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By Associates in Women's Health
November 11, 2022
Category: OBGYN Care
Tags: Pelvic Pain  

When you suffer from pelvic pain, it can be a scary experience. It’s only natural to wonder what is causing your pelvic pain. There can be a simple, benign cause, or pelvic pain can be caused by a more serious condition.

Pelvic pain can be caused by your reproductive system, digestive system, or urinary system. There are some types of pelvic pain that can be caused by muscles or ligaments surrounding your pelvis.

Fortunately, your OBGYN doctor can determine the cause of your pelvic pain and treat it so you can get relief.

Some simple causes of pelvic pain include:

  • Ovulation
  • Menstruation
  • Pregnancy
  • Bladder infection
  • Urinary tract infection

If you have extremely painful or heavy periods, your OBGYN can prescribe medications, including birth control, to help regulate your periods.

If you think you might be pregnant, your OBGYN doctor will have you take a pregnancy test to confirm pregnancy. If you are pregnant, your doctor will perform an initial examination, which may include imaging to determine a potential due date. Your OBGYN doctor provides a wide range of prenatal services to help you have a healthy pregnancy and delivery.

If you have a urinary tract or bladder infection, your OBGYN can prescribe antibiotics to clear up the infection.

Some more serious causes of pelvic pain include:

  • Uterine cysts
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Fibroids
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Endometriosis

Your OBGYN doctor may require imaging studies to diagnose your condition. Imaging tests include:

  • An MRI
  • A CT scan
  • An abdominal or pelvic ultrasound

If you have uterine cysts, ovarian cysts, or fibroids, your OBGYN doctor can prescribe medication and offers procedures to remove the cysts.

If you have an ectopic pregnancy, which is a pregnancy occurring outside the uterus, your OBGYN doctor may discuss surgical options with you.

If you have endometriosis, your OBGYN doctor may recommend taking birth control or your doctor may discuss a partial or full hysterectomy to relieve symptoms.

Your OBGYN doctor is an expert at the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic pelvic pain. To learn more about what can cause pelvic pain and how your doctor can help you get relief, call your OBGYN doctor today.

By Associates in Women's Health
October 19, 2022
Category: OBGYN Care

Your hormones handle a lot of important tasks to keep your body functioning. Unfortunately, there are a few life events which can cause your hormones to be out of balance, so you feel out of balance too.

Fortunately, hormone replacement therapy can keep you feeling like yourself. If you are considering hormone replacement therapy, you need to know the facts. These are a few frequently asked questions and answers about hormonal imbalance and hormone replacement therapy:

What Causes a Hormonal Imbalance?

A hormonal imbalance can be caused by natural changes or stages in your life, including puberty, pregnancy, perimenopause, and menopause. Hormone levels can also dramatically decrease after a partial or full hysterectomy.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of a Hormonal Imbalance?

You might have no symptoms at all, and still have a hormonal imbalance. You might also experience signs and symptoms which can become severe. These signs and symptoms include:

  • Irritability and fatigue
  • Mood swings and depression
  • Skin dryness and loss of elasticity
  • Water retention and weight gain
  • Osteoporosis and joint pain
  • Less interest in sex
  • Insomnia and other sleep disorders
  • Memory issues and difficulty concentrating

How Does Hormone Replacement Therapy Help?

Hormone replacement gives you back your hormones at stable levels, so you look and feel like yourself again. You will experience:

  • Better sleep
  • Increased energy
  • Enhanced memory
  • Increased ability to concentrate and focus
  • An elevated mood with less mood swings
  • Smoother, more hydrated skin
  • Increased interest in sex
  • Better weight regulation and less water retention
  • Joint and bone protection and increased strength

What Are the Different Types of Hormone Therapy?

Hormone therapy has made several advances in recent years. You now can choose from:

Systemic hormone therapy, which is in pill form, or patches, rings, gel, cream, or spray.

Low-dose vaginal products, which focus on vaginal and urinary symptoms, not your entire body. Low-dose comes in cream, tablet, or ring forms.

Bio-identical hormone replacement, which is a product identical in structure to human hormones. Bio-identical hormone replacement may have less side-effects than traditional hormone replacement therapy.

Your OBGYN doctor can help you choose the hormone replacement therapy best for you. To find out more about hormonal imbalance and how hormone replacement therapy can help, call your OBGYN doctor today.

By Associates in Women's Health
October 05, 2022
Category: OBGYN Treatments

If you and your partner have been trying to have a baby, but you are unsuccessful, have you thought about treatment for infertility? Your OBGYN doctor is an expert at infertility issues and can help you both have a baby.

If you have infertility issues, you are not alone. Infertility affects 10 to 15 percent of couples. Infertility issues affect both men and women equally.

If you and your partner have been regularly trying to get pregnant for at least one year, you could have infertility issues. There are many causes of infertility, including:

  • Having a long menstrual cycle of over 35 days
  • Having a short menstrual cycle of less than 21 days
  • Experiencing missing or irregular periods
  • Having a low sperm count

Your OBGYN doctor will begin with testing to determine what is causing infertility. When your doctor determines the cause, treatment can begin.

