Updates From Our Office
What should I do to optimize my health before trying to become pregnant?
If you are planning to become pregnant, be sure to take a prenatal vitamin daily and avoid alcohol and other substances, including tobacco. Set up an appointment with our office to review your prior medical conditions and any medications you are currently taking. You should try to optimize chronic medical conditions like blood pressure and diabetes in collaboration with your primary care doctor and Kessler OBGyn physician. Also, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including diet and exercise for a healthy weight, can improve pregnancy outcomes. Sometimes, though, pregnancy is a surprise, and we at Kessler Women’s Healthcare want to help you have the healthiest pregnancy possible for you and your baby. Call our office today to schedule an appointment to discuss further if you are planning a pregnancy or are already pregnant.
How can I manage nausea in pregnancy?
What birth control method is best for me?
There are many birth control options available. Ranging from daily pills to long-acting reversible methods like IUDs (intrauterine devices), your lifestyle and family planning goals can guide your decision to use one specific method. Certain medical conditions may affect what option is best for you. Call our office today to schedule an appointment with a doctor to explore your options.
How can I manage painful and heavy periods?
What does it mean to have an abnormal Pap smear or abnormal HPV testing?
A Pap smear detects cells that may be affected by infection or inflammation. The most common cause of an abnormal Pap smear is an HPV infection. Having an abnormal Pap smear happens to about 1 in every 20 women, and having a positive HPV test happens to about 1 in every 5 women. An abnormal Pap smear is not a diagnosis of cervical cancer, but may require further testing like a colposcopy exam (looking at the cervix through a high-powered camera for abnormal areas) or a cervical procedure like a LEEP or cone biopsy (removing part of the cervix that has abnormal cells). Pap smears and HPV tests are very important for the detection of precancerous cells and the prevention of cervical cancer. All women after age 21 should have this testing regularly. Call our office today to set up an appointment with your doctor to discuss this further.
What should I expect when going through menopause?
The menopausal transition looks different for every woman, but there are some common symptoms that you may experience. Menopause officially begins when the menstrual cycle has stopped for a full year. The average age for menopause to occur in the US is 51, but can range from mid-40s to mid-50s. Any bleeding after menopause has begun is not normal and should be evaluated by an ObGyn doctor. Hot flashes are one of the most talked about symptoms, but other symptoms can include difficulty sleeping, mood changes, and vaginal dryness. There are a variety of medical treatments available for bothersome symptoms that your doctor can offer, depending on your specific concerns and medical history. Call our office to schedule an appointment with a doctor to discuss this further.
How can I tell the difference between a UTI, yeast infection, or bacterial infection of the vagina?
What are some good books to read if I am pregnant or considering pregnancy?
There’s a lot of information out there, but we like a couple of books in particular. One is an oldie, but a goodie…What to Expect When You Are Expecting. The other series is the 411 series (Expecting 411, Baby 411, and Toddler 411). These books will help you successfully conquer pregnancy, delivery, and the first few years of your child’s life!
What is a good resource to prepare me for the changes associated with menopause?
In today’s world, how can I help to protect my (and my family’s) rights to making decisions about my body with my doctor?
When should I start a prenatal vitamin?
What vaccinations should I get before or during pregnancy?
Can I exercise while I’m pregnant?
Can I eat seafood when I’m pregnant?
What over the counter medications are ok to take in pregnancy?
There are several medications that are ok to take in pregnancy without consulting your doctor. Always take medications as directed on the product label unless instructed otherwise.
- Headaches, minor pains, fever: Tylenol or extra strength Tylenol (acetaminophen), do not take aspirin, and avoid ibuprofen if possible especially in the last two months of pregnancy
- Nausea: unisom and vitamin B6
- Sore throat: over the counter lozenges (however be sure to contact your doctor’s office for COVID testing if you are concerned about a COVID infection)
- Constipation: Metamucil, colace, or milk of magnesia
- Heartburn: maalox, tums, rolaids
- Cough: robitussin (as above, be sure to contact your doctor if you are concerned about a COVID infection)
- Hemorrhoids: preparation H, colace
Allergies/itching: Benadryl, Zyrtec, Claritin
Is it normal to feel down after having my baby?
I am having trouble breastfeeding, where can I seek help?
My pelvic pain affects my daily life. How can I get help?
When do I need to start breast cancer screening?
What is cervical cancer screening and when do I need to start?
- Office Policy Update – Coronavirus / COVID-19 Response
- Baby Friendly-USA
- Breastfeeding Your Baby
- Cord Blood BANKING
- Da Vinci Surgery
- Hormone Therapy
- How to Tell When Labor Begins
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Infection and Vaccine
- Labor Analgesia
- New Guidelines for Cervical Cancer Screening
- Neonatal Circumcision
- Nonmedical Use of Obstetric Ultrasonography
- North American Menopause Society
- Power Morcellation and Occult Malignancy in Gynecologic Surgery
- Preparing for Surgery
- The Role of the Fallopian Tube in the Origin of Ovarian Cancer
- Safe Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Delivery
- Screening for Breast Problems
- Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Delivery
- Your Sexual Health and How to Prevent STD
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Black History Month
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Human Side of Health Care
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Baby Arrival Reveals Heart Disease
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Patient Letter Shooting
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