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How to Help Your Daughter With PCOS Dec 1st, 2022

If your teen daughter has been diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), she’s not alone. About one in 10 teen girls has this condition, which causes the ovaries to produce excess male hormones.  It’s important to make sure your teen gets treatment for PCOS because having this condition increases her risk of developing serious health conditions...

Is Pain During Intercourse Ever Normal? Nov 1st, 2022

Sexual intercourse should be a source of pleasure, not pain. If sex brings you pain, it’s a sign that something needs attention. Pain during intercourse is never OK, so don’t wait to talk to a provider if it’s happening to you.  In women, painful sex (called dyspareunia) has many possible causes...

Where Do Ovarian Cysts Come From? Oct 6th, 2022

If you have ovarian cysts, you’re probably wondering why you have them and where they came from. The truth is, ovarian cysts are a normal part of your menstrual cycle, developing each month when an egg gets released from the follicle.  Sometimes, however, the cysts don’t go away as they...

What to Know If You're Pregnant and Have Gonorrhea Sep 1st, 2022

When you’re pregnant, you’re focused on protecting your growing baby. One of the best ways to do this is by prioritizing your health — including addressing and treating any sexually transmitted infections (STIs) you may have. At his private practice in White Plains and Queens, New York, women’s health specialist...

Does HPV Go Away on Its Own? Aug 9th, 2022

Did you know HPV, the human papillomavirus, is the most common sexually transmitted infection in America? There are more than 200 different strains of this virus, and over 42 million Americans have the infection — with about 13 million new cases occurring each year. Some HPV strains aren’t sexually transmitted and cause common...

I Keep Getting Urinary Tract Infections. How Can I Prevent Them? Jul 6th, 2022

At least once in their lifetime, most women experience the frequent urge to urinate, bloody urine, pain, and burning that urinary tract infections (UTIs) bring. But did you know that for at least 25% of women, these UTIs become a recurring theme? The bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli) causes more than 90% of UTIs. E. coli is naturally found...

Who Needs a Hysterectomy? Jun 1st, 2022

Did you know that hysterectomy is the second most common surgical procedure for women of childbearing age in the United States? By age 60, more than a third of all American women have had this gynecological surgery that removes reproductive organs. But not all hysterectomies performed are medically necessary. Removing...

Now That You're Sexually Active, Do You Know How to Protect Yourself From STDs? May 1st, 2022

Did you know that in America, over 20 million new sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) get reported each year? STDs don’t discriminate, meaning every sexually active person is vulnerable. Now that you’re sexually active, it’s important to protect your health — and your partner’s health — against STDs like chlamydia and...

6 Signs of Gonorrhea Apr 1st, 2022

Every sexually active woman, regardless of age or relationship status, is at risk of getting a sexually transmitted disease (STD). One common STD is gonorrhea, which causes at least 1.6 million new cases in the United States every year. As part of his commitment to women’s health, board-certified OB/GYN Daniel S. Kushner, MD, offers...

4 Popular Birth Control Methods to Consider Mar 1st, 2022

If you’re hoping to avoid pregnancy, you might feel overwhelmed by the many birth control choices available. From pills to patches to implants, selecting the right contraceptive isn’t always easy.  At his private practice in White Plains and Queens, New York, board-certified OB/GYN Daniel S. Kushner, MD, takes time to...

How Does Endometriosis Impact Mental Health? Feb 1st, 2022

If you’re one of the 10% of American women diagnosed with endometriosis, chances are good you already know that this chronic condition, in which the lining of your uterus or endometrium grows outside your womb, can trigger painful periods and other physical symptoms, including infertility.   But did you know that...

5 Encouraging Facts About Fibroids Jan 1st, 2022

Did you know uterine fibroids affect about 35 million American women? If you’ve received a diagnosis of fibroids or are worried you may have them, you might be concerned about the negative effects they can have on your life.  At the private practice of Daniel S. Kushner, MD, in White...

