It starts as a lump in your breast. Then the lump invades your brain and convinces you that you actually are sick. Eventually, it moves to your throat and you find that you can’t talk to people about the big “C-word.” Cancer. In high school, I remember feeling a small lump in my breast, but the … Continue reading What it’s like to be diagnosed with breast cancer at age 21
It is called many things in our society — Aunt Flo, the Crimson Tide, Mother Nature’s Gift — but it’s more commonly known as your period. For many, these few days out of the month are nothing more than a tolerable nuisance. But many other women, however, experience heavy menstrual flow that can be debilitating … Continue reading Heavy periods and what you can do about it
Many changes occur naturally in our breasts throughout our lifetime. These changes happen at certain times in the menstruation cycle, during pregnancy, while breastfeeding, and before and after menopause. But sometimes, changes in the breast can be a sign that something is wrong — possibly breast cancer. By regularly examining and looking at your breasts, … Continue reading Breast self-awareness: Knowing your normal
Have you been thinking about getting on birth control, switching birth control methods or want to know if it might be a viable treatment option for your symptoms? As an OB/GYN, I understand every woman has unique needs, and when it comes to contraception, your decision is a choice that is personal to you. So, … Continue reading Is birth control right for you? Understand your options
If you have kids, hopefully you had a friend and ally in your OB/GYN. This is one friendship you want to keep. Many women consider their obstetrician-gynecologist (OB/GYN) to be their primary care provider, particularly during the childbearing years. You may wonder how important this relationship is as you move from childbirth to the busy … Continue reading Why you should continue seeing your OB/GYN after having children
When the joyous day arrives, and it is time to deliver a baby, the number one priority of a mother is to successfully bring her child into the world. During labor, fetal heart rate monitoring is one of the critical ways both mom and her medical team can closely observe a child’s vitals. Many women … Continue reading Wireless heart monitors improve labor experience for expectant mothers
Fatigue, cramping and mood swings. Could it be Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or a sign of pregnancy? For a woman attempting to conceive, there are certain symptoms that mimic early pregnancy, especially if you struggle with PMS. As an OB/GYN, I’m here to help differentiate between the symptoms of PMS and early pregnancy and guide you … Continue reading Am I pregnant or is it PMS?
Most American women will develop fibroids at some point in their lives. In fact, National Institutes of Health reports by age 50, 70 percent of whites and 80 percent of African Americans had fibroids. Fibroids are growths of uterine muscle, usually spherical. Uterine fibroids are the most common noncancerous tumors in women of childbearing age, … Continue reading Should women worry about this common tumor?
Do you have babies on the brain? Then before you go rushing to prepare the nursery, there are many important things you should consider. As an OB/GYN, I believe prepping your body before you ever conceive is the most important thing you can do for the health of you and your baby. Here is a checklist … Continue reading Before your first pregnancy: Taking care of your body
Women have been having babies for centuries, but it wasn’t always as safe as it is today. Years ago, mothers or babies were at risk due to complications or other abnormalities throughout pregnancy. Thanks to advancements, women can now give birth sometimes through a caesarean delivery, or c-section. This is a surgical procedure where an … Continue reading Can I have more children after having a C-section?