Myomectomy is a procedure performed by gynecologists to remove fibroids from your uterus. Here, we discuss how the procedure can be performed, as well as some of the reasons why it may be recommended.

When Is Myomectomy Recommended?

Also known as leiomyomas, uterine fibroids often develop during childbearing age. The goal of myomectomy surgery is to remove fibroids — which are muscular tumors — that are causing lifestyle challenges. For example, doctors may recommend the procedure to women who experience persistently uncomfortable symptoms, such as heavy bleeding, pain during sex, and lower back pain.

In some cases, uterine fibroids may also interfere with the ability to become pregnant. While a hysterectomy can be performed to remove fibroids and alleviate their symptoms by removing your uterus altogether, myomectomy is preferred for women who plan to have children, as the process aims to keep your uterus intact.

How Is a Myomectomy Performed?

Myomectomy can be performed in several ways — including in some cases, robotically. The precise method used will depend on factors such as the type, size, and location of your fibroids. Here are the most common approaches.

Laparoscopic Myomectomy

Certain fibroids may be removed laparoscopically. In this procedure, several small incisions are made in your lower abdomen. Then, a small, lighted device called a laparoscope is inserted through one of the incisions, allowing surgeons to see the reproductive organs. Surgical instruments are then inserted through the other incisions and used to remove the fibroids.

With this minimally invasive procedure, recovery tends to be shorter and easier than open, or abdominal, myectomy. In most cases, patients can anticipate a full recovery within two to three weeks.

Hysteroscopic Myomectomy

In some cases, hysteroscopic myomectomy may be performed instead. With no need for incisions, a camera with a specialized attachment is inserted through the vagina. This surgery is quick and also typically requires a short recovery time, although is best suited for submucous or intracavitary myomas that are easily reached and seen.

Abdominal Myomectomy

An abdominal myomectomy is performed via a horizontal or vertical incision in your abdomen. Because it is more invasive, this procedure is typically reserved for fibroids that are large or deeply embedded within your uterus. In some cases, a surgeon may start out with a laparoscopic surgery and switch to an abdominal procedure if they find that the fibroids are larger or more firmly rooted in the uterus than previously thought.

Recovery after an abdominal myomectomy is similar to the process of healing after any major surgery. Patients will need to avoid strenuous activity or heavy lifting, and full recovery may take four to six weeks.

No matter which type of myomectomy you need to receive, the process is typically performed under general anesthesia. While laparoscopic and hysteroscopic myomectomies tend to be outpatient procedures, an abdominal myomectomy generally requires a hospital stay of one to two days.

If you think you could be experiencing uterine fibroids or you have other gynecological concerns you’d like to discuss, turn to our providers for high-quality, compassionate care. Our experienced surgeons perform both in-office procedures as well as laparoscopy and hysteroscopy surgeries. Schedule an appointment online or by calling 404-352-2850.

While imaging services like CT scans and MRI can provide many insights about the body, there are certain internal structures that require different techniques for clinical assessment. In the field of gynecology, doctors use a hysteroscopy to look inside the cervix and uterus. Here’s everything you need to know about the procedure.

What Does Hysteroscopy Entail?

A hysteroscopy involves the use of a tube known as a hysteroscope, which is equipped with a small camera. The hysteroscope is inserted through the vagina and sends images onto a video screen for analysis. A hysteroscopy can be performed either in a hospital or in a doctor’s office. Depending on the extent of the procedure, it may be performed while you’re awake or under general anesthesia.

The process begins similar to how a Pap smear is performed. The doctor will gently insert a speculum to open your vagina. The hysteroscope will be inserted next, and a gas or liquid (such as saline) will be pushed through the tool to expand your uterus. This provides a better view of your entire reproductive system, including your uterus and its lining, the opening of your fallopian tubes, and your cervix.

Some patients find the procedure and the period afterwards to be painless, but for others, cramping may occur. You may also experience light bleeding, as well as gas pains that can persist for about 24 hours. Your doctor will provide aftercare instructions, which may include taking over-the-counter medications and avoiding sex for several days.

Who Might Need a Hysteroscopy?

A hysteroscopy is commonly used as a diagnostic procedure. For example, a hysteroscopy may be recommended to investigate abnormal uterine bleeding, abnormal Pap test results, post-menopausal bleeding, infertility, or repeated miscarriages.

