Pregnancy can be both exciting and scary. From prenatal visits to planning for labor, you have a lot to do and think about before baby arrives. You may be a little worried or overwhelmed by all the things you need to learn. But the good news is that you have time.
As your body changes and your baby develops, you’ll learn about different steps you can take to keep you and your baby healthy. The first step is to schedule a visit with Center for Women’s Health, if you haven’t already. Our providers will check the baby’s health (and yours), and you can ask questions.
If you think you might have a sexually transmitted infection (STI), don’t be embarrassed or afraid to see a health professional right away. Your doctor knows what to look for and how to help. Many women don’t have symptoms, but warning signs can include pain, burning, itching, sores, a change in vaginal discharge, or even fever and fatigue. Even if you start to feel better on your own, the STI has not gone away, so don’t have sex until after your appointment. Get more information on STI symptoms to watch for.
Cervical cancer can be detected with screening tests: a Pap test and a human papillomavirus (HPV) test. These can be done as part of a pelvic exam. Most doctors suggest that anyone with a cervix begin getting tested at age 21 and repeat every few years until age 65, but ask your doctor what’s right for you. Learn more about cervical cancer screenings.
Even if you’ve had a cesarean (C-section) in the past, you have choices for your next pregnancy. Many women opt for a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) because it offers a faster recovery. On the other hand, if you choose a planned C-section, you know how and when you will give birth, and you avoid problems that can come up during an unplanned cesarean. Still unsure? Answer the questions in this decision aid and get more information so you can decide which choice is right for you.
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We wanted to take a moment to address the COVID-19 pandemic. As usual, we at Women’s Center for Health follow the practice advisory of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) when it comes to caring for our patients, specifically in pregnancy. They have been keeping us up to date with the most recent information they have available as it relates to our pregnant population during this time.
What we know about COVID-19 in pregnancy is still limited, as it is changing every day. We would like to keep you abreast on the things we do know thus far.
Therefore, all pregnant women are encouraged to take all available precautions to optimize health and avoid exposure to COVID-19, including but not limited to:
- maintaining prenatal care appointments
- wearing a mask and other recommended PPE, if applicable, at work and in public
- washing hands frequently
- maintaining physical distancing
- limiting contact with other individuals as much as practicable
- maintain an adequate supply of preparedness resources including medications
Please note that pregnant patients with comorbidities such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease are likely at increased risk for severe illness, which is consistent with the general population with similar comorbidities.
On a positive note, there is currently no evidence to support that COVID-19 can cross through the placenta and route to the fetus. Please see the following link to find out what those necessary preventative measures entail.
As your healthcare team, your health and wellness of both yourself and your unborn child is our number one priority and we will change practices and procedures as we see it necessary based on the information that ACOG and the Center for Disease Control are providing to us. If you need a note indicating your need to work remotely during this time, we are happy to provide that for you.
Everyone knows that using birth control gives a woman control over when and if she becomes pregnant. What you may not know is that there are some great birth control benefits that are beyond pregnancy prevention.
More than 2,000 cases of laparoscopic intraabdominal ultrasound-guided radiofrequency ablation (Lap-RFA; Acessa® procedure, Acessa Health, Inc., Austin, TX USA) of symptomatic
myomas have been performed in the United States and internationally,1 and the procedure has been described.2 Contraception and childbearing following Lap-RFA are of great interest to patients, obstetrician-gynecologists, and reproductive endocrinologists.
News From Acessa Health – New Evidence Points to Less Invasive Management For Women Suffering from Uterine Fibroids
“Hysterectomies represent the second most common women’s surgical procedure performed annually, despite results favoring minimally invasive, outpatient, uterus-preserving treatment options”
The Next Generation Colposcope with an Advanced Cervical Scan
DySISmap is an adjunctive technology to assist colposcopy.
The DySIS Colposcope is a high-resolution digital colposcope with an adjunctive map. The DySISmap is generated by a proprietary technology that measures the aceto-whitening reaction and summarises it in the form of an intuitive map. The DySISmap is overlaid on the live image of the cervix to help with the identification of the most relevant biopsy sites.
Dr.Olson was recently featured in an article by Imaging Technology News regarding DySIS Technology. DySIS (Dynamic Spectral Imaging System) Advanced Cervical Imaging System, is a new hi-tech screening device that helps beat cervical cancer. It is currently making it’s debut in the US. [Read Full Article]
Watch the video below to learn more about how the DySIS technology works. Dr. Olson was one of the first doctors to offer this in Illinois.