Do I have a fertility problem?

The most commonly accepted definition of infertility is failure to conceive over one year of unprotected intercourse. This will happen to 10 to 15% of couples, and presumes that you have intercourse frequently enough to have the sperm and egg meet. How often is that? If you have regular periods every twenty eight to thirty days, ovulation should occur around... Read More

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... Read More

What if I miss a birth control pill?

Generally, if you miss a pill, take it as soon as you remember. If it is the next day, and you haven't taken yesterday's pill take both pills that day to catch up. You generally won't get pregnant from missing one pill. If, however, you miss one of the first four or 5 pills in a new pack, you do... Read More

What's all the hype about the MIRENA IUD?

The Mirena IUD is a relatively new IUD, (Intrauterine Device), with the stem of the IUD impregnated with levonorgestrel, the progestin hormone found in many birth control pills. It is an extremely effective, very low maintenance, long lasting form of birth control. Once inserted, it is immediately effective, and lasts for 5 years. It is ideal for insertion when breast... Read More

Patient Education

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

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

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

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

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

Am I in Labor?

Labor at term is about trying to decide if it is time to go to the hospital. If it is timed properly, it will prevent frustrating visits to the hospital which result in going back home. Many women have described a  contraction as "The baby balls up". What is really... Read More

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