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COVID-19 Vaccine & Pregnant and Lactating Women
18Jan

COVID-19 Vaccine & Pregnant and Lactating Women

The wait is finally over as we transition into Phase 1 of COVID-19 vaccinations. Many patients have been inquiring about

Pregnancy and Your Moods: What to Expect?
06Jan

Pregnancy and Your Moods: What to Expect?

The beautiful journey of pregnancy is divided into three stages: the first trimester, the second trimester, and the third trimester

What could be causing your early period?
13Nov

What could be causing your early period?

What is a menstrual period? When puberty begins, your brain signals your body to produce hormones. Some of these hormones

Tampons, pads and menstrual cups. What should you use?
13Oct

Tampons, pads and menstrual cups. What should you use?

What are my options? Pads are used to soak up the menstrual flow. Tampons and menstrual cups catch the flow

What’s causing your itchy vagina?
15Jul

What’s causing your itchy vagina?

Vulva skin disorders that cause itching Some of the skin disorders that affect the vulva include folliculitis, contact dermatitis, Bartholin

Tdap vaccine for expectant mothers
10Jun

Tdap vaccine for expectant mothers

Tdap during pregnancy passes protection to your baby The Tdap vaccine is used for protection against the whooping cough, a

Deep Vein Thrombosis: Causes & Prevention
08Jun

Deep Vein Thrombosis: Causes & Prevention

What is Deep Vein Thrombosis? Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a medical condition that occurs when a blood clot forms

NOW HIRING: Front Office Patient Coordinators
22May

NOW HIRING: Front Office Patient Coordinators

Long Beach Office Department: OB/GYN Offices  Location: OB/GYN Office Long BeachJob Type: Full-timeSalary: Subject to experience ($15 –  $16/hour) Job

Benign Breast Pain. Is it normal?
04May

Benign Breast Pain. Is it normal?

Benign Breast Pain. Is it normal? What is a benign breast condition? Different types of benign breast problems? What causes

Bleeding Before And After Menopause
23Apr

Bleeding Before And After Menopause

What is perimenopause? The period of a woman’s life that preceeds menopause. This usually extends from age 45 years to

Crafting for Hope!
13Apr

Crafting for Hope!

The GYN Emergent Care Center – Our COVID-19 Story! Our team of all-female OB/GYN specialists are completely dedicated to the

Dr. Mackovic Returns To Lakewood
09Apr

Dr. Mackovic Returns To Lakewood

We are excited to announce that she is offering appointments again at our Lakewood OB/GYN office every Thursday afternoon. Please

How to cope with stress during a crisis
08Apr

How to cope with stress during a crisis

Outbreaks can be stressful The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about

Coronavirus Updates | OUR SAFETY MEASURES
07Apr

Coronavirus Updates | OUR SAFETY MEASURES

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Coronavirus and Pregnancy | FAQs
23Mar

Coronavirus and Pregnancy | FAQs

Are pregnant women at higher risk of COVID-19? I’m pregnant. How can I protect myself from COVID-19? Should pregnant women

Bleeding During Pregnancy
17Mar

Bleeding During Pregnancy

Does bleeding during pregnancy always mean there is a problem? Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy has many causes. Some are serious,

Understanding Uterine Artery Embolization
02Mar

Understanding Uterine Artery Embolization

What is Uterine Artery Embolization? Uterine Artery Embolization is when fibroids are trefated by blocking the blood vessels that are

Surgical Procedures: Olympus 3D vs da Vinci
18Feb

Surgical Procedures: Olympus 3D vs da Vinci

Procedure via Olympus 3D Laparo-Endoscopic Single-Site (LESS) is a new, highly advanced, minimally-invasive approach for performing a hysterectomy. This specialized

Pelvic Floor Therapy After Delivery
22Jan

Pelvic Floor Therapy After Delivery

The new standard of care following pregnancy and delivery In order to be able to take the best care of

Ovary Removal: What To Expect If You’re Having An Oopherectomy
03Jan

Ovary Removal: What To Expect If You’re Having An Oopherectomy

What is an Oophorectomy? Oophorectomy is the surgical procedure remove an ovary or ovaries. This gynecological surgery is also called

How common is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease?
09Dec

How common is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease?

