Adenomyosis: Pain and Causes

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 into the muscular wall of the uterus. The displaced tissue continues to act normally — thickening, breaking down and bleeding — during each menstrual cycle. An enlarged uterus and painful, heavy periods can result. Symptoms […]

Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

Learn more about gynecological cancers September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, so let’s look at some of the issues we deal with here at Complete Women Care. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are five main types of cancer that affect a woman’s reproductive organs: cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar. As […]

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. Often resulting from staph bacteria but can also be produced by group A streptococcus bacteria. Who can get it? Anyone can contract toxic shock syndrome, including women, children and even men. Symptoms Headaches or confusion Muscle aches Vomiting […]

What is a Bartholin Cyst?

What is a Bartholin Cyst? Three female doctors smiling

What are Bartholin Glands? According to ACOG, Bartholin glands are located under the skin on either side of the opening of the vagina.  They release fluid that helps with lubrication during sexual intercourse. If the Bartholin glands become blocked, a cyst can form, causing a swollen bump near the opening of the vagina. What are Bartholin gland cysts? Acog.org states […]

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 need to squeeze the nipple for the fluid to come out or it may come out involuntarily. When is it common to occur? Nipple discharge is typically present during a woman’s reproductive years. The discharge […]

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 organs and they begin to drop. What causes this to happen? The main reason POP occurs is because of childbirth.  Other reasons may include: aging, menopause, and other pelvic support problems. Symptoms There are many […]

What is Ovarian Cancer?

Ovarian Cancer: What Is It? Doctor examining tests

What is Ovarian Cancer? Ovarian cancer is a growth of malignant cells that starts in a woman’s ovaries, or the reproductive glands that produce ova. While ovarian cancer takes place in the ovaries, cancer that begins elsewhere in a female’s body and ends up in the ovaries is not considered the same thing. Ovarian tumors in […]

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 lasts about a week. What is considered abnormal bleeding? Any time outside of a woman’s menstrual cycle that uterine bleeding occurs, it is considered abnormal. Examples of Menorrhagia (heavy periods) may include: Bleeding or spotting […]

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

How are they caused? Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are transmitted in various ways, including through bacteria, parasites and viruses. STDs are typically transmitted through anal or oral intercourse. However, it is possible to contract an STD by skin-to-skin contact if the area is infected or there is a sore – specifically with HPV or Herpes. […]

What’s Included in Your Well Woman Exam?

Well Woman Exam

Why is your Well Woman Exam so important? With all of the responsibilities women have to deal with in their daily lives, well woman care can fall by the wayside. Unfortunately this often has negative consequences for a woman’s health, vitality and quality of life. A regular Well Woman Check can help preventing cervical cancer caused by […]