Women's Health Tips
Read our blog for tips on women's health issues, presented by Gynecology and Obstetrics Associates!
Regular Check Ups are the Key!
Getting regular check ups, preventive screening tests, and immunizations are among the most important things you can do for yourself. Make an appointment today! Then, become a partner with your doctor or nurse to decide when you need your screenings and immunizations. Share your family history, speak up, voice your concerns, and always ask questions. For instance, if your doctor or nurse asks you to increase the amount you exercise, ask for examples of exercises that are best for you. If you are confused about how to do a monthly breast self-exam, ask and practice until you understand and feel comfortable doing it. If you are wondering if you need certain screenings, ask your doctor or nurse. You owe it to yourself.
The annual exam is your opportunity to receive preventive health services as well as review and renew your existing prescriptions. We will complement the services provided by your primary care provider.
Menopause is defined as the cessation of menstruation for 12 consecutive months. This marks the end of a womens reproductive years. Menopause occurs naturally around age 51.2 when the ovaries stop producing estrogen, or surgically at any age when the ovaries are removed.
Gradually declining estrogen levels begin as early as in the 30s " this is referred to as peri-menopause.
This affects a womens health and quality of life for the remainder of lifetime. Removal of the ovaries creates an immediate menopause - and usually more severe symptoms.
Many health problems can result, ranging from merely annoying to life threatening.
Some of the symptoms are:
- Irregular periods
- Mood swings
- Hot flashes
- Vaginal dryness
- Urinary incontinence
- Dry skin
- Rapid heart beat
- Loss of libido
- Hair loss
Our team of experts will provide you with the latest information so you can make the best decision for your lifestyle.
Our services include:
- Hormone Balancing Programs
- Adrenal and Thyroid Testing
- Sex Hormone Testing
- Salivary and Blood Hormone Testing
Pregnancy is the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus.
So you're going to have a baby! Whether you are pregnant or are planning to get pregnant, you will want to give your baby a healthy start.
You need to have regular visits with your healthcare provider. These prenatal care visits are very important for your baby and yourself. Some things you might do when you are pregnant could hurt your baby, such as smoking or drinking. Some medicines can also be a problem, even ones that a doctor prescribed. You will need to drink plenty of fluids and eat a healthy diet. In early pregnancy, you may get morning sickness, or nausea. You may also be tired and need more rest.
Your body will change as your baby grows during the nine months of your pregnancy. Don't hesitate to call your health care provider if something is bothering or worrying you.
Monthly Breast Exams
Many changes occur in a woman's breasts during her lifetime. It is essential for every woman to understand which of those changes are normal and which are not. The first step to doing this is to become familiar with the structure of the breasts and how they function.
The breasts contain milk-producing glands and provide nourishment to the newborn. After birth, milk production is initiated and maintained by secretion of the hormone prolactin from the pituitary gland. The breasts are not fully developed in the female until well beyond the onset of menstruation. They are present in children and men only in rudimentary form.
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