Blog Archive

Is Menopause Affecting Your Sexual Health? We Can Help Dec 1st, 2019

Sexuality is an important component to every woman’s life, and that goes for women of all ages. As women transition through menopause they often experience uncomfortable symptoms like nightsweats, hot flashes, and lower energy levels. While these symptoms are more openly discussed, women are less likely to talk about the...

Tips for Weathering Problematic PMS Nov 1st, 2019

If you experience uncomfortable symptoms before your period and just don’t feel like yourself, you aren’t alone. More than 90% of women report having premenstrual symptoms a week or two before their period. For some women, these symptoms are severe enough that they miss school, work, and other responsibilities. Managing...

My Pap Smear Results Were Abnormal: What Now? Oct 1st, 2019

Getting regular Pap smears can save your life. Pap tests look for abnormal changes to cervical cells and are an important way to detect cervical cancer at its earliest stages. Scheduling and visiting your gynecologist for routine Pap tests play a key role in preventative health for women.  While receiving...

Spot the Warning Signs of Breast Cancer with Regular Self-Exams Sep 11th, 2019

Breast self-exams remain an important way to detect breast cancer, a disease that kills more than 40,000 women in the United States each year. Learning how to perform a breast self-exam and understanding early symptoms can help identify breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat. What is a breast...

Can Endometriosis Cause Infertility? Aug 16th, 2019

Endometriosis is a painful gynecological condition that causes painful periods. It affects more than 11% of American women, most of them in their 30s and 40s, but can impact girls as young as 15. Because of changes in hormones, endometriosis rarely affects women over the age of 45.  Having endometriosis...

When to See a Doctor about Abnormal Bleeding Jul 10th, 2019

Any type of abnormal bleeding, whether it’s spotting between periods or an excessively heavy menstrual cycle, can cause concern. Abnormal vaginal bleeding is different from normal menstrual periods and may signal an issue with your reproductive system or another medical condition that’s affecting your reproductive system.  It’s best to avoid...

Why is HPV So Common? Jun 21st, 2019

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is an extremely common sexually transmitted disease (STD). In fact, it’s so common that most sexually active people are infected with the virus at some point in their lives. Currently, nearly 80 million people in the United States are infected with HPV. While this may seem like...

Living with Fibroids May 23rd, 2019

Even though they’re non-cancerous, fibroids can cause symptoms that range from mild to disabling. They’re incredibly common. In fact, by some estimates, as many as 80% of women are thought to have these uterine growths. Sometimes fibroids go unnoticed, but a lot of women experience pain and other uncomfortable symptoms...

9 Lifestyle Changes that Can Improve Fertility Apr 24th, 2019

Infertility, which affects more than 7 million American women, is defined as failure to become pregnant after 12 months of trying. Most women have a desire to conceive at some point during their lifetime and can understandably experience anxiety and frustration when conception evades them. The goods news is that...

Three Reasons EssureⓇ Could Be a Good Option for You Mar 27th, 2019

Permanent birth control is a personal choice women make after they’ve carefully considered their options and weighed the benefits and risks. Women have both surgical and nonsurgical options to end their fertility. Essure is a nonsurgical, permanent form of contraception that creates a natural barrier against pregnancy. Birth control is...

Understanding When a Colposcopy is Necessary Feb 14th, 2019

Pap smears save lives. These routine gynecological exams detect abnormal changes in cervical cells that could go on to become cancer. Early detection and treatment lowers the chances of dying of cervical cancer. However, it can feel scary to learn of an abnormal Pap smear result, and if your doctor...

How HPV is Transmitted and What You Can Do to Protect Yourself Jan 16th, 2019

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease. Close to 80 million Americans are infected with HPV. People living with HPV are mainly in their late teens and early 20s. Out of the many strains of HPV, only a few cause health problems, such as genital warts. Educating...

The Importance of an Annual Pap Smear Dec 19th, 2018

Here at Capital Women’s Care, we do our best to promote wellness for our patients in the Northern Virginia area, and we’ve been recognized again for our excellence. Our team of physicians has been voted one of Washingtonian’s Top Doctors again for 2018. One way to stay well is to...

HPV: Testing, Treatment, Screening and Vaccines For Women Nov 29th, 2018

With over 13,000 new cases of cervical cancer occurring each year, the importance of early screening is obvious. ­­­Cervical cancer is easy to treat when it’s caught early, and it’s even possible to take pre-emptive action before cells become cancerous. Certain strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) cause cervical cells...

10 Tips for Managing Menopause Symptoms on the Job Oct 26th, 2018

You’ve probably heard it before – menopause is an expected and natural part of a woman’s life. But “natural” doesn’t always mean pleasant or welcome. Drenching hot flashes, mood swings, and difficulty focusing can make getting through your workday a bit tricky at best.    In case you hadn’t noticed,...

Should You Consider Permanent Contraception? Sep 26th, 2018

Female sterilization is a permanent contraception method for women who are certain they never want children or have completed their families. Permanent contraception is especially common among women aged 35 and older, and there are both surgical and nonsurgical means of performing female sterilization.Determining whether you're ready for permanent contraception...

Ready to Conceive? 10 Tips to Get Your Body Ready for Pregnancy Aug 27th, 2018

You’ve decided you want to start, or add to, your family. To help the process go as smoothly as possible, there are a number of things you can do to prepare ahead of time to increase your chances for a healthy outcome, for both you and your baby.Here at Capital...

Your Summer Pregnancy Survival Guide Aug 27th, 2018

Pregnancy is a trying (and exciting!) time no matter what season it is, as your body undergoes an incredible amount of change to accommodate a growing life. As the burden increases, the summer season can present a particularly difficult hurdle as you try and keep yourself comfortable and relaxed.At Capital...

Facts About How Fibroids Are Diagnosed and Treated Jul 9th, 2018

July is Fibroid Awareness Month, which is a great time to read up on uterine fibroids. Having uterine fibroids can cause pain and heavy periods, and unfortunately, many women who suffer with this condition don’t know that treatment can help relieve their discomfort.Your health care providers at Capital Women’s Care,...

What Every Woman Should Know About HPV Jun 18th, 2018

Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is actually a group of viruses that includes more than 100 types. More than 40 kinds of HPV can be transmitted through sexual activity, and while it can be asymptomatic and cause no damage, it can lead to serious complications if it lingers. To learn more...

How Ultrasounds Can Benefit You Even If You're Not Pregnant May 15th, 2018

When you think of an OB/GYN’s office and an ultrasound, the first thing that usually comes to mind are those grainy black and white photos of babies in utero displayed prominently on refrigerators everywhere. The fact is, ultrasounds are also extremely valuable diagnostic tools when it comes to women’s health.Here...

Why Breast Self Exams Are Important Apr 5th, 2018

Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women. In fact, one in every eight women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis in her lifetime. At Capital Women’s Care, we want to make sure you’re regularly checking your breasts for changes and lumps. The more familiar you are with...