What is Medical Ear Piercing?

LPWC now offers medical ear piercing using the trusted Blomdahl products

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A SAFE WAY TO HAVE YOUR EARS PIERCED?

Then you have come to the right place – this is exactly what Blomdahl offers. Using sterile products, hygienic methods and skin friendly jewellery, we always put your skin and your health first. Out of special consideration for children, we have developed medical simultaneous ear piercing in order to speed up the piercing process without compromising safety.

https://www.blomdahl.com/medical-piercing/ear-piercing/

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We Now Offer Massage !

Laramie Physicians for Women and Children is proud to offer massage with our very own Certified Massage Therapist!

Massage is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage may range from light stroking to deep pressure. There are many different types of massage, including these common types:

Swedish massage. This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.

Deep massage. This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.

Trigger point massage. This massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.

 

Benefits of massage

Massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It’s increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.

Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.

While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:

Anxiety; Digestive disorders Fibromyalgia; Headaches; Insomnia related to stress; Soft tissue strains or injuries

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Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection.

Despite its benefits, massage isn’t meant as a replacement for regular medical care. Let your doctor know you’re trying massage and be sure to follow any standard treatment plans you have.

 

 

Risks of massage

Most people can benefit from massage. However, massage may not be appropriate if you have:

·         Bleeding disorders or take blood-thinning medication

·         Burns or healing wounds

·         Deep vein thrombosis

·         Fractures

·         Severe osteoporosis

·         Severe thrombocytopenia

Discuss the pros and cons of massage with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant or you have cancer or unexplained pain.

Some forms of massage can leave you feeling a bit sore the next day. But massage shouldn’t ordinarily be painful or uncomfortable. If any part of your massage doesn’t feel right or is painful, speak up right away. Most serious problems come fr

om too much pressure during massage.

What you can expect during a massage

You don’t need any special preparation for massage. Before a massage therapy session starts, your massage therapist should ask you about any symptoms, your medical history and what you’re hoping to get out of massage. Your massage therapist should explain the kind of massage and techniques he or she will use.

In a typical massage therapy session, you undress or wear loose-fitting clothing. Undress only to the point that you’re comfortable. You generally lie on a table and cover yourself with a sheet. You can also have a massage while sitting in a chair, fully clothed. Your massage therapist should perform an evaluation through touch to locate painful or tense areas and to determine how much pressure to apply.

Depending on preference, your massage therapist may use oil or lotion to reduce friction on your skin. Tell your massage therapist if you might be allergic to any ingredients.

A massage session may last from 10 to 90 minutes, depending on the type of massage and how much time you have. No matter what kind of massage you choose, you should feel calm and relaxed during and after your massage.

If a massage therapist is pushing too hard, ask for lighter pressure. Occasionally you may have a sensitive spot in a muscle that feels like a knot. It’s likely to be uncomfortable while your massage therapist works it out. But if it becomes painful, speak up.

The take-home message about massage

Brush aside any thoughts that massage is only a feel-good way to indulge or pamper yourself. To the contrary, massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being, whether you have a specific health condition or are just looking for another stress reliever.

 

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/massage/art-20045743 

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March is Endometriosis Month

Endometriosis happens when the lining of the uterus (womb) grows outside of the uterus. It may affect more than 11% of American women between 15 and 44.1 It is especially common among women in their 30s and 40s and may make it harder to get pregnant. Several different treatment options can help manage the symptoms and improve your chances of getting pregnant.

Endometriosis, sometimes called “endo,” is a common health problem in women. It gets its name from the word endometrium, the tissue that normally lines the uterus or womb. Endometriosis happens when this tissue grows outside of your uterus and on other areas in your body where it doesn’t belong.

Most often, endometriosis is found on the:

  • Ovaries 
  • Fallopian tubes 
  • Tissues that hold the uterus in place 
  • Outer surface of the uterus 
  • Other sites for growths can include the vagina, cervix, vulva, bowel, bladder, or rectum. Rarely, endometriosis appears in other parts of the body, such as the lungs, brain, and skin.

