What is Bacterial Vaginosis?

Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)is the most common of vaginal infections. It will usually present as a gray-white discharge, and is often accompanied with a "fishy" odor. Often it is the odor which bothers women the most, and it is most noticeable after intercourse. The normal vaginal flora consists of predominantly lactobacillus acidophilus. Acidophilus produces acid as it grows and suppresses the growth of other bacteria. If this balance is disturbed ( antibiotics, douching, etc.) other bacteria will overgrow. BV is not usually considered sexually transmitted, and treating the partner is unnecessary. Treatment is aimed at killing the abnormal bacteria with antibiotics specifically not affecting acidophilus. Unfortunately, BV is commonly recurrent, and repeated treatments or modifications of behaviors such as douching may be needed.

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Mirena IUD

Mirena IUD's are plastic devices that fit inside your uterus and provide contraception. They have several advantages. First they are very effective with greater than 99% prevention of pregnancy.  The stem of the Mirena contains levonorgestrel, a part of many popular birth control pills. Second, once inserted, they are almost... Read More

Essure Tubal Sterilization

There has been a good bit of advertising recently about the Essure method of tubal sterilization. Essure is not new, and has been on the market for a number of years. The Essure method of sterilization  requires placement of a device in each tubal opening, where it opens into the... Read More

Hereditary Cancer Syndrome Screening Information

Anyone can be at increased risk for cancer based on their family history. This is especially true for certain types of cancers such as: breast, ovary, colon, endometrium (uterine), pancreas, and melanoma. The more unusual the timing of the cancer (early age onset) or prevalence within a family, the higher... Read More

American College of ObGYN Patient Information Website

The American College of ObGYN (ACOG) is the governing body for ObGYN doctors in America. They have created a very informative and helpful patient information page that covers a wide variety of topics for patients. If you have any questions about women's health, this website is a great resource. If... Read More

What's with the NEW Pap Smear Guidelines?

With the advancement of DNA technology, it has been determined that 99% of cervical cancers are caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). There are many subtypes of HPV, and a small number have been detected in cervical cancers. These subtypes are called  high risk HPV subltypes. The highest risk types are types 16... Read More

Abnormal Pap Smear - Now What?

Many women will have an abnormal pap smear result at some point in their life. If you have had an abnormal pap smear, you will generally need to have a follow up pap smear within 6 months.  Potential results of a follow up pap smear are: - Your follow up pap smear... Read More

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