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By Women's Medical Center
December 18, 2019
Category: OBGYN
Tags: infertility  

How your gynecologists in Dothan, Alabama can help you.

If you are having trouble getting pregnant, it could be more than just bad timing. You could be struggling with infertility. If this is the case, you aren’t alone. In fact, 10 to 15 percent of couples are affected by infertility, according to the Mayo Clinic. Both men and women suffer from infertility issues, but the good news is, your gynecologist can help. The gynecologists at Women's Medical Center in Dothan, Alabama offer a wide range of women’s services, including infertility treatment.

There are some definite signs and symptoms of infertility. You may be struggling with infertility if you have:

  • A lengthy menstrual cycle of over 35 days
  • A brief menstrual cycle of less than 21 days
  • Absent or irregular periods
  • A partner with a low sperm count

Your gynecologists can help to restore fertility. They will need to first run a few tests to determine how best to treat your infertility. Fertility can be restored using two different methods which include using medications to help with conception, or using medical techniques to help you conceive.

If your gynecologist recommends medications, these are some of the most common medications to increase fertility:

  • Clomiphene citrate, which stimulates you to ovulate
  • Gonadotropins, which stimulates increased egg production
  • Metformin, which treats insulin-resistance, a cause of infertility
  • Letrozole, which induces ovulation
  • Bromocriptine, which eliminates ovulation issues due to excess pituitary function

If your gynecologist recommends fertility assistance using medical techniques, some techniques which can help include:

  • Removing growths with surgery
  • Reversing a tubal ligation with surgery
  • Unblocking fallopian tubes with surgery
  • Intrauterine insemination (IUI), to place sperm inside the uterus
  • Assisted reproduction (IVF), to combine sperm and eggs outside the womb and place the embryo in the uterus

If you are having trouble getting pregnant, it can be frustrating. You need to talk to the experts. you need to call the gynecologists at Women's Medical Center in Dothan, Alabama. Call today.

By Women's Medical Center
August 21, 2019
Category: OBGYN

Thinking about having a baby? Starting or adding to your family requires excellent care before you conceive. At Women's Medical Center Pregnancy ConsulatationIn Dothan, our Obstetrics/Gynecology physicians and staff provide that care as they counsel women on maternal health before conception, during pregnancy and delivery and afterward.

 

What is preconception counseling?

Preconception counseling is a friendly, open discussion of a prospective mom's health and family goals. Studies cited by the Journal of Women's Health Care reports that maternal health before and during pregnancy leads to better outcomes for both mother and baby during the postpartum period. Key to maternal health are knowledge about prenatal care, health history, nutrition and more.

For instance, some women are overweight, diabetic, HIV-positive, or nutritionally deprived. A complete obstetrical and gynecological examination at Women's Medical Center in Dothan identifies existing health issues, identifies risks to mother and baby, and helps a woman decide if she's ready to conceive. Then, a plan of medical care, nutritional education and psycho-social counseling can begin well before a woman becomes pregnant.

 

Concerning health problems and risks

Your physician will identify and inform you of any existing health problems you may have, how they will impact conception and pregnancy and the risks to you and your baby if you do become pregnant.

Areas of concern include:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Advanced maternal age
  • Fertility
  • Structural abnormalities in the mother
  • HIV-exposure
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Current medications

 

Making you a healthy mom

Pre-conception counseling includes nutritional counseling, the taking of prenatal vitamins (particularly folic acid), discussion about the home environment, breast or bottle feeding, method of delivery, the genetic history of mother and father, and vaccination status of the mother. Then, an individualized care plan will identify pertinent health goals, helping the women decide when conception would best benefit her family.

 

We're here to help

At Women's Medical Center in Dothan, AL, our obstetrics care is compassionate, skilled, and confidential. The professional teams wants mother, father, baby and family to be happy, healthy and well-functioning. For your pre-conception counseling appointment, please call (334) 793-3900.

By Women's Medical Center
May 14, 2019
Category: OBGYN
Tags: Menopause  

Are hot flashes just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the menopause symptoms that you are dealing with?

Even though menopause is a natural occurrence that every woman will go through, it’s still perfectly normal for women to be nervous when menopausethey begin this transition. After all, menopause often means dealing with unpleasant symptoms such as vaginal dryness, mood swings, hot flashes, and night sweats. Luckily, our Dothan, AL, OBGYNs can provide you with helpful tips and treatment options to making transitioning into menopause easier!

 

More about Menopause

Common menopause symptoms include,

  • Hot flashes
  • Mood swings
  • Urgency to urinate or other urinary issues
  • Chills
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Fatigue
  • Low sex drive
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Weight gain
  • Thinning hair or dry skin

Some women as they approach menopause will also notice irregularities in their periods before they stop altogether. Periods may be shorter and lighter during premenopause, with some months being skipped altogether

 

I think I’m going through menopause. Should I see my doctor?

It’s important for all adult women, no matter their age, to visit a gynecologist for regular care. This is because routine checkups, like the ones at our Dothan, AL, office, can screen for certain conditions and disorders that require early detection for successful treatment. If you are experiencing symptoms of menopause that are affecting your sleep, work, or day-to-day life, then it’s also important to give us a call so we can help you better manage your symptoms.

