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The Role of Folic Acid in Pregnancy Oct 8th, 2021

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. If you are planning to get pregnant, go ahead and add a vitamin supplement with at least...

Reasons to Have a Midwife Sep 24th, 2021

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. Many women are interested in midwifery for a more personal birthing experience. It is important to understand that choosing a midwife does...

Should I Consider a Hysterectomy? Sep 3rd, 2021

Should I Consider a Hysterectomy? 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 pregnant in the...

Fertility After Age 35 Aug 24th, 2021

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. Waiting until your late 30’s to start (or extend) your family can be...

Leaking Bladder? You are Not Alone Aug 4th, 2021

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. While leaking urine is never normal, it is a very common condition for women – especially as they age....

Post-partum Bleeding: What’s Normal and What’s Not Jul 22nd, 2021

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. However, your body is still healing and changing after just giving birth. Many new moms...

Vaginal ‘Health’ Products: Help or Harm? Jul 8th, 2021

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. These include deodorizing sprays, feminine wipes, douches, and more. This leads many women to ask: “do I need these products to maintain my...

The Truth About Antibiotics and Birth Control Jun 25th, 2021

  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. After all, several antibiotic information sheets come with a warning that says antibiotics may make birth control pills less effective. But how much evidence...

Understanding Prenatal Genetic Testing Jun 6th, 2021

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. Genetic testing can be recommended more in certain patients than others, but it is generally optional and a personal choice for...

4 Reasons Not to Skip Your Gynecology Visits May 26th, 2021

It may not be your favorite type of doctor’s visit, but going to your gynecology checkup is a must for women. Regardless of how intimidated you are by the experience (and we promise it’s not that bad), these appointments are important and very specific to female health and wellness. Whether...

Don’t Let Breast Cancer Fall Off Your Radar May 5th, 2021

The statistics are sobering; about 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. This means there is a high chance that you will know someone with breast cancer or be diagnosed yourself. Ways to Lower Your Risk Physicians, scientists, and researchers around the world are...

Women and Migraines Apr 25th, 2021

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 pain and nausea to blurred vision and more. This condition can...

Allergies or Pregnancy? Apr 5th, 2021

What you may not realize, however, is that your chronic congestion and sneezing may also be products of your pregnancy. If you are pregnant during the early spring, you may question whether you are experiencing worsening allergies or the simple signs of “pregnancy rhinitis.” In most cases, your allergies are...

Birth Control and Perimenopause Mar 25th, 2021

Perimenopause is known as “menopause transition.” It is a stage of a woman’s life that can begin 8 to 10 years before menopause, or when most women are in their 40’s. During perimenopause, the ovaries gradually produce less estrogen but can still release eggs. Therefore, even if you feel some...

PCOS and Infertility Mar 4th, 2021

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. This lifelong condition is associated with...

Answering Your Pap Smear Questions Feb 23rd, 2021

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. Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions about...

Understanding High Risk Pregnancies Feb 10th, 2021

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. Don’t assume that just because you are labeled “high risk,” that your pregnancy is destined for difficulties or bad news. However, you’ll need to...

Top Reasons to Schedule Your Mammogram Jan 25th, 2021

Despite strong efforts to make women aware of their importance, many women still ask, “Do I really need a mammogram?” The answer is yes! Mammograms represent an invaluable tool in screening women for breast cancer. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death for women, yet it is 99%...

Body Odor and the Aging Woman Jan 5th, 2021

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. Many aging women also experience changes in body odor. Such unpleasant...

Pelvic Pain Dec 21st, 2020

Top Reasons for Pelvic Pain 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, it is important...

Gestational Diabetes Dec 6th, 2020

Understanding Gestational Diabetes 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 the body doesn’t...

Eating Well for Safe Breastfeeding Nov 30th, 2020

What you put into your body plays a critical role in your overall health. Nutrition impacts the function of your organs as well as the state of your mind. If you are a new mom who has chosen to breastfeed your baby, what you eat will also impact the health...

The Link Between Stress and Women’s Health Nov 5th, 2020

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. In simple terms, stress occurs when your demands exceed your ability to cope. Whether these demands include...

What You Need To Know About Emergency Contraception Pills Oct 26th, 2020

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 about taking these pills.   Before we explain what...

