Blog Archive

How Long Is a "Normal" Period? Aug 8th, 2022

Your menstrual cycle says a lot about your reproductive health, but before you can understand what your body is saying, it’s important to know what a “normal” period is 一 so you can quickly spot the signs of any abnormal bleeding. Here, Dr. Essam Taymour of Gynecology and Obstetrics Medical Group in Long Beach, California,...

5 Ways to Manage Menopausal Hot Flashes Jul 6th, 2022

Hot flashes are a notoriously troublesome symptom of menopause and perimenopause. If you’ve had hot flashes, you’re far from alone. More than 75% of women get them.  It starts with a rush of sudden heat. Your face is flushed, and your neck and chest are suddenly overheated. You’re sweaty, and your heart is...

The Link Between Early Menstruation and Fibroids Jun 1st, 2022

Uterine fibroids, also known as leiomyomas or myomas, are noncancerous growths that develop in your uterus during childbearing years. Fibroids 一 which can be as small as a seed or as large as a grapefruit 一 can affect your menstrual cycle, causing heavy and painful periods.  Unfortunately, fibroids are a...

Rev Up Your Sex Life With MonaLisa Touch™ May 17th, 2022

Menopause is a natural cycle of a woman’s life, but for many, it puts a damper on their sex lives. Vaginal dryness and itching can lead to pain or burning during intercourse. Nearly 75% of women experience painful sex at some point in their lives. Painful sex is common, but an advanced...

Common STDs and How to Prevent Them Apr 5th, 2022

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are common. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 26 million new STD cases are diagnosed each year. The good news is that, even though they’re common, you can reduce your risk of contracting an STD with a few precautionary steps. In this blog, Dr. Essam Taymour and...

What Could Be Causing Your Abnormal Bleeding? Mar 8th, 2022

For most women, menstrual bleeding occurs on a regular schedule, but what happens when abnormal bleeding catches you off guard? There are many causes of abnormal bleeding, and it’s almost impossible to determine the reason for your bleeding without an exam.  If you have abnormal bleeding, Dr. Essam Taymour encourages you to visit...

How Hormonal Fluctuations Can Cause Vaginal Dryness Feb 8th, 2022

Vaginal dryness is a seldom-discussed topic, but the reality is that it’s a very common occurrence. Experts estimate that about half of postmenopausal women experience vaginal dryness, but less than 10% seek treatment for it. Menopause isn’t the only cause of dryness, which means even more women are at risk...

When to See a Specialist About Menopause Symptoms Jan 13th, 2022

Menopause is officially marked by 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period, and the transition out of your reproductive years can affect your mind and body in many ways. While some women transition smoothly, as many as 85% of women experience symptoms like hot flashes, insomnia, weight gain, and mood...

Vaginal Dryness: Is It Perimenopause? Dec 13th, 2021

Vaginal dryness is a common cause of pain during intercourse, but it can also cause irritation, a burning sensation, and an increased risk of infection. Because vaginal dryness is often associated with the onset of menopause, you might wonder if an increase in vaginal dryness is a sign of perimenopause....

5 Signs of Genital Herpes Nov 11th, 2021

Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) that’s caused by both herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and type 2 (HSV-2). The condition affects more than one out of every six Americans aged 14-49. Despite being a common STD, it’s possible to have genital herpes and not realize...

IBS and Menstruation: What You Need to Know Oct 13th, 2021

Do you notice that your irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms are worse during the menstrual phase of your cycle? If so, you’re not alone. Many women with IBS find that their symptoms are worse during their period. Fatigue, sensitivity to gassy foods, backache, pelvic pain, premenstrual syndrome, and insomnia are...

Beyond Pills: What are my Birth Control Options? Sep 9th, 2021

Over 72 million American women currently use contraception, and while the pill is a popular form of birth control, it’s not the only method. There isn't one “best” form of birth control because the right method of birth control varies from woman to woman based on health and personal choice. ...

Family Planning: How an OB/GYN Can Help Aug 16th, 2021

Family planning services are designed to help you plan the size of your family. Depending on your family goals, these services can help you prepare for pregnancy or prevent pregnancy. In short, family planning is about creating your family the way you want it. Dr. Essam Taymour and our team...

Do I Have Painful Bladder Syndrome? Jul 22nd, 2021

Occasional pelvic pain isn’t uncommon. Menstrual cramps and constipation are two conditions that frequently contribute to pelvic pain. But what if the occasional incidence of pelvic pain isn’t occasional any longer? If you’re suffering from chronic pelvic pain, Dr. Essam Taymour and our team at Gynecology and Obstetrics Medical Group...

6 Signs of Uterine Fibroids Jun 29th, 2021

Most women develop at least one fibroid throughout their childbearing years, but unless you have symptoms, you might not even realize you have one. Uterine fibroids, also called leiomyomas, aren’t always asymptomatic though. About 15 million of the 126 million women who have fibroids struggle with unpleasant symptoms. Fibroids are...

Is There a Cure for Endometriosis? May 20th, 2021

Endometriosis is a disorder that affects women in their reproductive years. If you have endometriosis, uterine tissue grows where it shouldn’t — outside of the uterus. This can cause pain as well as infertility issues. If you’re one of the 176 million women across the globe who have endometriosis, you...

5 Ways to Manage Vaginal Dryness Apr 14th, 2021

Vaginal dryness is a common problem: 17% of women age 18-50 report vaginal dryness, and 34% of women over 50 report dryness. But only 4% of women with vaginal dryness seek treatment. These statistics highlight a bleak reality: Many women suffer in silence. Dr. Essam Taymour and our team at...

Pelvic Pain and Depression: What's the Link? Mar 9th, 2021

Depression is often regarded as a health condition that affects a person’s mental wellness. But the reality is that mental and physical health are deeply connected. At Gynecology and Obstetrics Medical Group in Long Beach, California, Dr. Essam Taymour understands that there’s a connection between pelvic pain and depression. He...

When Menstrual Pain Stems From Something More Serious Feb 12th, 2021

From an early age, many women are taught that menstrual pain is simply part of being a woman, but is that always the case? How do you know if your period cramps or pelvic pain are normal or if they’re an indication of a more serious underlying health issue? Here...

What All Women Need to Know About STDs Jan 13th, 2021

Here’s an alarming fact: At this moment, more than 110 million Americans have a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Even more alarming is that you could be part of this statistic and not even realize it. The truth is that many STDs don’t have obvious symptoms, which is potentially why so...

How Fibroids Can Affect Your Everyday Life Dec 10th, 2020

Most women develop uterine fibroids over the course of their lifetime, and many have no symptoms at all. Others, however, have to deal with a variety of unpleasant side effects from these benign tumors that can be microscopic in size, or as big as a softball.  Even though uterine fibroids...

How Hormone Replacement Therapy Can Help You Through Menopause Nov 30th, 2020

If you’re a woman, you’ll face menopause at some point in your life. For most women in the United States, this life transition occurs around age 51, but it typically begins long before that. The physical and emotional changes of menopause can leave you feeling like your world has flipped...

How Endometriosis May Affect Your Chances of Getting Pregnant Oct 26th, 2020

Endometriosis is a widespread condition affecting more than 10% of American women of childbearing age and about 176 million women worldwide. There are several symptoms and complications as a result of endometriosis.  One of the most common complications of endometriosis is trouble getting pregnant. About a third to half of...