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Dr. Corney will be introducing SculpSure, the 25-minute non-invasive body contouring treatment. The light-based body contouring system destroys 24% of treated fat cells without surgery. SculpSure is ideal for people with trouble spots, particularly those that seem resistant to diet and exercise.

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Do You Still Need Your Gynecologist After Menopause?

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Do You Still Need Your Gynecologist?

After menopause, women still need gynecological care. Annual exams, by a gynecologist, are key to avoiding and treating many health problems common in older women. Many women think going through menopause or having a hysterectomy gives them freedom to go without an annual exam. Some discover — often after they’ve developed problems — that they should have been going all along.

Women need gynecological care at every stage of life. After menopause, they should still see a doctor annually — and make sure the doctor gives them an annual pelvic exam.  “I recommend that a woman see a physician once a year, whether she needs a Pap smear or not.,”

A woman might not need an annual Pap smear, but she still needs an exam to check the vagina, the bladder, the rectum, the external genitals — and, of course, the uterus and ovaries, if they haven’t been removed.

Cervical cancer is linked to the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus (HPV). There is no age limit to have cervical cancer. Many of my patients in their senior years remain sexually active, or start new sexual relationships after being widowed or divorced. But if it’s been awhile since they’ve had intercourse, they need to be aware of both sexually transmitted diseases and the changes in their body following menopause.

Women who have not had a hysterectomy or who have had only a partial hysterectomy — meaning they still have their ovaries — still need an annual pelvic exam.
While a Pap smear will screen for cervical cancer, ovarian cancer remains difficult to detect early. The symptoms — bloating, fullness, a change in bowel habits — are also common with other disorders, but should always be evaluated by a doctor.

If you have questions or need help give us a call today or fill out this contact form and a friendly member of our staff will contact you!

Menopause – Symptoms & Coping Techniques

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Menopause is different for every woman. Some experience uncomfortable symptoms while others have few discomforts.

Here are some helpful tips on coping with menopausal symptoms:

Hot Flashes:
Common triggers include stress, alchohol, spicy foods, caffeine, cigarette smoke & heat. Daily exercise can help, walking, swimming, dancing & bicycling are all good choices. Deep slow abdominal breathing (6-9 per minute) is also helpful.

Insomnia:
Keeping rooms cool at night will help prevent night sweats. Avoid sleeping pills if possible, a warm shower at bedtime and eating milk products during the night can help.

The Dreaded Mood Swings, fears & Depression:
Practicing self-calming skills such as yoga, meditation or slow, deep breathing. Find a creative outlet that fosters a sense of achievement

Painful Intercourse:
Vaginal water-based moisturizing lotions or lubricants can help during intercourse. Have you heard about the FDA Approved ‘Mona Lisa Touch‘ Laser For Vaginal Dryness Caused By Vaginal Atrophy? Talk to your Doctor and see if this is the right choice for you.

Osteoporosis:

Calcium can slow bone loss and may decrease fractures. Consume 1,500 milligrams of calcium a day. Good sources of calcium are calcium supplements such as Tums; fruit juices and breads; low-fat dairy products; green leafy vegetables such as broccoli, kale and spinach greens; almonds; and soy milk.Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium and stimulates bone formation. Consume 800 to 1,000 IUs of vitamin D3 a day to up to 2,000 IU daily.Eat foods low in sodium, low in animal protein and low in caffeine.  Bone mass is built before menopause as a result of exercise, diet and genetics. Exercises that increase bone mass make the muscles work against gravity. Walking and muscle-building exercises may reduce bone loss and fractures and improve balance.

Heart Disease:

Eating a variety of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, including soy food can help. Limit your salt intake, cholesterol and fat, especially animal fat.  Maintain a healthy weight, follow your healthcare providers instructions for controlling high blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol.

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Gynecology Patient Services

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Patient Portal

Patient Portal offers Dr. Margie Corney’s  patients free personalized online access to portions of their medical records.  It enables you to securely use the Internet to manage and receive information about your health – online.

With patient portal you can:

• Send a message to your doctor
• Request an appointment
• View your health summary
• View lab results
• Request prescription refills

You can sign up for your patient portal account at Women First, Dr.Corney MD, 817 Greenbrier Parkway, Chesapeake, Va 23320  or visit Dr. Corney’s patient portal page to receive your personal access code.

We also offer patient forms online for you to view and download to fill out prior to a visit to the office. Just click on Patient Portal and select Patient Forms

Have you heard about our new services? We now offer Smart-Lipo Body Contouring & Medical Weight loss programs in our newly renovated beautiful facility! Call today for more information 757-609-0511

See our beautiful new office renovations here & call to make your appointment today for a better you!

Endometrial Ablation – Stop the Heavy Periods – For Good!

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For many women, the thought of another heavy flow menstrual cycle can drag you down. How many times do you think, “Why can’t there just be a switch to turn off the faucet?” Well, there can be that very thing.

