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OB Gyn Associates of Iowa City and Coralville


A Patient's Journey

My experience with the doctors, nurses and administration staff was great from the moment I walked in to OBGYN Associates.

The front desk staff and nurses were so helpful—checking me in and answering any of my questions. Dr. Shepard and her main nurse, Melissa, made me feel like more than just another patient.


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Urinary incontinence simply means leaking urine. Incontinence can range from small leaks of just a few drops to emptying the bladder.

Symptoms that may occur along with urinary incontinence include a strong urge to urinate, frequent urination (more often than usual), Nocturia (waking from sleep to urinate), Nocturnal enuresis (leaking urine while sleeping), and Dysuria (painful urination).


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Endometriosis is a condition in which the tissue that forms the uterine lining, or endometrium, is found elsewhere in a woman’s body. The condition is discovered most commonly in women age 30-40, but due to its relationship with the menstrual cycle, symptoms are often confused for cramps and, in many cases, go undiagnosed.


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Menopause marks the end of the reproductive years, when a woman’s menstrual periods cease. Menopause happens when the ovaries stop producing estrogen, which is a hormone that helps control the menstrual cycle. The average age that women experience menopause is 51 years.

Cervical Cancer and HPV

Cervical Health Awareness Month

Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the cells of the cervix, the part of the uterus that connects to the vagina. Different strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection, cause most cases of cervical cancer.

Zika: What you need to know

Zika What you need to know

Zika infection during pregnancy has been linked to a serious birth defect called microcephaly, which is a sign of incomplete brain development. It has also been linked to miscarriage, stillbirth, and other birth defects. Many people infected with Zika won’t show symptoms or show only mild symptoms, including but not limited to; muscle and joint pain, red eyes, fever, rash and headache.

Your First Steps as an Expectant Mother

I just got a BFP (big fat positive) after POAS (peeing on a stick)! AKA - I just found out I’m pregnant. Now what?

Congratulations! Having a baby is exciting, but preparing yourself can be overwhelming—especially if you’re pregnant for the first time. Here are a few tips to get you headed in the right direction.

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Breast Health and Cancer Prevention

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It's a time to promote healthy practices, overall breast health, and self-inspection methods.

What is Ovarian Cancer?

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Ovarian Cancer, depending on the stage and time of detection, is found near or on the outer layer of the ovary, the small organs on either side of the uterus that store eggs and produce estrogen and progesterone.

What to expect during your Well Woman Visit

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What is an annual exam?

An annual exam is a routine physical exam that includes a general health exam, breast exam, and pelvic exam. This kind of exam is also sometimes referred to as a check-up, annual pap, or preventive visit. You should begin seeing a gynecologist by the age of 21 for pap smears, or earlier if you are sexually active.