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Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Right for You? Dec 1st, 2019

During your menopausal years, your ovaries make increasingly lower levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Decreasing hormone levels can cause a variety of menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes and vaginal dryness. For some women, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can relieve menopausal symptoms and help restore quality of life. HRT...

Are You at Risk for Pelvic Organ Prolapse? Nov 1st, 2019

Your pelvis contains several important organs, including your bladder, vagina, rectum, urethra, and uterus. A group of muscles known as the pelvic floor muscles hold these organs in place. When your pelvic floor muscles and the tissues connecting them can’t adequately support your pelvic organs, a condition known as pelvic...

Why You Have Pelvic Pain Sep 30th, 2019

Pelvic pain can occur anywhere below your belly button and between your hips. It may include your abdomen, genitals, or lower back.   Pelvic pain can cause more issues than just discomfort. It can interfere with your intimate relationships and quality of life. Your pain may be mild and occasional, or...

5 Reasons You Might Need a Hysterectomy Sep 10th, 2019

Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that removes a woman’s uterus. After a cesarean section, it is the most frequently performed surgical procedure among women of reproductive age in the United States. Here at Virtuosa GYN, we’re experts at determining whether you need a hysterectomy. Our OB/GYNs have extensive experience performing...

How Does Endometriosis Affect Fertility? Aug 5th, 2019

Endometriosis is a medical condition that occurs when the type of tissue that lines the inside of your uterus grows in places where it doesn’t belong. Endometrial tissue may grow on your ovaries, fallopian tubes, or even your intestines or bladder. Endometriosis, which affects about 10% of women in the...

What Causes Uterine Fibroids (And What Can I Do About Them)? Jul 15th, 2019

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths that develop within a woman’s uterus. They are fairly common, especially among women in their 30s and 40s. Uterine fibroids are not cancer, but having them could lead to serious complications and frustrating symptoms, including pain, heavy periods, or infertility. However, treatment can help.  If...

8 Tips for Handling Menopause Symptoms at Work Jun 4th, 2019

You’re at work, feeling fine, doing your job, and suddenly you’re hit with an internal heat wave. It’s a menopausal hot flash. Without warning, your face feels flushed and sweat gathers on your face and body. You’d give anything to cool off in front of a fan. Hot flashes are...

What Every Woman Should Know About HPV May 6th, 2019

How familiar are you with human papillomavirus (HPV)? If you don’t know much about it, you probably should, because it affects about 80% of women at some point in their lives. At Virtuosa GYN in San Antonio, Texas, we believe all women should educate themselves about HPV. We would like...

5 Tips for Maintaining Bone Strength as You Age Apr 5th, 2019

May is National Osteoporosis Month, which means that now is the time to make sure you’re doing everything you can to help protect your bones. Osteoporosis is a condition in which your bones become thin, weak, fragile, and prone to breaking. Approximately 10 million Americans have osteoporosis and another 44...

What You Should Know About da Vinci Robotic Surgery Mar 14th, 2019

In the past, surgeons performed most gynecology operations via open surgery, which requires a large incision in a woman’s belly. But now, thanks to exciting advances in surgical techniques, many types of gynecological surgery can be performed with much smaller incisions. For example, laparoscopic surgery uses several tiny incisions rather...

Why You Should Have Pelvic Pain Evaluated by a Doctor Feb 7th, 2019

If you’re experiencing any kind of pain in the lower part of your abdomen — an area known as your pelvic region — it’s important for you to have a medical checkup. Pelvic pain can signal serious medical conditions that require care. And treatment can relieve pain that interferes with...

The 4 Types of Urinary Incontinence and How They Are Diagnosed Jan 16th, 2019

If you’ve ever leaked urine or had trouble getting to the bathroom quickly enough, you’re not alone. Almost half of all women leak urine at some point in their lives — a condition known as urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence can be frustrating and embarrassing. Fortunately, treatment can make a difference....

What is Fertility-Sparing Endometriosis Surgery? Dec 6th, 2018

Endometriosis is a condition in which the tissue in your uterus grows where it doesn’t belong. For example, it may grow on the outside of your uterus or on your ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder, or intestines. Unfortunately, endometriosis may interfere with your ability to get pregnant or carry a pregnancy...

New Options for Treating Menopausal Symptoms in Women with Breast Cancer Nov 14th, 2018

Women going through menopause can experience a variety of unpleasant symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, urinary incontinence, sleep problems, mood changes, decrease in libido, and memory problems. Many of these changes are linked to a decreased production of the female hormone estrogen. Some women with annoying menopause...

8 Important Facts Every Woman Should Know About Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Oct 22nd, 2018

If you’re unfamiliar with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), you’re not alone. Many women don’t know much about it, although it affects as many as 10% of those of childbearing age. And, unfortunately, women with PCOS, which can interfere with fertility, may not realize they have the condition until they try...

10 Warning Signs of Ovarian Cysts You Should Not Ignore Sep 14th, 2018

Ovarian cysts are solid or fluid-filled sacs that form within your ovaries. Many women develop ovarian cysts at some point in their lives. These cysts typically form during ovulation, which is the time during your monthly cycle when one of your ovaries releases an egg.Ovarian cysts sometimes cause pain and...

5 Options for Treating Heavy Periods Aug 2nd, 2018

Each month, the lining of your uterus thickens to ready itself for pregnancy. If you don’t conceive and a fertilized egg doesn’t implant in your uterine wall, your uterus sheds its lining and a menstrual period occurs.During a menstrual period, your body loses an average of about 2.7 ounces (60...

What’s That Cramp? When Not to Ignore Pelvic Pain Jul 6th, 2018

Many women experience pelvic pain at some point in their lives. According to some estimates, close to 40% of women of reproductive age report pelvic pain to their primary care physicians. Some women have come to expect pelvic pain, especially during their monthly periods, and while pelvic pain is a...

Hysterectomies Have Come a Long Way: The Immense Benefits of Robotic Assisted Surgery Jun 20th, 2018

Each year, about 600,000 women in the United States have a hysterectomy, the surgical removal of the uterus. It is second only to cesarean section as the most commonly performed surgery on women.  Women receive hysterectomies as a treatment for variety of conditions, including uterine fibroids, endometriosis, uterine prolapse, abnormal...