Posts By Dr. Christi

Female Sexual Dysfunction: Making an Awkward Conversation More Bearable

It’s not easy to talk about. Even though one-third of American women struggle with low sex drive and other intimacy issues, Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD) is one of the least treated medical conditions. The reasons why are pretty straightforward: women are embarrassed to bring it up, and most clinicians don’t offer treatment.

Dr. Christi and her all-female staff understand both the medical realities of the disorder, and also the emotional side of talking about it and seeking treatment. Houston Female Urology offers an entire FSD clinical pathway to find and treat the root cause of the problem. FSD has a variety of causes and complications, and is broken down into four main categories:

  1. Low Sexual Desire
  2. Arousal Disorder
  3. Orgasmic Disorder
  4. Painful Sex Disorder

What should you do if you are struggling with one of the types of FSD? The first step is to take a deep breath and call our office. We know it’s difficult to talk about this very private topic, but we are here for you, with a gentle and supportive environment.

Dr. Christi begins the process by asking questions to determine if medications and other lifestyle elements are contributing to the problem. Next, she conducts a thorough physical exam to check for things like scar tissue or thinning vaginal walls that can cause pain and discomfort. Then, we conduct lab work to check your hormone levels (estrogen, progesterone and testosterone imbalances are common causes of FSD), and sometimes recommend ultrasound or MRI testing.

Based on your individual exam, Dr. Christi will show you different treatment options and recommend the pathway that will bring you the best results. Some ways we help women include prescription medications for improving desire; creams, physical therapy or non-surgical vaginal treatments to eliminate pain with intercourse; sex therapy and counseling.

Problems with intimacy cause strain on relationships, and leave women feeling unhappy, inadequate or embarrassed about their sex lives. If you are dealing with FSD, it’s time to take care of yourself so you can feel confident again.

Please call our office at 281-717-4003 for a confidential, discreet consultation with Dr. Christi.

You can also watch Dr. Christi’s video about Female Sexual Dysfunction here.

Cheers to a healthy you!
-Dr. P

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Turn Back the Clock with Vaginal Rejuvenation

Let’s face it. Our bodies change after childbirth, and then again with menopause. One of the most common and significant changes occurs in vaginal health, but it’s often the least talked about. If you’re like many women, you figure that childbirth wreaked havoc on your vagina and it’s just something you have to live with. I am here to tell you that you do NOT just have to accept this as your new normal. There are several things that can be done to restore your feminine wellness to the way it used to be.

During childbirth, the vaginal walls stretch beyond normal to allow the baby to pass through the pelvis. What’s supposed to happen is that your natural elastin and collagen kick in and rebound the vaginal walls back to their normal state. But this doesn’t always happen. When the vaginal walls do not recover, and remain loose after childbirth, it can affect sexual function as well as bladder and bowel function.

When you go through menopause, declining estrogen levels leave your vaginal walls thin and inelastic. This is why so many postmenopausal women suffer from vaginal dryness and burning. Estrogen is what keeps the walls plumped up and elastic, and without enough of it your vaginal health deteriorates.

So, what exactly is vaginal rejuvenation?

The term refers to a group of procedures that all have the same goal: to restore both the function and appearance of your vagina. Here’s what we can do for you:

ThermiVa  This quick and painless procedure returns your vagina to the way it was before childbirth. ThermiVa uses radiofrequency energy to gently heat vaginal tissue and rejuvenate collagen. The treatment targets both the internal and external areas of the vagina to improve function and return appearance to a more youthful state.

MonaLisa Touch  Similar to ThermiVa, the MonaLisa Touch procedure also uses focused heat energy to repair the vagina. MonaLisa Touch is ideal for women who have gone through menopause, breast cancer treatment or who have abnormal or painful vaginal walls. The laser treatment pinpoints areas of unhealthy vaginal tissue, gently removes them, and stimulates the remaining tissue into self-rejuvenation.

Vaginal Rejuvenation Surgery  Also called vaginoplasty, this surgical procedure tailors the vaginal walls to restore vaginal girth to its normal configuration. It increases the ability to feel the vaginal walls during intercourse, and restores sexual function for both partners.

At Houston Female Urology, we offer the full range of vaginal rejuvenation options because each woman’s needs are different. Call our office to schedule your consultation, and we can get started on returning your feminine health to the way it used to be.

