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Notes on Women's Health

Notes on Women's Health

Advice from the Center for Disease Control Concerning Pregnant Women with H1N1 Influenza

Because pregnant women with influenza are at higher than average risk of complications from influenza, the Center for Disease Control  (CDC) has recommended prompt treatment for pregnant women with influenza-like symptoms. The CDC recommends that doctors and patients should not wait for definitive lab reports before starting antiviral medications because the best response to antiviral medications is seen when treatment is initiated early in the course of the illness.  Pregnant women who have been exposed to the  H1N1 influenza strain by a family member or other close contact should also be treated promptly even if they do not have any symptoms- this is called chemoprophylaxis.

Pregnant women should see their obstetrician promptly or go to the emergency room if respiratory illness is experienced. The symptoms of influenza include cough, sore throat, rhinorrhea, fever, body aches, headache, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea. To prevent influenza remember to get your yearly influenza vaccine,  avoid people with known respiratory illnesses, wash your hands regularly and cover your cough.

For more detailed information, see the CDC webpage on pregnant women with H1N1 influenza.

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LAPAROSCOPIC VS. VAGINAL HYSTERECTOMY – How Do the Procedures Compare?

A recent medical study found that women who had a laparoscopic hysterectomy generally experienced less blood loss, less pain and a shorter hospital stay compared with women who had a vaginal hysterectomy.

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Hysterectomy, or surgical removal of the uterus, can be performed in different ways, including open surgery, laparoscopically, and vaginally. Open surgery provides the most effective way to ensure complete removal of the reproductive system but requires a wide incision through the abdominal wall. Laparoscopic hysterectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses thin, fiber-optic telescopes passed through into the abdomen through small cuts in the abdominal wall. In a vaginal hysterectomy, the surgeon operates entirely through the vagina.

While many tests have compared the safety and effectiveness of open and laparoscopic hysterectomies in recent years, relatively few have compared vaginal and laparoscopic hysterectomies. Read More

Periodontal Disease During Pregnancy What Should I Do?

pregnancyRecent medical studies of pregnant women with periodontitis found that treatment of the disease with scaling and/or root planing may reduce the likelihood of preterm birth or low birth weight.

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PERIODONTAL DISEASE DURING PREGNANCY:
WHAT SHOULD I DO?

If you’ve ever had periodontal disease, also known as periodontitis, you probably wanted to have it treated right away. As an inflammatory disease affecting the tissues that support the teeth, periodontitis can lead to the loosening or even loss of teeth.

There are additional concerns if you’re pregnant. Read More