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Today’s First Option for Treating Stress Incontinence & Pelvic Organ Prolapse Has a Long History Medically reviewed by Dr. Gary Emerson, McLeod OB/GYN Associates

In the 5th Century BC, physicians in the age of Hippocrates were treating urinary incontinence by inserting pomegranate fruits in the vaginas of female patients. Today’s pessary – a silicone or plastic support – is one of the most widely used options for women suffering from Stress Incontinence or Pelvic Organ ProlapseIn much the same way that an underwire bra can help support breasts, the pessary supports the bladder when inserted in the vagina, helping stop urine leakage. 

Medically reviewed by Dale Lusk, MD

Squeeze….and release.  Squeeze…and release. Among the effective non-surgical treatments for female urinary incontinence, the Kegel is one of the simplest. At its simplest, the Kegel involves squeezing your pelvic muscles, as if you are trying to stop the urine flow. And it’s best when performed numerous times during the day. “Yes, but how am I supposed to remember?” You might ask.  “Stick it,” says Gynecologist Dale Lusk, M.D. of Advanced Women's Care. “I tell patients to buy some of those little red, green or blue sticky dots that they can get at the office supply or discount store. Take a marker and write a big ‘K’ on each one. Then, stick it on your TV remote. Whenever you see the dot, do a few Kegels. Stick one on your car’s rear view mirror. Every time you hit a red light, do a few Kegels. Stick one inside the refrigerator. Open the door; do a Kegel or two. Stick one on a book you’re reading. When you sit down to read, do a few Kegels.” 

Medically Reviewed by Taylor Holmes, DPT, STAR-C

Surgery is the gold standard for pelvic repair to “cure” urinary leakage or stress incontinence. However, following the diagnosis, nearly every gynecologist will start with a series of non-surgical options.

Modifying behavior and the way a woman reacts to her body’s signals has been the focus of clinical attention in the US for several decades. One of these – biofeedback – can be used in conjunction with Pelvic Muscle Exercises – also known as kegels.

BIOFEEDBACK

Medically reviewed by Dr. Brad Campbell

A woman’s reproductive organs can be affected by five main types of cancer, identified by the location where it started: ovarian, cervical, uterine, vaginal and vulvar. This article looks at symptoms associated with ovarian cancer. A woman has two ovaries in her pelvis, located on either side of her uterus.  They produce the eggs for reproduction as well as some female hormones. There is no simple, reliable test for ovarian cancer, in the way a Pap test can identify cervical cancer. Making it even more confusing for a woman, many of the symptoms are typical of other non-cancerous problems. 

Medically Reviewed by Brad Campbell, MD

A Higher Risk is Actually Good News for Women A study unveiled in late 2013 indicated that 1 in 5 women face a risk sometime in her life of surgery for urinary incontinence or pelvic prolapse surgery.

Medically Reviewed by Charles Tatum, MD 

DID YOU KNOW  By age 65, more than a third of US women have had a hysterectomy. Women living in the US South or Midwest are more likely to have a hysterectomy. Hysterectomy is a descriptive term that covers a range of surgical procedures and options. At its most basic, a hysterectomy is surgery to remove a woman’s uterus. (The uterus is where a baby grows.)


Medically Reviewed by Timothy Hagen, DO

May is National Stroke Awareness Month.  Stroke is the leading cause of death and long-term disability in the United States.  For a number of reasons, more women suffer this “heart attack of the brain” than men.  A number of issues -- such as migraine headaches with auras, smoking, hormone therapy, preeclampsia during pregnancy, age and family history – can put a woman at increased risk of stroke.  High blood pressure is both a risk of stroke and a sign to watch for.

Stroke. You Could Die…or….

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Medically Reviewed by Timothy Hagen, DO May is National Stroke Awareness Month

Tips on Lowering Your Risk of Long-Term Disability. Stroke is the leading cause of death in the United States – with more women suffering a stroke than men, thanks to risk factors, such as migraineshormone therapy and oral contraceptives. Death from stroke is tragic. Yet, stroke “survivors” can take months to recover from the disabilities. And up to 30% of the stroke survivors never recover.Avoid stroke by lowering your blood pressure with this tips for women from McLeod Neurologist Dr. Timothy Hagen


May is National Stroke Month

Medically Review by Timothy Hagen, DO


May is National Stroke Awareness Month
Medically Review by 
Timothy Hagen, DO

Migraine headaches are more common in women than men.  Migraines can often be crippling, sending a women to a quiet, darkened bedroom. Migraines are said to put a woman at greater risk of stoke than even family history of heart problems or high cholesterol.

