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By J. Gabriel Guajardo, M.D.
April 16, 2019
Category: Pregnancy Care

A miscarriage is when a pregnancy ends within the first 20 weeks of gestation, according to the American Pregnancy Association. This miscarriagessense of loss is painful for women and can affect their emotional and psychological well being, in addition to the physical trauma that they're already enduring.

Dr. J. Gabriel Guajardo, located in Brownsville, TX, has experience when dealing with miscarriages and is here to help—read on to learn how!

 

More About Miscarriages

Miscarriage is the most common type of pregnancy loss, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Studies also show that "10-25% of all clinically recognized pregnancies will end in miscarriage," according to the American Pregnancy Association.

 

Causes of Miscarriages:

  • Hormonal problems
  • Infections
  • An unhealthy lifestyle consisting of smoking, drug use, poor diet, too much caffeine, and radiation exposure
  • Egg isn't properly implanted into the wall of the uterine lining
  • Maternal trauma, such as abuse or an accident
  • Blood clotting disorders
  • Abnormal chromosomes
  • Uterus abnormalities
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and thyroid disorders

 

Miscarriage Warning Signs

  • Back pain
  • Weight loss
  • White-pink mucus
  • True contractions every 5-20 minutes
  • Brown or bright red bleeding
  • Clot-like tissue passing from the vagina

 

Miscarriage Prevention

There are several things that can prevent a miscarriage. Try exercising daily and exposing yourself to sunlight for a healthy dose of vitamin D. It's also important to eat a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables. Taking folic acid on a regular basis will also help your health.

 

Caring for Your Unborn Child

  • Guard your abdomen against any physical trauma, even if the task doesn't necessarily seem dangerous.
  • Don't take medicine without your Brownsville doctor's consent
  • Avoid caffeine, smoking, and drinking alcohol

 

Need a Consultation?

If you have any questions or concerns about miscarriages, be sure to contact your Brownsville, TX, doctor by calling (956) 350-4821 today!

By J. Gabriel Guajardo, M.D.
April 09, 2019
Category: OBGYN
Tags: IUD   Birth Control   OBGYN  

What is an IUD?

IUDs are a form of birth control

An IUD (intra uterine device) is a temporary form of birth control for women. It is a small, plastic device that is implanted into the uterus by an OBGYN to prevent pregnancy.

How Does an IUD Work?

There are two different forms of the device - hormonal and copper. The device prevents pregnancy in several ways. The copper version prevents fertilization by targeting and killing the sperm. The hormonal version releases daily low levels of levonorgestrel, thickens the mucus produced by the cervix during ovulation and thins out the uterine lining, all of which prevent the sperm from fertilizing an egg.

Do IUDs Provide STD/STI Protection?

No. IUDs only offer protection from pregnancy, and will not protect against sexually transmitted diseases and infections. Discuss sexual activity and risk factors with your OBGYN to determine the best methods for protection and safe sex with an IUD.

Who is a Good Candidate for an Intra Uterine Device?

IUDs are safe and effective for both younger women in their teens and older women, and can be used whether or not a woman has already given birth.

Will an IUD Affect the Ability to Get Pregnant in the Future?

No. The device does not affect fertility, and the woman's ability to conceive will be the same as before the device was implanted once it is removed, according to the woman's age and individual fertility levels. Once a woman is ready to become pregnant, an OBGYN can help to establish a fertility chart to determine ovulation and the best time to conceive.

Is the Device Painful?

Some women, particularly those who have never had children, may experience some initial discomfort when it is first implanted. Over the counter pain killers like Advil or Motrin prior to insertion of the device can help to minimize any pain or discomfort during and immediately following implantation.

By J. Gabriel Guajardo, M.D.
March 19, 2019

If your OBGYN has recommended that you get a sonohysterogram done find out more about this procedure and what to expect.Sonohysterogram is performed when you don't have a menstrual cycle

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.

By J. Gabriel Guajardo, M.D.
March 06, 2019
Tags: Fibroids  

Affecting over 80 percent of women by the time they reach age 50, fibroids are abnormal uterine growths that can cause great discomfort, heavy periods, and abdominal pain. Luckily, there is a number of treatment options available to the millions of women who suffer from this condition. Read on to learn more about fibroids and how your local OBGYN can help ease your symptoms!

Fibroid Background

As mentioned above fibroids are typically non-cancerous tumors that develop within the uterine line. Although it is officially unclear on what exactly causes them to grow, experts generally agree that fibroid growth is influenced by a few factors, including hormone production, family history, a history of pregnancy, and being overweight.

While some people with fibroids report feeling no effect from their presence, other women report a range of different symptoms, such as:

  • Heavy and extended menstrual flow

  • Trouble conceiving

  • Pelvis and lower back pain

  • Frequent urination

  • Painful intercourse

  • Abdomen swelling

If you suspect that you may have fibroids, schedule an appointment with your local OBGYN to undergo a pelvic exam.

Treatment Options

Once your gynecologist has discovered the presence of fibroids, a specific treatment plan can be crafted specifically for you based on your age, your fibroid size, and the overall status of your health. Some possibilities for mild fibroids include:

  • Acupuncture

  • Yoga

  • Massage

  • Applying heat to the areas that are experiencing cramps

  • Losing weight, if you are overweight

  • Dietary changes, such as avoiding meat and high-calorie foods

For more serious cases, hormone regulating medications such as Lupron will cause your estrogen to drop, and thus cause menstrual cessation and fibroid shrinkage. If a patient’s fibroids are very large, a hysterectomy may even be in order.

Concerned? Give Us a Call!

If you suspect that you may have fibroids, don’t wait for the condition to get worse—contact your local gynecologist to seek relief and boost your health!

By J. Gabriel Guajardo, M.D.
March 04, 2019
Category: Health and Safety

Do you want to know more about what causes urinary incontinence?

The issues you have with bladder leakage or the lack of making it to the bathroom in time shouldn't be ignored. Contact J. Gabriel DoctorGuajardo in Brownsville, TX, doctor if you suspect that you may be experiencing urinary incontinence.

 

More About Urinary Incontinence:

Urinary incontinence is a loss of bladder control and a sudden urge to urinate. This common medical condition often makes it difficult to laugh or cough.

This condition occurs largely due to the loss of muscle control, which in turn, leads to the loss urination control. Consequently, your bladder will contract without warning or your sphincter muscles will no longer hold back the flow of urine as you intend them to.

Common causes of urinary incontinence include

  • Pregnancy
  • Childbirth
  • Menopause

Urinary incontinence may lead to other complications, such as:

  • Urinary tract infection
  • Constipation
  • Certain neurological disorders

There are other risk factors that don't usually result in urinary incontinence, but do make it worse, such as:

  • Gender
  • Weight
  • Other conditions

People may also suffer from temporary urinary incontinence if they've consumed,

  • Too much alcohol or caffeine
  • Certain medications and sedatives

 

Treatments for Urinary Incontinence:

If you're suffering from a mild case of urinary incontinence, you may manage by simply wearing pads and using the bathroom frequently. Kegel exercises are also one of the most popular treatment options for urinary incontinence, as they specifically strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. Other methods to improve bladder control include a lifestyle change, such as losing weight and quitting tobacco.

For more serious cases, your doctor can offer you medications, biofeedback, nerve stimulation, or pessary devices. Surgery should be the last resort but that option is available if nothing else works.

 

Need Help? Give Our Brownsville Office a Call!

You shouldn't be embarrassed by urinary incontinence. For treatment, call Dr. J. Gabriel Guajardo, in Brownsville, TX, at (956) 350-4821.





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