January 30, 2015
Fibroids are a benign growth of the muscular wall of the uterus. In some women, the cells of the muscle of the uterus start to grow and form a ball of tissue. This ball of tissue, or fibroid, can be very small such as the size of a pea to 10 cm or more in diameter. Fibroids can cause a woman to have heavy periods and bleed between periods, or may cause pressure on the bladder so she needs to urinate frequently, or may cause a large mass in the abdomen. Fibroids sometimes cause discomfort or pain, but not as often.
What a woman who has fibroids notices depends on ...
July 04, 2014
One of the more annoying situations that many of my patients have been in is having painful intercourse due to vaginal dryness. In general the cause of dryness of the vaginal tissue is lack of estrogen. This can occur postpartum, especially in women who are breastfeeding a baby, and it can occur just before and during menopause.
When estrogen is in the body, one of the effects of estrogen is to ...
January 29, 2014
Finding out there is a cyst on the ovary is often a concerning experience for a woman. Women aren't sure what it means for them or what will need to be done.
A woman has two ovaries, which produce eggs, which allow a woman to get pregnant, and produce female hormones. These hormones cause the lining of the uterus to grow, which then shed (as the period). Ovaries are actively making hormones and ripening eggs from when the period first starts until when she goes through menopause. As an egg is ripening in the ovary, several small cysts will form. These grow to about 2.5 cm, or one inch, and then when the woman ovulates or releases the egg the cyst drains and is gone. So when a woman has an ultrasound that shows a cyst less than 3 cm it is usually a "follicular" cyst - that is a cyst with a developing egg. This type of cyst is completely normal and will come and go.
Cysts that are ...