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What Parts of Your Body Does Endometriosis Affect? May 6th, 2021

Your uterus has a lining of tissue called the endometrium. This tissue thickens every month to prepare your body for pregnancy. If you don’t get pregnant, it sheds and bleeds during your menstrual period. Healthy endometrial tissue grows inside your uterus, but about 11% of women have a condition called...

What is the Billings Method? Apr 13th, 2021

Family planning is an important consideration if you’re a sexually active woman. It puts you in control over your reproductive health and gives you the power to decide if and when you want to get pregnant. These days, you have a lot of options when it comes to family planning....

Telltale Symptoms of Menopause Mar 8th, 2021

Are you nervously awaiting menopause? Wondering if your symptoms mean you’ve entered this transitional time? Are you sure you’re aware of the telltale symptoms? Menopause is a natural process that happens when your female hormone levels decline and you’re no longer able to get pregnant. The average age of onset...

Bleeding Between Periods: Is it Cause for Alarm? Feb 15th, 2021

Most women experience bleeding between periods at some point. It’s usually light bleeding that doesn’t require a tampon or pad, and it’s also called spotting. You might notice spotting in the middle of your cycle, either in your underwear or while using the restroom. Many different factors — from hormonal...

4 Ways to Lower Your Risk for STDs Jan 12th, 2021

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are very common. In fact, about 50% of sexually active individuals contract an STI by the time they’re 25 years old. As the terms imply, STIs and STDs are contracted through sexual contact. The only way to ensure you won’t get...

How Does Endometriosis Affect Moods? Dec 8th, 2020

About 10% of women have endometriosis during their reproductive years. Endometriosis is a condition that develops when the tissue that lines your uterus, called the endometrium, grows elsewhere in your pelvic region. Endometrial tissue growing outside your uterus thickens and sheds like healthy tissue, but rather than exiting your body...

Diabetes and Pregnancy: What to Expect Nov 10th, 2020

Pregnancy creates dramatic changes throughout your body. It’s an exciting time, but it’s normal to have questions about what to expect. And if you’re one of the 15 million American women who have diabetes, you might have even more questions. Having a preexisting condition like diabetes means that you’ll need...

Menstrual Pain and Bleeding: How Much is Normal? Oct 4th, 2020

The average menstrual period lasts 2-7 days. The first day of bleeding marks the first day of a new menstrual cycle, which generally lasts 21-35 days. Almost every woman experiences monthly menstrual cycles in her childbearing years, so she has about 450 periods in her lifetime. You can have varying...

What to do About Painful Intercourse Sep 7th, 2020

About 3 in 4 women experience pain with sex at some point in their lives. Sometimes, pain is minor and disappears quickly. But when painful intercourse is a consistent problem, it can disrupt your life — from your self-esteem to your relationship with your significant other. Daniel McDonald, MD, Marc...

You're Not Alone: Getting Support After a Miscarriage Aug 19th, 2020

Up to 25% of clinically recognized pregnancies end in miscarriage — that’s nearly 1 in 4. Although miscarriage is common, it can still come with a stigma. People are often hesitant to talk about miscarriage, which can leave you feeling like you’re going through it alone. Experiencing a miscarriage is...

Bothered by Hot Flashes? Hormonal Optimization Can Help Jul 22nd, 2020

Hot flashes can leave you drenched in sweat at any time of the day or night. They’re a common symptom of menopause, with about 8 in 10 women experiencing them, but they don’t just affect women in their 40s and 50s. Hot flashes are a hallmark of menopause, but they...

How to Prevent Recurrent UTIs Jun 24th, 2020

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can happen to anyone, but women are more likely to suffer these painful infections than men, due in part to anatomy. Bacteria in your bladder or urethra commonly cause UTIs, but infection can develop anywhere in your urinary system, including the kidneys or ureters.  UTIs often...

4 Benefits of Menopause May 28th, 2020

Hot flashes. Mood swings. Weight gain. Low libido. Pain with sex. Are these among the first symptoms that come to mind when you think of menopause? Chances are good that the answer is yes. Menopause is a physical change that your body endures at the end of your reproductive years....

Natural Family Planning: How Does It Work? Apr 22nd, 2020

Natural family planning is a popular option for women who want to be in control of their bodies. It’s a natural method of preventing pregnancy that doesn’t involve taking medication or using devices. Instead, it involves listening to your body to learn when you’re most fertile, and avoiding sexual intercourse...

Can Heavy Periods Cause Anemia? Mar 6th, 2020

If you’re a woman between the ages of 15 and 55, chances are high that you have a monthly period. Your period is controlled by hormones, and it’s a part of your menstrual cycle. The menstrual cycle is the process your body goes through to prepare for pregnancy. Your ovaries...

Pregnancy and Diabetes: How to Keep You and Your Baby Healthy Feb 1st, 2020

Being pregnant is a transformative experience for many women, and having a baby is life-changing. But it’s no secret that pregnancy takes a toll on your body. If you have a preexisting condition, the changes that come with pregnancy can be even more significant. Diabetes is a very common metabolic...

