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    Keep Track of Menstrual Problems with This App

    Last updated 1 day 23 hours ago

    Many women find it helpful to keep track of their menstrual cycles. The iPeriod Period Tracker – Menstrual Calendar brings menstrual tracking into the digital era. Women can download this handy app free of charge for easy access to an aesthetically pleasing visual calendar. By regularly updating their information, women can use this app to determine if there is a potential issue that requires a gynecologist’s attention.

    After downloading the app, users will have access to a health journal and community forum. The app also features pregnancy planning tools and period-tracking abilities. Women can even set alerts to remind them of when they need to schedule their next gynecology exam.

    Women in the Arrowhead, Litchfield, and Anthem areas are welcome to schedule their next gynecology appointment at Desert West OBGYN. New patients may call (602) 457-6459 to ask us about our comprehensive range of women’s services.

    What to Do About Menstrual Problems

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Not every woman will experience menstruation the same way. During the first few years that a woman menstruates, she will learn which characteristics of the cycle are normal for her body. Understanding her own normal cycle enables a woman to identify when menstrual problems may exist. Since these types of problems can sometimes indicate an underlying condition, such as endometriosis, it’s best to schedule an appointment at a gynecology office. A gynecologist can identify the underlying cause of the problems and recommend treatment options.

    Recognizing Menstrual Abnormalities

    Menstrual problems are often indicated by changes in blood flow. Women typically lose between four to 12 teaspoons of blood during each cycle. If bleeding becomes heavier or lighter than normal, women may wish to schedule an appointment with a gynecologist. Passing some blood clots during menstruation is normal. This can occur when bleeding is abnormally heavy, which reduces the amount of time that anticoagulants can affect the blood and prevent clotting. However, passing excessive amounts of blood clots or blood clots that are larger than a quarter may warrant a trip to the gynecology office. It’s also normal for the blood to darken, particularly as the cycle nears its end. However, if gray lumps are expelled, a gynecologist should be consulted.

    Understanding the Potential Causes

    Passing gray lumps may be a sign that a miscarriage has occurred, which requires a gynecologist’s prompt attention. Women who experience excessive blood clots may be diagnosed with uterine fibroids. Other possible causes of menstrual problems include hormonal changes, endometriosis, menopause, or the obstruction of menstrual blood.

    Consulting a Gynecologist

    Gynecologists can tailor a woman’s treatment to suit her needs. For example, an OBGYN can assist women in recovering from a miscarriage or help them learn about treatment options for uterine fibroids or endometriosis. Sometimes, a procedure such as endometrial ablation may be recommended.

    Since 1973, the gynecology team at Desert West OBGYN has been providing comprehensive well-woman care to residents in the West Valley area and beyond. Our gynecology offices are conveniently located to serve women in the Arrowhead, Surprise, Goodyear, Anthem, and Avondale areas. To schedule compassionate women’s services with a caring gynecologist, women may call (602) 457-6459.

    Why Do Women Get Hysterectomies?

    Last updated 15 days ago

    A hysterectomy involves the removal of part or all of the uterus. Hysterectomies are typically performed when a woman is diagnosed with uterine, cervical, or ovarian cancer. When a hysterectomy is performed because of cancer, the surgeon may remove additional structures, such as the top of the vagina. There is a wide range of other medical conditions that may lead a woman to consider a hysterectomy.

    A gynecologist might recommend exploring this surgical option if conservative treatment measures have failed to provide relief of certain conditions. These include endometriosis, which is the growth of uterine tissue outside the uterus. Symptomatic uterine fibroids, which are benign growths, are another possible reason for a hysterectomy. Other gynecologic conditions that may improve with this treatment option include uterine prolapse, chronic pelvic pain, and abnormal vaginal bleeding.

    A number of physicians at Desert West OBGYN use the state-of-the-art da Vinci Surgical System to perform hysterectomies. Women in the Arrowhead, Estrella, and Goodyear communities can learn more about our gynecologic services by calling (602) 457-6459.

    Can the InTone Device Help You?

    Last updated 22 days ago

    For women dealing with urinary incontinence, gynecologists often recommend sanitary pads, medications, and even surgery. Now, there’s a new option that is guaranteed to work. Women may consult a gynecologist about the InTone device. This non-surgical therapy device resolves bladder leakage using a multidisciplinary approach. Gynecologists can help women determine if InTone might be right for them.

    Indications

    InTone is indicated for women who suffer from stress, urge, or mixed incontinence. Stress incontinence is the loss of bladder control due to the weakening of the sphincter muscle. Women with stress incontinence experience bladder leakage when pressure is exerted on that area, such as by coughing or sneezing. A woman with urge incontinence experiences the intense need to urinate, along with involuntary loss of bladder control. Mixed incontinence is a combination of different types of incontinence. Women who experience these symptoms can benefit from the InTone system.

    Benefits

    Gynecologists highly recommend InTone because the device is used in the privacy of a woman’s own home, rather than in the office. When used according to the therapy protocol, women can enjoy relief from symptoms in as little as 14 to 26 weeks. Plus, the device automatically records data from each session to track progress.

    Methods

    InTone relies on a multidisciplinary approach to resolve the loss of bladder control. This medical device guides women in strengthening the pelvic floor muscles, which reduces the risk of bladder leakage. It also uses a muscle stimulation algorithm to eliminate muscle spasms. Women use the voice-guided exercises during each session, along with visual biofeedback for maximum results.

    The gynecologists of Desert West OBGYN are pleased to offer the InTone device to our patients who suffer from incontinence. We invite women looking for an OBGYN to learn more about us and our gynecology services on our website. Residents of the Arrowhead, Anthem, Glendale and Estrella areas can find a gynecology office near them by calling (602) 457-6459.

    Pelvic Exams and Menopause

    Last updated 29 days ago

    Many post-menopausal women wonder if pelvic exams are still a necessary component of their medical care. While the body undergoes many significant changes during menopause, there are still risks that warrant the continuation of pelvic exams later in life. Below is a closer look at the importance of pelvic exams during and after menopause. The gynecologists at Desert West Ob/Gyn encourage women to schedule the regular exams they need to stay healthy.

    Why are pelvic exams needed?

    The purpose of a pelvic exam is to detect abnormalities that may indicate cancer of the uterus, cervix, and other reproductive organs. A pelvic exam cannot definitively diagnose any type of cancer, but it may indicate the need for further screening through medical imaging. It is important to note that a woman’s cancer risk increases with age, so regular exams should not be neglected in later years.

    When should pelvic exams be performed?

    Women may stop having cervical cancer screens through pelvic exams if they are over the age of 65 and have had either three consecutive negative Pap tests or two negative HPV tests. Combining HPV and Pap tests in the pelvic exam can extend the time between necessary exams from three to five years. There is no special preparation required for the pelvic exam, so these tests may be scheduled at the patient’s convenience.

    What is involved with the exam?

    Aside from the swab that takes cell samples from the uterus for the Pap test, the pelvic exam will include a visual examination through a speculum as well as a manual exam with the physician’s gloved fingers. Through this exam, the doctor may identify any changes in the size or shape of the reproductive organs.

    At Desert West Ob/Gyn, women throughout the Phoenix, Arrowhead, Anthem, and Surprise areas can find excellent preventive care and specialized services for women’s unique medical needs. To schedule a consultation with one of our physicians, visit our website or call us at (602) 457-6459. 

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