Blog Archive

Are Fibroids Normal (And What Can I Do About Them)? Aug 16th, 2019

Are you suffering some unsettling symptoms, yet are stymied as to their cause? Believe it or not, symptoms as wide-ranging as pelvic pain and pressure, constipation, long or unusually heavy periods, and leg or back pain can all be linked to an often-unconsidered problem: uterine fibroids.   Most women have...

Your Summer Pregnancy Survival Guide Jul 10th, 2019

Pregnancy is a time worth celebrating, but it’s not without its challenges. Your body works overtime as it creates a new person, and almost everything that’s comfortable changes as your baby grows. Summer is already hot, and being pregnant then only magnifies the heat. While pregnancy during the summer months...

What is Unexplained Infertility and What are My Treatment Options? Jun 17th, 2019

It’s objectively fun to watch medical mysteries unravel on TV. Fox’s House spun medical mysteries into eight seasons of prime-time television and multiple Emmy and Golden Globe awards. But while exciting to see on screen, medical mysteries are much different when they happen to you. Although House would have you...

Female Incontinence Is More Common Than You Think, and We Have Solutions May 21st, 2019

Because we don’t talk openly about urinary incontinence (UI), it can make you feel like you’re the only person who suffers from it. You may feel embarrassed, ashamed, and alone. The truth is that you’re far from alone - it’s estimated that more than 17 million people in the US...

What Is Uterine Fibroid Embolization? Apr 15th, 2019

Uterine fibroids are growths in the walls of the uterus. Although these growths tend to be benign—not cancerous—they may cause some annoying symptoms, such as pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, or problems getting pregnant. When fibroids lead to symptoms, they may require treatment. A common form of fibroid treatment is a...

Hysterectomies Have Come a Long Way Thanks to Laparoscopy Mar 6th, 2019

Every year in the United States, nearly half a million women have part or all of their uterus removed via hysterectomy, the second most common women’s surgery after cesarean childbirth. Hysterectomy surgery is so common, in fact, that about one in three women can expect to have one by their...

What Every Woman Should Know About Heart Health Feb 7th, 2019

We've all seen heart attacks on TV and in the movies where a man clutches his chest and keels over. This might make for good drama, but it doesn't always reflect reality — especially when it comes to women and heart attacks. At his practice in Boise, Idaho, Dr. Darin...

How Endometriosis Can Affect Your Fertility Jan 18th, 2019

As many as 1 in 10 women worldwide have endometriosis, a painful reproductive system condition that may impact fertility. While the cause of this condition is unknown, understanding how endometriosis may affect your own fertility can help you get pregnant, if that is your goal, and can save you a...

5 Symptoms That May Mean You Are Suffering From Fibroids Dec 14th, 2018

Uterine fibroids are surprisingly common. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, by age 50, between 70 percent and 80 percent of all women have at least one fibroid, but usually, they cause no discernible symptoms and require no treatment. In other cases though, uterine fibroids can cause...

The Advantages of Choosing an IUD Over Other Birth Control Nov 26th, 2018

Choosing a birth control method is a highly personal decision based on lots of factors. Obviously, it’s important to have a method that’s effective in preventing pregnancy. But it’s also important to select an option that’s easy to use, convenient and, of course, safe to use over a long period...

How Perimenopause May Be Affecting Your Life Oct 15th, 2018

Women expect to deal with hot flashes and mood swings when they reach menopause. But most of the patients at our practice are taken by surprise when they struggle with these symptoms (and more) long before they enter menopause.Here’s the thing: All of the classic symptoms associated with menopause can...

The First Steps to Dealing with Your Infertility Sep 17th, 2018

When you and your partner decided it was time to start a family, chances are you believed — or hoped — you’d become pregnant shortly after you stopped using birth control. While many couples think they’ll be able to conceive relatively quickly, reality can be quite different. For about 60%...

Bleeding During Pregnancy: What's Normal? Aug 20th, 2018

Bleeding During Pregnancy: What's Normal? Most moms-to-be can agree that one of the incidental perks of pregnancy is not having to deal with a regular menstrual cycle. No unexpected early starts, no heavy bleeding, no expensive feminine hygiene products — in short, it’s a something of a dream come true....

Menopausal Hot Flashes and Summer: Your Survival Guide Jul 25th, 2018

After a long cold winter and a chilly spring, most of the people living here in Boise, Idaho, look forward to the arrival of summer, when long sunny days and high temperatures are the norm. But not everyone is equally intent on making time for fun in the sun. For...