Painful Sex? It Could Be Ovarian Cysts Dec 1st, 2021

Ovarian cysts are extremely common, and almost every woman of childbearing age develops at least one cyst each month as part of her normal menstrual cycle. Most of the time, ovarian cysts go away on their own without causing any symptoms.  But when the cyst doesn’t resolve or when you...

Why Do I Keep Getting UTIs? Nov 1st, 2021

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are very common, affecting more than 1 in 5 women over their lifetimes. The most common symptom people with a UTI experience is a burning sensation when urinating, though the infection can cause other bothersome symptoms. It’s important to learn what you can do to avoid...

You Have HPV. Now What? Oct 1st, 2021

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a type of sexually transmitted infection (STI) that causes about 43 million infections in the United States each year. HPV infections are especially common in older teens and people in their early 20s. There are over 100 different types of HPV, many of which don’t cause...

Does PCOS Impact Fertility? Sep 1st, 2021

Although most women have heard of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), many don’t fully understand this condition and how it affects a woman’s body. Research into PCOS is ongoing, but it’s thought that there is a genetic cause, which means you’re more likely to have it if your mother or a...

How Often Should I Get a Pap Smear? Aug 26th, 2021

A Pap smear is a medical test that allows your doctor to get a sample of cells from your cervix, which connects your uterus and your vagina. Collecting a sample of these cells and sending it to a laboratory for analysis allows your doctor to detect any abnormalities that could...

4 Signs You May Have Endometriosis Jul 7th, 2021

It’s important to pay attention to your body so you know what’s normal for you and so you also notice when things are different. Endometriosis is a common condition affecting 2%-10% of women ages 25 to 40.  The symptoms of endometriosis vary but can be uncomfortable and distressing. It’s important...

I'm Scheduled for LEEP — What Do I Need to Know? Jun 15th, 2021

Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) is a very common technique for removing abnormal cells in the genital tract, but many people aren’t familiar with it. With such a long and complicated name, it sounds like it could be a difficult procedure. In fact, it’s fairly simple and quick, and there...

Understanding Ovulation May 12th, 2021

A woman’s reproductive system is complex, and it operates on a monthly cycle with distinct phases. It’s important to learn when you’re ovulating, especially if you want to avoid pregnancy or want to get pregnant. It helps to understand what’s going on with your cycle and how that affects your...

Treatment for Your UTI Apr 11th, 2021

Urinary tract infections are the second most common type of infection in humans. Approximately 10 out of 25 women will have a UTI at least once in their life. UTIs can cause a lot of discomfort, which can worsen if you delay treatment. Effective treatments can cure UTIs, and certain...

Understanding the Causes of Ovarian Cysts Mar 8th, 2021

Ovarian cysts are extremely common. Many women get one or more each month during the ovulation phase of their menstrual cycle — they often appear and then go away on their own without you knowing it. Unless multiple cysts form or a cyst gets much larger, you may not even...

What You Should Know About Endometriosis Feb 9th, 2021

Endometriosis is an often misunderstood condition that causes tissue similar to the inner lining of the uterus to grow outside of the uterus. This can be a painful, serious condition with a significant impact on your health and well-being. It’s important to learn the signs and symptoms of endometriosis so...

What Are My Birth Control Options? Jan 17th, 2021

You know you want birth control that’s easy to use and works well. Are you aware of all the birth control options that are available these days? There’s one that will work well for you and your lifestyle, and we can help you find it! Dr. Daniel S. Kushner is...

More Than Burning Urination: Signs of a UTI Dec 2nd, 2020

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are very common. It’s estimated that half of women and 1 in 10 men will have a UTI in their lifetime. They can occur in your bladder, kidneys, ureters, or urethra and can cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms.  Daniel Kushner, MD, is a skilled and...

What to Do if You've Had Unprotected Sex Nov 8th, 2020

Most sexually active people are aware that sex can cause pregnancy and can also spread sexually transmitted diseases. Using protection such as a condom or female condom can prevent the spread of STDs and prevent unwanted pregnancies.  However, sometimes in the heat of the moment, you might not be prepared...

