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    Factors to Consider when Finding a Pediatrician

    Last updated 1 day 1 hour ago

    Obstetricians typically advise expectant parents to select a pediatrician before welcoming the new arrival. There are a number of factors future parents may wish to consider before selecting a pediatrician. First, they might check with their health insurance plan to determine which pediatric practices are covered on their network. Then they might ask the obstetrician for a recommendation to a local pediatrician. Factors such as the pediatrician’s office hours, after-hours availability, and office location may play a role in the selection.

    It’s also advisable for expectant parents to schedule brief interviews with a few pediatricians. During that time, parents can ask about the background and training of each pediatrician. Pediatricians should advise parents as to which hospital the child might be admitted to, if necessary. Many parents may base their decision in part on whether the office staff is open to questions and whether the pediatrician communicates clearly.

    The obstetricians at Desert West OBGYN provide prenatal and postnatal care for families throughout Estrella, Anthem, Phoenix, Arrowhead, and beyond. Future parents can call our OBGYN office at (602) 457-6459. You can find a list of area pediatricians on our site.

    What is HPV?

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Women can protect themselves from cervical cancer by talking with their gynecologists about the human papilloma virus (HPV). Most strains of HPV do not lead to cancer. Some types can cause plantar warts or genital warts, for example. On the other hand, high-risk strains of HPV can cause cancers of the cervix, anus, mouth, and upper respiratory tract.

    By watching this video, women can learn more about HPV infections, including persistent infections. The expert in this video also explains which areas of the body can become infected with HPV and the signs of infection. 

    Women throughout Glendale, Estrella, and Peoria can call (602) 457-6459 to schedule an HPV test at Desert West OBGYN. Our gynecologists offer a comprehensive range of well-woman services, including HPV testing. Visit our website desertwestobgyn.com to learn more about the services our gynecologists offer to women in the Valley. 

    Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Right for You?

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Although peri-menopause and menopause are natural transitions in a woman’s life, they often involve troublesome symptoms. For many women, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is an effective solution that can improve quality of life. To decide whether HRT might be right for you, consult a local gynecologist. A gynecologist can thoroughly explain the benefits and risks of HRT. In general, your gynecologist will cover the following information in determining whether you are an ideal candidate for HRT. 

    Candidates

    A gynecologist might recommend HRT for women who experience bothersome menopausal symptoms such as moderate to severe hot flashes. Those who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis and cannot tolerate other treatments may benefit from using HRT. HRT may help women who are going through premature menopause or premature ovarian insufficiency. Gynecology researchers have found that women who go through premature menopause and do not use estrogen therapy until age 45 or later have a higher risk of certain medical conditions, including dementia, coronary heart disease, osteoporosis, and depression.

    Contraindications

    To determine whether HRT is right for a particular patient, a gynecologist will consider her medical history in addition to her menopausal symptoms. HRT is contraindicated for use in pregnant women and those with liver or heart disease. It is not appropriate for women with a history of blood clots, certain cancers, stroke, heart attack, or vaginal bleeding problems.

    Risks

    Before undergoing HRT, women should be aware of the potential side effects, which can include vaginal bleeding, nausea, headaches, and breast tenderness. Women who use HRT may have a higher risk of blood clots, breast cancer, stroke, and heart attack. These risks may be mitigated by using a low dose of HRT for a short period of time. Your gynecologists can further explain the potential risks involved.

    The gynecologists of Desert West OBGYN provide personalized HRT treatment plans that involve using the lowest possible dose of hormones to improve safety. Women are invited to call (602) 457-6459 to schedule a consultation with a gynecologist at our office. Our OBGYN office is proud to serve women throughout the Phoenix, Glendale, Estrella, and Arrowhead areas.

    Congrats Dr.Koon!

    Last updated 13 days ago

    Lee Koon, MD, has become board certified in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery and was required to show competency and pass a written exam to gain certification in this additional specialty. A fellow of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dr. Koon joined Desert West in 2004 and has been board certified in OB/GYN since 2003. He currently sees patients at both the Anthem and Eugie offices. 

    Common Causes of Infertility

    Last updated 22 days ago

    Conception is a complex process, and there are many potential issues that can interfere with it. For example, female infertility may be caused by blocked fallopian tubes, which prevents sperm from contacting an egg. A woman may experience ovulation problems, such as the failure of the ovaries to release an egg. Underlying medical issues may sometimes be to blame, including endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

    Women can hear more about the potential causes of infertility by watching this video. This fertility expert discusses the importance of sperm count and sperm motility for egg fertilization. The gynecologists and obstetricians at Desert West OBGYN provide compassionate women’s services to those in the Glendale, Estrella, and Arrowhead areas. Women may reach our gynecology office by calling (602) 457-6459. You may also visit our website to learn more about the services we provide.

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