In some cases, a hysteroscopy may even be used as a form of treatment. Also known as an operative hysteroscopy, this procedure is done by a surgeon to remove any abnormalities causing issues such as irregular uterine bleeding. A surgeon may also use both a diagnostic and operative hysteroscopy at once; for example, they may start out by diagnosing the issue and then perform the necessary treatment to address it thereafter.

Some of the issues that can be treated during hysteroscopy include:

  • Adhesions: Uterine adhesions are areas of scar tissue that can affect fertility and lead to menstrual changes. These may be located or removed during a hysteroscopy.
  • Polyps and fibroids: Surgeons can also perform the surgical removal of these abnormalities during a hysteroscopy.
  • Displaced IUD: Should an intrauterine device become displaced, this procedure is sometimes used to locate and remove it.

Doctors may also take a small tissue sample during a hysteroscopy if any abnormalities are detected that call for further testing.

If you’re experiencing an issue that could benefit from a hysteroscopy, contact our team to discuss your options. Our team uses cutting-edge technology to perform diagnostic and screening tests, as well as procedures to address a range of women’s health issues. Request an appointment online or by calling our office at 404-352-2850.

Disease prevention is an important part of healthcare, but it is especially so with HIV and the resulting condition it may cause: AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). Here’s more information about HIV/AIDS, and why we encourage regular testing to both protect your health and prevent its spread — even if you are in a committed, monogamous relationship.

What is HIV?

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) attacks the white blood cells of your body. It significantly weakens your immune system, making it difficult to combat other illnesses and infections. Without proper treatment, HIV can cause AIDS, a late-form stage of the illness that can be fatal.

Currently there is no cure for HIV. While there are medicines that can help you live a healthy life and also keep HIV from becoming AIDS, prevention is the best way to stay safe.

Symptoms of HIV in its early stage can be hard to indentify, as they mimic those of the flu. As the disease progresses into later stages, fevers, fatigue, nausea and digestive tract problems, pneumonia, recurring vaginal infections, shingles and weight loss are also possible. But even when HIV advances and AIDS becomes a real threat, you may not experience extreme symptoms. So a test may be the only way you know for sure.

How is HIV Contracted?

Contrary to early myths, HIV is not passed through regular physical contact like hugging or shaking hands, sneezes, insect bites, or water. Instead, HIV is transmitted through bodily fluids like blood, semen, and vaginal or rectal fluids most frequently exchanged during unprotected sex.

This means that any time you have vaginal, anal, or oral sex, you are at some risk of being exposed to HIV. While it’s less common to receive HIV from a single life-long partner than if your lifestyle involves many sexual relationships, it can still occur. This is in part because unlike many other STIs, HIV can also be transmitted by sharing medical injection tools like syringes or tattoo needles.

Expecting mothers can also pass the disease to an infant during pregnancy, birth, or breastfeeding. So if you have contracted HIV without knowing it, you could not only spread it to your partner(s) — but possibly your child.

When Should I Get Tested, and What Does it Involve?

Safe sex is the key to HIV prevention, but testing contains the spread and allows you to receive potentially life-saving treatment. Though stigma and fear around HIV and AIDS may make you reluctant to get tested, the consequences of these doubts could be dire for you and others.

The CDC advises all pregnant women and individuals between the ages of 13–64 be tested for HIV at least once. There are other recommended guidelines for those of increased risk, but in general, yearly tests are advised for all sexually active individuals. If you are very sexually active with multiple partners, consider receiving a test every few months.

There are three types of tests for HIV, typically involving a blood draw. Antibody tests look for antibodies to HIV in your blood, antigen/antibody tests detect both antibodies and antigens for HIV, and nucleic acid tests (NATs) detect the actual virus. Note that HIV cannot be detected immediately after infection, regardless of the test you receive, so different waiting periods are required.

Your doctor or gynecologist will have the best advice about which test to take and when, as well as how frequently you should be tested. Many schedule their HIV test with their annual Pap smear, but if you are concerned now about HIV and potential exposure to it, our specialists are here to provide caring help right away. You can schedule an appointment with us online, or call (404) 352-2850.

Even if you’ve been on top of your gynecological health for years, HPV and the vaccine preventing it may be new to you. If you are a young person at the beginning of your own health journey, you may be more familiar, but still not understand why doctors are advising it.

Here’s more about this disease, the vaccine that protects you against it, and why women — and men — of nearly all ages may want to partake.

