202017Jul

The Questions Your Urogynecologist Wants You to Ask

Perhaps you’re visiting a urogynecologist because of an issue like incontinence or pelvic prolapse.  Perhaps you suspect uterine fibroids or you’re finally ready to tackle heavy menstrual bleeding. Regardless of what brings you to an appointment with Dr. Heidi Wittenberg of the Urogynecology Center of San Francisco (UGCSF), there are questions you may hesitate to…

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192017Apr

UGCSF Patient Shares Her Experience with Interstitial Cystitis

A patient of the Urogynecology Center of San Francisco recently detailed her experience with interstitial cystitis and how she is feeling post-diagnosis after trying a few different treatment plans. You can view the patients’ blog post here. We invite patients to learn more about interstitial cystitis, including how the condition differs from a urinary tract…

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102017Mar

Why Do Many Women Ignore Unpleasant Gynecological Symptoms?

Unfortunately, women of all ages are guilty of avoiding a visit to their provider when they’re experiencing unpleasant gynecological symptoms. Some hope that the symptoms will simply go away. Ignoring or wishing away a medical issue may be tempting (and easy to do!), but gynecological symptoms or changes to reproductive health are not in the…

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102017Jan

Uterine Fibroid Removal Q&A with Dr. Heidi Wittenberg

Dr. Heidi Wittenberg of the Urogynecology Center of San Francisco recently performed da Vinci robotic surgery on a patient suffering from uterine fibroids. Dr. Wittenberg kindly agreed to a quick Q&A to explain uterine fibroid removal, why it was necessary and how the patient’s quality of life has drastically improved. Q: What kind of symptoms…

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202016Dec

Five Uterine Fibroid Symptoms That Are Often Ignored

Most women with uterine fibroids are unaware that they have them. Although it’s a common condition, uterine fibroids can go undiagnosed because they typically mimic other conditions like heavy menstrual bleeding, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis or simply severe PMS. Unfortunately, women believe that these symptoms are a part of the typical menstruation experience, meaning…

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142016Nov

November Is Bladder Health Month

November is Bladder Health Month. It may seem like a strange thing to dedicate a month to, but bladder health is very important for individuals of all ages who experience bladder conditions that negatively impact their lives. This is especially true for women, who are prone to various bladder conditions at every stage of life….

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192016Oct

Five Fast Facts about Minimally-Invasive Gynecological Surgery

Dr. Heidi Wittenberg of the Urogynecology Center of San Francisco (UGCSF) specializes in minimally-invasive gynecological surgery, also known as da Vinci robotic surgery. Da Vinci robotic surgery allows your surgeon to control the robotic instruments from a console for precision and smaller incisions on the surgical site. At UGCSF, Dr. Wittenberg utilizes the da Vinci…

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192016Sep

Is a Urogynecologist the Same as a Female Urologist?

Not every urological or pelvic condition is treated by both urogynecologists and female urologists. Sometimes, you’ll need to visit just one specialist in order to receive a diagnosis and treatment plan. What is a urogynecologist? A urogynecologist is a physician who has undergone specific education and training in order to be a sub-specialist in Female…

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282016Jul

Can Pelvic Prolapse Be Prevented?

What is pelvic prolapse? Also called a pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic prolapse occurs when the vagina, uterus, small bowel, bladder, or rectum falls from its normal place. What causes pelvic prolapse to occur? Pelvic prolapse can occur when a woman’s pelvic floor muscles are weakened. Prolapse is most common post-childbirth. It is also common during…

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52016Jul

The Easy Way to Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor

A weakened pelvic floor could lead to pelvic prolapse, a condition in which your pelvic organs will actually drop, or “prolapse,” from their position within your body because your muscles aren’t strong enough to hold them. Pelvic prolapse most often occurs post-childbirth, and it can also occur during or after menopause. The condition isn’t as…

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