Common Conditions Affecting Women's Health Today
Most women will experience a common gynecological concern during some point in her life. Most are easily treatable and will respond well to proactive care. Though our patients are unique, certain common conditions, such as osteoporosis, yeast infections, pelvic inflammatory disease and HPV, can affect nearly any woman and can become serious when left untreated. Because we strive to educate our patients on women's health, understanding how to recognize, prevent or treat these common conditions can help optimize your long-term wellness.
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
Pelvic inflammatory disease affects over 1 million US women per year but is treatable when detected early. Pelvic inflammatory disease is a serious, fertility-threatening health concern that affects the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes and other parts of the female reproductive system. The rate of infection is highest among teenaged women.
Signs and symptoms include:
- Dull pain or tenderness in the lower abdomen
- Pain in the right upper abdominal region
- Pain during sex
- Painful urination
- Chills or high fever
- Abnormal vaginal discharge that may be green or yellow and may also be accompanied by an unusual odor
A blood test or ultrasound can help determine PID. Antibiotics and surgery may be performed as treatment. Practicing safe sex and reducing sexual partners may decrease your chances of developing PID.
Osteoporosis affects us when our bone density is decreased. Any woman can experience osteoporosis, but Asian and Caucasian women are among the most susceptible. While a certain degree of loss is expected throughout life, we will perform a dexa-scan to determine if you are experiencing clinical bone loss. Certain medications, dietary supplements and weight bearing exercise can help improve bone density. We will discuss which may be the most appropriate treatment for each of our patients.
Characterized by burning, itching, redness and foul smelling discharge, yeast infections will affect most women at least once throughout life. When microflora in the vagina become disturbed, the result may be a yeast infection. Certain medications, hormonal imbalances, poor diet and stress can all affect the preponderance of developing a yeast infection.
An exam with one of our team can help determine if you are experiencing a yeast infection as well as rule out potential STDs that may be present. Once we determine if a yeast infection is present, we can prescribe appropriate treatment.
The human papilloma virus (HPV) is the most commonly transmitted sexual disease in the US. Some types are known to cause genital warts and certain cancers.
You may not experience any signs or symptoms at all. Others may notice small vaginal warts that are flat, raised, soft or sometimes cauliflower shaped.
We cannot stress enough the importance of continuing regular pap smears to help reduce the spread of HPV. Because HPV can affect fertility negatively and also spread to your baby during pregnancy, diagnosis is essential.
Many of the common concerns discussed are both preventable and treatable. Our patients are encouraged to keep up on regular visits to help optimize your health.