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By J. Gabriel Guajardo, M.D.
April 09, 2020
Category: Health Care
Tags: Genetic Counseling  

Whether you are pregnant or thinking about having children soon, genetic counseling can be helpful. Genetic counseling can be used to assess the possibility of the baby being born with a specific genetic condition or birth defect. Being fully informed helps parents know what to expect so they can better prepare for any special needs the baby might have. Dr. J. Gabriel Guajardo provides genetic counseling and pregnancy screenings at our office in Brownsville.

How Genetic Counseling Can Help

Whether it is done prior to becoming pregnant or during pregnancy, genetic counseling can help in several ways. Part of the process is determining the chances of conceiving a child who might be born with a specific disease, birth defect, or genetic condition. With this information in hand, genetic counseling can help parents understand what options exist so they can make an informed decision about their next steps to be best prepared to meet the needs of the baby.

Genetic testing and screening typically plays a major role in the genetic counseling process. At our clinic in Brownsville, pregnancy screenings are performed during the first and second trimesters. Part of the genetic counseling process is helping you understand the results of any tests or screenings that are performed. We can connect you with a variety of support resources for helping you understand how to raise a child with a specific genetic condition. Resources can include referrals to counseling services, advocacy networks, and other sources of support.

Reasons for Genetic Counseling

There can be several reasons why someone might seek genetic counseling. One reason is that a particular condition runs in the family. Genetic counseling can assess the likelihood of that same condition affecting any future children that are conceived. In addition to heredity, other reasons for undergoing genetic counseling include:

  • A history of infertility, miscarriages, or stillbirths
  • Family members, including other children, with a genetic condition or birth defect
  • Receiving a diagnosis during pregnancy that the baby has a genetic condition or birth defect
  • Concerns about pregnancy risks associated with a parent’s lifestyle or a health condition
  • Concerns about pregnancy risks associated with a parent’s age
  • Abnormal results from a pregnancy screening or ultrasound
  • Exposure to certain chemicals or medications during pregnancy

Genetic counseling can help parents and parents-to-be understand the chances of having a child with special needs due to a genetic condition or birth defect and plan accordingly. If you are interested in undergoing genetic counseling before or during pregnancy, contact our office in Brownsville, TX, to schedule an appointment with Dr. Guajardo by calling (956) 350-4821.

By J. Gabriel Guajardo, M.D.
April 19, 2018
Category: Health Care

There are many ways to get bladder incontinence under control.urinary incontinence

Dealing with a loss of bladder control, or urinary incontinence can be embarrassing. Being concerned that you might not be able to make it to the bathroom in time could have you avoiding certain social or professional situations. While people may assume that this problem only happens to older women, our Brownsville, TX, OBGYN Dr. J. Gabriel Guajardo is here to tell you that this happens to women of all ages for many reasons.

What causes urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence may be acute or chronic. If it’s acute, a urinary tract infection, constipation, certain medications (e.g. blood pressure or heart medications; sedatives), or certain foods or drinks could be to blame. In fact, these foods and drinks can stimulate the bladder and cause urgency:

  • Caffeine
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate
  • Spicy or acidic foods
  • Citrus fruits

If urinary incontinence doesn’t seem to go away then it could be caused by pregnancy, aging, menopause, childbirth, a urinary tract obstruction or a neurological disorder (e.g. spinal injury; Parkinson’s disease).

When to see a doctor?

It’s important to give our Brownsville, TX, gynecologist a call if:

  • You experience sudden urinary incontinence (which could be caused by a new medication or a UTI)
  • Your urinary incontinence requires you to wear a pad
  • Your urinary incontinence impacts your life

While we know that this problem can be a bit embarrassing it is an issue that many women face and it’s important to talk to us about what’s going on so that we can provide you with the individualized care and treatment you need to get this problem under control.

What are my treatment options?

The treatment or treatments that will work best for you will really depend on the cause of your urinary incontinence, which is why it’s a good idea to visit us as soon as symptoms arise so that we can provide a thorough diagnosis.

Urinary incontinence can be treated with:

  • Pelvic floor exercises
  • Medications (e.g. estrogen cream)
  • Botox (to relax the muscles of the bladder)
  • Bladder training and biofeedback
  • Surgery (if symptoms aren’t responding to any other treatment options)

No matter whether you’ve been diagnosed with urinary incontinence or think you are dealing with this problem it’s important that you have a medical team by your side to provide you with the treatment you need here in Brownsville, TX. Call us today.

By J. Gabriel Guajardo, M.D.
April 18, 2017
Category: Health Care
Tags: Endometrial Biopsy  

If your OBGYN has recently recommended an endometrial biopsy chances are you have a lot of questions. We are here to answer some of them.

If you are getting an endometrial biopsy, you may be doing as much research as possible on the subject to prepare yourself for your upcoming Endometrial Biopsyprocedure. During an endometrial biopsy your gynecologist will remove a small sample from the lining of the uterus to check for any abnormal cells that may be present, as well as study specific hormone levels. Find out more about this procedure, why it’s performed and what it could do for your health.

Why is an endometrial biopsy performed?

Your gynecologist may recommend that you get this diagnostic procedure done if you are experiencing abnormal uterine bleeding, if you are having trouble getting pregnant, or if symptoms you are experiencing may tell us that there is a potential overgrowth of the endometrial lining. This test can also be used to detect cancer.

How is an endometrial biopsy done?

The biopsy can be done right in your gynecologist’s office. Of course, the sample that we collect will be sent to a pathologist who will read the sample and provide results.

During the biopsy a speculum is placed into the vagina to open up the vaginal walls to be able to see both the cervix and vagina better. Sometimes the cervix is numbed with a local anesthetic prior to collecting the sample. We will need to collect a sample from both the cervix and the uterus. Some patients may experience some cramping (similar to menstrual cramping) during their procedure, but the biopsy will takes about 5 to 15 minutes to complete.

You may experience some bleeding or spotting after your biopsy. This is completely normal and will go away within a day or two. You may also notice some soreness for a couple days afterwards. We recommend that you avoid sex, strenuous exercise or wearing tampons until the bleeding goes away. If you notice heavy bleeding or experience pain then it’s time to call your OBGYN.

An endometrial biopsy can be a great diagnostic tool for determining the health of your uterus. Whether you are dealing with abnormal bleeding or you are experiencing other symptoms, know that you can always turn to your OBGYN specialist for care.