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    Recognizing the Signs of Early Labor

    Last updated 5 days ago

    It may seem as though the early signs of labor are easily recognizable. In fact, many women have trouble identifying these signs because they may mimic other health issues. Some of the subtle signs of labor can include diarrhea, backache, and abdominal cramping. Women may feel tightening or pressure in the abdomen. Some women may even feel as though they’ve caught the flu.

    This video explains these early signs of labor and discusses the mucus plug. The mucus plug seals the cervix to prevent the baby from acquiring infections. As labor approaches, women may notice that the mucus plug has been expelled. The mucus plug may appear pink, red, white, or clear.

    The obstetricians of Desert West OBGYN provide prenatal and postnatal care for women throughout the Arrowhead, Phoenix, and Glendale areas. Our OB-GYN offices can be reached by calling (602) 457-6459.

    Welcome Dr. Amy Boots!

    Last updated 10 days ago

    Amy Boots. D.O. has joined Desert West Obstetrics & Gynecology. The obstetrician/gynecologist has a special interest in high risk obstetrics and minimally invasive surgery. She is accepting new patients at both the Glendale and Estrella offices.

    Dr. Boots earned her medical degree from the Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville.

    Desert West has been caring for women in the Northwest Valley since 1973 at four locations including Glendale, Arrowhead, Estrella and Anthem. To schedule, call (602) 978-1500; to learn more, visit www.DesertWestOb/Gyn.com

    Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer

    Last updated 12 days ago

    October has been designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Although the majority of women have undoubtedly heard of breast cancer, many have yet to take proactive steps to reduce their risk. Along with leading a healthy lifestyle, women can talk to their gynecologists about having regular examinations. Gynecologists can provide well-woman examinations and offer recommendations for scheduling screening mammograms. You can also take the following steps to reduce your overall risk of developing breast cancer.

    Limit Alcohol Intake

    Studies have revealed a causal relationship between alcohol and breast cancer development. Gynecologists may recommend abstaining from alcohol altogether. Women who do choose to drink are advised to consume no more than one alcoholic beverage per day.

    Exercise Regularly

    Enjoying exercise regularly may help lower the risk of breast cancer. It’s generally recommended that women get at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least five days a week. However, exercising for longer periods of time can bring about even greater health benefits. Women with underlying health conditions, such as diabetes, are advised to speak with a physician before starting or changing their exercise routine.

    Maintain a Healthy Weight

    Being overweight or obese is another risk factor of breast cancer. This is especially true of women who are overweight or obese after menopause. After menopause, most of the estrogen in the body is produced by the fat cells. Aromatase, which is an enzyme in the fat cells, converts androgens into estrogen. A heightened level of estrogen in the body can increase the risk of breast cancer.

    Reconsider Hormone Therapy

    Many women have successfully used hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to ease the symptoms of menopause. However, using HRT for too long has been associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. Women may control their risk by discussing an appropriate HRT treatment plan for their needs. It’s generally advisable to limit HRT to no more than three to five years.

    The gynecologists and obstetricians of Desert West OBGYN have been pleased to provide exceptional service to women since 1973. In addition to breast care and well-woman exams, our OBGYN offices offer infertility counseling, treatment for urinary incontinence, and many other services. Those in the Arrowhead, Phoenix, and Anthem areas can reach us by calling (602) 457-6459.

    Are You a Good Candidate for Essure?

    Last updated 18 days 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 26 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. 

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