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5 Common Myths About STDs Nov 1st, 2021

Nearly 68 million Americans have sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and many of those infected have no idea they have one. At McDowell Mountain Gynecology, board-certified gynecologist Rachel Spieldoch, MD, FACOG, and our team offer comprehensive gynecology services in-office, including STD testing. We can determine which tests you need based on...

All About Lichen Sclerosus: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment Oct 18th, 2021

Lichen sclerosus may not be common, but that doesn’t make it less painful or concerning. Fortunately, Dr. Rachel Spieldoch and her team at McDowell Mountain Gynecology in Scottsdale, Arizona, can help. Dr. Spieldoch offers comprehensive diagnostic services and an up-to-date surgical suite so she can treat numerous conditions in a...

Minimally-Invasive Surgery for Endometriosis: What to Expect Sep 5th, 2021

Modern medical science has made it possible to perform many traditional treatments using gentler techniques to reduce pain, scarring, and recovery time. Endometrial ablation is a minimally invasive technique that treats various underlying conditions that affect your reproductive health and quality of life. Dr. Rachel Spieldoch is an expert in...

5 Things Every Woman Should Know About Fibroids Aug 23rd, 2021

Uterine fibroids, often simply called fibroids, are growths in the uterus that are usually not cancerous. You can have one or multiple fibroids, which can vary in size, and it’s not uncommon to go years without realizing you have them. If they cause bothersome symptoms, however, it’s time to see...

How Does a Birth Control Patch Work? Jul 18th, 2021

The birth control patch is a type of contraception that delivers drugs via transdermal application. This method involves administering medication through your skin to achieve the same or better benefits as oral medication. The birth control patch delivers estrogen and progestin, the same hormones used in many birth control pills....

Not Your Mother’s Hysterectomy: The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery Jun 7th, 2021

A hysterectomy is rarely the first-line approach to treating a women’s health issue. However, when other treatments don’t relieve your pain and other symptoms, a hysterectomy may be the best solution to address issues such as endometriosis, fibroids, and uterine cancer.  Historically, a hysterectomy could lead to months of recovery...

Microneedling: The All-Natural Skin Rejuvenation Treatment Everyone is Raving About May 4th, 2021

Puncturing the top layer of your skin with micro-fine needles to create a healing response may sound implausible, but this minimally invasive cosmetic treatment works. It’s called microneedling, and everyone is raving about it. Microneedling can correct a wide range of skin flaws, from minimizing the appearance of acne scars...

How to Alleviate Hot Flashes and Night Sweats Apr 8th, 2021

While every woman endures menopause differently, hot flashes and night sweats are relatively common at this stage of life. About 85% of women experience these symptoms, which are brief and sudden increases in body temperature.  Hot flashes and night sweats, or excess sweating overnight, can start as early as two...

5 Signs of Endometriosis Mar 4th, 2021

Your uterus is a much more complicated organ than you may realize. It has a lining called the endometrium, which is essential when it comes to your menstrual cycle and reproduction. Each month during your period, your endometrium breaks down and bleeds away, then during your next cycle, it regrows. ...

Benefits of an IUD for Birth Control Feb 1st, 2021

From condoms to pills, women have many choices when it comes to birth control. A little over 10% choose an intrauterine device, also known as an IUD. Dr. Rachel Spieldoch and her professional staff at McDowell Mountain Gynecology provide all aspects of women's healthcare. From annual pelvic exams to skincare...

Myths and Facts About Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women Jan 1st, 2021

If you’re a woman undergoing the hormonal fluctuations that accompany perimenopause or menopause, you may wonder if you’re ever going to feel normal again. Though you’d originally considered HRT, all the studies that associate it with life-threatening conditions such as breast cancer and heart disease give you pause. While there’s...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Dec 22nd, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

Our Best Winter Skin Care Tips Dec 1st, 2020

Chilly winter breezes may feel refreshing, but they aren’t all that good for your skin. Winds and low temperatures can interfere with your skin’s protective moisture barrier, leading to dry skin, itchiness, and an overall loss of shine and glow.  To help you out, we asked our experts at McDowell...

3 Reasons Why You Need an Expert Gynecologist on Your Team Nov 19th, 2020

Deciding which doctor you need to see for a particular health issue isn’t always clear. You probably already have a primary care provider who is a generalist and can treat a wide variety of conditions, and they can also refer you to specialists for more specific needs. But what about...

Abnormal Pap Test – Navigating Your Results Nov 9th, 2020

By Laura Van Steyn PA-C   Receiving an abnormal test can be scary. We are here to help!   Pap Smear Test: Let’s face it, no woman enjoys getting a Pap Test, but it is the ONLY WAY to effectively screen the cervix for cellular changes associated with Human Papilloma...

Myths and Facts About Birth Control Oct 6th, 2020

Birth control is a personal decision a sexually active woman must make to avoid an unwanted pregnancy. When considering your options, how do you know what method is right for you? Which types of birth control are most effective?  Learn the facts about birth control so you can make an...

Why Vaginal Rejuvenation Is a Great Option For Post Menopausal Women Sep 1st, 2020

After the physical turmoil of menopause, you're likely to notice changes in your vaginal appearance and function. You may feel unattractive or worry that your partner may no longer feel attracted to you. You might experience discomfort and dryness, even when you're ready for comfort and pleasure. You could also...

5 Common Causes of Pelvic Pain Aug 17th, 2020

It’s not uncommon for women to experience pelvic pain, especially during the first day or two of their period. But not all pelvic pain is the same. 15% of childbearing age women suffer from chronic pelvic pain, which is pain that lasts longer than six months.  Your pain may develop...

We Can Help You Reduce the Severity of Your Menopause Symptoms Jul 22nd, 2020

The natural ebb of the menstrual cycle begins in most women in their late 40s or early 50s. Once you haven’t had a period for 12 consecutive months, you’re in menopause. It’s a normal part of aging, but it can bring frustrating symptoms, such as: Hot flashes Night sweats Decreased...

Which Type of Birth Control is Right For You? Jun 18th, 2020

Birth control is a general term used for a variety of methods that prevent pregnancy. It’s also commonly called contraception. While no single birth control method is right for everyone, there are dozens of options to choose from to meet your specific needs.  At McDowell Mountain Gynecology in Scottsdale, Arizona,...