Meet Dr. Kimberly Zachow, Our Newest OB/GYN Practitioner 

We sat down with Dr. Kimberly Zachow — our newest OB/GYN practitioner — to hear about her journey in healthcare and what wisdom she can offer patients at The Woman’s Clinic.  Learn about Dr. Kimberly Zachow Q: Helping women along their health journeys is an inspiring career path. Tell me a little bit about your […]

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: How to Catch It Early

Ovarian cancer in the United States could result in about 19,710 new diagnoses and about 13,270 deaths in 2023, per the American Cancer Society. It is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women and is more common in older White women.  Thankfully, the incidence of ovarian cancer has been decreasing slowly over the […]

Robotic Surgery in Gynecology

learn how robotic surgery is performed in areas of gynecology and women's health from Dr. John R. Wooley

Author: Dr. John R. Wooley What is robotic surgery? Robotic surgery is a variant of minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. The Da Vinci surgical system was approved by the FDA in 2005. Dr. Barbie Sullivan and I were two of the first gynecologists in this area to be trained in the use of the Da Vinci […]

Yeast Infection (Vaginal): Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment

Yeast infections are incredibly common. In fact, seventy-five percent of women will experience at least one yeast infection during their lifetime. Out of those women, about half of them will have two or more recurrences. Yeast infections can be tricky to deal with and can be easily confused with other vaginal infections like bacterial vaginosis, […]

Pap Smear: Overview, Indications, Preparation

Worldwide, statistics show that cervical cancer is the fourth-leading deadliest cancer among women. However, cervical cancer is preventable. Not only is there a human papillomavirus vaccine that prevents HPV (which often leads to cervical cancer), having regular Papanicolaou tests (also known as Pap smears), can help detect early signs of cervical cancer. Read on to […]

8 Questions You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask About Your Vagina

Despite the popularity of the play The Vagina Monologues, many of us are uncomfortable discussing our vaginas and related vaginal issues with others. Everything from vaginal discharge to yeast infections to UTI’s are either whispered about or simply Googled instead of talked about openly. Google, however, is not a trusted confidante. In order to demystify […]

Sometimes Bloating Is A Big Deal

“I’m feeling really bloated today” is a thought that most women have expressed more than once. On those days where you’re having trouble zipping your jeans, you suddenly feel full after a small meal, or you’re just generally feeling sluggish-bloating might be the culprit. While it is usually not a bad thing, if you’re feeling […]

Perimenopause: What You Should Expect

What is Perimenopause and What Should I Expect? When we were young, many of us found that our elders did their best to prepare us for puberty. They talked to us about our changing bodies and what we could expect to happen within the next few years. We were nervous and excited as we anticipated […]

Understanding the Risk Factors Involved with Cervical Cancer

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, or #savethecervix month as we like to call it. This past week we took a look at some of the symptoms and methods of preventing cervical cancer. While cervical cancer is not as common in women as it once was nor as other types of cancers now are, it […]

Improve Your Odds For Preventing Cervical Cancer in 2021

Welcome to 2021! It was certainly a journey to get here, but a new year means new beginnings, and with that comes the potential for your best year yet! Having a great year begins with making a commitment to taking care of your overall health. While purchasing that gym membership and starting that new diet […]

Keeping Your Bladder Healthy

How can you get better bladder health?  Your bladder is an often overlooked organ with a very important role. Keeping your bladder healthy can prevent various conditions and diseases from forming while maintaining proper function. Learn the details about your bladder and how you can keep it strong and healthy. The Purpose of the Bladder […]

Fast Facts About Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

September is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) awareness month, and this widespread disease affects roughly 10 million women across the globe. It’s associated with irregular periods, infertility, and ovarian cysts that can be troublesome and painful. Scientists do not know exactly what causes PCOS, and there is no direct cure, but symptoms and infertility can be […]

Symptoms of Toxic Shock Syndrome

Toxic shock syndrome symptoms (TSS) may sound familiar to you, especially if you’ve ever purchased or used tampons. On nearly every package you buy, you’ll find the warning label regarding tampon use and TSS. In fact, about half of all diagnosed TSS cases are a result of tampon use. But, how concerned should you really be, […]

The Meaning of Abnormal (Menstrual Cycle)

Abnormal periods… Do you have a normal menstrual cycle or an irregular menstrual cycle? Maybe you have been wondering why irregular periods have been happening and if there’s something you can do about it. Maybe you’re worried it is the sign of a larger problem. There are answers for your questions and our doctors ready to […]

