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What to Know Before You Go

By: Allison Andrews, WHNP
At what age should I get my first Mammogram?
Women with an average risk of breast cancer should undergo regular, annual screening mammography beginning at age 45 years, with women having an opportunity to choose to begin annual screening as early as age 40; women 55 years and older should transition to screening every other year.

What is a Mammogram?
A mammogram is a form of radiology imaging that is used to find changes in breast tissue. Conventional digital imaging typically gives the radiologist one look at overlapping breast tissues, but 3D mammography tomosynthesis takes pictures of the breast from all different angels providing a clear, accurate view.
Always let your provider or technologist know if you have any breast changes or concerns. Also, review any medical history that could affect your breast cancer risk such as; surgery, hormone use, breast cancer in your family, or if you have had breast cancer before.
Before getting any type of imaging, it is important to tell your technologist if you are breastfeeding or if you think you might be pregnant.
Where do I go for a mammogram?
It is important to find a clinic that specializes in mammograms as they meet FDA standards of health and safety. You want to try and go to the same facility every time so that your mammograms can easily be compared from year to year. If you need to switch facilities, bring a list of the places and dates of previous mammograms, biopsies or consultations.
What to wear during a mammogram?
Arrive at your appointment wearing a two-piece outfit, as you will have to remove your shirt for the exam. Do not apply any deodorants, powder, ointment, or lotions the day of your mammogram.

More Q&A's about Mammograms here


If you need a Mammogram script - you can request one at the front desk.  
­Endometriosis: Everything You Need to Know
By: Reproductive Medical Associates


If you don't have endometriosis, you've probably heard of it - it affects about one in ten women of reproductive age. Although the condition's two main symptoms are pelvic pain and infertility, both are treatable, and women with endometriosis often go on to have healthy pregnancies.
If you are having pelvic pain or trouble getting pregnant then you should schedule an appointment with your practitioner and we can refer you, if necessary, to a specialist. 
What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a condition where cells from the endometrial lining implant and grow outside of the uterus (including on the ovaries, the pelvic cavity and the fallopian tubes), causing inflammation and scar tissue that can lead to pelvic pain and infertility.
What are the causes of endometriosis?
There are several potential causes, including:
  • Retrograde menstruation: During menstruation, while most of the blood and tissue flows out of the vagina, a small amount of blood and tissue travels up backwards through the uterus and fallopian tubes and into the pelvic cavity. In most women, the immune system gets rid of that blood and tissue. By contrast, the immune system of women with endometriosis is unable to fully eliminate the backflow. Therefore, tissue from the uterine cavity is able to stick to and invade areas outside of the uterus. This is the most common cause of endometriosis.
  • Blood or lymphatic system spread: endometrial cells can spread to other parts of the body (the pelvic cavity in particular) through blood.
  • Coelomic Metaplasia: in this case, cells in other parts of the body unrelated to the uterus turn into endometrial cells.
Read more about Endometriosis here


Introducing our NEW PARTNER

Offering our members

15% OFF


YOGA HIVE Philly is OPEN for business! We are full of gratitude and so excited to meet our Philly community! YOGA HIVE Philly is unpretentious, inviting, community-driven, and focused on wellness through power yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and gathering. 

YOGA HIVE Philly offers a variety of  classes for all levels, as well as several options to buy single classes, class packs, monthly and annual unlimited class passes, and private sessions. 

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:

Greenway 5K Run/1.5 Walk
October 6th, 2018
Starts 9:00am
Pennypack on the Delaware Park
7750 State Road
Philadelphia, PA 19136
Northeast Philly 5 Mile Run & 2 Mile Walk
October 14th, 2018
Starts @ 8:15am
9800 Ashton Road 
Philadelphia, PA  19114
Apples and Honey Fun Run
October 21st, 2018
Starts 8:30am
Pennypack on the Delaware Park
7750 State Road
Philadelphia, PA 19136

We look forward to seeing you there!

The office will be closed from 12:30pm to 3pm on Thursday October 18th for a Physician's meeting

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