Monday, April 30, 2018

Dr. Sree Talks About Fertility

Simply put, a lot goes into the conception process.  There’s the egg, sperm, fallopian tubes, fertilization, the women’s embryo, hormones, and not to mention each of those pieces needing to be in a healthy state.  All but one of those parts could go completely right and infertility could still be the result. We, at Women’s Care, are here for those times. By providing specialists who can assist in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility, we provide personalized treatment for your journey in the best interest of you.  In having a conversation of fertility, we rounded up some common public questions regarding the process, treatments, and how we’re here to help.

How long do you wait before speaking with a doctor about possible fertility issues?

Fertility can happen at many points within a lifetime, and infertility issues differ at each of those points as well.  A general rule of thumb we choose to stick to is if you are over or under the age of 35. Couples under the age of 35 are statistically in better chances of conceiving, yet should look into a conversation of additional options after a year of actively trying.  Actively trying meaning you are appropriately having intercourse around ovulation times month by month. Patients over the age of 35 should intervene just after six months.

Can you explain the difference between IUI and IVF?

The big technical difference is where the fertilization of the egg and sperm take place.  During IUI, the doctor inserts the sperm directly into the uterus to fertilize. Whereas with IVF, the egg and sperm are manually combined in a laboratory dish then transferred to the uterus.  We here at Women’s Care facilitate any IUI treatments by providing medication, tracking cycles, stimulating the ovulation cycle, and by collecting and processing the sperm to be placed in the uterus in our own office.  If you were to choose the IVF route, we would be the helping hand in that process of referring our best local clinics in the area to take care of you, then assisting once you choose your preferred facility.

When would you recommend IVF to a patient?

We recommend each individual go through the initial testing and treatment options then have a conversation about additional options based on the individual results. Usually, we would like to start an IVF discussion with a patient after 3-4 rounds of insemination.  However, time frames will be individualized to each couple depending on a multitude of personal factors.

So, no matter if you’re just starting to think about the conception process or you are months or years in, Women’s Care is here to provide the education, diagnosis, and treatment to direct and turn those baby dreams into a reality.

To schedule your own personal consultation, contact our office to set up an appointment with one of our specialized physicians who will be happy to answer any additional questions you may have.  

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Dr. Valary Gass Talks About STI's

     With the spread of STI’s on the rise, we want to make sure every woman in our Circle of Care has the information she needs to live a safe and healthy life. That’s why we’re breaking down the most effective ways to prevent contracting an STI and what symptoms require a prompt visit to your OB/GYN.

What are STI’s?
Sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) are infections or viruses spread from person to person by intimate physical contact or through sexual intercourse. Common STI’s include chlamydia, gonorrhea, HPV, genital herpes, and syphilis.
Aside from colds and the flu, STI’s are the most common contagious (easily spread) infections in the United States. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists reports that there are millions of new cases each year, so it’s important to know the facts when it comes to protecting your body.

How Can I Protect Myself?
     The good news is, there are a lot of different ways you can protect yourself. You can reduce your risk by of contracting an STI by:

  • Limiting your number of sexual partners. 
  • Using protection (such as condoms) every time you have vaginal, oral, or anal sex. 
  • Making sure you are up to date on all of your immunizations. Vaccinations are available for hepatitis B as well as some forms of HPV.

     Regular screening is also key to catching an STI early if you do contract an infection.
     “It’s recommended that sexually active women between the ages of 15 and 25 have at least an annual gonorrhea and chlamydia screening,” Dr .Gass says.
     There are some STI’s that can be cured, but early detection is important.
     “Additional screening can be offered for HIV, syphilis, hepatitis C, and other STI’s,” Dr. Gass says.

What are the Most Common Symptoms of an STI?
Some of the most common STI symptoms to look out for include:

  • A burning sensation when urinating
  • Sores, bumps, rashes, or blisters in the genital or anal area
  • Abnormal discharge 
  • Redness or swelling in the genital area
  • Pain in the pelvic or abdominal area
  • Pain, soreness, irritation, or other discomfort during intercourse
  • Bleeding after intercourse
  • Recurring yeast infections 

     If you believe you are at risk for contracting an STI, it is very important to schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider.
    “Sexually transmitted infections can have an impact on future fertility,” Dr. Gass says.
    During pregnancy, STI’s can also cause harm to the fetus. If you are pregnant and you or your partner have had -- or may have -- an STI, be sure to inform your doctor so you can work out a treatment plan that will decrease the chances of your child getting the infection.

Schedule An Appointment
     “If you have concerns about STI’s or believe you could need screening, please talk to your healthcare provider,” Dr. Gass says.
    At Women’s Care, our providers are devoted to you and your health. That means having the most advanced techniques, up-to-date educational information, and a compassionate, caring staff.
    To schedule an appointment with one of our providers to discuss STI screening or any other health related topic, please call us at 920-729-7105 or click here.