 

How can I manage my menopause symptoms?

In the beginning, many women try to make lifestyle changes and look for simple remedies to alleviate their symptoms. If your symptoms are mild and infrequent then you may notice relief without having to turn to a doctor for care. Simple ways to lessen symptoms include,

  • Eating a healthy, iron-rich, and balanced diet
  • Avoiding spicy foods or caffeinated beverages, which can trigger hot flashes
  • Finding effective methods such as meditation or yoga for alleviating stress
  • Maintaining a healthy weight (and losing excess weight)
  • Getting regular exercise
  • Staying hydrated by drinking anywhere from 8-12 glasses of water/day
  • Turning to certain natural products and supplements like black cohosh, probiotics, and phytoestrogens

Menopause is normal; however, we don’t think you should have to just put up with uncomfortable symptoms. If you find that simple at-home treatments and care aren’t providing you with the relief you need, then it’s time to talk to us about other options. Sometimes hormonal therapy can be an ideal option for women dealing with hot flashes, while also preventing osteoporosis (a common problem for women as they age).

 

Give us a call!

If you are having trouble getting your menopause symptoms under control, our gynecological team is here to help! Call Women’s Medical Center in Dothan, AL, today at (334) 793-3900.

By Women's Medical Center
February 21, 2019
Category: OBGYN
Tags: Pap Smear  

A well-woman examination can benefit any woman. This preventative visit with your obstetrician/gynecologist—often shortened to OB/GYNpap smears—helps you ensure that your reproductive health is in top condition and screens for serious conditions, such as cervical cancer, with a procedure called a Pap smear. Find out more about Pap smears and how they benefit you with Women’s Medical Center in Dothan, AL.

 

How often should I have a well-woman examination?

Most doctors suggest that women see their gynecologist for a well-woman examination once a year. These preventative check-ups use a physical examination (which includes both a pelvic and breast exam) paired with information on your medical, familial, and sexual history, as well as your general lifestyle choices in order to assess your overall wellness and reproductive health. During your exam, your doctor will also perform a Pap smear.

 

What is a Pap smear?

Named after the doctor who invented the test, a Pap smear examines cervical cells collected from the cervix itself and screens them for abnormalities which may indicate the presence of cervical cancer. Women should have a Pap smear once every 3-5 years, depending on their age, physical condition, and medical history. Talk with your OB/GYN to ensure that you have the best preventative treatment plan for you and your body.

 

Why are Pap smears important?

Having regular well-woman examinations and Pap smears helps you take control of your reproductive health and ensure that it is in the best possible standing. Working with your doctor to understand contraceptives, STD testing, and your overall reproductive/sexual health can greatly increase your quality of life!

The peace of mind that comes from knowing that your reproductive health is in order is priceless. Contact Women’s Medical Center in Dothan, AL, today at (334) 793-3900 to schedule an appointment with your local gynecologist!

By Women's Medical Center
February 05, 2018
Category: OBGYN
Tags: Birth Control  

Find out the best birth control option that’s right for you and your needs.birth control

Choosing the right birth control is a serious decision and one only you can make. Of course, you may not know about the various types of birth control out there. Our Dothan, AL, OBGYNs want you to be able to make an educated and informed decision regarding your sexual health.

Here are the overarching birth control options available to you:

  • Non-hormonal birth control
  • Hormonal birth control
  • Implant/intrauterine device

Non-Hormonal Birth Control

While abstinence is the only way to prevent pregnancy and STDs, if you are sexually active you’ll want to consider the best birth control for you. Of course, when many women think about birth control they often think about hormonal options like the contraceptive pill, patch, or injection. While this certainly works for countless women it isn’t the only available option.

Non-hormonal birth control includes condoms and barrier methods (such as sponges, diaphragms and cervical caps). These methods are usually found over-the-counter at your local drugstore. It’s important that you follow the directions exactly as it reads on the packaging to prevent pregnancy.

We know that non-hormonal birth control can be a great option for those who experience unpleasant side effects from hormonal birth control options. Before deciding on a non-hormonal birth control method you may want to consult one of our Dothan, AL, gynecologists to make sure it’s right for you.

Hormonal Birth Control

This is the most common type of birth control used by women. Oral contraception is a great way to prevent pregnancy as long as you take your pill at the same time every day. There are a myriad of different kinds of oral contraceptives out there so it’s a good idea to talk to us to find out which one will meet your personal needs. Hormonal birth control also comes in the form of a patch, vaginal ring, or injection.

Implant/Intrauterine Device

Commonly referred to IUDs, these small birth control devices are implanted into the uterus to provide long-term birth control (for up to 12 years). There are different kinds of IUDs out there; some are hormonal while others, like the copper ring, are not. Plus, the device can easily be removed at any time if you decide you want to get pregnant.

Women’s Medical Center is proud to provide comprehensive women’s health services to the Dothan, AL, area. Whether you want to chat about birth control options or you are looking for prenatal care, we are here for you and your health.