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Posts from March 2015

The Importance of a Well Woman Exam

I so vividly remember that fear I felt awaiting my first gynecology exam. I was a headstrong teenager at that time and much too proud to admit my fear, so I chose not to ask my mother any questions about this sort of exam. Instead, I read all about what to expect at that first visit in an article in Seventeen Magazine and felt I was completely prepared. That was until…I walked through the doors of the GYN office. With my heart racing and my hands shaking I thought to myself, “Is this really necessary?” Even then I knew that it was, so I proceeded on.

By: Anne-Marie Singleton, CNM, ARNP

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Gynecologic Surgery

Hysterectomy is the second most common major surgery performed on women in the United States, behind cesarean section.  By definition, hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus, although it is often performed with removal of cervix, fallopian tubes and sometimes the ovaries.  It is used as a definitive treatment for many benign gynecologic ailments in women’s health, as well as for the treatment of certain cancers.  In 2010, there were approximately 600,000 hysterectomies done in the United States.  It is estimated that one in three women will have had a hysterectomy by the age of 60. 

by: Dr. David Dixon

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