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    Common Causes of Infertility

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Conception is a complex process, and there are many potential issues that can interfere with it. For example, female infertility may be caused by blocked fallopian tubes, which prevents sperm from contacting an egg. A woman may experience ovulation problems, such as the failure of the ovaries to release an egg. Underlying medical issues may sometimes be to blame, including endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

    Women can hear more about the potential causes of infertility by watching this video. This fertility expert discusses the importance of sperm count and sperm motility for egg fertilization. The gynecologists and obstetricians at Desert West OBGYN provide compassionate women’s services to those in the Glendale, Estrella, and Arrowhead areas. Women may reach our gynecology office by calling (602) 457-6459. You may also visit our website to learn more about the services we provide.

    Female Infertility: Causes, Treatment Options, and Support

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Women who have been trying to conceive a child without success may consider visiting a gynecologist to discuss the issue. Gynecologists often work with women who struggle with infertility. They can conduct physical examinations and evaluate medical histories to determine the possible causes of female infertility. Women may also work with a gynecologist to learn about fertility treatment options and resources for emotional support.

    Possible Causes

    A gynecologist may determine that a woman’s infertility is due to ovulation problems. Hormonal disorders such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) may interfere with the release of eggs from the ovaries. Uterine abnormalities such as fibroids may prevent an egg from implanting onto the uterine wall. Endometriosis is another common cause of female infertility. It involves the abnormal growth of endometrial tissue outside the uterus. Other possible causes of female infertility include premature ovarian insufficiency, cancer, cancer treatments, hyperthyroidism, and hypothyroidism.

    Treatment Options

    Infertility treatment is often based on the underlying cause of the problem. For example, a doctor might resolve uterine fibroids by removing them via a surgical procedure. Hormonal problems that cause ovulation disorders may be treatable with fertility drugs. Other women might consider a fertility procedure such as intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF). For some, the use of donor eggs and a surrogate may be an option.

    Emotional Support

    Infertility can inflict considerable emotional stress on a woman and her partner. Often, the uncertainty of the outcome is difficult to bear. Gynecologists may advise women to decide in advance how many cycles of fertility treatments they are willing to undergo, after which they might consider adoption or surrogacy. It’s also advisable for women to reach out for emotional support via support groups or professional counselors. Stress reduction techniques may be helpful, such as meditation and writing in a journal.

    The gynecologists and obstetricians at Desert West OBGYN provide infertility diagnostics to those in the Glendale, Arrowhead, and Peoria areas. Our healthcare providers work with both partners to determine the possible causes, discuss tracking ovulation, and explain treatment options. You may schedule a visit with a gynecologist or obstetrician by calling (602) 457-6459.

    Medical Symptoms a Woman May Experience During Pregnancy

    Last updated 19 days ago

    Pregnancy brings about many changes in a woman’s body, including health issues such as backaches, constipation, and yeast infections. Since a growing fetus can be susceptible to certain medications and treatments, women are often advised to consult an obstetrician before taking drugs. An obstetrician may recommend increased water intake for constipation. A fiber supplement and gentle, daily exercise can also be helpful.

    Yeast infections are common during pregnancy. Gynecologists typically recommend using Monistat or a similar yeast infection medication. However, the applicator should only be inserted halfway. If the symptoms do not resolve within several days, a gynecologist should be consulted. Backaches are another common symptom among pregnant women because of the added weight in the abdominal region. A gynecologist may recommend exercises to strengthen the back. Women can also apply a heating pad and see a massage therapist who specializes in pregnancy massage.

    Women in the Arrowhead, Anthem, Glendale, and Estrella areas who experience issues during pregnancy are encouraged to see an obstetrician at Desert West OBGYN. Appointments at our gynecology office are available by calling (602) 457-6459. You may also schedule an appointment with Desert West OBGYN online. 

    What Future Mothers Should Know About High-Risk Pregnancies

    Last updated 24 days ago

    Being diagnosed with a high-risk pregnancy might sound alarming for some women. Although having a high-risk pregnancy does indicate an elevated risk for health problems for both mother and child, it does not automatically mean that these health problems will occur. Women can consult their obstetricians to learn exactly why they’ve been diagnosed with a high-risk pregnancy. Obstetricians can advise women as to special precautions to take during pregnancy, which can reduce the risk of health complications.

    What Is a High-Risk Pregnancy?

    A high-risk pregnancy is diagnosed when the mother has a pre-existing medical condition or develops a health problem during pregnancy. These issues may increase the risk of further health complications. Some common reasons why a high-risk pregnancy might be diagnosed include high blood pressure, diabetes, or kidney problems. Cancer, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), autoimmune disorders, and a history of pregnancy complications are other possible reasons. Additionally, women who are under the age of 18 or over the age of 35 are automatically considered to have a high-risk pregnancy. The same is true of women who are obese or underweight.

    What are the Possible Complications?

    Many women with a high-risk pregnancy go on to have healthy babies. However, sometimes complications can develop, such as preeclampsia. This refers to health problems of the liver, kidneys, and brain due to high blood pressure during pregnancy. A woman with a high-risk pregnancy also runs the risk of preterm labor and placenta previa.

    What does Prenatal Care Involve?

    Obstetricians typically advise women with a high-risk pregnancy to visit the gynecology office for more frequent prenatal checkups. Women may undergo additional ultrasounds, urine tests, and blood pressure checks. Additionally, they may consider having more tests, such as chorionic villus sampling. Women with health conditions such as hypertension or gestational diabetes should work carefully with a healthcare provider to manage their health.

    Women with a high-risk pregnancy can find the answers they’re looking for at Desert West OBGYN. Our gynecologists and obstetricians have been caring for patients in the Arrowhead, Estrella, and Glendale areas since 1973. You can call our gynecology office at (602) 457-6459 to ask about our services or to arrange an appointment with one of our on-staff OBGYNs.  

    Desert West Welcomes New Nurse Practitioner!

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Military veteran Peggy Gallup, DNP, WHNP-C has joined Desert West. A graduate of the United States Air Force School of Health Care Science, Peggy received a certificate as an Obstetrical and Gynecological Nurse Practitioner. She earned a Master of Science Degree in Parent/ Child Nursing from East Carolina University in Greenville and a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree from Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, Kentucky.

    A teacher at heart, Peggy is an instructor in the University of Phoenix nurse practitioner program. She is nationally certified and sees patients at both the Arrowhead and Eugie offices.

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