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.
Ask Sofia: What is a 3-D Mammogram and Do I Need One?
3-D mammography, also known as tomosynthesis or tomo, takes images of the breasts from multiple angles, which are then used to recreate a 3-D picture of the breast; this option may increase detection of cancer and decrease the possibility of a false positive. It may also be more useful for women with dense breast tissue. While the 3-D test takes a few seconds longer than 2-D mammography, it uses less radiation and most women do not notice a difference between the two options.
Ask Sofia: Pap Smear or HPV Test?
You may have heard that you have more options available for cervical cancer screening. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently offered up three options for this crucial screening. While Pap smears are still recommended for women ages 21 to 29, HPV tests alone may be used for women ages 30 and up, according to […]