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PCOS 101: Symptoms, Treatment and What You Need to Know

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the presence of small cysts on women’s ovaries that cause a hormonal imbalance, which can impact menstruation and fertility. Many women with PCOS blame their symptoms on difficult periods, and can remain unaware of the condition until symptoms increase in severity or the condition impacts family planning. What are the

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Can I Lower My Risk for Ovarian Cancer?

Fortunately, the rate of diagnosis for ovarian cancer has fallen (albeit slowly) for the past two decades. This is excellent news, and progress should be acknowledged, but for the more than 22,400 women who will receive an ovarian cancer diagnosis in 2017, there is certainly still room for improvement. Even more, 14,000 of those women

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Are My Birth Control Symptoms Normal?

For some women, even though they enjoy the benefits of birth control, they may also experience some unexpected side effects. These side effects can range in intensity from one women to another, and they don’t always have enough of an impact to warrant changing your form of birth control. Some common side effects of birth

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10 Gynecological Symptoms Women Should Never Ignore

The temptation to will away an awkward or uncomfortable gynecological symptom is understandable, but never advisable. Many lingering medical issues can be treated effectively after a trip to your provider, and this is especially true for gynecological issues. At PGOMG, we understand that taking time away from school or work to see your gynecologist may

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Should I Consider Long-term Contraception?

Long-term contraception refers to a contraceptive method that provides protection against pregnancy for an extended period of time. Unlike the birth control pill, which needs to be taken at the same time every day, or a condom, which needs to be used properly during every sexual encounter, long-term contraception is designed to last for years,

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Why Cervical Cancer Prevention Remains Critical

A recent study revealed that cervical cancer fatality rates are higher than previously reported, emphasizing the importance of the recommended annual cancer screening administered during annual well woman exams. The study notes that a shocking percentage of black women — 77% — have a higher fatality rate than previously reported. White women have a 47%

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The Top Five Questions Women Need to Ask Their Gynecologist, But Don’t

Rest assured, you gynecologist is fully prepared to answer your questions, no matter how strange or personal you may think they are. Sometimes, women simply forget to ask the question that’s been on their mind for however long before their appointment. In other cases, women are reluctant to ask certain questions because they are embarrassed

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Who’s Responsible for Contraception and STD Prevention?

As a woman, safe, responsible sexual activity starts with taking control of STD and pregnancy prevention. Honest discussions about sexual responsibility are incredibly important, but relying on a new or ongoing partner to be in charge of contraception and protection may mean putting yourself at risk. When it comes to sex and relationships, the instinct

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Five New Year’s Resolutions Your Gynecologist Will Love

The time for New Year’s resolutions is almost upon us. For those looking to improve their well-being in 2017, PGOMG has a list of five resolutions you can make to address your gynecological health. Schedule an annual well woman exam. Annual exams, also known as well woman exams, provide an annual opportunity for you to

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Are STDs Cases on the Rise in California?

The need for proper protection during sexual intercourse is always present, and now it’s clear that the call to practice safe sex may have gone unheeded by some in California. Not only are STDs rates in California rising higher than the national average, they are also the highest they’ve been in the past 25 years,

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