Notes on Women's Health

Notes on Women's Health

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

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