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By Williams Ob/Gyn & Associate
April 12, 2022
Tags: Menopause  

Like any other milestone in a woman's life, menopause is a natural marker that signifies a change in the way the body functions. There are symptoms and effects that are common during this transition that you should become aware of to better anticipate and adjust to them once they come. It's not something you have to through blindly, or on your own, if you have questions regarding menopause you can contact our San Dimas, CA, Ob/Gyn with Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates, with Dr. Richard Williams.

Signs and Symptoms

There is no precise timetable for when you may begin to notice signs of menopause as everyone's experience differs, but for most women, it tends to occur between the ages of 40 and 60, although perimenopause symptoms may manifest earlier.

As menopause marks the end of childbearing so does it mark the end of menstrual cycles, it is typically said that menopause has begun after a year without a period.

As estrogen and progesterone levels fluctuate the body tries to compensate in an effort to keep up with these changes, and this is what causes most of the signs and symptoms of menopause.

These symptoms can affect your sleep, your metabolism, and mood, as well as other physical effects.

Managing Your Menopause Symptoms in San Dimas, CA

Menopause can't be cured or stopped but the symptoms can be managed with the help of your doctor. A treatment plan is tailored to your specific situation but your doctor may suggest hormone therapy to assist in balancing your hormone levels, antidepressants are also an option for mood changes, as well as other medications and supplements.

Your doctor may also suggest lifestyle changes alongside their care for even better results. Changes such as quitting smoking if you're a smoker, as well as improving your sleep, diet, and exercise habits.

If you want to know more about what you can expect during menopause and how your doctor can help, you can schedule a visit in San Dimas, CA, with Dr. Williams of Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates by dialing (909) 599-8677.

By Williams Ob/Gyn & Associate
March 25, 2022
Tags: Vaginal Stones  
Vaginal StonesWe’ve all heard about kidney stones or even gallbladder stones, but you may not realize that stones can also develop in the vagina. Vaginal stones, medically known as colpolithiasis, are a very rare condition that most gynecologists will never even see throughout their career; however, vaginal stones do still occur. Here’s what you should know.

Vaginal Stones are Either Primary or Secondary

A primary vaginal stone typically develops after surgery, trauma, neurogenic bladder, vaginal stenosis, or vaginal outlet obstruction. Women with congenital genitourinary malformations or urethrovaginal fistulas are most at risk. If a woman is dealing with any of these issues their OBGYN must continue to monitor their condition through routine checkups so they can promptly find and treat vaginal stones if they develop. Secondary vaginal stones typically develop due to the presence of foreign bodies in the vagina, whether an IUD (intrauterine device) or surgical mesh.

Vaginal Stone Symptoms Aren’t Unique to This Condition

Vaginal stones do mimic symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI), so you may not be able to immediately spot a difference. Vaginal stones can cause an increase in urinary urgency and frequency. You may also experience vaginal pain, abdominal pain, and pain with sex or urination.

Vaginal Stones Can Be Removed

The best way to treat vaginal stones is to have them removed. This will require surgery. The procedure itself may employ extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, the same treatment used to break up kidney stones. This surgery is performed under anesthesia. Any urethrovaginal fistulas should not be repaired at the time of surgery, but rather corrected months after the stone has been removed. Patients with serious health complications, as well as older patients, may do better with an open cystostomy, a surgical procedure that is sometimes used to remove large bladder stones as well.

If you are at risk for vaginal stones, it’s important to speak with your gynecologist. Many other conditions can lead to abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding, so it’s important to turn to an OBGYN who can provide you with the answers and treatment you’re looking for.
By Williams Ob/Gyn & Associate
March 25, 2022
Tags: Painful sex  
Causes of Pain During SexPain during sex is a common issue for women. While many women don’t feel comfortable discussing this problem, it’s important that you bring it up with an OBGYN. After all, pain with intercourse can be caused by a variety of different factors, some of which could be underlying diseases and conditions that require immediate treatment. Are you experiencing pain during sex? If so, it could be caused by:
  • Not enough lubrication
  • Vaginismus
  • A vaginal infection such as a yeast infection
  • Problems or infections of the cervix
  • Uterine fibroids (can cause deep pain)
  • Endometriosis
  • Menopause
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Vagina or vulva injuries
  • Vulvodynia
Sometimes emotional factors such as depression, anxiety, or a history of sexual abuse may play a role in sexual pain. It’s important to be open about the symptoms you are experiencing and any emotional factors that might be involved. This will give your OBGYN insight into better ways to treat your pain.

When to See an OBGYN

If you are experiencing pain with sex it’s important that you speak with your OBGYN right away. You should call if you also notice,
  • Changes in vaginal discharge
  • Itching
  • Soreness
  • Lesions
Treating Pain with Sex

The cause of your pain will dictate which treatment options will be most effective. If lack of lubrication is the cause, your OBGYN may recommend using a lubricant. If hormones are playing a role, which can be the cause for menopausal women, hormonal therapy can help to better balance hormones to improve vaginal dryness.

