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By McInerney Cares
October 04, 2022
Category: OBGYN Treatments

If you and your partner have been trying to have a baby, but you are unsuccessful, have you thought about treatment for infertility? Your OBGYN doctor is an expert at infertility issues and can help you both have a baby.

If you have infertility issues, you are not alone. Infertility affects 10 to 15 percent of couples. Infertility issues affect both men and women equally.

If you and your partner have been regularly trying to get pregnant for at least one year, you could have infertility issues. There are many causes of infertility, including:

  • Having a long menstrual cycle of over 35 days
  • Having a short menstrual cycle of less than 21 days
  • Experiencing missing or irregular periods
  • Having a low sperm count

Your OBGYN doctor will begin with testing to determine what is causing infertility. When your doctor determines the cause, treatment can begin.

Infertility treatment can take several paths, including:

  • Restoring fertility
  • Assisting reproduction with medical techniques

If your doctor is trying to restore fertility, your treatment might include:

  • Clomiphene citrate, to stimulate your ovaries to ovulate
  • Gonadotropins, to stimulate your ovaries to increase production of eggs
  • Metformin, to treat infertility caused by insulin-resistance
  • Letrozole, to induce you to ovulate
  • Bromocriptine, to treat ovulation problems resulting from excess pituitary function

For medically assisted fertility, treatments may include:

  • Surgery, to remove growths which are preventing your ability to get pregnant
  • Surgically reversing a tubal ligation or to open blocked fallopian tubes
  • Intrauterine insemination (IUI), which involves placing sperm inside the uterus
  • Assisted reproduction (IVF), which involves combining the sperm and eggs in a laboratory setting and then implanting the embryo into the uterus

If you and your partner want to have a baby, but you have been unsuccessful, don’t despair. Your OBGYN doctor can help you succeed, so you can enjoy the family you want. To find out more about infertility treatment and other OBGYN services, call your OBGYN doctor today.

Is it time to talk with your OBGYN about your fertility options?

Getting pregnant isn’t always easy. In fact, according to Healthgrades, one in 10 women will have trouble getting pregnant. If you have trouble conceiving, it may be time to turn to your OBGYN to find out the next steps and whether a fertility evaluation could benefit you.

Is It Time To Get Fertility Help?

According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, if a couple hasn’t been successful with getting pregnant after one year of unprotected sex, then it’s time to consult a fertility specialist. Women over age 35 should see a gynecologist after only six months of trying to conceive.

Age isn’t the only factor that should determine just how soon you seek help. If you or your partner have risk factors, experience infertility symptoms or have certain conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or endometriosis, you must see an OBGYN as soon as possible for fertility testing and treatment options.

Women who’ve experienced two miscarriages in a row should also speak with a fertility specialist. While miscarriages are common, repeat miscarriages could mean that there is an underlying problem that your OBYN should.

What Is Involved in a Fertility Evaluation?

Unless you or your partner already has a history of infertility, the first person you should talk with about your fertility options is a gynecologist. During your evaluation, your gynecologist will go through your medical history, ask questions about your health and perform a pelvic exam to check the health of the ovaries and cervix. Separately, your partner may need to undergo semen analysis to check sperm count and motility.

Your OBGYN will run basic fertility tests such as hormone testing, which involve a simple blood test to check hormone levels (e.g., follicle-stimulating hormone). This is also the best way to determine whether or not an individual is ovulating.

If there are no issues with ovulation, a special x-ray known as a hysterosalpingogram may be used to check the structure and function of the fallopian tubes and uterus. This can check for abnormalities or blockages impacting your ability to conceive. Once these tests have been performed, your OBGYN will discuss the results and determine if additional testing is needed. Once you understand what’s causing your fertility issues, your OBGYN can also provide you with treatment options to address the underlying cause of your infertility.

Are you having trouble conceiving? If so, a fertility evaluation with your gynecologist can provide the answers and fertility treatment options you’re looking for.

By McInerney Cares
May 23, 2022
Category: OBGYN Treatments
Tags: Hormone Imbalance  

Find ways to manage a hormone imbalance if this happens to you.

When we think about hormone imbalances, we often think of women. That’s because hormones can fluctuate periodically from puberty to post-menopause, and it’s important to recognize these hormonal imbalances so that you can get the treatment you need to feel your best. After all, hormonal imbalances can make us feel pretty darn miserable, and your OBGYN can help you figure out what hormones are impacted and ways to manage your symptoms.

Warning Signs of a Hormone Imbalance

Dealing with issues but not sure if it’s a hormonal imbalance? Common signs of a hormonal imbalance include,

  • Chronic or severe fatigue
  • Sleep problems
  • Weight gain
  • Sweating
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Mood swings
  • Thinning hair or hair loss
  • Low sex drive
  • Dry skin
  • Brain fog

What Can Cause a Hormone Imbalance

There are many factors at play here. Some of the common causes of hormonal imbalances include,

  • Stress
  • Gut problems
  • Toxins
  • Mold exposure
  • Poor diet
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Chronic inflammation

Everyone’s body is different, and what causes a hormone imbalance in one person might not be for someone else, so it’s essential to find a doctor who understands your unique biochemistry and what could be triggering your imbalance. An OBGYN is typically the first doctor women talk to about hormone imbalances.

