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

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Menstruation and Hormones: What You Need to Know About Your Monthly Cycle

OBGYN Doctor reviewing Menstruation and HormonesA woman begins her menstrual cycle at the onset of puberty (menarche), and this cycle more or less continues, occasionally interrupted by pregnancy or illness, until menopause. You probably already know that the menstrual cycle functions as a fertility mechanism, playing a huge role in ovulation and possible pregnancy. What you may not realize is that your menstrual cycle is also closely linked with your sex hormones.

In fact, these hormones control almost every physical aspect of your menstrual cycle – from the buildup of your uterine lining to release of an egg during ovulation. Additionally, your sex hormones can have a profound effect on your mood. Feelings of sadness, crankiness, or even elation during your monthly cycle are not caused solely by physical sensations like cramps and bloating. These emotions can also be caused by a change in hormone levels. 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

Finding the Right OBGYN – Important Considerations and Questions to Ask Potential Obstetricians

Finding an OBGYN finding OBGYN(obstetrician) to care for you and your baby is a huge decision to make as you start your journey towards parenthood, so it’s important to find the one that is right for you. If your gynecologist also practices obstetrics and you like your relationship, then it may be as simple as asking him or her to care for you during your pregnancy. But if you find yourself needing an obstetrician, you can start by asking one of your healthcare providers to make a recommendation, talk to other moms in your area, or go to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ website to find an CT obgyn in your area.

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The Childbirth Education Series

Garofalo Obgyn Proudly Presents The Childbirth Education Series

Labor And Delivery Education

  • Wednesday, September 27, 2017; 6-8:30pm
  • Cost: $50/couple

Please join Jennifer Worsfold, RN, CBE for in depth information on the labor and childbirth process, role of the support person, comfort measures, medication, anesthesia, and relaxation and breathing techniques. Jennifer has been a labor and delivery nurse for the past 25 years and has vast experience teaching childbirth education classes to expecting parents.

Caring For The Newborn

  • TBD
  • Cost: $25/couple

Dr. Sarah Siegel, MD. a local pediatrician, will prepare you for life with a newborn baby! Hear the most current information on early development, how to care for your infant, and parenting strategies for the first few months. After working for seven years at The Norwalk Community Health Center, Dr. Siegel recently joined Village Pediatrics located in Westport, CT.

Breastfeeding  101

  • TBD 
  • Cost: $25/couple

This class is designed for pregnant women interested in breastfeeding. Partners are encouraged to attend too. Topics covered include: benefits of breastfeeding, what to expect in the first 24-48 hours, positioning and latch, milk production, diet and nutrition, feeding schedules, common issues and how to overcome This class will be taught by Dana Czuczka, a certified lactation consultant.

All classes are held in our waiting room in Norwalk Connecticut. Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended. Sign up with reception.  Call 203.855.3535.

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

Your daughter’s all-important first gynecologist appointment

daughters-first-gynecologist-appointment“When should my daughter make her first gynecologist appointment?” is a question our patients often ask during their visits to us, followed by an almost always immediate second question: “What kinds of things do you do to calm her nerves for the first visit?”

The optimum time for a first gynecologist appointment to our office is between the ages 13 and 15. As for the second answer, because it can be scary for your daughter as young girls often feel embarrassed or nervous discussing their bodies, we make the visit as pleasant and comfortable as possible, and consider this a get-to-know-you session, where we begin building relationships and talk about health, education and prevention.

In most cases young girls visit our nurse practitioner Laury Berkwitt, who specializes in women’s health, is a mother of two, and is passionate about caring for young women and adolescents. She knows how to speak to young girls and is able to get them to open up, talk and ask questions. Read More

Child’s obesity linked to how much – or how little – mom gained during pregnancy

home_pregnancy (2)If you gain too much or too little weight while pregnant, a new study has found that your child has a greater risk of being overweight or obese. The study caught our attention since weight  – “How much or how little should I gain?” – is one of the first questions many of our patients ask us.

The researchers studied 4,145 women and their children, ages 2 to 5, all members of Kaiser Permanente health care plans in Northern California. The women participants were racially diverse and all had a normal body mass index (BMI) before pregnancy, which according to guidelines established by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) means they should gain between 25 and 35 pounds during pregnancy. Read More

Mammograms: Making Sense of Conflicting News

In the past few months there’s been a lot of conflicting information about mammograms in the press. Not surprisingly, we get asked a lot of questions by our patients: Are mammograms useful? At what age should I start getting tested? What are the risks? What if I test positive?

Recent News: A Quick Summary

A few months ago, there was a cost analysis of whether women should start regular mammograms starting at age 40 or age 50. Why was this a concern? Because the American Cancer Society recommends that women start mammogram screening every year starting when they turn 40, while the U.S. Preventive Service’s Task Force recommends that women get a mammogram every other year starting at age 50.

A few weeks later, a Canadian study reported that mammograms did not reduce breast cancer deaths. This study was criticized by U.S. radiologists as being flawed and misleading.

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Vaccines During Pregnancy: Are They Safe?

There’s been a lot of conflicting information lately about vaccines during pregnancy. And not surprisingly, we hear a lot of questions on this topic at our medical practice. The short answer to the “are vaccines safe” question is that certain vaccines are strongly recommended during pregnancy, and that the known benefits of these vaccines are generally believed to outweigh any potential concerns.

Here are a few of the more common questions we’ve heard, along with our answers.

What is a vaccine and how does it work?

Most vaccines are solutions that contain a weakened, killed or similar version of a virus or organism that causes a particular disease. Vaccines take advantage of the fact that immune systems can “remember” infectious organisms and viruses.

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