Pavilion for Women's Blog

September 11, 2012

There are some things about aging that no one ever wants to talk about and pelvic organ prolapse — also known as a “woman’s hernia” — is one of them. As a urogynecologist, I specialize in the treatment of pelvic floor disorders, and prolapse is a very common condition that women need to be aware of. Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the muscles and tissues that support the pelvic organs become stretched, damaged or weakened, causing the organs they support to drop downward or sag. The pelvic organs that can be affected include the uterus, bladder, small intestines and also the rectum.

September 10, 2012

Screenings are tests that look for diseases before you have symptoms, like blood pressure checks and mammograms. You can get some screenings, such as blood pressure readings, in your doctor's office. Others, such as mammograms, need special equipment, so you may need to go to a different office. To help you better understand the array of tests there are, I’ve compiled the following list with brief descriptions of what you need to know. Breast Cancer Ask your health care team whether a mammogram is right for you based on your age, family history, overall health and personal concerns. Cervical Cancer Have a Pap smear every 1 to 3 years if you are 21 to 65 years old and have been sexually active.

September 06, 2012

Do you have an overactive bladder? Afraid of a little leak when you cough or laugh? You don’t have to suffer anymore. Living with an overactive bladder isn’t easy. Sufferers can feel embarrassed, not wanting others to know why they are frequently running to the restroom. Others might assume those frequent restroom trips or difficulty getting to the restroom in time is just something they’ll have to “live with” for the rest of their lives. If you have an overactive bladder, you’re not alone.

September 05, 2012


In early 2010, I received a phone call from my pregnant sister asking me “what’s ECMO?” My heart dropped and I knew that something was wrong. I listened to her explain to me what the physicians had told her... something about the baby’s diaphragm... her lungs might not work right... she will need surgery. My unborn niece had Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH). All I could think about was the many critically ill newborns I had transported over the years. I always had empathy for these families. I knew how awful their worry must be. Now, it was our reality... we were the family.

September 04, 2012

On August 1, 2012, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), created by the Obama administration, required private insurance companies to start covering 8 preventive health care-related services. One of the 8 new services covered is FDA-approved contraceptive methods such as hormone pills, better known as birth control pills. Approximately 47 million women who have private health insurance will no longer have to pay a co-pay for contraception.