If you are nearing the end of your third trimester, it is time to write your birth plan.
If you are nearing the end of your third trimester, it is time to write your birth plan.
Very few women have a “comfortable” period each month. Pain associated with your menstrual cycle is medically termed dysmenorrhea. Dysmenorrhea can range mild cramping to debilitating pelvic pain.
During pregnancy, the female body goes through some significant changes – more than just the obvious growing belly. While this is a natural process, women’s bodies must adapt to changes at a rapid pace. Age, ethnicity, physical wellness, and genetic...
Few women actually look forward to their annual gynecology visit. While these appointments hold critical importance to your overall health, they may also leave you feeling vulnerable or embarrassed about discussing certain topics and concerns.
Are you feeling down more days than you’re feeling up? Depression is a worldwide illness that affects millions of people each year. While depression is considered a mental health disorder, it can impact emotional well-being
There are several reasons why women experience vaginal dryness, but it is a topic rarely discussed. Read More about this article >>
Is osteoporosis on your radar? If you are a woman, it should be. While this bone disease can affect anyone, women are much more vulnerable. In fact, by the age of 65, women are five times more likely to show signs of osteoporosis compared to men.
According to the American Cancer Society's most recent estimates for cervical cancer in the United States, “about 14,100 new cases of invasive cervical cancer will be diagnosed and nearly 4,280 women will die from cervical cancer this year.”
Did you know that endometriosis affects nearly 10% of reproductive age females in the world? Endometriosis is a chronic disease that involves the endometrium growing outside of the uterus.
Infertility affects nearly 15% of United States couples. For most women, infertility is diagnosed after one year of failed conceptions. For those over 35 years old, infertility can be announced after only six months of trying to conceive.
Birth control is always a very personal decision. Today, there are many different forms of contraception available for women, including permanent and more temporary methods.
Getting a diagnosis of an incompetent cervix can be very disheartening. Not only are most women unaware that they have it, but there is typically not anything you can do to prevent it.
Nearly 70% of all pregnant women suffer from morning sickness. In about 3% of these cases, the nausea and vomiting can be severe.
As a soon-to-be mother, you know that your nights of uninterrupted sleep are limited. Knowing the weeks of midnight feedings that lie ahead can make it even more frustrating to deal with insomnia and sleep discomfort while you are pregnant.
As you prepare for the days after childbirth, it’s normal to focus on the expectations and needs of your new baby. However, there will also be some notable changes within your own body during the post-partum period, including lochia.
If you are trying to get pregnant, it is common to become remarkably in tune with your body, especially during the last half of your monthly cycle as you anticipate a potential pregnancy.
Did you know that three out of four women will suffer from a yeast infection at some point in their lifetime? While yeast infections are very common, they can be highly disruptive to deal with, especially if they are recurrent.
Birth plans are meant to be unique and personal. While you can’t necessarily choose when to have your baby, you can make decisions as far as where you want to deliver, how you want to labor, and who you want in the room with you.
According to statistics, about 1 in 8 women will eventually be diagnosed with breast cancer. In other words, if it’s not yourself, you’ll have someone in your life who has (or will be) affected by this disease.
If you’ve ever had a migraine headache, you know how debilitating they can be. Migraines are far more disruptive than the common “tension headache.”
If you are in your 40’s and you’ve recently had some night sweats, feel extra moody, or skipped your last period, you may be wondering if you are entering menopause. Menopause is the stage of life that marks the end of a woman’s childbearing abilities.
STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) can often be an embarrassing or uncomfortable topic of discussion. However, it can’t be ignored. To protect your health, it is important to know whether you or your partner have an STD prior to intercourse.
We need hormones. Hormones are critical in regulating some essential processes in our bodies, including appetite, metabolism, sleep, reproductive cycle, sexual function, body temperature and mood.
When it comes to the vitamins that support a healthy pregnancy, you’ve likely heard about the importance of folic acid. The truth is, getting enough folic acid is important before and during pregnancy. Read more in this blog.
More than 90 percent of Unites States births are attended by an obstetrician. However, if you are expecting, you do have other options for your labor and delivery.
A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus and can also involve the surrounding structures such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes. Most hysterectomies are performed on women after the age of 40, as it eliminates a woman’s chance of becoming...
Whether you wanted to pursue your career first or you found your partner later in life, it is not uncommon for women over the age of 35 to question whether they are too old to get pregnant.
Urinary incontinence, otherwise known as bladder leakage, is the involuntary release of urine from the bladder. The amount and frequency of leaked urine can vary in severity from person to person.
The post-partum period, or the time after giving birth, is packed with emotions and excitement. In most cases, the focus naturally shifts from your own body to the health and needs of your new baby.
If you’ve perused the grocery store aisle of feminine hygiene, you are likely to find a host of products that are marketed for “vaginal health” or freshness. Find out more learn about Vaginal ‘Health’ Products on this blog.
Have you ever been told to use a backup birth control method if you are taking antibiotics? It is always best to play it safe.
Would you want to know ahead of time that your unborn baby has Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis or a heart defect? Not all pregnant women will answer the same.
