Upcoming Lectures: Dr. Wittenberg to Speak on Transgender Healthcare and Sexual Reassignment Surgery

Dr. Heidi Wittenberg of the Urogynecology Center of San Francisco (UGCSF) is scheduled to give a series of talks on Transgender healthcare and sexual reassignment surgery. Please review the list of upcoming talks below and contact UGCSF for additional details. 3/6 California Pacific Medical Center Grand Rounds OB/GYN Department, San Francisco 3/7 One Medical Group Grand…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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