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Exercising While Pregnant
May 18, 2018 By Anita Tamirisa, DO

  • “I’m worried if I run, that I will hurt my baby.”
  • “If I continue to do Pilates, will I squish my little one?”
  • “Can I keep doing Cross Fit?”
  • “I’ve never really exercised before…can I start now that I’m pregnant?”
These are some common questions pregnant patients ask during visits and understandably so as there is so much conflicting information out there. Hopefully, this will shed some light on the subject.

What is exercise? Why should I make it a part of my routine?

Exercise, defined as a planned activity with the intention of improving one or more components of physical fitness, has been shown to have many positive benefits for a person in pregnancy. Pregnant patients who have maintained a regular exercise schedule have shown to gain a healthier amount of weight during pregnancy, lose excess weight more quickly after delivery, reduce the [...]

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Sexual Dysfunction
Apr 18, 2018 By Sana Ansari, MD

What you may have been labeling as “lack of sexual interest” or “painful sex” is a form of sexual dysfunction, a common and frequently treatable issue. The term “sexual dysfunction” refers to a recurring or persistent problem that interferes with a person’s ability to have sex or enjoy a sexual experience.  Sexual dysfunction can occur at any point in a woman’s life.  The process of sexual enjoyment is complex, especially in women.  There are multiple points at which the “dysfunction” can occur, and many times there is more than one factor at play. Common problems which can occur include:

  • Low desire or the lack of sexual interest
  • Lack of arousal or difficulty maintaining the arousal
  • Inability to achieve orgasm
  • Pain instigated by intercourse or chronic pain preventing intercourse
Low desire, lack of arousal and inability to achieve an [...]

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Pelvic Floor Dysfunction - What is the Right Treatment Approach?
Apr 2, 2018 By Jessica Harroche, MD FACOG

Pelvic floor dysfunctions are common and include a wide range of conditions that affect women on a daily basis, significantly impairing one's quality of life. In the United States, up to 35% of women suffer from stress urinary incontinence (SUI), and up to 50% of women have physical findings consistent with some degree of pelvic organ prolapse.


At Emory Women's Center, our Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery specialists offer help to patients with a wide variety of conditions including pelvic organ prolapse (when the pelvic organs "drop" due to pelvic floor weakness) and stress urinary incontinence (the involuntary leakage of urine with physical activity). Symptoms associated with pelvic organ prolapse include:
  • Vaginal bulge/pressure
  • Vaginal pain
  • Incomplete bladder emptying
  • Difficulty with defecation
Symptoms associated with stress [...]

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) - Why Diagnosis Isn't Always Simple
Mar 8, 2018 By Emory Reproductive Center

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS is a syndrome associated with irregular menstrual cycles, acne or excess hair growth, and, occasionally, difficulties with weight control. While PCOS is a broad diagnosis, many women with PCOS do not fit the stereotypical PCOS mold. So, how do I know if I have PCOS? A diagnosis of PCOS requires 2 of the following 3 characteristics:

  1. Irregular menstrual cycles: Periods that occur in an unpredictable pattern or greater than 45 days apart. Women with lengthened cycles typically do not ovulate regularly.
  2. Elevated levels of male hormones: This can be visible clinical signs (e.g. excess hair growth or acne) or unseen lab signs including elevated testosterone levels.
  3. Polycystic-appearing ovaries on transvaginal ultrasound: On an ultrasound, there are many “antral follicles,” which contain small immature eggs. Although the syndrome is

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Patient Family Advisor Spotlight – Marv Trott
Oct 5, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

Image of Marv Trott Patient Family Advisors (PFAs) are current or former patients and family members. They volunteer their time to partner with Emory Healthcare leadership, staff, and doctors. They serve on committees, councils, project teams and other groups working in a variety of ways to improve patient care. In May 2017 one of our dear PFA’s made his transition. Marv Trott passed away in Emory University Hospital Hospice. Marv had been a PFA since 2009. He and his wife Margie were early pioneers of the Patient Family Advisory Council. This is Marv’s story...

