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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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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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Three Uncomfortable Women’s Health Symptoms You Don’t Have to Suffer

Historically, women have been conditioned to treat discomfort as a natural side effect of … well, being female. However, there at least three uniquely female health-related symptoms you don’t have to accept as part of your daily life – one at each stage of womanhood. Modern medicine can help relieve pain and discomfort when it

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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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How to Find Out If Your Period Isn’t Normal

Concerns about whether a period is or isn’t normal are incredibly common among menstruating women. Because the experience of having a period can vary so widely from month to month and from woman to woman, the qualifications of having a so-called “normal period” are not often viewed as universal. Then length of your period, heaviness

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The Signs of a First Period and How to Talk about It

How much a woman knows about her first period – or how much her daughter knows about her first period — depends on a few different influences. Women learn so much from friends and family from childhood on, but they can also learn about periods, menstruation and puberty from programs and classes in school. For

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Spotting Between Periods? Three Reasons Why It Could Happen

The average period occurs every 28 days, lasting anywhere between four and seven days. However, for some women, the time between periods may be a few days to a week longer, and the duration of their period may be a few days longer or shorter. It’s important to note that menstruation varies from woman to

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Fertility for Your Future: Fertility Care in Your 20’s and Early 30’s

For women who are not yet ready to build a family, thinking about and taking care of your fertility are probably not top priority. When you’re in your 20’s and early 30’s, it’s easy to assume that when you want to get pregnant, you’ll be able to do so without issue. In fact, many women

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3 Reasons for Painful, Severe Periods

How much period pain is too much? Women are used to living with the pain and discomfort that comes with their periods. We expect cramping, bloating, fatigue, and maybe even nausea and an upset stomach. We all have our list of PMS symptoms that we anticipate for a few days each month, and we are

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