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How Your Vagina Changes After Childbirth Jul 1st, 2022

You knew your life would change after your little one arrived. But did you know that even months after giving birth, you may experience changes to your vagina?  Rickie Guida, WHNP-BC, and the team at Alpenglow Gynecology in Littleton, Colorado, specialize in all aspects of women’s health — from the early teen...

Tips for Helping Your Teen Through Puberty Jun 1st, 2022

Once puberty arrives for your tween or teen daughter, her world changes. There’s no doubt that between her physical changes and emotional ups and downs, puberty can be difficult to navigate. Your daughter probably has many questions about what’s going on with her body. One of the best things you can do...

How Endometriosis Impacts Fertility May 3rd, 2022

If you’re living with endometriosis, you’re not alone. Around the world, more than 200 million women have been diagnosed with this painful condition. And researchers believe more women live with their symptoms without a diagnosis. Unfortunately, many women don’t receive a diagnosis until they struggle with infertility. At least half...

Are You a Teen? Here Are Some Questions You Should Ask At Your First Well Woman Exam Apr 7th, 2022

Did you know the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends teens schedule their first well woman exam between ages 13-15? While seeing a gynecologist for the first time can be a little scary, knowing what to expect and which questions to ask can help calm your nerves. At Alpenglow Gynecology in Littleton, Colorado,...

Myths and Facts About IUDs Mar 6th, 2022

If you’re considering an intrauterine device (IUD), chances are good you’ve heard some rumors about these small T-shaped devices. While today’s IUDs are safe and effective for almost all women, myths from decades past continue to circulate.      Women’s health specialist Rickie Guida, WHNP-BC, and the team at Alpenglow Gynecology in...

Warning Signs of Vaginal Atrophy Feb 1st, 2022

If you’ve noticed changes in your vaginal health, especially if you’re a woman in menopause, you’re not alone. At least 50% of menopausal women experience a condition called vaginal atrophy, which can cause a number of unpleasant symptoms.    At Alpenglow Gynecology in Littleton, Colorado, women’s health specialist Rickie Guida, WHNP-BC,...

5 Encouraging Facts About Menopause Jan 1st, 2022

Menopause marks the transition from the stage of life when you’re fertile to the end of your reproductive years. While the symptoms associated with this time of change can be problematic for some women, not all news about menopause is bad.   Menopause specialist Rickie Guida, WHNP-BC, and the care team...

How Common is PCOS? Dec 6th, 2021

Did you know polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can lead to numerous health complications, including severe acne, heart disease, diabetes, abnormal menstrual cycles, and even infertility? Fortunately, different treatment options exist to help you manage your symptoms and reclaim your quality of life.  At Alpenglow Gynecology in Littleton, Colorado, women’s health...

Endometriosis: Does Surgery Help? Nov 8th, 2021

Are you one of the more than 200 million women diagnosed with endometriosis? If so, you know that this condition, which causes the lining of your uterus to grow outside the womb and develop into scar tissue or lesions, can trigger severe pain, heavy periods, and infertility.    While there is...

5 Signs of Interstitial Cystitis Oct 12th, 2021

Interstitial cystitis, or bladder pain syndrome, affects about 8 million women in the United States. This uncomfortable condition causes chronic feelings of pressure or pain in the bladder. But the symptoms may not be obvious at first, causing many women to wait to see their practitioner.   At Alpenglow Gynecology in...

Helping Your Teen Daughter Get Through Puberty Sep 5th, 2021

Puberty, the time when a girl’s body transitions from a child into an adult body able to sexually reproduce, is a time of many physical and emotional changes and challenges. Fortunately, you can take steps to make things easier for your daughter.  Rickie Guida, WHNP-BC, and our team at Alpenglow...

