Notes on Women's Health

Notes on Women's Health

HPV Vaccine: Facts to Consider for Your Preteen or Teen

The HPV VaccineIn the continuing fight to prevent cancer, there are known and unknown risk factors. For example, we know that certain environmental exposures increase the risk of developing some cancers, like lung and skin cancer. Research has also shown that family history sometimes plays a role in the risk of other cancers, such as colon and breast cancer. Studies have now demonstrated that there is a strong link between infection with human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer.

There is currently no cure for HPV. Fortunately, a vaccine for many of the oncogenic – or cancer-causing – strains of HPV is available. Having your child vaccinated against HPV can significantly reduce their risk of developing several types of cancer, including cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina, anus, and throat. Additionally, the HPV vaccine can help guard against genital warts and warts in other locations. Read More

Critical Vitamins and Minerals Needed During Pregnancy (and Why You Need Them)

vitamins-minerals-pregnancyPregnancy is a big change—a major life change which will prompt you to investigate what to eat, how to exercise, whether to avoid your usual medications, and all of the other things you need to know now that you are living as two persons. The good news is that you were designed to do this. There are things in our evolution that have helped guide the way. For example, craving certain foods is thought to be related to seeking out what your pregnancy needs. But at certain stages of your life your nutritional requirements cannot be met through nutrition alone, which is why specific vitamins and minerals during pregnancy are necessary to supplement.

Your baby will take what he/she needs and then leave the rest for you. This is certainly true of energy and the same goes for nutritional requirements. However, as part of your prenatal care, your doctor will want to insure that you’re getting enough of the following vitamins and minerals to support best possible pregnancy for and your baby. Read More

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