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Urogynecologist vs Gynecologist: What’s the Difference?

October 12, 2020

When female issues arise it’s sometimes hard to know who to turn to in order to seek help. We typically rely on a gynecologist for day-to-day problems including menses, fertility, birth control and the overall health of our vagina. But what do you do if you have a problem that falls out of those categories? Maybe you have incontinence or […]

Beat the Bulge

August 16, 2018

If you ever were to notice a bulge in your vagina, here are some common reactions that you might have. 1. Is my vagina falling out? 2. Am I inflating? 3. What is that? Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) is very common and is one of the main conditions we treat at Austin Urogynecology. POP can originate in the bladder, uterus, […]

Rectifying your Rectocele

September 28, 2017

Many women experience vaginal looseness, decreased sensation with sex, and even constipation following vaginal deliveries. The supportive tissues become stretched with the stresses of pregnancy and delivery. This stretching can lead to a rectocele, which is a bulging of the rectum into the vagina. Some women will notice a vaginal bulge and may have a sense of incomplete defecation or […]

Is My Vagina Normal?

July 28, 2017

Many women are concerned with the way their vaginas look because it looks different from photos and videos that they’ve seen in the media. “Is my vagina normal?” has slowly started to become a common question asked by women around the world. There is no standard of normal when it comes to vaginas because they’re all different. Vaginas, just like people, […]

Benefits of Vaginal Estrogen

February 10, 2017

Estrogen is a naturally occurring hormone present in females that is secreted mainly by the ovaries. Its main function is female reproduction and sex characteristics but also contributes to cognition, mental health and immunity. As women age, and after some surgical procedures, hormone levels can decrease leading to irritative, and sometimes painful symptoms. Decreased levels of estrogen can cause atrophic […]

Martius Flap

December 15, 2015

A Martius flap is a procedure that is done to reinforce the urethra during a urethral repair. The flap is created by transferring fatty tissue from the labia majora to the urethra. This procedure is often done at the time of a urethral diverticulectomy. The fatty tissue that is placed around the urethra to give an extra support layer between […]

Looking for a Urogynecologist in Austin?

April 23, 2015

Austin was named one of the fastest growing cities in 2015 by Forbes Magazine, with a projected population growth rate of 2.51%. With this influx of people moving to Austin to live near family, for our versatile jobs and great culture, there is a growing need for healthcare! It can be difficult to find a new doctor when you move […]

Vulvar Vestibulitis

February 10, 2015

Vulvar Vestibulitis is characterized by pain limited to the vestibule, the area surrounding the opening of the vagina. The pain of Vulvar Vestibulitis is present when pressure is applied to the vestibule (sexual intercourse, tampon insertion, prolonged sitting) and is described as burning, soreness, stinging, rawness, throbbing, or itching. Causes include: Chronic irritation to the vestibule from irritants such as creams, […]

Power Morcellation No Longer Utilized at Austin Urogynecology

December 30, 2014

Several months ago, we posted an update on new recommendations regarding power morcellation used during laparoscopic and robotic hysterectomies. Since that time, most of the hospitals where Dr. Shashoua operates have elected to stop carrying all power morcellators. This decision has been made because of concern for the small risk of spreading an undiagnosed uterine sarcoma (a type of cancer). […]

Kegel Exercises / Kegel Maneuvers

August 8, 2014

Kegel exercises strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and can be done to help treat urinary incontinence. To identify the proper muscle to improve muscle control we suggest you insert a finger in the vagina and squeeze your finger. Once you have identified the correct muscle, you can do the exercises at any time during the day. The muscles that contract […]

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