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The Importance of Female Gastroenterology

Female patients can have their own, specific experience of digestive health issues. Women have gastrointestinal disorders twice as often as men do. It is known that women’s digestive tracts are physiologically different than those of men, and that women have increased gut sensitivity to different stimuli. This means that some gastrointestinal problems affect women in a unique manner, while others are specific to women’s health. The female reproductive and urinary systems relate intimately to the gastrointestinal system, and a disorder of one is frequently associated with disorders in another. Pregnancy, childbirth, and hormonal variations (such as in menopause) directly affect women’s digestive systems as well.

Our team of female gastroenterologists and dietitians fully understands and embraces the nuances of women’s digestive health. We are committed to providing state of the art care in a compassionate and engaging manner to get the treatment and outcomes you deserve. We recognize the importance of specialized diagnosis and treatment for these digestive tract conditions, which is why we make women’s health a central and coordinated focus of our practice. Our team of female gastroenterologists and dietitians aims to deliver sensitive, thoughtful, female-focused care based on women’s unique experiences and lifestyles.

We provide convenient gastroenterology locations near our female patients within Manhattan and Brooklyn as well as Telehealth services.

Laura E. Frado, MD, MS

Gastroenterologist

Why did you choose to specialize in gastroenterology? Gastroenterology is a special field that allows me to care for a...

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Suzie Finkel, MS, RD, CDN

Dietitian

Why did you choose to specialize in gastroenterology? I became a dietitian with the specific goal of helping people alleviate...

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Tamara Duker Freuman, MS, RD, CDN

Dietitian

The intricate relationship between how food and nutrients interact with the digestive tract captured my attention early on during my...

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Shira Hirshberg, MS, RDN, LDN

Dietitian

Why did you choose to specialize in gastroenterology? When I started my first job in a primary care office, I...

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Yevgenia Pashinsky, MD

Gastroenterologist

Why did you choose to specialize in gastroenterology? I grew up thinking of food as a cultural and spiritual force...

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Ana Tuyama, MD

Gastroenterologist

Why did you choose to specialize in gastroenterology? Training and spending so many years at Mount Sinai School of Medicine,...

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Janie Yang, MD

Gastroenterologist

Why did you choose to specialize in gastroenterology? I find the human gastrointestinal tract to be fascinating because it involves...

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Anorectal Manometry

Our doctors use a test called anorectal manometry to measure the strength and coordination of the muscles that control the...

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Breath Testing

Certain kinds of digestive issues can allow unabsorbed food to reach the colon. When this happens, some of the bacteria...

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Colon Cancer Screening

Colon cancer screening involves reviewing your medical history to determine if you have a personal or family history of colorectal...

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Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is a minimally-invasive procedure that uses an instrument called a colonoscope to look inside your large intestine, or...

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Double Balloon Enteroscopy

Double balloon enteroscopy (abbreviated DBE) is a minimally invasive medical procedure that allows doctors to evaluate the small intestine (or...

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Esophageal Dilation

Esophageal dilatation is a therapeutic endoscopic procedure that enlarges the lumen of the esophagus.

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Esophageal Manometry

Some people experience difficulty swallowing or chronic acid reflux symptoms. In these cases, it can be helpful to check how...

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Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

Flexible sigmoidoscopy is a procedure used to see inside the sigmoid colon and rectum. Flexible sigmoidoscopy can detect inflamed tissue,...

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Gastroenterology Consultation

Your gastroenterology consultation appointment provides you and your doctor the opportunity to discuss your condition in-depth so you understand the...

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Hepatic Elastography

Hepatic elastography, also called Fibroscan, is an in-office, ultrasound imaging test that checks your liver for signs of fibrosis—or scarring....

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In-Office Infusions

Infusion therapy is primarily used to treat diseases and conditions that may not respond to other treatments. This includes Crohn’s...

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Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana is the therapeutic use of chemical derivatives from the cannabis plant, specifically THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). When...

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Nutrition Therapy and Counseling

Nutrition therapy and counseling involves meeting with a credentialed registered dietitian to discuss your eating habits in the context of...

