Blog Archive

What Is Integrative Medicine? Jun 11th, 2020

If every person is unique and has individual needs, shouldn’t health care be a customized service? Mark P. Schumacher, MD, certainly thinks so.  That’s why he offers integrative medicine ― the practice of treating you as a whole person, not as a health condition or a set of symptoms ―...

Why Should I Use Birth Control? May 26th, 2020

Most people know the main purpose of birth control is to prevent unwanted pregnancies. However, pregnancy prevention is far from the only reason that nearly two-thirds of American women use birth control. In this blog, Mark P. Schumacher, MD, explains some of the other reasons for using birth control. Reasons...

Why Do I Need a Pap Smear? Apr 10th, 2020

The mere thought of a Pap smear is enough to make many women shudder. No one likes the thought of baring it all for anyone to see ― even a doctor ― or being poked and prodded. Truthfully, though, Pap smears aren’t as awful as they’re made out to be,...

How Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Can Improve Your Weight Loss Efforts Mar 6th, 2020

As you get older, you might notice your body taking on a different shape. Perhaps you’re holding a little more fat than usual in your stomach, and your pants are a bit snug. This is a completely normal part of aging for most women, although it doesn’t have to be. ...

Who Needs an STD Test and How Often? Feb 1st, 2020

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are some of the most commonly contracted diseases around, with more than 20 million new cases diagnosed each year. Unfortunately, because most STDs don’t show signs or symptoms, for every new case, there are likely several more left undiagnosed.  Expert OBGYN Mark P. Schumacher, MD, offers...

10 Tips for Managing Menopause Symptoms at Work Jan 1st, 2020

While every woman experiences menopause differently, your body will likely react with some changes during this stage of life. Common menopause symptoms, like mood changes and weight gain, can interfere with your comfort and concentration. When symptoms are obvious, they can distract from the professional image you present to colleagues....

Does Endometriosis Cause Infertility? Dec 1st, 2019

More than 11% of American women between 15-44 years of age have endometriosis. Unfortunately, many ignore these symptoms as “women’s troubles.” Worse yet, few primary care physicians understand how serious and common this condition is — or the toll it can take on a woman’s fertility.  At his practice in...

My Pap Smear Results Were Abnormal—Now What? Oct 31st, 2019

After you get a Pap smear, a procedure to test for cervical cancer in women, you'll receive a readout of your results. Your results can be normal, with no problems detected, or abnormal.  If your Pap smear test has come back with an abnormal result, you probably have questions about...

What Can I Do About Chronic UTIs? Oct 1st, 2019

Just having a urinary tract infection (UTI) is bad enough, but when it’s seemingly never-ending, things just get infinitely worse. Chronic UTIs can become more than just an inconvenience when you’re repeatedly dealing with the same infection. Even when you’re treated with antibiotics, persistent UTIs can pop up. Dr. Mark...

Most Common Causes of Pelvic Pain Sep 1st, 2019

If you’re suffering from pain in your lower belly or pelvis, it’s hard to know if it’s a fleeting problem or the symptom of something more serious. Because pelvic pain is a symptom of many things, it’s important to seek medical help to determine the underlying cause.  Depending on the...

What an HPV Diagnosis Means for Your Reproductive Health Aug 2nd, 2019

The human papilloma virus, or HPV, is a common sexually transmitted disease in both women and men. According to the Cleveland Clinic, about 79 million American are infected with HPV, and 14 million more are infected each year. Many people don’t even know they have it because they don’t have...

How Menopause Affects Your Mental Health Jul 12th, 2019

As women navigate periods of hormonal and emotional transition, they’re given leeway and understanding when their mood or emotional state is affected. Puberty and pregnancy -- becoming a woman and becoming a mother -- are both times of great change in your body and life. It’s generally expected that there...

What to Expect from an Annual Pelvic Exam Jun 3rd, 2019

It’s normal to feel nervous or embarrassed about pelvic examinations, but they’re an important and normal part of taking care of your body. An annual pelvic exam is quick, isn’t painful, and Dr. Mark Schumacher has performed thousands, so you’re in safe hands. A routine pelvic exam can check for...

Choosing the Right Birth Control for You May 6th, 2019

Choosing the right contraceptive for your health and lifestyle is important. Each type of birth control is different. With different side effects and varying lengths of effectiveness. It's crucial you understand everything before you pick a birth control method.   Understand how birth control methods work Birth control works to...

How Integrative Medicine Can Help Treat Uterine Fibroids Apr 12th, 2019

Uterine fibroids are a common gynecological condition. By the time women reach age 50, the incidence of fibroids is 70% in Caucasian women and 80% in African American women. Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that grow in the lining of the uterus. They can affect women both pre- and post-menopause,...

What to Expect if You Have an Abnormal Pap Smear Mar 1st, 2019

You may not look forward to your annual well-check examination, but you schedule one regularly because it’s important to catch gynecological abnormalities early. Most results come back fine, but sometimes a Pap smear analysis indicates an abnormality with your cervical cells. Mark P. Schumacher, MD provides compassionate obstetrical and gynecological...

5 Factors That Will Increase Your Chances Of Starting Menopause Earlier Than Other Women Feb 8th, 2019

There’s no test that can predict when you’ll enter menopause. Since family history is a pretty good indicator, you can look at when it happened to your mother and older sisters, but it’s not failproof. A woman enters menopause when she goes 12 months since her last period. On average,...

How MonaLisa Touch Can Help Boost Your Sexual Confidence This Year Jan 22nd, 2019

It would be safe to say that, biologically, women are designed to reproduce. Whether or not you do, your health and wellness are still governed by this biological imperative, for better or for worse. And this includes your sexual health. As a board-certified OB/GYN, Dr. Mark P. Schumacher understands this...

8 Tips For Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain Dec 10th, 2018

Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the average person gains nearly a pound. That might not sound like much weight, but people rarely lose the pound after the holidays. Instead, they continue accumulating more weight year after year. Dr. Schumacher wants to make sure that everyone knows how to stay...

Urinary Incontinence: Learn Your Treatment Options Nov 21st, 2018

Urinary incontinence can disrupt your life, even beyond the potential for embarrassment it creates. However, it is a fairly common occurrence in women, with 3%-17% of women experiencing urinary incontinence at some point in their life, most often around menopause. If you’re in that statistical category but you want out,...

What Are My Chances of Becoming Pregnant on ClomidⓇ? Oct 17th, 2018

When you’re concerned about your fertility, it’s understandable to want clear, definitive answers about whether or not various treatments will help you become pregnant. Understanding the risks and success rates of each option will help you make better choices and increase your chance of conceiving. Unfortunately, fertility is often a...

Why Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy May Be Right For You Sep 21st, 2018

Hormones coordinate most of your body functions including your appetite, libido, and even your immune function. So when your body experiences a hormonal imbalance at menopause, it often comes with a significant impact on your well-being.As you may suspect, some of the unwanted symptoms you are likely to experience include...

Considering Permanent Birth Control? All Your Questions Answered Aug 15th, 2018

There are many reasons women choose a form of permanent birth control, which is sometimes called sterilization. If you’re considering permanent birth control, you probably have some questions. Because of the intensely personal nature of choosing a birth control method that works best for you, you should carefully discuss your...

MonaLisa Touch®: Your Hormone-Free Solution to Painful Intercourse after Menopause Jul 31st, 2018

The effects of menopause, especially those related to sexual health, have long been swept under the rug, leaving women to suffer in silence after their reproductive years while men have benefitted from little blue pills. Thanks to the growing efforts of gynecologists like Mark Schumacher, MD, effective solutions are now...