Fibrocystic Breast Disease: Get the Facts on Breast Lumps Oct 13th, 2020

Do your breasts feel lumpy or especially painful around your menstrual cycle? You may be suffering from fibrocystic breast disease. Women with fibrocystic breasts experience lumpiness and often discomfort in one or both breasts due to small breast cysts or masses. While it may alarm you to feel lumps in...

When to Consider a Hysterectomy Sep 18th, 2020

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. While the discomfort, infection risks and recovery of a hysterectomy have been greatly reduced with technology advancements,...

Pregnant? Don’t Skip Your Dental Visit Sep 6th, 2020

Pregnant? Don’t Skip Your Dental Visit 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. In fact, routine dental visits become extra important when you...

Understanding Labor Induction Aug 24th, 2020

Labor induction is an interventional approach by a medical provider to stimulate uterine contractions to intiate labor before it occurs naturally. Inducing labor can be achieved with pharmaceutical drugs that ripen the cervix as well as by manually breaking the water sac. According to Wikipedia, as many as one-quarter of...

Lowering Your Risk for Post-Menopausal Osteoporosis Aug 6th, 2020

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 a condition that is limited to elderly adults. In...

IUD Jul 19th, 2020

Is an IUD Right for You? 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, traditional birth control pills, injections and IUDs,...

STD Testing Jul 6th, 2020

The Importance of STD Testing   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. STD testing is a simple, discreet and effective way to identify an STD so that appropriate treatment can be...

Increasing Your Chances for a Successful VBAC Jun 22nd, 2020

Increasing Your Chances for a Successful VBAC You had your first child via cesarean section and now you’d like to delivery your next baby naturally. VBAC, or vaginal birth after a cesarean delivery, is not a delivery that every obstetrician can perform. While most women have safe and successful VBACs,...

Menopause and Mental Health May 21st, 2020

It is common to blame menopause for stubborn weight gain, disruptive hot flashes and unpredictable mood swings. It is not surprising, therefore, that menopause can bring unwanted changes towards your emotional and mental health. What Happens During Menopause Menopause is a natural cycle in a woman’s life. It refers to...

Missed a Birth Control Pill? May 8th, 2020

Missed a Birth Control Pill? Birth control pills are an effective and convenient form of contraception. However, oral contraceptives do require a level of responsibility on your part. While there are different types of birth control pills, most of them need to be taken on a certain schedule in order...

Is Stress Affecting Your Menstrual Cycle? Apr 13th, 2020

It is not always possible or easy to eliminate stress from our lives. Whether it is a job loss, sick family member or nationwide pandemic, sustained stress levels can take a toll on our minds and bodies. Excessive worrying can negatively impact your heart, breathing rate and digestive system. For...

The Bigtime Benefits of Breastfeeding Apr 8th, 2020

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.” Not only does human milk contain powerful nutrients for growing babies, but the act of breastfeeding also offers a number of valued benefits for moms too! Benefits...

Are You Tired? Addressing Chronic Fatigue Mar 24th, 2020

Whether you are a college student, stay-at-home mom or climbing the corporate ladder, life can be taxing. Beyond America’s reputable long work hours, our current culture is faced with endless demands and distractions from sun up to sun down. Unfortunately, this often forces Americans to compromise their diet, get less...

Nocturia: The Urinary Condition that Disrupts Your Sleep Mar 4th, 2020

Are you making multiple trips to the bathroom throughout the night? Your bladder should be able to hold urine for 6 to 8 hours while you clock in your needed sleep. If you wake up more than once with the urgency to pee, you may have a condition called nocturia....

The Profound Benefits of 3D/4D Ultrasounds in Pregnancy Feb 19th, 2020

The Profound Benefits of 3D/4D Ultrasounds in Pregnancy Pregnancy involves a lot of unknowns. However, with the help of modern imaging, much of the “guesswork” can be eliminated. While nothing can replace the real live sight of your child after birth, there are advanced types of ultrasounds that can give...

The Urgency of Ovarian Torsion Feb 6th, 2020

The Urgency of Ovarian Torsion Ovarian torsion occurs when the ovary becomes twisted around the ligaments that support it. While this condition is not common, it rarely goes undetected. Ovarian torsion can cause sudden and severe abdominal pain that is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and cramping. If a twisted...

Period Pain: Normal or Endometriosis? Jan 17th, 2020

Period Pain: Normal or Endometriosis?   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 are typical...

Finding the Right Birth Control Pill Jan 7th, 2020

Finding the Right Birth Control Pill   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 are apprehensive about...

