Amenorrhea—the absence of menstrual periods—does not always signify a serious problem. It may be caused by natural hormonal changes such as menopause or something as common as stress. The key to treating amenorrhea successfully depends upon addressing the underlying cause. Learn the 5 commons reasons your period has stopped (not including pregnancy).
Irregular periods can interfere with a scheduled annual exam or Pap smear. Ideally, your annual exam and Pap smear should be conducted when you are not on your period. While heavy menses may possibly interfere with Pap smear interpretation, we generally can see someone when they are on their period, including a pelvic exam and successfully collect their Pap. Understandably, many patients are more comfortable to be examined when they are not on their period, and we are happy to reschedule if they request. Continue reading to learn about the causes of an irregular period and how to treat it.
Many women face the challenge of infertility. In fact, 10 to 15 percent of American couples are infertile. Of those, one-third is due to an issue with the man, another third is due to an issue with the woman, and the remaining third is due to a health problem with both the man and the woman. Continue reading to discover the most commons reasons and solutions for infertility.
At Chapel Hill OBGYN, we take great pride in taking time to get to know all our patients by name. We treat our practice and our patients like a family, and we are always excited to have a new “addition” to our group. When you’re expecting, we’ll tailor a care plan just for you. Here […]
LEEP — loop electrosurgical excision procedure—is a procedure that removes abnormal or pre-cancerous cells from the surface of the cervix. These cells will be examined for cancer or, if it’s determined that cancer is already present, a LEEP may be used to remove the cancerous tissues. This procedure may also be called a conization, as […]
Almost half of women over 35 years of age will experience uterine fibroid tumors, which may cause many problems ranging from pelvic pain to complications during pregnancy. These benign growths are responsible for one-third of the hysterectomies performed in the U.S. (The Cleveland Clinic). If left untreated, some fibroids can grow to be the size […]
There are several options for women who are considering permanent birth control, from advanced, minimally invasive procedures to nonsurgical techniques. These techniques are highly effective: less than 1 out of 100 women will become pregnant one year after a sterilization procedure. (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists)
Our primary recommendation for permanent birth control is a laparoscopic tubal ligation. However, there are several effective alternatives for women who want permanent or long-term birth control.
Women who are diagnosed with infertility face a number of physical and emotional challenges, but they are not alone. Infertility is a more common problem than many may realize. About 6.1 million American women—roughly ten percent of those ages 21 to 44—have difficulty getting or staying pregnant.
A hysteroscopy is a useful procedure that allows us to diagnose and treat a number of issues such as abnormal bleeding or uterine fibroids. Depending upon your individual situation, it can be performed in our office or as an outpatient under general anesthesia. Read more about the benefits of a hysteroscopy and how to prepare for one…