On the fence about going to your gynecologist? Here are some big reasons to keep that visit a priority this year.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is still several months away, but that doesn’t mean you can forget about this serious disease until then. At North Pointe Ob/Gyn, we consider it our job to educate women about breast cancer all year long.
Did you know that, according to the American Migraine Foundation, women are three times more likely to get migraines compared to men? Regardless of how often they happen, migraine headaches can include disruptive and even debilitating symptoms ranging from
If you are pregnant, you are likely dealing with a host of new symptoms ranging from nausea and cravings to frequent urination and swollen feet.
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According to the CDC, polycystic ovary syndrome (or PCOS) is one of the most common causes of female infertility in the United States. In fact, 1 in 10 women of child-bearing age are affected. Unfortunately, PCOS comes with a lot more than just infertility
A Pap smear is a brief but very important test that is performed during your routine gynecological exam. If you are scheduled to get your first Pap smear, it is common to be nervous or unsure about what to expect.
Finding out you are pregnant is often considered one of the most exciting moments of life. However, finding out you’re a high-risk pregnancy can be worrisome.
Despite strong efforts to make women aware of their importance, many women still ask, “Do I really need a mammogram?” The answer is yes!
Aging comes with many positive attributes, such as wisdom, maturity and experience. Unfortunately, aging is also associated with some unwanted changes on the physical body. For women, however, wrinkles, weight gain and gray hair are not the only concerns.
While it is fairly common in women, a sharp or noticeable pain in the pelvic region is difficult to dismiss. Not all pelvic pain is serious or warrants immediate treatment. However, whether it is a chronic discomfort or an acute sharp twinge,
While you may be familiar with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes, there is a third type of diabetes that only affects pregnant women. Gestational diabetes develops when the hormones of the placenta trigger a buildup of excess sugar in the blood stream...
If you are a new mom who has chosen to breastfeed your baby, what you eat will also impact the health and nutrition of your baby.
For today’s woman, stress is all too familiar. In fact, since 2007, the American Psychological Association’s annual ‘Stress in America’ survey has found that women consistently report higher levels of stress than men.
You have probably heard about emergency contraception pills (or the “morning after pill”), but do you have a clear understanding of how they work? Educating yourself now, rather than in a desperate moment, can help you make a more informed decision...
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we hope you are making it a priority to do your breast self-exam in the coming days. Breast self-awareness is a leading factor in breast cancer prevention. How well do you know your breasts?
A hysterectomy is a specialized surgery that involves removing a woman’s uterus. In some cases, this procedure may also include the removal of other reproductive organs, such as the fallopian tubes and ovaries.
Pregnancy brings extra responsibilities in terms of self-care. While it is common to focus on your nutritional intake and monthly prenatal checkups during these nine months, you should not neglect your dental care needs...
Labor induction is an interventional approach by a medical provider to stimulate uterine contractions to intiate labor before it occurs naturally.
Osteoporosis stands for “porous bones.” Osteoporosis occurs when the rate of bone resorption outweighs the rate of bone formation. In result, the bones become weak over time and may fracture more easily. Contrary to what you may think, osteoporosis is not
Every woman is unique. This includes how she responds to certain types of birth control. Did you know that there are up to fifteen methods of non-permanent contraception? Fortunately, the widespread forms birth control, including patches, condoms, traditio
While it is not a comfortable topic, sexually transmitted diseases that go undetected can pose a serious threat to your reproductive health and overall health.
At North Pointe OB/GYN, we want to help you have VBAC delivery if that is your desire. Our providers are here to guide you during your entire pregnancy to ensure you have the best chance for a safe and successful VBAC.
Menopause, or “the change of life,” is a stage of a woman’s life that marks the end of her productive years. While every woman is different, menopause typically occurs around 50 years of age and can be both exhausting and frustrating to manage.
Birth control pills are an effective and convenient form of contraception. However, oral contraceptives do require a level of responsibility on your part.
It is not always possible or easy to eliminate stress from our lives.
While not every mom is able or willing to breastfeed (and that’s okay), breast milk has long been considered as “nature’s perfect food.”
Knowing the difference between being tired after a hard day and experiencing chronic fatigue can be difficult.
Are you making multiple trips to the bathroom throughout the night?
3D and 4D ultrasounds are a special form of imaging that can give you a sneak peek into what your baby looks like, how she or he behaves as well as how well they are developing.
Ovarian torsion occurs when the ovary becomes twisted around the ligaments that support it.
While periods, or menstrual cycles, are a normal part of a woman’s life, there are aspects about your period that may not be normal. Though it may sometimes be difficult, it is important to be able to distinguish if your period symptoms
Hormonal birth control, or oral contraceptives, have been one of the best advances in modern medicine. Birth control pills give women a very easy and trusted method to carry out family planning choices and prevent unwanted pregnancy. However, many women ar
There is no doubt that pregnancy is a special and rewarding stage of a woman’s life. However, it is also a time in which you will make many decisions about the care of yourself and your baby. It becomes very important to have as much support as possible du
When it comes to your health, nothing rings truer than Benjamin Franklin’s words, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
An STD (or STI) refers to any disease or infection that is primarily passed from one person to another through intercourse or a sexual act. Sexually transmitted diseases can be rooted in bacteria, fungi or viruses.