Why You Shouldn't Ignore Excruciating Periods Oct 1st, 2020

Many women dread the arrival of their monthly period. Between the bleeding, cramps, bloating, and muscle aches, menstruating is inconvenient and uncomfortable. However, when periods are excruciating, it can make you really miserable and could be a sign of an underlying condition that needs treatment.  Dr. Daniel S. Kushner is...

Fibroids vs. Ovarian Cysts: How Are They Different? Sep 17th, 2020

As a woman, you know what’s normal for your body. When you start to experience strange symptoms, you may wonder what’s going on and if there’s something seriously wrong. It’s important to remain calm and make an appointment with an OB/GYN to talk about your symptoms and get a physical...

Here's How Electrocautery Can Help Treat HPV Aug 19th, 2020

Although human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD), it’s also one of the most misunderstood. Part of the reason for this is that there are many different types of HPV, and many of them don’t cause any symptoms. However, whether you’re aware you have it or...

5 Myths and Facts About Birth Control Every Young Woman Should Know Jul 27th, 2020

Choosing birth control is an important decision. You may have talked to your friends or read a few things online, but you may be overwhelmed and confused. There are a lot of myths about birth control, and it’s important that you learn the facts and get solid, trusted information when...

What to Expect During Your First Well Woman Exam Jun 22nd, 2020

A well-woman exam is a routine medical appointment that’s tailored to a woman’s needs. It involves a basic health check combined with routine diagnostic tests to detect any serious health issues. This exam also gives you an opportunity to bring up issues or questions and for your doctor to provide...

Vaginal Health: What Causes pH Imbalance? May 29th, 2020

Your vagina is an organ in your body that contains yeasts and bacteria that help to keep it healthy. The bacteria that thrive in your vagina allow it to have an acidic environment, which discourages infections. Sometimes, certain events can alter the functioning of your vaginal system and throw it...

What Is Retrograde Menstruation? Apr 15th, 2020

Retrograde menstruation is when a woman’s menstrual flow moves in the wrong direction. Most women experience this to some extent, but if it’s severe, it can cause pain and may lead to endometriosis. If you are having abnormal bleeding or any other gynecological problems or concerns, it's important to get...

Diagnosed with HPV? Here Are Your Options to Treat It Mar 1st, 2020

Whether you’re a sexually active individual or not, you’ve probably heard of human papillomavirus (HPV). With nearly 14 million new cases of HPV popping up each year in America alone, there’s good reason to be concerned about it.   If you’ve recently been diagnosed with HPV, which in some cases can...

Why Regularly Getting Pap Smears Is So Important Feb 3rd, 2020

Getting a Pap smear isn’t exactly something every woman looks forward to. That’s why at the offices of Daniel S. Kushner, MD, we take pride in providing our patients with comprehensive Pap tests in a comfortable environment. Sometimes called a Pap test, a Pap smear is a type of procedure...

Can Chlamydia Lead to Infertility? Jan 1st, 2020

Chlamydia is the most prevalent sexually transmitted disease in the United States. It’s estimated that more than 2 million cases occur throughout the country every year. However, just because it’s common doesn’t mean that it’s well understood by the general population. If you’ve been diagnosed with chlamydia, you likely have...

Choosing the Right Birth Control for Your Lifestyle Dec 1st, 2019

Today's birth control comes in many forms, from pills to patches to barrier methods. Some forms of birth control have to be used correctly every time you engage in sexual activity, like a condom, while others, like a hormonal birth control ring, last for up to a month. Most barrier...

Early Treatment Is Key When It Comes to UTIs Nov 1st, 2019

If you’ve ever had a UTI, you know it’s no picnic. UTIs are often extremely uncomfortable, even painful, and can lead to a host of other problems if not properly treated. For this reason, early treatment is definitely key when it comes to UTIs. Dr. Daniel S. Kushner and the...