Symptoms of endometriosis can include:

Pain. This is the most common symptom. Women with endometriosis may have many different kinds of pain. These include:

  • Very painful menstrual cramps. The pain may get worse over time.
  • Chronic (long-term) pain in the lower back and pelvis
  • Pain during or after sex. This is usually described as a “deep” pain and is different from pain felt at the entrance to the vagina when penetration begins.
  • Intestinal pain
  • Painful bowel movements or pain when urinating during menstrual periods. In rare cases, you may also find blood in your stool or urine.

Bleeding or spotting between menstrual periods. This can be caused by something other than endometriosis. If it happens often, you should see your doctor.

Infertility, or not being able to get pregnant.

Stomach (digestive) problems. These include diarrhea, constipation, bloating, or nausea, especially during menstrual periods.

 

Source: https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/endometriosis

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Facts About Heart Disease in Women

Do you know what causes heart disease in women? What about the survival rate? Or whether women of all ethnicities share the same risk?

The fact is: Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute!

But it doesn’t affect all women alike, and the warning signs for women aren’t the same in men. What’s more: These facts only begin to scratch the surface.

There are several misconceptions about heart disease in women, and they could be putting you at risk. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health for this very reason. In this section, we’ll arm you with the facts and dispel some myths – because the truth can no longer be ignored.  

Source:  https://www.goredforwomen.org/fight-heart-disease-women-go-red-women-official-site/about-heart-disease-in-women/facts-about-heart-disease/

 

Know your risk: https://www.goredforwomen.org/fight-heart-disease-women-go-red-women-official-site/know-your-risk/

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Robotic Assisted Surgery

Is a gynecologic condition affecting your health and quality of life? Many conditions can impact your well-being and daily life, such as:

·        Severe pelvic pain

·        Abnormal or very heavy bleeding

·        Fibroids

·        Pelvic prolapse (falling/slipping of a pelvic organ(s))

When lifestyle changes, medicine or other options do not ease your symptoms, your doctor may suggest surgery. Surgery can include:

·        Open surgery: done through one large incision

·        Minimally invasive surgery: laparoscopic  or robotic-assisted da Vinci Surgery

Both laparoscopy and robotic-assisted surgery are forms of minimally-invasive surgery.  In laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon performs the procedure holding rigid instruments and views the surgical area through an endoscopic camera that is projected onto a monitor.  The tools used in laparoscopy have four degrees of movement.

Robotic-assisted surgery is performed through small incisions. During a da Vinci robotic-assisted surgical procedure, the surgeon sits at a console while viewing a high-definition, 3D image of the patient’s target anatomy. The surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements made at the console are translated into precise, real-time movement of surgical instruments attached to three or four robotic arms.

For more information click here or contact our office to schedule an appointment.

 

Source:

http://www.davincisurgery.com/

 

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Influenza? the facts

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.
CDC 2017

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Hepatitis B Vaccine

​​​​Hepa​titis B is an infection of the liver. It is caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). HBV can cause lifelong HBV infection and can lead to liver cancer or permanent scarring of the liver (cirrhosis).

More than 1 million people in the United States are living with lifelong HBV infection. Anyone can get infected with HBV, including your child. The hepatitis B vaccine is the best way to ­protect your child from becoming infected. 

How is hepatitis B virus sp​read?​  

Hepatitis B virus is spread by blood or body fluids.

 

Here are ways exposure to these fluids can happen:

  • During birth (if the mother has HBV) 
  • Sharing personal items, such as razors or toothbrushes, with a person who is infected
  • Having unprotected sex with a ­person who is infected 
  • Injecting or shooting drugs using a needle with infected blood — Infection through direct contact with infected blood may occur. 
  • Some children may also become infected with HBV while living in the same household as a person with a lifelong form of the infection.   

Why is my child at risk?

You may feel your child will never be exposed to HBV in any of these ways.

