Category: Gynecology

#FreetheNip

As many of you are aware, I have two daughters and at dinner we were discussing the importance of October as breast cancer awareness month. (Their grandmother had breast cancer.)  To my surprise they brought up #FreetheNip…Well, how could it be that I take care of many women, most of whom have nipples and didn’t know about this movement? But my daughters did…I had to hash it out.

Written by on October 20, 2022

Update on Pap Smear Guidelines

We at Kamm McKenzie are updating our Pap smear guidelines to follow the most recent recommendations.  In the past, many women have been advised to have annual Pap smears or Pap smears every 3 years.  The most recently updated guidelines as of April 2021 have changed to increase the duration between screenings due to our evolving knowledge of how cervical cancer develops.  We have learned it takes many many years to go from an abnormal Pap to cervical cancer, thus allowing us to space out the time between screenings.  

Written by on August 16, 2022

Pelvic Pain: Endometriosis

Presentation of symptoms with endometriosis is variable.  I was always taught that someone with the most severe endometriosis can be asymptomatic and someone with the tiniest amount can have severe pain.  The most common symptom is pelvic pain, especially with periods. 

Written by on July 29, 2022

Pelvic Pain: Is it an ovarian cyst?

patients have not had any imaging to show they even have a current cyst.  Or they have been seen in the emergency department recently and were told that a cyst could be causing their pain.  As you can imagine, the answer is not always so clear.  Why is that?  Because it is natural for women of reproductive age to make cysts each month!  So the emergency room provider, if they do not find anything emergent, will often tell you it could be the little cyst causing your pain. 

Written by on May 12, 2022

Pelvic Pain Blog Series: Intro to Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain and lower abdominal pain (outside of pregnancy) is by far one of the most common reasons women see our providers for appointments.  I thought it would be nice to write a series of blogs about the different gynecological etiologies of pelvic pain to add a resource for you to refer back to, were you to experience this type of discomfort in the future.  This blog will serve as an introduction to pelvic pain and let you know how we think about the different causes and do a gynecological specific work up.

Written by on April 25, 2022

Does the Covid Vaccine Really Affect Menstrual Cycles?

When Covid vaccines first came out some hesitancy existed in women planning to get pregnant, despite all the major obstetrical, gynecology, and fertility organizations advocating for it. People would hear about their friend whose period was never the same after a Covid vaccine and freaked out. A recent study in Obstetrics and Gynecology looked into this so we could get a real answer.

Written by on January 27, 2022