Your OBGYN treats a number of common gynecological conditions, including irregular vaginal bleeding. It’s a concern that can be related to anything from stress, chronic conditions, or reproductive problems. Learn the common causes of irregular bleeding in gynecology, and how you can get your menstrual cycle back to normal.
Irregular Vaginal Bleeding
In their reproductive years, women menstruate about every 28 days as the uterine lining sheds itself. The bleeding is often moderate to heavy during the first couple of days, then tapers off during the next few days. A normal menstrual cycle lasts up to a week. If the process does not repeat every 28 days or so, or a cycle is missed, or the flow of blood is too heavy or too light, that is considered irregular bleeding. Additional symptoms may include poor mood, problems sleeping, and sharp abdominal pains.
You should talk to your OBGYN if your menstrual cycle starts to change or becomes irregular. Irregular bleeding can be caused by one or more of the following factors:
- Certain medications (including birth control pills).
- Endometriosis (tissue that’s supposed to be inside of the uterus grows on the outside).
- Stress and lifestyle.
- Blood clotting disorders.
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (a hormonal problem).
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (an infection usually caused by an STD).
- Uterine fibroids (benign growths in the uterus).
- Cervical or uterine cancer.
- Chronic medical conditions (not necessarily related to the reproductive system).
Treatments for Irregular Bleeding
In some cases, irregular bleeding resolves on its own. For instance, if the irregularity is related to stress, de-stressing activities may help, like light exercise, dietary changes, or bed rest. If the problem is your birth control, your gynecologist will discuss other birth control options. If it’s related to another gynecological condition, the treatment may require an ultrasound and further testing. In more serious cases, surgery may be necessary.
See Your OBGYN
Schedule a visit to your OBGYN if you’re experiencing irregular bleeding. It could an easily treatable issue that your gynecologist can resolve with medications or a minor procedure.
You might be surprised to know that, in addition to performing checks on your reproductive health, Atlanta-based Ideal Gynecology also offers HydraFacials to make patients' skin look radiant. Led by Dr. Lillian Schapiro, read on to learn what this cosmetic treatment can do for you.
What is HydraFacial?
Over the past two years, HydraFacial has become one of the most popular facial skin treatments in the world. As well as hydrating your skin, it deep cleanses your pores and resurfaces your skin. HydraFacial treatment has four steps:
- Cleansing and exfoliation: The pores are deep cleaned to remove trapped dirt and oils. This process also removes dead skin cells and resurfaces your facial skin.
- Skin peel: A mild glycolic peel leaves your skin feeling rejuvenated and with a healthy glow.
- Extracting: A vortex extraction nozzle is used to remove all the unwanted particles from your skin.
- Hydrating: The pen-like device infuses the newly cleansed skin with antioxidant and collagen-rich hydrating serums.
When you undergo HydraFacial at Ideal Gynecology, you will enjoy a relaxing and invigorating experience. Dr. Shapiro will discuss any concerning areas of skin and explain how HydraFacial can help.
Benefits of HydraFacial
The benefits of HydraFacial treatment from our Atlanta office are numerous, and many can be seen after just one appointment. They include:
- Softer, smoother skin
- Skin hydration and plumping
- Gradual reduction of fine lines, and brown spots
- Improvement of oily skin
- Bright, clear complexion
- More even skin tone
- Firmer skin
- Reduction of enlarged pores
The effects of HydraFacial can last for up to seven days or longer. For the best, most consistent results, one treatment per month is recommended.
Give Us a Call
If you live in or around Atlanta, contact Dr. Schapiro at (470) 312-3696 to book an appointment for HydraFacial or to find out about other skin treatments.
If this is your first pregnancy you may certainly feel like you’re in uncharted territory. There are so many unknowns as you reach 40 weeks and your OBGYN is going to be a crucial part of guiding you throughout this journey into motherhood. An OBGYN will provide you with care, treatment, checkups, and support along the way. One question you may be asking yourself is: Can I exercise while pregnant?
The simple answer is that yes, exercise is part of maintaining a healthy pregnancy. It can help boost your energy and mood, especially during the earlier months when you may be feeling a bit tired and sluggish. Working out can even alleviate aches and pains throughout your pregnancy. In fact, regular physical activity could even be key to preventing gestational diabetes.
If you were working out prior to becoming pregnant then there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to continue working out; however, some things will need to change. While you may wish to workout at the same intensity and level you had been, your body is going through a lot of changes. Low-impact aerobic exercise such as walking or even swimming may be recommended by an OBGYN over high-intensity training.
What if you were a dedicated Crossfitter, HIIT queen, or marathon-running champ before getting pregnant? If you are a serious athlete, it’s even more important that your obstetrician works with you to create a training and workout program that will help you maintain what you’ve worked hard for while also being safe for both you and baby. This is particularly important for women who are personal trainers or professional athletes.
