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Mid-urethral slings have become the most common method to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI). They are typically placed in under 30 minutes in an outpatient setting and are popular with both ...

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The most common and proven mesh for vaginal surgery is type I polypropylene. It is inert, soft, and has a wide weave to allow tissue ingrowth and acceptance into body tissues. All others are ...

Matthew Karlovsky M.D. commented on Matthew Karlovsky M.D.'s post Vaginal Mesh Erosion: Part 2

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Mid-urethral slings have become the most common method to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI). They are typically placed in under 30 minutes in an outpatient setting and are popular with both ...

Matthew Karlovsky M.D. commented on Matthew Karlovsky M.D.'s post Urethral Slings: What Are The Risks, Benefits and Recovery?

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Mid-urethral slings have become the most common method to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI). They are typically placed in under 30 minutes in an outpatient setting and are popular with both ...

Matthew Karlovsky M.D. commented on Matthew Karlovsky M.D.'s post Urethral Slings: What Are The Risks, Benefits and Recovery?

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We all know that yoga is a te4rrific way to stay in shape, become fit, and get a good cardio work out. Most full time yoga-holics are in shape, and certainly this is true for yoga instructors. But ...

Is Being a Yoga Instructor a Risk for Having Urinary Incontinence?

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Does age matter when it comes to treating women with slings for urinary incontinence? Will the sling work the same way, and are there added complications for older women? What are the risk factors ...

Do Slings Work in Women Over 80 Years of Age with Urinary Incontinence?

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It’s not uncommon to hear from patients that in public restrooms, for hygiene reasons, they will squat or hover above the toilet during urination in order to avoid contact with the toilet seat. ...

Is Squatting When Urinating Bad for Women?

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Mid-urethral slings have become the most common method to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI). They are typically placed in under 30 minutes in an outpatient setting and are popular with both ...

Matthew Karlovsky M.D. commented on Matthew Karlovsky M.D.'s post Urethral Slings: What Are The Risks, Benefits and Recovery?

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Mid-urethral slings have become the most common method to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI). They are typically placed in under 30 minutes in an outpatient setting and are popular with both ...

Matthew Karlovsky M.D. commented on Matthew Karlovsky M.D.'s post Urethral Slings: What Are The Risks, Benefits and Recovery?

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Mid-urethral slings have become the most common method to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI). They are typically placed in under 30 minutes in an outpatient setting and are popular with both ...

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Like men, women can develop cancer of the bladder. The most common type is called urothelial carcinoma, previously known as transitional cell carcinoma. It is the eighth most common cancer in ...

Do Women Develop Bladder Cancer, and what are the Risks?

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Phytoestrogens are a group of naturally occurring, plant-derived compounds that have either a weak estrogenic, or anti-estrogenic effect. They are often called “dietary estrogens”, and are used ...

Phytoestrogens: What Are They, and Are They Safe for Women?

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A lack of sexual desire that causes distress is defined as one of the female sexual dysfunctions (FSD), specifically, hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD). In other words, the lack of having a ...

Matthew Karlovsky M.D. commented on Matthew Karlovsky M.D.'s post Are You a Woman With Low Libido/Sexual Desire and Want Some Help?

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A lack of sexual desire that causes distress is defined as one of the female sexual dysfunctions (FSD), specifically, hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD). In other words, the lack of having a ...

Are You a Woman With Low Libido/Sexual Desire and Want Some Help?

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The thyroid gland’s importance in the body is essentially related to its regulation of many aspects of the body’s functions. Dysfunction of the thyroid, either overactive or underactive, is a ...

Female Sexual Dysfunction and Hypothyroidism

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The urethra in women lies just beneath the clitoris, and above the vaginal opening. Urinary incontinence, the involuntary loss of urine, can occur with activities such as exercise, sex, coughing, ...

Urinary Incontinence and Vaginal/Perineal Skin Irritation- Is this Common, And If So, What Can You Do About It?

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Who has a more successful outcome from her bladder lift surgery? Is it the woman who is undergoing it for the first time, or is it the woman who is undergoing it for the second time? Reason would ...

Cystocele (Bladder Lift) Surgery: Success Rates after First Surgery vs. Recurrent Surgery

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Modern medicine can often and effectively address female urinary incontinence issues, with either a combination of behavior modification, medication or surgery, or alone as strategies. Most will ...

Naturopathic Treatments for Urinary Incontinence

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Medications like Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis have revolutionized the male sexual health world and brought the subject of sex into the doctor’s office and out in the media. Commercials for ...

Matthew Karlovsky M.D. commented on Matthew Karlovsky M.D.'s post Flibanserin: A Sex Pill for Women?

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Medications like Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis have revolutionized the male sexual health world and brought the subject of sex into the doctor’s office and out in the media. Commercials for ...

Flibanserin: A Sex Pill for Women?

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It is well known that just being pregnant is an established risk factor for stress incontinence in women, whether young or middle-aged. Common theories include pelvic floor damage during ...

Stress Incontinence After Childbirth: Can You Predict It?

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On its own, a kidney stone attack is one of the most painful events described by patients. My female patients always declare that the pain from a kidney stone is worse than childbirth. When a ...

Kidney Stones and Pregnancy

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Female Sexual Dysfunctions (FSD) are common and often do not get the attention necessary. FSD is usually categorized into four major groups: low sexual desire, low arousal, lack of orgasm, and ...

Does Yoga Improve Sexual Health?

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The consensus seems to be yes. Fermented milk products contain so-called “probiotic,” or “good” bacteria, including lactobacillus, acidophilus and bifidobacterium that compete with Candida in the ...