 

Here are some facts about HBV to think about:

  • One-third of people who are infected with HBV in the United States don’t know how they got it. 
  • Some people with HBV do not even know they are infected. 
  • A person, especially a child, with HBV may not feel or look sick. 
  • Nearly half of the more than 5,000 adult Americans who die from hepatitis B each year caught their infection during childhood. 
  • People with HBV can pass it to others who aren’t protected. Immunizing your child against this virus will protect her now and when she is older and exposed to more people. 

Is the hepatitis B vaccine safe?

The vaccine is very safe. No serious reactions have been linked to this vaccine. Side effects are usually mild and include fussiness or soreness where the shot was given. Symptoms usually go away within 48 to 72 hours. Keep in mind that getting the vaccine is much safer than getting the disease. 

When should my child get the hepatitis B vaccine?

Your child needs at least 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine to be fully protected.

 

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/immunizations/Pages/Hepatitis-B-Vaccine-What-Parents-Need-to-Know.aspx

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PCOS – Suffering from the “No Baby Blues?”

If you struggle getting pregnant, have irregular periods, or struggle with your complexion you could have a condition called polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) which could lead to other serious health concerns such as diabetes, heart disease or even cancer.  Here’s what you need to know.

PCOS is a hormone imbalance affecting levels of insulin and the sex hormones in the body.  This imbalance causes the physical symptoms that make the diagnosis.  There are many ways PCOS can affect a woman’s life but only a few key signs and symptoms make the diagnosis:

  • Physical signs (acne, oily skin/hair, facial or chest hair, baldness) or laboratory evidence of excess male type hormones (testosterone and others) 
  • Irregular periods (usually infrequent or absent) 
  • Cystic appearing ovaries seen on ultrasound
              

PCOS is believed to be caused by insulin resistance within the body.  Obesity can magnify the effects and make it worse, although it does not cause PCOS (one third of women with PCOS are normal weight).  Insulin resistence causes high levels of insulin which in turn cause ovarian disfunction and excess male type hormones.  This in turn can cause acne and male pattern hair growth and baldness.  The ovarian disfunction leads to infrequent ovulations which cause irregular periods (often infrequent or absent).  This can be a major reason why a couple cannot conceive a pregnancy within the 1 year time considered to be normal.

The lack of regular periods chronically exposes the uterine lining to excess estrogens which is a major risk factor for uterine cancer.  Insulin resistance can make it easy for a woman to gain weight and difficult to lose weight which can lead to type 2 diabetes.  Cholesterol profiles are also adversely affected by these hormone imbalances creating risk for stroke and heart disease.  However, if appropriately diagnosed and managed, any woman with PCOS can enjoy a family and normal health risks.  Here’s what you can do:

  • Talk to your doctor if you suspect you might have PCOS.  Many women do not know they have PCOS because they started taking birth control pills in their teens to treat painful or irregular periods.  This can mask many of the symptoms of PCOS so you may not know until you are off. 
  • If you are trying to get pregnant, there are medications available to improve your ovulation rates and increase your fertility.  Clomid will help to promote regular timely ovulations but not without its risks (risk of twins is 10%).  Glucophage can make your body more sensitive to insulin which will improve cycle regularity, hormone imbalances and potentially make it easier to lose weight.  Any of these medications have their risks and so must be monitored by your physician. 
  • If you are not trying to conceive but still think you may have PCOS, birth control pills is the recommended therapy and work very well.  They help to regulate your cycle and so decrease your long term risk of ovarian and uterine cancer.  They also help to lower the testosterone-like hormones that cause acne, hair growth and oily skin.  Plus, they are a reliable form of birth control.

If you suspect you may have PCOS or any other problem and do not have a physician, call Laramie Physicians for Women for an appointment.

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Flu Vaccine – Dispelling Myths

Can the vaccine give me the flu?