HPV Basics

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common STI, affecting 43 million Americans in 2018, a number that includes people who have only had sex with one person, and young adults. HPV often does not present symptoms, and frequently goes away on its own within a year or two — making it seem like a relatively harmless STI to contract.

But Dr. Obiamaka Mora warns that almost all cervical cancer — as well as other cancers including those of the penis, anus, vulva, and vagina — is caused by HPV. Over 4,000 women die of cervical cancer alone each year.

Fortunately, HPV is relatively simple to combat.

Vaccination = Prevention

Up to 93% of cervical cancers can be prevented with a combination of an HPV vaccination and regular health screenings. Like many others, the HPV vaccine produces antibodies that bind to the virus when it is introduced to the body, and therefore render it ineffective.

Human papillomavirus vaccines are among the most effective vaccines available worldwide, proving to be 99% successful when given to women who have not otherwise been exposed to the virus.

History of the HPV Vaccine

If HPV and vaccination against it feels new to you, you’re possibly not alone. Formal scientific findings about HPV and its relationship to cervical cancer were not presented to the medical community until 1991. And it took another several years of design and testing for the first vaccine (Gardasil) to receive approval. Since then, two other vaccinations have also been approved, and their acceptance has been generally widespread. As of October 2019, 100 countries worldwide are actively including the HPV vaccine as part of their recommended health schedule.

Who Can Get the HPV Vaccine

All people ages 9 to 45 can get the HPV vaccine to protect against genital warts and/or different types of HPV that can cause cancer,” Planned Parenthood asserts. And though it may seem a surprising or uncomfortable topic, it’s now also recommended that children as young as 11 or 12 receive the HPV vaccine as part of their regular health check-ups, to ensure they’re fully protected before they become sexually active.

Note that different individuals may need as many as three doses to safeguard against the virus, depending on age and when they first receive the vaccine. Close conversation with your doctor about your age, sexual activity, and other lifestyle or health risks will help determine the cadence best for you.

At Avant Gynecology, we are dedicated to guarding both your sexual and overall health. If you are concerned or curious about HPV —  or any other STI — and want to learn more from a caring professional, call us today at (404) 352-2850, or connect with us online.

A regular skincare routine can keep your body’s largest organ healthy and looking its best. Boosting your skin health is also an important self-care activity that can benefit your mental wellness — something that may be particularly helpful during hormone swings that can occur during pregnancy, menopause, or your regular monthly cycle.

But a 12-step routine with a multitude of products might cause more stress than good. Though morning and evening routines may vary based on your age and the season, in general, the following steps are all you need to maintain healthy skin.

Cleansing is Key

Washing your face gets rid of the germs, dead skin, and pollutants that may collect on your skin throughout the day. If you go to sleep without washing it, you are inviting those things to wreak havoc, making your skin more oily, prone to acne, and susceptible to skin diseases. Regular cleansing is one of the most basic skincare pillars to build from.

Ideally, wash your face each morning and evening with a cleanser that’s formulated for your skin type. For example, sensitive skin does best with hypoallergenic, fragrance-free formulas, while a non-comedogenic product is recommended if you have a tendency to have acne breakouts.

Keep in mind whenever you’re washing, that hot water can dry out your skin, leading to inflammation and a decrease in your natural, healthy oils.

Tune Up with Toner

Toning is a revitalizing but often overlooked step of skincare. In the past, toners may have received a bad rep for containing alcohol-based astringents that caused further irritation. But more current formulas available can refresh your skin without stripping away natural moisture.

In general, face toners prep your skin for moisturizing, while polishing off any excess oil and stubborn dirt or makeup that may have been left behind even after washing. They can easily be applied gently using your fingertips or a cotton pad.

Manage Your Skin with Moisture

Moisturizing is the final step in the most basic skincare trio. Regularly applying a moisturizer allows you to lock in moisture, which combats dryness and maintains elasticity.

Similar to cleansers and toners, you can find a variety of different moisturizers formulated for specific skin types. For example, people with overly dry skin may need a cream or ointment formula. If your skin tends to be oily, a gel version will be more lightweight. As you age, your skin produces less lubricating sebum over time, so your moisturizer may need to change along with the rest of you. But applying a lightweight moisturizer each morning and night can help your skin retain its suppleness at every stage.

Other Additional Steps

Once you’ve established a routine with the three basics, you can build in different treatments tailored to your needs and wishes. For example, increased amounts of dead skin cells during different seasons can create dullness and lead to clogged pores, but utilizing a gentle exfoliating product two to three times a week may brighten things up.

