Thursday, September 27, 2018

Seeing the Good

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This is a phrase we hear a lot these days- 'Making a Difference'.  There's a fair amount of pressure to make a we have to have some huge, passion project in order to deem ourselves 'worthy' of whatever the worthy thing of the day is; as if getting out of bed wasn't enough!

Instead of worrying about changing the world, perhaps we could start by changing how we feel about our own little corner of existence, the work we do in our hearts, when no one is looking. 
How often do you spend a little time with yourself?  Do you even remember what you are all about as you hurry and scurry making everyone else happy?  We often get lost in the amazing opportunities and good luck happening next door, or down the street and we fixate on that, never noticing the little by little transformations we have made in our own lives.

We are hardwired for negativity and at times, it can feel as though there is not one good thing, big enough, to erase all the bad things we think we are made of.   It's time to show up to our lives with a little more courage.  I love these thoughts by Jim Cathcart:

  • Know and respect your nature
  • Know how you are smart
  • What do you care about?
  • What drives you?
  • Know the patterns in your choices
When we truly know ourselves, we can better navigate the world and make decisions and choices for us, rather than what the world thinks is right.  We all have an internal navigation system but we have to know and trust ourselves first.  Part of transforming ourselves is understanding what makes us tick. When this connection is made, great things happen!  You may even surprise yourself at what you can accomplish.  

Being a woman is hard work.  We are born into this life with a set of expectations from an unforgiving world but we have more to offer than we think.  We want to see you shine!!  

The Insider's Guide to Stress

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You have two choices when it comes to stress...

1.  Deal with it

2.  Let it deal with you.

Most of us accept choice two by default and we may even wear our stress like a badge of honor, bragging to our friends about how two hours of sleep really isn't that bad because Kevin's science fair project looks Ahh-mazing!

The most annoying sentence out of a doctor's mouth is, "You need to start managing your stress better."  What's a girl to do when you are doing your very best and life comes at you fast?  Let's be honest, stuffing a handful of Kale in your mouth as you shove a van sized, gaggle of kids out the door for dance, soccer and piano, is not managing anything.  And when your boss stacks up the work of three on your desk at 4:45, expletives under your breath is also not managing anything.

Let's be real.  Living a stress free life happened about 4 decades ago and is extinct and it really doesn't matter what phase of life you are in, old or young, healthy or otherwise, life is stressful.  How it looks is different for everyone, but the side effects are the same ravaging ones if you aren't careful.

Here's an interesting thing about stress...It is accumulative.  Stressful events you experienced 10 years ago change you physiologically and those negative changes remain in your cells.  Our adrenals are the organs designed to handle the stress but even they can only handle so much before they burn out, if we aren't careful.

This is what happens when you are exposed to chronic stress...

  • Cortisol, a hormone made in the adrenals, increases. 
  • You decide if you're going to fight or flee.
  • Even if you aren't being chased by a bear, your body is going to think you are and it will respond accordingly...your heart rate will increase, your blood pressure will go up, breathing will become fast, and your muscles will tighten.
  • Cortisol will tap into your protein stores in the liver and convert it to glucose to give you a shot of quick energy. 
In a normal, healthy person, the stressful moment will end and your body will return to it's normal, resting state, but imagine if all day, every day, you were being chased by a bear?  Your body can't keep engaging in this process to keep you alive, without long term damage and effects.  What results from chronic stress is...

  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Brain Fog
  • Decreased B Vitamins
  • Inflammation
  • Impaired immune system
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Insomnia
  • Obsessive thinking
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle cramps
The list goes on and long my friend and many of you know what we are talking about here, firsthand.   Here are some realistic and helpful ways to start managing your stress before it manages you. 

  • Sleep.  It's the number one, most important thing you can do for your body.  Get 7-8 hours of natural sleep.  At first that may not be possible due to the stress load on your adrenals so nap when you can. 
  • Restore nutrition.  We say it all the time but nutrition is the basis of good health.  Eat foods high in B Vitamins and Potassium.  Unfortified Nutritional Yeast is a good source of B Vitamins. 
  • Ask your doctor about Magnesium and Calcium supplements...these are calming minerals and relax the muscles
  • Acupressure.  One of the best methods to release built up stress in the body is Acupressure.  Certain pressure points in the body release the unhealthy tension. 
  • Connect with people, devices and social media...actually spend time with person. 
  • Create pockets of space in a day to breathe deeply and take a walk.  Walking outside is one of the best exercises a stressed person can engage in.  
When our providers at Madison Women's Clinic suggest we get our stress under control, they mean business!  Take their advice to heart, for the sake of your good health and sanity.  If you aren't sure where to start or what that looks like, let them know!  Madison Women's Clinic is here for you! 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Ready for Baby

If you've had a baby or getting ready for your first, you know there is a lot to do!  There is so much information out there it can be overwhelming.  And while it is important to get all the little things, diapers, wipes, bouncy things and such, it's important to get all the correct information you can about getting baby here safely.

