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5 Symptoms of Endometriosis May 20th, 2020

Endometriosis affects over 10% of women and is especially common in women in their 30s and 40s according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Despite the prevalence of endometriosis, which causes uterine tissue to grow outside of the uterus in other parts of the body like the...

Should I Choose Botox® or Dysport®? Apr 20th, 2020

As little as a few decades ago, invasive surgical procedures were the only option available to manage and reverse the signs of aging. But since the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Botox® for cosmetic treatment of fine lines and wrinkles in 2002, it has...

Always Tired? How Fatigue is Affecting Your Health Mar 12th, 2020

Modern life can be exhausting. According to the United States labor statistics and data, Americans work some of the longest hours in the world compared to other developed countries. In addition to work, Americans are faced with a seemingly endless stream of distractions and responsibilities that ultimately lead to unhealthy...

Could Endometriosis Be the Reason You Aren’t Getting Pregnant? Feb 6th, 2020

Over 10% of women between the ages of 15 to 44 suffer from endometriosis, according to the Office on Women’s Health. In addition to causing pain and discomfort that can be debilitating for many women, endometriosis can make it harder to get pregnant. If you’ve been diagnosed or suspect that...

Innovative Nonsurgical Treatments for Urinary Incontinence (O-Shot, V-Lase) Jan 21st, 2020

Incontinence affects a large part of the population. Even though it may be an uncomfortable subject, the more you know, the better you’ll be able to control the situation. Older women are the hardest hit. In fact, it’s been estimated that more than 4 in 10 women age 65 and...

Myths and Facts About Erectile Dysfunction Dec 1st, 2019

Erectile dysfunction, defined as a condition in which a man can’t achieve or maintain an erection firm enough for intercourse, ranks as the most common sex complaint, says the American Urological Association. However, many men don’t realize that erectile dysfunction is a medical condition and remain too embarrassed to report...

How Menopause Affects Your Mental Health Nov 1st, 2019

Menopause is a stage of the life cycle that can sometimes be as complex as it is exhausting. Knowing how it affects your mental health can help you deal with these frustrating changes. Menopause begins when a woman’s productive life ends, causing a progressive decrease in estrogen and progesterone. These...

Common Causes of Pelvic Pain Oct 1st, 2019

Suddenly, you feel a sharp pain in your pelvis. Uh-oh. What could it be? Pelvic pain is pretty common in women. And although it’s common, it shouldn’t interfere with your wellbeing. Knowing the cause of your pelvic pain can help prevent serious complications, like infertility. Here at Kennesaw Gynecology in...

Curious About the O-Shot®? We Answer All Your Questions Sep 1st, 2019

As a woman, your body goes through endless changes. From puberty to pregnancy to menopause, hormone levels fluctuate, muscles stretch and change, and nothing stays the same.  Given all we women go through, it’s not surprising that 75% of women have trouble orgasming. More live with conditions that interrupt their...

When Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is the Best Solution for Managing Menopause Symptoms Aug 1st, 2019

Menopause is a natural and difficult part of life. Most women in America hit menopause -- when they have not had a period for 12 months -- around age 51, but symptoms can start around age 48.  Menopause symptoms occur during a transitional phase called perimenopause. During this time, your...

What Causes Cellulite and How Can I Get Rid of It? Jul 11th, 2019

Cellulite isn’t a good look. Those fatty bumps under your skin can hurt your body image, avoid sleeveless tops, and make you loathe swimsuit season. But you don’t have to live with cellulite forever. Dr. Angel Paas, MD at Kennesaw Gynecology can help you achieve your aesthetic goals by getting...

Family History Updates: “Should I tell my provider?” Jul 5th, 2019

Most patients are familiar with the paperwork and longer visits that accompany the first visit to a new doctor’s office. Oftentimes, this paperwork includes filling out detailed information about the patient’s personal medical history including medications, surgeries, and medical conditions. In almost every case, the patient is also asked to...

