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By Williams Ob/Gyn & Associate
January 13, 2023
Category: OBGYN Care

Your reproductive health is important. Regular gynecological exams can help protect your reproductive health and help prevent serious medical conditions like cervical cancer. Your OBGYN doctor is dedicated to protecting your reproductive health throughout all the stages of your life.

You should visit your gynecologist at least once each year for a regular gynecological exam. During your regular gynecological exam, your gynecologist will:

  • Do a breast examination to check for lumps and other abnormalities
  • Order a mammogram or other imaging studies to check for any abnormalities
  • Perform a comprehensive gynecological examination to assess your gynecological health
  • Perform a pap smear to help detect cervical cancer

In addition to regular gynecological examinations, you should visit your OBGYN if you are experiencing:

  • A yellow, green, or gray discharge from your vagina
  • Frequent or chronic abdominal pain or pelvic cramping
  • Breast tenderness that doesn’t resolve

Your gynecologist is an expert at maintaining the reproductive health of women of all ages. Young women who are first menstruating can benefit from a regular gynecological examination and:

  • Advice on birth control methods
  • Regulating periods if they are irregular, late, or heavy
  • Performing an examination to determine pregnancy
  • Treating severe cramping or severe bleeding associated with menstruation

Older women who are premenopausal, menopausal, or post-menopausal can benefit a regular gynecological exam and:

  • Treatment for relief of symptoms associated with menopause, including hot flashes, mood swings, cold sweats, and weight gain
  • Treatment of brittle bones caused by osteoporosis, one of the consequences of menopause

Your gynecologist can help you stay healthy, and it all begins with regular visits, at least once each year. Choosing your OBGYN doctor is one of the most important decisions you can make about your healthcare. Women have special medical needs, including reproductive healthcare. To find out more about the importance of regular gynecological exams and how they can protect your reproductive health, talk with an expert. Call your gynecologist today.

By Williams Ob/Gyn & Associate
December 29, 2022
Category: OBGYN Care

If you are a woman, visiting your OBGYN doctor regularly for a checkup is one of the most important ways you can protect your reproductive health. Your OBGYN doctor is an expert at prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of medical conditions associated with your reproductive system, including:

  • Breast lumps
  • Breast cancer
  • Pelvic pain
  • Cervical abnormalities
  • Cervical cancer
  • Sexually transmitted diseases

Your regular gynecological checkup should occur at least once each year. It's a very thorough examination to protect your reproductive health. During your regular checkup, your OBGYN doctor will:

  • Perform a breast examination to check for lumps or abnormalities
  • Order a mammogram or other imaging if necessary
  • Perform a pelvic and vaginal examination to check for lumps, discharge, or other abnormalities
  • Perform a pap smear to be examined for signs of cervical cancer

Regular checkups are important, but you should also visit your OBGYN doctor if you experience:

  • Late, irregular, or missed periods
  • Severe or continuous pelvic or vaginal pain
  • A yellow, gray or green discharge from your vagina
  • Difficulty with menstruation due to severe cramping or bleeding

Your OBGYN doctor is an expert at treatment of women, from when you are first menstruating and beyond. Some of the services provided by your OBGYN for young women include:

  • Prescribing birth control
  • Fertility counseling and treatment
  • Prenatal examinations
  • Pregnancy examinations
  • Newborn care counseling

Your OBGYN doctor can administer medical care to you throughout your life. Some of the services provided by your OBGYN doctor for older women include:

  • Perimenopausal and menopausal counseling
  • Prevention of osteoporosis due to menopause

Menopause can introduce you to some unpleasant side effects. Your OBGYN doctor can help minimize the effects of:

  • Drying skin and hair
  • Loss of vaginal moisture
  • Regulation of hormones
  • Relief from mood swings
  • Treatment for night sweats
  • Treatment for hot flashes

To find out more about the importance of regular gynecological checkups for women’s health and other gynecological services, talk with an expert. Call your OBGYN doctor today.

By Williams Ob/Gyn & Associate
December 27, 2022
Category: OBGYN Care
Tags: HPV   Human Papillomavirus  

How your OBGYN doctor in San Dimas, CA, can help protect you from HPV

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection, caused by coming into contact with human papillomavirus. Your OBGYN doctor is an expert at HPV and other sexually transmitted infections and diseases.

Dr. Richard Williams at Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates in San Dimas, CA, provides a wide range of obstetrics and gynecology services, including HPV vaccinations, and other preventive services and treatment.

HPV infection is caused by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with another person who has the HPV virus. HPV infection can be transmitted even when the person has no signs or symptoms of HPV. Signs and symptoms of HPV infection can develop years after contact.

In almost all cases HPV infection goes away without treatment within two years. An HPV infection that doesn’t resolve can develop into:

Genital warts, which appear as a single small bump or group of bumps around the genitals. They have various shapes and sizes.

