Last updated 4 days ago
Urinary incontinence is a source of embarrassment for many women and often causes so much anxiety that women can’t find a way to bring up the topic with their physician. However treatment is available to help overcome this common condition.
You are not alone
Millions of women experience urinary incontinence. It is often related to changes in the urinary tract related to menopause, pregnancy, and childbirth. It may be helpful to know that it is a common concern shared with gynecologists.
Identifying symptom triggers
Not all cases of urinary incontinence have the same cause. While physical changes in the body account for many cases, other factors such as neurological disorders and surgical injuries can lead to incontinence. Knowing the cause of your condition will help your doctor recommend the most effective treatment option for you. If you experience stress incontinence in which a small amount of urine leaks when you laugh, cough, or sneeze, you may be able to use behavioral remedies such as Kegel exercises to facilitate a long term recovery while you use other treatments.
Seeking medical treatment
Muscle stimulation and biofeedback are the latest treatment modalities for urinary incontinence. The InTone system can allow you to experience the benefits of these therapies from the comfort of your own home. InTone is a sophisticated, customizable system that strengthens the muscles of the pelvic floor and monitors your progress.
To take control of urinary incontinence for good, schedule a consultation with Desert West OB/GYN to discuss whether or not the InTone system is right for you. As a certified InTone specialist, Desert West can help you overcome bladder leakage discretely and comfortably. You can make an appointment in one of our Phoenix-area offices by calling (602) 457-6459.
Last updated 9 days ago
Pelvic organ prolapse can be an uncomfortable and inconvenient problem for the women who experience it. This condition, which occurs when one or more reproductive structures fall into the vaginal canal, can lead to reproductive, sexual, and excretory problems for sufferers. Understanding why pelvic organ prolapse happens and what an OBGYN can do to address can provide reassurance and hope for individuals with this issue.
Why Pelvic Organ Prolapse Occurs
Multiple circumstances can contribute to pelvic organ prolapse. In some cases, another medical condition that produces a chronic cough may be enough to initiate pelvic organ prolapse. Women who suffer from weight issues may also experience this condition. Most commonly, women who have gone through childbirth may suffer from pelvic organ prolapse. No matter the nature of the initiating circumstance, this condition results from the deterioration of the muscles and tissues that hold the pelvic organs in their proper places. When these muscles and tissues lose their tautness, the organs may descend into the vagina.
How a Doctor Can Treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Treatment options sought for pelvic organ prolapse depend on the severity of a patient’s condition. Women whose pelvic organ prolapse is so acute that the prolapsed organ can be seen or felt through the vagina may require surgery. Surgical attention can remedy the problem by either tightening the muscles and tissues that should hold the organ in place, or if necessary, by removing the prolapsed organ. More mild cases of pelvic organ prolapse may necessitate lifestyle changes such as weight loss or lower pelvic muscle strengthening exercises. Women who suspect that they suffer from pelvic pain prolapse should consult with a physician who can address their concerns before their condition worsens.
Desert West Ob/Gyn can find the cause behind your pelvic organ prolapse and determine a treatment strategy that is right for you and your reproductive needs. To find out more about this condition, call (602) 457-6459. Our Glendale practice offers a wide range of obstetric and gynecological services for women of all ages.
Last updated 16 days ago
Menstruation is a universal condition that all women of childbearing age experience, but it can be distinctly different for each woman who goes through it. Knowing what is “normal” for you requires time and attention so that you can track your monthly cycle. If you have no existing reproductive concerns, you will likely have a recurrent menstrual pattern. For some women, periods last a week and occur every 28 days without fail. For other women, periods end after only two or three days and are spread out into 30 or 32-day cycles. To determine if you might be suffering from a reproductive-related issue, observe your menstrual cycle for a few months. If it is inconsistent, you may want to talk with a gynecologist.
Desert West Ob/Gyn offers comprehensive gynecological services for women in Arrowhead, Phoenix, Glendale, and Anthem. To speak with an associate about your menstrual concerns, call us today at (602) 457-6459. You can also go to our website for more information on our treatment options.
Last updated 23 days ago
Obstetricians recommend that pregnant patients maintain even blood sugar levels with healthy snacks. This video offers some tips on what foods can preserve energy levels and provide nutritional benefits.
Pregnant women should first consider fresh fruit and vegetables when they want a healthy snack. These foods naturally have a low calorie count but high amounts of vitamins and minerals. For a sweet or creamy snack, expectant moms can have a cup of low-fat yogurt or a few slices of cheese. A small bowl of nuts or pretzels can satisfy crunchy food cravings. The protein found in a hard-boiled egg can also sustain a pregnant woman on the go and help her feel full for hours.
Desert West Ob/Gyn can help you enjoy a healthy pregnancy. To schedule an initial consultation with an obstetrician, call our Glendale office at (602) 457-6459.
Last updated 1 month ago
A gynecologist may recommend a hysterectomy when more conservative treatment measures cannot effectively address conditions such as fibroids, endometriosis, or uterine cancer. In the past, surgical intervention was done with conventional measures such as an open incision to the pelvic region and removal of the uterus by a surgeon. However, medical innovation now allows eligible patients to undergo robotic hysterectomies, which utilize computer software and robotic tools to perform the necessary surgical steps. The following information highlights differences between each surgical option.
Depending on the nature of a patient’s condition, an open hysterectomy may be the most suitable treatment option. This procedure typically requires an incision to be made across the lower pelvis. The surgeon may have to cut through muscle in that region of the body to access and remove the uterus. If necessary, an open hysterectomy may also demand the removal of other reproductive organs such as the ovaries. After removing the diseased or injured organs, the surgeon can suture the incision. Due to the size and placement of the incision, women who undergo open hysterectomies may need several months to fully recover from their procedures. Some patients might also have to contend with lower abdominal discomfort and postoperative bleeding.
Robotic hysterectomy can provide the same benefits as open hysterectomy without some of the more common drawbacks of the latter procedure. During robotic hysterectomy, a surgeon controls and monitors the placement and movement of robotic surgical equipment, which allows for smaller incisions to be made to the pelvic region. Robotic hysterectomy can also provide for more precise measures in small surgical sites. Minute incisions and accurate surgical care can lessen trauma to other tissues and organs in proximity to the uterus. Women who receive this type of hysterectomy may undergo recovery periods half the duration of that experienced with open hysterectomy. Patients normally experience less bleeding and pain as well.
Are you a candidate for robotic hysterectomy? To find out, call Desert West Ob/Gyn at (602) 457-6459 to schedule an appointment. We offer our obstetric and gynecological services to women who live in Anthem, Surprise, Avondale, Goodyear, Litchfield, and the surrounding communities.