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How Does Your Vaginal Health Change After Pregnancy? May 4th, 2021

If you’re pregnant, it’s only natural to wonder what your vagina will be like after pregnancy. After all, if you’re having a vaginal birth, it’s going to stretch a lot during delivery — and even if you’re planning on having a cesarean section, your vagina can still change as a...

Things You Should Discuss With Your Gynecologist When You Enter Menopause Apr 1st, 2021

About 1.3 million women enter menopause each year in the United States, and if you’re one of them, you may be a little confused about what to expect. As a top gynecologist in Greenacres, Florida, Leroy Charles, MD, FACOG, helps patients at Women's Pavilion of the Palm Beaches understand what...

What Every Woman Should Know About Pregnancy When They Have an STD Mar 8th, 2021

Sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) are very common in the United States. In fact, the CDC estimates about 20 million new infections are diagnosed each year, and experts say that’s just a small fraction of the actual cases that occur. If those numbers sound scary, keep in mind that STDs are treatable,...

Get Rid of Your Double Chin With This Simple Treatment Feb 3rd, 2021

A chubby chin might be cute on a baby, but on an adult, under-chin fat can instantly add pounds to your appearance, not to mention make you look older than you want.  There was a time when the only way to get rid of a double chin was to have...

7 Signs of an STD Jan 1st, 2021

STDs: No one wants one, but many people get them. Preventing sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) starts with super-safe sex, but let’s be honest — safety can preclude spontaneity, and spontaneity makes for a fun sex life.  Keep in mind that most STDs are treatable or manageable, so if you do...

Choosing Between Laser Therapy and Sclerotherapy Dec 2nd, 2020

Are you ready to get rid of spider veins once and for all? You should know about two treatment options, both of which can work wonders on spider veins, but they come with different advantages and drawbacks.  In the end, your decision should come down to personal needs and wants...

Do You Have These Symptoms of Fibroids? Nov 3rd, 2020

“Fibroids” is a general term that refers to any “benign tumor of muscular and fibrous tissues,” as defined by Oxford Dictionary, but most people use the word in regard to uterine fibroids specifically.  Perhaps this colloquial use is so ubiquitous because uterine fibroids themselves are so ubiquitous — up to...

Reasons to Consider Smartlipo Oct 5th, 2020

You get home from a super intense gym session (your third this week!), proud of your hard work and engulfed by the endorphins that come with a good sweat. As you get ready to step in the shower, you decide to take a moment and evaluate your progress.  One glance...

Are There Less Invasive Alternatives to Hysterectomy? Sep 17th, 2020

A hysterectomy is a traditionally invasive procedure that involves complete surgical removal of the uterus, plus other organs and tissues if deemed medically necessary. A hysterectomy ends menstruation and means you can no longer become pregnant, which makes it a no-go for many women.  While a hysterectomy may be necessary...

How to Lower Your Risk for Recurrent UTIs Aug 14th, 2020

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can result in an immensely unpleasant collection of symptoms, including: burning, itching, painful urination, abdominal pain, and feeling like you have to run to the bathroom every 30 seconds.  This is all even worse when your UTIs keep coming back.  Dr. Leroy Charles, expert OB/GYN at...

What Conditions Cause Heavy Periods? Jul 15th, 2020

Anyone who has dealt with heavy periods can back this up: They’re abysmal.  What’s arguably worse, though, is not knowing why you bleed so heavily during your period. Of course, much of it has to do with genetics, but there are potential underlying causes — especially if you experience severe...

What Causes Spider Veins? Jun 15th, 2020

Over the years, you may have noticed some unsightly veins popping up across your body and face. They may be purple, red or blue. They might lie flat or stick up slightly. Maybe they hurt, maybe not.  Only one thing is for certain, however: You want them gone!  You can’t...

