When women reach a certain age (generally 45 to around 55) the stage of menopause begins. This can cause a myriad of uncomfortable symptoms, including hot flashes, mood swings, and weight gain. Some women may only need minor treatment for their symptoms. For others, however, the perfect combination of treatments is needed to ensure that they get through menopause successfully. Here at Women’s Care Center in Rockville, MD, our physicians can help you find the most appropriate treatments to help you manage your symptoms.
What are The Symptoms of Menopause?
Every woman’s menopause experience is unique, complete with varying symptoms that come in different intensity levels. In general, the main symptoms of menopause include hot flashes, weight gain, and night sweats. With hot flashes, you will feel a sudden and intense feeling of heat that comes from within your body. In turn, this causes redness in your face and body, excessive sweating, and an accelerated heartbeat.
When you experience hot flashes at night, you may become so drenched in sweat that you may need to change your clothes, but then feel overly chill once the episode passes. Studies have shown that these hot flashes are a result of changes to your hypothalamus, which is responsible for regulating your body temperature. Additionally, the fluctuation and depletion of your hormone levels could likewise lead to the following symptoms:
- Slower metabolism and weight gain
- Mood swings with symptoms of anxiety and depression that could be exacerbated by the specific stage of life you’re in
- Skin problems, hair loss, dry mouth and eyes, and brittle nails
- Sleep issues because of anxiety or depression, or hot flashes
- Cognitive and memory problems due to aging, sleep problems, hot flashes, and depression
- Sexual health issues including vaginal dryness, reduced sex drive, and pain during penetration
How to Treat and Manage Menopausal Symptoms
Most menopausal symptoms are manageable or treatable, either through lifestyle changes, medications, or alternative and complementary medicine. During your consultation with one of the doctors here at the Women’s Care Center in Rockville, MD, we will help you find the right combination of treatments for your menopause symptoms.
Commonly, medical treatments for addressing symptoms can include HRT or hormone replacement therapy, clonidine, antidepressants, and gamma-aminobutyric acid. Alternative and complementary therapies include yoga, meditation, hypnotherapy, and acupuncture. Additionally, lifestyle modifications include exercising more regularly and intensely, quitting smoking, strategic clothing, and using vaginal lubricants and moisturizers.
Looking for Menopause Relief?
Visit Capital Women’s Care here in Rockville, MD, or call us at (301) 569-6301 to arrange a consultation with one of our doctors. You can also reach us at (240) 790-1725 for after-hours and emergency concerns.
Whether you're thinking about expanding your family or are already pregnant, visiting your OB/GYN can help you and your baby remain healthy during pregnancy. Here at Capital Women's Care in Rockville, MD, your OB/GYNs offer a range of services, including obstetrical and gynecological care—read on to learn how their services can benefit you.
A counseling appointment focuses on any issues that would affect your ability to become or stay pregnant. You'll also receive suggestions that will help you improve your chances of conceiving. During a visit to our Rockville office, your OB/GYN will ask questions about your health history and review your medications and immunization records. They will also discuss the way lifestyle factors can affect conception/pregnancy, and they may make a few nutritional recommendations.
Obstetrical care during pregnancy
During pregnancy, you will visit your OB/GYN at regular intervals. These appointments will help your doctor monitor both your health and the baby's development. Visits offer the perfect opportunity to ask questions about your pregnancy, discuss your birth plan, and share any concerns that you may have about labor and delivery.
Every visit will include an examination, urine test, weight check, and a blood pressure measurement. During your pregnancy, your OB/GYN may recommend tests to detect gestational diabetes or chromosomal abnormalities. You'll also receive ultrasounds to monitor your baby's growth and development.
Care after your baby is born
Obstetrical care doesn't end the minute your baby is born. Follow-up care is essential and helps ensure that you're healing normally and don't have any complications related to the delivery. You'll visit your OB/GYN's office four to six weeks after the birth of your child, although you may need to schedule a visit sooner if you have any concerns or are experiencing health issues.
In addition to caring for your physical health, your doctor will also want to make sure that you aren't experiencing any post-partum depression signs. The condition can begin just a few days after giving birth and can cause anxiety, depression, sadness, crying spells, and exhaustion. Fortunately, talk therapy and anti-depressants can be very helpful in managing the symptoms.
Need care? Give us a call
Are you pregnant or wanting to start a family soon? Schedule a visit with your Rockville, MD, OB/GYNs at Capital Women's Care by calling (301) 569-6301.
If you are planning to expand your family, preconception counseling is an essential tool to help you get started. During an appointment here at Capital Women's Care in Rockville, MD, Dr. Eric Ashkin can walk you through the process step-by-step and answer each of your questions along the way. After all, while pregnancy is a happy and festive time, it does come with many questions and concerns.
Preconception counseling is a powerful form of health education, and during this very momentous time in your life, Dr. Eric Ashkin in Rockville, MD, wants to inform your pregnancy decisions as much as possible. As a guide to your preconception visit, here is a list of answers to a few potential questions that you may ask:
What Are the Aims of Preconception Care?
