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    Chiropractic Care a Match During Pregnancy

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Chiropractic care is often part of each person’s team of medical providers. It’s good to know that pregnant women can especially benefit by chiropractic services. According to the American Pregnancy Association, there are a number of benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy including nausea control and relief of back, neck and joint pain. Other patients can utilize chiropractic for back pain, headaches and other related issues.

    Chiropractors that have been trained to work with pregnant women may use tables that adjust for a pregnant woman’s body, and they will use techniques that avoid unneeded pressure on the abdomen. Some chiropractors take a specific interest in prenatal and postnatal care.

    Desert West has a list of chiropractic referrals of those especially open to caring for women dealing with various health issues and those who are pregnant. Among those is Kaitlin Bowen, DC, at Hoffer Chiropractic who cares for women at all stages of life as well as children starting at infancy. Her office is located at 5425 East Bell Road; scheduling 602-493-9800.

    Bryan Mack, DC, from Camelback Chiropractic regularly schedules patients at the Desert West Anthem office where he combines a deep chiropractic philosophy with proficiency in applied kinesiology. To schedule with Dr. Mack, call 623-872-0002.

    Women in the Glendale, Estrella and Anthem areas can learn more about Desert West Ob/Gyn gynecologic services on our website or by calling 602-457-6459.

    How Much Should You Eat During Pregnancy?

    Last updated 12 days ago

    It’s a common misconception that women must “eat for two” while pregnant. In fact, obstetricians generally recommend consuming about 300 calories more than usual. Those who are carrying twins will need about 600 additional calories. The total daily caloric intake may be divided among three to six meals and snacks each day. However, the exact caloric intake a woman should aim for depends upon her activity level and weight range. An obstetrician can provide more specific guidelines for each individual patient.

    The quality of food is as important as the quantity. Expectant mothers are generally advised to avoid eating sweets and fried foods. Obstetricians also recommend reducing one’s salt intake. High levels of sodium are often found in processed foods such as canned soups. Some healthy foods to eat during pregnancy include vegetables, fruits, legumes, pasteurized dairy products, and cooked seafood. However, certain seafood should be avoided due to high levels of mercury. This includes mackerel, swordfish, and tilefish.

    Desert West Ob/Gyn offers four offices in Glendale, Arrowhead, Anthem, and Estrella. We provide comprehensive gynecologic care and obstetric assessments. Call (602) 457-6459 to schedule a prenatal care visit.

    The Advantages of Hormone Pellet Therapy

    Last updated 19 days ago

    Many women choose hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to relieve symptoms of peri-menopause and menopause. One type of HRT, Pellet Therapy, is becoming increasingly popular. Gynecologists often recommend Pellet Therapy because it involves the use of bioidentical hormones. These hormones have an identical molecular structure to the hormones found naturally in a woman’s body. Women can work with a gynecologist to determine if this type of HRT is right for them.


    This gynecologic treatment works by slowly releasing hormones into the bloodstream. Each pellet contains estradiol and testosterone. These hormones effectively relieve symptoms of peri-menopause and menopause, including hot flashes, bloating, night sweats, insomnia, and irritability. Pellet Therapy can also relieve mental fogginess, decreased sex drive, and itching.


    Many women are switching to this gynecologic treatment over previous HRT options because it offers convenience. Instead of taking a daily pill, women need only visit the gynecologist every four months for a treatment.


    Another advantage of Pellet Therapy is its safety. The pellets are synthesized from plant sterols. Since they are entirely biodegradable, they leave no residue in the body. Additionally, Pellet Therapy is generally well tolerated. The minimal side effects that may occur typically resolve quickly. Women who are concerned about side effects are encouraged to discuss this issue with their gynecologist.


    In addition to the high degree of convenience Pellet Therapy offers, many women have chosen this treatment because of the simplicity of the procedure. During the office visit, the doctor will review the results of the lab testing which identifies the woman’s current hormone levels which determines the exact dosing of the pellets. The gynecologist applies a local anesthetic to the skin of the hip. A tiny incision is created to allow for the painless insertion of the pellets. Every 3-4 months afterward patients will have a blood test to check current hormone levels before the pellets are re-inserted.

    For more information about Pellet Therapy, call Desert West Ob/Gyn at (602) 457-6459. Our gynecologists work closely with patients to develop a personalized treatment plan to ease the symptoms of this life transition. Women in the Arrowhead, Anthem, and Litchfield areas can learn more about our gynecologic services on our website.

    Screening Tests to Consider During Your Pregnancy

    Last updated 25 days ago

    While birth defects are only present in about 3% of pregnancies, they are a big concern for expecting moms who may be worried about their growing children. To ease your mind about birth defects and ensure a healthy start for your baby, you might consider the non-invasive screening procedures discussed below. 


    This simple test uses a finger prick and ultrasound measurement of nuchal translucency to screen for trisomy 13, 18, and 21. It can detect up to 90% of these abnormalities and some other birth defects. This test is performed anywhere between 10 weeks 3 days and 13 weeks 6 days of pregnancy.


    Neural tube defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly are screened with the alpha-fetoprotein blood test, which is taken at 15-20 weeks.

    Quad Screen

    The quad screen is another blood test that can assess your baby’s risk of trisomy 18 and 20 as well as neural tube defects. There is a false positive rate of 5% and a detection rate of 80%. Like most other fetal screening procedures, it only gives you a better idea of your baby’s risk rather than a definitive yes or no for certain conditions.

    Obstetrical Ultrasound

    Ultrasound is a standard screening procedure during pregnancy, and it checks on the progress of your growing baby. Additionally, ultrasound can detect up to 50% of all major birth defects and 75% of Down syndrome cases.

    Cystic Fibrosis

    The cystic fibrosis gene is one that has to be passed down from both the mother and father, and it can be detected through a simple blood test. Cystic fibrosis is a chronic condition that produces excess mucus in the lungs and causes some digestive issues.

    For exceptional prenatal care in Arrowhead, Glendale, Peoria, and Anthem, visit Desert West OBGYN at one of four convenient locations. You can schedule a consultation with us on our website or by calling (602) 457-6459. 

    Pellets a Popular Option for Hormone Replacement Therapy

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Women dealing with peri-menopause and menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, sleep disruption and heart palpitations frequently work with their gynecologist on finding the right hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to help them through this transition.

    In recent years, women are looking for treatment options that don’t require the need to take a daily capsule or pill. Pellet Therapy is now proving to be popular as therapy requires only blood work and an office visit every four months.

    Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy pellets are painlessly inserted under the skin of the hip using a local anesthetic. The hormones used in the pellets are released into the blood stream and are bioidentical to those produced in the body. The physician makes a tiny incision, inserts the pellets and closes the incision with a small piece of tape.

    Desert West Obstetrics & Gynecology offers Pellet Therapy for $250 per insertion. Since most insurance companies do not pay for this therapy, patients pay cash for each treatment and also receive a bill for the lab for each blood draw.

    Schedule a consultation with Desert West OB/GYN to determine whether Pellet Therapy is right for you. You can learn more on our web site or make an appointment at one of our offices by calling (602) 457-6459.

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