It isn’t just your typical period pain
As we all know, periods can be painful, especially with intense cramps that often accompany them. Because of this, it is sometimes hard to distinguish between the typical monthly discomfort most women feel or if it could be something else. With endometriosis, however, the pain from cramps can be debilitating, almost to the point where you do not want to get out of bed. Other symptoms of endometriosis include pain in the back or legs, pain during or after sex, painful bowel movements, bleeding in between periods and fatigue.
It can take a very long time to be diagnosed and treated
An endometriosis diagnosis can be particularly tricky, usually because symptoms vary from woman to woman. In fact, it can sometimes take an upwards of 10 years to successfully diagnose the condition because women are commonly misdiagnosed. There are also sometimes no symptoms, and not everyone with period pain has endometriosis. Another possible indicator is that it can run in families. If you have a first degree relative with endometriosis, you may have a higher risk (about 7%) of getting it. Ultimately, the only way to diagnose endometriosis is through a laparoscopy.
It does not mean that you can’t have children
Endometriosis does not necessarily mean kids are off the table. Most women who have this condition can go on to have children. On the whole, though, it is believed that the chances of fertility complications increase with the severity of endometriosis and with age.
The condition cannot be cured, but it can be treated.
One of the most common treatments for endometriosis is laparoscopic excision surgery, in which a doctor can remove lesions. However, these can be difficult to remove because the tissue is attached from both above and below. Another method used is hormone birth control, which can aid in the thinning of uterine tissue, which can prevent swelling and cramping.
Finding the right doctor to help is imperative
It is important to find a doctor with experience in treating endometriosis. This person should take the time to carefully go through all of your symptoms and ask the proper, detailed questions necessary to appropriately diagnose the condition. They should also be able to express any surgical options and any other alternative treatment options.
For more information on endometriosis and a team of experts skilled in treating this condition, please contact Advanced OBGYN.
Blue light sound familiar to you?
Probably not, it is also known as high energy visible (HEV) light. It comes from your computers, TVs and smart phones.
As published in Shape Magazine’s November issue; HEV is said to penetrate the skin more deeply than UV rays and damage collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin. There is some evidence that the light may also worsen pigmentation problems, such as Melasma (brown splotches). There is no true evidence tying it to skin cancers and deep wrinkles. Although it is still too new for long-term study results. Even if you wear your sunscreen daily, many formulas don’t protect against HEV. ZO Skin Health, by Dr. Zein Obaji,MD introduces the latest skin care science to deliver at-home products with in-office strength. Ossential Daily Power and Defense was recognized in Shape Magazine as “definitely worth investing in”.
DPD is working double duty to help hydrate and protect against HEV light. It’s great for all skin types to help DNA repair and antioxidant protection.
At Advanced OBGYN- Med Spa we are thrilled to have ZO Skin Health in our office and are able give our patients not only the treatment, but the protection their skin needs!!
Our physicians are deeply saddened by the devastation that Hurricane Harvey has brought to the Greater Houston area. Please review the below list for some resources that can help those affected recover and move forward from the impacts of this storm.
Applying for Federal Disaster Assistance
Phone: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)
Phone (TTY): 1-800-462-7585
Filing a Claim: https://www.fema.gov/nfip-file-your-claim
Harvey Rumor Central: https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-harvey-rumor-control
Find Your Towed Car
Recovering from a Disaster
The American Red Cross
The American Red Cross, a nationally recognized nonprofit that provides assistance after disasters such as Tropical Storm Harvey, is offering several disaster relief and recovery resources throughout the community.
Disaster Relief & Recovery Services: http://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services
Home Relief Assistance
Houston’s First Baptist Church: Download and fill out request form for assistance by clicking here.
Christ Evangelical Presbyterian: Download and fill out request form for assistance by clicking here.
Second Baptist Church: Download and fill out request form for assistance by clicking here.
Mattress Firm Voucher
The United Way of Greater Houston
The United Way of Greater Houston, which has long been a valued partner of Memorial Hermann’s, has established a fund to help with storm-related needs and recovery in our community. You can also receive help by dialing 2-1-1.
Also, the United Way of Greater Houston has provided an After the Storm guide to help those affected recover. Visit the webpage to view and download the guide by clicking here: https://www.unitedwayhouston.org/flood/after-the-storm
THA Hospital Employee Assistance Fund
In addition, the Texas Hospital Association have created the THA Hospital Employee Assistance Fund to help hospital employees who experienced significant property loss or damage during Harvey.
Texas Department of Insurance
Help After Harvey: http://www.tdi.texas.gov/consumer/storms/helpafterharvey.html
Houston Emergency Operations
Health Precautions: https://www.houstonemergency.org/precautions-to-avoid-the-health-effects-of-disasters/