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Stop Stressing About Stress Urinary Incontinence

Do you cross your legs when you cough? Say a prayer before you sneeze? Avoid running or exercising because you're afraid your bladder may leak? If you're struggling with urinary incontinence, you're not alone. Dr. Alqulali treats many women who are living with urinary incontinence.

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Labiaplasty: Trending for 2018?

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the labiaplasty will be a top procedure for women in 2018.

Labiaplasty has grown in popularity over the last few years. The number of labia reshaping procedures totaled 12,000 in 2016, an almost 40 percent increase over the previous year.

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On Ice: Longest-Frozen Embryo Born in 2017

A female human embryo frozen in 1992 was successfully born last November in Tennessee.

The embryo was frozen for 24 years, making it the longest known frozen human embryo in the world.

The healthy 6-pound, 8-ounce baby girl named Emma was born on November 25 to a 25-year old mother, meaning the baby was conceived just one year after her mother's birth, a startling fact even to her parents.

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Breast Augmentation Recovery Tips

Are you considering a breast augmentation but have not scheduled your consultation with Dr. Alqulali because you're afraid of the recovery? If this is the case, have no fear - with a little planning before your procedure, your recovery will be smooth sailing.

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Learn About the Symptoms of PCOS

Nearly 5 million women in the U.S. suffer from painful polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), making it the most common hormone abnormality condition in women of childbearing age. PCOS is also the cause of infertility in many women, and recent research has linked it to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Dr. Alqulali counsels and treats many women struggling to understand PCOS and its many life-altering symptoms.

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Post-Breast Reconstruction Surgery and Opioid Use

A study published in the December issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, says that 10 percent of women who undergo mastectomy and immediate breast reconstruction depend on opioid pain relievers months after surgery.

Opioids are a class of pain relievers that include oxycontin, hydrocodone, codeine, fentanyl and morphine.

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Are Artificially Created Ovaries the Next Treatment for Menopause?

Lab-made ovaries may be the end of menopause.

Researchers at Wake Forest University's Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center are testing an artificially created ovarian tissue in rats with the ability to release estrogen and progesterone.

These artificial ovaries may mean a new way to treat or even prevent menopause in women.

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Breast Implants and Breastfeeding

There were 290,000 breast implant surgeries performed in the U.S. in 2016, making it the No. 1 cosmetic procedure in the country. While breast implants are popular, many women still have questions and concerns about silicone breast implants and their safety - mainly if they are safe for breastfeeding.

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Forgetting the Pill? Try an IUD Instead

Do you have problems remembering to take your birth control pill at the same time every day? Nervous about using natural family-planning methods? If you are looking for a form of birth control that you do not have to think about every day but that is still safe and effective, you may want to consider talking to Dr. Alqulali about getting an IUD, or intrauterine device.

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Put Off Plastic Surgery Until After Pregnancy

Kylie Jenner will have to put off lip-enhancement procedures for the time being, according to a plastic surgery expert.

The U.K.’s The Metro reported that a plastic surgeon who has worked with Jenner in the past recommends that the star give up dermal fillers during her pregnancy.

Jenner, who is famous for her plump pout, is widely speculated to be expecting her first child.

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Meeting About Menopause

Women’s health researchers from around the United States, Canada and Mexico recently gathered for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the North American Menopause Society to discuss and present topics and new treatments concerning menopause and women’s health.

The Women's Health Initiative 

Topics and takeaways from the summit included updates on the Women’s Health Initiative, a long-term health study funded by the U.S. Health and Human Services' National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The WHI was established in 1991 to address the top three causes of death, disability and quality-of-life issues for postmenopausal women in the U.S.: cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporosis.

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Consume Seafood Safely When Pregnant

One of the most common questions Dr. Alqulali hears when treating moms-to-be is, "What can I eat?" And more specifically, "Can I eat shellfish or fish while pregnant?" Dr. Alqulali advises patients to eat a healthy diet during their pregnancy and to follow the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommendation regarding consumption of fish and shellfish during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. The ACOG recommendation bases its advice on updated U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines.

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Skip the Online Search: Call a Doctor Instead

A bump on the labia, unusual discharge, strange cramping or mystery pain. It happens to all of us, and chances are it has probably happened to you, too. When these things or other abnormal occurrences arise, it is very tempting to reach for your laptop to search for a diagnosis from Dr. Google instead of reaching for your phone to call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Alqulali. In fact, Google search stats say that one in every 20 searches is regarding health information. While the Internet is an excellent resource for many things, it is not the place to get a medical diagnosis or treatment.

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Cosmetic Surgery: A Family Affair

They say the family that prays together stays together, but what about the family that has plastic surgery together?

A Texas mother and daughter recently made the news when they decided to get cosmetic surgery at the same time.

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Pelvic Congestion: A Common Problem of Pregnancy

According to the Chicago Tribune, a new treatment is available for treating a painful and potentially deadly condition known as pelvic congestion, a common side effect of pregnancy.

The Pain of Pelvic Congestion

According to Stanford Health Care, a division of Stanford University, pelvic congestion syndrome is caused by varicose veins in the ovaries, which often develop during pregnancy. It can also develop as a result of cysts, fibroids and pelvic inflammatory disease.

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Are Pelvic Exams Necessary Every Year?

If you’re like most women, you’re probably not too excited when your annual checkup rolls around. While you may be tempted to skip this exam, before you cancel your appointment, you should remember that although it can be uncomfortable, annual exams play a critical role in protecting your health. The annual exam allows Dr. Alqulali to make sure your reproductive organs are healthy and helps her identify any conditions or concerns that may negatively impact your overall health.

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O-Shot Can Help With Female Sexual Dysfunction

Disinterest, pain and the inability to become aroused can make many women just want to avoid sex altogether. These factors can also indicate a medical condition known as Female Sexual Dysfunction, or FSD. As many as 75 percent of women experience FSD, and many women in this number think FSD happens as just another part of life caused by age or changes in hormones. As a result, way too many women suffer in silence. In fact, only 14 percent of women ever talk to their gynecologist at all about sex! Dr. Alqulali offers patients a safe place to talk about sex. She also offers the O-Shot, an injection that alleviates the symptoms of FSD.

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Know Your Risks This Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an international event designed to bring focus to the disease, its treatment and prevention. Dr. Alqulali believes that the best patient is an informed patient, and she works to educate patients on ways to reduce their risk of developing breast cancer.

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New Warnings About an Herbal Remedy for Hot Flashes

Menopausal women who experience hot flashes are often desperate to find relief by any means possible, including using home remedies and herbal cures. But researchers say that one popular way some women are cooling off may be dangerous.

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Can Fitness Fight Off Cancer?

Higher levels of aerobic fitness may reduce inherited risk of breast cancer, according to a new study published in Carcinogenesis. The study, conducted by researchers from Colorado State University, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and the University of Michigan, linked aerobic fitness to a lower risk of breast cancer development, although the reason for the relationship is not yet clear.

The study’s authors believe that being physically fit increases the ability of cells to defend themselves against cancer.  

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