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Notes on Women's Health

Notes on Women's Health

Questions to Ask at Your First Pregnancy Appointment

OBGYN shaking hand with a patient after appointmentThink back to any first visit with a new doctor and you will probably remember pages upon pages of questions to answer. Of course, these days you may be filling out such a questionnaire online or on a computer tablet in the office. And when it comes to your first prenatal care appointment, you’re also going to be answering a lot of questions. It’s a necessary evil – your medical history, family history, and social history are invaluable to your OB-GYN and are used in practically every aspect of care for you and your baby.

But you need to remember that YOU should ask questions too! It is easy to forget to bring up a query when you’re trying to recall if your paternal uncle had diabetes or lupus, so write down questions before your appointment as a reminder. Also, when it comes to your obstetrician, there really is no such thing as a dumb question. We’ll cover a few common first pregnancy appointment interrogatives below, and you’ll probably come up with plenty of your own as well. Read More

What to Look for When Searching for an Obstetrician in Fairfield County, Connecticut

Garofalo Obgyn Norwalk CT - surgical care & patient recoveryIf you’re looking for tips on choosing an obstetrician in Fairfield County, chances are, you’re pregnant. Congratulations! It’s natural to want the best possible prenatal care during your pregnancy – maybe you’re not super comfortable with your current OB/GYN, or maybe he or she practices solely gynecology. Whatever the reason, we’re guessing that you need to find a doctor quickly and are wondering how to begin.

There’s no simple answer here, as which type of doctor you choose is mostly based on personal preference. That’ why it’s important to consider what you want first and then find a doctor that fills those needs. To get started, ask yourself the below seven questions when searching for an obstetrician to help you find the perfect match. Read More

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month: Know the Facts

endometriosis awarenessEndometriosis Awareness takes place across the globe during the month of March with a mission to raise awareness of the disease, which occurs in about one in ten women of reproductive age. It is most often diagnosed in women in their 30s and 40s. Endometriosis can impact a woman’s quality of life if mild to severe pain exists, and if left untreated, can lead to infertility. Because of its impact, it’s important to understand the facts around endometriosis so that you can benefit from early detection and treatment. Read More

Counting Down to Your Due Date: Preparing for Labor

preparing for laborWhen labor begins, things may develop quickly, leaving you with little time to take care of all the final details that can help put your mind at ease. Planning ahead and knowing you are fully prepared can help keep you more relaxed and focused when the time comes, which in turn may impact your labor experience. It’s also important to know what you can expect as labor approaches, as your body may offer you several signs. If you can pick up on these signs, and perform your due diligence preparing for labor, hopefully you can lessen any anxiety around the countdown to your due date. Read More

Protecting You and Your Baby from Prenatal Infections

prenatal infectionsFebruary is International Prenatal Infection Prevention month which provides an important opportunity to increase awareness about viral infections that can be contracted by pregnant women and transmitted to their baby during pregnancy or birth.

During pregnancy your body can be more susceptible to infection because your immune system is weaker and not producing as many antibodies. There are many common infections that occur during pregnancy that are low risk, such as yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis (BV), but it is important to be vigilant to several infections that if left untreated could put your baby at risk. Read More

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS): What You Can Do for PMS Relief

Woman wanting PMS ReliefWe hear it all the time: “My husband doesn’t know who I am,” “I can’t stop yelling at the kids,” “I’m crying all the time,” and “After I get my period, everything’s better.” Almost every woman will experience PMS symptoms in her life. About 70% of women will suffer from headaches, mood swings, bloating and other problems that can affect their relationships and sense of wellbeing. And in about 20% of these women, the symptoms are severe enough to require medical treatment. So if you found your way to this blog in search of PMS relief, you’re not alone.

But what’s a woman to do during those difficult days every month? Read More

The Benefits of Da Vinci Hysterectomy Surgery for Patients

Woman smiling after Da Vinci hysterecetomy surgeryA hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus, and this operation is an exceptionally common procedure with over half a million hysterectomies performed in the United States every year. Gynecologists employ the procedure to treat a range of both cancerous and benign conditions including tumors, uterine fibroids, and heavy or prolonged menstrual periods, also known as menorrhagia. Depending on the condition being treated, the patient’s age, and other factors, a hysterectomy may be performed along with a salpingo-oophorectomy – removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes. There are several options performing a hysterectomy procedure, one of which is a Da Vinci hysterectomy, which offers patients several distinct benefits. Read More

Third Trimester Fetal Movement: What is Normal?

third trimester fetal movementOne of most exciting moments for any expectant mother is when she first feels her baby moves. Although this event or “quickening” occurs at different times in each pregnancy, you will probably first notice fetal movements at around week 20 in your second trimester. However, it is in the final three months of your pregnancy, known as the third trimester, that your baby is most likely to become very active. You will probably feel – and may even see – kicking, punching, rolling, and other intrauterine acrobatics – all signs of active third trimester fetal movement.

Naturally, some mothers may begin to worry if their baby is too active or not sufficiently mobile. During many prenatal care appointments, some expectant women have expressed concerns about a decrease in fetal movement or what they feel are sluggish movements. We will address these concerns here and provide you with some facts about what types of fetal activity you can expect in your third trimester. Read More

Are Tampons Safe? Toxic Shock Syndrome from Tampons: Questions and Answers

are tampons safeWhat is toxic shock syndrome?

Recently, InStyle Magazine ran an article about a model named Lauren Wasser who lost her right leg and the toes on her left foot after contracting toxic shock syndrome, a dangerous but rare condition that can occur with certain types of bacterial infections. In most cases, people with toxic shock syndrome have to be hospitalized and closely monitored. If it’s untreated, toxic shock syndrome can lead to shock, kidney failure and even death, leaving many women wondering, “are tampons safe?”

Lauren Wasser has been busy lately, with a return to modeling and also acting in a TV series called Loudermilk. She even created a TED Talk to describe her ordeal. She has an inspiring story to tell, and part of her story is to warn women and girls about potential risks associated with tampons. Read More