Blog Archive

How Menopause Can Affect Your Sex Life Feb 1st, 2020

The changes that come along with menopause are no secret. There’s no shortage of songs, movies, plays, and stand-up comedy acts poking fun at the stereotypical symptoms, like hot flashes and mood swings. But if you’re a woman experiencing these life-changing symptoms and more, you know it’s no laughing matter....

Gynecologic Surgery — Minimally Invasive Procedures That Can Improve Your Quality of Life Jan 1st, 2020

From urinary incontinence to painful endometriosis, board-certified OB/GYN Dr. Khashayar Shakiba helps myriad patients achieve a far better quality of life at his clinic in North Jersey. Using a variety of tools, from our minimally invasive, state-of-the-art da Vinci® robotic system to Electronic Pelvic Organ Prolapse Quantification for evaluating pelvic...

The Link Between Menopause and Pelvic Organ Prolapse Dec 1st, 2019

As you get older and hit menopause, your body produces less estrogen. This decrease in estrogen can lead to pelvic organ prolapse, a condition in which one of your pelvic organs moves or falls out of place. Khashayar Shakiba, MD, at Women’s Pelvic Surgery of North Jersey in Hackensack, New...

Sexual Dysfunction — It’s More Common (and Treatable) Than You Think Nov 1st, 2019

Is intercourse uncomfortable? Are you no longer in sync with your partner? Almost half of all women experience some type of sexual dysfunction at some point in their lives. You're not alone. Our caring team at Women’s Pelvic Surgery of North Jersey will put the necessary time and effort into...

The Importance of an Annual Well-Woman Exam Oct 1st, 2019

It can be hard to carve time out of your busy day to see your doctor, especially when you’re feeling fine. If it ain’t broke, right? But when it comes to your health, it’s not always best to wait until things go wrong. At Women’s Pelvic Surgery of North Jersey,...

Top 5 Factors That Could Increase Your Chance of Developing Endometriosis Sep 1st, 2019

Endometriosis is a condition in which the tissue found inside the uterus develops outside the organ. The resulting endometrial lesions typically occur next to the fallopian tubes and the cervix. In rare cases, they can even be found next to the rectum, liver, and lungs.  Estimates suggest that 1 in...

How Infertility Affects Your Mental Health Aug 14th, 2019

On the surface, infertility is a symptom of a problem. The North Carolina Medical Journal finds that the causes vary among male-factor infertility (30%), female-factor infertility (30%), and infertility that’s the result of a variety of factors or unexplained infertility (40%). No matter what kind of infertility you are suffering...

MonaLisa Touch: All of Your Questions, Answered Jul 10th, 2019

Approximately 75% of women experience some form of physical pain during sexual intercourse. The causes could be from a hormonal imbalance, menopause, hysterectomies, cancer, or damage to the vaginal area from childbirth. Whatever the reason, if artificial lubricants and pelvic floor exercises aren’t working out for you, you have another...

MonaLisa Touch: We Answer All of Your Questions Jul 10th, 2019

Approximately 75% of women experience some form of physical pain during sexual intercourse. The causes could be from a hormonal imbalance, menopause, hysterectomies, cancer, or damage to the vaginal area from childbirth. Whatever the reason, if artificial lubricants and pelvic floor exercises aren’t working out for you, you have another...

What Does an Abnormal Pap Result Mean, and What are My Next Steps? Jun 14th, 2019

It can be heartstopping to hear that your Pap test result came back abnormal or positive. After all, you know that a Pap test — also called a Pap smear — screens for cervical cancer. If you’ve received that news, of if you’re about to get a Pap test and...

Female Urinary Incontinence Is More Common than You Think May 20th, 2019

Urinary incontinence is an embarrassing problem, but it’s a common issue for many adults. While it can affect anyone, twice as many women have urinary incontinence compared to men, and more than 4 out of 10 women 65 and older struggle with it. Urinary incontinence describes bladder control issues that...

What Is Pelvic Floor Therapy and Does It Work? Apr 16th, 2019

A woman’s pelvis holds a set of muscles shaped somewhat like a bowl. They act like a sling to support your bladder, bowel, uterus, and rectum. When these muscles are tight, you may experience pelvic pain. When they aren’t strong enough, your internal organs aren’t supported well, and you could...

Interstitial Cystitis: More Solutions Than You Think Mar 14th, 2019

Do you suffer from discomfort or pain when urinating? Do you have bladder pressure or pelvic pain? If so, you may be suffering from interstitial cystitis (IC). Fortunately, there are a number of treatment options. Here at Women's Pelvic Surgery of North Jersey in Hackensack, Dr. Khashayar Shakiba uses innovative...

Myths and Facts About Pelvic Prolapse Surgery Feb 1st, 2019

About half of all women will experience some form of pelvic organ prolapse in their lifetime. Yet many women know little to nothing about this common problem and its surgical fix. Or what they have heard scares them. Dr. Khashayar Shakiba is a board-certified urogynecologist and skilled surgeon who specializes...

When Does Endometriosis Necessitate Surgery? Jan 11th, 2019

Endometriosis is a common but sometimes life-altering health problem that causes endometrial tissue (the lining of the uterus shed during menstruation) to build up in other parts of the abdomen and pelvis. Despite its dislocation, this tissue acts just like endometrial tissue in that it builds up during your cycle...

Understanding Your Options When It Comes to a Hysterectomy Dec 21st, 2018

The need for a hysterectomy can hit hard for many women. The good news is, this procedure has come a long way. Perhaps your mother or grandmother spent several nights in the hospital after undergoing a hysterectomy, followed by many weeks in bed at home. Thanks to robotic-assistance, that's no...

Can Pelvic Prolapse Be Prevented? Nov 27th, 2018

Pelvic organ prolapse affects millions of women every year, yet many women don’t recognize the symptoms or know they can be treated. Prolapse occurs when the strong muscles and ligaments of the pelvic floor weaken and can no longer support the pelvic organs (the uterus, vagina, and bladder). This weakness...

Biofeedback: The Nonsurgical Treatment for Urinary Incontinence You Haven't Heard About Oct 9th, 2018

If you’re experiencing the frustration and embarrassment of urinary incontinence, you’ve probably heard about performing Kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and help prevent unexpected urine leakage.And you’re certainly not alone if you have trouble isolating these muscles or are uncertain about whether you’re doing the moves correctly....