Don’t Suffer Silently from the Symptoms of Endometriosis

Most of us would agree that menstrual cramps can derail your entire day or week if you are one out of ten women who suffer from endometriosis. Pelvic pain associated with menstrual cycles (and even other times during the month) may be a symptom of endometriosis. This fairly common disease is rarely talked about, although […]

March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month

The women who have endometriosis feel it during March and every other month out of the year; however, during the month of March, globally there is awareness brought to the topic of endometriosis, so that people can better understand the condition and how it affects not only women but also their families, during their most […]

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): Symptoms, Causes, Tests, and Treatment

It’s estimated that polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects roughly 1 in 10 women in the United States. PCOS is a condition that is classified as a hormonal imbalance. Overall, it can affect a woman’s appearance, but it can cause underlying health problems as well, such as affecting fertility. Beyond that, it can cause more serious […]

Bacterial Vaginosis (BV): Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis

It’s normal for the vagina to have bacteria, and that is in part what keeps a healthy balance and pH. However, when there is an imbalance, the vagina can become inflamed. It’s estimated that one in three women will be diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis (BV) at some point in their lifetimes; however, many women either […]

STD Facts—Trichomoniasis

What is Trichomoniasis? Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD), also commonly known as “Trich.”  It is very common and can be cured with medication. Trichomoniasis is spread by a type of tiny parasite. This one-celled protozoan, named Trichomonas vaginalis, can travel between people during sexual contact. It affects women more often than men, but […]

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) – Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

Every year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) releases information and statistics about a variety of men’s and women’s health issues. In a recently released CDC fact sheet, new statistics about the rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States show a troubling trend.  Since 2014, three of the most commonly […]

Uterine Fibroids: Types, Symptoms, Causes, Surgery & Treatment

The Office on Women’s Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, estimates that between 20%-80% of women will develop uterine fibroids by the time they are 50 years old. While not all women will have symptoms associated with fibroids, those who do often report a great deal of discomfort that can […]

What Is a Yeast Infection? Symptoms, Signs, and Causes

It’s estimated that between 70 and 75 percent of women will have vulvovaginal candidiasis at some point in their lifetime, with 40 to 45 percent having recurring cases. Also known as a yeast infection, this is a common gynecological problem that is easily treated by an OB/GYN or even a primary care physician. Some women […]

Birth Control Methods

Birth control is the use of various treatments or methods to prevent pregnancy. The decision to use birth control, as well as the choice of which birth control method to use, is important and personal. Learn more about your birth control options for preventing conception or pregnancy. Why Birth Control?  Birth control allows sexually active […]

STD Facts – Gonorrhea

Sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea can be difficult to talk about, but it’s important to discuss them openly in order to understand the risks and treatments. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent serious illness and protect you from permanent damage.  What is Gonorrhea? Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that impacts both men […]

Endometriosis: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

It is estimated that endometriosis affects 1 in 10 women during their reproductive years in their lifetime. Worldwide, that means it affects roughly 175 million women per year. Endometriosis can have onset at any time, from a girl’s first period in her preteen or teen years to a woman that is in the stages of […]

Get the Facts on Chlamydia Infection

Conversations about sexually transmitted diseases can be tough. But those conversations are important, especially because you could have an STD without even knowing it. Knowing the facts about STDs and how to respond will help you stay healthy and avoid more serious health complications. One of the conversations you should definitely have is about chlamydia. […]

Endometriosis – Diagnosis and Treatment

Many patients have likely heard of endometriosis, but don’t have a clear understanding of what it is, what causes it, and how to treat it. The lining of the uterus is known as the endometrium. In some women, however, this tissue does not just grow inside of the uterus but also on other internal organs […]

Ovarian Cyst Symptoms and Causes

Ovarian cysts are extremely common in pre-menopausal women of all ages and in actuality, some women even get them monthly with the beginning of the menstrual cycle. Much of the time ovarian cysts are not painful, are not cancerous, and do not cause many issues. However, in some cases, a doctor may want to order […]

It’s Time for Your Annual Exam

An annual visit to the gynecologist is reserved for moms and “older ladies” right? Wrong. Women should have their first visit to a gynecologist between the ages of thirteen and fifteen. Teach your daughters early on why women’s health is important and how they can take care of themselves. As for you, regardless of your […]

What You Should Know About Urinary Tract Infections

Just hearing the acronym “UTI,” which stands for urinary tract infection, is enough to make many women wince and cringe. In fact, it’s estimated that between 50 to 60 percent of women will experience a UTI in their lifetime, and it is the most common bacterial infectionamong women. For many, these infections are recurrent, which […]