Tag Archives: women’s health

The HPV vaccine is effective!

A study recently showed that HPV vaccine helped protect women against several types of cervical cancer for up to 7 years.   Seven years.  Pretty good. 2650 young women were vaccinated with quadrivalent HPV vaccine and there were no cases of severe … Continue reading

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What side effects to expect from your hormonal contraception?

Hormonal contraceptives are medicines (with hormones in it)that decrease your risk of getting pregnant.  This can be in the many forms: a pill, a patch, a ring inside the vagina, implants under the skin, or an intrauterine device. Most women … Continue reading

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Endometriosis?

Do you have frequent pelvic pain? pain worse with your period? pain with intercourse?  Endometriosis is a common gynecologic condition affecting women of childbearing age. My job is to the find the cause of that pain.  Physical exam, blood work … Continue reading

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What are the benefits to younger women getting mammograms?

Annual mammograms decreased the risk of mastectomy in women aged 40-50 by half!  1138 women participated in a study and those who had a mammogram yearly were more likely to have a smaller, singular breast cancer.  These women were able to … Continue reading

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Does taking hormones make you feel “hormonal?”

Imagine that taking hormones is like a cavemen getting clubbed over the head. . . . the hormones have to take over the body’s hormone system.  Here are some side effects to expect. . .and a hint of how long to … Continue reading

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Reasons to be taking hormonal contraception. . . .other than contraception.

I had a patient today who has menstrual migraines. . . and has had her tubes tied. We discussed starting her on hormonal contraception for noncontraceptives reasons. I reviewed the ACOG (American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology) 2010 bulletin on noncontraceptive … Continue reading

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