Blog Posts in December, 2010

  • The Pill Can Relieve Menstrual Migraines

    Menstrual migraines (MM) are one of the most common disabling conditions in women’s health as they tend to be more severe, prolonged, and more resistant to treatment than those that occur at other times. A menstrual migraine is defined as a migraine headache that has it’s onset within a five day window, beginning two days before and through the 3rd day of menstruation. Two of the ...
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  • Contraceptive Upgrade Proves Cost Effective

    Upfront costs of contraception may be misleading. Birth control pills (OCPs) range in cost from about $10 for generics to $45 for branded pills per cycle, yet 5% of couples conceive while using them. More astounding are the multitude of people who count on condoms for protection, which are extremely cheap at less than one dollar per use, yet they are unaware of a failure rate of approximately 15% ...
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  • New Non-Hormonal Treatment for Heavy Periods

    We have previously covered common causes of heavy menstrual periods–fibroids, polyps, & hormonal dysfunctional bleeding–as well as treatments. Von Willebrand disease (VWD) is the most frequent inherited bleeding disorder, effecting up to 1% of women. The condition results from a deficiency, dysfunction, or absence of a protein in the blood aptly named after its discoverer, von ...
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  • "The Pill" is Safer than Pregnancy

    Every type of contraception is safer than the condition it is preventing… pregnancy. Ironically many people believe the contrary. So this is a great starting point for contraceptive counseling. Recently there has been an onslaught of TV commercials, produced by lawyers, soliciting patients who utilize birth control pills containing the progestin drospirenone: Yasmin®, Yaz®, and the ...
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  • Robotic Hysterectomy = Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

    Hysterectomy, the removal of only the uterus, remains one of the most frequently performed surgical procedures in the United States; more than 600,000 operations are completed each year. Most patients undergoing hysterectomy, (approximately 90%) do so for benign conditions (eg. Fibroids). The surgical approach used to perform the procedure has evolved significantly and indeed continues to evolve. ...
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  • Saving Ovaries at Hysterectomy Saves Lives

    Traditionally gynecologists have been trained to recommend preventative removal of a woman’s ovaries (oophorectomy) if she is older than 45 when she undergoes a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) for benign disease. It has been recommended to prevent ovarian cancer and avert the potential for other ovarian problems, like cysts, that might require future surgery. There is general agreement ...
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  • Early Menopause?

    The absence of menstrual periods for a minimum of one year is the hallmark of menopause. Premature ovarian failure (POF) is the term usually used to describe women entering menopause before the age of 40. Surprisingly, about 25% of these women may ovulate and some even conceive after the diagnosis is made, so some specialists suggest that it may be more appropriate to refer to this as ...
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  • Vaginal Birth May Put You At Risk for Prolapse or Incontinence

    Pelvic floor disorders, including urinary and fecal incontinence as well as prolapse, affect 1 in 4 non‑pregnant women. Not surprisingly, the incidence increases with age from 10% in their 20’s to almost 50% in their 80’s, and also with bodyweight. Specifically, 1 in 6 women report concerns about bladder control. A recent study reported that incontinent women spend on average $900 per ...
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  • Implanon Long-Term Hormonal Contraception

    Implanon® has been FDA approved for over three years and remains underutilized as one of the most effective hormonal contraceptives ever developed. It is a flexible plastic rod the size of a matchstick that is inserted under the skin on the inner side of a woman’s upper arm. Implanon® contains a progestin called etonogestrel, also found in some birth control pills. Implanon® ...
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