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.
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.
Originally written and posted in July 2019 by Erica Stephenson “Can we check my hormone levels to see if I am menopausal?” This 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 […]
A couple of the more common calls we get after delivery have to do with the amount of bleeding you have or the amount of swelling you are noticing. While we have information on the website about what to expect after vaginal birth or cesarean, I thought I would take a few minutes of your time to give you the low down on postpartum bleeding and swelling.
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.
For those of you that have had your “New OB Physical” appointment with me, you have heard my spiel on exercise in pregnancy and eating healthy. Well, regarding diet, a new study proves that my advice is indeed effective in improving pregnancy outcomes. Let’s take a closer look.