Bio-identical hormones, herbal products and chondroitin tablets, to name just a few, are promoted as being beneficial for treating menopausal symptoms and conditions including osteoporosis. But are they really doing any good? Are they really a good substitute for pharmaceutical-derived therapies?
There are some things about aging that no one ever wants to talk about and pelvic organ prolapse — also known as a “woman’s hernia” — is one of them. As a urogynecologist, I specialize in the treatment of pelvic floor disorders, and prolapse is a very common condition that women need to be aware of.
Screenings are tests that look for diseases before you have symptoms, like blood pressure checks and mammograms. You can get some screenings, such as blood pressure readings, in your doctor's office. Others, such as mammograms, need special equipment, so you may need to go to a different office.
To help you better understand the array of tests there are, I’ve compiled the following list with brief descriptions of what you need to know.
Do you have an overactive bladder? Afraid of a little leak when you cough or laugh? You don’t have to suffer anymore.
Living with an overactive bladder isn’t easy. Sufferers can feel embarrassed, not wanting others to know why they are frequently running to the restroom. Others might assume those frequent restroom trips or difficulty getting to the restroom in time is just something they’ll have to “live with” for the rest of their lives.
In early 2010, I received a phone call from my pregnant sister asking me “what’s ECMO?” My heart dropped and I knew that something was wrong. I listened to her explain to me what the physicians had told her... something about the baby’s diaphragm... her lungs might not work right... she will need surgery.