BlogDr. Valary Gass Talks About STI's
Apr. 11, 2018 2:38 pm
Sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) are infections or viruses spread from person to person by intimate physical contact or through sexual intercourse. Common STI’s include chlamydia, gonorrhea, HPV, genital herpes, and syphilis. Aside from colds and the flu, STI’s are the most common contagious (easily spread) infections in the United States. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists reports that there are millions of new cases each year, so it’s important to know the facts when it comes to protecting your body.How Can I Protect Myself? The good news is, there are a lot of different ways you can protect yourself. You can reduce your risk by of contracting an STI by:
- Limiting your number of sexual partners.
- Using protection (such as condoms) every time you have vaginal, oral, or anal sex.
Dr. Kercher Talks About Tdap
Mar. 28, 2018 4:16 pm
The Tdap vaccine protects against pertussis, also known as whooping cough. Pertussis is a disease that spreads quickly and is especially dangerous for babies. “It is really important for women who are pregnant to receive the Tdap vaccine because the majority of morbidity and mortality from pertussis occurs in infants less than 3 months old,” Dr. Kercher says. Infants typically do not receive their first set of vaccinations until they are 2 months old, but women can help protect their babies from pertussis by receiving the Tdap vaccination between 27 and 36 weeks of their pregnancy. “The baby gets some passive immunity from the mother if she is vaccinated, so it provides some protection for the newborn before they are able to receive their own immunizations,” Dr. Kercher says.
Dr. Yarroch Talks About Endometriosis
Mar. 22, 2018 5:31 pm
The Facts Surrounding Heart Disease
Feb. 22, 2018 11:16 am
The Facts Surrounding Cervical Cancer
Jan. 23, 2018 12:06 pm
What Is Cervical Cancer? Generally speaking, cancer begins when cells in the body start to grow out of control. Cervical cancer occurs in the cells “in the bottom portion of the uterus that we can see on a speculum exam through the vagina,” Dr. Yarroch explains.Almost any part of the body can become cancerous and that cancer can continue to spread to other areas of the body.Are Certain Women At A Higher Risk For Cervical Cancer?Unlike many diseases, Dr. Yarroch notes that family history does not normally increase your likelihood of contracting cervical cancer.“In most cases, cervical cancer is caused by HPV, which is a very common sexually transmitted virus that suppresses the immune system,” Dr. Yarroch says.
When Should My Daughter Have Her First Gynecologist Visit?
Jan. 15, 2018 4:29 pm
For many young women, the thought of seeing a gynecologist for the first time can feel scary or even embarrassing, but this should be a time when your daughter feels comfortable and is able to ask questions about her developing body. We talked with Dr. Valary Gass of Women’s Care to provide you with the information you need to help your daughter feel more positive and less stressed out about her first gynecologist visit.What Age Should I Schedule My Daughter’s First Gynecologist Visit?“The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends that girls between the ages of 13-15 visit with a gynecologist,” (read more)
Changes To Pap Smear Screening Guidelines
Dec. 20, 2017 8:58 am
If you’re like most women who dread having to get a Pap smear done at your yearly wellness check, you’re in luck! Changes in the Pap smear screening guidelines now advise against annual Pap smears for the majority of women. We sat down with Dr. Valary Gass at Women’s Care of Wisconsin to discuss what guidelines have changed so you know what to expect at your next gynecologist visit.
First, Let’s Talk About What A Pap Smear Is(read more)
Breast Cancer Prevention
Nov. 28, 2017 6:39 pmDid you know that 1 in 8 women will be affected by breast cancer during her lifetime? It might not be Breast Cancer Awareness Month anymore, but at Women’s Care we believe it’s important to keep the conversation going all year long. That’s why we sat down with Dr. Valary Gass to talk about the preventative steps we can all take to stay healthy.Knowing The Symptoms:Breast cancer is the (read more)
So, What’s The Real Benefit Of Having A Midwife?
Nov. 8, 2017 10:58 amSo, What’s The Real Benefit Of Having A Midwife?For many women, (read more)
Choosing The Right Health Insurance Plan
Oct. 24, 2017 3:13 pmAs the Health Insurance Marketplace transitions to plans with higher deductibles, patients are facing more financial responsibility than they ever have in the past. This makes understanding your plan options and benefits extremely important, so we sat down with Women’s Care’s Practice Administrator, Tasha Frahm, to learn more about what changes patients can expect and get her advice on how to choose the best plan.Changes in the Health Insurance Marketplace(read more)
Myth #5: Midwives Only Work With Women Who Are Pregnant.
Sep. 29, 2017 1:04 pm