Cryocautery is a procedure used to treat abnormal cervical cells. This procedure is used solely for treatment after abnormal cells have been confirmed. It uses cool gas (nitrous oxide) to freeze the abnormal cells, causing these cells to die. The procedure is performed in our office and is generally well tolerated.
What is an IUD?
An IUD, or Intrauterine Device, is a plastic birth control device shaped like a small T and is inserted into a women’s uterus by a physician. A plastic string is tied to the end of the IUD and hangs from the device through the cervix and the vagina. IUDs prevent fertilization of the egg by damaging or killing sperm and also keep the uterine lining where a fertilized egg would plant from growing. An IUD can be inserted at any time as long as you are not pregnant. Copper IUDs last up to 10 years, and hormonal IUDs last up to 5 years. This insertion procedure takes only a few minutes and your physician can give you local anesthetic if necessary.
Are hemorrhoids normal during pregnancy? If so, how can I treat them?
It is perfectly normal to have hemorrhoids during pregnancy. Hemorrhoids can develop due to the increased blood in your body and the increased pressure to the blood vessels in your pelvic area. Here are a few suggestions to alleviate discomfort:
- Eat a diet high in fiber.
- Drink plenty of liquids.
- Do not strain during bowel movements.
- Sit in a warm sitz bath to relieve itching and burning.
- Apply an ice pack or a cloth soaked in witch hazel to the region.
- Perform Kegel exercises to improve circulation in the area.
I missed taking my birth control; what do I do?
There are several questions you need to answer if you missed taking The Pill. First, how many days did you miss? Second, is missing your birth control a regular occurrence? If you missed one or two days, your birth control instructions may tell you to double up for the day or two after. Second, did you have intercourse during the period you didn’t take your birth control? If you did, you may want to conduct a pregnancy test a few weeks after to see if you’re pregnant. We recommend using another form of non-hormonal birth control, such as condoms, until you are able to start your new pack. We also recommend going to your physician if you believe you might be pregnant; your physician can answer any questions you have and help you plan. If you have difficulty taking your birth control every day, your doctor can prescribe another contraceptive you can take less often.
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