Preeclampsia Causes, Diagnosis & Treatments

Preeclampsia Causes, Diagnosis & Treatments

What is Preeclampsia? The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) states that preeclampsia is a serious blood pressure disorder that can affect all of the organs in a woman’s body. A woman has preeclampsia when she has high blood pressure and other signs that her organ systems are not working normally. One of these […]

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 […]

Welcome to Complete Women Care, Dr. Alessandra Kostolias!

Dr. Alessandra Kostolias

Alessandra Kostolias, MD NOW IN THE ROLLING HILLS ESTATES OFFICE Dr. Kostolias joined Complete Women Care in August 2018. She earned her medical degree at the Federal Fluminense University Faculty of Medicine in 2010 in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She completed her residency at the New York Presbyterian Hospital and fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering […]

Urinary Incontinence

Urinary Incontinence

What is Urinary Incontinence? According to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), urinary incontinence simply means leaking urine. Incontinence can range from leaking just a few drops of urine to complete emptying of the bladder. Symptoms Urgency – Having a strong urge to urinate Nocturia – Waking from sleep to urinate Dysuria – Painful urination Nocturnal enuresis – Leaking urine […]

Spider and Varicose Veins During Pregnancy

Varicose Veins During Pregnancy

What type of veins develop during pregnancy? The most common types of veins women can develop during pregnancy are spider veins and varicose veins. What are the differences? Varicose Veins Varicose veins are enlarged, swollen veins that bulge near the surface of the skin. They usually look like squiggly lines and are most likely show […]



What is Vulvodynia? According to the National Vulvodynia Association, vulvodynia is chronic vulvar pain without an identifiable cause. The location, constancy, and severity of the pain vary among sufferers. Some women experience pain in only one area of the vulva, while others experience pain in multiple areas. The most commonly reported symptom is burning, but women’s descriptions […]

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 […]

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 up to 3% of pregnancies. This condition may be diagnosed when a woman has lost 5% of her pre-pregnancy weight and has other problems related to dehydration (loss of body fluids). Women with hyperemesis gravidarum need treatment […]

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? states […]