Posts By Dr. P

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.

Cheers to a healthy you!
-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).

Cheers to a healthy you!
-Dr. P

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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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4 Things that Might Surprise you about Breast Cancer

At Houston Female Urology, we take care of women and girls. That’s all. No men. So, naturally we are concerned about all women’s health concerns, especially breast cancer.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and this is our message to you: GET YOUR MAMMOGRAM.

The American Cancer Society has done a great job with community education and publicity, so thankfully many women know the basics. You probably know that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. You also probably know that early detection is critical, and that means annual mammograms. You know all of this, but sometimes it’s just not enough encouragement to schedule that annual exam.

So we will say it again…GET YOUR MAMMOGRAM. Schedule the appointment and get it done.

Here are some things about breast cancer that might surprise you:

  1. 85% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history.
  2. Monthly breast self-exams have not been shown to improve detection. The best plan is to just be aware of how your breasts look and feel. If you notice something different, call your doctor.
  3. Being overweight or obese — especially after menopause — may raise your risk.
  4. Breast cancer doesn’t always present itself as a lump. Other things to be concerned about are: swelling in and around your breast, collarbone or armpit; skin thickening or redness in or around your breast; breast warmth and itching; nipple changes or discharge.

At Houston Female Urology, we are so proud to help breast cancer survivors combat the vaginal and urological effects of treatment. Chemotherapy can lead to early-onset menopause or worsening symptoms in post-menopausal women. Things like overactive bladder, vaginal dryness and burning can be major problems for cancer survivors.

We can help with our in-office laser procedure known as MonaLisa Touch. It’s hormone-free, painless and quick. If your menopause symptoms are keeping you from enjoying life, call our office and schedule a consultation.

Cheers to a healthy you!
-Dr. P

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Restoring Your Health, After the Storm

To all of our patients who were impacted by flooding, we are deeply sorry and send our prayers to each and every one of you. We hope that you and your families are all safe and dry, and on your way to recovering from the storm.

In the aftermath of Harvey, I know we are all trying to figure out how to pick up the pieces and start to return our lives to normal. Looking around at all of the devastation, it’s hard to see that things will ever be the same again, but we can start with baby steps and hopeful hearts.

As women, we have been consumed with caring for others. Protecting our families and homes has been our sole focus lately, and there hasn’t been much energy left to look inward at our own well-being. Now that the rebuilding process has begun, it is so important that we rebuild our health, as well.

Hurricane Harvey compromised many of our patients’ urological and pelvic health, and we want to help guide you back to a healthier state. Two female urological problems have come to the forefront during this disaster:

  1. Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
    Have you been helping in flooded areas? The standing water is not clean, and it contains all sorts of things that can cause a UTI. If you are experiencing pelvic pain, an increased urge to urinate, pain with urination, or blood in the urine, please call our office. Another cause of UTIs is being out of your regular routine and not drinking enough water. Think about it: what have you been drinking over the last couple of weeks? I bet it has been more soda and wine, and less water. Our bodies need water to re-balance what has gotten off track. Make an effort to increase your water intake, and your urinary tract will thank you.
  2. Interstitial Cystitis and Pelvic Floor muscle spasm
    Hunkering down always seems to include a variety of unhealthy meals and snacks. It’s hard to focus on healthy eating in the middle of a hurricane, and unfortunately your pelvic health suffers. If you were already dealing with Interstitial Cystitis (painful bladder syndrome) or Pelvic Floor muscle spasms, chances are you are feeling worse these days. Now it’s time to focus on healthy foods again.

While you are working to restore your sense of normalcy, please remember to take time for yourself. Getting back to a healthy routine will help both you and your families feel better.

Cheers to a healthy you!
-Dr. P

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