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Having a baby is a wonderful experience, and it’s helpful to have a baby when you’ve planned on starting a family. Birth control can help prevent pregnancy, so you can have a baby when the time is right for you. Your OBGYN doctor is an expert at birth control and can offer you several birth control options and help you choose the best birth control method.

You want your birth control method to be convenient and fit in with your lifestyle and your needs. Birth control methods available include:

Birth control pills – are convenient, portable, and effective. This method works by continuously releasing hormones to prevent pregnancy.

Contraceptive skin patches – they are easy to use and don’t require the responsibility of remembering to take a pill. This method works by releasing hormones gradually over time to prevent pregnancy.

Vaginal rings – they are easy to take with you and are inserted into your vagina. Vaginal rings release hormones when inserted, preventing pregnancy from occurring.

Birth control injections – they are administered at 3-to-6-month intervals and release hormones gradually over time to prevent pregnancy.

Birth control implants – they are small rod-like devices that release hormones to prevent pregnancy. A birth control implant is placed into your upper arm and can be effective for up to 3 years.

Intrauterine devices, commonly known as IUDs – either contain hormones or copper. The IUD is placed inside your uterus and can be effective for up to 3 to 5 years if it contains hormones, and up to 10 years if it contains copper.

Your OBGYN doctor can discuss other birth control options with you including condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, sponges, and spermicide. Condoms have the added benefit of protecting you against sexually-transmitted diseases in addition to pregnancy.

Choosing birth control is an important decision, and you want it to be the right choice. Your OBGYN doctor can help you decide. To learn more about the different birth control options and which choice is best for you, call your OBGYN doctor today.

It’s important to plan when you want to have a family. In order to keep from getting pregnant, you need to find a contraceptive that is right for you. Your OBGYN can help with contraceptive management.

Birth control options are one of the most important services provided by an OBGYN. Thanks to advances in birth control, you now have several convenient options, including:

Birth control pills, which are convenient, portable, and effective. They work by releasing hormones to prevent pregnancy.

Contraceptive skin patches, which are convenient and don’t require remembering to take a pill. They release hormones gradually and consistently to prevent pregnancy.

Vaginal rings, which are portable and are inserted into your vagina. They release hormones when inserted, to prevent pregnancy.

Birth control injections, which are administered at 3-to-6-month intervals. The injections release hormones gradually to prevent pregnancy.

Birth control implants, which are small rod-like devices that release hormones to prevent pregnancy. An implant is placed into your upper arm and can be effective for up to 3 years.

Intrauterine devices, commonly known as IUDs, which either contain hormones or copper; the IUD is placed inside your uterus and can be effective for up to 3 to 5 years if it contains hormones, and up to 10 years if it contains copper.

Other common birth control methods include condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, sponges, and spermicide. Condoms have an advantage over other birth control methods because they can protect you against sexually transmitted diseases, in addition to pregnancy.

Contraception management is just one of the important services your OBGYN can provide. Other services provided by your OBGYN include:

  • Routine reproductive health examinations, including pap smears
  • Routine breast examinations, including mammograms and breast MRI
  • Diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases
  • Fertility counseling and treatment
  • Prenatal counseling and prenatal care

To find out more about contraception management and available birth control options, you need the help of an expert. Call your OBGYN doctor today.

By Associates in Women's Health
November 23, 2022
Category: OBGYN

A pap smear is a routine test typically performed during a gynecological exam. It’s a test to determine the presence of abnormal or cancerous cells, specifically cervical cancer. Pap smear testing is important because cervical cancer is a type of cancer which often doesn’t have any warning signs or symptoms until the cancer is in the later stages.

During a pap smear, cells are collected from the cervix and sent off to a laboratory for testing. Most test results come back negative, however, there are a few instances where you may have an abnormal pap smear.

Reasons for an abnormal pap smear include:

  • Infection with human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Early cell changes which need monitoring
  • Early cell changes which need to be treated early

If you have an abnormal pap test result, your OBGYN doctor will consider these factors when developing next steps:

  • Your previous pap test results
  • Your previous treatments for cervical cell changes
  • Your personal health factors including your age

Your OBGYN doctor may recommend these next steps after an abnormal pap smear:

  • Having a repeat pap test in 1 to 3 years
  • Having a colposcopy and biopsy
  • Receiving treatment for high grade cervical cell changes

When your OBGYN doctor recommends a colposcopy, during the exam, your OBGYN doctor will apply a vinegar solution to the cervix to highlight abnormal areas. A colposcope is then used to light and magnify the cervix and check abnormal areas. A tissue sample can be taken for a biopsy to diagnose cervical cancer.

