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Topic Tuesday: Is spotting while on the Mirena IUD normal? Aug 31st, 2021

I’ve had the Mirena IUD for a year now and I stopped having a period, but sometimes I have some spotting from time to time - is that normal? Great question! For most women with a Mirena IUD, not having a period at all is actually the most common side...

Topic Tuesday: Does the Paragard IUD cause your period to be heavier? Aug 17th, 2021

The simplest answer to this question is yes… and no. Let’s dive into why this is! While some women tend to have heavier periods with Paragard, others say their period is very similar to the way it was before – especially after their body adjusts to it after the first...

Topic Tuesday: “Can having an IUD decrease your sex drive?" Aug 10th, 2021

Some patients do report a decrease in libido (sex drive) when they go from not using any birth control to using a traditional birth control pill. This decreased interest in sex could be caused by the sudden shift in hormones and typically subsides once your body adjusts to your new...

Topic Tuesday: Are heavy periods cause by a Paragard IUD Aug 3rd, 2021

The simplest answer to this question is yes… and no. Let’s dive into why this is! While some women tend to have heavier periods with Paragard, others say their period is very similar to the way it was before – especially after their body adjusts to it after the first...

Topic Tuesday: I have an IUD and stopped having a period. Jul 27th, 2021

I’ve had the Mirena IUD for a year now and I stopped having a period, but sometimes I have some spotting from time to time - is that normal? Great question! For most women with a Mirena IUD, not having a period at all is actually the most common side...

Topic Tuesday: I tested clean for STIs at my last exam a year ago. When should I get tested again? Jul 13th, 2021

It is possible to have an STI without having symptoms, which is why testing is so important! The CDC recommends that women less than 26years of age be screened annually. Women 26y and older should be screened for any high-risk sexual behavior including: unprotected intercourse with a new partner, multiple...

Topic Tuesday: I am on the mini pill and spotting between periods. Is this normal? Jun 29th, 2021

Yes, spotting between periods when you are on a progestin-only mini pill can sometimes be normal, especially if you have just started this new method within the last couple months. This happens for some women as their bodies adjust to the new hormones in their body. Reminder: Take your pill...

Topic Tuesday: It has been four days since the condom broke while we were having sex... Jun 15th, 2021

It has been four days since the condom broke while we were having sex. Can I still take the "morning after pill"? Yes! You can still take the "Morning After" pill, or Emergency Contraception (EC), four days after an act of unprotected intercourse, but it won't work as well. Levonorgestrel...

Topic Tuesday: My discharge has a foul odor. Do I have an infection? Jun 1st, 2021

A change in the odor of your vaginal discharge may be a sign that you have vaginitis. Vaginitis is "inflammation" of your vagina and can be caused by bacteria (BV), yeast, or flagella (Trichomoniasis). Unfortunately, vaginitis is extremely common and can be difficult to treat. At FPA Women's Health we...

Topic Tuesday: My partner told me he has an STI. Did he cheat on me? May 25th, 2021

Unfortunately, the only way to obtain a sexually transmitted infection is through sexual activity. If you have not been tested for STIs recently, it is also possible that your partner is faithful and contracted the STI from you. Unfortunately, many women are not aware that they have a sexually transmitted...

Topic Tiuesday: It’s not healthy if I don't get my period every month while on birth control? May 11th, 2021

It is a popular culture myth that it is healthy and/or necessary to have monthly bleeding. In fact, using birth control that stops your period is not unhealthy. Patients are sometimes worried that the blood "builds up inside" or causes "bloating or swelling" of the abdomen. When using a hormonal...

Topic Tuesday: I am pregnant, but I don't want anyone to know. Can I still have an abortion? May 5th, 2021

Absolutely. You could choose to have a medication abortion in the privacy of your own home. If you choose a surgical abortion under local anesthesia (numbing medication injected into your cervix) you would not need a driver to accompany you on the day of the procedure. If you would like...

Topic Tuesday: I forgot to take my birth control pill. Could I get pregnant? Apr 20th, 2021

Unfortunately, the answer is yes. If you forget to take just one birth control pill out of the month, your risk of unintended pregnancy is increased. Remembering to take a pill every day is difficult for many women, which is why we love birth control that you can forget about,...

Topic Tuesday: I have already had an abnormal pap. Should I still get the HPV vaccine? Apr 13th, 2021

Yes! If you have had an abnormal pap, you have likely been exposed to at least one strain of HPV. Unfortunately, there are many different HPV strains. Some types of HPV cause cancer and others cause genital warts. The Gardasil Vaccine will protect you against nine of the most common...

Topic Tuesday: My boyfriend has a "bump" on his penis. What could it be? Apr 6th, 2021

The most common cause of a penile "bump" would be Herpes (HSV). Herpes comes in two forms: HSV-1 (usually affects the mouth) and HSV-2 (usually affects the genitals). The herpes virus can be transmitted even if you are using condoms and even if you don't have any symptoms. Most doctors...

Topic Tuesday: Why am I bleeding after sex? Mar 30th, 2021

There are many causes of vaginal bleeding after sex. The bleeding can be from the vagina, the cervix, or your uterus. One common cause is cervical inflammation, or cervicitis. Cervicitis can be harmless or it can be a sign of a more serious condition such as a sexually transmitted infection...

Topic Tuesday: Can my partner feel my IUD? Mar 23rd, 2021

Your partner should not feel the actual IUD if it is placed correctly in your uterus. He may be able to feel the strings which are intended to protrude through the cervix into your vagina. If you have any concern that your IUD is not placed correctly, please make an...

