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Thinking about having a baby? Starting or adding to your family requires excellent care before you conceive. At Women's Medical Center In 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:
- Advanced maternal age
- Structural abnormalities in the mother
- 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.
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 they 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
- Pain during intercourse
- 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.
A well-woman examination can benefit any woman. This preventative visit with your obstetrician/gynecologist—often shortened to OB/GYN—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!
Find out the best birth control option that’s right for you and your needs.
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.
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.
Menopause is a natural part of a woman's life, but managing the physical and emotional changes of the transition can be difficult and overwhelming for many women. Every woman's body is different, and as such no two women will experience menopause in the same way, or experience the same exact symptoms. The gynecologists and women's health professionals at Women's Medical Center in Dothan, AL, offer a range of services in a caring and compassionate environment.
Menopause Management and Support in Dothan, AL
Menopause refers to the post fertility stage (usually a full year after last menstruation). The process typically begins several years before the end of menstruation, and is accompanied by a number of symptoms including:
- Hot flashes
- Vaginal dryness
- Irregular periods
- Mood swings
- Weight gain
- Night sweats
- Hair loss
- Dry skin
- Changes in metabolism
Although the exact age when fertility begins to decline and menstruation ends varies from woman to woman, it generally spans the ages between 45-50+ (the average age of menopause for women in the United States is 51). Not every woman will experience every symptom, and some are more intense than others. But there are a number of ways for women to manage and cope with menopause symptoms in order to stay healthy, active and comfortable as the body transitions to a new stage.
Managing Menopause Symptoms
Menopause is a natural part of life and the aging process, and as such there is no "cure," but the symptoms can be managed. The first step is to schedule an appointment with a gynecologist to discuss your symptoms and the best management options for you. Treatment options vary and depend on the severity of the symptoms, but may include medication, topical creams to relieve dryness, and lifestyle modifications to diet and exercise.
Find an OB/GYN in Dothan, AL
For more information on how to manage and find support for your menopause symptoms, contact Women's Medical Center by calling 334-793-3900 to schedule an appointment today.