Posts By Laura Patterson

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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Help for Leaky Bladders. It’s Not Too Late!

Did you know there are ways to improve your bladder control without surgery, no matter how old you are? Leaking urine is often the result of a weakened pelvic floor, and our Pelvic Floor Toning therapy is helping women in all stages of life.

90% of patients notice a significant improvement in strength and bladder control.

When you think about strength exercises and toning, your pelvic floor muscles probably don’t come to mind. In fact, you may be wondering exactly what your pelvic floor is and why it’s important.

Let’s start at the beginning. Your pelvic floor is a group of muscles, connective tissue and ligaments that supports your pelvic organs and controls the flow of urine and bowel movements. When the pelvic floor is weakened – from things like childbirth and menopause – your pelvic organs don’t function the way they are supposed to. In many cases, this means you leak urine.

Remember when you were pregnant and newly post-partum, and your obstetrician told you to do Kegel exercises? If you are like most women, you had great intentions but probably forgot to do the exercises consistently. Now, years later, your leaky bladder is reminding you.

Fortunately it’s not too late, and we can help. The Houston Female Urology pelvic floor specialist is like a personal trainer for your bladder. Our Pelvic Floor Toning program is a combination of in-office treatments and exercises you can do at home, and most patients are healed without medication or surgery. In fact, about 90% of patients notice a significant improvement in strength and bladder control.

It’s a proven technique and it is covered by almost all insurance carriers and Medicare.

How does it work?

Our pelvic floor specialist will meet with you for a series of 4-8 sessions. First, she will assess your current pelvic floor strength. Then, she uses a painless vaginal probe to create electrical stimulation that speeds muscle growth and resets the bladder nerves. Treatments take less than an hour, and after completing all sessions, about 2/3 of women are healed and do not need surgery or other procedures.

The second part of treatment is at-home exercises. Based on your individual strength, our pelvic floor specialist will teach you the proper way to do Kegel exercises so that you can prolong your benefits. And, we can even prescribe a home therapy device you can use on your own.

If you are struggling with overactive bladder and making too many trips to the bathroom during the night, or frustrated by urine leakage when you cough, sneeze or exercise, this treatment may be just what you need.

Cheers to a healthy you!

-Dr. P

To learn more about the Pelvic Floor Muscle Toning treatment at Houston Female Urology please watch our below YouTube video.

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