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Pelvic Pain and Your Physician Visit

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Merritt King, III, MD

You experience pain in the area south of your belly button. In general, physicians describe it as “pelvic pain.” The causes could be anything from indigestion to endometriosis.

Screening Tests to help you Stay Healthy

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Joycelyn Schindler, MD

Millions of women are alive today because their physician spotted a potential health issue early and successfully treated it. Millions of women are alive today because THEY decided to see their physician regularly for recommended screenings.

Urge Incontinence

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Charles Tatum, MD McLeod OB/GYN Associates

“’Pelvic Health’ is a new phrase used among professionals in women’s health,” says McLeod Gynecologist, Dr. Charles Tatum. “We know what it means, but to the layperson, the descriptor can be confusing or even misleading. To clarify, pelvic health refers to five areas of concern that affect more than 1 in 3 women.”

Pelvic Prolapse Treatments

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by John Browning, MD McLeod OB/GYN Associates

“Pelvic relaxation may sound like something pleasant but that is definitely not the case,” says McLeod Gynecologist, Dr. John Browning. “The phrase is another way of describing pelvic organ prolapse – or the failure of a woman’s body to support the uterus. At its worst, the condition can result in a woman’s uterus, bladder, small bowel, and even the rectum protruding from her vagina and cervix. Thank goodness there are a number of ways to solve this problem.”

Immunizations Aren’t Just for Kids.

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Chris McCauley, MD McLeod OB/GYN Seaoast

“Trix is for kids!”

Endometriosis Myths-Truths

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Rebecca Craig, MD McLeod OB/GYN DIllon

“We know the problem is caused when the endometrium -- blood and tissue that is normally shed monthly from the uterus -- starts to grow outside the uterus,” says McLeod Gynecologist Rebecca Craig, MD. “Yet, there’s still much we have to learn endometriosis.”

Medically reviewed by Gary Emerson, MD McLeod OB/GYN Associates

Ever since 1943, when Dr. George Papanicolau published his work on “Diagnosis of Uterine Cancer by the Vaginal Smear,” the “Pap” test has been an annual experience for most women.

Nocturia, Nighttime Urge to Urinate

Posted on in Women's Health

Medical reviewed by Brad Campbell, MD McLeod OB/GYN Associates

Need to get up once a night to go to the bathroom? Don’t worry. That’s normal.

Stress Incontinence

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Brad Campbell, MD McLeod OB/GYN Associates

As a women experiencing bladder leakage, the first thing you should know is: You are not alone.

9 Tips for Exercising with Incontinence

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Chris McCauley, MD

According to a survey of more than 300 women, 47% noted some degree of incontinence while exercising. In female athletes, especially runners, the physical activity seems to actually trigger incontinence. Even for the recreational exerciser, embarrassing episodes in public situations can traumatize a woman struggling with stress incontinence. And your gym or fitness center is a very public place. “It’s important to keep exercising for your overall health, even with incontinence,” says McLeod Gynecologist Chris McCauley, MD. “Certain types of exercises should be avoided, but you can take some simple steps to can continue a healthy lifestyle.”

Medically reviewed by Merritt King, III, MD

Nancy was disappointed when her Gynecologist explained that there was no magic bullet for her urge incontinence and that feeling at the most awkward times that she had to go to the bathroom. “Unlike stress incontinence, which has a variety of non-surgical and surgical treatments, in urge incontinence, surgical options are reserved for only the most severe cases,” says McLeod Gynecologist Merritt King, III, MD. “Yet, a better knowledge of what can trigger or worsen urge incontinence will help avoid those embarrassing public situations.”

Medically reviewed by Joycelyn Schindler, MD

Menopause is part of a woman’s natural aging process. Many women find that incontinence seems to be part of her change in life. However, incontinence during menopause is not inevitable. It can be cured with physical therapy, biofeedback, medication and surgery. “Menopause is a time of many hormonal and physical changes for a woman,” says McLeod Gynecologist Joycelyn Schindler, MD. “Some of these transitions – a weakening of pelvic muscles, a less elastic bladder and weight gain exerting pressure on the bladder – contribute to incontinence. And every woman’s response to menopause is unique. Yet, there are measures you can take to increase your chances of maintaining continence.”

Medically reviewed by Joycelyn Schindler, MD

Pregnancy brings the promise of a bouncing new baby. On the other hand, the hormonal changes and stretching of a woman’s body bring the prospect of post-pregnancy stress incontinenceOne study indicated that about 25% of first-time mothers experience urinary incontinence and about 50% experience some pelvic prolapse.

From a presentation by McLeod Gynecologists Dr. Marla Hardenbergh and Dr. Brad Campbell

The causes of endometriosis, the growth of uterine lining cells outside the uterus, are still unknown. Yet, there are a few treatments that seem to work.

From a presentation by McLeod Gynecologists Dr. Marla Hardenbergh and Dr. Brad Campbell

Endometriosis can be a painful, recurring problem. Even with today’s medical breakthroughs, McLeod Gynecologists Marla Hardenbergh and Brad Campbell say many elements of endometriosis remain a mystery:

From a presentation by McLeod Gynecologists  Dr. Brad Campbell and Dr. Marla Hardenbergh

Many women suffer the embarrassment and discomfort of stress incontinence, where urine leaks with a sneeze or cough. In answering questions at a recent public event, two experienced Gynecologists discuss the problem and possible solutions.

From a presentation by McLeod Physical Therapist Taylor Holmes

Women’s incontinence problems can be treated with medication and surgery. But Therapist Taylor Holmes says you may be successful by starting with simple exercises and physical therapy.

Medically Reviewed by Taylor Holmes, PT, DPT, STAR-C

More and more women are talking with their doctor about urinary leakage or incontinence. And that’s a good thing. There’s no reason to live with the embarrassment and anxiety of stress incontinence or an overactive bladder. “Many women may experience relief of symptoms with surgical intervention, medication, or conservative treatment such as physical therapy,” says McLeod Physical Therapist Taylor Holmes. “Physical therapy for urinary incontinence involves pelvic floor muscle training, bladder training, and electrical stimulation. It should be considered a first line of treatment for this condition due to its effectiveness and low risk for adverse effects."

Medically reviewed by Charles Tatum, MD

“Another morning with pain,” groaned Marla as she awoke, thinking this was the third day in a row she felt this bad. Marla was having her period, but even between periods, Marla felt discomfort in her pelvic area. A hint that it was more than her period. If you feel discomfort (at best) and real pain (at worst) along with serious bleeding during your period, you’d see your gynecologist. Right? Not necessarily, says the research. A series of studies around the world report a delay of more than 9 years from the time a woman first feels the effects of endometriosis until treatment begins. Endometriosis is the result of tissue that normally grows inside the uterus, beginning to grow outside. 

Medically reviewed by Gary Emerson, MD

What you eat. And how much. What you drink. And how much. Training for when you go to the bathroom. And how often. Special exercises for your pelvic muscles. “Call them lifestyle modification or behavioral intervention. These are the first tools we’ll use when we work with you to control your bladder control problem,” says McLeod Gynecologist Gary Emerson, MD.  “Whether it’s stress incontinence – leakage when you cough or sneeze – or urge incontinence – that feeling you “have to go” triggering a rush to the bathroom – nearly 4 out of 10 women will find some relief before moving to medications or surgery.”

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