What is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease? How is it diagnosed? What are the symptoms? Are there long-term effects of it? What

CWC Manhattan Beach Open House
20Nov

CWC Manhattan Beach Open House

Thank you for joining! Our new Manhattan Beach OB/GYN Office is officially open.  We wanted to thank all those who

How to: Self Breast Exam
08Oct

How to: Self Breast Exam

How common is breast cancer? Breast cancer is the most common cancer worldwide in women. According to the National Breast

Painful scarring after childbirth
24Sep

Painful scarring after childbirth

What is Fenton′s Procedure? Fenton’s Procedure refers to the procedure in which scar tissue is removed from the perineum and

OB/GYN Office in Manhattan Beach
09Sep

OB/GYN Office in Manhattan Beach

New Location in Manhattan Beach – Opening Soon Complete Women Care is proud to announce the opening of its newest

Ectopic Pregnancy. Am I at risk?
22Aug

Ectopic Pregnancy. Am I at risk?

Ectopic Pregnancy. Am I at risk? What is an ectopic pregnancy? What are the symptoms of ectopic pregnancy? What are

Should I Be Worried About Spotting Between Periods?
08Aug

Should I Be Worried About Spotting Between Periods?

In this post, we will answer the following questions about Bleeding or Spotting Between Periods. What does it mean when

Is Cervical Dysplasia Serious? How Does Cone Biopsy and LEEP Treat It?
15Jul

Is Cervical Dysplasia Serious? How Does Cone Biopsy and LEEP Treat It?

How long does it take to recover from a cone biopsy? Is Cone biopsy painful? What are the side effects

Nervous About A Gyno Appointment? We Can Help!
20Jun

Nervous About A Gyno Appointment? We Can Help!

Can I go to the gynecologist on my period? What should I wear to a gynecologist appointment? How can I

Suffering from a dry vagina?
11Jun

Suffering from a dry vagina?

What is vaginal atrophy? Atrophic vaginitis is a vaginal condition that causes the tissues to become dry, inflamed and thin.

All about a Hysteroscopy Procedure
22May

All about a Hysteroscopy Procedure

The procedure explained Hysteroscopy is used to diagnose or treat problems of the uterus. A hysteroscope is a thin, lighted

Understanding your first period
06May

Understanding your first period

What is puberty? Puberty is when your body starts to change and become more of an adult’s body. Starting your

Is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome common?
05Apr

Is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome common?

What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome? Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, also referred as PCOS, this is a hormonal condition with the possibility

Is Ovarian Cyst Pain An Early Warning Sign Of Cancer?
29Mar

Is Ovarian Cyst Pain An Early Warning Sign Of Cancer?

About Ovarian Cancer Ovarian cancer is a cancer of the ovaries. The ovaries are made up of 3 main kinds

What is a MyoSure Procedure?
15Mar

What is a MyoSure Procedure?

The procedure explained The MyoSure tissue removal procedure removes fibroids, polyps and other intrauterine tissue without having to remove the uterus.

How Long Does It Take To Recover From A D&C?
05Mar

How Long Does It Take To Recover From A D&C?

What is a D&C surgery? A D&C surgery is also known as a Dilation and Curettage surgical procedure to remove

Can you lose too much blood during your period?
15Feb

Can you lose too much blood during your period?

What is considered too much bleeding? Menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding) is menstrual bleeding that last more than 7 days. If

What to Expect From Your Tubal Ligation Procedure
02Feb

What to Expect From Your Tubal Ligation Procedure

First, what is a Tubal Ligation Procedure? For women who no longer want children, sterilization by laparoscopy provides a safe

Attending the Biggest Baby Show Ever Event!
30Jan

Attending the Biggest Baby Show Ever Event!

WHEN: March 6, 2019 5:30pm – 9:30pm (5:00pm entry time for all Ultimate Tickets) Coupon code below Buy tickets WHERE:

Compare Vaginal Rejuvenation Procedures
09Jan

Compare Vaginal Rejuvenation Procedures

What is Vaginal Rejuvenation and why have it done? Essentially, Vaginal Rejuvenation (or Vaginoplasty) is a procedure to tighten the vaginal canal.

