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Notes on Women's Health
Notes on Women's Health

Category: In the News

FDA Approves First-Ever Postpartum Depression Drug

Postpartum Depression DrugLearn the Facts about Postpartum Depression and this New Medication

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 20 percent of new mothers are affected by some degree of postpartum depression. While treatments for postpartum depression have long been available, there has never been a drug specifically intended to address this potentially serious condition — until now. The approval of brexanolone (brand name Zulesso) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) represents a promising step forward for women suffering from postpartum depression and offers new hope for both them and their loved ones.

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The ARRIVE Clinical Trial: New evidence supports the safety of elective labor induction at 39 weeks

Pregnant woman counting down days until laborThe normal human gestation period is nine months or 40 weeks. Of course, real life is rarely textbook perfect, and most women do not go into spontaneous labor at exactly 40 weeks, 0 days of pregnancy. The majority of babies arrive a few days before or after this mark, and this mild unpunctuality is usually not a cause for concern.

As of 2009, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) reported that almost one-quarter (22%) of all pregnant women in the United States underwent induction of labor. This figure had more than doubled since 1990. Of course, many women have inductions for medically-indicated reasons, but elective inductions are also popular for reasons of convenience or to choose their child’s birth date. Read More

Connecticut OBGYN Dr. John Garofalo is Awarded AlUM Ultrasound Practice Accreditation

AIUM ultrasound The Ultrasound Practice Accreditation Council of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) is pleased to announce that Dr. John Garofalo has been awarded ultrasound practice accreditation in the areas of Adjunct Competence in 3D (GYN); Gynecologic; Obstetric (First Trimester); Obstetric (Second Trimester); and Obstetric (Third Trimester).

Dr. Garofalo achieved this recognition by meeting rigorous voluntary guidelines set by the diagnostic ultrasound profession. All facets of the practice were assessed, including the training and qualifications of physicians and sonographers; ultrasound equipment maintenance; documentation; storage, and record-keeping practices; policies and procedures to protect patients and staff; quality assurance methods; and the thoroughness, technical quality and interpretation of the sonograms the practice performs. Read More

Low Libido in Women: What to Do When Your Sex Drive Fades

low libido in womenLow libido: a fact of life for many women

If you’re experiencing low libido, fear not … you’re not alone! In a recent U.S. study of more than 2,000 women between the ages of 30 and 70, more than a third had low sexual desire. It’s one of the most common concerns we hear from our patients. And it’s no wonder: As women navigate their middle years, they often find themselves deep into a long-term relationship, a career, raising teens, and taking care of aging relatives.

All of these situations can cause stress, which can have a negative effect on your sex life. And that’s just for starters. Read More

Making the Most of Your Surgery through ERA’s at Norwalk Hospital

obgyn surgery prep and recoveryWhen it comes to surgery, one of the most commonly asked questions we hear at our medical practice is “How long does the recovery period last?”

It’s a good question. Surgical recovery times can range from “faster than you think” to “much longer than you expected.” It’s important to have a good idea of how long your recovery will last so you can plan accordingly. No one wants a recovery period to unexpectedly interfere with work, vacations or other plans or obligations.

For many kinds of surgery, there’s a relatively new method that can help your surgical recovery go quickly and smoothly. It’s offered at our practice and at Norwalk Hospital, where we do a lot of our more advanced surgical procedures. This method, or “pathway,” is called Enhanced Recovery After Surgery, or ERAS.

What is Enhanced Recovery After Surgery?

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Caffeine and Miscarriage – Coffee Lovers Beware!

Caffeine - MiscarriageAccording to a new study, published online in the journal Fertility and Sterility, a woman is more likely to miscarry if she and her partner drink more than two caffeinated beverages a day during the weeks leading up to conception.  Similarly, women who drank more than two daily caffeinated beverages during the first seven weeks of pregnancy were also more likely to miscarry.  This comes as quite a shock as most of us think nothing of drinking a couple of cups of coffee a day.  In fact, just last year a U.S. government panel stated that coffee could be part of a “healthy lifestyle” and that most Americans could drink up to five cups of coffee daily without concern. Read More

The Zika Virus and Pregnancy: Answers for Women Who Are Expecting

Zika VirusNews headlines in recent weeks have highlighted the dangers and recent spread of the Zika virus, and it seems like the available information changes almost every day. These headlines are alarming, and they’re resulting in lots of questions among our patients. So what do we really know about the Zika virus? And what does the Zika virus mean for pregnant women? Read More

Placenta Pills: Is There Any Benefit?

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If you’ve been keeping up with the Kardashians, you may have heard the belief that consuming human placenta can offer a new mother various health benefits, such as help with treatment of postpartum depression.

While a quick look online finds a placenta cookbook on Amazon.com, a more mainstream approach is “encapsulated” placenta, which is when placental tissue is dried, ground up and then packaged into clear gelatin capsules like a vitamin supplement. Read More

In the News: AAP Recommends LARCs for Sexually Active Adolescents

garOctober 30, 2014 – Earlier this month, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended that the first-line contraceptive choice for sexually active adolescents is a long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC). This is a new recommendation for the APP, which is an organization of 62,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Read More

In the News: The Dangers of Power Morcellation for Uterine Fibroid Removal

The FDA speaks out

Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a memorandum that discouraged surgeons from using a common procedure called power morcellation to remove uterine fibroids. Power morcellation uses a medical device to divide uterine fibroids into smaller pieces that can be removed through a small incision in the abdomen, such as during laparoscopic surgery.

Why was the FDA announcement necessary?

New data from the Center for Devices and Radiological Health show that power morcellation can spread undetected cancers more often than previously realized. According to the data, one in 350 women who undergo a hysterectomy to treat fibroids or who have fibroids removed have undiagnosed uterine sarcoma — a type of cancer that can be aggressive. If power morcellation is performed in women with this kind of uterine cancer, the procedure can spread the cancer around the abdomen and pelvis.

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