Preconception care aims to optimize the health and safety of both mother and child. For example, if a specific health condition runs in your family, we can discuss the risk of the disease and how it may affect you or the health of your baby. Preconception care aims to improve long-term and short-term care as well as prevent and control diseases at multiple stages of life.
What Happens at a Preconception Counseling Appointment?
Before you start to conceive, we will determine if your body is ready for pregnancy by performing an examination. We will ask questions about your family's medical history, talk about your current lifestyle factors, and develop a plan that supports your personal pregnancy goals. We will also address any medical issues that you may have so that you can be your best self both physically and emotionally during pregnancy.
Can A Preconception Counseling Appointment Help If I've Already Had a Baby?
Absolutely! If your health has changed since your last pregnancy, or if you had complications before, during, or after, we can help you avoid them in your next maternal chapter.
If you have additional questions or concerns regarding family planning, preconception counseling, or pregnancy in general, you can depend on Eric Ashkin in Rockville, MD, to take the best care of you. To learn more about Capital Women's Care and the services we provide, visit our website. To request an appointment, please call our office at (301) 569-6301. In the event of an emergency, dial (240) 790-1725.
A hysterectomy is a gynecological procedure that entails the removal of a patient's uterus. Often a lifesaving procedure, there are many reasons why women choose to undergo a hysterectomy at our Rockville, MD, office—read on to learn about them.
Some of the reasons a woman may need a hysterectomy include,
- Uterine fibroids that cause bleeding and pain
- Cancer of the ovaries, uterus or cervix
- Severe endometriosis
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- Chronic abdominal pain
- Uterine prolapse
- Thickening of the uterine lining
Most of the time a hysterectomy is performed to treat certain forms of cancer; however, sometimes a woman will need to undergo a hysterectomy for noncancerous conditions if other treatment options were unsuccessful. Since a hysterectomy is considered a major surgery, our Rockville OBGYN will provide you with other treatment options based on the specific condition or symptoms you are dealing with before considering a hysterectomy. These treatment options include,
- Kegel exercises
- Vaginal pessary (to treat uterine prolapse)
- Treatments to shrink fibroids
- Uterine fibroid removal
- Endometrial ablation to treat persistent vaginal bleeding
- Laparoscopic surgery to treat endometriosis
What are the different kinds of hysterectomies?
There are three different kinds of hysterectomies: total, partial and radical. As you may be able to assume from the names alone, a total hysterectomy involves the removal of the uterus and the cervix. Sometimes the ovaries and fallopian tubes will also be removed. During a partial hysterectomy, only the uterus is removed. A radical hysterectomy will remove not just the uterus and cervix, but also the tissue from the cervix and certain areas of the vagina (this type of hysterectomy is usually performed to treat women who have cervical cancer).
Concerned about your health? Give us a call!
If you are dealing with abnormal vaginal bleeding, abdominal pain, or other symptoms, it’s important that you have a trusted OBGYN that you can turn to for answers. To make your health a priority, call Capital Women’s Care today at (301) 569-6301 to schedule an appointment at our Rockville office.
Infertility is more common than you may think. In fact, more than 12 percent of women in the U.S. have difficulty getting or staying pregnant according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Luckily, your Rockville, MD, gynecologists at Capital Women's Care diagnose and treat infertility, and they can offer suggestions and treatments that may increase your chances of a successful pregnancy!
Your infertility evaluation
Determining why you haven't gotten pregnant is the first step in increasing your chances of pregnancy. During your infertility evaluation, your gynecologist will discuss issues that may affect you or your partner, ask questions about your medical, surgical, and sexual history, and order various tests. Common fertility-related problems include:
- Hormonal Issues
- Irregular Ovulation
- Low Sperm Count
- Problems with Sperm Quality or Motility
- Blocked or Damage Fallopian Tubes
- Fibroids or Polyps in the Uterus
- Scar Tissue in the Uterus
During your evaluation, your Rockville gynecologist will also discuss other issues that may affect fertility, such as weight, medications and supplements, smoking, recreational drugs, alcohol consumption, sexually transmitted diseases, and exposure to toxins or chemicals.
In some cases, it may not be possible to determine why you haven't gotten pregnant. Even if the cause of your infertility is undetermined, you may still benefit from fertility treatment.
Your gynecologist can offer fertility treatments or make a referral to an infertility specialist if necessary. Your treatment plan will depend on the results of the infertility evaluations of both you and your partner. Infertility treatments may include:
- Drugs that help your ovaries release eggs
- Medications that improve sperm count
- Intrauterine insemination using the couple's eggs and sperm or donor eggs or sperm
- Surgery to repair damaged fallopian tubes, treat endometriosis, treat a uterine septum (divided uterus), or remove blockages, fibroids, or polyps in women
- Surgery to treat varicoceles (enlarged veins in the scrotum) in men
- Assisted reproductive technology, such as in vitro fertilization or sperm injection
Give us a call!
Are you having trouble becoming pregnant? Your gynecologists at Capital Women's Care offer pregnancy care and infertility treatments in Rockville, MD. Schedule an appointment with them by calling (301) 569-6301.
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