Blog Archive

How Does PCOS Affect Fertility? Dec 1st, 2019

Approximately 1 in 10 American women suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This hormonal imbalance leads to many symptoms, such as weight gain, facial hair, adult acne, and, sometimes, infertility. If you’re having trouble getting pregnant and have PCOS, you don't have to worry. It’s one of the most common...

Is Incontinence Normal After Birth? Nov 1st, 2019

Pregnancy makes many changes in your body, including ones that can lead to urinary incontinence. While many women deal with incontinence after birth, you can take steps before, during, and after pregnancy to support your urinary system.  Donna H. Hagberg, MD supports patients with incontinence, including incontinence due to pregnancy,...

Starting Birth Control for the First Time? How to Choose the Right Contraception Method Oct 1st, 2019

If you’re starting birth control for the first time, the dizzying array of options may seem overwhelming at first. The good news is that there’s usually an option that fits every lifestyle and meets every goal. And our job is to help you find the right one. At our practice,...

Tips for Keeping Your Body in Balance to Prevent Vaginitis and Vulvitis Sep 1st, 2019

Do you remember the lesson from science class about how the pH of something determines how acidic or basic it is? While you may not go around thinking about the pH of many things, you might want to start thinking about your vagina’s pH balance.  Keeping your body in balance...

What Causes Fibroids (And What Can I Do About It)? Aug 2nd, 2019

If you’re a woman in your 30s to 50s, you have a good chance of getting fibroids — benign growths that develop from fibrous tissue in your uterus. While some women don’t even know they have fibroids, other women suffer from pain and heavy periods each month. If you think...

When it's Time to See a Doctor about Pelvic Pain Jul 12th, 2019

While many women experience pelvic pain during their periods or during pregnancy, it’s also not uncommon to have pain during other times of life. Pelvic pain is considered “chronic” when it persists regularly for longer than six months. Sometimes the pain can be mild and easily treated with over-the-counter pain...

Living with PCOS Jun 12th, 2019

The first thing you may notice is that your menstrual cycle is off its normal schedule, or you may experience a sudden bout of the acne that hasn’t plagued you for years. You might be inclined to dismiss these situations as random occurrences; however, when combined with other signs, they...

Coping with Menopause Symptoms While Traveling May 14th, 2019

Let’s face it – there’s never a good time to deal with the unpleasant symptoms of menopause. But while you're traveling? That's a very inconvenient time! You invest a lot of energy and money into planning a trip. You don’t want hot flashes, headaches, and mood swings, to ruin the...

When do Ovarian Cysts Require Medical Intervention? Apr 8th, 2019

It is estimated that most women develop an ovarian cyst at some point in their lifetime, although only 8-18% are reported, since many ovarian cysts cause no symptoms and resolve on their own. Some 5-10% of women will have exploratory surgery to investigate ovarian cysts, and of these, 13-21% turn...

Is PMS Hereditary? Mar 1st, 2019

An impressive 90% of women in the United States report some symptoms of PMS, or premenstrual syndrome, that range from mild cramps to severe mood swings. Though most women soldier through with only mild discomfort each month, some are severely affected by PMS, which interrupts their lives in appreciable ways....

Urinary Incontinence: It's More Common Than You Think Feb 7th, 2019

They say that misery loves company, but incontinence isn’t something we’d wish on anyone. Yet millions of women suffer from incontinence, which means you’re not alone. In fact, approximately 17% of adult women suffer from an overactive bladder and more than 12 million Americans deal with urge incontinence. And here’s...

Will Endometriosis Prevent Me From Becoming Pregnant? Jan 9th, 2019

Women with endometriosis who want to have children often live in fear that they’ll never be able to conceive. Fortunately, with today’s advances in research and a better understanding of the condition than in past decades, it’s possible to have a baby even if you’ve been diagnosed with endometriosis. Donna...

Sex After Menopause Doesn’t Have to Be Painful Dec 21st, 2018

Each year millions of women reach menopause, a time when your ovaries stop making estrogen and slow down their production of other hormones. This marks the end of the reproductive period of a woman’s life and is often marked by bothersome and uncomfortable symptoms related to a lack of estrogen...