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HORMONE IMBALANCE AND THE EFFECT IN MEN Aug 6th, 2019

What is testosterone? Testosterone is the “male hormone”.  Produced by both males and females, men usually have much higher levels of testosterone compared to women. Testosterone is a sex hormone that is important for overall health. Testosterone is produced mostly in the testes but also in the adrenal glands.  ...

DECREASED LIBIDO IN FEMALES Jul 30th, 2019

What is decreased libido? Decreased libido is a decrease in sexual desire. This subject falls into the category of female sexual dysfunction which takes different forms, including lack of sexual desire, impaired arousal, inability to achieve orgasm, or pain with sexual activity.  Sexual dysfunction may be a lifelong problem or...

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT INFERTILITY Apr 26th, 2019

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT INFERTILITY National Infertility Awareness Week April 21 - April 27, 2019   About Infertility Infertility is defined as a couple failing to become pregnant after 1 year of attempting every month or a woman becoming pregnant but not having the ability to maintain pregnancy...

BLACK MATERNAL HEALTH Apr 16th, 2019

Black Maternal Health Week April 11 - April 17, 2019 FACTS: Approximately 830 women die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. 99% of maternal deaths occur in developing countries. The maternal death rate is higher in women living in rural areas. Between 1990 and 2015, maternal...

ORAL CONTRACEPTIVE PILLS Jan 2nd, 2019

ORAL CONTRACEPTION (BIRTH CONTROL PILLS)   What are the birth control options? Options include oral contraceptive pills (birth control pills or OCPs), skin patch or vaginal ring. For lower maintenance, there is the Depo Provera injection or an implant under the skin (Nexplanon).  Last but not least, there are also...

PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease): Causes, Longterm Effects, Treatment and Prevention Oct 29th, 2018

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)   What is it? Pelvic inflammatory disease also known as PID, is an infection of the female reproductive tract. The infection starts in the cervix and can travel up to the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. What causes it? Most cases of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)...

PREECLAMPSIA - Recognize the Signs Oct 9th, 2018

PREECLAMPSIA: Recognize the Signs   What is Preeclampsia? It is a multisystem disorder characterized by elevated blood pressure and often a significant amount of protein in the urine during your pregnancy.  It is caused by a dysfunction between the placenta and mother’s vascular system. It usually occurs after 20 weeks...

HEAVY MENSTRUAL BLEEDING (HMB): Are my periods too heavy? Sep 25th, 2018

Heavy Menstrual Bleeding (HMB)Are my periods too heavy?Heavy menstrual bleeding, also known as menorrhagia, is the medical term for menstrual periods with abnormally heavy or prolonged bleeding. Heavy menstrual bleeding is common but not normal. How do I tell if my periods are too heavy? Menstrual bleeding is considered heavy...

Hormone Imbalance: Natural Hormone Therapy with Pellets Aug 6th, 2018

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HPV Part 2: Testing, Pap Smears and Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines Jul 23rd, 2018

Human papilloma virus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted virus that can cause changes in the cervical cells that lead to cervical cancer.  There are many strains of HPV. A “high-risk” strain or high-risk HPV is the most concerning because these are the strains that have the higher likelihood of affecting...

HPV and Prevention: Vaccines and Condoms Jul 16th, 2018

HPV is one of the most common sexually transmitted viruses. High-risk HPV infections are spread simply by having unprotected sexual intercourse. The risk of contracting high-risk HPV infection increases with the number of sexual partners. Persons with recent new partners have a greater risk of contracting HPV, compared to persons...

Emergency Contraception Jul 9th, 2018

Emergency Contraception Plan B is the most widely known pill form of emergency contraception. It consists of only progestin. Plan B contains two pills that taken twelve hours apart. Alternatively, Plan B One Step is taken as single dose. The two regimens are equally effective. It is important to remember that...

Oral Contraception Pills and Acne Jun 18th, 2018

Combined oral contraceptives (COCs) are approved for treatment of acne.  A few of them even have FDA approval for acne treatment. If there is a noticeable cyclic activity to acne breakouts, such as right before the start of the menstrual cycle, then hormones may be contributing to the acne. Androgens, “the...

Rings and Rods (Nuvaring and Nexplanon) Jun 4th, 2018

NuvaRingNuvaRing is a combined estrogen-progestin hormonal contraception that takes the form of a clear, flexible ring. It is inserted into the vagina and placed for three weeks and then removed for one week. NuvaRing is available in one size only and does not need to be fitted. Insertion can be...

Condoms and Prevention of STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) May 21st, 2018

Condoms are barrier devices used to protect against sexually transmitted diseases. A secondary benefit of condoms is pregnancy prevention. However, condoms should not be the only method of pregnancy prevention because condoms do break. The two types of condoms that are available are male condoms and female condoms. A male condom is a...

Teens and IUD Mar 7th, 2018

Whether you a teen considering contraceptive options or a parent wanting an option that is "user-proof" for your teen daughter, the IUD is a great choice.  The IUD is a T-shaped flexible plastic device that is inserted into the uterine cavity. There are three reasons why the IUD is such...