Infertility treatment can take several paths, including:

  • Restoring fertility
  • Assisting reproduction with medical techniques

If your doctor is trying to restore fertility, your treatment might include:

  • Clomiphene citrate, to stimulate your ovaries to ovulate
  • Gonadotropins, to stimulate your ovaries to increase production of eggs
  • Metformin, to treat infertility caused by insulin-resistance
  • Letrozole, to induce you to ovulate
  • Bromocriptine, to treat ovulation problems resulting from excess pituitary function

For medically assisted fertility, treatments may include:

  • Surgery, to remove growths which are preventing your ability to get pregnant
  • Surgically reversing a tubal ligation or to open blocked fallopian tubes
  • Intrauterine insemination (IUI), which involves placing sperm inside the uterus
  • Assisted reproduction (IVF), which involves combining the sperm and eggs in a laboratory setting and then implanting the embryo into the uterus

If you and your partner want to have a baby, but you have been unsuccessful, don’t despair. Your OBGYN doctor can help you succeed, so you can enjoy the family you want. To find out more about infertility treatment and other OBGYN services, call your OBGYN doctor today.

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

A woman’s reproductive health requires special care, and that’s what an obstetrics and gynecology doctor does. These specialists, commonly known as OBGYN doctors, can help protect you from breast cancer, cervical cancer, and other serious conditions affecting the reproductive system.

One of the most important services your OBGYN provides is the annual wellness exam. This exam, performed every year, includes:

  • An examination of your pelvic area
  • An examination of your reproductive system
  • A pap smear to check for signs of cervical cancer
  • An examination of your breasts to check for lumps and early signs of breast cancer

Your OBGYN may recommend further testing, which can include:

  • Blood tests and other lab work
  • A mammogram or breast MRI
  • An ultrasound or other imaging studies

A woman should have her first annual wellness visit when she begins menstruating, and these wellness visits should continue every year after that. Visits to the OBGYN may be more frequent if you are:

  • Pregnant
  • Sexually active
  • Going through menopause
  • Experiencing signs or symptoms of disease

You should visit your OBGYN as soon as you can if you:

  • Notice a gray, yellow, or green, discharge from your vagina
  • Experience pelvic or abdominal cramping that doesn’t go away
  • Feel a lump in one or both of your breasts
  • Have breast tenderness that doesn’t go away

Your OBGYN doctor provides many more important services in addition to annual wellness exams. These are some of the other popular services your OBGYN provides:

  • Birth control options
  • Pregnancy counseling
  • Prenatal care
  • Birth and delivery
  • Treatment of sexually transmitted diseases

If you are premenopausal or going through menopause, your OBGYN can help with that by providing relief from hot flashes, mood swings, weight gain, thinning bones, skin, and hair, and night sweats. For menopause, your OBGYN may recommend:

  • Medication to limit mood swings
  • Medication to keep your bones strong
  • Hormone replacement therapy to balance your hormone levels
  • Lifestyle and exercise modification to help you maintain a healthy weight

Your OBGYN can do a lot to help you stay healthy, and it all begins with an annual wellness exam. Protect your health by calling your OBGYN today.

By Associates in Women's Health
September 12, 2022
Category: OBGYN Care
Tags: Endometriosis  

Do you double over in pain at the start of your period?

While cramps are a part of menstruation, what if we told you that going through bad cramps and pain isn’t normal? If you find yourself taking time off work because your cramps get so bad, or if you find that you’re unable to enjoy sex due to pain, these could be signs of endometriosis.

What Is Endometriosis?

This chronic condition causes endometrial tissue to develop outside the uterus, leading to pain, scarring, infertility and inflammation. About one in ten women of childbearing age will develop endometriosis. Unfortunately, many women experience debilitating menstrual or abdominal pain for years before seeking help from a qualified OBGYN. This means it can be years before someone gets a proper diagnosis.

What Are the Causes?

Unfortunately, doctors are entirely sure what causes endometriosis; however, some doctors believe that when tissue is shed during menstruation, it passes through the fallopian tube and into the abdomen, where it attaches to other reproductive organs and tissue. This is sometimes referred to as reverse or retrograde menstruation.

What Are the Symptoms?

Symptoms vary from person to person. Endometriosis may cause,

  • Intense or severe menstrual cramps
  • Painful sex
  • Pain with bowel movements or urination
  • Pelvic pain

How Is Endometriosis Treated?

It’s essential to turn to your OBGYN if you are experiencing symptoms of endometriosis, as untreated endometriosis can get worse over time and lead to infertility. Common treatment options for endometriosis may include,

  • Hormone therapy: this most often includes oral contraception, gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), and progestin or progesterone medication
  • Pain medication: this may include over-the-counter anti-inflammatories or prescription-strength pain relievers
  • Surgical treatments: If medication isn’t providing relief or your symptoms are severe, your OBGYN may recommend laparoscopic surgery to remove excess tissue and adhesions.
  • Fertility treatment: If endometriosis has affected fertility and surgery has not improved your chances of getting pregnant, then your OBGYN may discuss other fertility treatment options, such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF).

If you are dealing with painful periods, it may be time to sit down with your OBGYN to discuss your symptoms and determine if you might have endometriosis.





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