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Permanent Birth Control (Sterilization) Jul 11th, 2022

Let’s talk about permanent birth control (Sterilization)   Elective sterilization has become more popular as a method of contraception (birth control). Sterilization can be done at any time or at the time of a cesarean section.   Sterilization is permanent and cannot be reversed. Traditionally sterilization was done by “tying”,...

Choosing a Health Care Provider for Your Baby Jun 25th, 2022

Choosing a Health Care Provider for Your Baby   Your first baby is due any day now. You memorized your provider’s phone number. You mapped the route to the hospital. You have even packed your things (maybe). But wait. . . Who is going to provide your baby’s medical care once...

Sex after Pregnancy: What to Expect Jun 14th, 2022

Now that you’ve had your 6 week postpartum visit you might be wondering how to start being intimate with your partner again. For many women, it also might be the very last thing on your mind. Nonetheless, let’s talk about a few things to keep in mind when beginning to...

Mammogram Screening Guidelines Jun 1st, 2022

Mammogram Screening Guidelines   Mammograms are a life saving tool that helps detect breast cancer. Breast cancer is the leading cause of non-skin cancer in individuals with breasts worldwide. There are many different guidelines that can be used for when and who to screen for breast cancer. Here at Premier...

Weight Gain in Pregnancy May 10th, 2022

Weight Gain in Pregnancy   Common questions in pregnancy are “am I gaining enough weight” or “am I gaining too much weight”?   If you were at a normal weight before becoming pregnant, you’ll probably gain about 25-30 pounds before your baby is born. Your weight gain includes the baby’s...

My First Visit: A Girl's Guide to Visiting Her Gynecologist May 2nd, 2022

As girls grow into teens, it's important that they receive appropriate medical care from a doctor who specializes in the health care of women. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) recommend that young women have their first visit with an obstetrician-gynecologist (OB-GYN) between the ages of 13 and...

Postpartum PADsicles! Apr 25th, 2022

Postpartum Padsicles  Once you get home with the baby, you will need to be sure you not only are taking care of your child, but also yourself. To help with that, go ahead and make some padsicles prior to delivery. A good time would be around 34 weeks.  These are...

All About Endo... Endometriosis Apr 18th, 2022

All About Endo… Endometriosis   For many women, painful periods are a fact of life. But when the pain is so bad that you miss school or work, that’s not normal and you should see an OB/GYN for evaluation.   What is endometriosis and how common is it?   Endometriosis...

Britney Spears is Pregnant!! ...Let's talk about Perinatal Depression Apr 12th, 2022

EEEEEEEE!!!! So happy for Britney Spears! I hope her AMA pregnancy goes super smoothly and she and her baby are healthy and happy! When Britney announced her pregnancy on social media this week, she brought up that she had struggled with perinatal depression with her previous pregnancies. I appreciate when...

Why am I Having Trouble Controlling my Urine? Apr 7th, 2022

Why am I having trouble controlling my urine?   In our office we hear so many concerns about the lack of urinary control and the irritating associated problems. When we are young and our tissues are firm and well estrogenized, the relationship between the bladder and the urethra, the pathway...

Preparing for Gyn Surgery Mar 29th, 2022

Preparing for Surgery   Preparing for a major surgery such as a hysterectomy may feel overwhelming but your surgeon can help guide you through the process. We have put together this guide to help make it easier as well.   Prior to your surgery: Take all your medications as prescribed...

Preparing for Labor & Birth Mar 23rd, 2022

Preparing for Labor & Birth   Labor precautions and how to know the difference between true and false labor Spring is approaching! The newness and fresh start of this season brings peace and warmth to the heart and soul. It reminds me of new green growth, flowers blooming, bird eggs waiting...

What You Need to Know about Ectopic Pregnancy Mar 14th, 2022

Ectopic pregnancies occur in 1 out of every 50 pregnancies, making them more common than we are comfortable with. They present a high-risk situation to the mother because they can cause permanent damage to her reproductive tract if the ectopic pregnancy is missed or isn’t treated soon enough.  Ectopic Pregnancies...

What Exactly is an Epidural? Mar 6th, 2022

What exactly is an epidural?   Anesthesia administered via an epidural is administered into a space around your spinal nerves, known as the epidural space. When using an epidural for anesthesia in labor and delivery, this will create numbness from your bellybutton down through the tops of your legs.  When...

Protect your Baby from Whooping Cough: TDAP Mar 2nd, 2022

Once you are in the third trimester (28 + weeks) of your pregnancy, it is time to make sure everything is ready for your new family members arrival. From putting the crib together to finishing that last coat of paint on the walls, there is likely one thing you haven’t...

The Truth About Breastfeeding Feb 22nd, 2022

Choosing to breastfeed, formula feed, or both is one of the biggest decisions that expectant parents will make. The truth is it is difficult to prepare for breastfeeding and that it does not always go easily or as planned. Weighing the pros and cons of each method can help you...

Pain Control in Labor Feb 1st, 2022

Pain control in labor   Labor and childbirth are painful. Thankfully there are many different options for pain control during the labor and delivery process. Here are some of the most common methods to help.   Natural or unmedicated: If you choose to have an unmedicated birth that doesn’t mean...

