Obstetrics & Gynecology

| Posted On Apr 30, 2019 | By:

Recognizing Postpartum Anxiety and Panic

You may have seen television advertisements with images of new parents looking very worried about giving their baby their first bath or doing the first diaper change. If you’re new to parenting, being nervous is expected given that your new responsibilities are often unchartered territory.

But what happens if that nervousness turns into something more debilitating? Postpartum anxiety may impact up to 17% of postpartum women. It is increasingly being recognized as a prevalent and distressing perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMAD) that warrants separate attention from the better known postpartum depression.

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| Posted On Mar 12, 2019 | By:

The Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression

For many people, the experience of having a baby is a wonderfully happy time. To prepare, soon-to-be moms read books and mommy blogs about what to expect and how to manage their new arrival. Many women are excited about their role as a new mom and want to try to be the “perfect” parent.

One thing that a lot of women are not prepared for is the mood fluctuations that can be experienced after giving birth.

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| Posted On Dec 03, 2018 | By:

When Getting Pregnant Doesn’t Happen Easily

Many women can spend up to two decades of their life trying not to get pregnant. When the time comes that they decide that they do want to have a baby, it can come as a shock that pregnancy may not happen as easily as they thought it would. Conceiving a baby is typically not as simple as just discontinuing your birth control and then getting pregnant the next month. It can take time for your body to regulate once you stop birth control pills.

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| Posted On Oct 02, 2018 | By:

National Midwifery Week 2018

National Midwifery Week is September 30th – October 6th and the theme for this year is Midwives Make A Difference. We’d like to take this opportunity to commend all of the Atrius Health midwives for their ongoing commitment to our patients and practice.

Choosing and receiving care from a midwife has remained an option for Atrius Health patients since 1990. Midwives provide safe, comprehensive, and culturally sensitive care throughout a woman’s life.

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| Posted On Aug 22, 2018 | By:

What You Need to Know about Breast Health

As a radiologist and a breast imaging expert, I am thrilled about the amount of solid study and research into breast health that is occurring these days. But with so many studies and so much data, the “latest news” can sound as if it contradicts the previous news, and women are understandably confused. I worry that women may not seek the care they need when they need it. Good breast care is a 3-part process: doing your own breast exam once a month,

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| Posted On Aug 06, 2018 | By:

What is Infertility, and How Can a Reproductive Endocrinologist Help?

Dr. Christine Skiadas is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist and a subspecialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, or a reproductive endocrinologist. She practices at our Harvard Vanguard locations in Boston (Kenmore Square), Burlington, and Quincy and works with a broad population of patients, many of whom are trying to get pregnant. The following interview with Dr. Skiadas was conducted by Pamela DeGregorio and originally published on the Ovia Health blog.

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| Posted On Jan 23, 2018 | By:

Keep Your Cool – Help for Hot Flashes

If you’re a woman, chances are pretty good you’ve at least heard about hot flashes. Maybe you have experienced them yourself or you know someone who has them. Hot flashes are one of the more common symptoms of perimenopause and menopause – and they can be rather inconvenient. One minute you’re freezing cold, the next minute you’re burning up and stripping down to a tank top. They can happen during the day, or they can wake you up in the middle of the night.

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| Posted On Oct 03, 2017 | By:

National Midwifery Week 2017

National Midwifery Week is October 1 – 7, 2017, and the theme for this year is Making Strides for All Women. We’d like to take this opportunity to commend all of the Atrius Health midwives for their ongoing commitment to our practice.

Receiving care from a midwife has been an option for Atrius Health patients since 1990, and many of our patients have selected to receive personal and individualized obstetric and gynecological care from our midwives from adolescence through menopause.

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| Posted On Aug 07, 2017 | By:

Treating Painful Intercourse During Menopause

Hot flashes, weight gain, difficulty sleeping – these are all commonly discussed issues that women encounter during perimenopause and menopause. Painful intercourse is something women may be a bit more hesitant to discuss, but they shouldn’t be because it’s a problem that many women experience during this transitional time in their life. The fact is, as we age, our skin collagen decreases and this can lead to less cushioning between the skin and our pelvic bones as well as a decrease in lubrication.

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| 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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