Posts for: November, 2017
Not sure if you need to see a gynecologist? Our Brownsville, TX, gynecologist, Dr. J. Gabriel Guajardo, shares a few reasons that you may want to make an appointment.
You're sexually active
Regular pelvic examinations and periodic pap smears are particularly important if you're sexually active. During your visit, your gynecologist can share information on the various types of birth control available and discuss any questions you may have regarding effectiveness and side effects. Pap smears can detect cervical cancer or atypical cells that may increase your risk for the cancer. Because cancer can be caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), a sexually transmitted virus, it's important to have regular pap smears if you're having sex.
You're 21 or over
If you're 21 or older, even if you're not sexually active, it's important to schedule regular visits to our Brownsville office. Yearly visits are an important part of maintaining good reproductive health.
You're concerned about a menstrual problem
Your gynecologist can diagnose the cause of heavy, absent or painful periods and provide treatments that address your symptoms. Make an appointment with our Brownsville office if your periods occur more frequently than every 21 days, last longer than a week, or if you notice spotting between periods.
You think you might be pregnant
Prenatal care is the key to a healthy pregnancy for you and your baby. Conditions that can affect your pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes or preeclampsia, can be diagnosed and treated promptly when you make gynecological appointments a priority.
You found a lump in your breast
Finding a lump can be a frightening experience, although growths and lumps are often non-cancerous. If you find a lump, experience breast pain or discharge or notice any change in the texture of the skin on your breast, it's important to schedule an appointment.
You're going through peri-menopause or menopause
Peri-menopause, the span of years leading up to menopause, can cause all sorts of unpleasant symptoms, ranging from heavy periods to hot flashes to mood swings. Your gynecologist can help you manage the symptoms that affect the quality of your life.
Gynecological visits help you protect your health. Call our Brownsville, TX, gynecologist, Dr. Guajardo, at (956) 350-4821 to schedule your appointment.
Have you been diagnosed with cervicitis? If so, chances are pretty good that you have questions about this condition. This condition, which causes inflammation of the cervix, is surprisingly common. There are many reasons why someone might develop cervicitis:
- A sexually transmitted disease (e.g. gonorrhea; genital herpes)
- Allergies (e.g. latex)
- Injury to the cervix
- Irritation (e.g. from diaphragm)
- A bacterial or hormonal imbalance
- Cancer (Rare)
Some women may have cervicitis but never even know that they have it. Some women with cervicitis may experience abdominal pain, yellow or gray discharge, vaginal itching and bleeding, painful urination or pain during sex.
What puts you at risk for cervicitis? While any woman can develop this condition you are more at risk for developing this inflammatory problem if you have multiple sexual partners, have sex without a condom or if you’ve had cervicitis in the past.
A simple swab test of the cervix is often all that’s needed to diagnose this problem. If you’ve been diagnosed with cervicitis, or if you suspect that you might have it, this is something that needs to be treated right away. Cervicitis can actually spread to other areas such as the fallopian tubes or uterus.
Cervicitis will often get worse if left untreated and can lead to other more serious complications such as infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). If you are pregnant, this condition could also put your unborn baby at risk. This is why it’s so important that you visit your OBGYN if you notice any symptoms or changes in your vaginal health that have you concerned.
Luckily, cervicitis can easily be treated with antibiotics such as doxycycline or azithromycin. Before medication is prescribed your OBGYN will also test for any sexually transmitted infections that may be causing this infection. If a sexually transmitted disease is also detected then we will need to treat that infection accordingly with further medication.
If you are pregnant, doxycycline will not be prescribed. In this situation, you will most likely be prescribed azithromycin or a cephalosporin. Again, the medicine your gynecologist decides to prescribe will be based on the cause of your cervicitis.
If in doubt, turn to your OBGYN to address all of your questions and concerns regarding cervicitis or the symptoms you are experiencing.
While being pregnant should be an exciting time, if you are dealing with diabetes then you may be worried about how this condition could impact your pregnancy or the health of your unborn child. Even before finding out you were pregnant, you should have been monitoring your blood glucose levels regularly. Of course, you will want to be diligent about checking these levels throughout your pregnancy. Having high blood glucose levels, particularly in the early stages of your pregnancy, can cause serious complications for both you and your child.
If you have diabetes and just found out you are pregnant, it’s important that you have an OBGYN that you can turn to for regular care, and to help monitor your diabetes throughout the course of your pregnancy. It’s imperative that you are taking good care of yourself and that we create a customized treatment plan for you that will ensure that both you and your baby stay healthy.
Most mothers with diabetes wonder how this condition could affect them or their baby. There are so many hormonal changes that occur during your pregnancy that can also alter your blood glucose levels in new and potentially serious ways. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve lived with diabetes, once you find out you are pregnant your obstetrician will want to determine certain lifestyle modifications such as what foods to remove from your diet and how often you should be exercising, as well as certain diabetes medications that are safe for you to use while pregnant.
Particularly in the beginning stages of your pregnancy, high blood glucose could be very dangerous for your baby and could increase your chances of a miscarriage. Later on, this could also put you at risk for a stillbirth. It can affect your child’s weight, respiration and even how early they are born. Just like diabetes can impact the health of your organs, so too can it affect and harm your child’s lungs, heart, brain, and kidneys and stunt their development.
By having an OBGYN that you can turn to and trust to answer all of your questions and address all of your concerns about diabetes, you can ensure that both you and your unborn child are healthy and happy.