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Dr. Valary Gass Talks About STI's


Apr. 11, 2018 2:38 pm



     With the spread of STI's on the rise, we want to make sure every woman in our Circle of Care has the information she needs to live a safe and healthy life. That's why we're breaking down the most effective ways to prevent contracting an STI and what symptoms require a prompt visit to your OB/GYN.

What are STI's?
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. 
  • Making sure you are up to date on all of your immunizations. Vaccinations are available for hepatitis B as well as some forms of HPV.

     Regular screening is also key to catching an STI early if you do contract an infection.
     "It's recommended that sexually active women between the ages of 15 and 25 have at least an annual gonorrhea and chlamydia screening," Dr .Gass says.
     There are some STI's that can be cured, but early detection is important.
     "Additional screening can be offered for HIV, syphilis, hepatitis C, and other STI's," Dr. Gass says.

What are the Most Common Symptoms of an STI?
Some of the most common STI symptoms to look out for include:

  • A burning sensation when urinating
  • Sores, bumps, rashes, or blisters in the genital or anal area
  • Abnormal discharge 
  • Redness or swelling in the genital area
  • Pain in the pelvic or abdominal area
  • Pain, soreness, irritation, or other discomfort during intercourse
  • Bleeding after intercourse
  • Recurring yeast infections 


     If you believe you are at risk for contracting an STI, it is very important to schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider.
    "Sexually transmitted infections can have an impact on future fertility," Dr. Gass says.
    During pregnancy, STI's can also cause harm to the fetus. If you are pregnant and you or your partner have had -- or may have -- an STI, be sure to inform your doctor so you can work out a treatment plan that will decrease the chances of your child getting the infection.

Schedule An Appointment
     "If you have concerns about STI's or believe you could need screening, please talk to your healthcare provider," Dr. Gass says.
    At Women's Care, our providers are devoted to you and your health. That means having the most advanced techniques, up-to-date educational information, and a compassionate, caring staff.
    To schedule an appointment with one of our providers to discuss STI screening or any other health related topic, please call us at 920-729-7105 or click here.

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What You Need To Know About Endometriosis


Mar. 21, 2017 2:21 pm



Are you doubling over in pain during your period? Do you have cramps you just can't seem to shake throughout the month? For 1 in 10 women, these killer cramps are more than just your average visit from Aunt Flo, they're a symptom of endometriosis. Although endometriosis affects 176 million women worldwide, many go undiagnosed. Here's what you need to know about this painful disease and how to find out if endometriosis could be affecting you.

What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis occurs when tissue similar to the tissue that normally grows inside of the uterus also grows outside of the uterus on areas like your ovaries or inside the pelvic cavity. This tissue becomes inflamed as it grows, resulting in pain and significant scarring to the surrounding tissue.

While it's uncertain what the root cause of endometriosis is, doctors do know that estrogen plays a role. Research also shows that women who have a close female relative with endometriosis are 5-7 times more likely to have it themselves.


Spotting the Symptoms
Although it's a common misconception that endometriosis only occurs in women over the age of 20, the truth is that the disease can develop as soon as a girl gets her first period and can span the rest of a woman's reproductive years.


The most common symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain. While this pain usually coincides with menstruation, some women can experience this symptom throughout their entire cycle. Other symptoms to look out for include:
  • Pain during or after sex
  • Severe cramps that do not go away with NSAIDs or that impede the activities of your everyday life
  • A heavy menstrual flow
  • Periods that last longer than 7 days
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Urinary and bowel disorders
  • Difficulty getting pregnant

Not every woman will experience all of these symptoms, but approximately 30%-40% of women who have endometriosis will experience issues with fertility.


Getting a Diagnosis
If you suspect that you may have endometriosis, we encourage you to speak with your doctor or make an appointment with one of the amazing providers at Women's Care. The only way to know for sure whether or not you have endometriosis is to undergo surgery so your doctor can actually see and biopsy the abnormal tissue.


Treating the Symptoms
There are a wide range of treatment options for endometriosis and your doctor may suggest a few less invasive methods before ordering a biopsy. At Women's Care, we work with you to choose a plan that fits your needs and your lifestyle. Some of the most common treatments include:

The use of NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen (advil, motrin) and naproxen sodium (aleve). NSAIDs can help relieve or lessen the pain caused by endometriosis by stopping the release of prostaglandins, one of the main chemicals responsible for painful periods. While NSAIDs can help manage the pain-related symptoms of endometriosis for some women, it's not effective in every case.

Birth control methods such as the pill, the patch and the ring are often helpful to treat the pain associated with endometriosis because they reduce heavy bleeding. This method works best for women who only have severe pain during their period and not during the rest of their cycle.

Progestins are recommended for women who do not get pain relief from or who cannot take hormonal birth control that contains estrogen (such as smokers). This synthetic form of the natural hormone progesterone is available by prescription as a pill or an injection.

GnRH therapy uses medicines that work by causing temporary menopause. The treatment actually causes the ovaries to stop producing estrogen, which causes the endometriosis implants to shrink.

For some women, surgery may be the best treatment method. While there isn't a cure for endometriosis yet, it is possible to remove some of the the scar tissue and lesions with surgery.
If you have endometriosis, surgery could be an option if you:
  • Have severe pain
  • Have tried medications, but still have pain
  • Have a growth or mass in the pelvic area that needs to be examined
  • Are having trouble getting pregnant and endometriosis might be the cause


So What Now?
If you have endometriosis or believe you could have endometriosis, we strongly encourage you to speak with your doctor or one of our highly trained providers. We want you to know that at Women's Care, we're devoted to you and your health. We're here to meet both your physical and your emotional needs each step of the way, from diagnosis to treatment and recovery.

Join our Circle of Care and request an appointment with us today!


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