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Dr. Holly S. Puritz

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Chair Virginia Section

Phone: (202) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address: Norfolk, Virginia, United States
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
409 12Th Street, SW P. O. Box 96920
Washington Dc , District of Columbia 20090
United States

Company Description: With over 45,000 members, ACOG is the nation's leading group of professionals providing health care for women. A private, voluntary, nonprofit membership...   more

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  • MD
  • M.D.
  • medical degree
    Tufts University
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Holly S. Puritz, M.D.
Dr. Puritz is President and a Managing Partner of The Group for Women and serves as Medical Director of OB/GYN Services for Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia. She was the first female physician to join The Group for Women, quickly rising through the ranks to become a Managing Partner and President of the practice today. She received her B.S. and M.D. from Tufts University and completed a special internship at the Medical College of Hampton Roads. Dr. Puritz served as Chief Resident during her residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School and is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. She is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and was appointed to the Government Affairs Committee for the 2011-2012 period. Dr. Puritz is a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia Task Force for Infant Mortality, is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for her superior clinical practice, and in June 2011, was appointed as Clinical Faculty in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Eastern Virginia Medical School.
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Holly Puritz, MD
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Most of the time, pelvic pain, spotting, itching, and other symptoms don't turn out to be serious, according to Holly Puritz, MD, FACOG, an obstetrician and gynecologist at The Group for Women in Norfolk, Va.
Even a normal process, such as ovulation, can cause pain. Pelvic pain, if you can pinpoint the timing of it, can actually reassure you, Puritz says.
If you have pelvic pain that persists or doesn't ease with simple home treatment, call your doctor, Puritz says. Or, get to an emergency room if you can't reach your doctor.
Possible serious reasons for pelvic pain can include:
Fibroids/Endometriosis/PID: When a woman has chronic pelvic pain, doctors will check for benign uterine fibroids and endometriosis. They will also look for pelvic inflammatory disease, which usually appears as a triad of pelvic pain, vaginal discharge, and fever, Puritz says.
Ovarian Cancer: Fortunately, most pelvic discomfort isn't related to ovarian cancer, but women should know the disease's unremitting "constellation of symptoms," Puritz says. "If you have two weeks of bloating, pelvic pressure, and urinary frequency - and every day, you have it - that's a potential sign that you should be checked for possible symptoms of ovarian cancer."
2. Irregular Bleeding
Irregular bleeding "covers a host of things," Puritz says: periods that last longer than normal, bleeding mid-month, having two periods per month, bleeding after sex, and other unusual patterns. Though birth control pills can cause spotting that isn't serious, you may still want to discuss your prescription with your doctor.
"But if you're not on any kind of birth control and you have irregular bleeding that lasts for more than a month or two, I think it should always be checked, even though the odds are, we won't find anything bad," Puritz says.
But irregular bleeding could also signal:
Perimenopause/Fibroids/Polyps: Abnormal bleeding may stem from multiple causes that aren't serious, among them, perimenopause or uterine fibroids or polyps. Thyroid problems can affect the menstrual cycle, too, Puritz says.
Cervix Infection/STDs: In nursing mothers and postmenopausal women, vaginal dryness, combined with friction, can cause spotting after intercourse. But if you bleed every time after sex, "that's a worrisome sign that the cervix is being easily irritated and usually, there is a cervix infection involved," Puritz says. Also, sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea or chlamydia, can cause cervical lesions that bleed with sex.
Uterine Cancer: If you're postmenopausal, be especially vigilant about any vaginal bleeding; it's a potential sign of uterine cancer.
"You should be seen right away," Puritz says. "Uterine cancer, compared to ovarian cancer, is extremely treatable. It's very curable because it's generally found in an early stage and it has an early warning sign, which is postmenopausal bleeding."
Besides postmenopausal bleeding, any vaginal bleeding before puberty or during pregnancy should be checked out, too, Puritz says.
3. Abnormal Vaginal Discharge
With vaginal discharge, "abnormal is what the woman decides is abnormal," Puritz says. "Women know their bodies pretty well."
Abnormal symptoms include a strong odor; an unusually large amount of discharge; accompanying itching, burning, or irritation; unusual color; or blood in the discharge. These symptoms can be the result of:
Common Infections: Most causes of abnormal discharge are minor, Puritz says.
