Prenatal care is an important part of maintaining a healthy pregnancy. Prenatal care includes routine visits to your Denver, CO OBGYN several times throughout your pregnancy. These visits give your doctor an opportunity to monitor the baby’s health and development, as well as your health. Partners in Women’s Health are your caring and experienced doctors for prenatal care.
Between eight and 28 weeks pregnant, prenatal visits are scheduled with your Denver OBGYN every four weeks. Between 28 and 35 weeks, visits will be scheduled every two to three weeks. From 35 weeks until birth, prenatal visits occur weekly. Several things can be checked during a routine prenatal visit, including:
- Monitoring your weight.
- Checking your vital signs, including blood pressure.
- Listening to the baby’s heartbeat.
- Measuring your abdomen.
- Gathering urine or blood samples.
- Performing an ultrasound.
- Checking to see how far you are dilated in the last few weeks.
- Diet and exercise during pregnancy can be discussed.
There are several notable visits that occur during your pregnancy. During your first visit, your medical history will be noted and a pap smear performed. An ultrasound might be scheduled around this time, or shortly after, to confirm the pregnancy and calculate a due date. At your second visit, prenatal labs are performed, as well as screening for such conditions as Cystic Fibrosis. If desired, the flu vaccine can be administered during the 16th week of pregnancy.
An additional ultrasound is performed during the 20th week to check the baby’s anatomy and development. At this time, it is possible to identify the sex of the baby, if desired. During the 28th week, you will be screened for gestational diabetes and receive a TDAP vaccine. Rhogam injections are also administered at this time for mothers who are Rh negative. A Group B Strep vaginal culture is performed during the 35th week of pregnancy.
Prenatal visits are extremely important for promoting a healthy pregnancy. Following the recommended schedule for prenatal visits allows your Denver, CO OBGYN to monitor both your health and the baby’s. Additionally, your doctor can identify potential concerns right away and address them before there is a serious problem. To schedule your first prenatal appointment with one of the caring doctors at Partners in Women’s Health, call the office at (303) 399-3315.
All women, no matter how healthy, should come in once a year for an OBGYN checkup.
While most women don’t relish a trip to see their Denver, CO, OBGYNs, this annual visit is an important part of maintaining good health. These visits can not only detect issues that you may not have even realized you had, but it’s also a great time to chat about your health, birth control options and have any of your questions or concerns answered.
What happens during an annual woman’s exam?
Whether you’ve never had an annual exam before or you haven’t visited our Denver gynecologist in a while, you may be wondering what these checkups entail and why they are so crucial. When you come in once a year you can expect:
- A breast examination
- A physical exam
- A pelvic exam
- A pap smear
- Updates to your medical history
- Updates to your medications
- Providing new prescriptions or refilling a current prescription
- Screening for other conditions (STDs)
Coming into our office, you’ll always receive comprehensive and tailored medical care. While you should be performing a breast exam on yourself once a month, this doesn’t mean that you can skip out on coming in once a year. We can detect issues that you may have missed.
Of course, there have been some changes made to how often women need to get pap smears, a test that checks for cervical cancer. As a result, women may think that they don’t need to come in once a year for a checkup, but this is far from accurate. Here are just some of the benefits of coming in each year:
STD Screening: You may not always experience symptoms of an STD but some sexually transmitted infections can cause infertility, pelvic pain, and other issues.
Getting Contraception: Most women are interested in some form of contraception, whether it’s in the form of a pill, patch, an injection or an IUD. From hormonal to non-hormonal options, we provide it all so that you can get the contraception that will fit your own personal needs.
Discussing Personal Issues: Whether you’re dealing with sexual dysfunction or domestic violence, our gynecologists are equipped to handle all of your personal and medical concerns and to provide individualized and understanding care during more challenging or difficult times.
Detecting Cancer: Pre-cancer and early stages of cancer don’t often show symptoms. Once symptoms appear, cancer may be pretty advanced. By coming in once a year we can perform the pelvic exam necessary to check for any suspicious growths or other signs of cancer.
If it’s time to schedule your annual checkup, then turn to the compassionate and gentle team at Partners in Women's Health in Denver, CO. We are here to ensure that your next visit is a comfortable and easy one for you. Call us today.
Just like puberty, every woman will eventually go through menopause. However, many women going through this important change in their lives are not well-informed about how to manage its symptoms. Luckily, your doctor can help you prepare for and understand the symptoms of menopause. Learn more with your OBGYN at Partners in Women’s Health in Denver, CO.
What is menopause?
Menopause occurs as a woman ages and includes the symptoms and changes which come before and after she ceases to menstruate. This process marks the end of a woman’s reproductive period in her life. Menopause causes a large shift in hormones due to the ovaries, which produce the hormones estrogen and progesterone, ceasing to ovulate. Menopause normally occurs around the age of 40. If menopause occurs before the age of 40, it is considered early or premature menopause.