If an allergy is to blame, your OBGYN may recommend avoiding certain products that could be irritating the area. If an underlying disease or condition is causing pain, your OBGYN will discuss different ways to treat these issues whether through medications or surgery. If emotional factors are playing a part, your OBGYN may refer you to a therapist or psychologist who can help you work through anxiety, depression, or other emotional issues you’re experiencing.

If you find yourself dealing with persistent pain with intercourse, your OBGYN can help figure out what’s going on and provide you with the answers you need to make sex enjoyable again. You don’t have to deal with this problem alone.
By Williams Ob/Gyn & Associate
November 18, 2021
Tags: Menopause  

If you are a woman approaching middle age you are probably concerned about menopause and its symptoms. Dr. Williams and the staff of Williams OB/Gyn & Associates in San Dimas, CA can help with these concerns. 

What is Menopause?

Menopause can be best explained as the time in a woman’s life when her menstruation ceases. To a young girl, this might sound like the ideal scenario; yet there are several cons to the start of menopause. Below are some symptoms which signal the start of menopause:

  • Irregular or missed periods up to a year
  • Difficulty sleeping 
  • Night sweats 
  • Hot flashes 
  • Irritability or mood swings 
  • Cognitive issues- having a hard time remembering things or focussing 
  • Dryness or itching in the vulvar and/or vagina areas

If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms, the Williams OB/Gyn & Associates in San Dimas, CA can help. Our OB/GYN doctors are caring and offer comprehensive, quality care to our patients. 

Handling the Symptoms of Menopause

Dr. Williams of Williams OB/Gyn & Associates will perform blood tests to verify the symptoms you are having are that of menopause. If you are under 45 years of age and experiencing symptoms, the doctor will need to check your hormone levels.

In addition, monitoring your diet and avoiding certain foods is a good way to handle symptoms of menopause. The doctor can give you a list of foods to avoid as well as tell you what foods to eat.

If you are experiencing hot flashes, your hormone levels are likely too low. Dr. Williams will prescribe Estrogen to increase these levels. 

Contact Us

If you are approaching the age at which life’s changes begin to happen we are here. Dr. Richard Williams and his conscientious staff share your concerns about how your body is changing. Contact us if you are showing signs of perimenopause or believe you are already in menopause. We will take all the guesswork out of how to manage and lessen your symptoms. Call Dr. Richard Williams of  Williams OB/Gyn & Associates at 909-599-8677, schedule an appointment and start living life again! We welcome new patients. 

By Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates
November 09, 2021
Tags: Vaginal Cyst  
Treatment for a Vaginal CystHarmless lumps and bumps can develop just about anywhere on the body, including the vagina. While some cysts are rather small and painless, vaginal cysts can cause pain, discomfort, and other issues. Here’s what you should know about vaginal cysts, including when to turn to a gynecologist for treatment.

There are Different Kinds of Vaginal Cysts

Most vaginal cysts can be found under or within the lining of the vagina. Types of vaginal cysts include:
  • Inclusion cysts: this most common type of vaginal cyst develops in the back of the vaginal wall
  • Bartholin’s gland cysts: cysts that develop in the Bartholin’s gland, which are found on either opening of the vagina
  • Gartner’s duct: this congenital malformation occurs when ducts that are supposed to disappear in-utero don’t, which may result in vaginal cysts developing later on
  • Müllerian cysts: these cysts that develop around the vaginal wall form in areas that were left behind after the development and birth of a baby
There are Many Causes for Vaginal Cysts

There are several reasons a vaginal cyst may develop. Trauma is most common in cysts that develop in the vaginal walls. This may be the result of childbirth or surgery.

Cysts that develop on the outer area of the vagina such as a Bartholin’s gland cyst, may be the result of a bacterial infection or a sexually transmitted disease. Sometimes clogged glands or ducts are also to blame.

Vaginal Cysts Don’t Often Cause Symptoms

Unless you’re dealing with an infected Bartholin’s gland cyst, you probably won’t even know if you have a vaginal cyst. Most of the time, these cysts are detected by a gynecologist during a routine exam. Most cysts aren’t painful; however, some may cause pain with sex. If you’re dealing with a painful lump, this could be a sign of infection.

Most Vaginal Cysts Don’t Need Treatment

Since most vaginal cysts remain small and don’t cause problems they often don’t need to be removed; however, if the cyst continues to grow, cause pain, or show signs of infection, then you’ll want to see your gynecologist. External vaginal cysts can be eased with simple home care such as a warm soak or sitz bath. If the cyst is infected, antibiotics may be prescribed. Sometimes the cyst will need to be drained to heal (this is more common in Bartholin’s gland cysts). Most of the time surgery is not recommended for removing a vaginal cyst.

If you notice any unusual lumps, bumps, or lesions in the vaginal areas, it’s always a good idea to turn to your OBGYN to find out what’s going on.