A hysterectomy involves the surgical removal of the uterus. Depending on whether the procedure is partial or full, a hysterectomy may also involve taking out the cervix, ovaries and fallopian tubes. Though this surgery
For most women, menopause is no picnic. This phase of life can be burdened with some very uncomfortable symptoms, including hot flashes, trouble sleeping, weight gain, mood swings and more.
Nothing can be more shocking to a mom-to-be when they see two babies instead of one on that first pregnancy ultrasound. Twins are considered “twice the blessing and twice the responsibility.” Whether your news of multiples is a source of excitement or fear
Did you know that as many as 3 out of 4 women will have uterine fibroids at some point in their lifetime?
Bladder issues can quickly get a woman’s attention. The next time your bladder acts up, how do you know if it is a UTI or IC?
Endometriosis is a common medical disorder in women in which tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows outside the uterus instead. It is marked by painful and irregular menstrual cycles. According to Mayo Clinic, more than 200,000 cases of
It is not uncommon for pregnant women to dread the glucose tolerance test, which is typically given at 24-28 weeks of pregnancy. However, making you fast, get your blood drawn and then gulp down an 8-oz bottle of super sweet liquid isn’t punishment.
You go to sleep comfortably and peacefully, only to wake up in the middle of the night with pajamas and a pillow cases that are drenched in sweat. While night sweats are not uncommon, they can most definitely sabotage a good night’s sleep.
Genetic testing offers a way to detect how vulnerable you are to certain inherited diseases or cancers. One of the most widely used forms of genetic testing is specifically for women. It involves the BRCA gene mutation, which determines a woman’s risk for
Birth control pills are primarily chosen to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. However, for the right patient, these oral contraceptives can do much more. Check out what other benefits Birth Control can offer.
Guidelines surrounding pregnancy and exercise have changed through the decades. Contrary to past belief, physical activity during pregnancy does not increase your risk of miscarriage or premature delivery.
A colposcopy is a quick and painless way for your doctor to find cell changes in your cervix that may turn into cancer. In most cases, the procedure serves as reassurance that everything is normal and okay. However, this painless procedure could also save
You’ve been told you have an ovarian cyst. While the term may frighten you, it is important to realize that cysts on the ovaries are a natural part of your ovulation cycle.
Menopause brings a host of unwanted symptoms. While you may be familiar with hot flashes and mood swings during menopause, you may not realize the impact your hormones can have on your skin.
or the majority of women, cramping, pain and bleeding are a part of their monthly menstrual cycle. But how do you know if your symptoms are more severe than normal?
When it comes to managing your menstrual flow each month, you have several options available. Tampons and pads are the most used methods to absorb vaginal bleeding, but there is another way that has recently gained a lot of attention ...
When it comes to a woman’s health, balance is critical. More specifically, hormone balance is the key to keep everything functioning the way it should inside your body.
Sexually transmitted diseases, more commonly referred to as STDs, represents one of those “less talked about” or taboo topics. However, it is not one that should be misunderstood. An STD is a disease or infection, and your body will suffer the effects.
Is your extreme fatigue and shortness of breath just a part of being pregnant? Or is it a sign of pregnancy anemia?
If you’ve recently gotten a positive on a home pregnancy test, congratulations on what is to come! Your mind is likely racing with excitement and anticipation over how your life is going to change.
If you take a birth control pill, you are trusting that medication to do its job to prevent pregnancy.
Over the course of an 80-year lifespan, a woman has a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer. The most treatable and earliest stages of breast cancer can produce no symptoms and are very difficult to detect – especially on your own.
When it comes to women and birth control, weight gain is a common concern. This typically pertains to hormonal forms of contraception, such as birth control pills or hormone-containing IUDs.
Don’t let your uncontrolled bladder habits ruin your enjoyment of everyday activities. Call our Cumming office today.
If you’ve decided to breastfeed your baby, you aren’t done eating for two.
There is no doubt that pregnancy is an exciting time filled with many changes throughout your body. So much time and energy is focused on taking care of your body and growing a healthy baby inside the womb.
There is no question that miscarriage is a delicate topic. Miscarriage occurs when the fetus or baby dies in the womb within the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.
There are many misconceptions about midwives and what their qualifications and roles are in terms of caring for mother and baby. Here are some common midwife myths and the truth behind them.
Ultrasounds are a special imaging method that gives you a sneak peak of what’s going on inside your growing belly. Ultrasounds can be used at various times during your prenatal care.
ccording to the National Institutes of Health, bladder infections are the second most common type of infection in the body. They are the reason for nearly 8.1 million doctor visits each year.
Pregnancy and Georgia weather aren’t always friends in the summer. With the scorching temperatures outside, a July or August due date can make your final weeks of pregnancy extremely uncomfortable. In fact, the extra heat can sabotage your desire to remain