Notes on Women's Health

Notes on Women's Health

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

You’re Going to Need a Bigger Stroller: Frequently Asked Questions about a Twin Pregnancy

twin pregnancyIf you’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant, you may have had a picture in your head of a healthy baby, sleeping peacefully in your arms. You probably weren’t picturing two babies! But if you’ve found your way to this blog, you may have figured out that a twin pregnancy adds a whole new set of questions to the pregnancy process. Here are some answers to get you started.

What are the chances of having a twin pregnancy?

Here in the United States, twins are much more common than they used to be. According to federal government data, about 34 sets of twins are born for every 1,000 births. This is a big jump from 1980, when the number was just under 19. Read More

Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy: Could You be Expecting?

signs-symptoms-pregnancyIn popular media, like movies and TV shows, the first sign that a woman is pregnant is usually a missed period. And while late menstruation and a positive pregnancy test can be signs of conception, there are several other early indicators that you could be pregnant. Here is a breakdown of common signs and symptoms of pregnancy and if experienced, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor for confirmation.



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Abnormal Pap Smear Results: What Do They Mean and What Happens Next

pap smearMost women think of a pap smear as a slightly uncomfortable but necessary procedure that happens every few years. In most cases, if you see your healthcare provider for routine well woman care every year, this is really all you need to know. But what happens when you receive abnormal pap smear results?

When this happens, it raises a whole slew of questions. Here are some answers to some of the questions we hear most often:

What causes abnormal pap results?

If you have abnormal pap results, don’t panic. Remember two things: First, the pap smear is a cancer screening test rather than a cancer diagnosis. Second, most pap smear abnormalities are not because of cancer or even anything precancerous. Read More

Not Your Mother’s Hysterectomy: Knowing Your Choices about Today’s Hysterectomies

Hysterectomy surgery If you’re reading this blog, you probably know what’s a hysterectomy – a surgical procedure that removes a woman’s uterus. This sounds pretty simple. But recent medical advances have given women a lot of choices when it comes to hysterectomy options … and a lot of questions to ask. Here are just a few that we hear all the time:

Why do I need a hysterectomy?
How much of my uterus needs to be removed?
What about my ovaries and my cervix? My fallopian tubes?

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Must Ask Questions and Information to Share with Your OBGYN at Your Well Woman Exam

Well Woman ExamYour annual well woman exam is a fundamental part of your medical care and is valuable in supporting your overall health, recognizing risk factors and identifying medical problems. This appointment is also the ideal time to talk with your healthcare provider about questions and concerns you may have, as well as share information about your lifestyle and body that may not typically come up during your appointments with a primary care physician.

The Provider-Patient Relationship: Confidential and Judgement-Free

It’s important to know that there is no judgement when sharing information with your OBGYN and that the provider-patient relationship provides you with confidentiality rights. What’s discussed in our office is done so only in the best interest of your medical health so that we can provide you with the highest level of care. While you may at times feel embarrassed asking certain questions and discussing specific lifestyle choices, we want you to feel comfortable confiding in us about your medical history, changes with your body and sexual activity, and trust us to use this information only to support your medical health. Read More

Bleeding During Early Pregnancy: What You Need To Know

Bleeding During Early PregnancyVaginal bleeding during your pregnancy can be pretty scary. It’s also very common. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, bleeding during early pregnancy (first three months) happens to up to one of every four pregnant women.

Here at our practice, most of the questions we hear concerning bleeding during pregnancy come from first trimester patients, often over the phone or during prenatal care visits. Many of these women are worried about a miscarriage, which is defined as a pregnancy loss that occurs on its own, without any outside intervention. Read More

2nd Trimester Pregnancy Week by Week: What to Expect Weeks 18-26 and Your Second Trimester Ultrasound

Pregnant woman getting an ultrasound Prenatal Appointments: Weeks 18-20

Now four weeks into your second trimester, your fourth prenatal appointment occurs between the 18th and 20th week of pregnancy. Most expecting couples look forward to this appointment in anticipation of the anatomic scan, also known as an ultrasound. Read More

Preeclampsia Symptoms and Treatment: Can Low-Dose Aspirin Reduce the Risk of Preeclampsia?

Pregnant woman standing near windowPregnancy can be confusing, especially if it’s your first time. As your body goes through changes, it can be difficult to know what’s normal and what’s a concern. One of the most serious conditions of pregnancy is called preeclampsia, and it’s characterized by high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a condition that you might not notice, and other preeclampsia symptoms, such as headaches, nausea and vomiting, are common pregnancy symptoms.

Many women who have preeclampsia don’t feel sick at all. Read More

The Baby Blues and Signs of Postpartum Depression

Young mother - postpartum depression signsLife shouldn’t get any better than when you finally have your new baby home with you, right? While the long awaited arrival should make you feel happy and blissful, the truth is that some 9 to 16 percent of women show the signs of postpartum depression after childbirth.*

Many new moms feel guilty if they don’t feel like having their new baby home is the happiest time of their lives. But there shouldn’t be any guilt associated with experiencing postpartum blues (“baby blues”). During pregnancy, levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone are sky-high and after delivering a baby and the placenta, they drastically plummet, triggering the baby blues.  Combine the change in hormones with an exhausting delivery and your new role of caretaker, and it’s no wonder so many moms experience postpartum mood changes.

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