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By Sharon B. Diamond, MD, FACOG, MSW
October 01, 2019
Category: Women's Health
Tags: breast cancer  

Discover some effective techniques for coping with breast cancer.

Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis can unleash a storm of powerful emotions within you. Overwhelming fear, confusion, and anger all breast cancercommonly arise within patients at this stage, and accordingly, coping with the news becomes one of the highest priorities for those who are recently diagnosed. Fortunately, Dr. Sharon Diamond, your gynecologist on the Upper East Side, NY, can help to walk you through the entire process.

Talking to Your Physician
Understanding your diagnosis is an important first step, and Dr. Diamond is here to provide you with the information you need to address your concerns. Furthermore, to ensure that you read only the most reliable online sources, Dr. Diamond can give you personal recommendations on which sites to trust. After all, the more you learn about your diagnosis, the more in control you’ll feel. Dr. Diamond is also available to meet with you and your family or friends after you’ve seen the relevant specialists (breast surgeons or oncologists) to help you digest and process the information you have been given so that you can make the best choices for you.

Sharing Your Emotions with Your Loves Ones
Bottling up your feelings will only have negative consequences. Although it will be hard to talk about, reaching out to those closest to you is an important step of the process, especially because it gives them a chance to support you throughout your treatment. During this point, don’t be alarmed if you are experiencing any of the following emotions,

  • Numbness, you might feel disconnected from yourself
  • Disbelief, especially if you feel perfectly fine
  • Fear, stemming from an unknown future
  • Anger, you may wonder what you did to deserve this
  • Sadness, worry about what may happen

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
Support comes in all different forms, from support groups and neighbors to family and your religious community. Now is the time to reach out to that caring network to share your experience and receive help. After all, talking with them about what’s going on and how you feel will be far more helpful than ignoring your feelings and struggling by yourself.

Combat Stress with Activity
Staying active is important, even with your new diagnosis. Of course, we know that some days are going to be harder than others, which is why it’s important to find simple and doable ways of staying active no matter how you’re feeling. This may mean doing something simple like taking a walk around the neighborhood or through a local park to enjoy a warm, sunny day. Any activity that helps reduce stress will also provide you with the necessary mental respite you need.

Need Care? Give Us a Call
Dr. Sharon Diamond provides top-quality gynecological care for women in the Upper New York, NY, area. If you are reeling from a breast cancer diagnosis, reach out to our office today at 212-876-2200. Our care team will be with you every step of the treatment process, answering any questions or concerns that you might have.

By Sharon B. Diamond, MD, FACOG, MSW
July 30, 2019
Tags: Birth Control  

There are many forms of contraception available to you and it’s important for you to be familiar with them.
 
If you go online you’ll soon discover a myriad of contraceptive options and it can be very confusing to figure out which is the best one for birth controlyou.  Whether this is your first time considering contraception or if you’ve been using something that you aren’t completely satisfied with, Dr. Sharon Diamond, an Upper East Side, NY gynecologist is available to provide you with the birth control counseling you need to be able to make informed decisions regarding your sexual health.
 
Here are different types of contraceptives you can discuss with Dr. Diamond in her Upper East Side, NY office:

  • Hormonal birth control such as pills, patches, vaginal rings, an injection or implant.
  • Intrauterine devices (IUD), which can be hormonal (containing progestin) or non-hormonal (copper coated)
  • Barrier methods such as diaphragms and condoms
  • Natural methods such as abstinence

While these can be effective in preventing pregnancy, it is important to remember that only a condom can prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
 
There are lots of factors to consider when it comes to deciding on the contraceptive method most suitable for you. Being able to sit down with gynecologist Dr. Diamond and discuss what you’re looking for in your birth control will help you to make the right choice. For example, if you don’t think you’ll remember or be able to take your medication every day at the same time, birth control pills might not be the best approach.  In that case, a vaginal ring, a patch, an injection or an IUD may be better options. For women who want little hassle when it comes to contraception and aren’t interested in getting pregnant for some time, the IUD might be the best choice. It is inserted into the uterus with a minor in-office procedure and it can remain there for 3 to 10 years, depending on the type.
 
