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Tiffany D. Needed A Specialist For Multiple GYN Conditions

September 22, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, Fibroids, Patient Spotlight

tiffany“I started having symptoms two years ago, and I was having intense cramps. When I had my period, it was 20 times worse. I always had pelvic cramping. I ignored it. I remember the doctor mentioning I had fibroids, but was told I could wait, take birth control, and watch. I did all of that, and took another medication, but nothing helped.”

“The staff [at CIGC] was amazing. Once I decided that I wanted to have a hysterectomy, I wanted it done immediately. If they could have taken me the next day, I would have done it. However, they got me in that very same week. I’ve never had a doctor and a staff that made me feel so comfortable. I was scared when I came in for the surgery, but I wanted to get well, and was torn because I don’t have any children, so it was very emotional. One of the nurses sat with me and talked me through it, letting me know that there are a lot of women my age who have the same condition, and there was just an overall warm feeling. I’ve met some good doctors and staff members, but nothing like CIGC.”

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False Hope: The Fibroid Diet Myths

September 16, 2016 // Posted in: Conditions, Featured, Fibroids

There are many conflicting studies about what to eat and what not to eat if you have fibroids. The fibroids diet may help control fibroids from growing in the first place, but once they are in the uterus and are showing signs of growing, changes to the diet either do not work or are short-lived.

Fibroid growth is unpredictable, and they can get very large very fast in some women. Many times doctors will tell a patient to watch and wait, rather than perform surgery. Women who could have treated smaller fibroids early on can actually face distortion of the uterus causing problems with getting pregnant, carrying a child to term, or have increased risks of requiring a hysterectomy.

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An In-Depth Look At Fibroid Symptoms & Procedures

September 8, 2016 // Posted in: Conditions, Featured, Fibroids

fibroids-an-overviewFibroids continue to grow unless they are removed, and they can grow very large. Complex conditions like large fibroids require a specialist with expert training for the most effective results. Fellowship trained GYN specialists perform advanced techniques for minimally invasive large fibroid removal. These procedures, if performed by an experienced surgeon, have faster recoveries resulting in less pain. Choose the best minimally invasive GYN specialist for your care.

Learn more about fibroids in this comprehensive review of fibroid symptoms and minimally invasive treatment options at CIGC.

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Tonya Got Her Life Back: CIGC Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy

August 25, 2016 // Posted in: DualPortGYN, Featured, Fibroids, Patient Spotlight

Tonya“Life has been so much better since my surgery!” said Tonya A.

Tonya suffered for years with fibroids and adenomyosis, and progressively got worse until she had a DualPortGYN minimally invasive hysterectomy with Dr. Paul MacKoul, MD at The Center for Innovative GYN Care.

“I knew I had fibroids. In 2009, I had to started taking iron pills. The results of my physical then showed that I was extremely anemic. For over 2 years, my cycle was getting heavier and heavier. I started passing clots, and those were starting to get larger and larger, to the point I thought I was having a baby. My cycles were always long, they were always 7 days, but then they would linger for an additional 3-4 days.”

Tonya’s menstrual cycle started taking over her life. After a DualPortGYN hysterectomy, everything changed.

“I got my life back. I don’t have to plan my life around my cycle anymore.”

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August 19, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, Fibroids, LAAM, Patient Spotlight

MarliviaIn July 2015, Marlivia discovered she had fibroids.

“I had planned a girls’ trip the day before my birthday to go to Miami. The night before I had the craziest pain. I went to a patient first. The doctor said something to the effect of ‘You aren’t pregnant, but there is something inside of you. I can’t give you a sonogram, because we aren’t set-up for that’, so I went for a sonogram after I returned from Miami. I was not throwing away that trip, it was my birthday weekend!”

Heavy bleeding and pelvic pain are signs of gynecological conditions that should be properly diagnosed as early as possible to ensure women avoid long-term reproductive health problems.

“I was driving into work, and heard the commercial for CIGC, and I thought, I don’t have anything to lose. I called for an appointment and they fit me right in.”

“He came in and looked at the sonogram, and said ‘Ok, I know what exactly is going on.’ He sketched out where my fibroids were and told me how he would remove them. I asked how long I would be down and he said about 2 weeks. This was much different than what I had been told from my other doctor.”