Midwives Offer a Full Spectrum of Care Dec 23rd, 2019

What is Midwifery Care?   Midwifery includes providing prenatal care during all three trimesters, delivering the child, and supporting the mother during the postpartum period.   Who Provides Midwifery Services?   First and foremost, midwives are medical providers. They are typically nurses that have specialized training in caring for pregnant...

Are You Skipping Your Wellness Exams? Dec 2nd, 2019

Are You Skipping Your Wellness Exams? When it comes to your health, nothing rings truer than Benjamin Franklin’s words, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Preventative care is the best way to defend yourself against many serious medical conditions and even life-threatening diseases. Preventative care almost...

STDs and Fertility Nov 25th, 2019

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. Since they are not always symptomatic, STDs require proper testing and diagnosis so that...

What To Expect After a Hysterectomy Nov 8th, 2019

Post-Operative Recovery   During an abdominal hysterectomy, a laparoscopic approach is preferred. However, an incision in your lower midriff or vagina may be necessary. It is always recommended that women take ample time to recover and rest after a hysterectomy. This includes getting plenty of sleep, drinking fluids and not...

What You Should Know About Prolapse in Menopause Oct 18th, 2019

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. However, some menopausal women have yet another unwelcome change – pelvic organ prolapse. Though less talked about, pelvic organ prolapse...

What to Expect with a Twin Pregnancy Oct 3rd, 2019

What to Expect with a Twin Pregnancy   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...

Fibroid FAQ’s Sep 23rd, 2019

Fibroid FAQ’s   Did you know that as many as 3 out of 4 women will have uterine fibroids at some point in their lifetime? While fibroids don’t always cause symptoms and frequently go undetected, fibroids can also cause some very disruptive symptoms. When should you be concerned, and what...

Bladder Issues in Women: UTI or IC? Sep 4th, 2019

Bladder issues can quickly get a woman’s attention. The uncomfortable sensation of burning urination or the constant urge to go can leave most women convinced they have a UTI, or urinary tract infection. According to the National Kidney Foundation, one in five women will have at least one UTI in...

What You Should Know About Endometriosis Aug 14th, 2019

What You Should Know About Endometriosis   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 endometriosis...

The Importance of the Glucose Tolerance Test Aug 2nd, 2019

The Importance of the Glucose Tolerance Test 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....

Ways to Beat the Summer Heat During Pregnancy Jul 12th, 2019

Ways to Beat the Summer Heat During Pregnancy 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 positive...

The Science Behind Pregnancy Cravings Jul 3rd, 2019

Most people know the joke about pregnant women craving pickles and ice cream. But is this really a joke? You may be surprised to learn that there is some scientific truth behind pregnancy food cravings.  The cravings that some women experience during pregnancy are so strong that it can be...

Breastfeeding: Benefits for Baby and Mom Jun 24th, 2019

Both breastmilk and formula can provide adequate nutrition for a healthy, growing baby. Not every new mom is able or willing to breastfeed – and that’s okay! However, it is helpful to understand the reasons why breastfeeding can be an excellent choice for both baby and mom.   How Breastfeeding...

Don’t Let a UTI Ruin Your Summer Vacation Jun 4th, 2019

Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) are responsible for up to 8 million visits to the doctor each year. Unfortunately, due to the female anatomy, women are the primary targets for bladder infections. While UTIs can be easily treated, they can lead to very serious problems if they get ignored.  Here’s insight...

Preventing High Risk Pregnancy with Preconception Health May 21st, 2019

A high-risk pregnancy means that you and your baby will require additional or special monitoring during your pregnancy to reduce your chances of developing serious or life-threatening complications. As many as 10% of all pregnancies fall into the high-risk category. In many cases, high risk pregnancies simply cannot be prevented....

4 Habits That Can Disrupt Your Menstrual Cycle Timing May 14th, 2019

4 Habits That Can Disrupt Your Menstrual Cycle Timing For many women, their menstrual comes like clockwork. This can be helpful as you prepare for those “special” days each month. However, there are times in which the timing of your period may surprise you, as it can occasionally show up...

Night Sweats Explained Apr 18th, 2019

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 be very alarming, and they can most definitely sabotage a good night’s sleep. If...

BRCA Gene Testing Apr 6th, 2019

Are You A Candidate For BRCA Gene Testing? 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...

