Posts for: November, 2021
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.
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.
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 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.