Cancer, which can develop into cancer of the vulva, vagina, penis, or anus. Oropharyngeal cancer can also occur. Cancer can take years or decades to develop from HPV

You are at greater risk of developing serious medical issues from HPV if you have a compromised immune system, but you can do a lot to prevent HPV and avoid health problems associated with it. You need to:

  • Get vaccinated with the HPV vaccine, which is both safe and effective
  • Visit your OBGYN for routine screenings for cervical cancer
  • Use condoms every time you have sex
  • Try to be in a monogamous relationship

You owe it to yourself to find out all you can about prevention of sexually transmitted infections like HPV. To learn more about prevention and the HPV vaccine, call Dr. Richard Williams at Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates in San Dimas, CA. You can reach him in the office by calling (909) 599-8677, so call now.

By Williams Ob/Gyn & Associate
October 19, 2022
Category: OBGYN Care

Your hormones handle a lot of important tasks to keep your body functioning. Unfortunately, there are a few life events which can cause your hormones to be out of balance, so you feel out of balance too.

Fortunately, hormone replacement therapy can keep you feeling like yourself. If you are considering hormone replacement therapy, you need to know the facts. These are a few frequently asked questions and answers about hormonal imbalance and hormone replacement therapy:

What Causes a Hormonal Imbalance?

A hormonal imbalance can be caused by natural changes or stages in your life, including puberty, pregnancy, perimenopause, and menopause. Hormone levels can also dramatically decrease after a partial or full hysterectomy.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of a Hormonal Imbalance?

You might have no symptoms at all, and still have a hormonal imbalance. You might also experience signs and symptoms which can become severe. These signs and symptoms include:

  • Irritability and fatigue
  • Mood swings and depression
  • Skin dryness and loss of elasticity
  • Water retention and weight gain
  • Osteoporosis and joint pain
  • Less interest in sex
  • Insomnia and other sleep disorders
  • Memory issues and difficulty concentrating

How Does Hormone Replacement Therapy Help?

Hormone replacement gives you back your hormones at stable levels, so you look and feel like yourself again. You will experience:

  • Better sleep
  • Increased energy
  • Enhanced memory
  • Increased ability to concentrate and focus
  • An elevated mood with less mood swings
  • Smoother, more hydrated skin
  • Increased interest in sex
  • Better weight regulation and less water retention
  • Joint and bone protection and increased strength

What Are the Different Types of Hormone Therapy?

Hormone therapy has made several advances in recent years. You now can choose from:

Systemic hormone therapy, which is in pill form, or patches, rings, gel, cream, or spray.

Low-dose vaginal products, which focus on vaginal and urinary symptoms, not your entire body. Low-dose comes in cream, tablet, or ring forms.

Bio-identical hormone replacement, which is a product identical in structure to human hormones. Bio-identical hormone replacement may have less side-effects than traditional hormone replacement therapy.

Your OBGYN doctor can help you choose the hormone replacement therapy best for you. To find out more about hormonal imbalance and how hormone replacement therapy can help, call your OBGYN doctor today.

By Williams Ob/Gyn & Associate
October 05, 2022
Category: OBGYN Care

If you and your partner have been trying to have a baby, but you are unsuccessful, have you thought about treatment for infertility? Your OBGYN doctor is an expert at infertility issues and can help you both have a baby.

If you have infertility issues, you are not alone. Infertility affects 10 to 15 percent of couples. Infertility issues affect both men and women equally.

If you and your partner have been regularly trying to get pregnant for at least one year, you could have infertility issues. There are many causes of infertility, including:

  • Having a long menstrual cycle of over 35 days
  • Having a short menstrual cycle of less than 21 days
  • Experiencing missing or irregular periods
  • Having a low sperm count

Your OBGYN doctor will begin with testing to determine what is causing infertility. When your doctor determines the cause, treatment can begin.

Infertility treatment can take several paths, including:

  • Restoring fertility
  • Assisting reproduction with medical techniques

If your doctor is trying to restore fertility, your treatment might include:

  • Clomiphene citrate, to stimulate your ovaries to ovulate
  • Gonadotropins, to stimulate your ovaries to increase production of eggs
  • Metformin, to treat infertility caused by insulin-resistance
  • Letrozole, to induce you to ovulate
  • Bromocriptine, to treat ovulation problems resulting from excess pituitary function

For medically assisted fertility, treatments may include:

  • Surgery, to remove growths which are preventing your ability to get pregnant
  • Surgically reversing a tubal ligation or to open blocked fallopian tubes
  • Intrauterine insemination (IUI), which involves placing sperm inside the uterus
  • Assisted reproduction (IVF), which involves combining the sperm and eggs in a laboratory setting and then implanting the embryo into the uterus

If you and your partner want to have a baby, but you have been unsuccessful, don’t despair. Your OBGYN doctor can help you succeed, so you can enjoy the family you want. To find out more about infertility treatment and other OBGYN services, call your OBGYN doctor today.