While the genetic cause is still unknown, research has found that 90 percent of children with Mayer-von Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser’s Syndrome (MRKH) also have vaginal agenesis. This congenital disorder may vary from child to child. Some young girls may not have a vagina or uterus while other girls may have part of a uterus but no vagina.
We understand that this can be distressing for both the patient and their family. Despite this genetic abnormality, the patient is still considered female. Of course, this can be confusing and a lot to process, which is why an OBGYN can be a great doctor and specialist to turn to for help, support, and care during this time.
While most patients with vaginal agenesis will not be able to carry a child, if they do have a uterus then they can become pregnant when they choose to have a family. This is something that your OBGYN can discuss once the patient becomes an adult.
Additional testing may need to be performed by your gynecologist before deciding which type of treatments are best for the patient. In most cases, treatment won’t be necessary until the late teens or 20s.
Surgery: If patients don’t see results with self-dilation then surgery is often the next step. There are a variety of techniques that can be used during a vaginoplasty, and your gynecologist will fully discuss them with you, so you decide together on the ideal surgical technique to provide the optimal results.
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
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Eating disorders
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Certain chronic health problems such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Certain medications (e.g. birth control)
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.
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.
Here are some questions to ask yourself before considering birth control options,
What is most important to you when it comes to birth control?
This might seem like a rather broad question, so let’s get a little more specific. Some women are looking for a low or no hormone birth control that boasts fewer side effects while other women want a birth control option that can also help them get clearer skin. It’s important to talk with your OBGYN about what’s most important to you so that they can provide you with the best options for your specific needs.
Do you want to have a family and how soon?
If you are looking for a birth control option now but are thinking of having a baby in the next year, then this could help us determine which birth control option is best. Women who want to wait several years before starting a family, or who don’t want a family, may benefit from long-term birth control solutions such as intrauterine devices, which can remain in the uterus anywhere from three to ten years. Women who are looking to prevent pregnancy for only up to a year or two may benefit from more short-term options such as the pill or patch.
Will you remember your birth control?
Some women know that they won’t take the pill at the same time every day, so they want an easier option. If you think you’ll forget, or simply don’t want to deal with the daily reminders, then options such as the patch, ring, injection, or IUD can provide peace of mind knowing you are protected without having to take a pill every single day. For other women, taking a pill every day is no big deal. This is something to keep in mind.
Are you concerned about side effects?
Hormonal birth control does come with possible side effects, as compared to non-hormonal birth control (e.g. condoms; diaphragms; certain types of IUDs). Women who’ve tried hormonal birth control in the past and have dealt with mood swings and other issues may want to consider non-hormonal or low-hormone options. This is definitely something to discuss with your gynecologist.
It’s important to have the facts when it comes to birth control. There is a lot of information out there that can be daunting (not to mention that there is also a lot of misinformation out there). If in doubt, schedule a consultation with your OBGYN to help make the decision-making process easier.
Having excess or insufficient hormones can affect various aspects of your life. Treating your hormone imbalance in San Dimas, CA, is much easier under the expert care of your doctor, Dr. Richard Williams of Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates.
What Is Hormone Imbalance
Hormones are chemicals secreted by endocrine glands into your bloodstream to direct the activities of organs and tissues in your body. When these hormones become too much or too little, you have a hormone imbalance. The effects of hormone imbalance are typically evident on your tissues and organs. Significant periods in your life can cause a surge or depletion of your hormones. Such milestones include puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. A hormone imbalance could be due to defects such as tumors in the hormone-producing organ.
Long Term Effects of Hormone Imbalance
Infertility- Hormone imbalance can make conception difficult for women. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a leading cause of infertility among women is marked by hormone imbalance.
Osteoporosis- The female sex hormone, estrogen, is important for keeping your bones strong and healthy. That's why postmenopausal women with lower estrogen levels are more likely to develop osteoporosis and fracture their bones. Younger women with insufficient estrogen levels might not attain optimal bone development.
Birth defects- Some women can conceive and bear healthy children despite hormone imbalance. However, maternal hormone imbalances can affect fetal development. For instance, women with hypothyroidism, are more likely to have children with birth defects.
Pregnancy complications- Hormone imbalance associated with conditions such as PCOS might cause women to experience pregnancy complications such as pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, high birth weight, and miscarriage.
Cancer- Hormone imbalance might increase your risk of hormone-dependent cancers such as ovarian, breast, and endometrial uterine cancers.
Hormone Imbalance Symptoms
Often, the symptoms of hormone imbalance closely resemble other conditions so, many women sweep them under the carpet. You should see your doctor if you're having more than one of the following hormone imbalance signs in San Dimas, CA:
- Mood changes
- Unexplained weight gain or loss
- Abnormal body hair growth
- Hair loss
- Changes in blood sugar level
- Reduced sex drive
- Irregular periods
After your diagnosis, your OBGYN will develop a personalized treatment plan to manage your condition.
If you think you might be experiencing hormone imbalance in San Dimas, CA, call (909) 599-8677 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Williams of Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates.
Yeah, this isn’t going to be the highlight for most women during their pregnancy but it’s certainly a milestone that you won’t forget. These waves of nausea typically occur around the sixth week and, despite the name, can pop up any time of the day or night. The good news is that the queasy stomach and vomiting should go away by about 14 weeks. Talk with your OBGYN if you’re dealing with severe morning sickness or morning sickness that lasts past the first trimester.
Whether you suspect that you might be pregnant, or you have already gotten a positive pregnancy test, it’s important to schedule an appointment with your OBGYN as soon as possible. The first prenatal visit will usually occur around your sixth week. The first appointment will involve a variety of tests, including blood and urine testing and a Pap smear. You may also get to see your baby for the first time with an ultrasound, depending on how far along you are. This is an unforgettable moment for parents-to-be.
We know just how important it is to get beyond the three-month mark! Since most miscarriages happen during the first trimester, making it to the second trimester can be a triumph. Not to mention the fact that this is also the time many couples start to share the good news. From social media announcements to telling family and friends in person, this can be an exciting time for couples.
Feeling your baby kick for the first time can send your heart into a flutter. It will probably be one of the weirdest and most wonderful sensations ever. You may even see an arm or leg sticking out as the baby continues to move around and grow.
While your OBGYN probably gave you an expected due date during your first visit, don’t hold on to that due date too much. Most women don’t have their babies right on that date. While it’s fun to countdown, remember that you may have to wait a week or two more before your baby makes its appearance.
You are about to meet your child, so it’s natural to feel a flutter of excitement and nerves as you prepare for childbirth and delivery. At this point, you and your doctor will have made a birth plan to discuss how you ideally want your delivery to go and how to manage your pain. Congratulations, momma; you did it!
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