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Medical insights on gynecology and related women's health topics from the obstetricians and gynecologists at Kamm McKenzie OBGYN

My Commitment to Equality

I’ve been at a loss for words with regards to how I wanted to address a blog post on racial equality as it pertains to my professional career.  There is national data on obstetrical and gynecological outcomes that show racial disparities.  Then there is what I can do on the micro-level of my practice or even the care I provider as an individual.  I want to explore both of those to shed some light on where I can improve. 

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Who's Anxious? I am. It's the "New Normal"

We are about a month into our stay-at-home, social distancing, quarantine, “new normal” lifestyles and I wanted to take a minute to write about mental health in times like these. Is anyone out there not more anxious than normal?!?  There are just endless new things to worry about on top of what was present before, am I right?

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The Virtue of Virtual Visits

I hope this blog finds you all healthy and safe.  We greatly appreciate everyone practicing social distancing, as it keeps you well, decreases Corona spread, and ultimately (and selfishly) keeps fewer people in the hospital or our office who are sick or carriers thus reducing our chances of getting sick or spreading disease.  At Kamm McKenzie we are doing many virtual visits now.  How does this work? Who is a candidate? What can you do virtually instead of in person?  Let’s do our best to answer these questions. We are here to help you, and we really need our Kamm McKenzie patients support us as well during this crazy time.


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Providing Care in a Pandemic: An Introspective Look

After putting the kids to bed tonight and reflecting on this past week, I realized just how much the Coronavirus pandemic has affected me, my family and friends, my fellow healthcare colleagues, and especially my patients.  Each morning as I put on my scrubs and brushed my teeth, I would stare into the mirror in a foggy haze and contemplate what the new day would bring. 

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Coronavirus

I hate to break the news to you, but it seems like this new Coronavirus (COVID-19) is going to make its way around.  I hope I am wrong and that diligent self quarantine will minimize exposure in the USA and we can all dodge a bullet. However, we want our office and our patients to be as best prepared as possible.

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WakeMed Hospital Grade: Still Top Notch for OBGYN

A few patients over the last several weeks have asked us about the recently publicized “ health grade” WakeMed Raleigh got from the LeapFrog group. It got a “C” which at first glance is NOT what you want to see right? We, as a group not owned/operated by WakeMed would never do business at WakeMed if we were not fully comfortable in the quality of care our patients can get there. The local media failed to accentuate the positives about the obstetrical services provided at WakeMed by Leapfrog this year, so we would like to take a minute to highlight those areas.

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The Importance of Exercise in the Post Menopausal Years

Exercise is always an important part of overall health. Exercising in the postmenopausal years is no exception. Especially as it pertains to bone health. Obviously, there are other health benefits of staying active during these years. Decrease in hot flashes, improved mental health, improved cardiovascular health, and weight control.

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Who Should Get The HPV Vaccine? New Updates

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection, affecting 79 million Americans. Most sexually active persons (80%, to be exact) will, at some point, be exposed to HPV.  You may already know that HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is a sexually transmitted virus that often does not have any symptoms. The good news is that in the majority of cases, HPV goes away on its own without any intervention; however, the trouble is that when HPV does not resolve, it can cause certain health problems like genital warts, abnormal pap smears, and — if left untreated for years— certain types of cancers.  “How can I prevent HPV-related health problems?” you may ask… Read on for the 411!

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Healthy Ways to Combat Mom Guilt

Often times, throughout my postpartum period I questioned if I was a good mom or if I was making the right decisions for my children.  Many of the decisions we make as mothers are based on maternal instinct or a gut feeling ….or maybe due to good ol’ fashion hormones.  So when trying to figure out why we, as women, often blame ourselves for the uncontrollable or inevitable during our childbearing and childrearing years… it’s simple.  It’s because we’re moms.

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To Perimenopause and Beyond!

“Can we check my hormone levels to see if I am menopausal?” Is a relatively common question asked of me during routine annual exams.  Because age-related hormonal shifts are normal, and symptoms present differently for different women, the answer is not always straightforward. For example, one woman might have fairly regular menstrual cycles with gradually lighter monthly periods until she no longer has them, while another might be affected by erratic, unpredictable, and heavy cycles until they subside. As with menstrual differences, vasomotor symptoms (think: hot flashes and night sweats) can vary widely as well. With a broadly ranging slew of information available on the internet these days, it can be difficult to determine what is “normal.” Here, I’ll discuss what’s normal, what’s not, and what might help ease this transition.

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