An IUD comes in a hormonal and non-hormonal form so even those who experience negative side effects from hormonal birth control can still consider an IUD. Very little of the hormone actually enters the body outside of the uterus so hormonal side effects are minimal or non-existent. The hormonal IUD’s, again depending on type, can remain in place for 3-5 years whereas the non-hormonal IUD can be left in place for up to 10 years.
 
Another factor to consider is your tolerance for hormonal medication. We know that some women experience negative effects with hormones or for medical reasons cannot take them, and if you are someone who has been having difficulty finding the birth control that’s right for you, there are several non-hormonal options out there. We can discuss all the pros and cons and help you choose the one that’s most appropriate for you and your health.
 
If you would like to meet with Dr. Sharon Diamond to discuss birth control options to find the method that most fits your lifestyle and reproductive issues, don’t hesitate to call our Upper East Side, NY office today to schedule a consultation. Call (212) 876-2200.

By Sharon B. Diamond, MD, FACOG, MSW
December 14, 2018
Category: Women's Health
Tags: Menopause  

Midlife brings many important changes to a woman's life, including menopause. This normally occurs on average at age 51 for women in menopausethe U.S. Your gynecologist in Upper East Side, NY Dr. Sharon Diamond, will help you manage your menopausal symptoms, which can include hot flashes or night sweats, vaginal dryness, mood swings and other symptoms, allowing you to feel your best and to embrace this new and exciting transition.

What is Menopause?
This refers to the time of life after a women’s menses have permanently stopped. Typically, when a woman hasn't gotten a period for 12 months in a row, she is in menopause and may need help managing the various symptoms associated with this change.

According to the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), due to fluctuating hormone levels, women often experience menopausal symptoms starting in their early 40s. The average age for the last period is around 51 although some women become menopausal years earlier or as late as 58 or 59.

Symptoms of Menopause
At middle age, a woman may expect to have menopausal symptoms such as:

  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Mood swings
  • Spotty or extra-heavy periods
  • Urinary urgency and frequency
  • Vaginal and urinary tract infections
  • Painful intercourse
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Weight gain

Symptoms vary in intensity and duration. No two women experience menopause in the same way, and that's why Dr. Diamond makes careful menopause management available in her Upper East Side practice.

Treating Menopause

Your physician will carefully tailor your menopause treatment plan according to your specific preferences and health care needs. Dr. Diamond may recommend simply keeping active with regular exercise and a diet that is high in omega-3 fatty acids, flax seed, iron, and calcium. Women also should limit caffeine and spicy foods if they find that these trigger hot flashes, night sweats or other symptoms.

For vaginal dryness and atrophy, Dr. Diamond may prescribe vaginal hormone cream or an innovative procedure using the Mona Lisa Touch laser. Performed in the office, the Mona Lisa Touch laser treatments stimulate the body's natural collagen, thus improving the thickness, elasticity, and moisture of vaginal tissues. A total of three treatments, six weeks apart, usually achieve the desired effect with minimal discomfort and no downtime.

Feel Your Best!

With expert and compassionate menopausal management with Dr. Sharon Diamond and her caring team, you can tackle menopause with comfort and confidence. Please contact our Upper East Side, NY office for an appointment at (212) 876-2200.

 

By Sharon B. Diamond, MD, FACOG, MSW
August 01, 2018
Tags: Birth Control  

What your doctor in Upper East Side, NY, wants you to know about birth control counseling

Birth control is a vital part of family planning and you should consider carefully which method is best for you. Your doctor can help you birth controlmake the right choice. Dr. Sharon Diamond in Upper East Side, NY, wants to share some information with you about several of the birth control options available.

Popular birth control choices are hormonal contraceptives including:

  • A birth control pill; a small pill taken daily which releases hormones to prevent pregnancy
  • A skin patch; a small patch attached to your skin which releases hormones gradually to prevent pregnancy
  • A vaginal ring; a flexible plastic ring inserted into your upper vagina which releases hormones to prevent pregnancy
  • A birth control shot; an injection of hormones which is administered every 3 months
  • An implant; a small rod-like device which releases hormones to prevent pregnancy. The implant is placed into your upper arm and can last up to 3 years.

