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    Facing the Fertility Challenges of PCOS

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common cause of infertility. The condition involves hormonal imbalances that disrupt ovulation, making it difficult to become pregnant. Obstetricians can help women with PCOS overcome their infertility challenges. They may recommend lifestyle changes that can manage the condition, such as maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and following a healthy diet.

    The family physician in this video further explains treatment options to manage PCOS and improve fertility. She discusses two medications, metformin and Clomid. Metformin assists with glucose regulation to improve insulin sensitivity. Clomid stimulates ovulation.

    The obstetricians of Desert West OBGYN work closely with patients to determine the underlying causes of and treatment options for infertility. Women may reach our OB-GYN practice in Glendale, Anthem, or Peoria by calling (602) 457-6459.

    Which Baby Names Will Be Big in 2015?

    Last updated 13 days ago

    There are many decisions expectant moms face in the months leading up to labor and delivery. They’ll need to choose an OB-GYN, decide where to give birth, and figure out which color to paint the nursery. While many women have no trouble feeling confident about selecting the right OB-GYN, they may feel a little more indecisive about selecting the right baby name. The name of a child will help shape his or her identity and influence the way in which others perceive the child. Expectant mothers may wish to consider the following trends in baby names for 2015 before selecting the right name for their little ones.

    Color Names

    Obstetricians frequently work with patients who have decided to name their children after colors. One of the most popular color names for baby girls is Violet, thanks in no small part to Ben Affleck’s and Jennifer Garner’s baby Violet. This beautiful name for a sweet baby girl is expected to rise in popularity in 2015. Some other popular color names include Scarlet, Azure, and Indigo, along with Mauve, Lavender, and Lilac.

    Celebrity Names

    The name choices for celebrity offspring have a significant influence on baby name trends. Ariana is becoming increasingly popular, thanks to the popular pop singer and actress, Ariana Grande. The name “Ariana” is derived from the Italian name, “Ariadne.” It means most holy. Other celebrity-inspired baby names that are expected to increase in popularity in 2015 include Iggy, because of Iggy Azalea, and North, because of baby North West. Animated films may also have an influence on trending baby names, such as Elsa from the hit Disney movie “Frozen” and Merida from the Pixar film “Brave.”

    Unisex Names

    During 2015, more parents are predicted to choose unisex names for their little ones. Some popular choices include Darcy, Cameron, Jordan, Harper, and Kennedy. Sloane, Kendall, and Sage are other popular choices. Two celebrities have recently given the name Lincoln to their youngsters. Kristen Bell named her daughter Lincoln and Kailyn Lowry of “Teen Mom 2” fame also chose the name for her son.

    Desert West OBGYN is pleased to provide comprehensive prenatal and postnatal care for women throughout Arrowhead, Anthem, Phoenix, Estrella, and beyond. Women may reach a friendly staff member at our OB-GYN offices by calling (602) 457-6459. Our OB-GYN team also maintains a collection of informative articles on our website regarding OB-GYN topics.

    Seeking Relief from Troublesome Menopause Symptoms

    Last updated 20 days ago

    Not all women who are going through menopause will require treatment for relief of symptoms. Often, symptoms are mild and tolerable. However, women who do experience bothersome menopausal symptoms may consult a local gynecologist. A gynecologist may recommend hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and lifestyle modifications.

    Hormone Replacement Therapy

    The symptoms of menopause occur as the ovaries cease to produce hormones, such as estrogen. HRT products replace these hormones to reduce or eliminate symptoms. A gynecologist may recommend conventional hormone replacement, which uses synthetic progestin and estrogens that are derived from animal products. Bioidentical hormone therapy provides hormones that are identical to the hormones the body naturally produces. Women should be aware that some studies suggest HRT increases the risk of certain medical conditions, including blood clots, breast cancer, and stroke. This is why gynecologists typically recommend using the lowest effective dose and avoiding long-term use of these products.

    Mood Swings

    In addition to considering HRT, women may talk with their gynecologists about lifestyle modifications to relieve symptoms of menopause. Women who experience mood swings might try to get plenty of sleep and exercise regularly to stabilize their moods. Positive ways of coping with stress may also help, such as participating in support groups.

    Vaginal Dryness

    Women who experience vaginal dryness during menopause might consider using an over-the-counter, water-based lubricant. An over-the-counter vaginal moisturizer may also help make sexual intercourse more comfortable.

    Hot Flashes

    Hot flashes are a common problem for women going through menopause. It can be helpful for women to dress in layers. This allows women to remove a layer upon experiencing hot flashes. When hot flashes occur, women can try taking deep, slow breaths. They can also avoid triggers of hot flashes, which may include caffeine, alcohol, stress, and spicy foods.

    The OB-GYNs of Desert West OBGYN offer personalized treatment plans for women who are going through menopause. Our gynecologists recommend using the lowest dose of HRT medications for the shortest possible time. Women in Arrowhead, Estrella, Glendale, and Phoenix can reach our offices by calling (602) 457-6459.

    A Feeding Schedule for Baby's 1st Year- [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 25 days ago

    Becoming a parent is one of the most life-changing events you’ll ever experience, and it can come with a lot of questions. You want your baby to be healthy and well-nourished, but of course, babies don’t come with instruction manuals. That’s why the Phoenix OBGYN doctors at Desert West OBGYN have created this Infographic. This baby feeding schedule will help you learn what you can feed your baby, and how often you should be doing it. In your child’s first few months of life, you should only be giving him or her breast milk or formula. As your baby gets older, you can start introducing pureed fruits and vegetables, and iron-fortified cereals into his or her diet. Take a look at this Infographic to learn more about what to feed your new baby and how often you should be doing it. Please share with your friends and fellow new parents!

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    What Is a Bartholin Abscess?

    Last updated 29 days ago

    An abscess is an accumulation of pus. A Bartholin abscess refers to a pocket of pus that develops in one of the Bartholin glands. Women have a Bartholin gland on each side of the vaginal opening. An abscess can form here when the duct from the gland becomes obstructed, causing fluid to accumulate. This process can occur over a period of years before the fluid becomes infected. Once an infection occurs, the abscess can quickly arise over a matter of days.

    A Bartholin abscess is typically indicated by pain with sexual intercourse, walking, and sitting. Women may develop a fever and notice a tender lump at the vaginal opening. If these symptoms arise, women can turn to a gynecologist for help. The gynecologist will perform a pelvic exam and may recommend lab testing. It may be necessary to drain the abscess under local anesthesia. Gynecologists can also prescribe antibiotics to clear up the infection.

    Women in the Arrowhead, Glendale, and Estrella areas can find the gynecology services they need at Desert West OBGYN. Our gynecology team can be reached at (602) 457-6459.

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