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Vaginal Discharge: What's Normal? May 27th, 2020

From day to day, month to month, and age to age, your body changes, and your vagina shows it. Vaginal discharge — any substance that exits your body through your vagina — is a good indicator of what’s going on inside, including hormone levels, infections, and menstrual cycles. At the...

Struggling with Chronic Pelvic Pain? Physical Therapy Can Help Apr 26th, 2020

Most women have learned to live with the monthly aches and pains that come with menstruation. But when those familiar complaints cross the line and become your constant companions, it’s no longer just a grin-and-bear-it situation. When over-the-counter pain medications or a little rest and relaxation don’t seem to help...

5 Lifestyle Changes to Make after Being Diagnosed with IBS Mar 25th, 2020

Everyone gets gas, diarrhea, and constipation occasionally. But if you have discomfort at least one day a week for three months or more, you may have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a condition that affects your large intestine. No one knows exactly what causes IBS, but there are few things that...

What It's Really Like to Live with Endometriosis Feb 1st, 2020

Pelvic pain, in general, seems to be a difficult topic for many women to discuss. Maybe they want to avoid the stigma of the young girl trying to get out of PE. Maybe it’s because their pain is minimalized by general practitioners who don’t have the specialized training to recognize...

What You Can Do Today to Prevent Cancer and Ensure Your Reproductive Health Jan 1st, 2020

In many ways, cancer is uncontrollable — it strikes the young and old, men and women, and people of all races and walks of life. The good news is that many types of cancers are preventable.  Dr. Melissa Delgado and her expert team, including nurse practitioners Wendy Roberts and Amanda...

Spotting the Warning Signs of Cervical Cancer Dec 1st, 2019

Pain of any type can cause anxiety. Lack of information and fear of the unknown make matters worse. While most precancers don’t come with clear warning signs, cervical cancer has a few symptoms that may easily be mistaken for other conditions. That’s why regular check-ups and Pap smears are critical...

Eating Healthy During the Holidays Nov 18th, 2019

Food and celebrations go hand in hand. So when the calendar starts filling up with office parties, family gatherings, and feasts with friends, it’s hard to stick to a healthy diet. While a few treats won’t hurt, three or four months of constant carbs and sweets will certainly tip the...

Why You Should Choose Robotic Surgery over Other Options for Endometriosis Oct 1st, 2019

It’s not hard to understand why endometriosis is so painful — the tissue that lines your uterus escapes and starts to grow in places it doesn’t belong, attaching itself to other body parts. It could be your bladder, your fallopian tubes, your rectum, or your ovaries, but wherever it ends...

It's Never Too Early to Check for Breast Cancer: Tips for At-Home Self-Exams Sep 5th, 2019

Breast cancer will affect more than 260,000 women this year alone. Although it’s not as common in men, more than 2,500 males are expected to receive the same diagnosis. Breast cancer tends to affect Caucasian and African American women more than other ethnic groups. If it runs in your family,...

Understanding Your Treatment Options for Interstitial Cystitis Aug 14th, 2019

Do you often experience a painful urge to urinate, even if you don’t necessarily have to go? You may have a chronic condition known as interstitial cystitis (IC). Between 3 million and 8 million American women suffer from this condition, which can also cause severe, recurring bouts of pressure and...

Benefits You Never Knew about Hormone Replacement Therapy Jul 15th, 2019

Menopause could use a good public relations agent. It’s a natural phase of a woman’s development, but with all its unpleasant symptoms, it’s no walk in the park.  At the Chronic Pelvic Pain Center of Northern Virginia, Dr. Melissa Delgado and our expert team of nurse practitioners take your suffering...

Understanding Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Jun 3rd, 2019

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is quite common and affects women of all sizes and shapes of reproductive age, though it tends to be more prevalent in obese and overweight women. The exact cause of PCOS is unknown but it is associated with hormone imbalance and metabolic problems. It’s estimated that...

Understanding Vulvodynia, Interstitial Cystitis, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome May 23rd, 2019

Vulvodynia, Interstitial Cystitis, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome are three conditions that can cause serious, recurring pain in women. If you have been experiencing any of the following symptoms, it may be time to seek professional help. Dr. Melissa A. Delgado and her clinical staff at The Chronic Pelvic Pain Center...

Bacterial Biofilms Apr 11th, 2019

Biofilms form when a single planktonic microbe clings to a surface. These planktons are single cells that can be made up of harmful bacteria, yeast, some species of parasites, and microorganisms. In the human body, the microbe finds an adhesion site on tissues, organs, or mucous layers of tissues. They...

Period Pain: Could It Be Endometriosis? Mar 22nd, 2019

You probably expect your monthly cycle to arrive with uncomfortable cramps and bloating. But if you (or your teen daughter) experience significant pain each month, it could be something more.   Endometriosis is a painful condition that affects more than 1 in 10 women between ages 15 and 44. It...

How MonaLisa Touch Can Help You After Menopause Mar 1st, 2019

Menopause is the natural process of ceasing the ability to reproduce. Menopause begins just before your menstrual cycle stops, and once you’ve gone a full 12 months with no period, you have fully entered your menopause/postmenopause years. In addition to the absence of your monthly cycle, you’ll also experience some...

