At Loudoun Women’s Healthcare Associates’ offices in Lansdowne, Virginia, Dr. Roopa Duggal, Dr. Chauncey Stokes, and nurse practitioner Jessica Braun have helped many women through menopause. Respected for their knowledge of menopause and pelvic organ prolapse, Dr. Stokes, Dr. Duggal, and Braun have all been recommended by many of their patients to other women in both Lansdowne and neighboring Leesburg, Virginia.
Menopause is medically defined at 12 months after a woman’s last menstrual period. This marks the end of a woman’s menstrual cycles. Most women experience menopause in their 40s or 50s.
Menopause may be accompanied by several different symptoms. Common symptoms include difficulty sleeping, reduced energy, emotional changes, and hot flashes. In some cases, women going through menopause experience potentially serious health conditions, such as pelvic organ prolapse.
Pelvic organ prolapse is also called pelvic floor prolapse. It occurs when a pelvic organ drops from its proper position lies on the pelvic floor or pushes against other that are below the dropped organ. The uterus, bladder, vagina, rectum and small bowel may drop.
Pelvic organ prolapse is more common in women who are going through menopause than in other women for two reasons. First, the muscles that normally hold these organs in place are stretched during childbirth. By the time a woman reaches menopause, they may be significantly weakened. Second, estrogen levels drop during menopause, and this can ultimately lead to a pelvic organ dropping. Estrogen is used to produce collagen, which is a protein that strengthens the tissues that hold the pelvic organs in place.
There are a variety of ways to treat pelvic organ prolapse. Cases that don’t pose an immediate health risk may initially be treated by doing pelvic floor exercises, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining a healthy weight. Sometimes, these actions are enough to help the muscles surrounding the pelvic organs regain their strength.
In severe cases or ones that don’t improve with other treatment, surgery may be necessary. Thanks to advancements in surgical procedures, minimally invasive procedures are often an option if surgery is necessary. These procedures are often not the first choice of treatment, but they have shorter recovery times than traditional surgeries.
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"For a new patient, Dr Duggal truly showed concern and wanted to find a solution to the issue I came for. She built up my history but also inquired about my future plans"
"I had the best prenatal care in this clinic. Everybody is friendly and caring. Love and respect to Dr. Roopa Duggal and the staff, I will be returning again."
"I couldn't have asked for a better OB/GYN to see me through my first pregnancy! HIGHLY RECOMMEND DR. DUGGAL!"
"He delivered my baby by VBAC two weeks ago and did an amazing job!"
"I switched to this practice when I moved to the area and wanted to get pregnant. Dr Stokes and Jessica his NP were very diligent about helping us make this happen."
"I am a new patient of Dr. Stokes and I am already a fan. He provides excellent professional service. He is knowledgeable, caring and easy to work with."
"I love the team - everyone is extremely friendly and they always seem to remember their patients. I always feel very welcome when I go to the office, that I recommend."
"Dr. Duggal came highly recommended when I was looking for someone to do my tubal. All went well with my surgery and recovery. I will use her for my annual well visits."
"Dr. Duggal was extremley kind and patient. My only two request were a pain-free and non c-section delivery. She made both happen."