Bonus Benefits of Birth Control Pills Mar 27th, 2019

Birth control pills are primarily chosen to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. However, for the right patient, these oral contraceptives can do much more. In fact, birth control pills can be a simple and effective solution to manage several medical conditions that are unrelated to pregnancy. If you suffer from the...

FAQ’s About Exercise During Pregnancy Mar 5th, 2019

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. Not only is exercise safe during these nine months, but it can provide several valued benefits for both you and your baby....

What to Expect from a Colposcopy? Feb 19th, 2019

What to Expect from a Colposcopy? Colposcopy may not be a commonly known term, but the procedure itself is very widely used. A colposcopy is simply a non-invasive way for your gynecologist to explore and more closely examine your cervix. Colposcopies are often ordered after an abnormal pap smear or...

Ovarian Cysts: Normal or Cause for Concern? Feb 11th, 2019

Ovarian Cysts: Normal or Cause for Concern? 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. In many cases, they resolve on their own over time. However,...

Your Skin During Menopause Jan 18th, 2019

Your Skin During Menopause 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. During menopause, women experience a drastic decline in both estrogen and testosterone. In...

Is Endometriosis The Cause of Your Painful Period? Jan 11th, 2019

For 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? Endometriosis is a very common condition that 1 in 10 United States women experience. Unfortunately, it is also a condition...

Period Cups: The New Trend for College Girls Dec 29th, 2018

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 from menstruating females, especially those that are in college. Instead...

Hormonal Balance and Why It Is Important Dec 4th, 2018

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. When a woman’s hormones “get out of whack” or become imbalanced, there are a number of consequences that can occur. Many women,...

STDs: Myth Vs. Fact Nov 26th, 2018

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. If not detected early or left untreated, an...

What You Should Know About Pregnancy Anemia Nov 9th, 2018

What You Should Know About Pregnancy Anemia   Is your extreme fatigue and shortness of breath just a part of being pregnant? Or is it a sign of pregnancy anemia? Anemia is a medical condition in which the blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells or hemoglobin to support proper...

Positive Pregnancy Test? Take These 5 Steps Oct 25th, 2018

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. It is also very possible that you are overwhelmed – perhaps so overwhelmed that you are...

Are You Taking a Drug that Could Hinder Your Birth Control Pill? Oct 4th, 2018

If you take a birth control pill, you are trusting that medication to do its job to prevent pregnancy. While you probably know that skipping your oral contraceptive dose can certainly sabotage its effectiveness, you may not be as aware of other drugs or medications that don’t mix well with...

The Importance of a Clinical Breast Exam Sep 24th, 2018

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. While routine self-breast exams are critical in...

Birth Control Pills and Weight Gain Sep 10th, 2018

While all types of hormone birth control have side effects, weight gain may not be as much of a risk as you may think. In addition, there are so many types and brands of birth control pills available that it may just take some patience to find the right one...

Urinary Incontinence: Get the Help You Need Aug 24th, 2018

The bladder has two main functions. It is designed to store urine when you don’t want to urinate and then empty on demand when you are ready to go. Unfortunately, the bladder doesn’t always work how we want it to, especially if you are an adult woman. Urinary incontinence, or...

5 Foods to Avoid While Breastfeeding Aug 6th, 2018

You’ve worked hard over the past nine months to eat healthy and deliver a healthy baby. However, if you’ve decided to breastfeed your baby, you aren’t done eating for two. In fact, what you eat and drink can drastically affect the nutritional content of your breastmilk, which is your baby’s...

Don’t Ignore These Postpartum Symptoms Jul 27th, 2018

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. However, when baby is finally delivered, the focus quickly shifts to that...

What You Should Know About Miscarriage Jul 16th, 2018

What You Should Know About MiscarriageThere 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. Pregnancy loss most often happens within the first trimester, or prior to the 12th week. No woman...

Debunking Myths About Midwives Jun 25th, 2018

The term “midwife” Is an Old English phrase that means “with woman.” Midwifery in the United States began with a woman named Mary Breckenridge who wanted to deliver health care to people living in the remote Appalachian Mountain region. She brought European nurse-midwives to America to help establish midwifery in...

What to Expect From Your First Pregnancy Ultrasound Jun 4th, 2018

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. Your physician may order an ultrasound at the very beginning to confirm your pregnancy as well as during a...