Topic Tuesday: Can STI's be spread during oral sex? Mar 4th, 2021

Many STIs, as well as other infections, can be spread through oral sex. Anyone exposed to an infected partner can get an STD in the mouth, throat, genitals, or rectum. The risk of getting an STI from oral sex, or spreading an STI to others through oral sex, depends on...

Topic Tuesday: What is Vaginitis? Jan 12th, 2021

Great question!   Vaginitis is an irritation of your vagina or vulva. It’s super common and usually easy to treat. Almost everyone with a ​vagina gets vaginitis at some point. Vaginitis is often the result of an infection with yeast, bacteria, or Trichomonas, but it may also arise due to physical or chemical...

Topic Tuesday: Can I still use tampons if I have an IUD? Jan 5th, 2021

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 closest to your vagina. Your cervix keep your IUD...

I have vaginal itching and dryness since I started taking the pill – could it be causing it? Dec 28th, 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...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Dec 23rd, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

Topic Tuesday: Is it safe to take multiple birth control or morning after pills to end a pregnancy? Dec 22nd, 2020

Topic Tuesday: It is safe to take multiple birth control or morning after pills to end a pregnancy?   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...

Topic Tuesday? Is it safe to skip a period if I'm on the pill? Dec 15th, 2020

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...

Topic Tuesday: How soon after unprotected sex will an STI show up on a test? Dec 7th, 2020

Great question! It actually depends on which STI 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.  ...

Topic Tuesday: Sometimes I have bleeding after sex. What could be causing this? Nov 23rd, 2020

Most commonly, bleeding after or during sex is caused by your typical monthly cycle. Sometimes, you may get a little spotting or bleeding after sex a few days before or after your period, and this is usually nothing to be concerned about. In fact, having sex can sometimes make your...

Topic Tuesday: Can I get pregnant if I just had a miscarriage? Nov 17th, 2020

Topic Tuesday: Can I get pregnant again if I just had a miscarriage?   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...

Topic Tuesday: My period is two weeks late, but my pregnancy test is negative. Nov 9th, 2020

My period is two weeks late, but my pregnancy test is negative. Could I still be pregnant?   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...

Topic Tuesday: I have no discharge and very little lubrication during sex. Nov 3rd, 2020

Topic Tuesday: I have absolutely no discharge and very little lubrication during sex. 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...

Topic Tuesday: Can I still take birth control to help with acne after I get a tubal ligation done? Oct 27th, 2020

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...

Topic Tuesday: Vaginal itching and dryness after taking the pill Oct 13th, 2020

"I have vaginal itching and dryness since I started taking the pill – could the pill be causing it?" Vaginal itching or dryness could unfortunately be caused by a lot of different things. Hormonal birth control has not been shown to cause infections, but for some women, it can change...

Topic Tuesday: Nexplanon and irregular bleeding Oct 6th, 2020

I have Nexplanon and have had irregular bleeding since I got it 4 months ago – is this normal?   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...

Topic Tuesday: Can having an IUD increase your sex drive? Sep 22nd, 2020

Can having an IUD increase your sex drive?   Some patients do report a decrease in libido (sex drive) when they go from not using any birth control to using a traditional birth control pill. This decreased interest in sex could be caused by the sudden shift in hormones and...

Topic Tuesday: Funky Smell Down There Sep 15th, 2020

Is this funky smell I have normal? I don’t have any itching or discomfort, just a foul odor down there.   Typically a foul odor (described as fishy or rotten) is a sign of bacteria or infection, even if you don’t have other symptoms such as itching, burning, pain during...

Topic Tuesday: Switching the time to take your birth control pill Sep 8th, 2020

What do I do if I want to switch the time I take my birth control pill?   Great question! Since it is very important to take your pill at the same time every day, it is difficult to change the time and not recommended to change it in the...

Topic Tuesday: Mirena IUD and Spotting Sep 1st, 2020

I’ve had the Mirena IUD for a year now and I stopped having a period, but sometimes I have some spotting from time to time - is that normal?   Great question! For most women with a Mirena IUD, not having a period at all is actually the most common...

Topic Tuesday: STD with the use of a Condom Aug 25th, 2020

I had a one-night stand with someone and we used a condom. Could I still get an STD?   It is great that you used a condom! When having sex with someone you just met, or when you are not sure about their STD status, it is always safest to...

Topic Tuesday: On the mini pill and am Spotting between periods. Aug 18th, 2020

I am on the mini pill and am spotting between periods. Will it ever improve? Is this normal?   Yes, spotting between periods when you are on a progestin-only mini pill can sometimes be normal, especially if you have just started this new method within the last couple months. This...

Topic Tuesday: Periods with the Paragard IUD Aug 11th, 2020

“Does the Paragard IUD cause your period to be heavier?” The simplest answer to this question is yes… and no. Let’s dive into why this is! While some women tend to have heavier periods with Paragard, others say their period is very similar to the way it was before –...

Topic Tuesday: Morning After pill and being overweight Aug 4th, 2020

I heard that the morning after pill is not effective if you are overweight, is that true? Great question! There are a few types of emergency contraception (EC) and each of them works a little differently. One type of EC is less effective in overweight or obese women, but not...

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 bc morning after pills to end a pregnancy? Sep 16th, 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...

Sometimes I have bleeding after sex. What could be causing this? Aug 19th, 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...