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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.
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.
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.
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
Several factors can predispose certain women to ovarian cysts. These factors include:
- Hormonal issues
- Pelvic infections
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.
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.
Can fibroids become cancerous?
The majority of the time fibroids are completely benign. It is extremely rare that a fibroid will turn cancerous. Also, having fibroids will not increase your chances of developing uterine cancer or cancerous fibroids.
How are fibroids treated?
Since most women don’t experience symptoms, they won’t necessarily need treatment; however, women who do experience symptoms will want to discuss their options with a qualified OBGYN. Your OBGYN will be able to decide the best strategies for treating your fibroids based on your health, the symptoms you’re experiencing, whether you plan to become pregnant in the future, your age, and the size of the fibroids.
Mild symptoms may be managed with simple over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen. If you have heavy periods, your doctor may recommend iron supplements to prevent anemia. Some forms of birth control including an intrauterine device (IUD) can also help manage fibroid symptoms.
Another medication used to treat fibroids is a gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRHa). This medication can be administered in many different ways (e.g. inhaled, ingested, or injected) and is used to shrink large fibroids.
If you experience more severe fibroid symptoms, then your OBGYN may recommend surgery to have the fibroids removed. This procedure is known as a myomectomy.
Can I get pregnant if I have fibroids?
It can be more difficult for women with uterine fibroids to get pregnant, but it is still a possibility. Of course, women who become pregnant while they have fibroids may be more at risk for complications so it’s important that you have an obstetrician that will know how to best handle fibroids during your pregnancy. While there may be concerns, having fibroids does not put you in the high-risk pregnancy category.
Are you experiencing symptoms of fibroids? If so, it’s important to talk with your OBGYN about your symptoms and how to get them under control.
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.