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Letting Fibroids Grow Can Create Uterine Distortion, Infertility

December 9, 2015 // Posted in: Conditions, Featured, Infertility

Sad coupleThe risks associated with growing fibroids are often underplayed by many doctors. The goal for many is to avoid surgery, and often avoid even non-invasive treatment until a fibroid becomes problematic. Women hear “watch and wait” from many medical practitioners: from gynecologists, general practitioners, physician’s assistants, and internal medicine doctors.

This philosophy is outdated and actually increases the risks of infertility, abnormal bleeding, pelvic pain, bloating and uterine distortion, putting women at a higher risk for a hysterectomy.

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Gaining Ground Against Endometriosis

December 8, 2015 // Posted in: Advocacy, Conditions

EFA 4-11-15 -7371 (2)Endometriosis is not well understood. This is true for patients, family members, employers and much of the medical community. A consortium of endometriosis specialists is needed to bring their extensive experience to increase the necessary awareness of a disease that is frequently misdiagnosed for years. The longer a woman has to wait for a proper diagnosis, the more damage the disease can do, and if treated insufficiently, it can actually become worse.

“Early diagnosis is the best prevention for endometriosis because it allows for early intervention,” said Dr. Tamer Seckin, co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America. “Right now endometriosis is not a part of the current medical school curricula for Reproductive Health,” said Dr. Seckin. “It needs to be included and I will continue to lobby for its inclusion. But until that time other ways for increasing training need to be pursued.”

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Doctors pioneer alternative procedure for removing…

December 4, 2015 // Posted in: In The Press

alternative procedureThe Baltimore Times

Excerpt:

— According to The Center for Innovative GYN Care (CIGC), by age 50, eighty percent of women will have fibroids, non-cancerous growths that originate from the muscle of the womb. CIGC further notes that African American women are three times more likely to have these painful and often infertility-causing cysts.

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Planning For A New Addition In The New Year?

December 1, 2015 // Posted in: Conditions, Featured, Fibroids, Infertility, Techniques

Many women who feel they are ready to start a family have difficulty conceiving, suffer through multiple miscarriages, or deliver early putting the mother and baby at risk. And many of those discover that they have a GYN condition that could have been treated. The emotional toll on a woman or couple trying to conceive can be painful. If these conditions are identified and treated early there is a greater chance of conceiving and carrying a child to term.

Getting started on this journey can be both exciting and emotional. At CIGC, our minimally invasive GYN surgeons partner with reproductive endocrinologists and OB/GYNs to ensure you are receiving the most thorough care. We will take care of your surgery and your regular OB/GYN will take care of your pregnancy. Once you are on your way to a healthy pregnancy, your OB/GYN will be your partner through the rest of your journey, ensuring that your little one has a great start.

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Getting Fibroid Free: My Journey to the Lighthouse

November 24, 2015 // Posted in: Featured, Fibroids, In The Press, LAAM, Patient Spotlight

celeste doaks book signing

emPower Magazine

In a recent editorial piece for emPower Magazine, The Center for Innovative GYN Care patient Celeste Doaks recounted her story of suddenly finding herself with rapidly growing fibroids threatening her ability to get pregnant. Her remarkable story is similar to many women who find themselves battling these tumors. Though fibroids are benign, they can cause life-altering symptoms like uncontrollable menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain and bloating. Celeste recounts her experience and how her fibroids threatened social situations and just being in public, like lecturing to her students or giving presentations.

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Teen Health: Is Period Pain Something More Serious?

November 23, 2015 // Posted in: Advocacy, Conditions

period painWhen you have limited experience with your period, being able to determine what is normal and when something is wrong can be difficult. A bit of discomfort occurs with your period, but it’s important to speak up when you feel like something isn’t right. Severe period pain is not normal. Up to 90% of women experience cramping to some degree prior to or during their period, but it should not keep you from living your life, attending school, work, or activity that you normally do. If normal pain relievers like ibuprofen or naproxen do not relieve the pain, and you experience this every time you have a period, it is important to document what is happening and see a doctor.

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Recover From Minimally Invasive GYN Surgery At Home

November 20, 2015 // Posted in: Featured, News

“Our focus allows us to provide the highest level of skill to each patient,” said Dr. Paul MacKoul, MD. “When it comes to performing GYN surgery, women need to look for minimally invasive outpatient options, and seek a second opinion. Too many doctors are recommending surgery that would be performed as open or robotic procedures. These require a hospital stay and have lengthy recoveries; they are more expensive, and they offer no benefit to the patient. CIGC specialists provide advanced minimally invasive surgical procedures in an outpatient setting so that patients can have the best possible option for their condition. They return to their own homes the same day with much less pain, and eliminate the need for a hospital stay and all of the negatives associated with that.”

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The Watch and Wait Method for Large Fibroids Doesn’t Work

November 17, 2015 // Posted in: Conditions, Featured, Fibroids, Infertility, LAAM, Patient Spotlight

watch and wait method for large fibroids“For years I saw the same doctor, waiting and watching my fibroids grow, and for a while, the pain wasn’t altering my daily activities,” said Rashetta. “But then, the pain got progressively worse. I found myself in bed, crying in pain.”

Many doctors tell patients that if fibroids aren’t bothering you, you can wait for surgery. The problem with fibroids, especially large fibroids is that they will continue to grow. “When I first met (Dr. MacKoul) and he walked me through the (LAAM) procedure, he was so thorough. He drew out what was going on with my fibroids, and I realized in talking to him that I shouldn’t have done the watch and wait approach.”

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Endometriosis Champions: The Future Of The Fight

November 16, 2015 // Posted in: Advocacy, Conditions, Featured, Infertility, News

endometriosis champion imageEfforts to help women get the information they need about endometriosis have had a groundswell over the last decade. Organizations like Endometriosis Foundation of America, Endometriosis Research Center, Nancy’s Nook on Facebook, EndoSupport, and The Endometriosis Network in Canada all share information with each other and have been drawing together to get more recognition for endometriosis within the medical industry.

These organizations provide support and the most up-to-date information available. They create materials for outreach to young women who are just beginning to experience symptoms, and guidance to women who are ready for surgery on how to choose a true GYN surgical specialist whom they can trust to perform excision or resection of endometriotic lesions. They work to debunk out-of-date endometriosis therapies and myths and create networks to share information on a broader scale.

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“Four-years after fibroid surgery, I’m still happy!” Gwen T

November 12, 2015 // Posted in: Conditions, DualPortGYN, Featured, Fibroids, Patient Spotlight

fibroid surgery“You would never know I had surgery,” said Gwen T, fibroids patient at The Center for Innovative GYN Care. “You can’t even see where the incisions were. Even speaking about it four years later, it makes me happy.”

In 2011, Gwen consulted Dr. Paul MacKoul about the pelvic pain that coincided with her monthly cycle. Describing her symptoms, Dr. MacKoul realized that she most likely had fibroids pinching a nerve. An ultrasound confirmed it.

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