Posts for: February, 2021
Menopause is not the end of womanhood, but a transition into another phase of it. One that does not come without its set of challenges. Luckily, it's not a journey for which you have to embark on your own. To learn more reach out to Dr. Richard Williams of Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates in San Dimas, CA.
Menopause marks the natural transition out of the reproductive stage of every woman. Most encounter it in their early 50s but several factors, including genetics and certain types of medical intervention, can alter when it occurs.
Although menopause is understood to have officially begun after the absence of a menstrual cycle for a year, its symptoms are often present years before its onset, during a period known as perimenopause.
Irregular periods begin to manifest during this time as well as the more commonly associated symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, disturbance of sleeping habits, and mood swings. Menopause itself brings about other discomforts, like vaginal dryness, frequent urination, and depression, among others.
Menopause cannot be halted but its various physical symptoms can be addressed with lifestyle changes and, of course, the support and guidance of your OBGYN.
Treating Its Symptoms
Improvements to your diet and exercise routines can help mitigate some of the more concerning effects menopause has on your body. Helping to prevent also the more damaging complications associated with these.
Among the most damaging habits you can curb is smoking. It's been shown to quicken the onset of menopause as well as complicate it by affecting its already bothersome symptoms. Not to mention the inherent health hazards of tobacco itself.
But you don't have to do manage it on your own. Your doctor can help you develop health strategies as well as intervene through medication and treatments like hormone therapy.
OBGYN in San Dimas, CA
To explore what resources are available to you make an appointment today with Dr. Williams of Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates in San Dimas, CA, by dialing (909) 599-8677.
Many ovarian cysts are too small to cause symptoms; however, if the cyst is large you may notice:
- Bloating or abdominal swelling
- Abdominal pain or pressure, typically on the side where the cyst is
- The pain may be dull and may come and go
Several factors can predispose certain women to ovarian cysts. These factors include:
- Hormonal issues
- Pelvic infections
It’s always a good idea to see your OBGYN as soon as possible if you are experiencing intense or severe abdominal pain, especially if it’s accompanied by a fever. Severe abdominal pain requires immediate medical attention.
An ovarian cyst will typically go away on its own without treatment; however, the size of the cyst and the symptoms you are experiencing may determine whether or not you should have surgery to remove the cyst. Your doctor will continue to monitor the cyst through regular ultrasounds every few weeks or months to see if the cyst has gone away. Recurring or very large cysts often require surgery.
What causes pelvic floor dysfunction?
Some many injuries and conditions can weaken the muscles of the pelvis or even tear the tissue. Common causes of pelvic floor dysfunction include,
- Nerve damage
- Pregnancy and childbirth (the most common causes)
- Traumatic injury to the pelvic (e.g., bad fall; car accident)
- Pelvic surgery
If you are dealing with pelvic floor dysfunction you may experience these common symptoms,
- Painful urination
- An increased urge to urinate
- Urinary or stool leakage
- Pain in the pelvic floor including the rectum and genitals
- Pain with intercourse
- Lower back pain
- Muscle spasms in the pelvis
- Pelvic pressure
Just as someone might get physical therapy to restore function and strength into a shoulder injury or bad knee, your OBGYN may recommend that women who have pelvic floor dysfunction undergo pelvic floor physical therapy. These one-on-one physical therapy sessions are designed to help alleviate the symptoms of dysfunction while also training and re-strengthening weakened pelvic floor muscles.
Your OBGYN will first need to perform a physical exam to assess the muscle. This assessment will help us create a customized plan of action to alleviate your symptoms. Pelvic floor physical therapy may include,
- Stretching and strengthening exercises
- Coordination exercises
- Relaxation techniques
- Heat or ice therapy
- Electrical stimulation