Dental Care and Morning Sickness in Pregnancy Jan 24th, 2022

Dental Care & Morning Sickness in Pregnancy Tips & tricks to help improve your pregnancy experience  During this time of year, many people take time to self-reflect and make new year’s resolutions. For some this may include healthy living.  How many of you were told you could floss better at...

The Importance of Health Care for the LGBTQ Community Jan 17th, 2022

The Importance of Health Care for the LGBTQ Community  All individuals deserve equal access to healthcare. It is especially important for members of the LGBTQ community to receive care from providers who are gender-affirming and culturally competent.  Research suggests that LGBTQ individuals face health disparities linked to social stigma, discrimination,...

Weight Gain and Exercise in Pregnancy Jan 10th, 2022

Whether you are newly pregnant or planning pregnancy, you might be wondering what kind of changes you need to make with your diet and exercise!  Weight gain Now is not the time to focus on weight loss or cutting back on calories.  In fact, it is expected that women with...

Grief and Loss Through the Holidays Dec 13th, 2021

The holiday season is not always a happy time for people who are grieving the loss of a loved one.  Whether it was a recent loss or one that occurred some time ago, feelings of grief can be heightened and may seem overwhelming during the holiday season. COVID-19 has added...

All I Want for Christmas is More than Two Minutes of Sleep! Dec 6th, 2021

All I Want for Christmas is More than Two Minutes of Sleep Pregnant and sleep deprived?  Tips & tricks to help improve your sleep experience in pregnancy   #1 Question: “Can I sleep on my back?”   Early in pregnancy, it is perfectly fine to sleep or lay on your...

Contraception Options Nov 23rd, 2021

If you are looking to prevent pregnancy in the short term, long term or permanently, you may be overwhelmed with all the options available. Here are the pros and cons of the most common methods of contraception.   Contraceptive Pills, Patches and Vaginal rings There are two types, combined (estrogen...

Bleeding after Menopause Nov 15th, 2021

After years of regular cyclic bleeding, many women find a degree of relief when menopause comes and they no longer need to be bothered with the monthly ritual. At the present time we generally recommend natural hormone replacement therapy for the many benefits that it offers, including control of the...

Holiday Travel Tips for Expectant Mothers Nov 8th, 2021

Holiday Travel Tips for Expectant Mothers  The time of year is upon us when families get together for the holidays. We get many questions around this time of year about safe travel during pregnancy. This article will answer the most commonly asked questions about travel during pregnancy and the extra...

6 Things Your OB-Gyn Wants You to Stop Worrying About! Nov 1st, 2021

Here are 6 things your OBGYN wants you to stop worrying about!    1. Worrying about hair "down there" We don't care if you shave, trim or wax before your appointment. It doesn't obscure anything we need to see or get in our way at all. Please, please, please don't...

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Oct 25th, 2021

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month! As we move towards the end of the month, let’s review some facts about breast cancer and what we can do to screen for breast cancer and treat it.   Facts about breast cancer: 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their...

Low Libido: Not in the mood for "it"? Oct 18th, 2021

As an OB/Gyn, I have a LOT of patients who tell me that they are just not that interested in sex anymore. Most of these women don’t really understand why they are not in the mood for “it” any longer, and this is NOT just an issue that older women...

Do I Need a Pap Smear? Oct 5th, 2021

You come in for your annual exam ready for your breast exam, pelvic exam and Pap smear, only to find out that your provider won't be doing a Pap smear this year. A Pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer. Most people are used to having Pap smears...

The Importance of Getting Your Flu Shot During Pregnancy Sep 27th, 2021

Fall is here, and along with dusting off your Halloween décor and grabbing your pumpkin spice latte, it is also time to think about getting your annual flu shot.  Flu season lasts from October to May, and peaks between December and February.  Though the media is pushing everyone to get...

Traveling While Pregnant Sep 21st, 2021

Family vacation planned?  Best friend’s wedding?  Girls trip?  You may be wondering if you need to cancel your upcoming travel plans because you have recently found out you are pregnant. Good news! There are certain methods one can follow to ensure safer travel.     It is advised to drink plenty...

What is Vaginal Rejuvenation? Sep 13th, 2021

You may hear about “vaginal rejuvenation” and wonder what all these different concepts have in common. After all, some people associate rejuvenation with improving function through medical hormonal therapy or injections, some with the use of lasers, and yet others with a variety of surgical procedures. Rejuvenation is commonly defined...

Alcohol and Pregnancy Sep 7th, 2021

September is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Month, an opportunity to share there is no known safe amount, no safe time, and no safe type of alcohol during pregnancy. What is FASD? The term fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) describe a collection of conditions that can occur in individuals...

COVID Vaccination in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Aug 24th, 2021

As the Covid-19 pandemic drags on, we understand that many patients and their loved ones have questions about how to stay safe and healthy, and especially may have concerns if they are pregnant or breastfeeding. We are here to help answer your questions.   What are the Risks of COVID-19...

