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Miscarriage – Part 2:
Causes and Coping

Most miscarriages are completely out of our control, so please don't blame yourself! Here are tips on how to reduce the likelihood of miscarriage, how to deal with your feelings if you lost a pregnancy, and how long to wait before trying again.


Miscarriage – Part 1:
What Is It? And What Do I Do?

If you’re having bright red bleeding that doesn’t stop and soaks a pad in an hour, you may be having a miscarriage. Even though miscarriage is very common, here are some facts you should know.


Exciting New Treatments for Fibroids:
Aromatase Inhibitors

Aromatase Inhibitors [“AI’s”]* were originally developed to treat breast cancer. They block the conversion of estrogen-precursor molecules to estrogen in many types of cells (see picture). By blocking conversion of precursor molecules to estrogen, AI’s stop hormone-dependent tumors such as breast cancer and fibroids. AI’s offer exciting potential to treat any hormone-dependent condition with laser-like [...]


Hysterectomy: Destined to be a Dinosaur?

A February 2009 article in a major ob-gyn journal discussed the decline in the national hysterectomy rate and its implication for training future gynecologists. Nationally the rate of hysterectomy dropped by nearly two percent from 1999 through 2005. In some states, such as California, hysterectomy plunged  twenty percent. Currently residents training in obstetrics-gynecology do an [...]


Global Endometrial Ablation for Abnormal Bleeding:
New Solution to Old Problem

Treatment temp 70 degrees C Treatment time 6 minutes 10 cm cavity max Can treat small irregularities (fibroids) Available 2003 Have you had a global ablation procedure? How satisfied were you with it? What are the pros and cons for you?


Miracle Drug for Fibroids

One of the new treatments for fibroids stands out as being the closest thing to a "miracle drug"  for fibroids as we've found yet. So, given that up to 70% of women will experience fibroids in their lifetime, what is this drug and why haven't you heard of it? Mifepristone is a progesterone receptor antagonist: [...]


Alternatives to Hysterectomy for Fibroids

Hysterectomy is one of the most common surgeries performed in the United States, second only to cesarean section. Approximately 600,000 hysterectomies are performed annually in the United States. Reducing the need for hysterectomy is one way to provide sustainable health care. Less invasive treatments for fibroids is one substantial way to reduce the need for [...]