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By PARTNERS IN WOMEN'S HEALTH
January 25, 2019
Category: Women's Health

Starting a family is a dream for many people, but it doesn't always feel possible for some people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.5 million women struggle with infertility in the U.S, If you are your Denver, CO, can help!

 

Want to know more about infertility?

According to the CDC, infertility is defined as a couple's inability to conceive after having unprotected sex for more than a year. A woman becomes less fertile as she ages, often making a fertility clinic necessary to help with conception.

 

What are some reasons for infertility?

A woman's fertility does decrease with age, but that's not the only reason people have difficulty getting pregnant. Other issues that can affect fertility include:

  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • Painful periods
  • Endometriosis
  • Blocked fallopian tubes
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • The occurrence of several miscarriages
  • Family history of fertility issues
  • Cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy
  • Weight and poor diet

Men may also suffer from issues:

  • Low sperm count
  • Other sperm problems issues, such as low mobility
  • Family history of testicular and/or prostate cancer
  • Cancer treatment also affects men's sperm
  • Small testicles
  • Swollen scrotum, known as varicocele

 

What are some infertility treatments available?

  • Stimulating ovulation with fertility drugs
  • Intrauterine insemination (IUI)
  • Surgery to restore fertility
  • Assistive reproductive technology
  • Timed intercourse, usually within the timeframe of ovulation
  • Medicine, such as estrogen modulators or anti-diabetic medicine
  • Fertility drugs to stimulate ovulation
  • Hormone treatment
  • Insemination of healthy sperm during ovulation
  • Surgery to correct problems like endometriosis, or blocked fallopian tubes

Other solutions involve, in vitro fertilization or IVF. This is when your doctor extracts eggs and sperm. The sperm fertilizes the egg in a lab, then implanted in a woman’s uterus to continue developing and growing.

 

What does a standard fertility evaluation consist of?

Infertility treatment depends on the cause, how long you have been infertile, your age, your partner’s age, as well as other factors, such as:

  • The results of a physical examination done at our Denver office
  • Medical and sexual histories of both partners
  • When ovulation occurs
  • A standard test called a hysterosalpingogram, which x-rays the fallopian tubes and uterus

Want to know more about infertility? Just call our Denver, CO, office at (303) 399-3315 today!

By PARTNERS IN WOMEN'S HEALTH
January 17, 2019
Category: Women's Health

Find out when it’s time to start considering fertility treatment.

Fertility Treatment ConsultationTrying to conceive isn’t always easy and if you have been trying to get pregnant for some time but haven’t be able to then you may be wondering at what point you should turn to an OBGYN in Denver, CO. Should you consider fertility treatment? If so, what fertility treatment is right for you? We understand that this can be a stressful time, and our goal as your doctor is to walk you through the process so that you know what to expect.

When to See a Doctor

Some couples may get pregnant rather quickly while others may take a bit longer. While this doesn’t necessarily mean that there is an issue you may want to turn to our Denver obstetricians for the following situations,

  • You are a woman over the age of 35: If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for over six months then it’s suggested that you visit a doctor.
  • You have irregular periods, endometriosis or polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS): there are certain conditions that can make it more difficult to conceive.
  • You have a family history of early menopause or premature ovarian failure.
  • You’ve had two miscarriages in a row: While miscarriages are common, experiencing two or more is not common. This is something that should be evaluated by a medical professional.

When should I consider fertility treatment?

This is a very personal decision and one you and your partner should discuss. Of course, while there are some people who decide to wait to consider fertility treatment it can sometimes be a benefit to the couple to come in sooner for an evaluation. It’s recommended that you come in for fertility testing if you haven’t gotten pregnant and you’ve been trying for six months to one year.

Remember, infertility can happen to anyone, no matter their age. While young couples may not necessarily choose to go down the route of fertility treatment they should consider at least getting basic fertility testing to make sure there isn’t a problem that could be treated. After all, some conditions that cause infertility can get worse over time; therefore, the sooner you seek help the better.

If you are having difficulty getting pregnant then it’s time to turn to your OBGYN in Denver, CO, to find out if fertility treatment is the next step. Call Partners in Women's Health today to schedule a consultation with us.

By PARTNERS IN WOMEN'S HEALTH
September 21, 2018
Category: Women's Health
Tags: Annual Exams  

A woman’s reproductive health is a crucial party of her overall wellness. However, many women are not fully aware of the importance of Woman's Annual Examannual well-woman examinations with their OBGYN. Luckily, the doctors and staff at Partners in Women’s Health in Denver, CO, can help you understand these preventative appointments and what they involve.