Starting Exercise While Pregnant
If you haven’t been working out prior to becoming pregnant you may want to take up a more regular exercise regimen to maintain good health throughout your pregnant. Before starting a new workout routine it’s important to consult your OBGYN. It’s important that you start out with slow, easy activities like a brisk walk through the neighborhood. You wouldn’t go from not being active to suddenly tackling a Warrior Run, so you certainly don’t want to do it when you’re pregnant, either. Err on the conservative side when choosing workouts to do while pregnant, especially if you are new to regular exercise. Your OBGYN can provide you with a list of pregnancy-approved exercises.
How Much Exercise is Enough?
Most pregnant women will reap the benefits of exercise if they participate in moderate exercise for at least 30 minutes a day most days of the week, as recommended by the American Academy of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Of course, if you have any health problems such as heart disease or asthma, it’s extremely important that you talk with your OBGYN before you start any workout routine.
Workouts to avoid include any contact sports, exercises that could lead to falls or abdominal injuries, as well as exercising in extreme weather conditions. If you have questions about exercise during pregnant, talk with your OBGYN today.
Did you know that cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer for women worldwide? While this statistic can be startling the good news is that it is one of the most preventable cancers. A cervical cancer screening is one of the best and most reliable tools our OBGYN has to detect cancerous and precancerous cells within the cervix. This screening is most often referred to as a Pap test.
What is a Pap test?
Women as young as 21 years old should start getting routine cervical cancer screenings from their OBGYN. If results from the first Pap smear are normal then women between the ages of 21 to 29 will only need to get a Pap test every three years. Women with an abnormal Pap will require a repeat Pap test to look for the presence of precancerous cells.
Women between the ages of 30 to 65 should get a cervical cancer screening every 5 years. Once a woman reaches 65 years old, she usually won’t need to undergo cervical cancer screenings any longer. Women at high risk for cervical cancer may need to come in more often for screenings. This is something that you can discuss with your gynecologist during your first screening or next annual wellness exam.
Are there other ways to prevent cervical cancer?
Along with getting routine cervical cancer screenings your OBGYN can also provide a way to protect young women from contracting HPV, a common STI that is also the leading cause of cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine is often recommended for young women around the age of 11 or 12.
This vaccine can be administered to women between the ages of 13 and 26 who have not contracted HPV. The vaccine comes in three doses and it protects against the strains of HPV that are most likely to cause cervical cancer. Even if women have received the HPV vaccine they should still come in for routine screenings and checkups.
Whether you want to learn more about the HPV vaccine or you need to schedule your annual checkup and Pap smear, turn to your OBGYN today to take an active interest in your reproductive health.
At Ideal Gynecology in Atlanta, GA, Dr. Lillian Schapiro utilizes CoolSculpting as a safe and effective way to reduce your stubborn excess fat that doesn't disappear with a healthy lifestyle change. Her Cool & Fit program helps men and women of all ages target stubborn areas, such as the arms, thighs, stomach, flanks, and chin. This one-of-a-kind technology is a permanent solution to destroying fat cells. If you'd like to learn more about the details of CoolSculpting, read on, and schedule a consultation in our Atlanta, GA, office to determine if you are a candidate.
What Exactly Is CoolSculpting?
This fat-freezing method provides scientifically proven results to help men and women reduce fat in stubborn pockets in specific parts of the body. It's a non-invasive alternative to liposuction that delivers results in one to three months and is ideal for patients who can't get rid of problem areas with diet and exercise.
Benefits of CoolSculpting
Our Atlanta, GA, patients choose CoolSculpting because its fat-freezing technology offers a long track record of success and safety. It's also the only FDA-approved non-surgical fat reduction treatment that helps patients succeed in their body goals. If you're ready to take the next step, other advantages include:
- Clinically proven fat loss
- Fat reductions up to 40%
- Clears fat cells naturally
- Zero downtime, quick recovery
- Noticeable results in 8-12 weeks
What to Expect from the Procedure
When you visit Ideal Gynecology for this procedure, you'll be able to sit back and relax in your private treatment room. During a CoolSculpting session, the device rests on your skin and applies a gentle suction motion. Scientifically named cryolipolysis, it freezes fat cells at a specific temperature so they cannot return. Because they don't like the cold, they rupture, and your lymphatic system helps eliminate them from your body naturally. It takes about one hour to target and treat each body part, although larger areas may require more than one session.
Interested? Give Us a Call
For more information about CoolSculpting or any of the other services provided by Ideal Gynecology, visit our website. For appointment scheduling with Dr. Lillian Schapiro or Dr. Kathryn Garren, please call our Atlanta, GA, office at (470) 312-3696.
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