Cervical cancer was once one of the most common cancers affecting women. In past years, medical researchers have reported a significant decrease in incidences of cervical cancer, which has been attributed to increase in regular Pap tests being performed. Pap tests are a crucial part of preventing cervical cancer since they can detect precancerous lesions and abnormal cell growth before cancer develops.
Most cervical cancer cases are related to the human papillomavirus (HPV). This sexually transmitted infection can influence the development of cervical cancer as it aids in the abnormal growth of cervical cells.
These cells do not always develop in the same way, which is why there are 3 discernible types of cervical cancer.
Continue reading “3 Types of Cervical Cancer and What You Should Know About Them”
Deciding you’re ready to get pregnant is an exciting time in any relationship. But for many, the decision to get pregnant and initial conception are often the hardest parts of the whole process. In order to help get pregnant faster, your body must be readily prepared to support both you and the life of a growing fetus.
Continue reading “How To Increase Your Chances of Getting Pregnant”
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.
Continue reading “Could My Infertility be Caused by Endometriosis?”
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?”
As women, we face unique health challenges. In order to maintain long-term health, prevention and early detection of medical conditions and diseases is key. Depending on your stage of life, the following exams are recommended.
Continue reading “4 Essential Medical Exams for Women”
While ovarian cancer is only the ninth most common cancer in women, it is the leading cause of death for cancers of the female reproductive system.
The ovaries are responsible for releasing eggs during ovulation and producing female hormones. Over time, cancerous cells can develop on ovarian tissue.
Continue reading “Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month”
You may be wondering what’s special about May 8-14? This week, we at Birmingham OBGYN encourage women to take the National Women’s Health Week pledge. Continue reading “National Women’s Health Week”
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”
March is Endometriosis Awareness month – a good time to learn more about a disease that affects nearly 176 million women worldwide. Continue reading “Could Your Pelvic Pain be Endometriosis?”
Cervical 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!”