Novasure or endometrial ablation is a procedure that is done in the office. This is really a simple procedure that has relatively few side effects or complications.  With endometrial ablation, we are treating the symptom of heavy bleeding with a procedure that will obtain over 50% amenorrhea. That simplky means NO MORE PERIODS.

It usually takes years and years of hormone imbalance, fibroids, endometriosis or adenomyosis, or a myriad of other conditions that leads to this heavy bleeding. In this case, there is NOTHING that we can do that will make the problem go away except for hormone therapy, such as high dose birth control pills, or surgical evaluation.

Years ago, this would have treated with a hysterectomy. Back in the day, this would have been a 3 day stay at the hospital, 6 weeks or more off from surgery, and a long painful recovery. Thank the good Lord, we now have the technology that has revolutionized women’s health. We can actually do a procedure that will remove the lining of the uterus in a very minimal fashion. The procedure, either one, will take less than 10 minutes. The good news, it can be done in the office OR at the hospital!

So, if you or someone you love, has a problem of disruptive or heavy menstrual cycles, you have options. You can either see your gynecologist about this OR, better yet, you can schedule your appointment with Dr. Corney and we can discuss your personal situation and the options that are available to you.

How to Control Belly Fat

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Everyone has some form of belly fat at one point or another, yes  Medical Weight Loss Chesapeakeeven if you’re thin with very defined abs! A certain amount of fat is normal. An expanding waistline however can indicate a bigger issue beneath the surface, so take note.

Are you carrying more weight around the middle than you used to? It’s possible you could be dealing with visceral fat located deep inside around your organs. This type of fat is intended for cushioning, but when it starts to build up it can lead to all sort of medical problems such as diabetes, heart disease and more.

If you are wondering what causes visceral? Although diet is most definitely a factor it’s not all about greasy foods and decant chocolate shakes. Genetics and activity levels play a significant role. Inactivity is a top contender in excess visceral fat.

So how do you keep the visceral fat away you ask? Here are just a few tips!

  1. Get up and get moving! Increasing your activity level is the absolute best way to both lose that pesky pooch and make sure you’re staying healthy. Spending more time on the couch instead of the treadmill makes it difficult to get into the exercise mentality. There are other ways to increase your activity level though that don’t involve rigorous exercising like aerobics or hitting the gym. Just walking at a brisk pace for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week will do wonder for your health and help reduce fat.
  2. Stress. While everyone deals with every day stress there are things that can make dealing with stress more difficult, like dealing with weight gain due to poor diet or lack of exercise, this can add to your stress level, which starts a viscous cycle feeding back into your weight gain. Exercising to increase endorphin’s and unwind and incorporating more relaxation techniques into your routine is very good for your body and mind
  3. Eating better will help. There aren’t any miracle diets that will help with visceral and belly fat, being mindful of your diet will help your overall health while reducing fat. Increasing your fiber intake will help a great deal. Studies show that people with good fiber intake tend to have less belly fat.
  4. Getting the proper about of sleep.  Your sleep habits affect your weight, did you know that? Research has shown that people who get an average of 6-7 hours of sleep a night have less visceral fat than people who get more or less. Make sure you’re getting enough rest.

Following these simple tips will get you on your way to slimming down stubborn belly fat and living a better healthier life. For more advice or to speak with a nutrition expert about your options, contact us today!

Birth Control – A Personalized Approach

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Birth ControlWhile birth control is often the source of heated controversy, we believe that it centers on each woman’s individual choice. Our goal is to provide the women of Hampton Roads with birth control options that suit their unique lives while promoting optimal health. Birth control should help you accomplish the life you envision for yourself and your family.

Choices

The variety of birth control currently available can be overwhelming. At Women First our goal is to work closely with each of our patients to help them find ideal birth control options for their lives and future goals. We do not take a “one-size-fits-all” approach to birth control, rather we are dedicated to providing you with a comfortable and reliable solution for your unique life.

Dr. Corney is passionate about helping women find birth control that conforms to them, and not the other way around. Our office is dedicated to seeking out the best options for women of today, and that is why they are offering ESSURE as a simple and permanent birth control option.

Personalized

The wrong type of birth control can negatively affect your emotional and physical health. As a woman, Dr. Corney is empathetic to the unique needs of her patients. She also knows that birth control can be effectively used in the treatment of numerous conditions such as heavy or painful periods and hormonal imbalances. If you are seeking a solution to any of these problems, NOVASURE is a safe, one-time procedure offered by Dr. Corney that eliminates painful symptoms associated with your period and removes the need for continuous medications.

Trustworthy

At Women First we passionate about patient care and provide each individual with a safe and secure environment. We know the challenges that women face today, and our goal is to make sure that birth control is one thing you can stop worrying about.

Author: Dr. Margie Corney
Contributor: Gynecologist Chesapeake Virginia