Blog Archive

IUD Removal May 5th, 2020

Do I need to be asleep to get my IUD taken out? Great question! We hear from many patients that they are a little apprehensive about getting their IUD removed, but the majority of the time, it is a very simple and quick procedure. Usually removal of an IUD takes...

Topic Tuesday: STD screening Apr 21st, 2020

“I tested clean for STDs at my last exam a year ago. When should I get tested again if I have no symptoms?” Great question! We recommend getting screened for STDs annually, or whenever you have had a new sexual partner.  It’s easy to assume you don’t have any STDs...

We are open and here for you! Apr 14th, 2020

As your trusted Women's Health provider, we want to assure all of our patients that we are open and here for you! We have same day or next day in-office appointments available in most clinic locations. We have also expanded our Telehealth services for existing patients to speak to a...

Topic Tuesday: Mirena - UP TO 5 years Mar 24th, 2020

“Can the Mirena be taken out at any time or do you have to wait the 5 years?” One of the best things about Mirena is that it lasts for UP TO 5 years. That means, you can take it out before ​five years if you choose! It is absolutely safe...

Worry free IUD Mar 17th, 2020

Do I need to worry about an IUD getting infected? Enjoy your IUD, worry free! While infections are always possible, your IUD getting infected is very unlikely – less than 1%. If an infection does occur, it usually happens within the first 3 weeks of having your IUD and once...

Important COVID-19 Message Mar 13th, 2020

To our valued Patients: Since 1969, FPA Women's Health has taken great pride in our commitment to caring for patients when they need us most. We want to reassure our patients you can access reproductive healthcare at all our 24 locations, usually within 24 hours. For the health and safety...

Using Tampons with the IUD Mar 10th, 2020

Can I still use tampons if I have an IUD? Great question! Yes, it is safe to use tampons when you have an IUD. IUDs are placed inside your uterus and tampons are inserted in your vagina. Tampons cannot go past your cervix, which is the bottom of your uterus...

Cervical Dysplasia via Telecolposcopy Mar 5th, 2020

“It is exciting to be on the frontier of women’s health. The EVA system enables us to overcome the geographic challenge we were facing, train new colposcopists and give us oversight over our whole program.” – Dr. Rachel, Medical Director, FPA Women’s Health. Colposcopy is used to further evaluate abnormal...

Why Do Some Women Have Heavy Periods? Mar 3rd, 2020

Why Do Some Women Have Heavy Periods? So it's that time of the month again, your period is here and seems to be heavier than other women you talk to. Why is it that some of your friends have lighter periods, while others experience heavy bleeding for longer amount of...

Vaginal Itching/Dryness and Birth Control Feb 25th, 2020

"I have vaginal itching and dryness since I started taking the pill – could it be causing it?" Vaginal itching or dryness could unfortunately be caused by a lot of different things. Without examining you it is impossible to say for sure, but it sounds like you may have a...

Pain/Discomfort During Sex Feb 18th, 2020

Is it normal for my vagina to hurt during sex? I've noticed that after my menstrual cycle is over and we have intercourse, it hurts inside. My husband has told me on various occasions that he can feel something in there that feels swollen. We've tried all types of lube...

Nexplanon and Post Abortion Care Feb 11th, 2020

"After getting Nexplanon and completing my checkups for post abortion care, is it weird to be constantly bleeding? It's been like having a light period for almost 2 months. I don't get any pain/cramps, just never ending blood flow." Some of the common side effects of Nexplanon and other progestin...

Topic Tuesday: Vaginal odor Feb 3rd, 2020

"Is it normal, or why is it that every other day I get this funky smell in my woman area? I noticed this happened once I got an IUD. Is it normal or why does this happen? I talked to a close friend of mine and she said she's experienced...

Topic Tuesday: Will getting an abortion hurt? Sep 24th, 2019

The question that I get asked most frequently, multiple times on a daily basis is “Will it hurt?” The answer is both simple and complex. The short answer is yes. Getting an abortion hurts. But so does having a baby. And so does a vaccine, and so does having an...

Topic Tuesday: It is safe to take multiple birth control or morning after pills to end a pregnancy? Sep 17th, 2019

Good question – and we are so glad you asked before trying this. There is a lot of confusion regarding birth control pills, morning after pills (emergency contraception or “EC”) and the actual abortion pill, and what exactly they do. We will dive into some more details below, but the...

Topic Tuesday: How can I skip a period if I am on the pill? Is it safe to do this? Sep 10th, 2019

Great question! There are definitely some times when your period gets in the way more than others…vacations are a great example! The most common birth control pills are combination pills (containing estrogen and progestin) and have 21-24 active pill days, followed by 4-7 non-hormonal “placebo” pill days which is when...

Topic Tuesday: What could be causing me to get yeast infections over and over? Sep 3rd, 2019

Great question! Yeast infections can be frustrating and uncomfortable to deal with! Yeast infections happen when there is an imbalance of the good bacteria in your vagina and it allows yeast to overgrow. Some things that may cause this are: •Antibiotic use•Douching•Certain types of underwear•Scented soaps and feminine hygiene products•Pregnancy•Uncontrolled...

Topic Tuesday: How soon after unprotected sex will an STD show up on a test? Aug 27th, 2019

Great question! It actually depends on which STD you may have come into contact with. For example, it can take three months for HIV to show up on a test, but it only takes a few days for sexually transmitted infections like gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis to show up. An...

Topic Tuesday: Sometimes I have bleeding after sex. What could be causing it? Aug 20th, 2019

Great question – It can be alarming to find that you are bleeding after sex when you weren’t expecting it. It can be normal, but it could also be a symptom of a serious problem. Most commonly, bleeding after or during sex is caused by your typical monthly cycle. Sometimes,...

Topic Tuesday: Can I get pregnant again if I just had a miscarriage? Aug 13th, 2019

Great question – miscarriage can be a very difficult and confusing thing to go through, and this is a very common question you have, so know that you are not alone! Miscarriage is also unfortunately quite common, although not always discussed. It might be more common than you think: about...

Topic Tuesday: My period is almost 2 weeks late. I took a test and it was negative, but could I stil Aug 6th, 2019

Great question – it is sometimes frustrating to determine if you could be pregnant, and if you aren’t, why your period might be late! The simple answer is yes, you could still be pregnant even with a negative test, depending on when you took it, but there are also other...

Topic Tuesday: I have absolutely no discharge and very little lubrication during sex. Jul 30th, 2019

Great question! Lack of vaginal discharge and lubrication can be very uncomfortable during intercourse, or even leave you feeling dry and irritated at other times.   Everyone’s body is different, but in general, having some vaginal discharge is normal and varies in amount for everyone. Discharge is needed for the...

Topic Tuesday: Can I still take birth control to help with acne if I get a tubal ligation done? Jul 23rd, 2019

Great question! In most cases, yes you can – having a tubal ligation done does not affect your ability to use birth control for all of the other great benefits! A tubal ligation procedure is a good option for women who know they do not want to have any more...

I have Nexplanon and have had irregular bleeding since I got it 4 months ago – is this normal? Jul 16th, 2019

Yes, spotting between periods when you are on a progestin-only method like Nexplanon or an IUD can be normal, especially if you have just started this new method within the last couple months. This irregular, or even daily, bleeding is not dangerous and for most women, it takes only a...