Why our Gynecologist recommends this IUD...

Intrauterine devices (IUDs) have become an increasingly popular form of contraception in the US due to their convenience and effectiveness. However, the cost of these devices has been a barrier to some women. The Liletta is the first IUD created by a non-profit organization to provide a more affordable option that still has all the benefits of the more costly IUDs.

At Rittenhouse Women's, we have decided to offer this IUD not only for the benefit to our patients, but also to the community. Liletta provides devices to the local health centers at almost no cost to help protect underprivileged and at-risk women from unintended pregnancy. We believe that better access to this device can improve lives and should be an option for all women.

Why choose the Liletta?

The Liletta is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy and can decrease the amount of bleeding and cramping you have with your periods. It is placed in the office in only a few minutes and can be removed at any time. Once removed, your ability to get pregnant returns right away. There is a low risk of complications during placement or significant side effects from the device. While newer than most other IUDS, Liletta has been evaluated in the largest IUD trial that has ever been conducted in the US. This study showed Liletta was also safe and effective for women who have never been pregnant before.

How does it work?

How long does it last?

What are the risks and side effects?

To read the answers to these questions and more about the IUD Litetta, visit the article on our blog here. 

Tis The Season For Skin

This time of the year is a good time to remind ourselves about skin cancer. There are three main types of skin cancer: squamous cell skin cancer, basal cell cancer and melanoma. I will review the most important information about each of these types to help increase your awareness.

Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is very common. It is the second most common type of all cancers. Occasionally it can be aggressive and cause metastasis. The common areas that may contribute to re-occurrence include cancers that develop around the lips and ears. Immunosuppression, tumor diameter and nerve involvement may also contribute to re-occurrence.

Basal Cell Carcinoma is another common skin cancer, but the lesions are rarely metastatic. On the other hand, they do tend to invade/destroy the surrounding tissue. It is much less common in African Americans, and men are 30% more likely to develop BCC than women. The likelihood of occurrence increases as you get closer to the equator. The likelihood also increases with age, specifically between the ages of 55 to 75. Genetic and environmental risk factors are very important contributors in developing this type of cancer. Frequency and intensity of sun exposure are also big factors. Tanning beds can increase the likelihood of developing BCC. While exposure to psoralen plus ultraviolet light (PUVA) does increase its' incidence, it is not as high of a risk as SCC. Medications that cause increased sun sensitivity also contribute to developing BCC. Chronic immunosuppression is too a contributor.

To read more about skin cancer detection and prevention, click here



5 Way to Spring Clean Your Health

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and spring has (finally!) arrived. This is the season of renewal, so what better time to clean up and refresh your health. Here are 5 easy ways to get started today!

1) Get outside!

These warmer temperatures are just calling for a walk at lunchtime, a run down the Schuylkill River Trail, or a picnic in Rittenhouse Square. Though being active is important, just getting out into the fresh air can lead to greater happiness. Maybe give gardening a try. Even small city balconies can grow veggies in pots and containers and people who garden have reduced stress, get increased amounts of vitamin D and can have improved mental clarity. Plus, they tend to eat more fruits and veggies, which leads us to our next tip.

2) Clean up your diet

With fresh fruits and veggies more readily available this time of year, it is a great time to embrace "clean eating". This means incorporating fresh, real, whole foods into the diet and limiting overly processed foods with long, indecipherable ingredient lists. Ways to achieve clean eating include: increasing your intake of fresh fruits and veggies, eating the least processed grains (such as quinoa, wild rice, steel cut oats), avoiding added/refined sugar and going light on meat products. Choosing grass-fed/pasture raised options when you do eat meat is overall better for your health and the health of the environment.

Read the last 3 ways to spring clean your heath here


DermaCenter Medical Spa at the Rittenhouse Women's Wellness Center would like to invite you to our Center for our  exclusive injectable party!

Dana Shanis M.D. is available for Juvederm and Voluma injections. She has been injecting at our practice since she joined and has completed an advanced injection training which trained her on intricate filler solutions around the jaw and other locations that are cutting edge at aesthetically enhancing your appearance. 

Catherine McGinty MSN, FNP-BC,  is a board certified family nurse practitioner. She is available for botox injections. For more information on Catherine McGinty, click here

 *Must sign up for Brilliant Distinctions program in order to receive discount. 

As a healthcare facility, we would like to encourage our employees and patients to exercise more while also promoting health related charities. Our next health walk(s) we will be attending:

May 2nd, 2018
Starts 4:30pm
800 Lancaster Ave
Villanova, PA US 19085
Listening Walk at the Zoo
May 6th, 2018
Starts @ 9:30am
The Philadelphia Zoo
3400 West Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure
May 13th, 2018
Starts @ TBD
Eakins Oval
2400 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130

We look forward to seeing you there!

When attempting to schedule an appointment online and you do not see the option for the type of appointment that you are trying to schedule, please call the office at 215-735-7992.

Our Nurse Practitioner Catherine McGinty has returned from maternity leave! She will be seeing patients on Monday's and Tuesday's. 

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