Welcome to my Gyn Page. Here you will find a variety of topics and links concerning Gyn Issue's
only. If you are looking for OB information please visit our Pregnancy Page. We have separated the two
pages for a few reasons. There are many sufferings with infertility problems ,due too many reason's.
We believe it's insensitive to the women who are looking for Gyn information to sort through the pregnancy
information. Many of our health problems are broken up into area's, such as our Endometriosis page Pelvic Adhesions Hysterectomy Women's Health Chronic Pain Pregnancy Fibromyalgia
This area is an over flow of those pages, and will have additional information listed outside those
categories. This page was newly created, please give us a little bit of time to finish it off. But we
wanted to be able to share with you some of the information we have gotten together already.
you know that more than half of all women age 18 to 65 consider their ob-gyn their primary physician.
Making this doctor the most visited doctor by women. A close and personal relationship with your Gyn
doctor is important to you get the best possible care, you deserve.
The links and information
listed below will help you deal with some of the health issues that are important to you ,follow these
links to find out more information on the topic you choose.
Chronic pelvic pain This is one of the most common reason's for women to see their gyn doctorrayon
will find many possible reasons for pelvic pain listed here. Pelvic pain affects a large number of women,
and is not often optimally treated within a single specialty. It is responsible for approximately 40%
of laparoscopies and 10-15% of hysterectomies in this country. In one survey of 5300 women, more than
16% noted chronic pelvic pain.
Fallopian Tube The ends of the fallopian tubes, called "fimbria," collect the egg, while
tiny hairlike fibers called cilia transport it towards the uterus. Fallopian tubes can develop a number
of problems, including cysts, inflammation (infection), scar tissue (called adhesions), tubal ectopic
pregnancies, and, in extremely rare situations, even cancer.
Ovaries, Ovarian Cyst There are a number of gynecologic conditions that can affect
the ovaries. These include cysts, cancer, scar tissue, and twisting of the ovary around it's blood supply
(called torsion). Fortunately, almost all cysts that form on the ovary are non-cancerous. However,
because ovarian cancer can strike 1:70 women, and because it can be deadly, gynecologists worry about
ovarian cysts. The diagnosis of these cysts usually requires a good pelvic exam and perhaps a pelvic
ultrasound (also called a sonogram). If necessary, surgery is sometimes required to take a better look
at the ovaries
Urinary Tract Infections You might feel a sudden need to urinate and experience a painful, burning
sensation while you pass just a small amount of urine. You may feel the urge to urinate again, despite
having done so a short time before. These may be symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI). Urinary
tract infections are caused by bacteria that affect any part of the urinary tract. Bacteria that enter
through the urethra (the tube leading from the bladder) and spread to the bladder can cause cystitis,
a bladder infection. Often, the urethra becomes infected at the same time, causing arthritis. Less often,
bacteria that have infected the bladder move up the ureters (the tubes connecting the kidneys with the
bladder) into the kidneys causing pyelonephritis, a kidney infection.
Uterine fibroids are very common, benign tumors that may
appear on the inside or outside lining, or within the muscular wall of the uterus," . Fibroids occur
most often during a woman's reproductive years, but can develop at any age. African-American women get
fibroids three times as frequently as white women and often at a younger age. Fibroids range from
the size of a pea to as large as a grapefruit or even larger. A woman may have a single fibroid or several.
Many remain small, some grow slowly, while others grow very quickly. Doctors don't yet have a clear
understanding of what causes fibroids, but they do know that fibroids are linked to the hormone estrogen.
Fibroids occur most often when estrogen levels are high--during a woman's reproductive years, pregnancy,
or oral contraceptive use.
This may not be a subject that all women want to talk about,
but this is important information you should know about your body.
Normal Vaginal Discharge:
All women have some vaginal discharge. Normal discharge may appear clear, cloudy white, and/or yellowish
when dry on clothing. It may also contain white flecks and at times may be thin and stringy. Changes
in normal discharge can occur for many reasons, including menstrual cycle, emotional stressors, pregnancy,
usage of the birth control pill, and sexual arousal. Abnormal Discharge: Any changes in color
or amount of discharge may be a sign of a vaginal infection. Vaginal infections are very common; most
women will experience some form of a vaginal infection in their lifetime. If you experience any of the
symptoms below, contact your health care provider. Discharge accompanied by itching, rash or soreness
Grey/white or yellow/green discharge with a foul odor White, clumpy discharge (somewhat like cottage
cheese) Persistent, increased discharge Burning on skin during urination
What is premenstrual syndrome? Premenstrual syndrome is the name given to a group of physical
and emotional symptoms that some women experience on a regular basis in relation to menstruation. The
symptoms occur monthly, generally within 7 to 14 days prior to menstruation. Symptoms may seem to worsen
as menstruation approaches and subside at the onset or after several days of menstruation. A symptom-free
phase usually occurs following menses. The severity of PMS symptoms ranges from mild to incapacitating.
