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Anthem Insurance Update

 

Effective November 1, 2017 Mid-Atlantic Women’s Care will no longer be in-network providers with Anthem.


We will happily continue to take care of your health care needs as an out-of-network provider. However this will mean that Anthem’s policies may penalize you with higher co-insurance and co-pays.


Should you have any questions about your out-of-network benefits please contact your Anthem customer service representative number listed on your health insurance card.

 
 

 


 

 


We now offer ThermiVa

to restore vaginal health.

 

Many gyn issues can rob a woman of her sense of well-being and happiness. This in-office treatment counteracts those forces and is:
- Painless
- Non-surgical
- Non-hormonal
- No Recovery Downtime

 

More details here.

 

 


 

 
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Healthy Tips

Urinary Incontinence is easily curable

By Kimberly A. Harris, RN, MSN, FNP

Urinary Incontinence, an accidental loss of urine, is a common problem for women throughout adulthood – often seriously affecting their work, hobbies and social life.

Although there are different types of incontinence, in this tip we will focus on Stress Urinary Incontinence or “SUI”. This type of bladder leakage can be brought on by laughing, coughing, sneezing, heavy lifting, exercising, and sometimes just standing up.

Stress Urinary Incontinence can occur for many reasons:

A result of weakness in the muscles that support the bladder and/or control the release of urine.
   
Muscles often lose strength as a result of childbirth. SUI can begin just after delivery or several years later. The condition can be aggravated by urinary tract infections, chronic coughing or sneezing, obesity, diabetes, high caffeine from alcohol intake, certain medications, and sports such as tennis or running.
   
Pelvic floor muscle weakness is proportionally increased with the number of vaginal deliveries a woman has and any forceps deliveries.
   
Aging generally weakens muscles as women get older and as estrogen production stops with menopause.
   
Obesity increases the pressure put on the bladder.
   
Heredity plays a role as well. Even women who have not had children can have SUI due to genetically weaker connective tissue.

Talk with your GYN doctor
Urinary Incontinence can be a difficult problem to discuss because some women are embarrassed by it, think it is just a “normal” part of aging, or think it is something they have to live with. Please brush those prideful thoughts away and talk with your GYN doctor. There are many treatment options now available which can quickly improve your life, increase your social activity, return you to exercising, and have you enjoying sex once again.

In order to appropriately diagnose the cause of a woman’s Urinary Incontinence, our GYN doctors will perform some diagnostic tests. These tests can be as simple as a urinalysis or urine culture, or more in-depth like an urodynamics test. This testing can be performed in our GYN office and many times the results are available during the same appointment. Once the diagnosis is made, treatment options can be discussed with our GYN doctors.

Stress Urinary Incontinence treatment
Behavioral changes that can help with Stress Urinary Incontinence include smoking cessation, weight loss, caffeine reduction, timed voiding, and pelvic floor therapy, which is available at our gynecology office.

Medications are also effective in curing Stress Urinary Incontinence. Like any medicine, they do have side effects that need to be considered before treatment is started. For some women, a pessary may be the right choice. A pessary is a removable device inserted in the vagina to help support the bladder.

Surgery is also an option to end Stress Urinary Incontinence. In this common outpatient procedure, a mesh sling is surgically placed to support the urethra in the correct position.

It does not matter how long you have been suffering from Urinary Incontinence or how old you are, there is at least an 80% chance it can be cured or at least improved.

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If you are suffering from Urinary Incontinence and live in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Eastern Shore, Peninsula, Hampton Roads or North Carolina, please contact our GYN clinic at (757) 312-8221. Our GYN doctors are here to help you.


About our GYN Clinic

Our three female GYN doctors and Nurse Practitioner provide comprehensive gynecology services to girls and women of all ages in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Eastern Shore, Peninsula, Hampton Roads and North Carolina.

     
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