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

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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Skin Care Down There: Tips for Surviving the Summer

It’s the end of May in central North Carolina, which means it’s unofficially, officially summer. Summer in the south brings out all sorts of skin issues due to the hot and humid climate, accompanied by excess moisture and, well, certain discomforts that can occur “down there.” But don’t fret; we’re here to provide some helpful tips on how to prevent bikini line snafus, vaginal discomfort, and other summer skin conundrums in 2019!

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What to Expect During Your IUD Insertion: A First Hand Account

So you’ve decided on an intrauterine device (IUD) for contraception- Congratulations! But… now what?  You’ve probably heard stories from friends, family members, or coworkers about their various experiences that have you wondering whether or not you made the right choice. As with most big decisions, especially when it comes to our health care, it can be totally normal to have some second thoughts or worries about what to expect. Like most people, you’ve probably even found yourself turning to “Dr. Google” for some answers, which may, or [more likely] may not, be helping the situation. 

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What's Up With the Cup?

A patient asked me last week if it is ok if she uses a Diva Cup (a brand of menstrual cup).  I confidently said, “Sure, as long as it is working for you.” After the appointment I decided I better educate myself more, as while still not used with popular frequency, we are getting more and more questions in the office about menstrual cup use.  So who better to tell you all about them than someone who has never used one and never will have a need to?!?!  But like many topics in our blog series, I will do my best to research and describe some basics, pros, and cons of menstrual cups.

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Four Rules for a Productive Sex Talk

Laurie Watson, certified sex therapist and director of the Awakenings Center has been so nice to share blog posts with Kamm Mckenzie over the years.  Here is her latest.

 

When we fall in love, sex seems so natural and easy – we can’t imagine that one day, like any other part of a relationship, we will need to talk about it. But it’s entirely normal to have to discuss and negotiate many aspects of sex, from frequency to quality. After all, two people bringing two separate histories, expectations and blueprints for physical intimacy are going to have differences. Here are a few tips for  a productive conversation:

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Permanent Sterilization: Option 1, 2, or 3

Permanent birth control for women involves removing all or part of the fallopian tube, or blocking the fallopian tube, so that when an egg is released from the ovary it does not travel to the uterus. There are 3 ways to do this:

1) Tubal ligation

2) Salpingectomy

3) Essure


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Natural Family Planning: My Unexperienced Explanation

I’ve written blogs about many options for contraception, but have failed to write about the oldest method, natural family planning.  The new term for this in the medical world is call fertility awareness-based (FAB) methods for pregnancy prevention.  Some women cannot or choose not to use birth control (pills, IUDs, etc) due to medical, religious, or cultural reasons; and thus, rely on FAB methods.  We will get into the details below, but the basic principle is to identify the fertile days of the menstrual cycle using a combination of cycle length and physical signs of ovulation—and then avoiding sex or using a barrier method on these days.  Now, a quick disclosure from me is warranted...I've never practiced FAB methods so all of this is based on my reading and prior knowledge of menstrual cycles and fertile windows.

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