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 Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse is a relatively common condition that about one-third of women will experience in their lifetimes. Any of the reproductive organs may be affected by prolapse, which is described as the descending or drooping of the pelvic organs. Typically, the cause of pelvic organ prolapse is weakness in the pelvic floor muscles, which may be triggered by obesity, surgery, pregnancy and labor, or constipation.

The signs and symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse can vary, depending on the organs effected and the severity of the issue. If you notice symptoms like backache or pain in the lower abdomen, feelings of pressure of fullness, urinary problems, or pain during intercourse, you should schedule an appointment with your gynecologist to discuss whether pelvic organ prolapse is behind your pain and discomfort.

For gynecologic care serving Anthem, Arrowhead, Surprise, Avondale, or Goodyear, call Desert West OBGYN at (602) 978-1500. Our offices provide a complete spectrum of women's care services, and we have been serving the Phoenix area since 1973.

Planning for Pregnancy and Delivery When You Have Diabetes

If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you will naturally have an increased likelihood of birth defects, premature delivery, miscarriage, and risks for your own health. However, you will still be able to carry out a healthy, full-term pregnancy when you take the appropriate steps to manage your health before and during your pregnancy. This article will offer an overview of what is necessary for managing diabetes to help you achieve your family planning goals.

Take control of your blood glucose before pregnancy
High blood glucose in the earliest months of pregnancy can limit your baby's development, so it is important to get your blood sugar under control before you conceive. There are some dietary changes that can help stabilize your blood glucose and ensure a healthier pregnancy overall by promoting weight loss and balanced nutrition. Ideally, you should have your blood glucose within your target range for at least six months prior to pregnancy.

Seek high-risk pregnancy care
For your prenatal care, you will want to work with an obstetrician experienced in high-risk pregnancies. Your obstetrician may be part of a larger care team, including a pediatrician, registered dietician, and diabetes educator, who will all work to help you manage the physical changes of pregnancy while keeping blood glucose under control.

Expect a more complex delivery
You may still deliver your baby naturally, though there is a risk for premature birth and delivery complications to consider. If your doctor suspects that vaginal delivery is not the safest method, you may need to have a cesarean birth to ensure the health of your newborn.

With the care of Desert West OBGYN, you can expect the attention and clinical services you need to minimize complications in every stage of your pregnancy. Our offices serve the Arrowhead, Anthem, Surprise, Avondale, Goodyear, and Litchfield communities, and you can reach us to schedule a consultation at (602) 978-1500.

Diagnosing the Causes of Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain is a problem that many women experience, because there are many different possible sources of pain in the lower abdominal region. In some cases, pelvic pain may be so severe that it disrupts daily activities, so it is important to seek gynecologic care to diagnose the condition behind your discomfort.

As this video explains, diagnosing pelvic pain may be complicated due to the structure of the reproductive and digestive organs in the lower abdomen. For the woman in this clip, endometriosis was the cause of her pain, but there are many conditions that can cause similar symptoms.

At Desert West OBGYN, we will take the time to understand your symptoms and use state-of-the-art technologies for screening and treatment to help you live pain-free. To schedule an appointment at one of our Phoenix-area offices, give us a call at (602) 978-1500.

Signs You Should See a Doctor About Your Periods

Women tend to have different experiences with their menstrual cycles depending on their age, family history, weight, and other factors. While there is a wide range of what is considered normal for your cycle, there are also a number of signs that could indicate something is wrong. Generally, any change in your menstrual cycle should be brought to the attention of your gynecologist, but there are some more specific signs to look out for that will often be caused by conditions that require treatment.

Long or heavy cycles
If you have periods that last longer than 7 days or bleeding that is very heavy (requiring you to change pads or tampons every 1-2 hours), you may have a condition like endometriosis or uterine fibroids. In some cases, excessive bleeding may be caused by stress, hormonal imbalances, obesity, or non-reproductive medical conditions, so it is important to see the doctor for an accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Bleeding between periods
Occasional spotting may not be anything to worry about, especially if you are on birth control. However, bleeding between periods can be a sign of a more serious problem, so you should not hesitate to discuss this symptom with your gynecologist.

Excessive pelvic pain
When menstrual cramps get in the way of your daily activities, it is possible to alleviate pain with certain types of birth control, pain medication, and holistic therapies. Pelvic pain that is not associated with your cycle is also a concern that you should not neglect to bring up during your next checkup.

Late-starting menstruation
Girls will start their periods at different ages, and some naturally have later periods than others. Still, if menstruation has not begun by age 15, gynecologic care may be necessary.

At Desert West OBGYN, you can find compassionate, personalized care to manage menstrual problems and increase your comfort and wellness. To find out which of our Phoenix-area offices is closest to you, give us a call at (602) 978-1500.

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