Obstetrics & Gynecology

| Posted On May 04, 2017 | By:

What Is Bioidentical Hormone Therapy? Is It Safe? And Is It Right for Me?

As women age, the natural levels of hormones in their bodies – estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, to name a few – decline. In some women, this process can be more dramatic than in others and can result in a variety of symptoms including hot flashes, night sweats, difficulty sleeping, fatigue, mood symptoms, poor concentration and low sex drive.

To lessen the more severe symptoms, some women can consider hormone therapy. There has been a great deal of press over the past 10 years about “bioidentical hormone therapy”

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| Posted On Jul 18, 2016 | By:

Specialty Spotlight: Obstetrics & Gynecology at Atrius Health

From adolescence through post-menopause, the Atrius Health Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology is committed to helping women be and stay healthy through every stage of their lives. From general gynecology to a full range of obstetrical care to complex women’s health issues, our outstanding physicians, certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and medical support teams work together to provide compassionate, personal care to each woman we see.

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| Posted On Apr 01, 2016 | By:

Fertility Does Decline with Age…but There Are Options

I recently had a conversation with my 90-year-old grandmother—who had given birth to 4 children between the ages of 23 and 30 years old. She asked me what the average age of my patients was. When I replied that the average age was 37, her surprised response back to me was, “You can help a 37 year old get pregnant?!” Thankfully, the answer is a resounding yes!

As a fertility doctor,

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| Posted On Mar 16, 2016 | By:

5 Things You Need to Know about Postpartum Emotions

When I gave birth to my son in 2012, I was fortunate to enter motherhood with 5 years’ experience as an OB/Gyn nurse. However, no class or book prepared me for the whirlwind of emotions that are part of the normal postpartum experience.

Here are five emotional experiences you may not learn about in prenatal class:

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| Posted On Feb 25, 2016 | By:

5 Things You Should Know about New Motherhood

When I was pregnant with my first child, I remember feeling overly confident about the prospect of being a mother. After all, I’m a big sister to 6 siblings and an OB/GYN nurse. What else was there to know?

What I did not realize was that preparation for baby included far more than learning the “skills” of baby care and being comfortable with holding a newborn. And in hindsight, I did not stack the cards in my favor for my transition to new motherhood.

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| Posted On May 27, 2015 | By:

Treating Seasonal Allergies in Pregnancy

Spring is in full bloom…time to stock up on tissues!

The sneezing, the stuffy, runny nose, the itchy watery eyes – ugh! As if pregnancy isn’t uncomfortable enough on its own, enjoying the outdoors and those beautiful blossoms comes at a price for many women. To make matters worse, nasal congestion and difficulty breathing are already common in pregnancy due to increased blood volume and decreased lung capacity (among other changes).

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| Posted On May 12, 2015 | By:

Anxiety in Early Pregnancy: 5 Things to Know to Keep the Worry Away

Congrats, you’re pregnant! Time to…panic?!

While I wish it wasn’t so, that’s a pretty typical reaction for many women to have in those first few weeks of pregnancy. Even if you were trying to conceive and are happy about your pregnancy, it is not uncommon for women to feel slightly panicked when they see those two blue lines. Many a pregnant woman has wondered: Did I make the right decision?

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| Posted On Apr 23, 2015 | By:

Cough & Cold in Pregnancy: Comfort Measures to Comfort Mamas!

While pregnancy certainly brings many joys, there is no denying the discomforts that can accompany it as well: morning sickness, heartburn, constipation and back pain are just a few.

On top of that, pregnant women are susceptible to all the regular germs that get passed around. This reality is a double whammy: not only are you already having a hard time breathing, moving and sleeping, but add a bad cough or cold into the mix and it’s enough to make any pregnant woman want to hibernate right through spring until summer!

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| Posted On Mar 24, 2015 | By:

Endometriosis

An often painful disorder that affects millions of women, endometriosis (en-doe-me-tree-O-sis) is a condition where tissue that normally lines the uterine cavity or womb grows outside of your uterus or womb where it doesn’t belong. The clumps of tissue that grow outside your uterus are called implants.

When you have endometriosis, the implants of tissue outside your uterus act just like the tissue lining your uterus. During your menstrual cycle, they get thicker,

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| Posted On Jul 10, 2014 | By:

Flying in Pregnancy: What Every Woman Needs to Know!

Now that it’s summertime, it’s also vacation time! But what if you are pregnant?! Will that bun in the oven prevent you from jet-setting around the world?  The good news is that, for most women, occasional travel is okay if you are experiencing a healthy, uncomplicated pregnancy.  (However, if there is any question, please speak with your clinician.)

Here are some things you need to know to keep you and the baby safe:

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