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Women’s Health | The Healthy Woman Blog - Part 2

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Dr Armity Simon on Your Life A to Z

September 1st, 2010 No Comments » In Women's Health, by admin

Dr Simon on Your Life A to Z

August 31st, 2010 No Comments » In Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), Women's Health, by admin



Bone Health

June 10th, 2010 No Comments » In Women's Health, by admin

A state of the art bone density study is offered to all of our patients over the age of 40. We believe that preventive medicine has more advantages to the health of the patient’s, hence, finding bone loss early prior to osteoporosis will give the patient an opportunity to be proactive about their bone health. The procedure is done in our office and takes approximately 15 minutes and will allow us to assess the health of the bones in two major problem areas: hips and spine. Patients will be instructed with treatment options according to the findings, normal bone mass, low bone mass (osteopenia) or severe bone loss (osteoporosis).

Armity A. Simon, M.D., OB/GYN Scottsdale, AZ.

Reminder For Breast Self Exam

June 10th, 2010 No Comments » In Women's Health, by admin

The more you examine your breasts, the more you will learn about them and the easier it will become for you to tell if something unusual has occurred, or if something has changed. This is an important part of taking care of yourself and may lower your risk of breast cancer.

With all the things you have to get done in your life every month, it’s all too easy to forget to perform your breast self-exam. Numerous studies have shown that early detection increases breast cancer survival with successful treatment options. Each month we send out a self-exam reminder via e-mail, so if you are interested please go to our website at www.drarmitysimon.com and click on sign-up.


~Armity A. Simon, M.D., Ob/Gyn, Scottsdale, AZ.

Yaz Safety Concerns

March 18th, 2010 No Comments » In Women's Health, by admin

The safety and protection of consumers and patients must be the focal point of modern medicine. Too often than not, drugs are approved for national use, only to be recalled weeks or months later due to adverse side effects and symptoms that went unnoticed or repressed from public knowledge.

Thousands of young women around the country have been taking medications such as Yaz or Accutane. There is sufficient amount of data and research regarding why using these drugs can come with many side effects.

Drospirenone, known as “Yaz,” was approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) on March 16, 2006 as an oral contraceptive to prevent against pregnancy, treat acne and treat the symptoms associated with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). The medication contains the hormone estrogen and a type of progestin called drospirenone to prevent ovulation.  

A Black Box warning currently exists for Yaz consumers of the risk of cardiovascular side effects that may occur in patients who smoke while taking the medication.

Yaz Side Effects are increased with age and the amount of time the drug is taken. Women over the age of 35 who smoke 15 or more cigarettes daily have their chances of developing the following side effects: stroke, blood clot and heart attack. Research has shown extreme side effects may include increased chances of developing certain types of cancers including: Liver cancer, liver tumors, liver bleeding and breast cancer.

As mentioned in the paragraph above, Acutane Side Effects are very similar to that of Yaz. Certain conditions may warrant an adjustment in the suggested dosage of Accutane for some patients. A patient should notify a doctor of any of the following conditions: personal or family history of mental illness or depression, asthma, liver disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease or an eating disorder.

Research has indicated the prolonged use of Yaz may also increase the chances of developing an ovarian cyst.  Women should speak to their OB/GYN  about any cyst they have, especially if they are experiencing pain in the pelvic region.

When the ovulation process does not occur, or when a mature follicle breaks up, a form of an ovarian cyst may arise known as a “follicular cyst.” This cyst can sometimes reach two or more inches in diameter, but will normally disappear by itself after only a few months. Although most ovarian cysts are not so uncommon for women and usually do not warrant significant concern, it can cause severe discomfort and for others, may require treatment. There are several instances where it may lead to cancer.


What can you do?

By consulting your physician or OB/GYN  and doing individual research, you can obtain the best method of treatment that is right for you personally. Sometimes, prescription or over the counter medications can provide the best treatment, other times they may not.

Eating a well balanced diet is vital in preventing chronic conditions and other health problems. Medical experts suggest eating simple organic foods; avoid junk foods; fried foods and make sure to eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables every day.


DrugWatch.com educates visitors by providing access to a database of thousands of medications and associated side effects. DrugWatch.com is updated daily with news breakthroughs, information about medications currently involved in clinical trials, up-and-coming drug recalls, and Food and Drug Administration warnings. The information on the Web site is intended to serve as an additional resource only, and the content is not a substitute for the opinion of a physician or other professional.”

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