10 Things To Know Before Your First Gyno Exam
31Dec

10 Things To Know Before Your First Gyno Exam

When should I have my first gynecologic visit? Is it normal to be nervous before the first visit? What should

Have you considered a Collagen Injection for Incontinence
31Dec

Have you considered a Collagen Injection for Incontinence

First, what is Urinary Incontinence? According to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), urinary incontinence simply means leaking urine. Incontinence

Cone Biopsy or LEEP: What’s the difference?
06Dec

Cone Biopsy or LEEP: What’s the difference?

What is a Cone Biopsy? LEEP stands for Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure. A cone biopsy removes a cone-shaped wedge of abnormal

Natalie Padveen, Our Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Therapist
20Nov

Natalie Padveen, Our Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Therapist

Meet Natalie! Specialties Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Therapy Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and Treatment Kegel Exercises Languages Spoken English Spanish French Care Philosophy

Things to know before having a Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
19Nov

Things to know before having a Total Abdominal Hysterectomy

First, what is Total Abdominal Hysterectomy? The most common type of hysterectomy. During a total abdominal hysterectomy, the uterus and

What are the common causes of ovary pain?
05Nov

What are the common causes of ovary pain?

What are the causes of ovary pain? According to VeryWellhealth.com, ovary pain, which is often felt in the lower abdomen, pelvis, or

Hiring: Medical Assistant for our Call Center
23Oct

Hiring: Medical Assistant for our Call Center

Now Hiring: Medical Assistant for our Call Center Buy OB/GYN practice is looking for a detail-oriented Medical Assistant for our

Painful Periods?
08Oct

Painful Periods?

What is Dysmenorrhea? Dysmenorrhea is often referred to as “painful periods”. It’s basically pain that is linked to menstruation. It’s

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
01Oct

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Updated 10/12/2021 Breast Cancer Awareness Month October is Breast cancer awareness month with the purpose to raise awareness around the

Preeclampsia Causes, Diagnosis & Treatments
24Sep

Preeclampsia Causes, Diagnosis & Treatments

What is Preeclampsia? The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) states that preeclampsia is a serious blood pressure disorder

Adenomyosis: Pain and Causes
14Sep

Adenomyosis: Pain and Causes

What is Adenomyosis? According to the Mayo Clinic, Adenomyosis occurs when the tissue that normally lines the uterus (endometrial tissue) grows

Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month
13Sep

Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month

Learn more about gynecological cancers September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, so let’s look at some of the issues we

Welcome to Complete Women Care, Dr. Alessandra Kostolias!
07Sep

Welcome to Complete Women Care, Dr. Alessandra Kostolias!

Alessandra Kostolias, MD NOW IN THE ROLLING HILLS ESTATES OFFICE Dr. Kostolias joined Complete Women Care in August 2018. She

Urinary Incontinence
07Sep

Urinary Incontinence

What is Urinary Incontinence? According to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), urinary incontinence simply means leaking urine. Incontinence can

Spider and Varicose Veins During Pregnancy
28Aug

Spider and Varicose Veins During Pregnancy

What type of veins develop during pregnancy? The most common types of veins women can develop during pregnancy are spider

Vulvodynia
09Aug

Vulvodynia

What is Vulvodynia? According to the National Vulvodynia Association, vulvodynia is chronic vulvar pain without an identifiable cause. The location, constancy, and

Toxic Shock Syndrome
03Aug

Toxic Shock Syndrome

What is Toxic Shock Syndrome? Per Mayo Clinic, toxic shock syndrome is a rare, life-threatening condition of certain types of bacterial infections.

Extreme vomiting during pregnancy
09Jul

Extreme vomiting during pregnancy

What is Hypermesis Gravidarum? According to ACOG, Hyperemesis gravidarum is the most severe form of nausea and vomiting of pregnancy. It occurs in

What is a Bartholin Cyst?
25Jun

What is a Bartholin Cyst?