“In 2007 Dr. Nathan Spell asked if my wife Margie and I would be interested in an Emory project called “Patient and Family Centered Care”. We agreed and Hal Jones came to our home and encouraged us to join which we (wife Margie) both did. During the next two years we both were involved in focus groups in the development of

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Emory University Hospital ranked #1, Emory Saint Joseph's #2 in Georgia & Atlanta
Aug 8, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

For the sixth year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Emory University Hospital the number one hospital in Georgia and in metro Atlanta in its 2017–18 Best Hospitals Guide. Emory University Hospital includes Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital and Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods. Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital ranked 2nd in Georgia and 2nd in metro Atlanta, while Emory University Hospital Midtown ranked 11th in Georgia (a two-way tie) and 6th in metro Atlanta. Emory University Hospital ranked either nationally or was considered high performing in the following specialties: Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics and Urology. Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital ranked high performing in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery. “These hospital [...]

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Congratulations to Emory’s 2017 Atlanta Top Doctors
Jun 23, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

2017 Top Doctors AtlantaAs our Emory Healthcare family continues to grow, so too does our ability to provide Atlanta and Georgia residents access to more top health care providers. Atlanta magazine’s July 2017 Top Doctors issue features the annual listing of Top Doctors in the metro Atlanta area. We are proud to announce that of all the health systems represented in the list, Emory physicians make up half of the doctors – 50% of 2017 Atlanta Top Doctors to be exact. These physicians include those who practice at one of our six hospitals and over 200 provider locations, as well as those who hold faculty positions at the Emory University School of Medicine. We honor, celebrate and thank all of our 2017 Atlanta Top Doctors—and their amazing care teams—for providing outstanding care to our patients and families, and for truly making patient- and family-centered care their priority each day. [...]

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5 Things to Take to Your Doctor’s Appointment
Mar 31, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

A doctor’s appointment can be overwhelming and intimidating. To take the ease off the appointment process, make sure that you have all the essentials for a doctor's visit. Read this list of things to bring to your next appointment to make sure your visit goes a little smoother.

Your ID cards.

This includes both your driver’s license and medical insurance card. This will give the staff at your doctor’s office all the information they need to know about you and your health insurance. An electronic version of your insurance card is a good option too.

Changes to your medical record.

From new diagnoses to recent lab test to current medications (i.e., vitamins, supplements, and over-the-counter drugs), let your doctor know what is going on with you. I suggest that you make a list of the medications you take and bring a copy of any recent lab test results to your doctor's [...]

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Allergies: Know Where to Go to Get Relief This Season
Mar 24, 2017 By Nick E. Colovos, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAAEM

For allergy and asthma sufferers in Atlanta, there are effectively three seasons: summer, winter and pollen. With a warmer than average winter, high pollen counts have already been reported across the U.S. In Atlanta, this warmer than usual weather triggered an early release of tree pollen. As a result, pollen counts started rising in mid-February. This means allergy season is already here — which may seem unfair, considering we are still at the tail end of flu season. Click here to learn more about pollen counts and what the numbers mean. Respiratory allergies, such as asthma and allergic rhinitis (also called hay fever), flare up because of a heightened immune system response to pollen particles. Allergic rhinitis produces the typical sneezing and runny nose associated with pollen season, as well as itchy watery eyes. You can also experience itching in your ears, nose [...]

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Medicare Educational Seminars at Emory
Mar 20, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

Whether you’re turning 65, already on Medicare, or helping someone with their coverage, plan to attend a free seminar to get your Medicare questions answered. Offered at several Emory locations, Medicare Educational Seminars are designed for patients new to Medicare and those brushing up on their benefits. Learn about Medicare Parts A, B, C and D, and the different types of Medicare insurance. Find out if you may qualify for federal and state subsidy programs. [...]

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