Why Our UltraSlim Weight-Loss Program Works Jun 5th, 2019

It’s easy to throw in the towel when you’re fighting a losing battle against diet- and exercise-resistant fat. But you don’t have to give up on getting the body you’ve always wanted, and you don’t need to turn to risky diets, medications, or surgeries. At Kennesaw Gynecology, Angel Paas, MD,...

Testosterone Hormone Therapy with Pellet Implants for Women May 21st, 2019

Hormone replacement therapy by pellet implantation has been used with great success in the United States, Europe and Australia since 1938 and found to be superior to other methods of hormone delivery (Greenblatt 49, Mishnell 41, Cantrill 84, Stanczyk 88). It is not experimental. Pellets deliver consistent, physiologic levels of...

PMS: Is this real? May 1st, 2019

Most women have either heard or used the term “PMS” in the context of their menstrual cycle. However, some women do not know the clinical explanation for why they may feel or act a certain way depending on the time of the month. Clinically, the term premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is...

My provider told me I have fibroids. “What does this mean?” Apr 1st, 2019

Uterine fibroids, also known as “uterine leiomyomas”, are the most common benign pelvic tumors found in women. These benign growths arise from the smooth muscle cells of the uterus, the myometrium. Fibroids can grow in different locations within the myometrium, and oftentimes a woman’s symptoms are related to the location...

HPV: “Should I get vaccinated?” Mar 1st, 2019

HPV (human papillomavirus) is the most common sexually transmitted virus and can infect both men and women. High-risk strands of the virus have been linked to multiple cancers including cervical, vaginal and vulvar cancers for women and esophageal, penile, and anal cancers for males.  Low-risk HPV strands are linked to...

Pelvic Pain: “Is this important?” Feb 1st, 2019

Pelvic pain is a very important concern to address with your gynecological provider. For women, there are many different etiologies of pelvic pain that can range from infection to pregnancy complications. In instances where pelvic pain is severe and doesn’t alleviate with rest, it is advised to seek immediate emergent...

Menstrual Cycles: “Is my bleeding normal?” Jan 1st, 2019

The clinical definition of a normal menstrual cycle by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is a cycle that is consistently 24 to 38 days apart (this is known as the “menstrual cycle”) with bleeding that lasts up to 8 consecutive days (ACOG, 2018). Abnormal menstrual bleeding is any type of...

Smoking: Should I quit? Dec 1st, 2018

Today, over 13% of women in the United States smoke cigarettes. Previous research has proven that cigarette smoking contributes to the development of many cancers and can weaken an individual’s immune system. Specifically, cigarette smoking is associated with the development of lung cancer, which is the number one cause of...

What is bacterial vaginosis? Nov 1st, 2018

BV stands for “bacterial vaginosis” and occurs when there is a proliferation of bacteria that changes the environment of the vagina. Lactobacilli are bacteria that reside in the vagina and can be considered the “good” kind of bacteria due to their role in maintaining the appropriate acidic pH of the...

What Is Trichomoniasis? Oct 1st, 2018

Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted infection and is often asymptomatic. If a woman does have symptoms, they usually notice an excessive amount of discharge (sometimes can be described as “frothy” or green), vaginal itching, pain with intercourse or pain with urination. Symptoms may worsen during menses. If a patient suspects...

Menopause: How do I know if I’m there? Sep 1st, 2018

Menopause is defined as 12 consecutive months without a period. The average age of onset for menopause is 52 years old. However, your provider can also perform lab work to determine menopause status, although this is not necessary. The months or years leading up to the last menstrual period is...

HSV: Herpes Simplex Virus Aug 1st, 2018

Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) is a sexually transmitted infection that consists of two strands: HSV-1 and HSV-2. The virus is often characterized by recurrent, painful vesicular eruptions of the skin and mucosa in the area of infection. Traditionally, HSV-1 was associated with oral or oral-genital contact and fever blisters whereas...

HPV and Pap smears: What do these tests mean? Jul 1st, 2018

When a woman turns 21, it is recommended she see a gynecologist for her first Pap smear. This screening test assesses the cells on the cervix in an effort to identify any changes from HPV. The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States....