That's where Madison Women's Clinic comes in to play.  Not only do we offer amazing prenatal care, but we also offer birthing classes!  Whether it's your first or your fifth, it's a great idea to attend one of our series.

Here is what we will cover in our three week series of birthing classes.

Week 1-
Final trimester fun! Oh, and symptoms of labor
What you can expect to find in a labor suite
Pain management
Vaginal Delivery vs Operative Delivery
Post Delivery

Week 2-
Common problems in labor
Mother/Baby unit as well as the nursery
Anesthesia options
A virtual tour of Madison Memorial
Operative Delivery

Week 3-
Breathing and Relaxation Techniques
Breast feeding and lactation
Postpartum conception
New Born care

Our classes are taught by our capable and caring nurses with a wealth of knowledge, experience, skill, and compassion.  Not only will you learn a lot but you will have more confidence in your ability to have a great birthing experience.  We welcome all your questions and concerns and will help you navigate each step of the process.

Another advantage to a birthing class with Madison Women's clinic is that you get to bring your partner along so you are learning together.  Meeting with other expectant mothers creates an atmosphere of connection which also helps in keeping you calm and confident as you embark on this new chapter of life.

We look forward to connecting with you and sharing in the great experience of childbirth.  Give the office a call for more details and a Fall schedule. 208*356*6185

The Gene Pool

dna 1If you're a woman, you've probably heard all about the BRCA gene or at least heard enough to make you feel more than a little anxious.  Together, let's figure out what it is and what it isn't.

BRCA; it stands for BReast CAncer susceptibility gene.  There are two BRCA genes; BRCA 1 and BRCA 2.  Every woman has the BRCA genes but not every woman has mutations in these genes.  It's the mutation that makes you more susceptible to breast cancer AND ovarian cancer than those women who do not have the mutations.  Even still, having the BRCA mutations doesn't mean that you certainly will get breast or ovarian cancer.   Inherited mutations only play a role in breast or ovarian cancer 5% of the time.  There are so many other factors that contribute to the growth of cancer.  (

Here's how it works.  The BRCA gene has a job to suppress breast cancer.  If you were born with a mutation in one of the genes, it means that your risks may increase, not that you will surely get cancer because you still have one good gene that compensates, and in a sense, puts the brakes on cancer growth.  There are environmental factors that can affect these genes.  If, for example, carcinogens damage the second gene, then your risks will increase again. Having the gene mutations alone does not cause cancer.  Remember that!

These facts are important to understand before you choose testing.  Many women do the BRCA testing and panic when they see a positive result.  This can lead some, to unnecessary surgeries and psychological distress.  Test results like this will change your world but do you know what else will change your world...Focusing on what you can do! 

There are far more environmental factors and the way we care for our own bodies that have a more lasting, negative effect on our cancer health than gene mutations do. Don't lose focus of that.  Be proactive in your health whether you have the gene mutations or not.  Start with getting your nutrition to a healthier state.  Find better ways to manage your stress and make sure you are getting a decent amount of sleep.  Getting healthy and nourished will have lasting health benefits.

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So, how do you move forward?

1.  Understand about the BRCA gene
2.  Know your risks and share your family history with your healthcare provider.
3.  Test your genes if there is a strong cancer line in your family, and after you have discussed this            with your doctor.
4.  Seek genetic counseling if needed.

Above all else, don't panic if you do happen to have the mutation.  Education, prudent screenings and healthy living will help ensure you live a long happy and healthy life.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Why live with urge incontinence?

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It's not something we talk about every day but maybe we should...

Urinary incontinence.  You aren't alone if this is a struggle for you.  If anything, you are part of a large majority of women who suffer with this embarrassing problem.  It's not easy to even know how to talk to your doctor about the subject but now, we've made it easy to start the dialogue with your healthcare provider at Madison Women's Clinic.  Simply make an appointment and say to your provider, "Tell me about Geneveve."  It's that easy!

