Category: Preventative Health

Should I Get the HPV Vaccine?

There are more than 200 types of Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Most types of HPV are asymptomatic; however, an estimated 40 of these strains can affect the genital area with the development of genital warts or even cancer. HPV types 6 and 11 cause 90% of genital warts, and types 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, […]

Working on weight loss? Turn off the lights!

    Sleeping With Lights On May Increase Risk For Obesity In Women, Study Suggests   Recent research shows that sleeping with the lights on not only adds to your electricity bill, but also adds extra pounds to your weight. According to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine involving 43,722 female participants, exposure to […]

Advances in Ovarian Cancer Screening

Ovarian cancer is notoriously difficult to diagnose, especially within the early and more treatable stages. More than 70% of women are diagnosed when the cancer has already progressed to advanced stages of ovarian cancer.  This is because the symptoms most often present as more benign conditions, and symptoms rarely ever develop in the early stages. […]

Leaky bladders

  You’ve probably seen the ads – “My bladder leakage was making it hard for me to spend time with my granddaughter.” While those actors seem to acknowledge and tackle their problems, many women over 50 have incontinence issues and most don’t get treatment. Urinary incontinence stems from the inability to hold urine in the […]

HPV eliminated after photodynamic therapy

HPV eliminated after photodynamic therapy   As the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI), HPV infections are a common finding at a woman’s GYN exam.   For early stages of HPV infection, we currently recommend monitoring to ensure resolution, or to allow for intervention if the infection becomes more aggressive.   There’s a new technology that is […]

HPV vaccine linked to Dramatic Reduction in Cervical Disease and Cancer

MMR, Rotateq, Tdap – a few of many vaccines given to young children to help prevent life-threatening illnesses. And if you knew that a vaccine could help prevent cancer, wouldn’t you jump at that chance? Researchers in Scotland have found that the HPV vaccine does just that – it has almost entirely wiped out cervical […]

Hormonal Birth Control Lowers Risk of Ovarian Cancer

  Hormonal birth control was first released in 1960, as a combined (estrogen and progestin) oral contraceptive pill. Since then, there has been an explosion of different options when it comes to hormonal contraception in addition to the pill – from patches to IUDs and even hormone injections. While family planning is an extremely important […]

Can I just do my own Pap?

Can I just do my own Pap?   Pap smears are anything but comfortable and unfortunately, there is no way around it—or is there? Recently, a research group in the Netherlands found that self-collected samples had similar accuracy rates in terms of detecting “cervical intraepithelial neoplasmia” or abnormal cells compared to clinician-collected samples. In this […]