Ovarian Cancer Screenings
When ovarian cancer is found early, nearly 95 percent of patients live five years or longer after diagnosis, according to the American Cancer Society, yet only about 20 percent of cases are detected early. September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, so you might be seeing more people wearing teal and sharing the sometimes-subtle signs of ovarian cancer. These can include bloating, pelvic/abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, and urinary urgency or frequency.
Ask Sofia: What’s the difference between perimenopause and menopause?
National Menopause Awareness Month is a perfect time to learn more about the various stages associated with menopause, when your period ceases and the reproductive years come to a close. Many of the symptoms of perimenopause, sometimes called “before menopause” or “around menopause,” are similar to those of the better-known menopause, yet this stage can start as many as 10 years prior.
Your Teen’s First Exam
While managing your family’s schedule is likely second-nature to you by now, many parents hesitate when making their daughter’s first appointment with a gynecologist. “What is the right age?” and “When is the right time?” are both questions we hear a lot.
Sonographer: A Day in the Life
If you have had an ultrasound at Clinic Sofia, you’ve had the opportunity to meet our wonderful sonographers, Nancy Kibwage and Jenni Curran. Both have been with our clinic for several years—Nancy has been here since day one—and play an integral role in keeping our patients informed about their bodies throughout pregnancy and other conditions. This month we spoke with Jenni to learn more about what a sonographer does and the role of ultrasound in women’s healthcare.
Welcoming Dr. Pamela Jordi
Clinic Sofia is thrilled to welcome Dr. Pamela Jordi to our growing family of women’s health care providers.
Ask Sofia: How can I cope with persistent UTIs?
Urinary tract infections or UTIs are an infection in any part of the urinary system, most commonly the bladder and urethra, although more serious infections can involve the kidneys. They are characterized by the classic symptoms of frequency, urgency and burning during urination as well as blood in the urine. While they are typically easy to treat with antibiotics, when UTIs also include a fever or flank pain in the low back or side of the body, they can indicate a more serious infection.