Are you seeing the right doctor?
Many of us continue to see a doctor or gynecologist simply because we were referred to them by insurance. Your doctor should be someone you genuinely choose, know, and someone who understands and connects with you. Women’s health can be so personal.
Why have my periods changed?
We have been taught to believe that periods should always be 28 days, lasting from 4-7 days. That could not be further from the truth! Your periods may vary up to one week each month and be completely normal. In addition, other factors can work to change the nature of your cycles. If you are stressed, sick, or travel between continents, the timing and onset of your periods are likely to change.
Which birth control is right for me?
That’s a tricky question, and the answer is it depends. There are a myriad options for birth control, from daily, weekly, monthly, to multiple year methods. The doctors and nurses at The Gynecology Institute take into account your lifestyle and possible medical factors, working with you to find the right method together.
Should I try alternative medicine?
It is important to get to know a practitioner who is comfortable working with holistic or alternative medicine. At the Gynecology Institute, we offer acupuncture, massage therapy, and pelvic floor therapy as well as working with herbals, supplements, and essential oils to help you achieve your best health.
Why is sex painful?
One of the most common reasons that sex is painful has to do with the muscles surrounding the vagina. Just as some people carry stress in their shoulders, many women carry stress in their vaginal muscles. Consider learning progressive relaxation techniques. Another treatment to consider is vaginal preparations done with our lead physician to relax those muscles. In addition, consider a consult with our pelvic floor physical therapist at the Gynecology Institute.
When should I start trying to conceive?
It’s a wise choice to discuss with your physician if and when you might want to join the baby club. We recommend stopping your birth control at the time you want to conceive, depending on the type of birth control you are taking. Of course, your overall health does play a role in fertility. Toxins, stress, and an unhealthy lifestyle can contribute to an inability to conceive. Consider working with our fertility acupuncturist to aid with blood flow to vital organs and experiment with essential oils to promote relaxation during this special time.
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