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    Signs of Bacterial Vaginitis

    Last updated 9 hours ago

    Vaginitis refers to vaginal inflammation. It encompasses a range of conditions, including yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, and trichomoniasis. The most common symptoms of vaginitis include vaginal irritation or itching, unusual vaginal discharge, painful urination, and pain during intercourse. Some women may experience only mild symptoms, while others may suffer from severe symptoms.

    Women can watch this interview with a gynecologist to learn more about vaginitis. This gynecologist discusses the different types of vaginitis, explores the various treatment options, and offers some tips for preventing vaginitis.

    At Desert West OBGYN, our gynecologists provide a full range of OB-GYN services, including the diagnosis and treatment of vaginal infections. Women of the Arrowhead, Phoenix, Glendale, and Peoria areas can reach our gynecology office by calling (602) 457-6459.

    What Are Some Potential Causes of Bleeding Between Periods?

    Last updated 8 days ago

    The average menstrual cycle is 28 days. Although most women bleed for about four days, bleeding for two to seven days is also considered to be normal. However, bleeding between periods is an issue that should be brought to the attention of a gynecologist. A gynecologist can explore a range of possible causes for bleeding between periods, which include uterine fibroids and infections.

    Uterine Fibroids

    Uterine fibroids are a common gynecological condition that can cause bleeding between periods. These are growths in the uterus that are noncancerous. Some of the other symptoms of uterine fibroids can include heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pressure, difficult urination, and constipation. Women may also notice that their periods last longer than usual. Sometimes, uterine fibroids can cause infertility or miscarriage.


    An infection of the reproductive organs can lead to inflammation and bleeding between periods. This can occur as a result of a sexually transmitted infection or pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). It may also occur after sexual intercourse or douching.

    Pregnancy Complications

    Spotting during pregnancy is not uncommon during the first trimester. Women who experience spotting during pregnancy should consult an OB-GYN. This may be an indication of a pregnancy complication, such as a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. Other conditions that can cause bleeding during pregnancy include placental abruption, placenta previa, and incompetent cervix.

    Hormonal Imbalances

    Many women who experience hormonal imbalances report having bleeding between periods. For example, this can occur due to disruptions with a woman’s estrogen and progesterone levels. There are many possible reasons why a woman’s hormones may become disrupted. It may simply be a matter of starting or stopping birth control pills, or it may indicate a medical condition such as a thyroid gland disorder or dysfunctional ovaries.

    The gynecologists of Desert West OBGYN provide compassionate well-woman care, including the diagnosis and treatment of menstrual problems. Our gynecology services are available to women throughout Arrowhead, Phoenix, Anthem, Glendale, and beyond. Women can contact our OB-GYN office at (602) 457-6459.

    A Patient's Guide to Ovarian Cancer

    Last updated 23 days ago

    During National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month this past September, women across the country participated in events designed to raise awareness about key health issues. The awareness month was intended to encourage women to learn about their risk factors for ovarian cancer and enable its early detection by visiting gynecologists. Gynecologists play a critical role in the early detection of ovarian cancer by performing pelvic exams, during which they may detect abnormalities.


    In its early stages, ovarian cancer does not often cause symptoms. This is another reason why regular exams at a gynecologist’s office are so important. As the disease progresses, women may experience abdominal or pelvic pain, frequent urination, frequent bloating, and weight loss. They may feel satiated more quickly than usual while eating and they may report constipation.


    Oncologists classify the type of ovarian cancer according to the cell from which it developed. Epithelial tumors develop in the layer of tissue on the outside of a woman’s ovaries. Most cases of ovarian cancer involve epithelial tumors. Stromal tumors develop in the hormone-producing cells and germ cell tumors develop in the egg-producing cells.

    Risk Factors

    Women can discuss their risk factors of ovarian cancer with their gynecologists. Ovarian cancer is more common among women who are 50 or older. This type of cancer may also occur more often among women who have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), those who have never been pregnant, and those who smoke.


    A pelvic exam is often the first step in diagnosing ovarian cancer. The gynecologist will examine the outer area of the genitals, and then feel the ovaries and uterus. Then, the gynecologist will insert a speculum to conduct a visual inspection of any potential abnormalities. Depending on the gynecologist’s findings, he or she may advise the patient to undergo tests, including blood tests and imaging scans.

    By undergoing regular pelvic exams, women can facilitate the early detection of ovarian cancer. The gynecologists of Desert West OBGYN provide well-woman exams, including pelvic exams and Pap tests, to women in Arrowhead, Glendale, Anthem, and the surrounding areas. Current and prospective patients can visit our website for more healthcare resources or call our Ob/Gyn offices at (602) 457-6459. 

    Highlighting the Importance of HPV Testing

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Worldwide, millions of people die from cancer each year. While not all cancers are preventable, taking certain precautions can help individuals reduce their risk. One type of cancer that may be preventable is cervical cancer, which is caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). Gynecologists strongly advise the use of HPV vaccines among girls and women before they become sexually active. It’s also advisable for women to undergo regular HPV testing.

    HPV testing can be performed along with a woman’s annual well-woman exam and Pap smear. The Pap test facilitates the detection of precancerous cell changes of the cervix. The HPV test enables gynecologists to check for the presence of the virus, which may cause these precancerous changes. Women can speak with their gynecologists to determine if HPV testing is right for them. It’s generally recommended for all women who are at least 30 years of age.

    Desert West OBGYN offers a full suite of gynecology services to women in Arrowhead, Peoria, Estrella, and the surrounding areas. Women who are interested in HPV testing may call our gynecology offices at (602) 457-6459.

    Understanding Gestational Diabetes

    Last updated 1 month ago

    During each prenatal care appointment, women are examined for signs of any potential problems. One pregnancy health issue that may arise is gestational diabetes. An OBGYN may diagnose gestational diabetes in women who have not been diagnosed with diabetes before, yet do experience high blood sugar while pregnant. However, help is available for the expectant mother to manage the condition properly and to protect the health of both mother and baby.


    During National Diabetes Month this November, women might consider taking a few minutes to learn about the signs and symptoms of gestational diabetes. Those who suspect they may have a health issue are advised to contact an OBGYN promptly for an examination. Many women with gestational diabetes experience only mild symptoms, such as blurry vision, fatigue, increased thirst, and increased urination.


    When a woman is diagnosed with gestational diabetes, her OBGYN is likely to classify her pregnancy as high risk. This does not automatically mean that she will experience problems with the pregnancy or that her child will have health issues. Rather, it means that the OBGYN will recommend more frequent prenatal checkups. With proper management of the condition, women can avoid the potential complications of gestational diabetes. These may include excessive birth weight of the child. A very large baby is more likely to require a C-section. Gestational diabetes may also lead to low blood sugar of the infant and preterm birth. Mothers may be at a higher risk of hypertension, preeclampsia, and type two diabetes later in life.


    A physician can help expectant mothers learn how to monitor their blood sugar levels. Regular physical activity is recommended to improve insulin sensitivity and manage blood sugar levels. In addition, women can receive guidance with regard to following a healthy diet that contributes to stable blood sugar levels. Sometimes, medication may be required.

    The obstetricians of Desert West OBGYN can help women learn how to have a safe, healthy pregnancy. Those who wish to explore our OBGYN services may call (602) 457-6459 or refer to our website. Our gynecologists and obstetricians are pleased to serve women throughout Arrowhead, Glendale, Estrella, and Phoenix.

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