Recurring breast pain might be cause for a doctor’s visit.
Breast pain (Mastalgia) is a confusing and troubling issue for many women. It is characterized by pain and tenderness that may occur during your period or not seem to follow any pattern at all. (more…)
Getting a mammogram can almost be considered one of the rites of passage in any woman’s life. If you’re about to go for your first mammogram, it might be helpful to know what’s in store so you can prepare. Knowing what is involved may also help you to think of questions to ask your doctor during the process. (more…)
One in 9 babies are born too early in the United States each year. Around the world, 15 million babies are born before their 37th week–and these numbers are rising. Preterm birth is about more than just being small. Babies born too early can have life long health consequences including hearing and vision impairment, cerebral palsy and learning disabilities. Prematurity is the leading cause of death in babies less than four weeks of age. And you know what’s worse? According to the World Health Organization, three quarters of these deaths could be prevented, even if there’s not an intensive care unit available. (more…)
Breast cancer awareness is everywhere today—as it rightly should be. Breast cancer affects about 1 out of every 8 women in the United States during their lifetime and 232,000 new cases are identified every year. It’s no secret: breast cancer can be a killer. You probably know at least one woman (or man) who has battled the disease, or maybe you’ve been there yourself.
The medical community continues to research breast cancer and works tirelessly to find better ways to identify and treat the disease. According to new research conducted by the Mayo Clinic, there may be cause for doctors to change yet another breast cancer screening tool to help identify potential cancers early. The biopsy is a procedure that uses a needle to collect cells from a mass inside the breast. These cells are then studied to determine their type and what risk they may carry for breast cancer later. (more…)
Most couples expect getting pregnant to be easy – until it isn’t. After months of trying, frustration and fear can run high and leave you with lots of questions. Finding the cause of infertility can be simple or complex and infertility treatments can vary depending on the cause. Helping you see those two pink lines may be as simple as timing sex during the month or taking medications to release an egg on schedule
Different Solutions For Men and For Women
For men, the most common issues are low sperm and general sexual problems such as erectile dysfunction (ED). For women, you might not be ovulating, or your tubes might be blocked. You might have hormonal imbalances, structural problems with your uterus or endometriosis that needs to be treated to boost your fertility. We won’t know until we look and explore your unique situation.
No Two Patients Are Alike
Because no two patients are alike, we will make sure that you have the proper exams to determine the cause of your problem. We offer in-office labs and minimally invasive testing without radiation exposure from x-rays or other imaging procedures. To make sure the path an egg takes to reach the sperm is clear, we use ultrasound technology and a special device called the FemVue Sono to rule out any problems. Procedures are customized to your unique situation and needs, so not every patient may have the same set of tests.
In the even that you need more advanced procedures like minimally invasive surgery, including hysteroscopy, myomectomy surgery or laparoscopy, you can feel confident with our skill and expertise. We also offer early referrals to fertility specialists for advanced ovulation procedures if we feel it’s right for you.
Did you know that 40% of breast cancer cases are discovered by women who felt lumps during self-exams? It doesn’t matter if cancer runs in your family or not. Every adult woman over the age of 20 should do a monthly breast self-exam.
While mammograms do help in early detection of cancer before lumps form, breast self-exams help you to become accustomed to what is normal for your breasts so you can let your doctor know if anything looks or feels different.
Self-exams should not be a substitute for mammograms, screening and other detection, but combined with routine medical care, they can give you an advantage that could save your life. (more…)
Women have been telling their doctors for years that they have hormonal headaches and not every doctor was on board with the theory that the two were related. But now, we have hard evidence from researchers that backs what many patients have been saying–migraines are linked to hormonal events–especially menopause. (more…)
Vaginal dryness is an extremely common condition that can affect women of any age but most commonly targets old women–those who are postmenopausal (have stopped having periods). Many women shy away from discussing the topic with their doctor, but diagnosing and treating the condition is simple. (more…)
If you’re a woman who has found her love life slipping away, you could be one of the millions of women who struggle with low libido and desire. Many women between the ages of 35 and 60 struggle with the challenge of little or no sex drive and the wedge it can place between them and their partner. (more…)
Chances are that you know someone who has been directly affected by breast cancer. Maybe it’s you–sitting there right now. Maybe you’re finishing treatment or have just been diagnosed and you’re hoping for a bright future ahead. There’s still much research to be done to win the battle against breast cancer, but I want to encourage you to be a part of that effort through the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. There are lots of great breast cancer awareness and fundraising events going on all across the country almost constantly, so Avon’s walk isn’t your only option, but it could be a great way to join in the fight.
What is the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer?
Starting in September, 2014 walkers can trek up to 39 miles in a weekend while raising money for screenings, research, cancer support, education and more–but don’t worry–the walk is designed to be fun and interactive with great meals, lots of support from Avon’s volunteer staff and time with others who care about the cause.
Women and men who walk gather donations. These donations are used by Avon to fund breast cancer programs and offer treatment access to patients who may not have it otherwise–a key component of a healthy life and early detection. Since the walk started in 2003, more than $500 million dollars has been raised for the cause and helps underserved women get mammograms , research labs get important supplies, and low-income patients get transportation to and from medical appointments.
How can I get involved?
It’s easy! Visit the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer homepage and register for the city you’re closest to–or that you’ve always wanted to see and make it a trip to remember! You can choose from locations including Santa Barbara, Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, Boston and more. 80% of the money raised during the walk stays in the city where the walk is held.
I can’t walk very far–can I still participate?
Absolutely. There’s no requirement that says you have to walk the full mileage at the event. Just complete your fundraising efforts then come out and walk as long as you’d like–enjoying healthy meals, plenty of rest breaks, and a fun time along the way.
There is lots of helpful, inspiring information on the walk website–drop by and take a look at the videos and other inspiring details that will have you lacing up your walking shoes in no time. Plan your trip today!