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Essure Response

Fox LA Essure Concerns

I am terribly sorry that the comment may seem unsympathetic, but it was taken out of context during the edit of the interview which took well over half hour. The editors took out majority of the scientific and informative discussions and only chose a phrase presented out of context to portray a sense of lack of empathy within the medical community. I assure all of you that I take every concern my patients may have to heart and take them seriously. I believe that women have an uncanny ability to suspect problems in their bodies and over the years have come to trust that intuition. Having said that, my heart goes out to those who have experienced any wrong doing. I can only speak of my experience with my own patients and those of my colleagues with whom I have a close professional relationship. Essure in my experience has been one of the safest procedures and our patients are happy with the outcome. That is not to say that it is risk free. Everything we do in medicine carries a baseline risk. But we only recommend it if the benefits out way the risks. With regard to any complications, each case has to be evaluated individually. Placement of these devices, the way the procedure is performed, and choosing the right candidates, and proper follow ups play a significant role in the out come of this or any medical procedure. We cannot make a blank statement that it must be the device causing every problem in the book. “You have to take things with a grain of salt.” If someone is suffering from an ensuing infection after the procedure, it most probably is due to failure in following established aseptic techniques during the operation. This is a common concern with any procedure. The alloy used in making this device has been used in medicine for years. You find them in heart valve replacements and have been used in heart catheters around the world. It was not invented for this device. If a patient has an allergic reaction to the implants, it is not the device that we should pull off the market, it is the physician’s clinical judgment that we have to question.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Symptoms

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women.

In 2013, an estimated 232,340 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, while 64,640 will be diagnosed with non-invasive breast cancer. With early detection and treatment, women can fight back against breast cancer.

Diagnosed with Breast Cancer? Here Are Your Treatment Options

  • Breast-conserving surgery and radiation therapy. An operation to remove the breast cancer, but not the breast itself.

  • Total mastectomy. The entire breast is removed. Many celebrities, including Angelina Jolie, Christina Applegate, Kathy Bates and Sharon Osbourne, have spoken out about their choice to receive a double mastectomy.

You Are Not Alone in Your Fight Against Breast Cancer

Receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer can be overwhelming. Hearing the perspective of others who have survived cancer can give you a better perspective on treatment and survival.

Here are a few quotes from famous faces who won the battle against breast cancer:

  • Having had cancer, one important thing to know is you’re still the same person at the end…most people come out the other end feeling more like themselves than ever before.” -Kylie Minogue

  • I look at my cancer journey as a gift: It made me slow down and realize the important things in life and taught me to not sweat the small stuff.” – Olivia Newton-John

  • Cancer gave me the gift of being fearless.”Today show co-host Hoda Kotb

  • I was diagnosed with breast cancer two months ago and am recovering from a double mastectomy. I don’t miss my breasts as much as I miss Harry’s Law.” – Kathy Bates

What Can I Do To Show My Support in the Fight Against Breast Cancer?

With over 3 million women battling breast cancer today, everywhere you turn there is a mother, daughter, sister, or friend who has been affected by breast cancer.” -Betsey Johnson

 

Even if you don’t suffer from breast cancer, you most likely know someone who is. Show your support by:

  • Donating to charities

  • Participating in walks and races that give proceeds to breast cancer foundations. Some of the most popular races include the Race for the Cure, Three-Day Walk for Breast Cancer and “Tour De Pink.”

 

Do your part in the fight against breast cancer.

 

 

Dealing with PMS and PMDD

PMS and PMDD Facts

Every woman has used the excuse “I’m PMSing” in their lifetime. However, recent studies show that PMS and PMDD aren’t just excuses but medical conditions that can have an impact on a woman’s daily life.

What is PMS?

PMS, or premenstrual syndrome, is a group of symptoms linked to the menstrual cycle. Though the length of time PMS occurs depends on the woman, the symptoms usually occur one to two weeks before menstruation begins. Some of the most common symptoms for PMS include:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Headaches and backaches
  • Trouble with concentration
  • Anxiety and depression

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, about 85 percent of women show at least one of these symptoms before menstruation. However, one in 20 women can suffer with a severe form of PMS, also known as PMDD.

What is PMDD?

As previously stated, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a severe form of PMS. The symptoms are similar to PMS, but are severe enough to interfere with work, social activities and relationships. PMDD is diagnosed by a physician if erratic mood swings, anger, fatigue, insomnia, tension and lack of interest in usual activities occur a week before and after menstruation.

Treating PMDD & PMS

Though the exact cause of PMDD and PMS isn’t known, the effects can be minimized by certain lifestyle changes such as:

  • Exercising
  • Medications, such as hormone-based birth controls and anti-depressants
  • Counseling

If you feel that your PMS or PMDD is impacting your daily life, consult your physician about treatment options.