I’m over age 35. Is it too late for Pregnancy? Aug 17th, 2021

I’m over age 35.  Is it too late for Pregnancy?  If you’re considering pregnancy after age 35, you’re part of a growing trend. More women are choosing to postpone motherhood and start or add to their families later in life.   It’s no secret that pregnancies later in life pose higher risks than...

Screening for Sexually Transmitted Infections Aug 9th, 2021

How are STI’s transmitted?   Most sexually transmitted infections can be transmitted during any type of sex. When we think about STI’s we often think about vaginal or anal sex as the route of transmission, however, oral sex and other types of sex play can transmit STI’s.     How do we...

9 Benefits of Breastfeeding Aug 3rd, 2021

9 Benefits of Breastfeeding   The American College of OB/GYNs and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that for the first 6 months of life, a baby should be exclusively breastfed. This means that if possible, breast milk should be the only form of nutrition for your baby, no other...

What are Uterine Fibroids? Jul 26th, 2021

What are uterine fibroids? Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths in the muscle tissue of the uterus. Fibroids can vary in size from tiny to very large, and may grow inside the uterus, on the outer service, or be attached to the uterus by a stem-like structure. Who gets fibroids? If...

What is this Robotic Surgery that I am hearing so much about? Jul 19th, 2021

For years Ob/Gyn physicians were highly trained to perform detailed and careful abdominal surgeries, and a little later expertise in vaginal surgery arose. Though these surgical techniques have been greatly refined over the years, there were still significant limitations, such as the significant hospital admission and recovery time that an...

Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy Jun 29th, 2021

Nausea and vomiting of pregnancy or “morning sickness” is one of the most common and bothersome symptoms of early pregnancy. Fortunately, there are a lot of remedies that can help you through this difficult time.    Here are some tips you can try at home:   Stick to bland foods...

Postpartum Depression: You are not alone Jun 21st, 2021

Childbirth is a magical time for all mothers. As soon as your baby is born, all the maternal feelings and parental knowledge just magically appear out of nowhere, right? Wrong. For many women, this may not be the case. Some women struggle with feelings of anxiety, sadness, and insecurity about...

Having difficulty with low sex drive? Jun 14th, 2021

Having difficulty getting that motivation to be intimate? You are not alone. More than 40% of women have been reported to have sexual concerns. Low desire is the most common sexual problem reported by women followed by low arousal and orgasm difficulties. How often should I be having sex? This...

Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) Jun 8th, 2021

I don't want to be pregnant anytime soon, and I HATE taking a pill everyday. What are my options? Your life is crazy! Whether you're training for your next marathon, chasing around your two-year-old, or taking care of your fur babies, life can be hectic. Add on remembering to take...

Am I in Labor? May 25th, 2021

You've been waiting for months to meet your new baby, but how will you know when it's "go time"? The onset of labor doesn't always follow the same set of rules for everyone. Here are some key things to know about the labor process: When will I go into labor?...

The Wonderful Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy May 18th, 2021

Have you or your friends begun to move into the menopause years, and found increasing problems with hot flashes, night sweats, excess moodiness and difficulty sleeping? These of course are symptoms of the natural process of aging and the development of menopause, where the ovaries simply cannot produce the youth...

Discharge: What's normal? May 9th, 2021

Vaginal discharge is normal!   Every person with a vagina has vaginal discharge. You may be wondering what is normal. Everyone's discharge is different. Some have almost none, while others can have enough to be noticable in their underwear. The amount of discharge can also change during the menstrual cycle. ...

Choosing an Obstetric Provider: What is a Midwife? May 2nd, 2021

Congratulations! You are pregnant! This is the time in your life when many important decisions must be made. One of the most important decisions is your choice in a healthcare provider. Many women believe that an OB/GYN is the only option if they plan a hospital delivery; however, many hospital...

What is a Pap Smear? Apr 25th, 2021

What is a Pap Smear?   You might be preparing for your first gynecologic visit and wondering what you have just signed up for. Or you might have had numerous Pap smears but are still uncertain exactly what it means.  A Pap smear, or a Papanicolauo test, is a screening...

I’m Still not Pregnant! When Should I Worry? Apr 19th, 2021

It happens all the time - you're scrolling through your social media and come across another post: beaming smiles, hands on a belly and eventually you see it - a picture of an ultrasound. It's another pregnancy announcement. Your overwhelming happiness for the newly minted parents-to-be is dampened by your...

9 Common Pregnancy Discomforts and How to Get Relief Apr 12th, 2021

Pregnancy can be a very exciting time, but that doesn't mean that everything about being pregnant is a walk in the park. Thankfully, there are lots of tips and tricks to help manage the bothersome symptoms. Here are some of the most common that women can experience, and some ideas...

The 5 Best Questions to Ask Your New OB-Gyn Jan 29th, 2021

Most of my female friends and family admit to feeling a little nervous or awkward when they go to see their OB-Gyn, especially when seeing that person for the first time! I get it. After all, these are personal and sensitive topics that aren’t always the easiest to talk about....

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Dec 22nd, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus. But...