Can Yogurt Help Vaginal Health?

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Most of us know that oysters are commonly known as aphrodisiacs, whether in truth in myth, and yohimbine has been used as an aphrodisiac for hundreds of years, however, are there foods that can ...

Can Certain Foods Kill Your Sex Drive?

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A previous post on this blog discussed performing Kegel muscle exercises late in pregnancy and into the first 12 post-partum months to help reduce the development of urinary incontinence. This ...

Vaginal massage during pregnancy may avoid episiotomy

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Dyspareunia is a sexual dysfunction where pain is experienced during, before, or after sex. It often leads to disruption of normal sexual activity and relationships problems. It can be a localized ...

Pain with Sex

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Cosmetic vaginal surgery has become increasingly popular, and I have posted blog comments on it in the past. It can include labiaplasty (reducing large inner lips), or vaginoplasty (tightening the ...

Achieving the Designer Vagina

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Diabetes Mellitus, the condition where the body is resistant to insulin, leading to elevated blood sugars, is a common condition that can lead to many detrimental health issues such as heart ...

Is Diabetes and Urinary Incontinence Related?

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First, a disclaimer. This blog post does not endorse the use of marijuana as it is illegal; however I recently read several studies of interest on this topic. THC, tretrahydrocannabinol, is the ...

Overactive Bladder: Can Marijuana Potentially Treat It?

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This is such as interesting question, because when I see patients who present with a cystocele, vaginal vault prolapse or rectocele, I will often help describe it as a “bladder hernia” or “rectum ...

Are Women with Pelvic Organ Prolapse at Risk for Other Hernias Elsewhere in Their Bodies?

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It is widely known and accepted that even just one vaginal birth is the most common risk factor for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) such as cystocele, rectocele, uterine prolapse and urinary ...

What Else Can Lead to Pelvic Organ Prolapse Besides Childbirth?

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For several decades, scientists have been attempting to develop a vaccine for the common UTI. The only problem is, that UTIs are caused by more than one type of bacteria and there are many risk ...

Vaccine for Urinary Tract Infections?

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Interstitial Cystitis (IC) is a chronic pain syndrome of the bladder that is often now included within Painful Bladder Syndrome (PBS). IC is noted for symptoms of pelvic pain, urgency, frequency, ...

Interstitial Cystitis Can Mimic Other Common Female Pelvic Conditions

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Recently I saw a patient with an interesting and peculiar complaint: she felt constant clitoral arousal that lead to pressure that she could not relieve. It was leading to anxiety and disrupting ...

Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder

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Like most women suspect, often the first UTI a woman will have is related to sexual activity. In bygone days, it was called “honeymoon cystitis”, referring to a bladder infection the developed ...

What Causes the First UTI a Woman Develops?

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Loss of Estrogen with menopause can lead to urinary incontinence and bladder symptoms. The two most common types of urinary incontinence are Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI), and Urge Urinary ...

Vaginal Health for Post-Menopausal Women, Part 2

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Overactive Bladder (OAB) is quite a prevalent problem in both the female and male population. It can exist both with and without urinary incontinence. OAB is defined as having frequency and ...

Overactive Bladder

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Some women have experienced passage of air or wind from the vagina that can create an audible noise, commonly known as queefing, and may be embarrassing. It can happening during sporting ...

Vaginal Wind: An Embarrassing Event

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What is it about menopause that leads to deterioration of vaginal health? Most answers revolve around Estrogen levels getting lower but how does the latter lead to the former? The environment ...

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What is it about menopause that leads to deterioration of vaginal health? Most answers revolve around Estrogen levels getting lower but how does the latter lead to the former? The environment ...

Vaginal Health in Post-Menopausal Women: Part 1

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Until surgical methods matured, pessaries were the only form of treating pelvic organ prolapse (POP), such as cystocele, rectocele, uterine prolapse and stress incontinence. A pessary is ...

Pessaries: What Are They and When Do You Use Them?

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Researchers in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at Yale School of Medicine and The Albert Einstein // College of Medicine report that women who are into regular ...

Competitive Cycling May Reduce Genital Sensation in Women

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I will be giving a Grand Rounds presentation at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, AZ on July 23, 2009 in the Rosati Education Center, Ocotillo Amphitheatre. It will be on Mesh Complications ...

Free Seminar On Mesh Complications After Pelvic Floor Repair

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A recent nationwide sampling of women conducted by Indiana University revealed that 53 percent of women have used vibrators during sex. Despite longstanding assumptions, this was the first large ...

Vibrator Use Common and Linked to Sexual Health

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Urinary incontinence (UI) is a common female pelvic health problem and physical therapy is the most commonly recommended first line therapy for it. About one third of women have UI. It is usually ...

Pelvic Floor Muscle Retraining Can Reduce Urinary Incontinence in Late Pregnancy and Post Partum Women in the First 12 Months

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The term Painful Bladder Syndrome (PBS) has become the new “catch-all” diagnosis for women who experience pain with their bladder, and has become interchangeable and/or incorporated with the ...

Painful Bladder Syndrome

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The most common and proven mesh for vaginal surgery is type I polypropylene. It is inert, soft, and has a wide weave to allow tissue ingrowth and acceptance into body tissues. All others are ...

Vaginal Mesh Erosion: Part 2

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There is hot debate about stem cell use, their ethics and potential for curing diseases. Although promising, the application to disease states should not be overblown. We may all feel bad for ...

Stem Cells in Urology?

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In all realms of medicine, advancement in patient care is a learning process, with the ultimate goal being better patient care. New technologies abound, and scientists and physicians are often at ...

Mesh Complications and Vaginal Surgery: Part 1