Are Ovarian Cysts Normal (And What Can I Do About Them)? Oct 1st, 2019

Ovarian cysts are extremely common, but they can make life difficult when they grow too large or rupture. Many women experience ovarian cysts, but only a small number of them will require treatment or surgery.  When ovarian cysts begin causing problems, it's important to seek professional help. Dr. Daniel Kushner...

My Pap Smear Results were Abnormal—What Now? Sep 1st, 2019

You got your pap smear like you were supposed to and hoped everything would come back negative/normal. Unfortunately, you found out your results were positive/abnormal. Don’t panic; this doesn’t necessarily mean you have cervical cancer. What it does mean is that you need to undergo more tests to find out...

Can Endometriosis Cause Infertility? Aug 22nd, 2019

Incurable but manageable, endometriosis plagues an estimated 11% of American women between the ages of 15 and 44. This condition occurs when uterine tissue grows outside of the uterus, causing painful growths where there shouldn’t be extra tissue.  Endometriosis, often called “endo,” gets its name from the endometrium, or the...

Should You Consider Implant Birth Control? Jul 10th, 2019

Should you consider implant birth control? This method of contraception is for you if you’re looking for an effective, low-maintenance way to prevent pregnancy. Learn more about hormonal arm implants and intrauterine devices and decide which is best for you. Dr. Daniel Kushner and our team of highly skilled specialists...

Why a Growing Number of Seniors are Getting STDs May 20th, 2019

A recent study reveals sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in seniors climbed 23% from 2014 to 2017. Patients over age 60 account for the greatest rise in sexually transmitted diseases, more than twice the national average for people ages 13-59. This is partly due to a lack of communication. Gynecologist and...

How Fibroids Can Affect Your Everyday Life Apr 2nd, 2019

The National Institutes of Health estimate that about 80% of women will develop uterine fibroids by age 50. Not every woman who has fibroids knows it, though, since they are often asymptomatic or cause symptoms that are mistaken for other issues. When they do cause symptoms, however, fibroids can certainly...

What Every Woman Should Know About HPV Mar 5th, 2019

No one wants to think about sexually transmitted diseases, but without proper education regarding human papillomavirus (HPV), you may find yourself confronted with even worse topics like genital warts and even cancer. Fortunately, there are things you can do to protect yourself. Dr. Daniel Kushner provides treatment for a wide...

6 Tips to Prevent UTIs Feb 1st, 2019

One in five women will have a urinary tract infection at some point during her lifetime, and nearly 20 percent of women will have more than one. Some women experience recurrent UTIs. Even if you’ve only experienced one, it’s worthwhile to learn simple steps you can take to reduce the...

Learn More About Treatment Options If You Are Suffering From PCOS Jan 11th, 2019

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects approximately 1 in 10 women during their reproductive years. This common disorder is due to imbalanced reproductive hormones affecting the ovaries. So, if you have PCOS, your ovaries may not be able to make eggs or release them properly during your menstrual cycle. This hormonal...

Learn About Our Minimally Invasive Solutions for Fibroids, Ovarian Cysts, and Endometriosis Dec 11th, 2018

If you have uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, or endometriosis, surgery is sometimes a necessity if you want to feel better. You may require surgical treatment when more conservative approaches, such as medication, don’t work. Sometimes, doctors must perform gynecological treatment via open or traditional surgery — meaning it’s done through...

When Is Heavy Menstrual Flow Abnormal? Nov 15th, 2018

Months with heavier menstrual bleeding are common. Many women experience wide fluctuations in the amount of menstrual blood between periods, but not all episodes of excess flow can be classed as abnormally heavy, medically called menorrhagia. This is a condition where you not only experience major bleeding, but the associated...

Facts and Myths About the IUD and How It Stacks Up to Other Birth Control Options Oct 1st, 2018

Birth control is a top priority for many women. And there are a variety of options to choose from these days -- so many that it may be hard to pick one. Your doctor can help narrow the selection since not all methods of birth control are right for every...