Geneveve is the newest addition at Madison Women's Clinic, serving women with urinary incontinence as well as urge incontinence.  What is urge incontinence you ask?

Urge incontinence is the second most common form of incontinence, accounting for roughly 3 out of 10 cases.  It often starts prior to menopause, even as early as the 30's.   It feels like a sudden and strong urge to urinate.  Some women experience leaking of urine if the bladder contracts when it shouldn't.   This condition is called by other names you may have heard before: Overactive Bladder, Bladder Spasms, Spasmodic bladder and Irritable bladder.  Sound familiar?

Here's the deal; you don't have to live with this.  A Geneveve treatment makes it so easy to bring comfort and confidence back into your life!  It takes just 30 minutes out of your life, requires no sedation, no cutting, no needles.  It's a simple non-surgical, radio-frequency technology that stimulates collagen growth in the vagina.  By promoting the collagen protein, the vaginal walls tighten which in turn, creates greater bladder control.

 Do you even remember what it felt like to not have a sudden urge to urinate at the most inopportune times?

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Meet Geneveve!

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We would like to introduce you to the newest member of Madison Women's Clinic- Geneveve!  We are so excited to have her on board.

Now, you might be wondering what her credentials are...Well, she specializes in Incontinence!  Those moments when you are afraid to laugh, cough, exercise and let's not forget the dreaded sneeze!! Ah, those uncomfortable moments can be something you look back at and nervously laugh about, now that Geneveve is here!

Geneveve is the latest in gynecological technology.  It is a non- surgical, rejuvenation treatment that uses radio frequency to help stimulate the production of collagen in the vagina.  Collagen is a powerhouse protein in our cells that give structure and elasticity to the tissues in the body and the skin.  By providing more collagen production directly to the vagina, the result is a tighter, vaginal wall that greatly reduces the symptoms urinary incontinence.

You'll appreciate Geneveve for most of the same reasons WE love Geneveve.

  • It's a non surgical procedure which means it's comfortable
  • No needles
  • No cutting
  • Typically completed in only 1 treatment
  • The procedure takes about 30 min. so you get back to your life in no time. 
  • Helps restore confidence
It's so easy to get started with your life changing Geneveve treatment!  Just give us a quick call and schedule an appointment in either our Rexburg, or Rigby Office.   Just because 68% of women between the ages of 42 and 64 live with incontinence, doesn't mean you have to as well!! Don't wonder what you're missing...

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

So you want to get married?

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You've planned for this day for months...maybe even years if you count the time spent day dreaming about it.   It's important you spend a little time at your favorite gynecologists prior to the big day.

I know...not what you had in mind right?

Still, here's what you can expect at your first premarital exam. We promise it will be a good experience. 

1.  Meet with one of our providers.  We have a variety of providers with varying strengths and personality types, all who are great to listen and ease your anxiety.  They are willing to work with you, past health issues, current health concerns and how to prepare for the next phase of life.  You can choose to meet with one of our OB/GYN docs, or our Nurse Practitioner who is amazing and a wonderful choice for young women who have not been sexually active.

2.  The premarital exam.  The worst part of a premarital exam is the anxiety and worry leading up to it.  The internal exam is important in order to make sure you are in good physical health and identify any problems that could cause painful intercourse.  The premarital exam is also a good time to go over any other health concerns you may have regarding your general health or gynecological issues.  Your doctor will also make sure you are up to date on immunizations. 

3.  Birth control.  This is a good time to educate yourself on the options in birth control and discuss any worries or concerns you may have. 

4.  Pregnancy.  Not only can you discuss birth control but talk about how to prepare now, for the day when you want to conceive.  Your provider can give you great information on diet and nutrition, high risk issues and how to be your best healthy self,  prior to getting pregnant.

5.  Q and A.  The premarital exam is also the best time to confide and ask questions that may have been going unanswered because of the sensitivity of some topics.  This is a great time to establish a relationship with a provider and build trust with him or her. 

Preparing your body and mind for marriage is just as important as choosing the dress.  The wedding day lasts  for just hours but a marriage lasts a lifetime.  It's important you are prepared and ready to embark on an exciting and new life together.  Madison Women's Clinic is here for you every step of the way.