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-Dr. P

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Don’t Let Your Bladder Ruin Your New Year’s Resolutions

If you’re like millions of other Americans, you have proclaimed that 2018 will be the year you become a healthier person. You will eat better foods, drink more water and exercise more. You will go to bed earlier, and spend more time nurturing the relationships most important to you.

But, have you ever thought about how your urological and pelvic health affects your overall well-being? When you are dealing with bladder problems or other feminine concerns, it’s pretty hard to take control of your general health.

Here are some of this year’s top resolutions that may be impossible to achieve until you get your urological health under control:

  1. Exercise more. If you suffer from stress incontinence, then whatever level of exercise you are currently doing is already making you pee in your pants. Why would you want to make that worse?
  1. Eat and drink healthier. Adding to your water intake is great, but if you’re already dealing with urinary incontinence, drinking more water just adds to the problem.
  1. Get more sleep. You know something that might help you sleep more soundly? Not getting up to go to the bathroom several times. Going to bed earlier may only mean more time for additional bathroom trips before sunrise.
  1. Focus on relationships. Your relationship with your significant other deserves your full attention, and intimacy is important. But for many menopausal women, physiological changes make intimacy unpleasant and something to avoid. Improving your sexual health can make huge strides in keeping your relationship solid.

So…now that you know how your pelvic region affects your overall health, it’s time to make a change. At Houston Female Urology, we have a NEW way to improve feminine wellness. We have added one of the newest technologies for bladder control and pelvic restoration, and we are the first urology practice in the city to offer the procedure. The in-office treatment is non-surgical, non-hormonal and painless. Click here to learn more.

Call our office at 281.823.9380 to schedule a consultation, and we’ll get started on a plan just for you.

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-Dr. P

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Celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas with Houston Female Urology

Celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas with Houston Female Urology
We have a special gift for YOU!

From now through Christmas, we are offering 2 groundbreaking, non-surgical treatments at discounted prices:

25% off EMSella
for mild to moderate urinary incontinence

15% off Exilis Ultra Femme 360
for vaginal restoration and feminine wellness

Call our office today, at 281-717-4003, to schedule your procedure during the 12 Days of Christmas and receive special prices!

What is EMSella?
It’s a non-invasive treatment for leaky bladders. Basically, it’s a chair you sit on and it simulates more than 10,000 Kegel exercises in a single treatment. It’s fast, it’s painless, and perhaps best of all…you stay fully clothed during the entire treatment. Sounds crazy, but it works. 95% of patients report significant improvement in urinary incontinence.

During the 12 Days of Christmas, a complete treatment package is only $2,000 (regular price $2,700).  Click here to learn more about EMSella.

What is Exilis Ultra Femme 360?
It’s a non-surgical treatment for vaginal rejuvenation. This simple procedure uses radiofrequency energy to gently heat vaginal tissue and rejuvenate collagen, improving both function and appearance. The treatment is painless and has no downtime or recovery period. During the 12 Days of Christmas, a complete treatment package is only $3,000 (regular price $3,500).

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It’s Time to Get out of the Bathroom

Do you know exactly where the restroom is in each of your favorite restaurants, because you go each time you are there? Do you feel the urge to urinate and swear that you just went an hour ago? Does your bathroom schedule interfere with daily life?

If you need to pee more than eight times during the day, and wake up at night, then it’s time to get things under control. Needing to urinate that frequently is not normal, and it affects the lives of so many women. Whether you feel the urge to urinate way too often, or suffer from urine leakage when you exercise, sneeze or cough, we can help.

There are all sorts of non-surgical ways to improve overactive bladder. At Houston Female Urology, we help women, every day, reduce the need to urinate. Many women make progress by simply keeping a voiding diary and making changes to their eating and drinking habits. But when that doesn’t help, it’s time to go to the next step.

Along with overactive bladder, another problem that we address all the time is stress incontinence (aka leaky bladders). If you pee when you exercise, we can help. If you pee when you cough or sneeze, we can help. Many women wrongly assume that surgery is the only way to correct urine leakage. Don’t give up your favorite workout routine because you’re worried about leaking urine.

We are proud to offer several in-office procedures to calm your overactive or leaky bladder: Pelvic Floor Toning, Bladder Botox, and ThermiVa are a few of the easy ways to help you spend less time searching for a public restroom.

Call our office at 281.823.9380 to schedule a consultation, and we’ll get started on a plan just for you.

Cheers to a healthy you!
-Dr. P

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