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By Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates
August 26, 2021
Tags: Infertility  

Are you ready to start a family or expand the one you have but can't conceive? Dr. Richard Williams at Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates can help you with infertility issues in San Dimas, CA.
 

What is infertility?

When a man or woman is not able to conceive a child while having regular unprotective sex for a year, that person may be dealing with infertility. However, a woman over 35 may be infertile if she has not conceived during six months of regular sex.

Infertility also includes having several miscarriages- the inability to carry a child to term after conception.
 

How Do I Treat Infertility?

According to the CDC study, about 12% of women aged 15 to 44 years in the United States have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term.

Patients dealing with infertility in San Dimas, CA, should consult their OBGYN. When you visit our office, we will test your overall health and screen your reproductive ability. Based on the results, we may have to do surgery or prescribe medication.

Some treatments may involve :

  • Hormone therapy
  • Surgery for endometriosis
  • Surgery for swollen veins in the scrotum
  • Det recommendations
  • Ovulation stimulation
  • Repair fallopian tubes
  • Fibroid removal
  • In vitro fertilization 

How Can I Prevent Infertility?

A woman dealing with weight issues - such as obesity, malnutrition, or being underweight, may have problems conceiving. Endometriosis and uterine fibroids are painful and affect the reproductive organ's ability to carry a child. While more older women are having children today, it is much harder to conceive as a women advances in age past 35. 

Men may have unhealthy sperm or a low sperm count. Your sperm health may get damaged by poor lifestyle habits such as smoking, drugs, alcohol abuse. 

STDS ( sexually transmitted diseases) can also affect the sperm or uterus- and the health of a conceived child. According to the CDC, (PID) Pelvic inflammatory disease is often caused by contracting Chlamydia and gonorrhea. Chlamydia causes fallopian tube infection. 

For both genders, a healthy lifestyle is one of the main ways an individual can control their fertility. However, it may not be something you can prevent. If you suffer a major injury to your reproductive organs or need to have them removed - such as a hysterectomy,  you will need to find an alternative to conceiving a child. 

Problems with conceiving a child can put a great deal of stress on a couple. Call (909) 599-8677 and let Dr. Richard Williams at Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates help you treat your infertility in San Dimas, CA, today.

By Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates
July 26, 2021
Tags: Menopause   Osteoporosis  
OsteoporosisMenopause occurs when a woman no longer has her period for a full year. While menopause can occur in a woman’s 40s, these days the average age is 51 for women in the US. With the drop in estrogen production that occurs with menopause, many women experience hot flashes, vaginal dryness, night sweats, and other unpleasant symptoms. Of course, another concern that OBGYNs have for menopausal women is the onset of osteoporosis, a condition that causes a weakening of the bones.

Osteoporosis can happen to anyone

You don’t have to have a family history of bone disease to be impacted by osteoporosis. While a family history of bone disease can certainly put you more at risk, we also see many otherwise healthy women develop osteoporosis during their perimenopausal and menopausal years.

Other risk factors for osteoporosis include:
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoking
Menopause increases your risk for osteoporosis

While not all menopausal women will develop osteoporosis, one in two postmenopausal women will have osteoporosis. This is because estrogen protects the bones, and as estrogen production drops this also increases the chances for osteoporosis. It’s also important that women during this stage of life are getting enough calcium to keep their bones healthy.

If you aren’t sure that you are incorporating enough calcium into your diet, it’s important to talk with your OBGYN about whether or not to supplement. The body also needs enough vitamin D to absorb calcium, and with the number of Americans with vitamin D deficiency and suboptimal levels, it’s also important that you have your vitamin D levels checked regularly to make sure you are getting enough.

There are preventive measures you can take now

Most women assume that once they have osteoporosis there is nothing they can really do to prevent permanent damage. This is simply not true! Ways of strengthening and supporting good bone health include:
  • Getting regular exercise that includes weight-resistance training
  • Eating a healthy diet that includes enough calcium and vitamin D, as well as protein, magnesium, vitamin C, and vitamin K
  • Quitting smoking, if you are currently a smoker
  • Limiting alcohol consumption or avoiding it altogether
If you are at a higher risk for developing osteoporosis, you’ll want to talk with your OBGYN about the possible benefits of medications that can help to either prevent or manage osteoporosis.

If you are experiencing symptoms of menopause, you must have an OBGYN that you can turn to for care, support, and answers during this time. An OBGYN can also provide you with the right treatment options to help prevent and manage osteoporosis.
By Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates
June 14, 2021
Tags: Amenorrhea  
AmenorrheaWhile everything from stress to overexercising could lead you to skip a period, if you begin missing multiple periods you may be wondering what’s going on. Could you be dealing with amenorrhea? Primary amenorrhea occurs if a teen girl hasn’t gotten her period by age 15. Secondary amenorrhea occurs in women who have missed three periods in a row despite having had their period regularly in the past. If you have missed several periods in a row, it’s important to talk with your OBGYN to find out what might be affecting your cycle.
 