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Delaying Treatment for GYN Conditions Puts Women’s Health at Risk

August 18, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, In The Press, Resources

GYN surgery info findingsThe overall confusion about how the human body works, medical advancements for treatment of gynecological conditions, and lifestyle factors that have many women delaying having children can all lead to complications that can throw a wrench in a woman’s reproductive health. In the August story on WTOP, we review the gaps in women’s knowledge about their GYN health, and shine a spotlight on our advanced surgical methods that make delaying treatment unnecessary.



In the United States, more than half of women are unclear about GYN conditions and the surgical procedures to treat them, leaving many women at the mercy of misinformation, and out-of-date practices that can actually worsen conditions.

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Fitness Trainer Suffered With Large Fibroids, Hernia For Four Years

August 5, 2016 // Posted in: Featured, Fibroids, LAAM, Patient Spotlight

AdrienneAdrienne is an extremely active woman who is up early every day to work with her clients starting at 5 or 5:30 AM, and her last client may be 8:00 PM. She also teaches her children in homeschool. Her active lifestyle was compromised by fibroids and a hernia.

“You start to live your life around your symptoms,” said Adrienne. “Three other doctors told me to just accept them. I knew that the quality of my life had changed for the worst, based on my lifestyle and the things I wanted to do.”

Selecting the right treatment for fibroids can be overwhelming. Like Adrienne, many women in their 20s and 30s who want to maintain fertility are often told that hysterectomy is their only option. It is often the case that the limitation is with the surgeon performing the procedure.

“One night I was up late, and was searching and found The Center for Innovative GYN Care. I was so happy, and teared up. This was a miracle. This was everything I had been looking for. I read about their philosophy, the procedures, and the patient stories.”

Adrienne booked a consultation right away.

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Ovarian Cancer Awareness: Chilli Amar Chose A CIGC Hysterectomy

August 4, 2016 // Posted in: DualPortGYN, Featured, Patient Spotlight

ON A WALK WITH DONATO...5 WEEKS POST SURGERYA history of ovarian cancer in your family doesn’t have to decide your fate. After losing her mother and her grandmother to ovarian cancer, and faced with the likelihood that she was a high risk, local Washington, D.C. area radio host Chilli Amar decided years ago that she was going to be different. Amar was tested for the genetic mutation that can warn women of their risks of developing ovarian cancer.

“I wanted my story to be different than my mom’s,” said Amar. “The genetic testing showed that I am positive for the BRCA-2 mutation.”

“We put off things because it’s not the right time. When you have such a positive experience, you think ‘Why did I wait?’ Thanks to Dr. Paul MacKoul, MD at CIGC, not only is my story better, but from beginning to end, my experience was incredible.”



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Life-threatening Blood Clots Brought Patient To Paul MacKoul, MD

July 29, 2016 // Posted in: DualPortGYN, Featured, Fibroids, Patient Spotlight

Tracy J wioth niece“I knew I was going to need to do this surgery,” said Tracy J. “At first, I was hysterical, then reluctant, and finally I was ready to do it and I was laid off and didn’t have insurance.”

Tracy had fibroids which had caused heavy bleeding. She needed to have her blood checked regularly.

“From the moment I called them and got to the office, the entire staff was so nice. Once Dr. MacKoul came in and sat down with me, all of my anxiety was gone. We laughed so hard. I told him that I had heard about him 4 and a half years ago. I kept all of the information about him so I wouldn’t lose it. I said ‘If I can’t talk to you about this directly, I can’t talk to anybody.’ I had such a great fear about the surgery, and I feel like the only person I wanted to have do this was Dr. MacKoul.”

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DC Officially Acknowledges July As Fibroids Awareness Month

July 19, 2016 // Posted in: Advocacy, Doctors, Featured, Fibroids

wdp dc event 2016On July 15, 2016, members of the newly appointed chapter of The White Dress Project and CIGC co-founder Dr. Natalya E. Danilyants, MD met with members of the D.C. Council to discuss the implications of fibroids, the various fibroid treatments options and their risks, the need for better research and efforts to increase awareness. In several states across the country, Tanika Smith, founder of The White Dress Project, has led efforts to mark July as Fibroids Awareness month.

Women who have fibroids often shy away from wearing white dresses due to the unpredictability of heavy bleeding that is often a symptom of the condition. The organization uses the white dress as a symbol of living a life free from that worry.

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