Category: Blog

Keeping Your Self-Esteem Up After a Mastectomy

Guest post from Dr. Shyamali Singhal, MD Surgical Oncologist Founder of Hope & Beauty   The road to breast reconstruction starts following the diagnosis of breast cancer, often identified after mammogram imaging, a type of X-ray that looks at breast tissue. If a subsequent biopsy tests positive for cancer, the battle to fight it begins. If it’s […]

Declining Estrogen Levels During Menopause And Dementia

60% of middle-aged women report difficulty concentrating and experiencing cognitive issues. While a cognitive decline is expected with age, studies indicate that a contributing factor could be menopause, which is characterized by a decline in reproductive hormones such as estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen, primarily known for its function in menstruation and reproductive well-being, also serves […]

Excessive Sweating: Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes excessive sweating. Sweat, the body’s primary way to cool down, is produced in hyperhidrosis even when there is no need for it.   Hyperhidrosis has two subtypes: Primary hyperhidrosis generally affects both sides of the body. Secondary hyperhidrosis, or generalized hyperhidrosis, is induced by another condition including but not […]

Obesity and Pregnancy

Obesity has become an epidemic in the US and around the world.   This means we are also seeing a lot of women of childbearing age entering pregnancy with obesity.  Not only does this pose increased health risks for pregnant women, but it also increases complications of pregnancy and birth defects in the fetuses. For women […]

What is Melasma?

Melasma is a chronic pigmentation disorder characterized by brown or gray patches on the skin. The pigmentation primarily occurs on the face, mainly in the upper lips, bridge of the nose, cheeks, and forehead, and is common across the forearms, neck, and shoulders. Melasma is likely due to the malfunction of melanocytes, pigment cells found […]

Racism is a Public Health and Women’s Health Crisis

We are reaching out to all our patients, families, and friends during this unprecedented time in our community and nation.   In the wake of the recent police killings of George Floyd and Breanna Taylor, and the murder of Ahmaud Arbery while jogging, we are writing to say that all of us at El Camino Women’s […]

Alcohol use linked to cancer – How does alcohol raise cancer risk?

By Shyamali Singhal, MD Surgical Oncologist Founder of Hope & Beauty Dr. Singhal’s Insight On Alcohol Abuse And Recurrence Of Cancer Frequent alcohol misuse can have various outcomes, helpful or harmful, on the health of the consumer. For example, light-to-moderate alcohol consumption. may shield against several types of heart conditions and stroke. On the other hand, substantial […]

Estrogen Therapy and Heart Health

A woman’s risk of developing atherosclerosis and heart disease increases once she reaches menopause. The onset of menopause is due to the progressive decline of estrogen. Apart from serving a significant role in a woman’s reproductive health, estrogen protects bone health, keeps the lining of blood vessels strong and pliable, maintains cholesterol levels, and keeps […]

The Microbiome at Birth

We all now know that there are trillions of bacteria in and on our bodies that are vital for day to day function. They are present in our gut, on our skin, and in our mouths. Our microbiome consists of all bacteria and microbes present in our bodies, and it plays a crucial role in […]

Struggling with Sleep: A Primer on Insomnia

Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by the inability to fall asleep, stay asleep, or both. The most common sleep disorder in the U.S, Insomnia, affects an estimated forty million Americans annually. The disorder can either be acute or chronic. Acute insomnia lasts from 1 night to a few weeks and is generally triggered by […]