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    Are You a Good Candidate for Essure?

    Last updated 12 hours ago

    Until the FDA approval of Essure, women who desired permanent sterilization had to undergo tubal ligation. Essure, a tubal implant, offers a non-surgical alternative. Women who are interested in permanent birth control can consult a gynecologist to determine whether Essure might be right for them. Gynecologists may recommend Essure for women who are positive that they do not wish to have children. It may also be ideal for women who have already had children and do not intend to have more. Candidates for Essure should be in good overall health. Since Essure is not a hormonal method of birth control, good candidates should not be currently relying on hormonal birth control to control severe menstrual symptoms.

    Many women have chosen Essure because it offers convenience. After x-ray images have confirmed the success of the procedure, there is no longer a need to use other methods of birth control. Since Essure doesn’t involve surgery, there is no recovery period required.

    Women in Arrowhead, Estrella, Peoria, and the surrounding areas can consult a gynecologist at Desert West OBGYN to learn more about Essure. To learn more, visit us online or call our gynecology offices at (602) 457-6459.

    Frequently Asked Questions about HPV

    Last updated 8 days ago

    There are more than 150 known strains of human papilloma viruses (HPV) that infect squamous epithelial cells located on skin and mucosal surfaces. While most strains of HPV do not result in life-threatening complications, some strains can cause cancerous changes. This is why it’s important for women to consult a gynecologist about HPV. In the meantime, here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding HPV. 

    How Is HPV Transmitted?

    HPV is a sexually transmitted disease. It is transmitted through sexual contact during vaginal and anal intercourse. The virus can also be transmitted during genital-to-genital contact and during oral sex. Since many people who are infected with the HPV virus do not realize they have it, they often pass it on unknowingly.

    What Complications Can HPV Cause?

    The complications that can occur with HPV infection depend upon the type of HPV. About 12 types of HPV can result in genital warts. Genital warts typically appear on the penis and on the outside or inside of the vagina. The high-risk types of HPV can cause cancers of the cervix, vagina, anus, vulva, penis, head, and neck. Cancer forms in this way when the infected cells become abnormal.

    How Can a Gynecologist Detect HPV?

    A gynecologist can perform a pap test to detect abnormal cells in the cervix. This type of test is performed to detect cervical cancer. A gynecologist can also run an HPV test, which can detect high-risk HPV types. Gynecologists often recommend that patients have an HPV test along with their regularly scheduled pap test.

    Women are encouraged to talk to a gynecologist about screening for HPV. The gynecology team at Desert West OBGYN provides HPV and cervical cancer screenings, in addition to well-woman examinations. If you live in Arrowhead, Peoria, or Estrella, call (602) 457-6459 to schedule an appointment with a gynecologist today. 

    Factors to Consider when Finding a Pediatrician

    Last updated 15 days ago

    Obstetricians typically advise expectant parents to select a pediatrician before welcoming the new arrival. There are a number of factors future parents may wish to consider before selecting a pediatrician. First, they might check with their health insurance plan to determine which pediatric practices are covered on their network. Then they might ask the obstetrician for a recommendation to a local pediatrician. Factors such as the pediatrician’s office hours, after-hours availability, and office location may play a role in the selection.

    It’s also advisable for expectant parents to schedule brief interviews with a few pediatricians. During that time, parents can ask about the background and training of each pediatrician. Pediatricians should advise parents as to which hospital the child might be admitted to, if necessary. Many parents may base their decision in part on whether the office staff is open to questions and whether the pediatrician communicates clearly.

    The obstetricians at Desert West OBGYN provide prenatal and postnatal care for families throughout Estrella, Anthem, Phoenix, Arrowhead, and beyond. Future parents can call our OBGYN office at (602) 457-6459. You can find a list of area pediatricians on our site.

    What is HPV?

    Last updated 22 days ago

    Women can protect themselves from cervical cancer by talking with their gynecologists about the human papilloma virus (HPV). Most strains of HPV do not lead to cancer. Some types can cause plantar warts or genital warts, for example. On the other hand, high-risk strains of HPV can cause cancers of the cervix, anus, mouth, and upper respiratory tract.

    By watching this video, women can learn more about HPV infections, including persistent infections. The expert in this video also explains which areas of the body can become infected with HPV and the signs of infection. 

    Women throughout Glendale, Estrella, and Peoria can call (602) 457-6459 to schedule an HPV test at Desert West OBGYN. Our gynecologists offer a comprehensive range of well-woman services, including HPV testing. Visit our website desertwestobgyn.com to learn more about the services our gynecologists offer to women in the Valley. 

    Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Right for You?

    Last updated 27 days ago

    Although peri-menopause and menopause are natural transitions in a woman’s life, they often involve troublesome symptoms. For many women, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is an effective solution that can improve quality of life. To decide whether HRT might be right for you, consult a local gynecologist. A gynecologist can thoroughly explain the benefits and risks of HRT. In general, your gynecologist will cover the following information in determining whether you are an ideal candidate for HRT. 

    Candidates

    A gynecologist might recommend HRT for women who experience bothersome menopausal symptoms such as moderate to severe hot flashes. Those who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis and cannot tolerate other treatments may benefit from using HRT. HRT may help women who are going through premature menopause or premature ovarian insufficiency. Gynecology researchers have found that women who go through premature menopause and do not use estrogen therapy until age 45 or later have a higher risk of certain medical conditions, including dementia, coronary heart disease, osteoporosis, and depression.

    Contraindications

    To determine whether HRT is right for a particular patient, a gynecologist will consider her medical history in addition to her menopausal symptoms. HRT is contraindicated for use in pregnant women and those with liver or heart disease. It is not appropriate for women with a history of blood clots, certain cancers, stroke, heart attack, or vaginal bleeding problems.

    Risks

    Before undergoing HRT, women should be aware of the potential side effects, which can include vaginal bleeding, nausea, headaches, and breast tenderness. Women who use HRT may have a higher risk of blood clots, breast cancer, stroke, and heart attack. These risks may be mitigated by using a low dose of HRT for a short period of time. Your gynecologists can further explain the potential risks involved.

    The gynecologists of Desert West OBGYN provide personalized HRT treatment plans that involve using the lowest possible dose of hormones to improve safety. Women are invited to call (602) 457-6459 to schedule a consultation with a gynecologist at our office. Our OBGYN office is proud to serve women throughout the Phoenix, Glendale, Estrella, and Arrowhead areas.

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