National Women’s Health Week

It is National Women’s Health Week.  The goal this week is to promote healthy living for women.  We encourage women to seek preventative care.  Every year, women should have a pelvic and breast exam.  Women ages 21 to 65 should go for regular pap smears.  Depending on your pap smear history, you and your provider … Continue reading

Recurrent Bladder Infection? Could it be IC?

Monday morning one of our phone nurses receives a phone call from a patient.  The patient says, “I know I have a bladder infection.  I have these same symptoms 3 or 4 times per year.  Can you please call me in an antibiotic?” Our phone nurse declines to call in the antibiotic until the patient … Continue reading

Better Sleep will lead to Better Sex

According to a study recently published by the North American Menopause Society, women with less sleep have lower sexual desire and satisfaction.  As is widely known, sleep disturbance is a common complaint from menopausal women.  Until now, many clinicians have focused on the physiologic changes during menopause, such as vaginal dryness, that may be effecting a … Continue reading

How should I follow up with gestational diabetes after my pregnancy?

During pregnancy, approximately 1 in 10 women develop gestational diabetes.  Gestational diabetes can develop in women with no history of diabetes.  In pregnancy, the placenta supports the baby as it grows. Hormones from the placenta help the baby develop. But these hormones also block the action of the mother’s insulin in her body. Gestational diabetes develops … Continue reading

First Trimester Bleeding: A common issue

By Dr Rick Robbins At least 50% of women will have some bleeding in the first trimester, not even including so-called implantation bleeding/spotting around the time you miss your full period. You should call us if you have 1st trimester bleeding and you’ll be evaluated for sure – although the type of evaluation varies depending … Continue reading

The Truth about Gummy Prenatals

By Dr Rick Robbins Gummy prenatal vitamins – and the truth they do NOT contain iron!!! As you likely know, prenatal vitamins are supplements to your diet – and recommended by almost all folks involved in prenatal care. As you also likely know, most prenatal vitamins contain minerals, including iron. Why? Because during the 9 … Continue reading

When Should I Start Seeing an OB/GYN?

By: Dr. Lara R. Hart, MD   Patients often ask me when they should bring their daughters in for their first OB/Gyn appointment. There is not always a clear answer to this question. Certainly if a girl of any age is having an issue with any of her “bikini zone” areas (breasts, vulva, vagina) it … Continue reading

Women and Zika

By Dr Richard Robbins Through July 21st, over 400 pregnant women in the USA (not including US territories where there are another 400) contracted the Zika virus. As best we know, ALL of these patients got their Zika in a Zika zone of transmission. Please refer to the CDC for active Zika territories http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/active-countries.html.  Zika symptoms … Continue reading

Do I still need to see my gynecologist every year?

Yes!  It’s not easy for us to keep up with the pap smear guidelines, so we can’t expect our patients to know them.  The confusion surrounding the frequency of gynecology appointments stems from the changing pap smear guidelines.  Although you may not receive a pap smear every year, you still need a gynecology check up. … Continue reading