. Every procedure differs a bit, depending on the operation and the woman. However, in order to deal with your feelings about your upcoming procedure, it is important to be informed and knowledgeable about what is to come. This  page covers the basics about what to expect during a surgical procedure and how you can prepare.

Sexuality and Sexual Problems

Sexual intimacy is a great way to feel connection and love with your partner. It can be very romantic, fulfilling, and fun. However, sometimes a woman may experience different sexual problems that make sex less enjoyable for her. Many women experience sexual problems at least once in their lives, regardless of age, relationship status, and sexual interests. There are many different causes of sexual problems. If a woman has any sexual concerns, it is important that she talk to her health care provider. This page explains the basics about sexuality, the pattern of sexual response, and some common sexual problems that affect women.

Sterilization for Women and Men

Sometimes, men and women do not want to have anymore children. If they have made this decision, there are several options for birth control that they can use, some more permanent than others. Sterilization is a permanent form of birth control for both men and women. For women, the process is called tubal sterilization, and for men, it is called a vasectomy. Sterilization procedures are very safe and usually free of complications. However, many men and women have questions about them. This page should explain some of the basics about sterilization, and answer some frequently asked questions.

Urinary Incontinence

Accidental urine leaks can be embarrassing and difficult to manage. Though leaking is never normal, many women do occasionally leak small amounts of urine, either with a strong urge to go, or with activities like coughing/sneezing or running/jumping. This uncontrolled urine loss is called urinary incontinence. This page covers the basic information about urinary incontinence and its treatment.

Uterine Fibroids

There are several different growths that can occur inside the uterus. One of the types is uterine fibroids, a benign (not cancerous) growth that is common among women; occurring in as high as 50-75% of all women. Many women who have uterine fibroids are not aware of them because they can remain small and asymptomatic. However, some can cause problems because of their size, location, and number. This page covers the basics about uterine fibroids and what to expect if you have them.

Vaginitis

Vaginitis is a broad term that covers any illness that causes inflammation of the vagina. Symptoms of vaginitis are common among all women. It is estimated that over one third of all women experience the symptoms of vaginitis at least once in their lives. Luckily, the different types of vaginitis are easily treatable after being diagnosed. This page should answer some of your questions about vaginitis, and also offers tips on how to prevent future infections.