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Three Ways to Feel More Relaxed During an Annual Exam

Getting an annual pelvic exam can understandably make many women feel anxious. Between the anticipation of physical pain, harsh lighting, a cold room, and an awkward paper gown, the process doesn’t exactly inspire a feeling of comfort. However, your annual well-woman exam is crucial for achieving optimal health. Not only will it help you in

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When Is PMS / PMDD Severe?

Historically, the existence of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) has been seen as little more than an unfortunate and unavoidable side effect of being a female. Once a month, for about a week or two before getting their periods, over 90% of women report having at least some PMS symptoms. Because menstrual discomfort is so common, many

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Three Unexpected Questions to Ask Your Gynecologist

Sometimes we fall into a routine, even with an appointment that occurs only once a year, like an annual well-woman exam. It’s understandable to want to conclude your visit and return to normal routines and responsibilities, but visits with your gynecologist are an opportunity. At PGOMG, we want to ensure that patients leave their appointments

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Five Ways to Stay Healthy Through the End of the Year

There’s still time to kick-start any positive health efforts before settling on a New Year’s resolution. Taking care of yourself is essential all year round, but taking some time to refocus before one of the busiest times of the year is important too. PGOMG wanted to offer patients some options to consider that will benefit

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Why Breast Cancer Awareness Is Important

Every October, the color pink appears in many places as a reminder of breast cancer awareness and support for a cure. These efforts are important to highlight during October, but for women, they need to extend throughout the rest of the year as well. Awareness of breast cancer risk and symptoms should be public knowledge,

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When Pregnancy Symptoms Are No Longer “Normal”

With countless movies and TV shows using morning sickness as an indicator that a character may be pregnant, it’s just about universally known that pregnancy often comes with a fair amount of nausea and vomiting in the first trimester. Other symptoms, though, may not be as familiar or discussed quite as often. Side effects of

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Three Reasons to Never Skip an Annual Well Woman Exam

It can be tempting to skip an annual well woman exam, especially if you are not experiencing any symptoms that you need to discuss with your provider or don’t have a need to start or change a method of birth control. We understand that attending one of these visits means taking time away from normal

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What Is a “Normal” Period?

Despite the many advances made in women’s health services, resources, and education over the years, there’s still a lot of confusion over what constitutes a “normal” period. While the length and flow of menstrual cycles can vary widely from person to person, it’s important to know the basics—what to look for, what may require a

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Why You Need to Tell Your Doctor About a Suspected Miscarriage

At the very least, it’s important that women who suspect that they have had a miscarriage contact their doctor to let him or her know. A doctor can determine whether an office visit is necessary. This often depends on how far along the pregnancy was, your symptoms, and whether there are any other health concerns

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Why Preeclampsia Awareness Is Important

May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month, and it is very important that women who are interested in growing their families are aware of the condition, which is very serious and requires immediate medical care. Preeclampsia symptoms Unfortunately, it is possible for preeclampsia to develop without any obvious symptoms. This is why consistent blood pressure monitoring is

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