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It can be very difficult for a couple to have a child. It's hard on them emotionally and they often feel defeated but that's where Dr. Richard Anthony Williams comes in. Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates has several treatment options for infertility for his San Dimas, CA, patients.
What is infertility?
Infertility is the inability to conceive after one year of regular, unprotected sex and becomes even more difficult if the woman is over the age of 35 or because pregnant women can't sustain the pregnancy. A third of infertility cases originate with the man, another third from the woman and the last third from both partners.
Reasons for Male Infertility
- low sperm count
- sperm damage
- untreated sexually transmitted infections
- certain medications, like spironolactone
- medical treatments that lead to sperm abnormalities
Reasons for Female Infertility
- problems within the ovaries or uterus, like endometriosis or uterine fibroids
- over the age of 35
Fertility Options from your San Dimas OBGYN
There are many treatments available. Here are some steps
- Basic screening: physical exams, sperm studies, ovulation tests and ultrasounds.
- After analysis of these tests, Dr. Williams may recommend several treatment options:
- increasing sexual activity is perceived to be a healthy activity by the immune system that learns sperm, foreign body, isn't a threat and therefore anything that results from sexual activity, a fetus, isn't a threat as well, according to the Reproductive Resource Center Kansas City IVF.
- medication, like Clomiphene citrate, stimulates the growth of an ovarian follicle containing an egg.
- surgery or assisted conception may be carried out by fertility specialists (in vitro fertilization and the use of donor eggs).
Need a consultation?
Interested in Infertility treatments from Dr. Richard Anthony Williams of Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates? Contact his San Dimas, CA, office today at (909) 599-8677
for more information.
What is the purpose of a Pap smear?
A Pap smear is the best tool at our disposal for being able to detect precancerous cells within the cervix. By catching these cells early, we can remove them before they turn into cervical cancer.
When should a woman get her first Pap smear?
Women should start getting regular Pap smears from their OBGYN once they reach 21 years old, or once they become sexually active. Women will continue to get Pap smears until 65 years old.
How often should women get tested?
Women between the ages of 21 and 29 should get tested every three years. Once you reach age 30 you should get tested every five years (often alongside an HPV test). Women who have had abnormal Pap results in the past may need to come more often for testing.
Will it hurt?
While getting a Pap smear may feel a bit weird or maybe even a little uncomfortable (especially the first time when you’re not sure exactly what to expect), it shouldn’t hurt. You may notice a slight pinch but that’s usually about it. While a traditional OBGYN screening will usually take up to 20 minutes to perform, the Pap smear itself usually takes just a couple of minutes.
How quickly will I get results back?
It’s typical to get your results within one week after your test, but your OBGYN will let you know when results will be available to you.
Do abnormal or inconclusive results mean that I have cervical cancer?
Not typically. An inconclusive test just means that the sample that we collected wasn’t useable. This can happen if you’ve been sexually active or used tampons with two days before your test. Your doctor will usually recommend repeating the test.
Abnormal results, while stressful, could be due to inflammation, infections, trichomoniasis, HPV or herpes. If your tests are abnormal your doctor will discuss further testing with you or provide you with proper medication if an infection is found.
If you still have questions about Pap smears, don’t hesitate to call your OBGYN. We are here to make sure that you fully understand any and all care you receive at our office.
Have I Started Menopause?
Common symptoms of menopause include:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Brain fog
- Trouble concentrating
- Vaginal dryness
- Mood swings
- Decreased sex drive
- Hair loss
- Weight gain
When it comes to managing menopause symptoms there are a variety of options. A lot will depend on the type of symptoms you are experiencing, how severe the symptoms are, and your current health. Lifestyle changes can go a long way to improving your symptoms. These changes may include:
- Eating a healthy, balanced, and whole diet that is free from processed or junk foods
- Getting regular exercise that includes weight-bearing exercises 2-3 times a week
- Finding ways to manage stress through deep breathing, meditation, etc.
- Quitting smoking
- Avoiding alcohol
- Making sure you are getting enough calcium to support healthy, strong bones
Women who are dealing with particularly intense and all-consuming hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness will often find incredible relief through hormone replacement therapy. Plus, hormone replacement therapy can also protect against osteoporosis, a condition that leads to bone weakness and fracturing.
If you are dealing with night sweats, hot flashes, weight gain, and other symptoms associated with menopause, turn to an OBGYN to help you find ways to manage these symptoms effectively.
Here’s when you should get an STD test,
You are noticing symptoms
You have a new partner
You aren’t practicing safe sex
You have multiple partners
It’s a good rule of thumb to get tested at least once a year since many STDs do not produce any symptoms at all, so you could have an STD and not even know it. If you need to schedule an STD test, your OBGYN can often provide you with comprehensive testing right here in their very own office. This is a great option for many women because they have already established a rapport with their doctor and may feel more comfortable undergoing a more sensitive procedure such as an STD screening with a gynecologist they know and trust. Knowing your health status doesn’t just protect you, it also protects your partner.
- Carbonated drinks
- Artificial Sweeteners
- Spicy, sugary, or acidic foods
- Chili peppers
- Blood pressure and heart medications
- Muscle relaxants and sedatives