Bladder Infections: Warning Signs and Natural Prevention May 18th, 2018

Bladder Infections: Warning Signs and Natural PreventionAccording 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. Due to the female anatomy of the bladder, women are much more...

Reasons Your Pregnancy May Be Termed “High Risk” May 14th, 2018

You may be familiar with the term “high risk pregnancy.” While it is easy to feel frightened if your own pregnancy is deemed high risk, you should know that in the hands of a skilled physician, you have every chance of experiencing a healthy pregnancy and delivery. High risk pregnancies...

Heartburn During Pregnancy? Try These Five Tips Apr 20th, 2018

Heartburn is a result of stomach acids that travel back up the esophagus instead of down. The lower esophageal sphincter (LES), located at the end of the throat, is designed to help digested food stay down. However, pregnancy causes the body to produce a hormone called relaxin. This hormone is...

5 Reasons Why an IUD May Be Right for You Apr 9th, 2018

When it comes to birth control methods, there are a wide variety of options to choose from, ranging from condoms and pills to implants, patches and more. Intrauterine devices (called IUDs) continue to be a popular choice for preventing pregnancy. Getting an IUD involves a brief office visit so that...

Labor & Delivery: Packing Your Hospital Bag Mar 26th, 2018

If you are pregnant and the big delivery day is quickly approaching, your mind may be filled with questions about what to expect and how you can prepare for your hospital stay. While there is no way to totally predict how your labor will go or when it will happen,...

Is a Midwife Right for You? Mar 6th, 2018

While the majority of pregnant women choose an obstetrician to oversee their pregnancy and deliver their baby, there is still a growing number of moms-to-be who elect a midwife. A midwife can be an excellent option for the right woman. Knowing the facts about midwifery can help you determine if...

Don’t Believe These 5 Fibroid Myths Feb 19th, 2018

Fibroids are growths of fibrous tissue and smooth muscle cells. They often adhere to wall of the uterus. If you are a woman over the age of 35, it is not uncommon for you to suffer from this uterine condition. In fact, fibroids are the most frequently seen tumors of...

5 Things You Can Do to Protect Your Newborn from The Flu Feb 1st, 2018

If you are a mom of a newborn or young baby, you probably don’t need to be told about the prevalence of flu this season, as well as its serious dangers. While there is no guarantee that you can protect your baby from the flu, there are some very important...

The Importance of STD Testing Jan 25th, 2018

The CDC estimates that 20 million new STD infections occur each year in the United States. While it may be a hushed topic, STDs (or sexually transmitted diseases) are a serious threat to your health and wellbeing. Don’t make the mistake of assuming you are exempt from getting an STD...

Are You Taking Care of Your Bones? Jan 9th, 2018

Did you know that women reach peak bone density around the age of 20? After that, there is a slow process of bone loss until menopause, and then the bone loss accelerates for several years after. Without enough bone density, you are more prone to fractures, poor posture, loss of...

Bad PMS? Don't Ignore It Dec 20th, 2017

PMS refers to premenstrual syndrome, or those dreaded days leading up to your period. The dramatic change in hormones is responsible for the numerous unwanted symptoms many women face during this time frame each month. For some women, PMS is more uncomfortable and disruptive than their actual period. While you...

Prenatal Genetic Testing: What You Need to Know Dec 6th, 2017

During your pregnancy, you will be asked to participate in a number of different tests. However, not all of them are required. It is up to the mother-to-be to decide whether she wants to partake in certain prenatal genetic testing. There are pros and cons to having these tests performed,...

Your Mammogram Call Back: Know the Facts Nov 21st, 2017

Your Mammogram Call Back: Know the FactsA mammogram is the most important imaging tool that doctors use to detect early signs of breast cancer. In fact, a mammogram can detect breast cancer up to three years before it is actually felt. It is a painless and quick screening test that...

Signs You Have a Hormone Imbalance Nov 7th, 2017

Achieving balance in life is probably not a new concept to you. Just like balancing your diet and your schedule, your hormones also need to find a balance in order for you to feel your best. Women who are approaching perimenopause or menopause are commonly faced with hormone imbalance. Fortunately,...

What to Know About Eating for Two. Oct 24th, 2017

What You Should Know About Eating for TwoIf you’ve never really considered much about your diet, pregnancy is a great time to do so. While there are many jokes about “eating for two” and having bizarre food cravings, pregnancy nutrition is really very important. In fact, what you eat plays...

