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Gender-Specific Symptoms in Gonorrhea

According to the CDC, gonorrhea is a very common sexually transmitted disease (STD) that is particularly prevalent among young people ages 15-24 who have multiple sexual partners. Spread by vaginal, oral, or anal intercourse, gonorrhea symptoms can range from mild to severe. Symptoms may manifest differently in men and women. It’s important to recognize the signs in…

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Laparoscopy for Endometriosis and How it Affects Fertility

When you have endometriosis, you may experience menstrual cycles that are heavier than usual, abdominal pain, and even infertility. And though the symptoms may be difficult, laparoscopic surgery offers new hope. Used as a procedure to both diagnose and treat certain symptoms of endometriosis, laparoscopies can decrease pain and even improve the chances of conceiving. Below you’ll…

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The Contraceptive Vaginal Ring: Pros and Cons for Women

According to the Guttmacher Institute, 99% of women aged 15-44 who have had sexual intercourse have used at least one method of contraception. For those women who dislike the idea of taking a pill daily, having an implant placed, or getting injections, the contraceptive vaginal ring can present a viable alternative. A relatively new technology that garnered…

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The Pros and Cons of a Laparotomy Versus an Operative Laparoscopy

Primary Differences Between a Laparotomy and an Operative Laparoscopy Laparotomy and operative laparoscopy both play important roles in treating women’s health issues. The primary differences between the two procedures are the type of incision created and the tools used to complete each procedure. Laparotomy is similar to many other general surgical procedures and involves creating…

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Taking the Fear Out of 3 Gynecological Surgeries: D&C, Colposcopy, and Cervical Cyrosurgery

For many women, obstetrical and gynecological surgeries can be a source of fear and anxiety. Physical, emotional, and psychological concerns can take a toll on a woman’s health before, during, and after a procedure—so it’s important to foster an atmosphere of education and understanding at all stages of a procedure. Proper preparation, education, and compassion help…

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Understanding Anoscopy: An In-Depth Look at the Procedure

Anoscopy is an examination that involves a small, rigid, tubular instrument called an anoscope. The goal of this procedure is for doctors to find any abnormalities in the gastrointestinal tract. Doctors achieve this by getting a visual of the wall of the anus and the lowest portion of the rectum. Why is this Procedure Conducted?…

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Single-Use Medical Devices Are Often More Budget-Friendly

Proponents of reusable surgical devices often cite long-term savings as a top reason to buy reusable devices instead of single-use devices. However, these price comparisons often do not consider the cost of sterilization equipment, preventive maintenance, and replacement parts. Below is a look at the true cost of reusable surgical devices and the reasons why…

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What is Laryngoscopy and Who Needs This Procedure?

Laryngoscopy is a common exam performed by doctors that gives them a close-up view of the larynx and throat. The larynx is located at the top of the trachea and is your voice box. Additionally, the larynx is involved in breathing and protecting the trachea from food aspiration. It’s important that individuals keep their larynx…

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Cutting the Cord: The Advantages of Cordless Medical Devices

Cord and Cable Management: An Unnecessary Hassle One of the key advantages of single-use medical devices is that they reduce concerns about sterility and cross-contamination. But sterility isn’t just important for medical devices themselves; it’s also an important factor in the cords and cables that power those devices. Fiber optic devices provide light when it’s…

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Are Your Reusable Medical Devices Really Sterile?

Reusable medical devices are in use throughout many healthcare facilities, from the emergency room to the operating room. These devices are typically put through stringent sterilization procedures before they’re deemed patient-ready for reuse. Unfortunately, those sterilization processes aren’t always as effective as most medical professionals – not to mention their patients – would like to…

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