How are hormonal imbalances treated?

There is no quick fix for rebalancing hormones, so it’s important to find a doctor you trust to provide you with long-term strategies and treatment options to see and maintain your results. Hormone imbalances are often treated with,

Lifestyle Changes

Simple changes to your daily routine can make a world of difference for hormone rebalancing. These include,

  • Regular exercise
  • Eating a healthy, unprocessed diet
  • Getting more (and better quality) sleep
  • Find outlets to manage stress
  • Avoid sugar and alcohol

Hormone Therapy

This is a common way to treat certain hormonal imbalances or menopause symptoms. Hormone therapy differs depending on the symptoms you’re experiencing and why you’re experiencing them. Common types of hormone therapy include,

  • Vaginal estrogen
  • Estrogen therapy
  • Hormonal birth control
  • Testosterone supplementation or therapy
  • Thyroid hormone therapy
  • Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy

If you are experiencing hot flashes, poor sleep, or unexplained fatigue, your hormones could be trying to tell you something. Your OBGYN can diagnose your hormone imbalance and provide you with a customized treatment plan to start feeling better, fast.

By McInerney Cares
March 19, 2021
Category: OBGYN Treatments
Tags: Yeast Infection  
Yeast InfectionYeast infections are one of life’s unpleasant issues. Most women will experience at least one yeast infection during their lifetime. The discharge, itching, burning, and vaginal rash can leave any gal feeling more than a little uncomfortable. However, because a yeast infection shares symptoms with some STIs it’s always a good idea to make a trip to see your OBGYN if you are sexually active. Here’s what to know about treating yeast infections and when to turn to a doctor.
 
Why do yeast infections happen?

An overgrowth of Candida, a type of fungus, leads to a yeast infection. While there may be fungus present in the vagina at any point in time, often it’s not enough to cause symptoms; however, when there’s overgrowth this leads to an infection.
 
Certain factors can increase your risk for yeast infections,
  • Pregnancy
  • Taking antibiotics
  • Diabetes
  • A compromised immune system
  • Stress
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Poor diet
What are the signs?

The most common signs of a yeast infection include,
  • A thick, white vaginal discharge
  • Burning and swelling of the vagina
  • Itching
  • Soreness
  • Pain with urination or sex
How do I treat a yeast infection?

While certainly uncomfortable, a yeast infection is easy to treat. In fact, many women find relief from going to their local pharmacy and picking up yeast infection medication (you can purchase these products over the counter). If you don’t experience relief from your symptoms about a week after treatment, then it’s time to call your OBGYN.
 
If you’ve had a yeast infection before and you recognize the symptoms then over-the-counter treatments should be fine; however, if this is your first time dealing with a yeast infection you should turn to your doctor to find out if that’s exactly what it is. If you’re dealing with severe symptoms or if you are dealing with recurring infections (infections that happen at least four times a year) you should turn to your OBGYN.
 
Your OBGYN can do everything from prescribing yeast infection medication to providing STI screenings and HPV vaccines. If you’re experiencing symptoms of a yeast infection, turn to your OBGYN today for the treatment you need.
The Benefits of Pelvic Floor Physical TherapyThe pelvic floor consists of muscles and connective tissue that provide support to the organs of the pelvis. The pelvic floor is important for everything from bladder and bowel control to sexual arousal. Unfortunately, many women will deal with pelvic floor dysfunction or pain at some point during their lifetime. If you are dealing with this problem, you may want to talk with your OBGYN about the benefits of pelvic floor physical therapy.

What causes pelvic floor dysfunction?

Some many injuries and conditions can weaken the muscles of the pelvis or even tear the tissue. Common causes of pelvic floor dysfunction include,
  • Nerve damage
  • Pregnancy and childbirth (the most common causes)
  • Traumatic injury to the pelvic (e.g., bad fall; car accident)
  • Obesity
  • Pelvic surgery
  • Genetics
What are the symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction?

If you are dealing with pelvic floor dysfunction you may experience these common symptoms,
  • Painful urination
  • An increased urge to urinate
  • Urinary or stool leakage
  • Constipation
  • Pain in the pelvic floor including the rectum and genitals
  • Pain with intercourse
  • Lower back pain
  • Muscle spasms in the pelvis
  • Pelvic pressure
What is pelvic floor therapy?

Just as someone might get physical therapy to restore function and strength into a shoulder injury or bad knee, your OBGYN may recommend that women who have pelvic floor dysfunction undergo pelvic floor physical therapy. These one-on-one physical therapy sessions are designed to help alleviate the symptoms of dysfunction while also training and re-strengthening weakened pelvic floor muscles.

Your OBGYN will first need to perform a physical exam to assess the muscle. This assessment will help us create a customized plan of action to alleviate your symptoms. Pelvic floor physical therapy may include,
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Coordination exercises
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Biofeedback
  • Heat or ice therapy
  • Electrical stimulation
Pelvic floor physical therapy has helped many women gain better control over their sexual health and bladder function. Whether you’re dealing with pelvic floor problems after giving birth or as a result of certain health problems such as endometriosis, your OBGYN may recommend pelvic floor physical therapy. Call your doctor to learn more.