Factors That Could Increase Your Risk for Developing Ovarian Cysts Feb 1st, 2019

Ovarian cysts, tiny fluid-filled sacs that grow in or on your ovaries, are very common. However, that doesn’t make them any less bothersome. Although your ovarian cysts typically go away on their own, without so much as a twinge, some cysts can be downright painful.An ovarian cyst can create pressure,...

Why a Strong Pelvic Floor Is So Important Jan 10th, 2019

Located within your pelvis, the so-called pelvic floor is made up of ligaments, connective tissue, and muscles that are vital in supporting your bladder and bowel. In women, the pelvic floor also supports the uterus and the vagina. A strong pelvic floor is also necessary for optimum sexual function. A...

Vaginal Rejuvenation Dec 31st, 2018

As women age, particularly after childbirth, they might become dissatisfied with the functioning and aesthetics of their vagina.Just like the rest of the body, the vagina can experience the atrophy of aging.Vaginal rejuvenation is a laser treatment that reverses this. It uses CO2 Lasers to “tighten” the vaginal area, restoring...

7 Ways To Prepare For Your Acupuncture Treatment Dec 10th, 2018

Acupuncture is a healing and relaxation method that originated in China around 2,500 years ago. While there are religious and spiritual aspects to it, many Western practitioners believe the practice releases endorphins and increases blood flow to relax and heal the body. The specific form of acupuncture we use here...

The Key Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery Nov 11th, 2018

Minimally invasive surgeries offer numerous advantages over conventional surgeries — from reduced trauma and blood loss to improved healing. Because of these advantages, Dr. Melissa A. Delgado encourages patients at The Chronic Pelvic Pain Center of Northern Virginia to choose minimally invasive options when possible. With minimally invasive surgery, you...

Rejuvenating Your Body With Injections of Your Own Blood Oct 18th, 2018

The glitterati, and even non-celebrities, are singing the praises of a procedure whereby you are injected with a concentrated mixture of platelets from your own blood in an effort to rejuvenate skin that’s showing signs of aging. This minimally invasive procedure is safe and proves to be effective for those...

Menopause: Pre-Menopause and Peri-Menopause Oct 2nd, 2018

Coping with the transitional phases that leads to menopause and its management thereafter may differ from woman to woman. The transitional period leading to the onset of menopause can be marked by symptoms that may affect the daily lives of many women.In a pre-menopausal phase, the woman will most likely experience minimal,...

10 Warning Signs of Ovarian Cysts Women Should Not Ignore Sep 26th, 2018

Ovarian cysts are extremely common, with most women expected to get one or more during their lifetime, and in the majority of cases, they are not cancerous. As most don’t cause symptoms, it’s quite likely that you’ve had a cyst on an ovary and not even been aware of it.There...

5 Interesting Facts About the da Vinci Surgical System Aug 27th, 2018

Robotic surgery is an incredible development in the field of surgical procedures. It was developed to overcome some of the limitations associated with certain types of minimally invasive surgeries. At the Chronic Pelvic Pain Center of Northern Virginia, we use the da Vinci® surgical system, which enhances the surgeon’s capabilities...

Low estrogen and its effects on vaginal health Jul 16th, 2018

Each year, more than 2 million women begin the transition into menopause, a transition that can last several years. It commonly occurs when a woman reaches her early 50s but can occur in the late 30s and 40s as well.The reduction in estrogen production during menopause often brings with it...

PRP to Reverse Signs of Aging Jun 13th, 2018

The changes that come with aging affect more than the skin on your lovely face. If you’re noticing thinning hair and discomfort in the vaginal area, especially with sex, you may be experiencing the hormonal changes associated with menopause. Childbirth and chronic (long-term) medical issues can also affect the health...

Foods to Avoid When You Have IBS May 18th, 2018

Irritable bowel syndrome is more than mild tummy trouble after a meal. People with IBS take more days off work than the general population and report the condition has a significant impact on their lives. While the symptoms aren’t life-threatening, the abdominal pain, cramps, gas, and diarrhea can make it...

Battlefield Acupuncture for Pelvic Pain May 11th, 2018

Pelvic pain is a generic term used to describe symptoms that may arise from ovarian cysts, endometriosis, musculoskeletal disorders, painful menstrual periods, bladder problems such as cystitis, and numerous other medical conditions that can affect your pelvic region.It can be chronic (long-term) and constant or cyclic and intermittent. Depending on...

Why MonaLisa Touch May Be Right for You Mar 29th, 2018

As a woman, your healthcare needs are unique and complex. Throughout all phases of your life, you experience changes to your body. For instance, pregnancy and childbirth are amazing journeys you get to experience as a woman, but their accompanying hormonal changes, and those leading up to menopause, may not...

Female Sexual Health Feb 22nd, 2018

One thing we don’t talk about is how cancer can affect our sexual health. It’s true: cancer can affect our ability to enjoy sex.For women, one of the after-effects of cancer is female sexual dysfunction.How Cancer Affects Womens’ Sexual HealthSurprisingly, what may more directly affect the sexual health of women...