If it’s within your budget, an occasional facial can also help boost collagen production, increase blood circulation, and provide a deep clean beyond your standard routine. They’re also highly relaxing, and provide several benefits to boost your mood and mental health.

No matter what you’re doing to tend to your skin, sunscreen should always be a key component no matter the time of year. Use a broad spectrum SPF of 30 or higher, even in winter months, as UV rays are still strong enough to cause damage.

For advice on tending to your skin and every other aspect of your feminine wellness, schedule an appointment with us online, or call (404) 352-2850.

Regardless of how old you are when it strikes, menopause is the time of life when you can no longer get pregnant, because your menstrual periods have permanently ceased.

Age, family history, and preexisting medical conditions all contribute to when menopause will begin — and end. “In the United States, the average age for menopause is 51 for non-smokers and 49 for smokers,” the Endocrine Society reports, “with a typical age range somewhere between 47 and 55 years. Some women experience menopause sooner — before age 45 is considered early menopause, and before age 40 is considered premature menopause.”

Though there’s no clear start date for menopause, and each individual is affected differently, here are some symptoms to be on the lookout for, and how to treat them.

Irregular Periods

“When it comes to your menstrual period, a variety of changes are possible,” explains Avant Gynecology expert, Dr. Lynley Durrett. “It could mean a change in timing — for instance it’s coming more or less often. Or it could mean a change in flow, including heavier or lighter amounts of blood than usual. There may even be bleeding or spotting between your periods.”

Irregularity in an otherwise dependable menstrual cycle could signal perimenopause, which is the start of your menopausal season. Tracking your period regularly, and keeping up annual gynecological appointments can help determine whether you are truly in menopause or not.

Shifting Moods

Mood changes including unexplained or exaggerated irritability, sadness or depression, malaise, aggression, hyper-elevated stress, and challenges with concentration can all be attributed to the normal hormone shifts that occur during menopause. This is particularly so if you have a previous history of depression or mental health issues.

If you’re noticing mood swings that veer sharply from your stable “norm,” your gynecologist can help identify whether menopausal hormone changes are the cause. Individual therapy or other stress relieving tactics may provide some stability.

Hot Flashes

Perhaps the calling card for menopause, these sudden, uncomfortable temperature changes in your body occur when estrogen levels drop, affecting the part of your brain responsible for appetite, sleep, sex drive, and body temperature: the hypothalamus. “When these estrogen levels lower during menopause,” Avant Gynecology expert, Dr. Lynley Durrett explains, “your internal thermostat goes a bit haywire, often registering as simply ‘too hot,’ for no clear reason.”

When they happen at night, these hot flashes are called night sweats, and can deeply impact the quality of your sleep.

Just like everything else during menopause, your hot flashes will be different from someone else’s. But there are several different solutions, including hormone therapy, dietary adjustments, or herbal treatments. Your gynecologist can help you narrow down the unique combination of measures that suits you best.

Dry Vagina

Though vaginal dryness can happen at any age for a variety of reasons, the drop in estrogen during menopause commonly decreases your natural vaginal moisture. This results in several possible symptoms, including:

  • itching and burning
  • decreased sex drive
  • bleeding after sex
  • frequent urinary tract infections

If this dryness impedes your sex life (or general comfort), your gynecologist can recommend a variety of remedies including lubricants, creams, or suppositories that can get you back in the saddle.

As you can see, menopause comes with its own “personality,” just like the rest of us. To get a full handle on your symptoms and the best relief, schedule an appointment with us online, or call (404) 352-2850. Our compassionate team is eager to provide award-winning, individualized support through every phase of your gynecological health.

 

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths that develop in the muscle tissue of the uterus. Also known as myomas or leiomyomas, these growths are the most common abnormality that occurs in the female reproductive system. Some fibroids may not cause any symptoms whatsoever, but in other cases, women may experience issues including discomfort during sex, heavy and painful periods, complications during pregnancy and labor, and infertility.

When uterine fibroids affect your quality of life, you can discuss the option to have them removed with one of our providers. Though in certain cases a full hysterectomy may be recommended, very often a less invasive procedure known as a myomectomy can be performed to remove them through robotic surgery. Because a myomectomy keeps the uterus intact, it is frequently a preferred option if you still wish to have children.

