Desert West Ob/Gyn
Desert West offers women of all ages the most up-to-date assessments and treatments, along with preventive and well-woman care.

Hormone Replacement Therapy: Your Questions Answered

The physical effects of menopause can be overwhelming, even for women without any other health conditions and a healthy reproductive history. If you are approaching menopausal age and you have begun to experience severe hot flashes, heart palpitations, insomnia, and mood swings, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may be a treatment that you consider. HRT is personalized to the needs of each individual woman, but it is a somewhat controversial therapy, because there are a number of possible side effects that can come with HRT. Work with your gynecologist to discuss your specific needs and treatment options to find relief from menopause symptoms while minimizing the risks.

What are the benefits of HRT?

As the body's hormone production slows, symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, reduced sex drive, and mood changes can become highly disruptive in your daily life. Additionally, menopause may spike other health risks like osteoporosis, high cholesterol, and sexual health disorders. When used correctly, HRT will reduce these risks and help manage symptoms for an easier transition into the next stage of life.

What are the risks?

Women who have conditions such as blood clots, liver disease, heart disease, or breast cancer are not candidates for HRT, because hormone therapy can have a negative impact on these conditions. Hormone therapy can also make the breast tissue look denser on mammograms, making the results of the exam more difficult to read. In addition, risks vary depending on the types of hormones used—progesterone, estrogen, or a combination of the two.

How long does HRT last?

There are different types of HRT, which will have varying timeframes. Your gynecologist will work closely with you to prescribe the lowest possible dose of hormones for the shortest length of time to optimize the benefits of treatment while keeping side effects to a minimum.

Desert West OBGYN can provide the personalized peri-menopause and menopause care you need to stay healthy and well in Glendale, Peoria, Estrella, and Anthem. You can contact us for appointments or more details about our women's health services by calling (602) 978-1500. From fertility care to hormone replacement therapy, we can provide the exceptional care you need to manage your health in every stage of life.

What Is the Science Behind Prenatal Vitamins?

Prenatal vitamins are highly recommended for women who are trying to become pregnant or who have recently become pregnant. One of the key ingredients in these vitamins is folic acid, which is essential to infants' early development, though the reasons why folic acid is so beneficial are yet to be discovered. In this video, you can hear about the research related to the effectiveness of prenatal vitamins and the reasons why some women need more folic acid to reduce pregnancy complications.

At Desert West OBGYN, you can find complete fertility and prenatal care for normal and high-risk pregnancies in Glendale, Peoria, and Estrella. To schedule an appointment to discuss your family planning goals, give us a call at (602) 978-1500.

Causes and Treatments for Heavy Periods

Heavy menstrual bleeding can not only be a disruption in a woman's daily life, but it might also have some ongoing health complications such as iron deficiency, anemia and severe pain during periods. If you have heavy periods and you are seeking relief, it is important to pinpoint the cause of the excessive bleeding to identify the right treatment. Below is a look at some of the more common causes for heavy menstruation and the possible solutions for these conditions.

Hormonal imbalances

The hormones progesterone and estrogen regulate the menstrual cycle, so any hormonal imbalance could cause excess bleeding. Conditions that may throw off your hormones might include polycystic ovary syndrome, uterine dysfunction, or uterine polyps. Birth control is often the recommended course of treatment for these conditions, and there are several options that can fit your needs—including the pill, intrauterine devices, or permanent birth control.


With endometriosis, the uterine lining overdevelops outside of the uterus, causing significant pain and discomfort along with heavy menstrual bleeding. In many cases, endometrial ablation is the best route of treatment to minimize bleeding and discomfort.

Uterine fibroids

Uterine fibroids are very common, and they can cause a wide range of symptoms or no symptoms at all. In some cases, uterine fibroids can lead to heavy periods and spotting between periods, which may be treated with birth control, embolization, or, in extreme cases, hysterectomy.

Birth control complications

While IUDs can be a highly effective and hassle-free form of birth control, some women will experience the side effect of heavy menstrual bleeding. Removing the device and opting for an alternative birth control method will be the treatment option when this is the case.

Under the care of Desert West OBGYN, you can find relief from heavy menstrual bleeding and related symptoms with a wide range of minimally invasive treatment options tailored to your needs. To schedule an appointment at one of our Phoenix area offices, give us a call at (602) 978-1500.

Lila Body Contouring: A Brief Guide to Treatment

Lila Body Contouring is a revolutionary body-sculpting treatment that is completely non-invasive and highly effective after a series of just 6-10 treatment sessions. With Lila, patients will be able to target specific areas of the body where there is stubborn excess fat. Each treatment will bring a noticeable loss of inches, which is facilitated by a specialized laser that melts away unwanted fat. After 10 minute treatments with the laser on each side of the targeted area, patients will step onto the Whole Body Vibration Unit, which encourages the body to drain fat released through the laser treatment.

During each treatment session, patients will feel nothing more than a light sensation of warmth in the targeted areas. Patients are measured before and after each session so that results are clearly seen. There is no recovery time needed, and normal activities can resume right after your 45-minute appointment.

Desert West OBGYN is proud to offer Lila Body Contouring in addition to our clinical women's care services at our Glendale location. To learn more about Lila and the other advanced treatments we offer, call us at (602) 978-1500 or visit our website today.

What Are the Early Symptoms of Pregnancy?

During pregnancy, hormonal shifts and physical changes in the body can cause a wide range of symptoms. Even in the first weeks of pregnancy, women may experience early symptoms that might prompt a pregnancy test to confirm that a baby is on the way. While every woman tends to have a unique experience in terms of pregnancy symptoms, there are some common signs to look out for soon after conception.

Spotting and missed periods

For most women, a missed period will be the reason for taking a pregnancy test. Still, there could be some bleeding called implantation, which may take place just a few days following conception when the egg attaches itself to the uterus. Aside from light spotting, women may also notice cramps in the early weeks of pregnancy.


Because of an uptick in the body's progesterone production, pregnancy is often associated with fatigue. Heavy fatigue can begin as soon as one week after conception, and it may be offset with the right pregnancy diet.

Morning sickness

Nausea and morning sickness are perhaps the most iconic early symptoms of pregnancy, though these symptoms will not be seen in every expecting mom. For some women morning sickness may worsen with cravings or strong aversions to certain foods.

Breast soreness

The breasts will undergo significant changes during pregnancy, since the body is preparing to breastfeed as the baby matures. Even in the first weeks of pregnancy, women may notice swelling, soreness, tenderness, or a tingling sensation in the breasts. There may be visible changes too, such as darkened areolas or added fullness in the breasts.

From the moment you learn that you are pregnant, Desert West OBGYN will be there to provide exceptional prenatal care in Glendale, Estrella, and Arrowhead. To get to know more about our pregnancy care and other women's health services, visit our website or give us a call at (602) 978-1500.

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