Everything Your Health Teacher Didn't Tell You About Your Body Aug 16th, 2021

There’s no doubt about it — health education in schools has come a long way. But despite the advances it’s made, health education still leaves out many aspects of women’s health. In fact, for many of us, health education begins with menstruation and ends with abstinence.  Unfortunately, this type of...

3 Questions Every Woman Should Ask Their Gynecologist Jul 7th, 2021

Your annual well-woman exam is an essential component of your overall healthcare plan. In addition to a physical exam and other important health screenings, this visit is a time for you and your provider to be proactive about your health. Rickie Guida, WHNP-BC, and our care team at Alpenglow Gynecology...

Does Birth Control Really Help Manage Acne? Jun 17th, 2021

You may have heard that birth control can help clear your skin, but does it really work to manage acne? Rickie Guida, WHNP-BC, and the team at Alpenglow Gynecology, in Littleton, Colorado, provide the answer. Learn more about birth control and whether it can help you get clearer skin.  Can...

Signs You've Entered Menopause May 5th, 2021

Menopause doesn’t happen overnight. It can take years from the first symptoms of perimenopause until you reach full menopause. With many stops, starts, and strange diversions along the way to menopause, it can be confusing to know when you’ve entered this transitional stage.   Women’s health specialist, Rickie Guida, WHNP-BC, and...

How Pregnancy Impacts Your Vaginal Health Apr 12th, 2021

From bigger breasts to a burgeoning belly, your body changes in many ways when you’re pregnant. But did you know that pregnancy also impacts your body in less obvious ways? While it’s less noticeable than a baby bump, your vagina changes during pregnancy, too.  At Alpenglow Gynecology, experienced women’s health...

What Every Teen Should Know About Puberty Mar 4th, 2021

Everyone goes through puberty, the exciting time when your daughter grows from a young girl into a young woman. But with the many body, mood, and mental changes puberty brings, puberty can be a confusing time, too.  Rickie Guida, WHNP-BC, and the compassionate care team at Alpenglow Gynecology in Littleton,...

How to Prep Your Daughter for Her First Period Feb 10th, 2021

Is your young daughter worried about her first period? She’s not alone. Many girls fear they’ll get their first period at school or when they’re away from home and unprepared. And if you’re like most parents, you want to do all you can to help your daughter feel less anxious...

When Should My Teen Daughter Get Her First Pap Smear? Jan 7th, 2021

A Pap smear is a simple test that checks for abnormalities in the cells of the cervix. This quick procedure is a fast and effective way to screen for cervical cancer, making it a life-saving screening for all women once they’ve reached the right age.  At Alpenglow Gynecology in Littleton,...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Jan 4th, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus. But...

Which Type of Birth Control is Right For Me? Dec 9th, 2020

The good news is that you have many choices when it comes to birth control. The bad news is that with so many options, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and have a tough time knowing which method is right for you.   At Alpenglow Gynecology in Littleton, Colorado, Rickie Guida, WHNP-BC,...

Do You Have These 5 Symptoms of Endometriosis? Nov 12th, 2020

Did you know that at least one in ten women are diagnosed with endometriosis? This painful, often life-changing condition causes the lining of your uterus (the endometrium) to grow outside your uterus in places it’s not supposed to be, resulting in cramping and other unpleasant symptoms.  Rickie Guida, WHNP-BC, and...

Whittle Your Waistline with TruSculpt 3D Oct 1st, 2020

If your middle won’t shrink no matter how many crunches you perform or how healthy your diet, it’s time to whittle your waistline with truSculpt 3DⓇ. This revolutionary treatment helps you say goodbye to stubborn fat and hello to a more shapely figure — without surgery or downtime! At Alpenglow...

Understanding Your Options When It Comes To Vaginal Tissue Health Sep 15th, 2020

The health of your vaginal tissues can change over time. Vaginal dryness can result due to differences in estrogen levels — especially during perimenopause, induced menopause, and menopause. And stress, untreated anxiety, or having a baby can also make an impact.  The most noticeable change is vaginal dryness. The hormone...

