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I’ve tried everything to lose this weight…

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN………………………………….I hear the frustration in my patients’ voices and even see the tears.  Weight control is overwhelming for many women.  There are so many layers to this issue that I don’t even know where to begin… I wish I could simply direct this conversation to the health consequences of weight.  I could easily rattle off the effects on cholesterol, glucose control, blood press  Read more

I didn’t get my period, but I’m on the pill…

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN ……………………………..It’s the fourth day of sugar pills and no bleeding… you did everything right – didn’t miss a single pill, took it the same time every day but nothing – no period.  Don’t panic!  Many of the low dose birth control pills today keep your uterine lining so thin that it does not shed… so, you don’t get a period.Travel back in your mind to high school anatomy clas  Read more

How do I know if I’m menopausal?

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN ……………………………..I wish there was an easy answer to this question. I get asked this question from patients as young as 35 to those well into their 50s. For some women, they struggle with menopausal symptoms for years. Other lucky women just stop having periods, do not have a single hot flash, and gracefully find themselves in menopause. I wish this experience for all my patients! If you are not so lucky,  Read more

Why is this taking so long? When you wanted to be pregnant yesterday

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN ……………………………..You stopped the pill 3 months ago.  You’re acting like newlyweds on your honeymoon, and yet your period came again – right on time!  Ugh – you start to wonder if you are ever going to get pregnant?!?Ever since we became sexually active, it has been drilled into our brains that the moment we stop birth control, we’ll get pregnant.  Everyone has heard about the t  Read more

What’s the nuva ring?

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN ……………………………..Typically, my patients come talk to me about birth control during their annual exams. Some of my patients love taking the birth control pill. They never forget, set it by the toothbrush, and have been taking it nightly for years. But, there is another group of patients, the not so great pill takers. These are the women who have been taking the pill for a while but every few months they m  Read more

Should my daughter get the HPV vaccine?

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN ……………………………..Yes – and your son should get vaccinated, too!  HPV is the major cause of cervical cancer.  There are 2 HPV vaccines currently approved:Gardasil® and Cervarix®. Both vaccines are highly effective in preventing infections with HPV types 16 and 18, two high-risk HPVs that cause about 70 percent of cervical and anal cancers. Gardasil also prevents infection  Read more

Is it the pill or my husband? When your sex drive goes down the drain…

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN ……………………………..Not a week goes by without a patient asking me about sex drive. Unfortunately for women, our sex drive is not strictly linked to physical attraction. For many women, it is not as simple as getting into bed with our partners to get our sexual desires peaked. Women’s libidos are linked to our overall well being. We need to feel like the kids are settled, the dishes are put away, the bill  Read more