What causes amenorrhea?

Pregnancy is one of the most common reasons a woman stops getting her period; however, it’s certainly not the only reason. Some of the reasons why a woman may suddenly stop having periods include,
  • Low body weight
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Stress
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Eating disorders
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Certain chronic health problems such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Certain medications (e.g. birth control)
If a young woman has not had her period by the age of 15 it’s important to bring her to the OBGYN for an evaluation. The same applies if you don’t have a period for three months. By talking with your OBGYN and going through your medical history, they can determine whether an underlying health issue could be the cause. They will also ask you a variety of questions about your health, diet, and lifestyle. Imaging tests and blood work may be necessary to check hormone levels and to detect PCOS.

Your gynecologist can treat conditions such as PCOS and primary ovarian insufficiency through hormone therapy and lifestyle changes; however, if your condition is due to thyroid problems or other health issues, your gynecologist may recommend seeing a specialist or your primary doctor to treat these conditions.
 
Can you still get pregnant?

You may be surprised to discover that women can still get pregnant even if they aren’t having regular periods. This is why it’s important to talk with your OBGYN about birth control options if you are sexually active and are not planning to become pregnant.
 
Your OBGYN is going to be your go-to for all sexual health concerns. No matter whether you are dealing with missed periods, heavy periods, or you want to talk birth control, your OBGYN is going to be the doctor you’ll turn to for care, treatment, and answers.
By Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates
February 23, 2021

Menopause is not the end of womanhood, but a transition into another phase of it. One that does not come without its set of challenges. Luckily, it's not a journey for which you have to embark on your own. To learn more reach out to Dr. Richard Williams of Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates in San Dimas, CA.
 

Understanding Menopause
 

Menopause marks the natural transition out of the reproductive stage of every woman. Most encounter it in their early 50s but several factors, including genetics and certain types of medical intervention, can alter when it occurs.
 

Although menopause is understood to have officially begun after the absence of a menstrual cycle for a year, its symptoms are often present years before its onset, during a period known as perimenopause.
 

Irregular periods begin to manifest during this time as well as the more commonly associated symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, disturbance of sleeping habits, and mood swings. Menopause itself brings about other discomforts, like vaginal dryness, frequent urination, and depression, among others.
 

Menopause cannot be halted but its various physical symptoms can be addressed with lifestyle changes and, of course, the support and guidance of your OBGYN.
 

Treating Its Symptoms
 

Improvements to your diet and exercise routines can help mitigate some of the more concerning effects menopause has on your body. Helping to prevent also the more damaging complications associated with these.
 

Among the most damaging habits you can curb is smoking. It's been shown to quicken the onset of menopause as well as complicate it by affecting its already bothersome symptoms. Not to mention the inherent health hazards of tobacco itself.
 

But you don't have to do manage it on your own. Your doctor can help you develop health strategies as well as intervene through medication and treatments like hormone therapy.
 

OBGYN in San Dimas, CA
 

To explore what resources are available to you make an appointment today with Dr. Williams of Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates in San Dimas, CA, by dialing (909) 599-8677.

By Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates
February 22, 2021
Tags: Ovarian Cysts  
What Are Ovarian CystsIf you are a woman, then chances are fairly good that you’ve had an ovarian cyst before. Maybe even several already; however, it’s also just as likely that you didn’t even know it. It’s common for cysts, or fluid-filled sacs, to develop in or on the ovaries. This is a very common condition for women during their reproductive years, and it’s typically not anything to worry about. From the office of your OBGYN, here’s what you should know about ovarian cysts.
 
What are the signs and symptoms of an ovarian cyst?

Many ovarian cysts are too small to cause symptoms; however, if the cyst is large you may notice:
  • Bloating or abdominal swelling
  • Abdominal pain or pressure, typically on the side where the cyst is
  • The pain may be dull and may come and go
Ruptured cysts can cause more severe pain. While ovarian cysts may cause pain with intercourse, abnormal vaginal bleeding, or pelvic pain, these symptoms are less common. If you are dealing with abdominal pain or swelling that has you concerned, schedule an appointment with your OBGYN.
 
What causes ovarian cysts?

Several factors can predispose certain women to ovarian cysts. These factors include:
  • Pregnancy
  • Hormonal issues
  • Pelvic infections
  • Endometriosis
When should I see my OBGYN?

It’s always a good idea to see your OBGYN as soon as possible if you are experiencing intense or severe abdominal pain, especially if it’s accompanied by a fever. Severe abdominal pain requires immediate medical attention.
 
How are ovarian cysts treated?

An ovarian cyst will typically go away on its own without treatment; however, the size of the cyst and the symptoms you are experiencing may determine whether or not you should have surgery to remove the cyst. Your doctor will continue to monitor the cyst through regular ultrasounds every few weeks or months to see if the cyst has gone away. Recurring or very large cysts often require surgery.
 
If you are dealing with abdominal pain or swelling that isn’t going away or is getting worse, it’s always a safe bet to call your OBGYN right away to schedule an immediate appointment.