Get the Facts on Ovarian Cancer Oct 6th, 2017

Get the Facts on Ovarian CancerThere are certain cancers that women need to be aware of. Beyond breast cancer and cervical cancer, females should be educated on the facts of ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is one of the deadliest cancers, not because it is difficult to treat, but because it...

Signs and Symptoms of an Ovarian Cyst Oct 2nd, 2017

Signs and Symptoms of an Ovarian CystDuring a woman’s reproductive years, the ovaries play a vital role in keeping the menstrual cycle on track and creating pregnancy. Each month, one of your ovaries produces an egg in a fluid filled sack (also called a follicle). The egg will soon break...

Are You Relying on the Internet to Diagnose You? Sep 1st, 2017

We’ve all been there. It’s late at night and your mind is starting to wander as you get worked up over your latest ailment or symptom. In an attempt to put your concern and curiosity at rest, you open your laptop and type in that Google search. Before you know...

Hot Flashes & Menopause Aug 25th, 2017

Hot Flashes and MenopauseHot flashes are the most recognized symptom associated with menopause. While severity and frequency can vary, nearly 75% of United States women will experience hot flashes. The hormonal changes and transition through menopause is often what triggers these uncomfortable, unpredictable and highly disruptive sweats. For women who...

Can Cranberry Juice Really Help My UTI? Aug 10th, 2017

For years, women have been told that drinking cranberry juice can help fight off a urinary tract infection (or UTI). The reason of thought was that cranberry juice could flush away harmful bacteria while also keeping the bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall. But is this a medically proven...

Are You Doing Your Kegels? Jul 20th, 2017

Are You Doing Your Kegels?Your body is made of several muscles, including some that you may not be aware of or think about very often. The pelvic floor muscles are a perfect example. They control your bladder and bowels as well as support the placement of your organs. You’re more...

Breech Birth: What's the Risk? Jul 10th, 2017

During the final weeks of pregnancy, the baby will move into delivery position. Ideally, this means the baby’s head will be down, or closest to the birth canal. A correct delivery position minimizes complications for the baby and mother during a vaginal delivery. The “head first” position gives the baby...

How Your Smartphone Can Help Prevent Pregnancy Jun 28th, 2017

Many women rely on birth control pills for contraception. These are often “combination pills” that contain a mixture of estrogen and progesterone to prevent ovulation. Since a woman’s monthly fertility depends on a timely release of hormones, it is critical that birth control pills be taken in a consistent and...

Ovarian Cysts: What You Should Know Jun 9th, 2017

While the term ovarian cyst may sound scary, the majority of these fluid-filled sacs are quite common and completely harmless. In fact, around the time you menstruate every month, there’s a high chance you’ll develop an ovarian cyst and never know. Most ovarian cysts are painless and go away on...

Why Your Pap Smear Is Still Important May 23rd, 2017

Unless you’ve just entered your twenties, you probably remember when a Pap smear or Pap test was a required component of your annual gynecology checkup. Now, the guidelines have changed to make Pap tests something that can be done every 3 years in most women. If Pap smears aren’t needed...

Is an IUD Right For Me? May 8th, 2017

Deciding which form of birth control is an important decision, and one that our physicians at North Pointe OB/GYN are happy to help you with. You may need varying forms of contraception at different stages of your life, such as before you are ready to be a mother, while you...

Exercise and Pregnancy Apr 25th, 2017

Exercise and PregnancyIn the past, doctors questioned the safety of exercise during pregnancy. Such antiquated beliefs suggested that women should not get their heart rate above a certain level and ere on side of caution when it comes to physical activity. While high risk pregnancies are certainly under their own...

Is Your Vaginal Discharge Normal? Apr 10th, 2017

Is Your Vaginal Discharge Normal?Vaginal discharge is your body’s natural way of cleaning. The consistency, odor and even color are likely to change throughout the month as your hormones respond to your menstrual cycle, stress or arousal. However, your discharge can also change in reaction to an infection, STD or...

The Menopause and Osteoporosis Link Mar 21st, 2017

The Menopause and Osteoporosis LinkOsteoporosis can be considered a “silent disease,” that involves the progressive loss of bone mass. As the bones become more porous, sufferers can lose strength, acquire poor posture and be at high risk for bone fracture. Osteoporosis is a disease that affects women more than men,...