Myths and Facts About Botox You Should Know May 22nd, 2020

Botox® will make you emotionless. Botox is poisonous. Botox is addictive. No, no, and no! Myths about this popular cosmetic treatment abound, and what has assumed a role as conventional wisdom would have you think that Botox is the worst of all available cosmetic treatments.  Of course it’s not, says...

How to Improve Your Sex Life After Menopause Apr 17th, 2020

Women have enough on their plate in the months leading up to menopause. Between hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, and weight gain, the last thing you want is for your sex drive to go out the door — or worse, for your sex drive to be high, but sex to...

Exploring Birth Control: Benefits of the Ring Mar 3rd, 2020

Choosing birth control is a personal decision that includes a number of factors, including any personal histories with particular types of birth control (any side effects you had), your family goals, whether you need help preventing STDs, effectiveness of the method, and potential health benefits.  Of the many types of...

Here's Why Women Should Never Ignore Vaginal Pain During Intercourse Feb 1st, 2020

Up to 75 percent of women will experience painful sex in their lifetime, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Unfortunately, painful sex is often a very difficult topic to discuss with your partner, and even with your women’s health care provider.  If you feel embarrassed or awkward...

Hysterectomy Alternative: What is a Uterine Ablation? Jan 1st, 2020

Most women have experienced the occasional heavy period. But if you find yourself wishing you had stock in the pad and tampon companies, it’s time to seek medical attention, especially if the bleeding lasts longer than eight days and/or is accompanied by a lot of pain. At our office in...

What Type of Birth Control Is Best Suited for My Lifestyle? Dec 1st, 2019

You have lots of options when it comes to choosing a safe and effective method of birth control. But, if you’re not sure what’s going to work best for your life, having so many options can be a bit of a double-edged sword. Choosing a birth control method is an...

How Menopause Affects Your Mental Health Nov 1st, 2019

Menopause, a normal transition in all women's lives, leads to a lot of changes, both physical and emotional. While each person's menopause is different, menopause usually begins between the ages of 45-55, and marks the end of your reproductive fertility. Hormonal shifts during menopause can leave your body feeling different...

Should I Be Worried About Uterine Fibroids? Oct 1st, 2019

Uterine fibroids affect anywhere from 20-80% of women in the United States in their later childbearing years — typically in their 30s and 40s. While these growths are benign, they can become problematic if they grow in size or number. In fact, 30% of women between the ages of 25...

The Most Common Causes of Pelvic Pain Sep 4th, 2019

There are many reasons why pelvic pain may arise. It occurs in the area below your stomach and between your hips. Pelvic pain can affect women at various stages of their lives, and it’s often accepted as normal. At Women’s Pavilion of the Palm Beaches in Greenacres, Florida, our team...

Why More Women Are Turning to the IUD for Their Birth Control Aug 6th, 2019

The intrauterine device (IUD) provides long-term birth control for women that is more effective than the pill, patch, ring, or condom. It’s effortless once it’s in, and it can be removed easily when you want to get pregnant. Its many benefits make it an excellent option for women of all...

How Endometriosis Affects Fertility Jul 26th, 2019

Endometriosis can cause discomfort, pain, and other health issues in women. Side effects can include irregular bleeding, cramps, abdominal pain and other symptoms. As awful as these symptoms are, one of the biggest problems is that the condition can cause infertility.  At The Women’s Pavilion of the Palm Beaches in...

A Pap Smear Can Save Your Life; Are You Up to Date? Jun 18th, 2019

First developed in 1928 by George Papanicolaou, the Pap smear has become one of the fastest, easiest, and most effective ways to find cervical cancer early and save women’s lives. At the Women’s Pavilion of the Palm Beaches, Dr. Leroy Charles conducts Pap smears when needed as part of your...

Managing Menopause Symptoms With Hormone Therapy: What You Need to Know May 22nd, 2019

Now two women experience menopause alike — some barely skip a beat while others are plagued by life-altering side effects that range from lack of sleep due to night sweats to weight gain. While nothing can be done about this inevitable transition from your reproductive years, there is a way...