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.

A Brief Overview of BHRT Pellet Therapy

For women who are going through menopause, hormone replacement therapy may be the best way to find relief from symptoms, such as hot flashes, trouble sleeping, mood swings, and weight gain. Bioidentical hormone therapy is a safe and effective method of hormone replacement, and it is a worry-free option when you opt for BHRT pellet therapy.

With pellet therapy, you will see the doctor once every four months to have a new pellet inserted just beneath the skin with a local anesthetic. Pellets are made with hormones derived from soybean and Mexican yam plant sterols. The appropriate dose of hormones is determined following blood work to test current hormone levels.

To explore the benefits of BHRT pellet therapy, you can schedule a consultation with Desert West OBGYN in Anthem, Estrella, or Arrowhead. You can contact us at (602) 903-4715 to reach our offices, or visit our website for further information.

Advice for Talking to Your Doctor About Fertility

If you have been trying to get pregnant without success for a period of six months or more, it may be time to visit your gynecologist to discuss fertility treatments. When it comes to fertility care, there are a wide range of possible treatment options, because there are many different causes for infertility. That means that you will need to have a long discussion with your doctor about fertility to determine the potential causes of your difficulty conceiving. Below, you will see some tips on discussing fertility with your OBGYN to ensure the most comprehensive treatment.

Be prepared to discuss your medical history

Your medical history will be an important component of your fertility care, since there are many illnesses and medications that can affect your fertility. In addition to your medical history and family history, you should be prepared to provide details about your attempts to get pregnant, including the time of your ovulation and the frequency of intercourse with your partner.

Be honest about your lifestyle

Your diet, physical activity, stress level, and alcohol use can all affect your fertility, so it is important to provide honest answers when your doctor asks about these elements of your lifestyle. Before recommending any medical fertility treatments, your doctor may provide guidelines for lifestyle changes that can impact your fertility.

Bring your partner to the appointment

Many couples falsely assume that fertility is exclusively a women's problem, but in many cases male infertility is a factor. Therefore, it is best to bring your spouse along to your fertility consultation so that you can get a more comprehensive picture of why you have been unable to conceive.

When you are looking for fertility care in the Phoenix area, call Desert West OBGYN at (602) 903-4715. We have offices located in Anthem, Arrowhead, and Estrella providing complete women's care services for every stage of life.

How Early Will Pregnancy Show Up on a Blood Test?

If you are trying to get pregnant, you may be eager to take a pregnancy test to see if you are expecting. A blood test is one of the most reliable methods of pregnancy testing, and this type of test may take place as early as 6-8 days following conception. However, testing will become more accurate as levels of the hormone hCG rise in the body. Therefore, this video recommends waiting until one week after your missed period to take a blood test.

For pregnancy testing, prenatal care, and fertility services in Anthem, Arrowhead, and Estrella, contact Desert West OBGYN. You can reach us by calling (602) 903-4715 to schedule an appointment.

Reasons to Call Your OB When You Are Pregnant

Pregnancy can cause a wide range of odd physical symptoms and discomforts, so it can be difficult to distinguish when symptoms will warrant medical attention. Generally, it is better to be safe and consult a doctor about any new or abnormal pregnancy symptoms, and you'll want to be especially cautious when those symptoms include the following:

Pelvic pain

Pain or cramping in the uterus or vagina could be a serious sign if it is accompanied by bleeding or a fever. In these situations, you will want to call the doctor right away. If you simply have pelvic pain that does not improve after several hours, you will want to call your obstetrician soon, but immediate attention is not likely needed.


If you think or know you have a fever, it is time to call the obstetrician. Be sure to avoid taking any medication without checking with your doctor first, since there may be many different causes for your fever, and medication could pose a risk with certain conditions.

Extreme nausea

While morning sickness is common early in pregnancy, should symptoms such as nausea and vomiting prevent you from eating or keeping down fluids, there is a potential for dehydration and your doctor should be notified.

Severe headache

A sudden, severe headache could be a sign of a very serious condition called preeclampsia, which is characterized by high blood pressure, blurred vision, swelling of the hands and feet, and/or puffiness in the face. Your doctor should be contacted if any of these symptoms arise.

For the reliable, specialized care you need during pregnancy, call Desert West OBGYN at (602) 903-4715 to schedule your first prenatal consultation in Estrella, Arrowhead, Anthem, Glendale and Phoenix. Our doctors provide care for normal and high-risk pregnancies while providing the resources needed for a healthy pregnancy and problem-free delivery.

A Look at In-Office Ultrasound Service

Ultrasound screening is an integral tool in gynecology and obstetrics, because it allows a view of structures in the body moving in real time. This is not only helpful in monitoring the growth of developing babies, but it can be useful in diagnosing a number of gynecological problems, such as polyps or fibroids. While some women's healthcare centers require that patients seek these screening services in outside facilities, Desert West OBGYN provides ultrasound services in our four Phoenix-area offices to add convenience and comfort to your imaging exams.

With ultrasound equipment on-site, patients can expect same-day imaging services during regular appointments to avoid scheduling an ultrasound at a separate imaging center. For expecting parents, ultrasounds may be paired with a Gender Reveal package, which includes keepsake photos and gender determination to cherish in your baby book for years to come.

To explore more of the advanced services offered by Desert West OBGYN in Glendale, Estrella, and Anthem, visit our website or call us at (602) 978-1500. We offer comprehensive women's care services from birth control to fertility care to cervical cancer prevention.

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