What is an annual well-woman examination? 
Well-woman examinations are yearly exams dedicated to ensuring that your reproductive health is in top condition. These exams include a physical examination, Pap smear test, and breast examination. Regular well-woman exams allow your doctor to screen for cancer and find and treat issues before they become advanced and require more invasive treatments.

What makes preventative care important? 
Preventative medical care is one of the most important aspects of your overall health. Though many people believe they should not see their doctor until they feel something is wrong, this thought could not be further from the truth. In fact, seeing your doctor regularly can catch issues like cancer early in their most treatable stages or even prevent them altogether. Regular exams also give you the chance to ask questions or address concerns you may have with your body or health.

What can I expect during a well-woman examination? 
A well-woman examination includes four main parts: an external genital examination, an internal pelvic examination, a bimanual examination, and a Pap test which screens for cervical cancer. These exams take only a few minutes and occur right in your doctor’s office. During your visit, your OBGYN will also talk to you about your sexual activity, STD testing, and other important information regarding your reproductive health.

Well-Woman Examinations in Denver, CO 
Most doctors recommend women have yearly well-woman examinations until they are 30. Then, if they have a negative Pap test for three years, they can extend their well-woman exams to every three years.

For more information on well-woman examinations or preventative care, please contact Partners in Women’s Health in Denver, CO. Call (303) 399-3315 to schedule your appointment with your OBGYN today!

By PARTNERS IN WOMEN'S HEALTH
August 03, 2018
Category: Women's Health
Tags: Menopause  

How your doctors in Denver, Colorado can helpmenopause

If you are going through menopause, chances are you are noticing some dramatic changes. These changes can often be challenging and difficult to deal with. Fortunately, your OB/GYN specialists at Partners in Women's Health in Denver, Colorado can help you get relief from the signs and symptoms of menopause.

Women typically start feeling the effects of menopause between the ages of 40 to 60. Menopause can also be induced medically from a hysterectomy. Some of the early signs and symptoms you may notice include:

  • Loss of breast fullness
  • Dry skin and thinning hair
  • Night sweats and hot flashes
  • Mood swings and sleep problems
  • Vaginal dryness and loss of libido
  • Weight gain from a slowing metabolism

You may be able to get some relief from your symptoms by practicing a few home remedies like these:

  • Limit your intake of caffeine, alcohol and spicy foods
  • Drink lots of water to stay hydrated
  • Practice meditation or yoga to keep you relaxed
  • Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight
  • Use moisturizing cream or lotion to relieve dryness

Your OB/GYN specialists at Partners in Women's Health can offer several effective treatment options to help manage menopause. They may recommend:

  • Hormone therapy to reduce hot flashes
  • Nutritional supplements to support your health
  • Estrogen topical cream to reduce vaginal dryness
  • Antidepressant medications to manage mood swings
  • Lifestyle modifications including quitting smoking
  • Diet recommendations to keep your body healthy and strong
  • Medications to prevent osteoporosis and support your bones

For more detailed information about menopause causes, symptoms and treatment, please visit the Menopause page on the website at http://www.piwhdenver.com/menopause.html

If you are going through menopause, you don’t have to suffer from annoying, unpleasant symptoms. Get some help by calling the OB/GYN specialists at Partners in Women's Health in Denver, Colorado. Find out more about managing menopause by calling today!

By PARTNERS IN WOMEN'S HEALTH
June 18, 2018
Category: Women's Health
Tags: Prenatal Visits  

The doctors at Partners in Women's Health in Denver, CO, care about providing their patients with the best prenatal care. Prenatal care is prenatal visitsof the utmost importance when it comes to a mother and her unborn child's health.

What kind of care will you find?

Your obstetrician is responsible for monitoring your health, and the development and growth of your baby. Your doctor will use a variety of tests and instruments, including:

  • Blood tests are used to find out if you're pregnant and are used throughout your prenatal visits for other reasons.
  • An antibody screen ensures there aren't any abnormal antibodies that may harm the unborn baby in general.
  • Ultrasonography is what they use to monitor the growth and development of the baby over the duration of your pregnancy.
  • Ultrasounds give the mother and doctor a visual of the fetus. An ultrasound allows obstetricians to identify issues the baby may be suffering from.
  • An immune status of a variety of diseases that may cause complications and infections to the fetus are also needed: HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B, and Rubella.

If you and your spouse are trying to get pregnant or think you may already be pregnant, then it's important to call your Denver, CO, obstetricians. They will help you with your prenatal care and any other questions or concerns you may have. Just call to make an appointment (303) 399-3315 today!