Writer #9332
Chicago, IL
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5 Clients
3,000 Words
Lara is a surgical sub-specialty physician in private practice interested in transitioning into non-clinical medical-related work, specifically medical/health writing. Writing has always been an interest, from creative writing (an ongoing endeavor) during and beyond college to varied forms of medical writing (including medical journal publications) throughout medical school, internship and residency. Lara pursued writing for medical advice columns, and has continued in the educator role, of both medical professionals in training as well as the lay public through presentations, lectures, hospital publications and one-on-one mentorship. Lara finds satisfaction in imparting knowledge that others may find helpful. Her strengths as a writer lie in clarity, conciseness and accuracy, as well as de-mystifying medical/scientific concepts.


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Urinary incontinence is not always an unavoidable consequence of the aging process, childbirth, or an "overactive bladder". Unfortunately, the distressing nature of this common problem often prevents women from seeking medical attention. Because incontinence is occasionally a sign of serious underlying disease, it is important to have it evaluated. Many treatment options, both surgical and non-surgical, are available to improve the condition in most people.
The two most common forms of incontinence are 'stress' (leaking urine with coughing, sneezing, exercise, changes in position), and 'urge' (the inability to postpone urination until reaching the bathroom).
Stress incontinence is caused by excess pressure on the bladder (from extra weight, weak supporting muscles, sudden exertion), and is addressed by weight loss, smoking cessation, pelvic muscle conditioning, or surgery.
Urge incontinence is usually associated with overactive bladder (OAB). Symptoms include urgency, frequent urination, and waking up at night to urinate. Dietary and habit changes can improve symptoms, as can anticholinergic medications such as oxybutynin, trospium, and various trademarked prescription drugs.


Lara has experience in various forms of medical writing including essays, presentations and regular contributions to the medical school paper throughout medical school. During years of residency, Lara wrote content for presentations, lectures and medical journal publications. Once in private practice, Lara pursued writing for medical advice columns, and has continued in the educator role (of both medical professionals in training as well as the lay public) through creating presentations, writing and giving lectures in local venues, and contributing to hospital publications.

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