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What Every Woman Should Know About Bone Health After Menopause  May 17th, 2024

May is Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month. Although you may (rightly) associate osteoporosis with older age, what you do in your youth affects how well your bones age. No matter how young or old you are now, by the time you’re 51 (or older) you’ve probably hit menopause.  Menopause occurs...

I Have Endometriosis: Can I Still Get Pregnant? Apr 10th, 2024

Around the world, approximately 89 million women and girls suffer from a condition called endometriosis. The normal endometrium is a blood-filled tissue that lines your uterus and thickens in preparation for a baby each month. If your egg isn’t fertilized, the endometrium sheds from your uterine walls through your vagina,...

Understanding 4 Types of Barrier Birth Control  Mar 11th, 2024

Birth control is a personal choice that comes with another set of choices. What type of birth control do you want? Something easily reversible? Permanent? Or portable? Portable birth control refers to barrier methods that include condoms, birth-control sponges, diaphragms, and cervical caps. Like all contraception, each barrier method has...

Regular Pap Tests Can Save Your Life Feb 7th, 2024

A simple, 5-minute test called the Pap smear has saved the lives of countless women since it was first introduced into gynecological practice in 1943. The Pap smear detects changes in the cells that line the cervix — the opening to the uterus — and therefore acts as an early...

When Is a C-Section the Best Delivery Option? Jan 9th, 2024

Although human beings have probably delivered newborns surgically throughout most of our history, a cesarean section seems to have been named for the ancient Roman emperor Julius Caesar. During his reign, full-term pregnant women who were dead or dying had their children delivered surgically, to ensure the increase of the...

6 Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy Dec 15th, 2023

Despite the fact that about two million women enter menopause ever single year in the United States, few doctors talk to them about what’s going to happen during that stage of their lives. Few women are prepared for it. Menopause and the changes it brings to your hormonal balance starts...

I Think I Have an STD: What Should I Do? Oct 1st, 2023

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are a fact of life, especially in the modern world. Every year in the United States, about 26 million new cases of STIs are reported. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately one in every five adults...

Does an Abnormal Pap Smear Mean I Have Cancer? Sep 1st, 2023

Pap smears have saved the lives of countless women over the last century. These simple, fast tests identify early changes in the cells that line your cervix to reduce the chance that they develop into cervical cancer. Most of the time, when you get a Pap smear test, your results come back...

Understanding the Two Types of IUDs Aug 7th, 2023

You’ve narrowed down your birth control choices to an intrauterine device (IUD). An IUD is a great selection for women who want long-term, safe, and effective birth control without the need for frequent follow-up doctor appointments or daily pills. Your doctor inserts the IUD — a tiny T-shaped plastic device...

STIs vs. STDs: Understanding the Difference Jul 5th, 2023

Nobody wants to hear that they have a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or sexually transmitted disease (STD). Practicing safe sex and getting screened regularly helps reduce the odds of getting or suffering complications from STIs and STDs. Nevertheless, every year, there are about 26 million new cases of STIs and...

Signs You've Chosen Your Ideal Birth Control Method Jun 7th, 2023

Whether you’re looking for birth control for the first time in your life, or whether you’ve been using it for a while, you have a lot of options. How do you choose from all the different types of methods and feel confident that you’ve made the right choice? Your birth control needs...

Is Pain During Intercourse Normal? May 2nd, 2023

Unless you enjoy exploring the outskirts of sexuality, perhaps inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey, pain probably doesn’t enter into your idea of a romantic encounter and sexual intercourse. Nor should it. Intercourse should be pleasurable, exciting, and joyous for both you and your partner. But what if it’s not?...

5 Life-Improving Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy Apr 1st, 2023

Unfortunately, poorly designed and executed studies at the turn of this century unnecessarily frightened millions of women and their doctors away from hormone replacement therapy (HRT). That’s millions of women who could’ve enjoyed the life-improving benefits of more balanced hormones before, during, and after menopause. In follow-up analyses in 2020,...

Is Vaginal Dryness Normal After 50? Mar 12th, 2023

You’re in menopause after the cessation of your monthly menstrual period for a year. But menopause stops more than your period. It also pauses — or at least puts a severe damper on — the hormones your body produced plentifully when you were in your fertile years. One consequence of...

Five Encouraging Facts About Routine Pap Smears Feb 14th, 2023

The Pap smear was introduced in 1943 by George Nicholas Papanicolaou. He developed the test to catch cervical cancer in its early stages, when it can be cured. This simple test is often performed as part of an annual well-woman exam, which makes it easy to incorporate into your self-care...

How Are Estrogen and Progesterone Different? Jan 15th, 2023

Your hormones are chemical messengers that regulate just about every process in your body. Hormones help you grow from babyhood to adulthood, control your appetite and metabolism, and are responsible for your reproductive capabilities. Estrogen and progesterone are the two main hormones associated with the female reproductive system. When you...

How to Heal Well From Your C-Section Dec 8th, 2022

In 2020, nearly 32% of live births in the United States were delivered through cesarean section (aka C-section). Although vaginal birth is usually preferable, sometimes it’s not medically possible. In the past, once you had a C-section birth, all subsequent births had to also be by C-section. That’s not the case anymore. In...