Another option is an intrauterine device, commonly known as an IUD. An IUD is inserted into your uterus and remains inside for varying periods of time. The insertion is a minor procedure which is done in Dr. Diamond’s office. There are IUDs which contain hormones and can be left in place for 3 to 5 years. The advantages of these are that they commonly reduce the amount and duration of menstrual flow as well as cramping that may accompany the period.  There is also a non-hormonal IUD which can be left in place for up to 10 years.

Other birth control options include condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, sponges, and spermicide. In addition to offering protection from pregnancy, condoms also help prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases or STDs.

Selecting a method of birth control is an important decision and one you don’t need to make alone. You deserve to know all of your options and your doctor will be happy to discuss them with you. For more information about birth control counseling and other gynecological services, call Dr. Sharon Diamond in Upper East Side, NY. Make an appointment for birth control counseling by calling (212) 876-2200 today!

By Sharon B. Diamond, MD, FACOG, MSW
December 12, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: Menopause  

Every woman will experience menopause. The average age for women in the U.S.  51 years, though it can occur earlier or later and peri-menopausemenopause, the time leading up to the complete cessation of menses is extremely variable in duration and can last from months to years.  Some women seem to go through this transitional period with only minor and fleeting changes while other women deal with very unpleasant symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness and other issues. These can be a bit more challenging to tackle. Our Upper East Side, NY, gynecologist Dr. Sharon Diamond has some answers to help manage your menopause and peri-menopausal symptoms.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

Once women reach menopause the amount of estrogen and progesterone the body produces is dramatically reduced, and during peri-menopause the production of these hormones can be very erratic – reaching record highs and lows.  These changes can lead to a variety of symptoms such as hot flashes, headaches and night sweats. For some women a short course of hormone replacement therapy might be appropriate to combat the symptoms and restore or improve quality of life. For these women our Upper East Side, NY, OBGYN will provide you with the hormone replacement best for you, usually bio-identical treatments (hormones identical to those your own body produced during reproductive years). Treatment can come in the form of oral medication, gels, implants or patches which modestly increase estrogen or progesterone levels to successfully reduce and even eliminate your symptoms. 

For some women, for example those with a history of, or at high risk for certain malignancies, hormone therapy would not be appropriate. For those women, or for those who choose not to take hormones, there are also simple measures you can take to reduce symptoms of menopause in your day-to-day life:

Treating Hot Flashes and Night Sweats

If you deal with intense hot flashes it’s a good idea to wear lighter, loose-fitted clothing  of natural fibers, and to dress in layers. Turning down the temperature at night before going to bed or placing a fan next to your bed while you sleep can also help.  Also, document which foods might also be causing your hot flashes. You may find that caffeine, spicy foods, or alcohol are triggers for you.  Avoiding or reducing your intake of these foods and drinks can help reduce the frequency of your hot flashes and night sweats.

Treating Mood Swings

If you suddenly feel like you have a short fuse with those around you or you are finding yourself dealing with depression or anxiety, it is  important that you talk to your doctor about these issues. There are certain non-medicinal approaches you can take to reduce stress and anxiety. Finding an outlet for your anxiety such as taking up yoga, meditation or even being referred to a therapist can help with your anxiety  and negative feelings and help you find a sense of balance.

Sexual Issues

Menopausal women are also more likely to report sexual issues including discomfort or pain at this time. This is usually due to the decrease in estrogen that results in vaginal and vulvar dryness, thinning, and loss of elasticity. If you find that you are suffering from these changes, there are many options to help including vaginal products such as hyaluronic acid gels, or prescription local estrogens such as creams, suppositories, or rings.  The MonaLisa Touch laser treatment is another option as are the use of special lubricants to help improve these uncomfortable symptoms.

Menopause may be a challenging time in a woman’s life but our expert gynecological team here in Upper East Side, NY, can help. We are happy to sit down with you and figure out a treatment plan that truly works.





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