Posts By Dr. P

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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4 Things You Need to Know About Menopause (spoiler alert: it’s not the end of your sex life)

Ah, menopause. It makes you think about hot flashes and weight gain, but do you know about the common urological and pelvic health problems it creates? Some women experience virtually no symptoms, others’ symptoms are severe, and there are plenty of women in between. But, when your estrogen levels drop, chances are you will notice some not so nice changes in both your vagina and your overall sexual health.

Declining hormone levels are to blame. Estrogen maintains the fluids that keep your vaginal lining thick and elastic. When hormone levels drop, they often take with them vaginal moisture, sexual desire and bladder control. Sounds pretty bad, doesn’t it? There are ways to ease the symptoms, though, and we can help.

Here are four of the most common urological problems due to menopause, and what you can do about them:

  1. Vaginal Changes – Vaginal tissue thins during menopause, often leaving women with uncomfortable dryness and painful intercourse. This thinning may also lead to recurrent urinary tract infections.
  2. Overactive Bladder – Declining estrogen levels can also lead to weakened pelvic floor muscles, which leads to urinary incontinence.
    Vaginal laxity, dryness and urinary incontinence can all be drastically improved with state of the art treatments known as MonaLisa Touch and ThermiVa. Both in-office procedures are painless and non-invasive, and require no downtime. Houston Female Urology is one of the only practices to offer both technologies, and we can help you decide which option is best for you. MonaLisa Touch and ThermiVa are game-changing procedures, and our patients are thrilled with their results. Learn more about both options: MonaLisa Touch and ThermiVa
  3. Pelvic Organ Prolapse – If pelvic floor muscles weaken too much, you are at risk for prolapse, which basically means one of more of your organs (bladder, uterus, urethra, vagina, small bowel or rectum) drops out of place.
    We offer a proven clinical pathway to tighten up pelvic floor muscles. And, no, it’s not just me saying “do your Kegels.” Click here to learn about our effective treatment.
  4. Loss of Libido – Hormonal imbalance can take away your desire for sex. This, in addition to vaginal changes, may cause you to view sex as something to be avoided.
    When dealing with loss of libido, our Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD) clinic can help. We have a proven treatment plan to help with all types of FSD. Click here to learn more about improving your intimacy.

Cheers to a healthy you!
-Dr. P

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Happy 3rd Birthday to Houston Female Urology!

As we blow out the candles, I am so incredibly proud of the way Houston Female Urology has grown over the last year. With God’s grace and guidance, we helped more women than ever get their lives back to normal so they can continue to do the things they love to do.

We are still the only practice in Texas dedicated entirely to Female Urology and Pelvic Restoration.

In case you’re wondering what we have been up to this year, here are some of the great ways we have grown:

1,000 new patients

That’s a lot of women! We are honored to have such a huge increase in the number of women who place their trust in our staff. From the bottom of our hearts…thank you.

Exceptional new staff

We are beyond fortunate to have added Rosemary Pinkard as our nurse practitioner. Patients continue to tell us how comfortable they feel in Rosemary’s care. She is one of a kind.

Another amazing addition is Stephanie, our LVN. Stephanie is a dream-come-true for surgery scheduling and triage.

We also added more front desk specialists to make sure your phone calls are answered quickly and your check-in process runs smoothly. And in just a few weeks, online patient registration will be available.

New clinic for Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD)

It’s the problem many women don’t want to talk about, but it is real and it happens to more women than you think. Click here to find out how we can help.

New technology: ThermiVa

Women can’t say enough great things about their results from this painless treatment for vaginal restoration and urine leakage.

“I was tired of worrying about peeing in my pants every time I go running, but I really didn’t want surgery. Dr. Pramudji told me about ThermiVa and it has made a world of difference. I had no idea it was such a simple fix.”  -35 year old woman

“Intercourse was so painful that I completely avoided it. Now the problems with pain and dryness are gone and I feel great!”  -45 year old woman

Click here to learn about this amazing nonsurgical procedure.

As we look toward our fourth year, our birthday wish is to continue providing the very best in pelvic care. There’s truly nothing better than watching women’s lives change for the better, and we are so grateful to be able help.

Our wonderful patients and referring physicians are the best gifts we could ever receive. Thank you for trusting us. We can’t wait to see what the next year holds!

Cheers to a healthy you!

-Dr. P

 

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