When Ablation Is the Best Option for Endometriosis Jul 22nd, 2020

If you’ve been told your symptoms indicate you have endometriosis, you’re in good company. At least 1 in 10 women have this painful, life-altering condition in which the endometrium, the lining of your uterus, grows outside of its usual location.  With each menstrual cycle, this tissue continues the usual cycle...

The Easy Way to Tackle Stubborn Fat — truSculpt 3D Jun 10th, 2020

If you’re struggling with pockets of stubborn fat that don’t budge no matter how much you exercise or watch what you eat, it’s time to tackle stubborn fat the easy way with truSculpt 3DⓇ. At Alpenglow Gynecology, we want you to enjoy all the benefits a healthy lifestyle brings in...

How to Maintain Bone Strength at Every Age May 7th, 2020

Did you know that 50% of women over age 50 experience a broken bone due to osteoporosis? Although this condition is common, it’s not an unavoidable part of aging, and there are steps you can take at any age to maintain bone strength and avoid this degenerative disease.  May is...

Why Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections are Most common in Older Women Apr 15th, 2020

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are an aggravation at any age, but they’re most common in older women. For senior women, UTIs can cause serious health problems and may not come with the usual symptoms.  At Alpenglow Gynecology, we help patients of all ages in Littleton, Colorado, treat the uncomfortable symptoms...

7 Signs You Have an Ovarian Cyst -- and What to Do About It Mar 12th, 2020

Did you know that ovarian cysts are extremely common? In fact, almost every woman who menstruates gets at least one cyst every month as part of her cycle. Most of the time these cysts resolve, and you never even know they were there. It’s a different story, however, if the...

10 Health Screenings Every Woman Needs Feb 14th, 2020

From eating right to exercising to getting enough sleep, fostering healthy habits can help you maintain physical and mental wellness. Regular health screenings should be a part of your routine self-care — they may even save your life.  At Alpenglow Gynecology, Rickie Guida, WHNP-BC and our compassionate care team are...

Pill, Shot, or Ring? Choosing the Right Birth Control for You Jan 1st, 2020

From condoms to implanted devices like an IUD or Nexplanon® to sterilization, there are many methods of birth control to consider. And so many options can make choosing one overwhelming.  At Alpenglow Gynecology in Littleton, Colorado, Rickie Guida, WHNP-BC and our care team take time to listen to your concerns,...

The Most Common Reasons So Many Women's Sex Lives Wane After Menopause Dec 9th, 2019

If you’re postmenopausal and are experiencing changes in your sex life, you’re not alone. Many women’s outlook on sex shifts during and after menopause.   Some women enjoy sex more because they no longer have to worry about getting pregnant. But many others find their interest in sex waning after menopause....

Who Should Be Tested for STDs and How Often? Nov 20th, 2019

Every year, some 20 million Americans discover that they’ve contracted a bacterial, viral, or parasitic infection. The majority of these illnesses occur through unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex. However, some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including herpes and syphilis, can be contracted through skin-on-skin contact.  Some people exhibit obvious symptoms,...

Finish Off Your Weight Loss Journey With truSculpt® 3D Oct 1st, 2019

Losing weight is often an exercise in endurance and persistence, especially for women. Adopting a healthier lifestyle is an ongoing journey, rather than an instantly rewarding experience. And while you may realize this in your mind, it’s sometimes hard to see the fruits of your continual efforts.  Your weight-loss journey...

How to Control the Vicious Cycle of PCOS Symptoms Sep 1st, 2019

Hormones are produced in your glands and act as your body’s little chemical messengers. They travel through your circulatory system to your organs and other body parts, delivering instructions on how to function. When your hormones are out of balance, your normal physiological behavior changes.  That’s what happens with polycystic...