Fibroid Removal Through Robotic Myomectomy

There are several surgical methods available to remove fibroids, and the type of procedure performed depends on the type, size, and location of the fibroids themselves. In these more traditional, open surgery procedures, doctors create an incision in the abdomen or through the vaginal wall to access the uterus. Handheld surgical tools are then used to remove the fibroids.

A robotic myomectomy is different, mainly because the surgical instruments are attached to robotic arms instead of the surgeon’s hands. Instead of directly making incisions and handling surgical instruments, the conducting surgeon sits at a separate computer console and controls the instruments remotely.

The other steps involved in a robotic myomectomy are largely the same as other procedures. You’ll still be placed under general anesthesia to sleep through the procedure. Your vital signs will still be monitored by nurses and technicians. The doctor will still direct small incisions to create as little scar tissue as possible, and a camera will still provide close-up views of the area. Once your fibroids have been fully removed, your incisions are closed up and bandaged in the same way.

The Robotic Myomectomy Difference

What sets robotic myomectomy apart from traditional methods is that it allows doctors to make very small, precise movements. This careful precision allows them to remove fibroids that would be more difficult to treat by other means. Although robotic surgery may take longer to complete than a laparoscopy, its other advantages include a lower level of blood loss, a shorter hospital stay (in several cases, patients are able to go home the same day), and less abdominal bleeding during the postoperative period.

After a robotic myomectomy, most women find their challenging symptoms such as heavy menstrual bleeding and cramping are resolved. They also retain good pregnancy outcomes within a year of surgery. (Though regardless of the kind of fibroid removal you undergo, we recommend you wait several months before trying to become pregnant to give your uterus time to fully heal.)

If you have uterine fibroids, or any other gynecological concern, turn to the providers at Avant Gynecology. Our team offers a wide range of services, including surgical interventions, to help you feel like yourself again. Make an appointment online or by calling (404) 352-2850.

Congratulations to Dr. Lynley Durrett and Dr. Obiamaka Mora for receiving Top Doctors honors in Atlanta magazine’s July issue!

Dr. Durrett has been practicing obstetrics and gynecology for more than 20 years and has been annually recognized as a Top Doctor in the publication since 2010.

Dr. Mora joined McDaniel and Durrett Gynecology in 2012 and oversaw the transition to Avant Gynecology in 2018. She has been recognized as an Atlanta Top Doctor in the publication for three years.

Both Dr. Durrett and Dr. Mora are currently seeing and accepting new patients at the Buckhead office located on the Piedmont Hospital campus.

“Receiving this type of recognition from my physician peers means so much to me,” says Dr. Durrett. “My ultimate goal is to be the best gynecologist I can be for the sake of my patients. I’m grateful for the honor, but more importantly, thankful for the privilege to serve.”

Dr. Mora echoes those sentiments. “Women’s health is my passion,” she says, “and I wouldn’t be able to accept an acknowledgment such as this without a patient population willing to trust me with their health and well-being.”

Drs. Durrett and Mora’s professional expertise include minimally invasive and robotic techniques with interests in vaginal prolapse treatment, pelvic reconstructive surgery, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, symptomatic fibroid management, and endometriosis management. They are also both members of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Medical Association (AMA).

Make an appointment with Atlanta’s Top Doctors at Avant Gynecology on our website or by giving us a call at (404) 352-2850.

Avant Gynecology is delighted to announce that two of our physicians appear on both Top Doctor lists featured in The Atlantan magazine and Atlanta magazine.

Those physicians are: Dr. Obiamaka Mora and Dr. Lynley Durrett.

The Atlantan magazine uses a database of top doctors compiled by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., an established healthcare research company based in New York. The publication features a total of 1,060 physicians representing the following counties: Bartow, Henry, Paulding, DeKalb, Fulton, Clarke, Cherokee, Cobb, Coweta, Dawson, Fayette, Forsyth, Gwinnett, Newton, and Oconee.

Atlanta magazine creates its list from a roster of doctors selected by Professional Research Service’s (PRS) database. A total of 1,098 physicians appear on the publication’s 2022 list. These doctors represent the following counties in Georgia: Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, and Rockdale. PRS creates its list by conducting an online peer-review survey of physicians in the metro Atlanta area. Physicians are asked to nominate fellow physicians they deem the best in their field of practice. Many votes were cast honoring excellence in all fields of medicine. The featured doctors were screened and selected through the verification of licensing and review of any infractions through applicable boards, agencies, and rating services.

