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Witness the Miracle of Birth with a Gentle C-Section Feb 1st, 2020

Whether or not you’re planning to have a C-section, sometimes conditions arise during childbirth that necessitate one. In the United States, about 1 in 3 children are born via C-section, and according to recent research, that number is on the rise.  For most women, the most difficult aspect of having...

Coming of Age — Why Adolescent Gynecological Care Is Important Jan 9th, 2020

It’s easy to assume that a trip to the gynecologist is only for grown women. However, these important exams are also important for girls as young as 13. That’s because teenagers can experience the same gynecological issues as adult women once they start going through adolescence and puberty. Dr. Kelly...

My Pap Smear Results Were Abnormal. Now What? Dec 2nd, 2019

It used to be that cervical cancer was one of the leading causes of cancer death in women. Today only a little more than 13,000 cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year thanks to one simple screening tool — the Pap test. This simple swab...

Here’s What Happens to Your Body When Your Hormones Are Imbalanced Oct 31st, 2019

From the irritability you feel during the week before your period to the night sweats and hot flashes that come with menopause, women are no strangers to the consequences of imbalanced hormones. While occasional shifts are to be expected, a chronic imbalance can wreak havoc in your life.  Kelly Morales,...

Safety Tips for a High-Risk Pregnancy Oct 11th, 2019

Several factors determine a high-risk pregnancy, from maternal age to underlying health conditions and your lifestyle. Having high-risk factors doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t have a healthy pregnancy and delivery, but you can take a few precautions to ensure your health and peace of mind until your due date....

5 Things to Consider Before Opting for Sterilization Sep 3rd, 2019

If you have the number of kids that you want--whether that’s one or a dozen, you may be thinking that sterilization is the best method of contraception for you. Maybe you think that you never want to be pregnant or have any more children.  Kelly Morales, MD, FACOG, and our...

Can Lifestyle Changes Cure PCOS? Aug 1st, 2019

PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome is a fairly common condition, affecting between 5-10% of women who are of childbearing age in the US. That’s a staggering number of about 5 million. That’s why Dr. Kelly Morales and her team have compiled this helpful guide of lifestyle tips that can improve...

How Menopause Affects Your Mental Health Jul 22nd, 2019

The physical changes your body goes through during menopause have been widely publicized. But many women do not realize that menopause also affects your mental and emotional well-being.  As the estrogen levels in your body begin to decrease, you may experience changes in your weight, sleeping patterns, and skin as...

Top Gynecological Conditions da Vinci Robotic Surgery Can Treat Jun 18th, 2019

Having surgery can be an intense and stressful event. You want to have the safest, smoothest surgery possible, with the least amount of pain. You want to have the shortest and easiest recovery time possible. And you also want to be able to put your trust in a skilled doctor...

What Every Woman Should Know About Abnormal Uterine Bleeding May 14th, 2019

Have you noticed that you’re bleeding between your periods, or have extremely heavy blood loss during periods? It might be time to have your reproductive system checked out by a professional. According to the National Institutes of Health, abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) and heavy menstrual bleeding affect 14%-25% of women...

5 Advantages of Opting For Natural Childbirth Apr 8th, 2019

Pregnancy and childbirth are amazing processes. But it can also be hard to know which childbirth option is right for you. If you decide to go with a natural birth, you won’t use pain medications or have medical intervention throughout your labor and delivery. While making this decision means you’ll...

Experiencing Vaginal Discomfort? Learn More About Votiva Mar 13th, 2019

As a woman, your sexual health is important — mentally, physically, and emotionally — and we want you to know that we understand that. For far too long, countless hours and untold millions of dollars have been thrown at the problem of men’s sexual health, while women largely suffered in...

How PCOS Can Affect Your Fertility Feb 14th, 2019

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can develop at any age. In fact, you may develop the signs and symptoms of PCOS when you first begin menstruating. But most women don’t get diagnosed with PCOS until their 20s and 30s when they’re having difficulty getting pregnant and turn to their OB/GYN for...

3 Things You May Not Realize About Menopause Jan 11th, 2019

Menopause is a naturally occurring slowdown in your reproductive ability that typically occurs around age 50. When you enter into the time known as perimenopause, your menstrual periods become irregular due to a decrease in hormone production. The diminished ability to produce and balance your hormones also becomes evident in...

The Major Effects Hormonal Imbalance Can Have on Your Well-Being Dec 10th, 2018

Are you having tummy troubles lately? Maybe you’re struggling to sleep, or you regularly forget where you last put your purse. Your hormones may be to blame. Hormones act as chemical messengers in your body. They’re powerful chemicals that are produced in your endocrine glands and travel around the bloodstream...

How Votiva Can Help Bring Intimacy Back into Your Life Nov 14th, 2018

With all the changes you go through in life as a woman -- puberty and periods, childbearing, birth, and menopause -- your body endures a lot. It’s no wonder that many women are suffering from low libido. As hormonal changes and life events take their toll, your desire for sex...

PCOS: 7 Common Symptoms to Look Out For Oct 18th, 2018

Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, affects millions of women every year. PCOS is caused by an imbalance of a woman’s reproductive hormones. This imbalance can create problems in the ovaries. Normally, the ovaries create and release an egg once a month. With PCOS, the egg may not mature fully or...

How Family Planning Can Benefit You When the Time Is Right Sep 26th, 2018

Planning is something we all do at some point in our lives. We plan to buy a house, take a vacation, throw a party, and much more. It’s because we strive for the best possible life. Along with that goes family planning, a way to prevent Family planning is ideal...

Which Birth Control is Right For Me? Aug 28th, 2018

So much goes into a woman's decision about birth control. Not all forms of contraception are equal, and depending on your lifestyle right now and plans for the future, you may not opt to use the same birth control as your sister, your best friend, or your next-door neighbor. Choosing...

What Feminine Health Concerns Does Votiva® Address? Jul 16th, 2018

It’s estimated that close to half of all women who’ve gone through menopause have symptoms of a condition called atrophic vaginitis. Atrophic vaginitis occurs when your levels of the feminizing hormone estrogen drop. But you don’t have to be in perimenopause or menopause to get atrophic vaginitis symptoms. Vaginal and...

Am I a Candidate for Votiva®? Jun 26th, 2018

The effects of aging on overall sexual health has long been a man’s world, leaving women to suffer in silence while men happily popped little blue pills. Thanks to the efforts of OB/GYNs like Kelly Morales and her like-minded colleagues, the medical world is heeding the unheard call and addressing...