5 Common Myths About Infertility Jan 9th, 2020

If you have problems with fertility, you actually aren’t alone. Over 5 million people who are of child-bearing age, that’s one in 10 couples, have trouble conceiving. When it comes to fertility, the advice that we’re given is often fairly unhelpful.  At OB/GYN Specialists, we want to make sure that...

What Causes Abnormal Bleeding? Dec 1st, 2019

Periods are often unpleasant, but abnormal bleeding can greatly interfere with your schedule, comfort, and enjoyment of life. If you’re experiencing frequent abnormal uterine bleeding, visit to your OB/GYN to find out if something is wrong.  Abnormal bleeding can be caused by a number of factors, and a specialist can...

The Link Between Your Weight and Your Hormones Nov 1st, 2019

Weight gain isn’t just an issue associated with the food you eat or how much you exercise. It can also be affected by your hormones — and vice versa. If you’ve noticed that you’re experiencing hormonal changes and/or weight fluctuations, it might help you to discuss these issues with your...

I Had a C-Section; Can I Deliver Vaginally? Oct 1st, 2019

Common practice used to be that once you had a child delivered through a cesarean section, all subsequent children needed to be delivered that way. However, advances in medicine and surgical techniques have made it possible for up to 90% of women who’ve had a baby with a C-section to...

What Makes a Pregnancy High-Risk? Sep 1st, 2019

When a woman becomes pregnant and is looking forward to the birth of her child, she expects a normal pregnancy with no complications. This is ideal, and in many cases, it’s exactly what happens. But in some cases (estimates are around 8%), the woman and her child are facing a...

Most Common Causes of Pelvic Pain Aug 2nd, 2019

Pain in your lower belly and pelvis results from problems with your reproductive or urinary systems. Pain differs from person to person and can range from mild to severe. If you have endometriosis, for example, your pain may feel more or less intense than someone else with the same condition....

My Pap Smear Results Were Abnormal — What Now? Jul 3rd, 2019

Getting regular Pap smears is an important preventative health measure for women 65 and under. Your Pap smear, which you get every 3-5 years depending on your age, detects abnormal or potentially precancerous cells. Our doctors at OB/GYN Specialists support and treat women who’ve received an abnormal result on their...

How Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Helps Women Through Menopause Jun 1st, 2019

Just because menopause is a natural part of a woman's cycle of life doesn't mean it’s always an easy transition. From hot flashes and sleep problems to irritability and mood swings, it can be a challenge both physically and emotionally. Often hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help. Here at OB/GYN...

Does It Burn When You Urinate? You Might Have a UTI May 1st, 2019

About 50% of women report having a urinary tract infection (UTI) at least once in their lives, underscoring the common nature of a UTI. UTIs are painful and inconvenient, and they can lead to serious health issues if untreated. There are many signs and symptoms of UTIs, but a simple,...

3 Facts You May Not Know About Uterine Fibroids Apr 16th, 2019

Finding out you have a uterine fibroid can sound alarming. Especially when all you hear your doctor say is the word “tumor.” In about 99% of cases, fibroid tumors are benign. Not to mention, they're very common. You can experience several fibroids throughout your life, and never have a problem....

Endometriosis and Infertility: All Your Questions Answered Mar 1st, 2019

Endometriosis affects up to 11% of American women between the ages of 15 and 44. Having endometriosis can make it more difficult to get pregnant. Not only do women with endometriosis find it hard to conceive, but they may be more likely to suffer from a miscarriage. Between 30% and...

What You Need to Know About Treating Menopausal Symptoms With Hormone Replacement Therapy Feb 6th, 2019

Though some women sail through menopause with nary a bump in the road, others are saddled with ongoing side effects that can have a serious quality-of-life impact. If you find yourself more toward the latter, there’s a solution that will help make your transition a little less tumultuous — hormone...

How a Pap Test Can Save Your Life Jan 15th, 2019

Because January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, our team at OB/GYN Specialists reminds you about the importance of a routine Pap test. This simple, noninvasive screening is your first line of defense against cervical cancer and other reproductive health issues. Basics of a Pap test A Pap test is...

Thanks to Robotic Surgery, Hysterectomies Have Come a Long Way Dec 14th, 2018

There are many reasons your provider here at OB/GYN Specialists may recommend a hysterectomy. A few of them include: Fibroid tumors Endometriosis Cancerous tumors Uterine prolapse Abnormal uterine bleeding Chronic pelvic pain Regardless of the reason, you may well have some concerns about having surgery. One solution that may be...

4 Important Steps You Can Take to Help Prevent a High-Risk Pregnancy Nov 21st, 2018

The term “high-risk pregnancy" sounds scary. It refers to a pregnancy in which either you or your baby are at risk of complications. The good news is that you can take steps to promote a healthy pregnancy and reduce the risk of negative outcomes in the process. Our experts discuss...