Posts for category: Women's Health Care
Here’s when you should get an STD test,
You are noticing symptoms
You have a new partner
You aren’t practicing safe sex
You have multiple partners
It’s a good rule of thumb to get tested at least once a year since many STDs do not produce any symptoms at all, so you could have an STD and not even know it. If you need to schedule an STD test, your OBGYN can often provide you with comprehensive testing right here in their very own office. This is a great option for many women because they have already established a rapport with their doctor and may feel more comfortable undergoing a more sensitive procedure such as an STD screening with a gynecologist they know and trust. Knowing your health status doesn’t just protect you, it also protects your partner.
Find out when you may want to speak with an OB/GYN about your fertility options.
Are you and your partner having trouble getting pregnant? No matter whether you’ve been trying for about a year or you are trying a bit later in life, there are many reasons why a couple may choose to come into our office to undergo a fertility evaluation from our Brownsville, TX, OBGYN Dr. Gabriel Guajardo. This evaluation can often pinpoint the reason or reasons why you are having trouble getting pregnant.
What does a fertility evaluation entail?
Many people who come into our office are concerned about not getting pregnant. These evaluations can shed light and often ease concerns that a couple may have regarding fertility. Some factors that we will need to consider when evaluating a woman’s fertility include her age and physical health.
A fertility evaluation will include time spent talking with the doctor and going through your medical history, as well as a comprehensive medical exam and any testing required to check the health and function of the reproductive system. Once our Brownsville, TX, OB/GYN is able to find out what’s going on, he can develop a custom fertility treatment plan.
When should I consider a fertility evaluation?
Getting pregnant can take time, and you don’t need to rush into our office if you’ve only been trying for a couple of months; however, if you haven’t gotten pregnant within one year of actively trying or if you’re over 35 years old and haven’t gotten pregnant within six months of trying it’s a good idea to see an OBGYN for an evaluation.
What are my infertility treatment options?
This is something that your doctor can discuss more in-depth with you during your evaluation. The treatment options available to you will depend on the root cause of infertility. Common forms of infertility treatment include,
- Fertility medications (prescribed to women who don’t ovulate regularly)
- Hormone injections
- Surgery (to treat blockages or other damage to the reproductive organs)
- Intrauterine insemination (IUI)
- In vitro fertilization (IVF)
Want to discuss your fertility treatment options with our Brownsville, TX, team? If so, call our office today at (956) 350-4821 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gabriel Guajardo.
- Carbonated drinks
- Artificial Sweeteners
- Spicy, sugary, or acidic foods
- Chili peppers
- Blood pressure and heart medications
- Muscle relaxants and sedatives
Dealing with bladder control problems? We can help.
Urinary incontinence is more common than you might realize. In fact, up to 50 percent of women experience urinary leakage at some point during their lifetime, with up to 20 percent dealing with regular and uncomfortable leakage. While this is often a normal part of growing older, there are certain conditions and issues that could also be to blame. Our Brownsville, TX, gynecologist, Dr. Gabriel Guajardo, and his team can provide several strategies to improve urinary leakage.
Causes of Urinary Incontinence
There are many reasons you may be dealing with urinary incontinence. Some of these problems can easily be treated to help eliminate bladder leakage. Some of these causes include:
- Certain medications
- Urinary tract infections
- Growths or polyps within the bladder
- Abnormalities in the urinary tract
- Muscle dysfunction caused by muscular disorders or childbirth
It’s important for our Brownsville, TX, OBGYN to be able to determine the root cause of your urinary incontinence in order to create an effective treatment plan.
Treating Urinary incontinence
There are certain measures you can take to improve your symptoms. These lifestyle adjustments include:
- Performing pelvic floor exercises to strengthen weakened muscles of the pelvic floor after childbirth or due to aging
- Managing how much water you drink throughout the day to reduce leakages
- Avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and carbonated beverages
- Avoid drinking water about 3-4 hours before bedtime
- Losing weight if overweight or obese
- Retraining your bladder
If you are unable to control your urinary incontinence through lifestyle changes and at-home care then our gynecologist can provide other treatment options including,
- Medication: There are certain prescription medications such as tricyclic antidepressants that can help the bladder to relax, which improves how much urine the bladder can hold and prevents leakage.
- Botox: These same injections that are used to relax the muscles of the face for cosmetic enhancements can also relax the bladder and improve urinary incontinence.
- Catheters: Your doctor may recommend using a catheter to help empty your bladder. This may be used for women dealing with stress incontinence.
- Electrical Nerve Stimulation: If medication, medical devices and other methods haven’t been effective then electrical nerve stimulation may be used to alter the reflexes of the bladder to improve bladder control.
Schedule an Online Appointment with Us!
Dr. Guajardo and his OBGYN staff know that it’s important for women to be able to have access to gynecological and obstetric care and treatment. During the pandemic, our goal is to keep our patients healthy and safe. We are offering teleconference appointments via your Healow app (which you probably already use to access your medical records).
Whether you have concerns about urinary incontinence, fertility treatments, menopause treatments, or questions about your pregnancy, schedule a telemedicine visits with us by calling (956) 350-4821.
Know when to schedule your first appointment with an OBGYN.
Whether you think you might be pregnant or you already received a positive at-home test result, not only do you want to confirm that you have a new bundle of joy on the way but also that you and the baby are getting the proper care from the very beginning.
When should I schedule my first prenatal visit?
As soon as you find out that you are pregnant it is important that you schedule an appointment with an OBGYN. In most cases, your first prenatal appointment will happen at around 8 weeks. If you have certain health conditions or are experiencing any symptoms such as vaginal bleeding or abdominal discomfort then you may come in sooner. Even if this isn’t your first pregnancy you should still come in for regular prenatal appointments.
The first prenatal appointment is one of the most important visits and so it can often take longer. This is a time for us to sit down with you and get to know you better. Think of the first appointment as establishing rapport with our OBGYN team. After all, we will be with you throughout your pregnancy so we want you to be comfortable and happy with the care you are receiving.
What will happen during my first appointment?
We will need to go through your detailed medical history, which can include everything from any gynecological issues you might have to drug allergies, chronic health problems, or medications you are currently taking. We will also need to discuss any habits that could affect your pregnancy such as smoking or drinking.
We will also talk to you about the different genetic tests available to you throughout the course of your pregnancy. These tests can be a great way to screen for certain birth defects or genetic disorders like Down syndrome. We will discuss in detail the screenings tests that you can choose to have.
A physical and pelvic exam will also be performed during your first visit. We will also need to take a sample of blood to test for any undiagnosed health conditions or STDS. A urinary sample will also be taken to check for urinary tract infections (UTIs) or other issues.
Of course, during this appointment and any subsequent visits you have, we want you to know that if you have any questions or concerns that you shouldn’t hesitate to ask us. We can provide you with tips, advice, and support throughout this exciting and whirlwind time in your life to make sure that your pregnancy goes as smoothly as possible.
Your obstetrician is here to provide you with the care, treatment and education you need to help navigate your pregnancy. We provide comprehensive maternal fetal medicine to ensure that you and your baby get the care you both deserve during this exciting time.