No. The flu vaccine can’t give you the flu. But you might develop flu-like symptoms — despite getting a flu shot — for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Reaction to the vaccine. Some people experience muscle aches and a fever for a day or two after receiving a flu shot. This may be a side effect of your body’s production of protective antibodies.
  • The 2-week window. It takes about two weeks for the flu shot to take full effect. If you’re exposed to the influenza virus shortly before or during that time period, you might catch the flu.  
  • Mismatched flu viruses. In some years, the influenza viruses used for the vaccine don’t match the viruses circulating during the flu season. If this occurs, your flu shot will be less effective, but may still offer some protection.
  • Other illnesses. Many other diseases, such as the common cold, also produce flu-like symptoms. So you may think you have the flu when you actually don’t.

According to the CDC, in past flu seasons when the match between the flu vaccine and circulating strains of flu virus is close, a flu shot is 71 percent effective in reducing flu-related hospitalizations among adults of all ages, and 77 percent effective among adults age 50 and older. The flu shot may reduce a child’s risk by 74 percent.

With or without a flu shot, you can take steps to help protect yourself from the flu and other viruses. Good hygiene remains your primary defense against contagious illnesses.

  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water.  
  • Use an alcohol-based sanitizer on your hands if soap and water aren’t available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth whenever possible.  
  • Avoid crowds when the flu is most prevalent in your area.
  • Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly, drink plenty of fluids, eat a nutritious diet, and manage your stress.

Influenza is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system — your nose, throat and lungs. Influenza, commonly called the flu, is not the same as stomach “flu” viruses that cause diarrhea and vomiting.

For most people, influenza resolves on its own. But sometimes, influenza and its complications can be deadly. People at higher risk of developing flu complications include:

  • Young children under 5, and especially those under 2 years
  • Adults older than 65
  • Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • Pregnant women and women up to two weeks postpartum
  • People with weakened immune systems
  • People who have chronic illnesses, such as asthma, heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes
  • People with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher

 

Your best defense against influenza is to receive an annual vaccination.

 

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/flu/in-depth/flu-shots/art-20048000?pg=2

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/flu/home/ovc-20248057

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Reducing the Spread of Illness in Child Care

​​Whenever children are together, there is a chance of spreading infections. This is especially true among infants and toddlers who are likely to use their hands to wipe their noses or rub their eyes and then handle toys or touch other children. These children then touch their noses and rub their eyes so the virus goes from the nose or eyes of one child by way of hands or toys to the next child who then rubs his own eyes or nose. And children get sick a lot in the first several years of life as their bodies are building immunity to infections.

To reduce the risk of disease in child care settings as well as schools, the facility should meet certain criteria that promote good hygiene. For example:

  • Are there sinks in every room, and are there separate sinks for preparing food and washing hands? Is food handled in areas separate from the toilets and diaper-changing tables?
  • Are the toilets and sinks clean and readily available for the children and staff? Are disposable paper towels used so each child will use only his own towel and not share with others?
  • Are toys that infants and toddlers put in their mouths sanitized before others can play with them?
  • Are all doors and cabinet handles, drinking fountains, all surfaces in the toileting and diapering areas cleaned and disinfected at the end of every day?
  • Are all changing tables and any potty chairs cleaned and disinfected after each use?
  • Are staff and other children fully immunized, especially against the flu?
  • Is food brought in from home properly stored?  Is food prepared on site properly handled?
    Is breast milk labeled and stored correctly?
  • Are children and their caregivers or teachers instructed to wash their hands throughout the day, including: 
    • When they arrive at the facility 
    • Before and after handling food, feeding a child, or eating
    • After using the toilet, changing a diaper, or helping a child use the bathroom (Following a diaper change, the caregiver’s and child’s hands should be washed and the diaper-changing surfaces should be disinfected.) 
    • After helping a child wipe his nose or mouth or tending to a cut or sore 
    • After playing in sandboxes 
    • Before and after playing in water that is used by other children 
    • Before and after staff members give medicine to a child 
    • After handling wastebaskets or garbage
    • After handling a pet or other animal
  • Make sure your own child understands good hygiene and the importance of hand washing after using the toilet and before and after eating.
  • Is health consultation available to deal with outbreaks or to review policies?

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/prevention/Pages/Prevention-In-Child-Care-or-School.aspx

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