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Uterine Fibroids Blog — An Expert Speaks Out  

Real Women, Real Stories, Real Answers!  (will open in new window) Uterine Fibroids Blog — An Expert Speaks Out

Often there are many possible approaches to such gynecologic problems as abnormal uterine bleeding, fibroid tumors, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, abnormal pap smears, and other gynecologic problems. It is important for women to understand all of the options that are available to them for diagnosis and treatment.  It is often difficult to sort out what is real and what is "hype" when evaluating your options. What are the advantages and disadvantages of these new procedures when compared to traditional surgery such as hysterectomy?

Topics include:

Causes of abnormal uterine bleeding (menorrhagia and metrorrhagia).  This includes hormonal problems, fibroids (uterine myomas, including types of myomas), adenomyosis, and endometrial polyps.

Rapid diagnosis of abnormal uterine bleeding This includes hysteroscopy and ultrasound for diagnosing endometrial polyps, fibroids, and adenomyosis.

Treatment options for abnormal uterine bleeding and fibroids.  This includes medical treatment, operative hysteroscopy, endometrial ablation, the resectoscope for uterine surgery, myomectomy, hysterectomy and hysterectomy alternatives. 

Myomectomy for the removal of uterine fibroidsClick here to check out Dr. Indman's new comprehensive web site:  All About Myomectomy for the Removal of Uterine Fibroids  NEW information about Robotic Myomectomy!                  (will open in new window)

Uterine artery embolization.  Click here for more informationUterine Fibroid Embolization.  Learn more about a treatment option for some fibroids.

 

Endometrial Ablation:  Tired of bleeding?  A rapid outpatient treatment of heavy menstrual  bleeding.

Hysterectomy.  Myths and reality about hysterectomy, and the effect of hysterectomy on sexuality are discussed.  Also, different types of hysterectomy are discussed, as well as new procedures. 

Answers about your abnormal pap smear.   Confused about "cervical dysplasia, CIN, ASCUS, carcinoma-in situ, colposcopy?   You won't be after reading this.

Menopausal and perimenopausal bleeding What's normal and what's not.  How is it diagnosed and treated?

Pelvic Pain A practical approach to the causes and diagnosis of pelvic pain.

Although it is impossible to make specific recommendations without an individual consultation, this web site will explore some common gynecological problems and procedures, and attempt to help you in the decision process.  Please remember that it is essential to consult a qualified physician, as it is impossible to make specific medical recommendations over the internet.

A personal note...

Dear Reader,

I have written this site in order to help women learn how advances in gynecology will help them to take control of their lives.  Since introducing office laser surgery in 1982, I have had extensive experience in performing, researching, and teaching hysteroscopy, endometrial ablation and other advanced procedures.  But even more important than advanced technology is taking the time to listen to my patients.  By understanding my patients' symptoms, needs, and concerns, and by having advanced diagnostic and treatment methods right in the office, it is often possible to find the cause of and rapidly solve difficult gynecologic problems.

I am hoping that after reading this site you will have a better understanding of some of the recent advances in gynecology.  And of course, if you would like a personal consultation, I am always happy to see new patients.

 

Sincerely,

 

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Benefits of Taking Probiotics

21st Sep 2018 Probiotics Source: Gasett

What does a probiotic do for you? Probiotics are live microorganisms that can be consumed through fermented foods or supplements. In addition, they are often called "good" or "helpful" bacteria because they maintain a healthy gut. You can get probiotics from food supplements and some foods like yogurt. Studies have shown that the balance or unevenness of microorganisms in your digestive system is related to overall health. Probiotics encourage a healthy equilibrium of gut microorganisms and have been connected to a lot of benefits to the body.

Balance the Good Bacteria

Taking probiotics can help your digestive system balance. When you take antibiotics, probiotics will restore the good bacteria that you lose in your body.  When taken in adequate quantity, these live microorganisms can help repair gut health.

Prevents and Treats Diarrhea

One of the best probiotic therapeutic benefits is the treatment of diarrhea. A microorganism such as a lactobacillus has been proven over the years to cure diarrhea in children and adults. Since diarrhea is sometimes a side effect of taking antibiotics, then some people would suffer from it. Recent studies show that probiotics may prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD) via restoration of the gut microflora. Also, probiotics can also help treat diarrhea that is not related to antibiotic use.

Aids in Weight Loss

Probiotics can help break down fiber that the body cannot absorb turning it into a beneficial fatty acid. Certain studies show that normal-weight people have different stomach bacteria than overweight or obese human beings. Therefore, probiotics probably play an important part in weight regulation. The other way that probiotics can aid weight loss is by preventing the intake of dietary fat in the intestines. Excreting the fat into the body wastes rather than storing it in the body is a good way to lose weight.

Boosts your Immune System

A study conducted in 2011 shows that probiotics may limit epithelial damage induced by enteroinvasive pathogens, and promote restoration. In addition, some probiotics have been shown to help with the creation of antibodies. There are also studies that mention probiotics decreases the possibility of respiratory diseases. Probiotics such as Lactobacillus Crispatus can also lessen the risk of urinary tract infections (UTI) most especially in women. 

Decreases the Risk of  Skin Allergies

Though more research is needed, there are certain cases that link probiotics to reduced severity of eczema. One research shows that infants fed with probiotic-supplemented milk have improved their eczema condition than those who did not. Also, a study conducted shows that women who took probiotics during their pregnancy have a lower risk of having children with skin allergies and eczema. Therefore, these live microorganisms may lessen inflammatory diseases.

The benefits of taking probiotics vary from one person to one another. Thus, this is one reason why you should include probiotic supplements and foods in your diet. Many studies show that probiotics may balance the good bacteria, prevent and treat diarrhea, help in losing weight, enhance your immunity, and reduce skin allergies. You may contact your doctor to learn more about probiotics.

   

 

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