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Polypectomy

A polypectomy is the surgical removal of a polyp. The procedure may be performed through an open abdominal surgery or...

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SmartPill

The SmartPill™ is an ingestible, single-use capsule that has the ability to record a variety of useful diagnostic information as...

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Upper Endoscopy

Endoscopy is a minimally invasive medical procedure that evaluates the upper portion of your gastrointestinal (GI) tract, including your esophagus,...

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Video Capsule Endoscopy

Video capsule endoscopy, also known simply as capsule endoscopy, is a diagnostic imaging test where you swallow a capsule equipped...

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24-Hour pH/Impedance Test

Patients with chronic heartburn or other suspicions for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may be asked to undergo a 24-hour pH/Impedance...

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Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain can occur for a variety of reasons and can also be a sign of a number of digestive...

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Acid Reflux

Acid reflux refers to the backward flow of stomach acid and, sometimes, food particles from the stomach up into the...

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Barrett’s Esophagus

Barrett’s esophagus is a condition in which the tissue lining your esophagus changes to more closely resemble intestinal tissue. The...

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Blood in Stool

Blood in the stool usually causes the stool to appear sticky or black, often assuming a tar-like appearance. Other times,...

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Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity

Celiac disease occurs when your body’s immune system reacts abnormally to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye....

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Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is one of the most deadly diseases in the United States for the simple fact that it can...

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Colon Polyps

Colon polyps are small growths that are the result of an overgrowth of cells. They are usually small, rarely a...

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Constipation

Constipation refers to having extremely infrequent bowel movements or having difficulty in passing stools. Generally speaking, you’re constipated if you...

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Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are the two most common forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a disease that causes...

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Diarrhea

Diarrhea refers to loose, watery stools and a feeling that you urgently need to use the restroom. This can last...

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Difficulty Swallowing

If you have dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing, you know it takes extra effort to get down food or liquids. This...

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Diverticular Disease

Diverticula don’t necessarily cause symptoms or complications, and many people don’t realize they have the condition. Diverticulosis simply means diverticula...

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Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE)

Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) is an inflammatory, allergic condition that affects the esophagus (food pipe) in which excess numbers of white...

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Fructose Intolerance

Fructose intolerance results from the inability to digest fructose, a sugar molecule found naturally in honey, agave nectar, certain fruits...

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Functional Dyspepsia

Functional dyspepsia is a disorder of the gut brain interaction (DGBI) in which you may experience early satiety (feeling full...

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Gas & Bloat

The production of gas is a normal side effect of digestion, and burping or passing gas isn’t usually cause for...

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Gastroparesis

Gastroparesis is a condition that prevents your stomach from emptying itself of food properly. Normally, your stomach muscles can contract...

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Gluten Intolerance

Some people show many of the symptoms of celiac disease when they eat gluten, but don’t test positive for the...

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Heartburn and GERD

Acid reflux refers to the backward flow of stomach acid and, sometimes, food particles from the stomach up into the...

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Hiatal Hernia

A hiatal hernia is a specific type of hernia that occurs when the upper portion of your stomach bulges through...

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Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids, sometimes called piles, are swollen veins that occur in the rectum or skin around the anus. Hemorrhoids are very...

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, is a chronic disease that affects the tissues of the digestive tract, most commonly the...

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome is an intestinal disorder. When you suffer from IBS, problems with your large intestine cause abdominal pain...

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Lactose Intolerance

Lactose intolerance is the inability to break down the lactose found in dairy products. Lactose is one of many different...

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Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

SIBO means you have an excess of gut bacteria in your small intestine. This bacteria is supposed to be present...

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Stomach & Intestine Ulcers

Peptic ulcers happen when the inner lining in your esophagus, stomach, or duodenum (the upper part of your small intestine)...

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Sucrose Intolerance

Sucrose intolerance results from the inability to digest sucrose, or ‘table sugar.’ Beyond its presence in cane sugar, sucrose is...

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Viral Hepatitis

Hepatitis is a viral infection of the liver. Depending on the type of virus and individual, hepatitis can be acute...

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