Warning Signs for Postpartum Depression Mar 9th, 2017

Warning Signs For Postpartum DepressionThe moment you’ve anxiously awaited for has finally arrived. You’re home with your newborn baby wrapped tightly in your arms. Except – you don’t feel as elated as you thought you would. Actually, you feel agitated and quite tearful. Is this normal?It is very common for...

Have You Checked Your Breasts Lately? Feb 24th, 2017

Have You Checked Your Breasts Lately?Did you know that up to 40% of diagnosed breast cancers come from women who felt a lump at home? Breast self-examination is one of the most important steps you can take for your health. Breast cancer is not considered a rare disease. In fact,...

North Pointe OB/GYN Voted “Best of Forsyth” for 2017 Feb 10th, 2017

We are honored to once again be recognized by the The Forsyth News magazine in their annual “Best of Forsyth” awards.  Our Cumming practice was voted on by readers as the “Best Obstetrics & Gynecology” of 2017.  The 2017 Best of Forsyth Awards were handed out in a ceremony at...

Is It Perimenopause? Jan 26th, 2017

menopause (which typically occurs around the age of 52). It is a natural progression into infertility. Before menopause sets in, a woman’s body experiences uneven spikes and falls of oestrogen. In result, the following symptoms are associated with perimenopause: Hot flashesMood swingsChest painsProblems conceivingWeight changesLoss of libidoUrinary disturbancesVaginal drynessAches and pains  What...

Pregnant With Twins: What You Need to Know Jan 11th, 2017

Have you recently been told that you are pregnant with twins? Knowing you are going to give birth for two babies instead of one can be both exciting and frightening. While the general terms of pregnancy apply to singleton and multiple births alike, there are some key differences to be...

4 Signs of an Unhealthy Bladder Dec 21st, 2016

Bladder problems are quite common in women. Whether you are prone to frequent infections during pregnancy or suffering a loss of bladder control later in life, urinary issues can become a major source of disruption and embarrassment. There are some key warning signs that tell you that your bladder health...

Do I Need A Pap or Not? Dec 9th, 2016

In the past, a pap smear, or pap test, was a routine part of an annual gynecological exam for most women. However, a recent change in guidelines has left many females confused as to when a pap is necessary for them. A pap smear is performed during a pelvic exam. It...

When Should Your Daughter See A Gynecologist? Nov 30th, 2016

Gynecological care doesn’t begin when you need birth control or are ready to start having kids. In general, it is recommended that a first visit to the gynecologist for your daughter be scheduled once her menstrual cycle begins, or between the ages of 13 and 15. If you would like...

How Stress Affects Your Cycle Nov 15th, 2016

Prolonged or excessive stress can wreak havoc on both your mind and your body. For women, stress can even disrupt their menstrual cycle. While there are countless factors that can cause you to have an abnormal period, including over exercise, pregnancy, certain medical conditions and weight changes, the impact of...

Is it Safe to Eat Fish During Pregnancy? Oct 26th, 2016

Along with pregnancy comes an exhausting list of do’s and don’ts. Included in the guidelines for prenatal care are rules for your diet. While it may be frustrating or bothersome to avoid certain foods during pregnancy, keep in mind that it is for the protection of your baby’s health and...

Learn More About Amniocentesis Oct 17th, 2016

Learn More About AmniocentesisAn amniocentesis, or amniotic fluid test (AFT), is a prenatal diagnostic procedure. This is not a routine test for all pregnant mothers. However, in certain situations an amniocentesis is necessary in order to further investigate the possibility of a genetic or chromosomal abnormality. Although an amniocentesis is...

How Pregnancy Affects Your Oral Health Sep 16th, 2016

Pregnancy impacts nearly every part of your body. While you may be focused on your growing belly or swollen feet, your mouth is also experiencing changes. The massive increase in female hormones during pregnancy can cause your gums to swell and bleed. When the gums get irritated, inflamed or infected,...

Treating an Incompetent Cervix Sep 16th, 2016

Learning you have an incompetent cervix during pregnancy can be frightening. An incompetent cervix essentially means that your cervical opening is failing to remain closed, either due to a damaged, weak or short cervix. During a normal pregnancy, the cervix begins to open (through dilatation and effacement) during the final...

Your Body After Delivery Sep 16th, 2016

The birth of your child will be one of the most precious experiences of your life. After delivery, there will be a strong focus on your baby and all of the newborn essentials. While this is undoubtedly important, it is also helpful to be prepared on what to expect with...