Symptoms can occur for only one or two days or may begin at ovulation and continue until the onset of
menstruation. Symptoms may include:
nervous tension mood swings depression feeling out
of control water retention breast tenderness headache food cravings
(menstrual cramps) is not considered a symptom of PMS. However, a woman can experience both PMS and dysmenorrhea
and may decide to seek treatment for both difficulties. Who experiences PMS? Some estimates say
that about 10 percent of menstruating women experience severe premenstrual symptoms. While PMS can occur
at any time in a menstruating woman's life, it generally appears in her late twenties and thirties.
What may cause irregular vaginal bleeding Menstrual dysfunction Fluctuating hormone levels
Vaginitis, a common and treatable vaginal infection Vaginal varicosities, in which a blood vein
in the vagina is dilated and can be abraded (irritated) Tumors, polyps or fibroids of the vagina,
cervix, uterus or fallopian tubes Cervical disorders, such as cervical ectropion, a condition common
among younger women — especially young women taking birth control pills — in which the cervical tissue
becomes more susceptible to abrasion, often associated with bleeding following sexual intercourse Cancer
of the uterus, cervix, vagina or vulva Some STDs, such as Chlamydia, gonorrhea or genital warts
Vaginal injury from trauma or sexual abuse Early pregnancy-associated bleeding or an ectopic pregnancy
(the fertilized egg becomes implanted outside the uterus) Complications from pregnancy such as miscarriage
Uterine Prolapse A weakening of the supporting muscles and ligaments of the uterus can cause
it to sag into the vagina and eventually protrude from the body. Symptoms can include a sensation of
heaviness in the pelvic area and urinary incontinence.
Treatment options Pelvic floor exercises.
If done at the first sign of Prolapse, Kegel exercises, which strengthen vaginal muscles, may prevent
this condition from worsening. Drug Therapy. Estrogen replacement therapy for post-menopausal women
may lessen symptoms. Conservative surgery. A minor Prolapse may be treated with surgery to repair
supporting ligaments. Pessary. This diaphragm-like device can be inserted around the cervix to help
prop up the uterus. The drawbacks: it may dislodge or cause irritation, may interfere with intercourse
and must be removed regularly to be cleaned. Hysterectomy may be in order if other treatments fail
to effectively support the uterus and alleviate discomfort
Adnexectomy Adnexectomy, which is the removal
of an ovary and/or fallopian tube, can be performed when problems such as adhesions or recurrent ovarian
cysts result in significant pain. Instead of a complete hysterectomy, removal of the diseased side may
be curative, and since the other ovary remains, the natural hormone production will continue. The uterus
also remains, but if it is not the cause of the problem, then there is no need for a hysterectomy. Although
the ovary is larger than the usual incisions made for laparoscopy, techniques are available to remove
the ovary in pieces, therefore avoiding a large incision. Even large benign tumors of the ovary can be
removed by placing them in plastic bags to avoid spilling the contents of the cyst and then cutting them
into small strips for removal. As a result, what was once a major surgical procedure can now be done
on an outpatient basis.
Myomectomy Myomectomy is the surgical removal of uterine fibroids without hysterectomy.
Hysteroscopic endometrial ablation Abnormal uterine bleeding can be due to heavy menstrual
flow, an irregular bleeding pattern, or a combination of the two. After appropriate evaluation has ensured
that there is no malignancy or premalignant condition, hormonal therapy is usually curative. Occasionally,
however, the abnormal uterine bleeding will persist, and a hysterectomy may be suggested as the next
treatment. Indeed, a hysterectomy will remove the source of bleeding permanently, but it is a major surgical
procedure that may not be necessary. Hysteroscopy has already been mentioned in the treatment of uterine
fibroids. The hysteroscope is a small lighted instrument that passes through the cervix into the uterine
cavity, allowing excellent visualization of a very small space. In many cases of abnormal bleeding, polyps
or fibroids will be found and can be removed. Several times, however, the cavity will appear normal.
In this circumstance, an endometrial ablation can be performed. Using laser or electrical current, the
Endometrium, which is the lining that undergoes growth and shedding monthly, can be destroyed. As a result,
monthly or irregular bleeding is reduced or eliminated completely in the majority of patients. This procedure
is especially helpful in women who have gone through menopause but continue to have periods because of
hormone replacement. Instead of stopping the hormones and losing the health benefits, such as protection
from osteoporosis and reduction in the incidence of heart attacks, the bleeding can usually be eliminated
with an endometrial ablation. Endometrial ablation is an outpatient procedure, allowing the patient
to go home the same day. Return to work and other activities is quicker than a hysterectomy. And unlike
a hysterectomy, the woman retains her uterus. This procedure, however, cannot be done in women still
interested in childbearing, since the Endometrium is important in supplying the pregnancy with nutrition
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may not be applicable to your particular health condition. Your individual health status and any required
medical treatments can only be properly addressed by a professional healthcare provider of your choice