Gynecology

Sex in Long-Term Relationships

Many women (and men) find that the spark goes out of sex in long-term relationships. One of the experts in this area is Esther Perel, who has written some very helpful books – I often recommend Mating in Captivity. She was recently interviewed on the BBC, and I thought the article Seven Things We’re Getting Wrong…

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Did you know that you should never flush old prescription drugs down the toilet? They can enter the water supply. Instead, they should be disposed of safely. The DEA is partnering with local law enforcement agencies on Saturday, October 28, take back expired or unused prescription drugs – no questions asked. So if you have medications…

Is My Discharge Normal?

You probably don’t spend a lot of time talking to your friends about vaginal discharge. But as gynecologists, we have a lot of these conversations. Probably the most important takeaway is that most vaginal discharge is normal! What is vaginal discharge? The vagina is self-cleaning. Just like your eyes, your vagina produces its own fluid…

Now available: 12-month supply of birth control

Good news:  As of July 1st, Virginia requires insurers to pay for a 12-month supply of birth control at a time. Previously, they would cover a 90-day supply, but for people who spend much of their time at college, overseas, or traveling, this could be inconvenient. Now, if you know you like your birth control, and…

Office Procedures

IUD insertion – Anticipate pelvic cramping for 24-48 hrs following the procedure. You can take Motrin 600mg orally every 6 hrs for the first day as needed and continue if cramping persists. It is normal to have vaginal spotting for the first 1-3months after insertion. Safe to use pads or tampons for the bleeding. Colposcopy-…

Vulvar Care Guidelines

Many cases of recurrent vaginitis/vulvitis are due to chronic irritation. It is important to break this cycle by avoiding any irritation from chemicals, moisture, or friction.   CLEANING Wash the vulva gently with warm water, using your hand. Do not use soap or scrub with a washcloth. Never douche. Avoid using wet wipes, feminine wipes,…

Menopause

Menopause is a natural part of life as normal as menstruation or having a baby. All women eventually enter menopause though some sooner than later. When menopause occurs, the body stops producing an egg each month during ovulation and menstruation halts. Aside from changes to menstrual cycles, women entering menopause may begin to experience side effects…

Infertility

Infertility is a condition diagnosed in men and women who cannot conceive a baby together after at least one year of frequent, unprotected sex. Infertility may affect only one partner or it could be a problem stemming from both. Infertility does not always mean that a couple will never have a baby together, but rather…

Hysterectomy

Hysterectomies are routine gynecological procedures used to remove a woman’s uterus and sometimes her ovaries and fallopian tubes as well. When the uterus is removed, women are no longer capable of bearing children. They also stop menstruating and if the ovaries are removed, they will also enter menopause. Did you know… that by age 60,…

Annual Exams (OB-GYN)

Annual gynecological exams are preventative tools available to help women identify and treat complications that pose a threat to their health as early as possible. By getting annual exams, women can also learn to maintain a healthy lifestyle and adopt habits that facilitate long-term health. Exams for women often screen for sexually transmitted diseases and…