Avant Gynecology would like to thank Dr. Mora and Dr. Durrett for their accomplishments and tireless work to provide optimal compassionate care to patients of all ages, races, sexual orientations, and religious beliefs.

Dr. Lynley Durrett received her Bachelor of Arts from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina and her Medical Degree from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. She is board certified in the practice of obstetrics and gynecology and a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (FACOG). Dr. Durrett’s professional expertise includes minimally invasive and robotic surgery techniques with interests in vaginal prolapse treatment, pelvic reconstructive surgery, symptomatic fibroid management, endometriosis management, managing urologic conditions, and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.

Dr. Obiamaka Mora completed a combined bachelor’s degree/medical degree program. She received her Bachelor of Science from Kent State University in Rootstown, Ohio and her medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Medical University in Rootstown, Ohio. She completed a fellowship in advanced pelvic surgery in Atlanta, Georgia. She is board certified in the practice of obstetrics and gynecology and a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (FACOG). Her professional expertise includes minimally invasive and robotic surgery techniques with interests in pelvic reconstructive surgery, symptomatic fibroid management, endometriosis management, and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.

Vitamins play an important role in all of our health, regardless of gender. Part of practicing optimal health maintenance includes understanding which particular vitamins your body needs most, and how they benefit your overall well being.

Some vitamins especially benefit women, whose nutrient needs change throughout their lifespan. For example, pregnant and breastfeeding women may temporarily require more of certain vitamins, while women in menopause or postmenopause may benefit from other boosts.

The key thing to keep in mind about vitamins is that they are organic substances we need, but are mainly produced by other plants or animals. Medical experts at WebMD emphasize that “the best thing to do is to keep up a balanced diet. But supplements can be a good way to fill in the gaps when they happen.” Make sure to talk with your doctor about which vitamin supplements they recommend if it’s difficult for you to acquire enough essential vitamins through food.

Here’s a closer look at three key vitamins that may be important for you.

Three Recommended Vitamins for Women

Folate/Folic Acid (Vitamin B9)

Sometimes referred to as vitamin B9, folate/folic acid is the nutrient in charge of healthy cell growth. It also supports formation of red blood cells, so medical experts believe it may be the key to preventing birth defects of the brain and spine. To safeguard against these potential neural tube defects (NTD), women are encouraged to begin taking folic acid supplements for at least three months before conception. The CDC further recommends that anyone who could become pregnant take at least 400 micrograms (400 mcg) of folate every day.

But folic acid is important for all women, regardless of their age, pregnancy status, or desire to conceive. Studies have shown that maintaining healthy levels of folic acid may play a role in preventing cardiovascular disease and stroke, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and several types of cancer.

Vitamin B12

Like folic acid, vitamin B12 may prevent neural tube birth defects, but is important for so much more. The biggest and most structurally complex of all the vitamins, B12 helps your body maintain nerve tissue health, produce red blood cells, and improve brain function. It may also prevent osteoporosis and macular degeneration.

Vegans may find it challenging to get enough vitamin B12 in their diets, as the highest levels are commonly found in animal products such as meat, eggs, and milk. Talk to your doctor about which supplements may help you maintain a vegan lifestyle while getting enough of this essential vitamin.

Vitamin D

Calcium is the mineral responsible for creating healthy bones, but your body can only absorb this important nutrient if vitamin D is present. Essentially the body’s building block for maintaining bone health, vitamin D also supports the immune system, and improves muscle function.

These benefits are particularly important to women’s health when it comes to osteoporosis prevention. But vitamin D supplements can be very beneficial for other postmenopausal care, as studies have linked it to the prevention of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, weight gain, and depression that can become more common as you age.

Sometimes referred to as the “sunshine vitamin,” vitamin D is mainly produced when exposure to the sun transforms a chemical in your skin. Based on where you live, your sunscreen usage, melatonin levels, and time of year, it can be tricky to navigate the proper amount of sun exposure to help your body make vitamin D. Talk to your doctor or health specialist for personalized advice.

Other Vitamins Essential for Women’s Health

The experts at Medical News Today have compiled a handy reference for recommended vitamin intake for women at every age, combining data from the Food and Nutrition Board and the Office for Dietary Supplements. But you and your doctor should work closely together to monitor your personal vitamin levels, individual health requirements, and dietary or supplemental recommendations.

Our experienced experts at Avant Gynecology are also happy to discuss your nutritional needs in detail if you have any further questions. Schedule your appointment today by visiting our website or giving us a call at (404) 352-2850.