5 Things You Need to Know About Endometriosis

Posted on in Women's Health

When a Woman’s Body Rebels
Medically reviewed by 
Dr. Dale Lusk

Ideally, tissue and blood vessels grow to line a woman’s uterus, enabling her to become pregnant. Once a month, if she’s not pregnant, the uterus sheds the lining. That’s her period. 

Medically reviewed by Dr. Dale Lusk

Fibroids – non-cancerous growths – that form in and around the uterus can cause heavy bleeding, pain, discomfort during sex and a frequent need to urinate. The most common way to eliminate the problem is for a woman to have the fibroids and her uterus removed through a hysterectomy. When the fibroids are removed, the bleed and pain will diminish. 

Heavy Bleeding During Periods - When to Worry

Posted on in Women's Health

What’s “Normal” and What’s NOT

Generally, a woman’s menstrual period – when her body sheds the uterus lining – lasts 7 days.  Bleeding can be captured with pads or tampons. 

Healthcare Ratings: How They Stack Up.

Posted on in Women's Health

Over the years, most people have relied on recommendations from friends and family when choosing a doctor or hospitals. With the rise of the Internet, easily and often accessed by health consumers, ratings and rankings boomed. To be an informed consumer, it’s good to understand what information each rating uses and how it is compiled. Here’s a brief overview.

Organizations compile their ratings with different information, from different sources with different formulas to make the data consumer-friendly. Here are the most common ways in which ratings are generated:

Medically reviewed by
Gary Ferguson, MD

As women age or have babies, many suffer urinary leakage or incontinence and feel that it’s a problem they “just have to live with.” But there is help for women with stress incontinence along with others who feel they have to go to the bathroom even when their bladder isn’t full (urge incontinence).

A woman’s uterus is held in place in her pelvis by muscles and ligaments. However, aging, menopause and pregnancy can weaken the support, allowing the uterus to drop into the vagina. This is prolapse.

“Symptoms of pelvic prolapse range from a low backache to painful sexual intercourse and frequent urination,” says McLeod Gynecologist Dr. Brad Campbell. “In the most severe cases, a woman’s organs can appear outside her vagina.”

Medically reviewed by Wallace Vaught, MD

“I gotta go. I gotta go! Oops. I didn’t make it.”   It’s not funny. It’s a struggle that some 15 million American men and women struggle with everyday: urge incontinence – the sudden feeling of a need to urinate even if the bladder is not full. Even a rush to the nearest bathroom may not be fast enough to avoid urine leakage from their overactive bladder.

The waiting room air crackled with anxiety. Beth paged through an old Red Book magazine not really paying attention to the articles. Across the room, Rhonda checked her watch to see how long she’d been waiting. Both had the same thought: “Will I be able to get pregnant?”

Beth was diagnosed with fibroids, a tumor-like, non-cancerous growth in her uterus. Rhonda’s last visit confirmed that she had endometriosis, where the material that normally grows as a lining in the uterus, starts growing outside.

Uterine Fibroids Can Be Painful

Posted on in Women's Health

Not long ago, Brenda thought it was just part of being a woman. Not just her monthly period, but the pain and bleeding that bothered her throughout the month. Some days Brenda couldn’t work. She missed her daughter’s dance recital. Her constant need for a bathroom made her hesitate to go out with friends. And her pain took the romance out of sex with her husband.

Today, Brenda’s life is much better, since visiting her personal physician and learning three important facts: 1) Her problems are due to fibroids growing in her uterus, 2) they can be easily treated and 3) fibroids are benign, NOT cancerous.

What to Expect After Incontinence Surgery

Posted on in Women's Health

Most women who undergo surgery for their urinary leakage see a significant improvement in their condition along with a reduction in the symptoms.  The most common procedure for stress incontinence cures 70-90% of the women who choose this option.  

“Every woman recovers at a different rate,” says McLeod Gynecologist Dr. Brad Campbell. “Your doctor will probably schedule an appointment following the surgery to review your recovery. In addition to improving your incontinence, other topics you may want to discuss are pain, fatigue and returning to work.”

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