Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

by Tamara Hanson on July 24, 2017

Affecting women of reproductive age, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome,or PCOS, is an endocrine system disorder that can affect women not only physically but emotionally.

Symptoms:

The symptoms of PCOS range from irregular periods to polycystic ovaries or enlarged ovaries, to increased androgen (male hormones) that can result in increased facial hair or acne.

Causes:

The causes of PCOS isn’t definitive as it’s not quite certain how PCOS occurs. However, the following factors could play a role in getting PCOS:

  • Hereditary
  • Low-grade inflammation
  • Excessive insulin

PCOS can cause greater health conditions including, but not limited to, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, endometrial cancer, abnormal uterine bleeding, infertility, and sleep apnea.

Diagnosis:

Your doctor will determine if you have PCOS by doing a physical exam, including a pelvic exam; blood tests will be completed to measure hormones, and an ultrasound is completed to determine the thickness of the uterine lining and the condition of the ovaries.

Treatment:

The only treatment available for PCOS is by managing the symptoms. This includes prescription medication to help to make your periods more regular. Your physician can help you with what options are available.

The Importance of a Nurse Practitioner

by Tamara Hanson on July 10, 2017

We understand that some women, especially during the teen years, may not be comfortable with discussing certain things with a male doctor. Because we want our patients to feel comfortable when they come to see us, it’s important for us to provide an environment so our patients can feel safe and secure to discuss any issue. This is why we felt it was important to have Jenny Neziroski join us as our our new nurse practitioner.

Jenny provides personalized care to her patients, assisting them with understanding any issues they need to discuss. Regardless if you need information on birth control, the HPV vaccine, PMS, college preparedness, or other questions and concerns you may have, Jenny is available to assist you.

Postmenopausal Women and Osteoporosis

May 25, 2017

As women age and enter the 50 plus years, they need to become increasingly aware of their bone health and what they need to do to maintain and protect their bones. Osteoporosis becomes more prevalent as we age because bone-removing cells take bone away faster than bone is replaced. Below are some suggestions to help […]

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Are Allergies on the Rise?

April 30, 2017

Our body has the amazing ability to fight off any unwanted invaders that try to create havoc in our health and our lives, including the ability to fight off viruses, bacteria and fungi. We really do have an amazing system. However, sometimes our body gets a hold of something and reacts to it in a […]

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Memory and Menopause

April 17, 2017

Can menopause affect memory? According to a study published in The Journal of Neuroscience, memory can change when women reach menopausal age. The study indicates that when levels of estradiol (a natural estrogen that is a primary sex hormone that declines during menopause) are low, there are significant changes in the hippocampus. The study indicates […]

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Digital Tomosynthesis and Breast Cancer Detection

March 27, 2017

With so many technological advances in medicine, breast cancer can now be detected a lot sooner than with mammograms. Digital Tomosynthesis is digital technology that can help identify small tumors in the earlier stages of breast cancer through 3-D imaging, while providing the increased ability to distinguish between what is dense breast tissue and what […]

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What You Need to Know About Uterine Fibroids

February 26, 2017

What are Uterine fibroids? Uterine fibroids are benign growths found in a woman’s pelvis. The size of the fibroids can vary ranging from pea-sized to 6 inches wide. Fibroids have also been known to grow large enough to fill the pelvis or abdomen. Where are they found in the pelvis? Uterine fibroids are found in […]

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Preparing for Your Doctor’s Visit

February 1, 2017

Your doctor’s appointments are an opportunity to make the most of your health care visit. However, as a patient, you may feel limited by the amount of time that you have with their doctor, or may feel pressured to make your concerns quick and to the point. Your health and wellness is a top priority in […]

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Expressing sympathy in times of need

December 18, 2016

It’s never easy losing a loved one; but it’s also not easy consoling someone who has lost someone special.  In these sad times, being there is important and while we want to help, many us need guidance in knowing what to do. Here are 7 tips to help you master the art of condolence: Being […]

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What should you do with expired medications?

December 9, 2016

  Is it necessary to throw out your medications when they expire? Are there health risks? These are just a few of the questions our patients ask. The truth is that the expiry date on the medication is not the date that the drug becomes ineffective.  Rather it is the date that the manufacturer can […]

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