Lifestyle Changes That Can Improve Your Fertility Jun 19th, 2018

If you’ve struggled to become pregnant after many long months of actively trying to conceive, it’s only natural to wonder whether you or your partner has an undiagnosed medical condition that affects your fertility as a couple.While it’s true that a significant number of couples eventually find out that low...

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Pelvic Pain May 25th, 2018

Pain, pressure, and cramping at the lower part of your belly is nothing to sneeze at. Even if you power through today, the radiating pain may return, wreaking havoc on tomorrow. For some women, the pain is severe enough to negatively impact their quality of life and interfere with daily...

Exercise During Pregnancy: What You Need to Know Apr 20th, 2018

The first thing you should know about exercising when you’re pregnant is that you should do it! Unless you’re experiencing complications, pregnancy is not a time, contrary to what you may think, to take it easy and forgo regular exercise.  Even though you may feel lazy and tired as your...

Managing Menopause Symptoms on the Job Mar 30th, 2018

Because most women work full-time as well as manage the home these days, and the symptoms aren’t limited to nighttime or weekends, menopause is probably more public than ever in the past. We can help you manage those hot flashes and other symptoms that can disrupt an afternoon meeting or...

10 Tips for Remedying Insomnia During Pregnancy Feb 15th, 2018

Soon enough, you’ll have to wake up for midnight feedings and early morning diaper changes, so you want to sleep while you can. But pregnancy often has the unhappy side effect of insomnia. Up to 78% of pregnant women suffer from sleeplessness, and it’s completely normal.Normal or not, you still...

How Much Weight Should I Gain During Pregnancy? Jan 31st, 2018

You’re going to gain weight during your pregnancy. But how much is enough? Gain too much and not only is it hard to work it off after your baby is born, but it can also put you at risk of gestational diabetes and high blood pressure. Be too conservative in...

Endometriosis May 5th, 2017

I’m a 24-year-old, and I’ve always had extremely painful periods. My doctor told me that I might have endometriosis. What is it, and what can be done about it?Endometriosis is defined by having cells and tissue normally confined to the uterus (the endometrium) elsewhere in the body, usually within the...

Pre-Pregnancy Planning May 1st, 2017

My husband and I are thinking about trying to get pregnant in the next few months? Do I need to do anything to get ready for pregnancy?The basic goals of pre-pregnancy planning are to maximize your pregnancy chances and minimize potential health hazards to the fetus once you’ve become pregnant....

Risk of Coronary Artery Disesae Apr 25th, 2017

I’m a 62-year-old woman and a friend of mine recently had a heart attack. I smoke and I worry about my risks for coronary artery disease. Is there anything I can do?There are many ways to reduce your risk of coronary artery disease. One of the most important is to...

Emergency Contraception Apr 10th, 2017

Can you tell me more about emergency contraception?Emergency contraception (EC) is a way of reducing the chance of pregnancy following an episode of unprotected (non-contracepted) intercourse. This can also include condom breakage or spillage.There are several regimens that can be used. Recent studies suggest that EC can be used within...

Osteoporosis Mar 23rd, 2017

I’m a 48-year-old woman and my mother was recently diagnosed with osteoporosis. Is there anything I can do to decrease my risk?Osteoporosis is a significant loss of bone density which increases the risk of spine or hip fracture. About 15 percent of post-menopausal Caucasian women are affected. Most are without...

Infertility Mar 5th, 2017

I am a 28-year-old woman. My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for six months without success. Should I be concerned?Traditionally, infertility has been defined as one year of unprotected intercourse without conception; this affects 10-15 percent of couples during their reproductive years. In normal couples without...

Gynecology Visit for Young Teenagers Feb 21st, 2017

I have a 14-year-old daughter. When should she start seeing a women’s health care provider?There are a few circumstances that would mandate a gynecology visit for young teenagers:if she was having very painful or heavy periods (changing pads more than once an hour during heavy flow days);if she had not...

New Contraceptives Feb 3rd, 2017

I have a hard time remembering to take the birth control pill every day. Are there any new contraceptives out these days?There are three hormonal contraceptives that allow less frequent dosing and don’t require pill taking. All are combinations of estrogen and progesterone, and thus they share some side effects...