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From an interview with Gary Emerson, M.D. McLeod OB/GYN Associates 

Like many surgical approaches, the ability to treat stress incontinence has made tremendous advances in the past several decades.

8 Endometriosis Myths and a Couple 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 Merritt King, III, MD McLeod OB/GYN Seacoast

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. 

Yes, There is Sex After Your Pelvic Prolapse Surgery

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Gary Emerson, McLeod OB/GYN Associates

When a woman’s pelvic region loses muscle tightness and the uterus slips, this is a condition called prolapse.  Pain during sexual intercourse, loss sensation in the vagina/cervix or difficulty achieving orgasm are common symptoms for women with prolapse. So, it’s natural that women want to know, “Will I be able to have a normal sex life after treatment?”

Medically reviewed by Pauline O’Driscoll-Anderson, MD McLeod Women’s Care Clarendon 

You can hold in your hand one of the most effective tools to prevent birth defects – a daily vitamin containing 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid.

Watch Your Weight -- Protect Your Baby

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by David Bersinger, MD McLeod OB/GYN Cheraw

Weight gain – within limits -- during pregnancy is considered normal. If a woman is overweight or obese BEFORE becoming pregnant, she affects the chances of conceiving and delivering a healthy baby.

Debunking 5 Osteoporosis Myths

Posted on in Women's Health

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

“About half the U.S. women over age 50 have low bone mass that can lead to osteoporosis,” says McLeod Gynecologist Charles Tatum, MD. “Considering how common this bone disease remains, there are still a large number of myths floating around out there about this problem.”

From an interview with Gary Emerson, M.D. McLeod OB/GYN Associates

That sudden, unexpected urge to urinate – anytime, anywhere – can cripple a woman’s life. Constantly searching for restrooms. Hurrying to get there in time.

What’s the Mess with Mesh for Prolapse

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Melissa Brooks, M.D. McLeod OB/GYN Dillon

Watch TV much? Then, you’ve probably seen those lawyers' commercials: “Was mesh used on your pelvic organ prolapse surgery? Well you should see a lawyer.…”

Medically reviewed by Michael Hoffman, MD McLeod OB/GYN Cheraw-Bennettsville

The term “PMS” has become a term often used in humor and jokes. Yet, the woman suffering the effects of Premenstrual Syndrome fails to get the joke or see the humor. She’s suffering breast tenderness, acne, bloating, fatigue, headache, aches and pains.

Medically Reviewed by Merritt King, MD McLeod OB/GYN Seacoast

“I think we should do a colposcopy.” (kull-POS-sku-pee) Another medical term. What does it mean? What should I expect?

Medically reviewed by Paul Chandler, MD McLeod Women’s Care

Patients with Painful Bladder Syndrome -- also called Interstitial Cystitis (IC) -- often suffer 5-7 years before receiving an accurate diagnosis. 

From an interview with Gary Emerson, M.D. McLeod OB/GYN Associates

From large, very visible scars traveling across the abdomen to small scars, less pain, and faster recovery.  That describes the path that surgery for incontinence and other women’s pelvic health problems has taken in the 21st Century.  

Mid-Urethral Sling: Hallmark Surgical Solution for Pelvic Organ Prolapse

From a presentation by Dr. Brad Campbell McLeod OB/GYN Associates

Common Menopause Problems and Their Treatments

Posted on in Women's Health

From an Interview with Marla Hardenbergh, MD McLeod OB/GYN Dillon

When a woman undergoes her "change of life," she can look forward to positive differences, such as no longer worrying about monthly periods. Unfortunately, many women will suffer one or more common menopause problems. McLeod OB/GYN Marla Hardenbergh, MD, explains some of the problems and offers ideas on treatment:

From an interview with Marla Hardenbergh, MD McLeod OB/GYN Dillon 

Stress incontinence ranks as the most common form of urinary leakage among women — about one in four women experience the problem in their lifetime. McLeod OB/GYN Marla Hardenbergh, MD, describes the cause and some treatments for this common problem.

Cool News on Menopause-Related Hot Flashes

Posted on in Women's Health

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

Women of menopausal age often view hot flashes (also known as night sweats) as one of the most troublesome symptoms they gain as their menstrual periods stop. Many supposed treatments for hot flashes range from the scientific to old wives’ tales. Research has finally confirmed what experts say works (or doesn’t work) to control these menopause symptoms.

Medically reviewed by Joycelyn Schindler, MD McLeod OB/GYN Seacoast

 “The hidden medical epidemic that few women have been willing to talk about,” said an article in The Washington Post about Pelvic Organ Prolapse in older women. Yet, the article noted that – some unknown reason – there was a shift around 2015, according to the Women’s Health Foundation.

Endometriosis and Its Treatments

Posted on in Women's Health

From a presentation by Charles Tatum, M.D. McLeod OB/GYN Associates

Discomfort. Bleeding. Pain. 

Medically reviewed by Joycelyn Schindler, MD McLeod OB/GYN Seacoast

Pregnancy brings the promise of a bouncing new baby.

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