Last updated 7 months ago
Menopause occurs as your body changes with age and begins to adjust the amount of estrogen and progesterone created. The symptoms of menopause can last for months or years and affect each woman to a different degree. Hot flashes are a common symptom of menopause that affects up to 90% of menopausal women. Visiting your gynecologist can help you evaluate your options when it comes to managing your symptoms.
Menopause and its accompanying symptoms occur because of lowered levels of estrogen and progesterone in your body. Hormone therapy supplements your body’s existing levels of these hormones to minimize the symptoms caused by their absence. Your gynecologist will evaluate your health and needs to determine whether this treatment is an option for you, as hormone therapy is not right for every woman.
Some foods and drinks cause hot flashes, so discovering your specific triggers and avoiding them can bring relief. Alcohol, coffee and caffeinated drinks, and spicy foods often bring about episodes of sweating. Options such as black cohosh and soy help to prevent hot flashes in some women, so you may wish to try adding these to your diet. Ask your gynecologist whether you can benefit from supplementary vitamin B and E as well to prevent hot flashes. If you find yourself overheating, drink a glass of cool water to help.
Anxiety and stress can trigger hot flashes and sweating. Learn to manage your stress through relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation to enjoy fewer, less severe hot flashes. Other options for stress relief include taking a few moments each day to relax or performing light exercise such as walking.
Talk to your gynecologist at Women’s Integrated Healthcare today about relieving your menopause symptoms. Our team is here to provide you with comprehensive healthcare specific to your needs as a woman, including hormone therapy options, gynecology, obstetrics, da Vinci surgery, Essure, and NovaSure. You can learn more about our practice and its goals to achieve excellence in every aspect of women’s care by calling (888) 870-5671.
Last updated 7 months ago
During pregnancy, you have a special set of nutritional needs to encourage healthy growth of your baby. A variety of nutrients including vitamins and minerals are essential for fetal development prior to birth. Your obstetrician will help you to understand your specific needs based on your health prior to and during your pregnancy.
Foods to Include
A variety of fruits and vegetables should be included in your daily diet. Vegetable options such as carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, tomatoes, and squash provide vitamin A and potassium. Melons, bananas, oranges, grapefruit, and prunes provide vitamins A and C and additional potassium. Be sure to include sources of calcium and protein in your diet as well, such as low-fat milk and yogurt, nuts, beans, and lean meats.
Foods to Avoid
Seafood options including shark, tilefish, king mackerel, and swordfish should be avoided. Small amounts of tuna, no more than twice per week are permissible. These fish have high levels of mercury that can be harmful while you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Steer clear of raw and undercooked foods. Order or prepare your food well-done and choose only pasteurized cheeses, dairy, and juices to avoid food poisoning. Choose beverages that don’t include alcohol which can affect your baby’s development.
While obstetricians recommend that pregnant women take prenatal vitamins to supplement their diet, these supplements are not a substitute for healthy food choices. If you have certain allergies or food aversions, your obstetrician can suggest alternate options or dietary supplements that are right for you. If you took any supplements prior to becoming pregnant, discuss these as well to ensure that they are still the right choice while you are carrying your child.
You can get more information about your nutritional and health needs during pregnancy from your obstetrician at Women's Integrated Healthcare. Our experienced and compassionate staff of doctors specializes in all aspects of women’s health to provide you with the very best in care in Grapevine, Keller, and Alliance. Contact us today at (888) 870-5671 or visit our website to learn more about our team.
Last updated 8 months ago
A pap smear is a gynecological test recommended for all women over the age of 21. This test is performed every two to three years to examine the health of your cervix, which is the lower part of your uterus. Pap tests check for abnormal cells that may indicate cervical cancer, a life-threatening condition that has a high level of curability when caught in its early stages. During the test, a gynecologist inserts an instrument called a speculum into the vagina. This allows her to see and access the cervix and use a brush or swab to remove a few cells for examination in a lab. Although most women find the test completely comfortable, some small level of discomfort may accompany your exam. Talk to your gynecologist if you have questions or concerns, and she will be happy to help you through the process.
At Women’s Integrated Healthcare, we provide a full range of gynecological services for women of all ages. If you live in the Grapevine, Keller, or Alliance area, call us today at (888) 870-5671 for answers to your questions or to schedule your gynecological exam. You can learn more about your reproductive health by clicking on our website.
Last updated 8 months ago
When you are able to communicate effectively with your OB/GYN, you will get the most complete and customized women’s care possible. The sites below offer some tips for talking to your doctor along with signs of common conditions that your physician should be made aware of.
For more information about women’s health, contact the ob-gyns at Women’s Integrated Healthcare. Our practice combines the latest in technology in obstetrics and gynecology with compassionate care for women throughout the Grapevine, Keller, and Alliance areas. For more information about the ob-gyn services and care we provide, please visit us online or call us today at (888) 870-5671.
Our patients come to us from around the DFW metroplex, including Grapevine, Keller, Alliance, Southlake, Highland Village, Lewisville, Irving, HEB, Arlington, Grand Prairie, and the surrounding areas.
Last updated 9 months ago
If you have a son or daughter on the way, you may be concerned about how your daily habits will impact your and your baby’s health while you are pregnant. You can ease your worries and reduce the chances for complications during your pregnancy by following a few simple guidelines fit for any expectant mother.
Communicate with your obstetrician
Consistent communication with the doctor is important to monitor the development of your baby and keep track of your health. This is especially true if you are a first-time mother and you are not certain about what to expect throughout your pregnancy and first months as a mom. You should attend all scheduled appointments with your obstetrician, and speak up about any concerns or abnormal symptoms that you might have between visits to the doctor.
Eat a healthy diet
Nutrition is a critical component of a healthy pregnancy, and it is important to remember that the old notion of eating for two is not ideal for your baby. While you might increase your calorie intake slightly and have food cravings from time to time, you should focus on eating a balanced diet complete with low-fat dairy products, fresh produce, and whole grains.
Maintain regular physical activity
It is generally safe to keep up your regular exercise routine once you get pregnant, but you might discuss it with your doctor first, as there are some activities that could be risky in later trimesters. If you were not very active before getting pregnant, you might work with your doctor to create a fitness regimen that will help you maintain a healthy pregnancy weight and reduce your risk for issues such as varicose veins and swelling of the feet.
With Women’s Integrated Healthcare, P.A., we provide complete care for expecting moms in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area. You can explore all of our women’s healthcare services on our website, or you can make an appointment to discuss your pregnancy by calling (888) 870-5671.