Category Archives: Passing it On

Were you diagnosed with PMDD? Did you have Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder?

PMDD and diagnosis

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) causes women to experience severe depression, irritability, tension and anxiety before menstruation. The symptoms of PMDD are more severe than those associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS). There are a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms that can occur one to two weeks prior to the start of the monthly menstrual cycle, with most symptoms stopping shortly after the period begins.

The cause of PMDD is unknown. However, alcohol abuse, being overweight, eating disorders, large amounts of caffeine, smoking, lack of exercise, and having a mother with a history of the disorder could be contributing factors to PMDD.

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Are you dealing with Interstitial Cystitis? How do you manage?

What are some do’s and don’ts that I should follow to help me manage Interstitial Cystitis?

Interstitial Cystitis (IC), or painful bladder syndrome, is a chronic bladder condition that can cause significant quality of life issues. Symptoms can make it difficult to function on a daily basis, and at times the pain can be overwhelming.

Learning how to prevent or better manage symptoms can be essential for taking control of this condition. Below are some do’s and don’ts you can follow to try to help you take charge of your IC so you can improve your quality of life and hopefully experience less pain.

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Did your doctor use laparoscopy for diagnosing your condition? How did your laparoscopy go?

A laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgery that allows your surgeon to look inside your abdominal and pelvic region. The surgery can be used for both diagnostic and treatment purposes.

Your laparoscopy will be done in a surgical facility under anesthesia. Depending on what all your surgeon plans, you could have an incision in your belly button, at your pubic bone, and on each hip. These incisions are usually no more than an inch in length and may be closed with glue, stitches, and/or Steri-Strips.

Read more about Laparoscopy Basics.

Did you have Uterine Cancer? How has your recovery been?

Uterine cancer is cancer that occurs in any part of the uterus except the cervix. The most common type of uterine cancer begins in the endometrium, but uterine cancer can also begin in the muscular layer and connective tissues of the uterus.

Endometrial cancer, the most common type of uterine cancer, begins in the endometrium which is the lining of the uterus. This type of cancer often causes vaginal bleeding which can prompt women to seek medical attention. When detected and treated early, a hysterectomy can cure this type of cancer.

Read more about Uterine Cancer.

Can you change your risks for breast cancer? What did you do to alter your risk for breast cancer?

There are several risk factors for developing breast cancer. Some of them you can change, and some of them you cannot. Having one or more of these risk factors does not mean you will develop breast cancer, nor does each factor carry the same risks. Conversely, not having these risk factors does not guarantee you will not develop breast cancer. Knowing about the various risks for breast cancer can allow you to be proactive with your health so you and your doctor can work to minimize them in your life.

There are risks you can’t change. There are some things you CAN change.

Read about Breast Cancer Risk Factors.

Did you have genetic testing? What do you need to know about genetic testing?

Genetic testing is a means of determining if you have a genetic predisposition for certain medical conditions by examining your DNA. The results of such a test allow you to take steps to minimize the probability and/or impact of the condition actually occurring.

While genetic testing can be a helpful indicator, it is not meant to be a fortune teller. In other words, a positive result does not guarantee you will have a particular illness or disease. Likewise, a negative result does not mean you will never have a specific disorder. It is just a way to better assess your risk so that you can take preventative measures.  Read more about Genetic Testing.

Are you drinking enough water? How do you add water to your day?

Why is it so important to drink water?

You probably know that you should be drinking water every day, but do you know why? It does more than quench your thirst. It’s essential for every cell, organ, and tissue in your body. After all, more that half of your body made up of water!

Water has no calories, is available in your kitchen, and comes with no side effects. You can carry it around with you, making it simple (once you are in the habit) to drink at least 8 glasses per day. It is essential for preventing dehydration and promoting good health, so drink up!

Read more about Drinking water after hysterectomy for your fitness and well-being.

Have you had a breast biopsy? Share your experience. How did it go?

If you, your physician, or an imaging test find a suspicious lump, you may need to undergo a breast biopsy. A biopsy can allow your surgeon to remove a small amount of tissue, which can then be examined by a pathologist to determine if there is a cancer concern. There are several different types of biopsies, with pros and cons for each option, so talk to your doctor about which choice is best for you.


During a fine needle aspiration biopsy, a local anesthetic is used to numb the area, and a very fine needle is inserted through the skin, into the lump. Depending on the size and location of your lump, your surgeon may guide the needle using touch or image guidance. Once the needle is inserted, a syringe is used to remove some of the tissue. Your doctor may take more than one sample, and the samples could consist of fluid or tissue cells. Read more about Breast Biopsy.

What do you know about your pelvic floor? Here are some surprising facts.

Though you may be aware you have a pelvic floor, you may not realize exactly what it does or what makes up your pelvic floor. You also may not realize how health, lifestyle, activities, and circumstances affect your pelvic floor, or how important it is to have a healthy pelvic floor.

Below are 15 surprising facts about the pelvic floor of which you may not have been unaware. Being knowledgeable and informed about the pelvic floor can help you work to have a healthy pelvic floor and minimize your risks of pelvic floor disorders. Read more about 15 Surprising Facts about Your Pelvic Floor. Read more about 15 Surprising Facts about Pelvic Floor.

LEEP procedure. Do You Know What is it and what is it for?

A loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) is an inexpensive, minimally invasive procedure that can be used to remove abnormal cells of the cervix and vagina. This procedure sends a low-voltage electrical current to turn a thin, looped wire, which is then used as a cutting tool.

The procedure is relatively short, usually no more than thirty minutes. It is done in your doctor’s office, and you will be able to go home shortly after. You should schedule your procedure for a day when you will not be on your period and when you are not booked with a number of other activities.

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