What are Bartholin Glands? According to ACOG, Bartholin glands are located under the skin on either side of the opening of the vagina. 

Discharge draining from the breast
11Jun

Discharge draining from the breast

What defines discharge? According to healthline.com, nipple discharge is basically any fluid that is leaking out of the nipple. You may

What is a pelvic organ prolapse?
23May

What is a pelvic organ prolapse?

Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) Pelvic Organ Prolapse is when tissue and muscles are no longer able to support the pelvic

What is Ovarian Cancer?
15May

What is Ovarian Cancer?

What is Ovarian Cancer? Ovarian cancer is a growth of malignant cells that starts in a woman’s ovaries, or the

How we can help postpartum blues
07May

How we can help postpartum blues

What is postpartum blues? Nearly 80% of women will experience an emotional roller coaster known as the ‘baby blues’ after

What’s the Difference Between Vaginitis and Vaginosis?
01May

What’s the Difference Between Vaginitis and Vaginosis?

Find out if you have Vaginitis or Vaginosis and what treatment options are available for you today!

Yeast Infections
24Apr

Yeast Infections

What is a Yeast Infection? According to ACOG, a yeast infection (also known as, Candidiasis) is caused by an overgrowth of

Urodynamic Testing
18Apr

Urodynamic Testing

Urodynamic Testing Guide Urodynamic testing is a series of tests that is simple and painless. This study allows the evaluation

Urinary Tract Infections
18Apr

Urinary Tract Infections

How do Urinary Tract Infections develop? Most UTIs start in the lower urinary tract, which is made up of the

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
04Apr

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

What is normal uterine bleeding? The normal length of a woman’s menstrual cycle is usually 24-35 days. Normal uterine bleeding

What is an IUD?
03Apr

What is an IUD?

At Complete Women Care, we offer various types of contraceptives (birth control). IUD, or Intrauterine Devices, are a t-shaped piece of

Endometriosis
23Mar

Endometriosis

Endometriosis Pain Endometriosis is a condition where endometrial tissue is found outside the uterus. It is ‘trapped’ in the pelvic

Sexually Transmitted Diseases
22Mar

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

How are they caused? Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are transmitted in various ways, including through bacteria, parasites and viruses. STDs

What’s Included in Your Well Woman Exam?
12Mar

What’s Included in Your Well Woman Exam?

What Is A Well Woman Exam? A Well Woman Exam is a preventive annual gynecological and breast exam. Well Women

What is HPV and how can I reduce my risk of getting it?
12Mar

What is HPV and how can I reduce my risk of getting it?

The Human Papillomavirus, also known as HPV, is a sexually transmitted virus. Over 80% of people will be infected by

Ovarian Cysts
07Mar

Ovarian Cysts

Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that can form in the ovaries. Many women experience a cyst on the ovaries at

Endometrioma
23Feb

Endometrioma

What is Endometrioma? Endometrioma is a condition where endometrial tissue is found outside the uterus. It is ‘trapped’ in the

GYN Surgical Institute by Complete Women Care
13Feb

GYN Surgical Institute by Complete Women Care

Why you should have your procedure done at the GYN Surgical Institute by Complete Women Care.

Vaginal Rejuvenation
09Feb

Vaginal Rejuvenation

What is Vaginal Rejuvenation? Essentially, vaginal rejuvenation is a procedure to tighten the vaginal canal. Aging, childbirth, or the combination of both

Tubal Ligation
08Feb

Tubal Ligation

What is Tubal Ligation? For women who no longer want children, sterilization by laparoscopy or hysteroscopy provides a safe and

Hysterectomy: Schedule a Consultation
01Feb

Hysterectomy: Schedule a Consultation

What is a Hysterectomy? A hysterectomy is a surgery to remove the uterus. Depending on the situation, the whole uterus or

Colposcopy
31Jan

Colposcopy

What is a Colposcopy? A colposcopy is a procedure that allows a physician to examine a woman’s cervix and vagina

Uterine Fibroids
31Jan

Uterine Fibroids

What are Fibroids? Uterine Fibroids are benign tumors that originate in the muscle part of the uterus called the myometrium.