If your OBGYN doctor recommends receiving treatment for high grade cervical cell changes, treatment may include:

  • Loop electrosurgical excision to electrify and remove abnormal tissue
  • Cold knife conization to remove abnormal tissue
  • Laser therapy to destroy abnormal tissue
  • Cryotherapy to freeze abnormal tissue
  • Total hysterectomy for severe cases of cervical cancer

To learn more about the importance of pap smear testing and management of an abnormal pap smear result, call your OBGYN doctor today.

By Associates in Women's Health
August 09, 2022
Category: OBGYN

There are many forms of contraception out there. It’s important to know your options.

All you have to do is go online, and you’ll soon discover many contraception options, perhaps even more than you even realized. Whether this is your first time considering contraception or you aren’t completely satisfied with the contraceptive method you are currently using, your OBGYN can provide birth control counseling to make a more informed decision regarding your sexual health.

What Types of Contraception Are Available?

Here are the different types of contraceptives available to you through your OBGYN,

  • Hormonal birth control includes pills, patches, a vaginal ring, an injection or even an implant.
  • Intrauterine device (IUD), which can be hormonal or non-hormonal (copper)
  • Barrier methods such as diaphragms, condoms and sponges
  • Natural methods such as abstinence
  • Sterilization

While all of these can be effective in preventing pregnancy, remember that only a condom can prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

What Contraception is Right for Me?

There are lots of factors to consider when it comes to choosing contraception. Sitting down with your gynecologist to discuss what you’re looking for in your birth control will give your doctor an idea of which approach will be best.

For example, if you don’t think you’ll remember to take your medication every day at the same time, birth control pills might not be the best approach, but a vaginal ring, patch, injection or even an IUD may be a better option. An IUD may be an ideal option for women who want little hassle when it comes to contraception and aren't planning to become pregnant for several years.

The IUD is inserted into the vagina, where it will remain for several years (about 3-6 months for hormonal IUDs and up to 12 years for non-hormonal IUDs). An IUD comes in a hormonal and non-hormonal form, so even those who experience adverse side effects from hormonal birth control can still consider an IUD.

Another factor to consider is your tolerance to birth control medication. We know that some women experience adverse effects regarding hormonal contraception. If you are someone who has been having difficulty finding birth control that’s right for you, know there are several non-hormonal options out there, and your OBGYN can help you choose the one that’s right for you and your health.

Choosing the right contraception isn’t always easy. Fortunately, your OBGYN can sit down with you to discuss your options and help you choose the perfect one for you and your lifestyle.

By Associates in Women's Health
July 18, 2022
Category: OBGYN

Are you currently looking for an OBGYN? We know how crucial an OBGYN can be to a woman’s health and nothing is more important than finding an OBGYN that you trust to provide you with personal, gentle and customized care. Here’s why all women should have an OBGYN,

Preventive Care

Preventive care isn’t just for your annual primary care visit. An OBGYN also provides preventive care to women of all ages, from puberty to postmenopausal. Preventive care ensures that you take all the necessary precautions and make healthy choices to support your overall health. Annual gynecological exams are one of the best preventive measures every woman should get to protect against and catch diseases early.

Get Vaccinated

The next time you or your teen comes into the office for an annual gynecological exam, this is the perfect time to talk to us about the HPV vaccine. HPV is a widespread sexually transmitted illness (STI) that can increase the risk for cervical cancer. That’s why everyone who is sexually active or planning to become sexually active should get this vaccine. Children as young as 11 to 12 years old can get the HPV vaccine.

Discuss Birth Control

There are so many birth control options on the market these days that it can be challenging to know which one is best suited to your needs. That’s where an OBGYN comes in. Since they know you, your lifestyle and your health, they can provide recommendations on the best birth control options for you and help you make an informed decision about your family planning needs.

Get Tested

If you are sexually active, it’s essential that you practice safe sex. Regular STI testing can provide you and your partner peace of mind. Since many STIs don’t present with symptoms, it’s a good idea to get tested so you know your status. Talk with your OBGYN about whether you should get tested and how often you should.

Postpartum Support

Most moms-to-be are so focused on a healthy pregnancy and delivery that many can’t even focus on post-pregnancy healthy until they are in the thick of it. Unfortunately, the fourth trimester can profoundly impact a woman’s health and mental wellbeing. An OBGYN that can provide advice and support to guide you through this process can be invaluable.



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