Last updated 7 months ago
Talk to your obstetrician about lifestyle modifications you need to make to keep your baby healthy during pregnancy. Your obstetrician will likely question you about your caffeine intake. Consuming too much caffeine can be very harmful for your baby because it crosses the placenta and decreases blood flow to the fetus. Animal studies have demonstrated a link between caffeine consumption in the mother and low-birth weight babies, birth defects, and preterm delivery. Studies are inconclusive regarding the potential risk of miscarriage.
Although more research is needed on the effects on human babies, it’s a good idea to exercise caution and limit your caffeine intake. Gynecologists generally agree that consuming no more than 150 to 300 milligrams of caffeine daily during pregnancy is safe. If you plan to breastfeed, you’ll need to continue to limit your caffeine intake during this time.
For quality prenatal care in a relaxed, friendly environment, call Women’s Integrated Healthcare. You can reach us at (888) 870-5671 to schedule an appointment with an obstetrician.
Last updated 7 months ago
Menopause isn’t a disorder or a disease; it’s a natural component of aging. However, some women may experience menopause earlier than others. If you notice the signs of menopause before age 40, you could have early menopause. A gynecologist can recommend tests to confirm the diagnosis. Your gynecologist can also recommend therapies to alleviate your symptoms and help you stay healthy.
Tell your gynecologist about all of your symptoms. Due to the decline in estrogen production, you might experience hot flashes, irregular periods, or missed periods. You might also notice a decreased sex drive, vaginal dryness, urinary incontinence, and insomnia. Alterations in your emotional state are possible and may include mood swings and irritability.
Early menopause can occur because of defects in the chromosomes, which affects the formation of the ovaries. Or, it may be a result of autoimmune diseases, such as thyroid disease, which inhibit hormone production. Tell your gynecologist if you have a family history of premature menopause. The gynecologist will also ask about your medical history. Some types of surgeries, such as a hysterectomy or removal of the ovaries, and chemotherapy or radiation therapy can result in early menopause.
Although menopause is a natural part of life and cannot be “cured,” there are therapies available to help you deal with the symptoms. Talk to your gynecologist about hormone replacement therapy (HRT), including bio identical hormone replacement. Replacement hormones can moderate symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats. Additionally, your doctor might recommend other measures to protect your overall health. Early menopause can put you at a higher risk of developing osteoporosis, for example. Your doctor may recommend taking calcium and vitamin D supplements, and including weight-bearing exercises in your workout routine to build bone mass.
Talk to a gynecologist about hormone replacement therapy today. Schedule an appointment with Women’s Integrated Healthcare by calling (888) 870-5671. We offer the best in patient care for all stages of life.
Last updated 7 months ago
Screening tests are essential for women’s healthcare; they allow gynecologists to detect problems early so that treatment can begin as soon as possible. They also allow doctors to recommend preventative measures for women who are at a higher risk of certain medical conditions. The screening tests you should have depend upon your age and whether you have a family history or other risk factors for medical conditions.
For example, gynecologists recommend women start having pelvic exams and Pap smears in their early 20s, or when they become sexually active. Pap tests allow gynecologists to check for cervical cancer, HPV, and other conditions. Learn more about Pap tests, mammograms, colonoscopies, and the HPV vaccine by watching this news clip.
Safeguard your health by scheduling an exam today. Call Women’s Integrated Healthcare at (888) 870-5671 to set up an appointment with a gynecologist.
Last updated 8 months ago
Many individuals only visit the doctor when they notice a medical problem; however, preventative medicine is essential for maintaining overall health. Talk to your gynecologist about having screening tests to check for potential problems. Your gynecologist might recommend a pelvic exam with a Pap smear, for example. Depending on your age and medical history, your gynecologist might also recommend a mammography and bone density study. Here’s a look at the importance of talking to your gynecologist about screening tests:
Your annual pelvic exam is a good opportunity to discuss any health concerns you might have. Additionally, make sure your gynecologist is up-to-date on any changes in your medical history. During the exam, you can expect an evaluation of your breasts and palpitation of your abdominal region to check for abnormalities. The gynecologist collects a small sample of cervical tissue to send to the lab. The lab screens the sample for cervical cancer, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and other issues.
Blood Pressure Screening
During your annual exam, the doctor checks your blood pressure. A normal blood pressure reading is below 120/80. If your numbers are higher than this, you could have prehypertension or hypertension. Work with your doctor to develop a treatment plan, which may include medication in addition to a low-sodium diet and exercise program. By treating high blood pressure early, you can prevent complications such as heart disease.
Your gynecologist might recommend a mammogram if you’re in a certain age range or if you have risk factors for breast cancer. During the mammogram, an X-ray machine is used to produce images, which are checked for abnormalities.
Bone Density Test
Bone density tests are scans that measure your bone density. If you’re in a certain age range or you have risk factors for osteoporosis, it’s a good idea to check your bone health. Treating osteoporosis with lifestyle modifications and medications can help prevent fractures.
If you have any questions about screening tests, please call Women’s Integrated Healthcare. Residents of the Grapevine, Keller, and Alliance areas are encouraged to call us at (888) 870-5671. Or, visit our website to learn more about our gynecological services.
Last updated 8 months ago
Did you know that the hormonal changes associated with pregnancy can actually increase your risk of gum disease? Further, oral infections may affect the health of your unborn child. Talk to your OB/GYN about your dental health. If you’re trying to become pregnant, schedule a teeth cleaning right away and undergo any necessary dental procedures. If you’re already pregnant, talk to your OB/GYN about safe dental care.
You may have dental x-rays while pregnant, provided that your belly is properly protected. Lidocaine, a topical anesthetic, is safe to use. You may also use certain antibiotics and pain relievers; however, it’s a good idea to consult your OB/GYN before taking medications prescribed by your dentist. If possible, try to schedule all dental work during the second trimester. During the first trimester, your baby’s delicate internal organs are developing, and during the third trimester, it may be uncomfortable for you to lie on your back for an extended period of time.
If you have any questions about your pregnancy, please schedule an appointment with an OB/GYN at Women’s Integrated Healthcare. Residents of Grapevine, Keller, and Alliance are encouraged to call us at (888) 870-5671 or visit our website for more information.