Most sexually active adults have been exposed to HPV. However, how much do you really know about human papillomavirus? Here are a few surprising facts about HPV so you are better informed:
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Menopause does come with some benefits, including the freedom of not having to deal with menstruation once a month. However, it also causes negative symptoms; the most common of which being hot flashes. Hot flashes are a hormonal condition that causes women to feel overwhelming heat in their face, neck and chest. These simple remedies can help you find relief from hot flashes. Continue reading “Surviving Hot Flashes”
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Perimenopause is a time where a woman€™s body is going through natural changes in levels of estrogen and progesterone. This change in hormones can cause hot flashes, mood swings, sleep problems, bone loss and problems with concentration.
So you and your spouse or partner have decided that it€™s time to have a baby. That€™s exciting and maybe a little bit unnerving. Before you get wrapped up in the idea, there are several things to consider and the first is a visit to your doctor. A visit to your doctor allows you to make sure that you€™re as healthy as possible prior to conceiving and the preconception visit will allow you to be tested for certain medical conditions that might affect your pregnancy and your baby.
Dr. Albert, Odom will be giving a speech at Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge Hospital 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12.
Benefits of Menopause
1. No More PMS
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, PMS can cause a range of physical and emotional issues for at least 85 percent of menstruating women. Though the beginning of menopause can cause some hormonal issues, it can also provide relief from food cravings, irritability and exhaustion.
2. Say Goodbye to Hormonal Headaches
A recent study by the National Headache Foundation states that 70 percent of women who suffer from migraines have menstrual migraines. Those who suffer from menstrual migraines see a huge improvement when going through menopause.
3. Change in the Size of Uterine Fibroids
Fibroids usually grow with an increase in estrogen and progesterone levels, which occur during menstruation. Depending on the size of uterine fibroids they can cause pain, heavy bleeding and pressure on the bladder. While estrogen levels decrease, fibroids either stop growing or shrink.
Going to the gynecologist isn’t something women eagerly anticipate. The anxiety and discomfort women feel is increased when it’s their first annual exam. There are a few things to keep in mind before having your first annual exam.
How should I prepare for my exam?
The most important thing to do before your first gynecological exam is research. Women should be prepared to discuss their family medical history and be ready for questions about their menstrual cycle. Some of the most commonly asked questions your provider may ask include:
When was your last period?
How long does your period typically last?
What age did you start your period?
Are you sexually active?
What should I expect for my annual exam?
The pelvic exam only lasts a few minutes and the exam itself doesn’t hurt. Most physicians will explain the process before beginning the exam, asking questions throughout the process is encouraged. The pelvic exam consists of the following steps:
Your doctor will typically begin the annual exam with a breast exam to check for lumps that may be a sign of cancer.
Your physician will then check the external genital area for irritations, cysts or other problems.
Next, the physician will insert a speculum, which is an instrument that is used to examine the cervix and vaginal walls. During this time, the doctor will also conduct a pap smear to check for cancerous and pre-cancerous cells.
The last step in the physical exam is for the physician to check the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries by inserting gloved fingers into the vagina and pressing on the abdomen.
Not only does the annual exam ensure that you maintain good gynecological health, but it is also an opportunity for you to catch health problems in the early stages.
If it€™s time to schedule your annual exam, please contact our office.