When women are given the right information about menstrual issues, menopause, pain, incontinence and sex, Dr. Bradley finds women can significantly improve their quality of life and become their best selves.
Dr. Shannon Bradley has spent 20 years practicing general OB-GYN, including office examinations, surgery, and delivering babies. Recently, she has focused her practice on providing women alternatives for treating various women’s health concerns. When women are given the right information in a comfortable environment, Dr. Bradley finds that women can significantly improve their quality of life.
Sometimes education is the best medicine. It may seem daunting, but taking the time to understand what medical options are available to you in the healthcare setting can be life-altering: It could mean the difference between an existence of wellness and joy, or one of discomfort and disorder. Realizing for yourself which medical symptoms are manageable and which are not is a key step in the journey toward becoming your healthier, better self.
Do you occasionally leak urine when you jump, run or sneeze? Ok, maybe more than occasionally? If you leak once or twice a year … no biggie. It’s annoying – but tolerable – and not something you need to spend a lot of energy to fix. But. If you leak to the point where you wear a pad, avoid activities and feel generally anxious about wetness … do something about it! Pelvic health specialists are available to evaluate you and provide options like physical therapy, pelvic floor rehabilitation or minor surgery. Knowing what your alternatives are empowers you to make your own choices. And, naturally, you can’t know what your preferences are until you learn your options.
Heavy, painful and unpredictable periods? Many women let their monthly period dictate their lives. If you are planning your day – or vacation, outings, overall schedule – around your period, you are one of them. Know that you don’t have to do this. There are multiple, conservative surgical options available to you. Take the initiative to visit your women’s healthcare provider and learn more. You may not find a choice that motivates you to make a change, but you won’t know until you have this discussion.
Not satisfied with the look or function of your nether regions? Gynecologic aesthetics is an emerging field of cosmetic surgery that can change the look of the labia, or function of the vagina, with in-office procedures that don’t require general anesthesia or an operating room. Don’t be shy about exploring options for labial reduction or vaginal tightening. It’s a common curiosity, believe it or not. And remember this: There is no “normal” size or shape of the vulva or vagina. It’s not about achieving some sort of ideal, but rather about building an informed decision to make – or not make – a change.
Unhappy with your sex life? Unfortunately, this is a common problem. On the bright side, there are solutions. There is a plethora of options to improve the female sex drive, enhance sexual pleasure and treat vaginal dryness and pain. Women’s health providers are open and eager to hear about your concerns and provide you solutions for improving sexual function. So find them. Ask them. And then decide for yourself what is right for you.
You have a very personal, internal measure of what affects your quality of life in a positive or negative way. Only you can decide what matters enough to seek options for change. The first step is simply educating yourself. Cast aside your fears and reticence and have those discussions with your women’s health provider to educate and empower yourself. Only then will you be equipped with the right information to make healthy decisions and to take the steps to become your best self.
Dr. Bradley's presentation on September 11 will provide information about the therapies that can improve a woman’s quality of life to treat menopause, sexual dysfunction, menstrual pain, and incontinence.