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Answers to Your Questions About Endometrial Ablation Sep 1st, 2022

Endometrial ablation is a treatment option commonly used to relieve heavy menstrual bleeding. The procedure involves removing the uterine lining (endometrium). Each month the uterine lining thickens in preparation for pregnancy. When pregnancy doesn’t occur, the lining sheds during your period.  Women with heavy menstrual bleeding often have a uterine...

What Causes Heavy Periods and How are They Treated? Aug 1st, 2022

If you’re one of the more than 10 million women who experience heavy periods, you’re well aware of how much having an abnormally heavy flow can interfere with your daily life. If you’re struggling with heavy menses, the good news is, there is something you can do about it. The team of...

Are Uterine Polyps Dangerous? Jul 1st, 2022

It’s normal to feel alarmed after discovering that you have uterine polyps, but it should bring you some comfort to know that most polyps are harmless. They’re sometimes found when you get an ultrasound for something else.  Board-certified gynecologist Lillian Schapiro, MD, FACOG, and our women’s health team here at Ideal Gynecology are...

Common STDs and How to Prevent Them Jun 1st, 2022

All sexually active individuals are at risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Although having sex with new partners frequently may increase your risk of STDs, anyone can get them. Board-certified gynecologist Lillian Schapiro, MD, FACOG, and our team here at Ideal Gynecology are here to give informed, non-judgmental support for any...

Am I Infertile? May 3rd, 2022

Amid the excitement and preparation of planning a pregnancy, it’s important to keep fertility in mind, and watch for signs of fertility trouble. If you find that you haven’t gotten pregnant after trying for some time, the next best step is to schedule a visit with a gynecologist. Here at...

Using Birth Control to Alleviate Menstrual Pain Apr 6th, 2022

Painful periods, known medically as dysmenorrhea, affect millions of women and can have a major impact on your daily life. For some women, the pain is severe enough that it leads to missed work and school days, canceled social plans, and problems taking care of your regular responsibilities. If period...

Take These Steps If Your Pap Smear Comes Back Abnormal Mar 6th, 2022

Deaths from cervical cancer have declined significantly, thanks in part to Pap tests, which can detect cervical cancer at the earliest stages and even detect abnormal cervical cells before they have a chance to become cancer.  Receiving an abnormal Pap result can cause a lot of fear and anxiety, but...

If You Suffer From Heavy Periods, Endometrial Ablation Can Help Feb 1st, 2022

Endometrial ablation is a minimally invasive alternative to a hysterectomy for treating heavy menstrual periods. The procedure is designed to leave your uterus intact and instead remove just the endometrium (uterus lining), which is responsible for heavy periods. At Ideal Gynecology, board-certified OB/GYN Lillian Schapiro, MD, offers Minerva endometrial ablation...

Four Alternative Uses for Birth Control Jan 1st, 2022

Pregnancy is the most common reason women use birth control, but there are several reasons to use contraceptives that have nothing to do with a need to avoid an unwanted pregnancy.  Board-certified OB/GYN Lillian Schapiro, and our team of board-certified nurse practitioners at Ideal Gynecology in Atlanta and McDonough, Georgia,...

Do Fibroids Resolve on Their Own? Dec 5th, 2021

If you've been diagnosed with uterine fibroids, it’s normal to have some questions. You may wonder why you developed fibroids and whether they will go away on their own. Uterine fibroids can change size over time and sometimes resolve on their own.  Board-certified gynecologist Lillian Schapiro, MD, and our team...

The Importance of Getting a Pap Smear Nov 2nd, 2021

Scheduling regular visits with your gynecologist for well-woman checks, which include a Pap smear, helps to track your health and maintain wellness. Staying on top of your wellbeing with screenings that check for potential problems is a part of preventive healthcare.  A Pap smear screens for abnormal changes to your...

How Does a Fertility Evaluation Work? Oct 11th, 2021

A fertility evaluation is key to discovering problems underlying your struggle to get pregnant. A fertility specialist performs a fertility evaluation to gain insight and answers toward diagnosing infertility and recommending a treatment plan. Various underlying issues can make it difficult to get pregnant. However, most fertility issues can be...

Should I Be Concerned About Heavy Bleeding During My Period? Sep 7th, 2021

Heavy menstrual periods can be distressing. Women who experience heavy menses often report an interruption in their daily activities. Heavy periods can cause you to cancel plans, miss out on things you enjoy, and get in the way of productivity.  Women’s health professionals are your best resources when you have...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Aug 26th, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

Understanding Your Birth Control Options Aug 8th, 2021

Birth control is a safe, effective way to prevent pregnancy when you’re not ready to have children. Around 64% use some form of contraceptive to prevent pregnancy. There isn’t a single approach to pregnancy prevention that’s right for every woman. When it comes to choosing the right contraceptive, the ideal...

The Benefits of Endometrial Ablation Jul 8th, 2021

Monthly period pains, heavy periods, and uncomfortable cramping are all signs of a more serious condition. There is hope. An endometrial ablation is a common procedure performed on women who require relief from abnormal bleeding, painful periods, and other severe symptoms of menstrual pain. Dr. Lillian Schapiro and Dr. Kristan...

Your Options for Problematic Uterine Fibroids Jun 23rd, 2021

Uterine fibroids are common for many women, regardless of age. Fibroids are noncancerous growths of the uterus. Fibroids are also known as leiomyomas (lie-o-my-O-muhs) or myomas. They are generally not associated with cancer and do not typically pose a life-threatening risk.  Fibroids come in many shapes and sizes. They can...

Most Common Signs of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome May 23rd, 2021

Polycystic ovary syndrome, also known as PCOS, can disrupt a woman’s hormonal levels, menstrual cycles, fertility, and other hormonal changes. Though the exact cause of PCOS is not known, doctors do know women with PCOS have higher-than-normal amounts of male hormones.  Higher testosterone levels cause a hormonal imbalance, causing the...

What Does “Abnormal Bleeding” Mean? Apr 14th, 2021

Abnormal bleeding occurs when you bleed outside of your monthly period. Heavy bleeding or bleeding that occurs at random times and with a heavy flow may require a doctor’s attention.  It could mean complications with pregnancy, a possible pregnancy, problems with ovulation, or certain types of cancers.  Dr. Lillian Schapiro...

Help! My Pap Smear Came Back Abnormal Mar 23rd, 2021

If you’ve ever experienced an abnormal Pap smear, you’ve probably felt the nerves and uncertainty associated with what your results mean. Pap smears are recommended every three years to ensure you are not at risk for cervical or other cancers.  Dr. Lillian Schapiro and Dr. Kristan Adams at Ideal Gynecology...

Which Type of Birth Control Is Right for You? Feb 15th, 2021

Choosing a form of birth control is a big decision. There are lots of factors to consider. Before you choose your preferred method of birth control, it’s important to discuss your options with a doctor. Dr. Lillian Schapiro and Dr. Kristan Adams at Ideal Gynecology can provide personalized recommendations depending...

Menopause Symptoms: When to Seek Treatment Jan 24th, 2021

In an ideal world, the transition from your reproductive years into your non-reproductive years is smooth as your ovaries shut down and you can enjoy life without your monthly cycle. For many women, however, menopause is fraught with many unwelcome side effects, from poor sexual health to incontinence. At Ideal...

What to Expect From Breast Cancer Survivorship Dec 30th, 2020

About one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer, sending them into a different world where sacrifices are made for the greater good. For example, women who are hormone-receptor positive (two out of three women with breast cancer are) often turn to hormone therapy,...