Posts for: July, 2017
Dr. Gabriel Guarjardo and his staff can help manage your health from pregnancy to childbirth. They provide a variety of obstetric services to help you and your baby remain healthy throughout the pregnancy. Whether you have a normal pregnancy or one that is high risk, rely on Dr. Guarjardo and his staff for all your prenatal care needs during your pregnancy in Brownsville, TX.
A variety of obstetric services are provided to help manage your pregnancy in Brownsville. Obstetric services and prenatal care includes regular checkups, diagnostic and laboratory testing, ultrasounds, genetic counseling and amniocentesis testing. Other aspects of prenatal care include advice and guidance regarding diet and exercise, as well as help developing a birth plan. These things can be discussed during your regular checkups, which include:
- Collecting a urine sample to test for signs of gestational diabetes, preeclampsia or other conditions.
- Monitoring your weight throughout the pregnancy.
- Measuring the circumference of your growing belly.
- Checking your blood pressure throughout the pregnancy.
- Checking the baby’s heartbeat.
- Performing ultrasounds to establish an approximate due date and check the baby’s development.
High Risk Pregnancy Management
Some pregnancies are at high risk for complications. Dr. Guajardo and his staff are fully equipped to manage high risk pregnancies. Some reasons why your pregnancy might be considered high risk and require special care include:
- Carrying multiple babies
- Pregnancy at an older age
- History of miscarriages
- History of pre-term delivery
- Placental problems
- Cervical insufficiency
- High blood pressure
- Gestational diabetes
- Pre-existing diabetes
Managing your health from pregnancy to childbirth is important for both you and your developing baby. From laboratory testing to ultrasounds, our staff provides the highest quality comprehensive care for your and your baby throughout your pregnancy in Brownsville, TX. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Guarjardo, call the office at (956) 350-4821.
Getting a pelvic exam can be nerve-wracking, especially if this is your first visit, but knowing what to expect when you step foot in our office can help take away some of the anxiety. If you are feeling a bit nervous, don’t worry. We are here to provide you with all the information you could ever need regarding your next pelvic exam.
What is a Pelvic Exam?
A pelvic exam is a normal part of a woman’s routine gynecological exam. During the pelvic exam, a gynecologist will examine the reproductive organs to check for any potential signs of infection or other potential issues. Sometimes a Pap smear is also performed during your visit. During a Pap smear, we will remove some cells from the cervix to check for any cancerous or precancerous cells. Early detection is important, as it often makes treating health conditions much easier.
Besides a pelvic exam sometimes your gynecological visit may include:
- A discussion about your medical history
- A breast exam
- STD testing
Who Should Get a Pelvic Exam?
Unless you are facing a health issue, most women can start getting a pelvic and breast exam by the age of 21. Even before a pelvic exam, it’s recommended that women get annual gynecological visits. Especially during a time where a young woman’s body is changing so drastically it’s sometimes helpful to have a doctor to turn to for questions about birth control, bodily changes, sexual health, etc.
When you come in for your first exam we will also tell you how often you should come in for care. A lot will depend on your medical history. If you’ve had abnormal Pap smear results, past sexual health problems, a family history of gynecological cancers or a sexually transmitted disease then you may need to come in more regularly.
For the sake of your health, getting a pelvic and breast exam should at least be an annual visit that you don’t miss. These visits are vitally important for your health and it's truly the best way to detect any health issues as early as possible.
While we understand that receiving an annual exam may not be at the top of your to-do list, it is important to make sure that you continueto have good health as you age. Your Brownsville, TX gynecologist, Dr. J. Gabriel Guajardo, can provide a well-woman exam that makes sure you maintain your health.
More about Well Woman Annual Exams
Annual gynecological exams are important for many reasons, the most important is to diagnose any abnormalities as early as possible. The sooner one begins treatment, the better your chances of managing or recovering from a condition. By going in for annual exams, you can catch an issue or complication before it has advanced into something more serious.
According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, they recommend girls as early as 13 be checked out. However, their exams won’t be comprehensive until most later. Generally, once a woman has menstruated they should be examined regularly. Pelvic exams and pap smears won’t begin till around age 21 unless a woman is sexually active prior to this age. Women are always encouraged to see a Brownsville gynecologist such as Dr. Guajardo sooner than later if they have a concern about their health.
At an annual exam, your health history will be taken as well as measurements and vital signs including height, weight, heart rate, temperature and blood pressure. The doctor will examine your body. Depending on the actual exam, they may examine your breasts feeling for lumps or abnormalities and the pelvis, whether manually or with a Pap Smear.
It is important to find a knowledgeable OB/GYN such as our Brownsville, TX gynecologist, Dr. Guajardo. This is because these annual tests can be invasive and you will want to work with a doctor that you plan to see annually. If you have any questions about the exam, contact our office at 956-350-4821. We can help you to schedule an appointment as well.
If your OBGYN has recommended that you get a sonohysterogram done find out more about this procedure and what to expect.
Are you dealing with abnormal between-cycle bleeding, infertility or repeated miscarriages? While ultrasounds are often the first diagnostic test performed, if an ultrasound has come back normal and you’re still experiencing symptoms, then a gynecologist may recommend getting a sonohysterogram.
What can a sonohysterogram detect?
This procedure still uses an ultrasound to examine the inside of the uterus, but instead of just an ultrasound a saline solution is administered in the uterus beforehand. By injecting this solution inside the uterus we can obtain more details of the uterus that you wouldn’t be able to see with a regular ultrasound alone. A sonohysterogram can often be performed right in your gynecologist’s office and it usually takes about 15 minutes to complete.
When will a sonohysterogram be performed?
For obvious reasons this procedure will be performed when you don’t have your menstrual cycle, since bleeding could make it more difficult to see the uterus. This test isn’t performed on women who are pregnant or could be pregnant, as well as women with pelvic infections.
What should I expect from my procedure?
During the first portion of your treatment we will perform a regular transvaginal ultrasound. Then the solution will be injected into the uterus, and the ultrasound will be performed again.
After your procedure it is normal to experience some slight cramping and spotting, but most women are able to return to their normal activities the very same day as their procedure. But if you are having any symptoms that are concerning, you need to call your OBGYN.
If you are dealing with unusual uterine bleeding or having fertility issues, it’s certainly time to talk to a OBGYN specialist who can help provide you with the answers you need.