Managing the Symptoms of Menopause
Menopause produces several tell-tale symptoms, including mood swings, fatigue, irritability, headaches, vaginal dryness, incontinence, depression and insomnia. Additionally, menopause causes the body to stop ovulating, resulting in irregular, missed and, eventually, the lack of a period. Managing these symptoms may be as simple as making certain lifestyle changes like getting more exercise to help with insomnia or avoiding things which trigger hot flashes. Some women benefit from hormone replacement therapy to help combat the symptoms of menopause. Your doctor can help you determine the best course of action to handle your menopause symptoms.
Menopause in Denver, CO
Understanding the symptoms of menopause can help you identify when it begins occurring. Since your symptoms may begin several years before menopause itself and build gradually over time, you may not notice them at first. However, your doctor can use a physical examination and certain testing procedures to determine if your body has begun the menopause process. If so, your doctor can help you determine the best way to manage your symptoms moving forward.
For more information on menopause or its symptoms, please contact your doctor at Partners in Women’s Health in Denver, CO. Call (303) 399-3315 to schedule your appointment with your OBGYN today!
Having trouble getting pregnant? We are here to help.
There are so many reasons why a couple has difficulties conceiving. Of course, why speculate about what might be going on when our Denver, CO OBGYNs are here to help? Here at Partners in Women’s Health, we are committed to providing you with compassionate fertility treatments so that you can make your dreams of being a parent a reality.
When should you be evaluated by a Denver OBGYN?
If you are under 35 years old and have been trying to get pregnant for one year, or if you are over 35 years old and haven’t gotten pregnant in six months, this is a good time to come in to see us for an evaluation.
If you have had irregular periods or a history of miscarriages and are having trouble getting pregnant then an evaluation might be able to shed some light on your fertility problems.
What goes into a fertility evaluation?
We perform extensive evaluations to understand as much as possible about both you and your partner’s medical history. We will ask you about surgeries, health problems, medications you are taking, as well as questions about your reproductive health such as STDs, miscarriages, etc. While it can feel a bit uncomfortable to discuss these things with us it’s important that you be as honest as possible so that we can provide you with the best treatment plan.
Fertility testing for women may include:
- A full physical examination
- Blood tests
- Pelvic ultrasound and exam
- A biopsy of the uterine lining
What are my fertility treatment options?
While many couples may immediately think of in-vitro fertilization (IVF), know that there are other treatment options that may be just as effective. In fact, many couples are able to successfully conceive through drugs or surgery alone.
Sometimes if there are hormonal imbalances present that are interfering with your ability to become pregnant, we may prescribe fertility medications to help balance out these hormone levels.
Intrauterine insemination may also be utilized to help the sperm successfully get to the egg. This treatment may be performed in conjunction with fertility drugs.
If an ovarian cyst, endometriosis or an obstructed fallopian tube is preventing you from becoming pregnant, surgery is often the best course of action for treating the problem. If these treatment options fail to work, or if low sperm count or other problems are causing fertility issues then IVF may be the best course of action.
Get warm, understanding care from the fertility experts at Partners in Women's Health in Denver, CO. Call us today to schedule your evaluation.
Find out who should be getting routine cancer screenings from our Denver OBGYN.
It’s important that no matter how busy life gets that you still visit our Denver, CO gynecologist, Dr. Heather Sellers, for routine checkups. Whether it’s your first visit or whether you’ve been going for years, it’s necessary that you understand the importance of these visits for maintaining good health for the rest of your life. Find out more about cancer screenings for women and how often you should be getting screened.
A cervical cancer screening should be a regular part of any woman’s health care. Women should start getting regular cancer screening around 21 years old. Of course, how often you have to visit our Denver OBGYN for these screenings will depend on many factors including your age and past medical history. Here is the one most important screenings you should be getting and how frequently you should be getting it.
A pap test is one of the most effective ways to screen for cervical cancer. Women between the ages of 21 to 65 should be getting regular screenings, as recommended by one of our women’s health doctors. On average, women between the ages of 21 and 29 should have a Pap test about every 3 years. Women 30-65 years old should typically have a Pap and HPV test every 5 years.
If you have a history of cervical cancer, a weakened immune system, or if you’ve been diagnosed with HIV, then you shouldn’t follow these same guidelines. It’s important that you talk with us about how often you should be coming in for routine cancer screenings, especially if one of these factors applies to you.
If you are a woman over the age of 65 and have had normal Pap smears for many years, or if you’ve had a total hysterectomy and had your cervix removed, then we can talk about whether or not you even need to come in for Pap tests anymore.
Partners in Women's Health prides itself on providing quality care to women throughout the Denver, CO area. Whether you have questions about getting a cancer screening or you just need to schedule your annual exam, we are always here for you and your needs.
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