Understanding Your Birth Control Options Nov 2nd, 2022

The birth control you chose as a younger woman might not be right for you today. As your life evolves and your relationships change, you may find that you need to change the type of contraception you use, too. The right birth control for you depends on many factors, including...

I'm Embarrassed to Get an STD Test: What's Involved? Oct 1st, 2022

When you notice something different “down there,” your first impulse may be to ignore it. Or Google it. Strange sensations, smells, or lesions may make you worry that you have a sexually transmitted disease (STD). And yet, you’re afraid to book an STD test and afraid of what the test...

Can Hormone Replacement Therapy Alleviate My Menopause Symptoms? Sep 1st, 2022

Every year, about 1.3 million women in the United States enter menopause, usually at around 51 years of age. Many more are in the state leading up to menopause, known as perimenopause. Once you’re in menopause (you’ve had no period for at least 12 months), you stay there. That’s a lot of...

Fertility and Diet: Is There a Connection? Aug 1st, 2022

Although everything varies by individual, the healthier you are, the more fertile you’re likely to be. A Goldilocks weight — not too heavy and not too thin — increases the chance that you’ll easily conceive. So does eating the kind of diet that supports your body, rather than stresses it....

Reasons Why You May Have Painful Sex Jul 4th, 2022

Up to 18% of women around the globe experience pain while having sex at some point in their lives. Depending on the type and location of the pain, painful sex can be known as: Vaginismus (involuntary spasms in the outer third of the vagina) Dyspareunia (pain in the genitals) Vestibulodynia (inadequate lubrication)...

Preparing for Your First Pap Smear Jun 1st, 2022

A Pap smear is a fast, simple test that detects early cellular changes on your cervix that could indicate cancer or a precancerous condition. Pap smears have helped saved the lives of millions of women since it was first introduced in a book published in 1943. In fact, thanks to increased screenings with...

How Hormone Replacement Therapy Has Changed Over the Years May 5th, 2022

Menopause is a natural stage of life, but it’s not always comfortable. Or healthy. When your body reduces the production of hormones like progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone, almost every organ and system is affected.  As you approach menopause in your 40s, you go through a stage called perimenopause, when you...

How Childbirth Changes Your Vagina and What You Can Do About It Apr 8th, 2022

Your vagina is a living tissue filled with muscles that get stretched when you give birth. In fact, all of the muscles in your pelvic floor — a muscular sling that supports your vagina and other reproductive organs — are stretched and elongated during childbirth. After childbirth, or with increased...

Five Popular Birth Control Methods to Consider Mar 13th, 2022

The only fail-safe method to prevent pregnancy is 100% abstinence. However, few women make that choice. Not many decide to rely on “natural” forms of birth control either, such as male withdrawal or the “rhythm method,” in which you time sex to the least fertile times in your menstrual cycle....

How Are STIs and STDs Different? Feb 13th, 2022

Whether your doctor tells you that you have a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or a sexually transmitted disease (STD), it’s not a happy day. Nobody wants either, even though some STIs and STDs can be cured. Both STIs and STDs are on the rise though, with about 26 million new...

Recovering From a C-Section: What to Expect Jan 11th, 2022

As wonderful as childbirth is, it takes a heavy toll on your body, particularly if you delivered your baby via C-section. A C-section is major surgery because your OB/GYN must cut through skin, muscle, and your uterus itself to deliver your child, and you may require up to eight weeks...

How Often Do I Need Pap Smears? Dec 13th, 2021

A Pap smear is the gold standard test for detecting cervical cancer or precancerous changes in cervical cells. Most cervical cancer is caused by a virus called the human papillomavirus (HPV). More than 79 million women and men in the United States are infected by HPV, but most aren’t aware...

Which Women Should Be Tested for STDs and How Often? Nov 9th, 2021

Whether you’re sexually active, in a monogamous relationship, or haven’t had intercourse yet, you can develop a sexually transmitted infection (STI), also called a sexually transmitted disease (STD). An STD may take time to develop and may never create noticeable symptoms. And yet, it could severely impact your health and...

What Causes Fibroids, and What Can I Do About Them? Oct 15th, 2021

Although about 30% of American women over the age of 30 have uterine fibroids, when you get the diagnosis, you’re not happy to join that team. You may have never even heard of fibroids before. What did you do to get them? And what should you do now? Rafiq Mian,...

What You Need to Know About Prenatal Care Sep 14th, 2021

About 75% of women in the United States start prenatal care before the end of their first trimester, but even if you’re further along in your pregnancy, it’s not too late. Getting regular exams and adjusting your lifestyle to your growing baby’s needs increases your chances for a healthy delivery...

Five Reasons to Consider Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Aug 12th, 2021

If you’re like the average woman, one third of your life will take place after you reach menopause, which occurs 12 months after your last period. Whether you’re currently in those postmenopausal years, or whether you’re in the stage of “change” known as perimenopause, your hormones have downshifted drastically since...

Is a Birth Control Implant Right for You? Jul 20th, 2021

Choosing the right birth control is essential not only to your sexual health but also to your future. Our warm and compassionate staff at Mian OB/GYN & Associates understands how incredibly important birth control is to so many people and can give you close and caring guidance.  For anyone who...