Obstetrics & Gynecology

| Posted On Dec 06, 2021 | By:

How to Choose a Prenatal Vitamin

Dr. Lilja Stefansson, OB/GYN at Atrius Health, answers sensitive questions with straightforward answers.

Dear Dr. Stefansson, I am trying to get pregnant, and my doctor told me to start a prenatal vitamin. I went to the pharmacy to purchase a bottle, but I ended up so overwhelmed that I left without buying anything! Please help! – PuzzledByPrenatals

Hi PuzzledByPrenatals, you are not alone!

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| Posted On Nov 05, 2021 | By:

What to Know About Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common, uncomfortable infections that can happen in any part of the urinary system, including the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Anyone can develop a UTI, but they are more common in women. About one in five women will experience a UTI in their lifetime, and many will have repeat infections. Although symptoms are often uncomfortable, several treatment options are available to speed recovery and prevent future infections.

Some women are at a higher risk of developing a UTI,

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| Posted On Sep 14, 2021 | By:

Your Teen’s First Visit to the Gynecologist

Dr. Lilja Stefansson, OBGYN at Atrius Health, answers sensitive questions with straightforward answers.

Dear Dr. Stefansson, my daughter is 13 years old and recently started her period. When does she need to have her first gynecology visit? – GrowingUp2Fast

Dear GrowingUp2Fast, this is an excellent question, and I wish I heard it more often! The adolescent years can be a challenging time where our kids are “not really children,

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| Posted On Jul 12, 2021 | By:

Contraceptive Failure? Your Emergency Contraception Options

Dr. Lilja Stefansson, OBGYN at Atrius Health, answers sensitive questions with straightforward answers.

Q: Dear Dr. Stefansson – I am freaking out. The condom ripped the other night during sex. Right now is not a good time for a pregnancy. Help! – “NotReady”

A: Dear “NotReady,” oh goodness! You experienced what is called a “contraceptive failure.” This happens when the birth control you are using literally fails you in your efforts not to procreate.

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| Posted On Jun 17, 2021 | By:

You’re Tracking Everything Else, Why Not Your Fertility?

So many people I know are tracking step counts, sleep cycles, nutrients and what they eat, heart rates, and more. However, most of the women I talk with have never learned that their bodies have observable, trackable signs of fertility. There is so much more than just the date of the last menstrual period. Knowing and using these signs can help women and their partners either avoid or achieve pregnancy, no added chemicals needed! Tracking these signs can also help women notice changes in their health earlier and seek care if needed.

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| Posted On Jun 03, 2021 | By:

Considering Contraception? You Have Long-Acting Options.

Contraceptives have existed for thousands of years. In ancient Greece and Rome, the use of a plant called silphium (found only in a small region of Libya) was so popular as a method of birth control that over-cultivation resulted in its extinction. In ancient Egypt, a concoction of crocodile dung (ew!) and sour milk was developed, which was then placed into the vagina to prevent pregnancy. You really do not want to get pregnant to come up with that!

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| Posted On Apr 21, 2021 | By:

Eating Fish During Pregnancy

One of the myths that I hear the most from my patients is that fish is not a good food to eat during pregnancy, which cannot be further from the truth.

Fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, including DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which is essential for brain development during pregnancy and early childhood. Fish also contains protein and many other vitamins and minerals such as vitamins D and B2 (riboflavin), calcium,

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| 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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