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Could My Infertility be Caused by Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a much more prevalent issue than many people might think. In fact, fewer than 1/3 of women know what endometriosis is, despite it affecting approximately one out of every ten women in the United States.

Endometriosis occurs when uterine tissue begins to grow outside of the uterus. Because this tissue responds to a woman’s menstrual cycle, symptoms can be confused with period pain. Since the tissue has no way of leaving the body, lesions, scar tissue and inflammation can occur. All of these symptoms could potentially lead to infertility.

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How Do I Know if I Have Uterine Fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are a much more common issue than you might think. According to the National Institutes of Health, one study found that between 80 and 90 percent of African American women and 70 percent of Caucasian women will develop fibroids before the age of 50.

Since uterine fibroids can cause severe symptoms and can even lead to trouble getting pregnant, it is important to know the warning signs of fibroid development. Continue reading “How Do I Know if I Have Uterine Fibroids?”

What You Should Know When it’s Time for Your First Gynecology Exam

If you’re scheduling your first gynecology visit and are curious what a gynecologist is, you aren’t alone.

Many women have questions when it comes to seeing a gynecologist and when they should schedule an appointment. Continue reading “What You Should Know When it’s Time for Your First Gynecology Exam”

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month!

Teal awareness ribbonCervical Cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer, yet over 12,000 women in the US are diagnosed with it each year.

Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections and is found in about 99% of cervical cancers. While almost 90% of HPV infections resolve on their own within 2 years, high-risk types of HPV may cause cervical cancer.

Regular PAP screenings and HPV tests can help to diagnose pre-cancerous cell changes early and possibly prevent cervical cancer. Continue reading “January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month!”