Women may have itching without discharge, a problem that Puritz sees frequently when patients use perfumed soaps or personal care products -- especially perfumed lubricant jellies. "Just about all perfumed lotions and potions can wreak havoc," she says, "especially if you have sensitive skin, that can cause a lot of itching and irritation."
Although genital itching isn't likely to be serious, it's still a good idea to tell your doctor if it's bothersome. The fix might be simple.
However, "if it's itching and there are skin changes, that would be a worrisome sign," Puritz says.
Potential serious conditions can include:
Lichen Sclerosus: For example, a skin condition called lichen sclerosus can cause itching and small, white spots on the vulva. The spots grow into bigger patches that turn thin and crinkled. Lichen sclerosus is an uncommon problem that tends to affect older women, Puritz says.
"It's something that needs to be medically treated," she says.
Vaginal Atrophy: But "vaginal atrophy is really important to address, especially for postmenopausal women," Puritz says. Because older women have less estrogen, their vaginal tissue thins or atrophies and becomes dry and irritated. Not only does vaginal dryness make sex painful, but vaginal thinning also leaves women more susceptible to infections.
Women shouldn't be embarrassed to mention vaginal dryness to their doctors, Puritz says. Women may find relief with estrogen creams, rings, or tablets that are applied or inserted directly into the vagina.
6. Sores or Lumps
Some women develop sebaceous cysts and skin tags in the groin area, or a pregnant woman may get varicose veins that feel like a lump on the vulva when she stands. "All would be very benign things," Puritz says.
But some lumps or sores can be serious, so it's prudent to have your doctor examine them to rule out:
Herpes/Cancer: Sores in the genital area may point to herpes or cancer, Puritz says. Symptoms of cancer of the vulva include unusual lumps, wart-like bumps, or red, flat sores that don't heal. Sometimes, the flat sores turn scaly or discolored.
Melanoma: Also, melanoma, a form of skin cancer, can occur on the vulva, Puritz says. Symptoms include bluish-black or brown, raised moles in the genital area, including the opening to the vagina. Patients are often surprised by the disease, she says.
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Holly Puritz, M.D. Click here for a video on Dr. Puritz. Service to the Commonwealth for advancing patient safety and quality improvement Presented to a physician or Alliance member who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to advancing patient safety and quality improvement. This award is accompanied by a $1,200 scholarship to attend a medical educational symposium of the recipient's choice, courtesy of The Doctors Company Foundation.
Dr. Puritz partnered with the Medical Society of Virginia Foundation, the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association and the March of Dimes to engage 53 hospitals in the EED initiative. As the clinical leader of this effort, Dr. Puritz has been actively involved in educational activities such as webinars that have been critical to communicating the clinical importance of this effort to Virginia hospitals. In addition, Dr. Puritz has participated on the Infant Mortality Work Group established by the Virginia Commissioner of Health since 2009.
Puritz provides outstanding medical leadership and, by making time to serve on these committees, her commitment to the improvement of maternal and child health in Virginia is evident.â€
The Early Elective Delivery Collaborative was established to reduce early elective deliveries in the commonwealth. Research shows that healthy pregnant women who undergo early, non- medically necessary deliveries before 39 weeks of gestational age have deliveries which result in more complications, including death for infants. All 53 hospitals that are participating in the EED initiative submitted data for the first quarter of 2013, reporting an average of 3.41 percent of live births which will serve as a baseline for the project. Dr. Puritz has announced the statewide target for early elective deliveries as two percent or lower.
Dr. Puritz is president of The Group for Women in Norfolk where she practices obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GN). She is also a clinical faculty member of the Eastern Virginia Medical School and medical director of the Sentara Leigh-OB/GYN services.
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Holly Puritz, MD
Holly Puritz
Holly Puritz The first female physician to join The Group For Women wasDr. Holly S. Puritz.
Since coming on board in 1987, Dr. Puritz quickly rose through the ranks to become one of our managing partners. Dr. Puritz received her medical school education at Tufts University and completed a special internship at the Medical College of Hampton Roads. Dr. Puritz served as Chief Resident during her residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School.
Dr. Puritz is board certified and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In addition, she also serves at Medical Director of OB/GYN Services for Sentara Leigh Hospital. She and her husband, Dr. Steve Wohlgemuth, have a son and a daughter.
Dr. Crockford and Dr. Puritz named "Super Doctors" by Hampton Roads Magazine September 2011.
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