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore a Heavy Period at Any Age Aug 7th, 2019

When you have your period, do you soak through a sanitary pad or tampon every hour for several hours in a row? Are you unable to make it through the night without breakthrough bleeding? Does your menstrual bleeding last longer than a week?  If so, you may be experiencing unusually...

How Does Endometriosis Affect Fertility? Jul 24th, 2019

Endometriosis has a dramatic impact on fertility. Statistics show that 30%-50% of women with endometriosis have difficulty getting pregnant and that endometriosis is responsible for infertility in 5%-15% of all couples. Your risk for infertility is something we take seriously at Alpenglow Gynecology. We’re also concerned that many women with...

Recognize the Signs of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Jun 3rd, 2019

Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a common health problem, affecting between 5-10% of women of childbearing age. It can occur when a woman’s body produces more male hormones than normal. Many women with PCOS don’t know they have it. Here at Alpenglow Gynecology in Littleton, Colorado, Rickie Guida, WHNP-BC,...

Why More Women are Choosing the IUD for Their Birth Control May 15th, 2019

Whether you’re satisfied with the number of children you currently have, you’re not yet ready to be a parent, or you have health conditions that make an unplanned pregnancy complicated, finding the right birth control method is essential to many women’s health and wellness. At Alpenglow Gynecology, we understand that...

Suffering From Female Urinary Incontinence? Learn How MonaLisa Touch® Can Help Apr 26th, 2019

Urinary incontinence is a common medical problem for plenty of women, and it becomes even more common as we get older. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, as many as 40 percent of women 65 years of age and older...

Now is the Time to Get Ready for Swimsuit Season With TruSculpt 3D Mar 1st, 2019

Ah, summer. The golden sun, the warm weather, the long, lazy days around the pool. It sounds idyllic —except for perhaps that part about slipping on a swimsuit. If that thought is less than pleasing, you’re not alone. Despite eating a healthy diet and exercising, most men and women are...

5 Reasons You May be a Candidate for MonaLisa Touch® Feb 1st, 2019

As women grow older, they often experience vaginal changes that lead to a wide variety of uncomfortable symptoms, like burning, dryness, and urinary incontinence. Yet, while they affect up to 40% of postmenopausal women, only 20-25% talk to their doctor about treatment. Rickie Guida, WHNP-BC, and her experienced team at...

MonaLisa Touch®: The Hormone-Free Solution to Painful Sex After Menopause Jan 18th, 2019

Menopause is a time of changes, and for many women, not having to deal with a period every month is a change that’s welcome. But that’s not the only thing that happens during menopause. There are a lot of unpleasant “side effects” as well, including night sweats, hot flashes and...

How Common Is Interstitial Cysitis and What Are My Treatment Options? Dec 14th, 2018

Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a painful inflammatory bladder condition which includes a feeling of pressure, discomfort, and urinary frequency when there is no bladder infection or other known cause. It can be accompanied by sensitivity of the vulva, which includes the whole outer vaginal area, and the pain may be worse during your period, when...

When Should My Daughter First See a Gynecologist? Nov 29th, 2018

Most girls begin seeing the gynecologist in their teen years. Still, many parents aren't sure when these appointments should begin. If your daughter is nearing adolescence, here's what you need to know about taking your daughter to the gynecologist.  Best age for the first visit The best age for your...

7 Tips for Managing Menopausal Symptoms at Work Oct 31st, 2018

According to AARP, nearly 35 percent of the workforce is over 50. The vast majority of women are managing menopausal symptoms at work. While menopause is a natural cycle, there are clear strategies to improve your experience. Here’s what you need to know. Body 1. Quit smoking A five-year Korea National Health and...

The Truth About TruSculpt 3D: 5 Reasons to Consider this Noninvasive Fat-Buster Sep 19th, 2018

What do you do when you’ve lost all those extra pounds and exercised your body into better health but still see a tummy pooch or muffin top when wearing your favorite jeans? Body sculpting comes to mind. It’s often an excellent solution for shaving away inches and creating the curves...