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By Capital Women's Care
July 09, 2021
Category: Women Health Care
Tags: Myomectomy  

How a myomectomy from your gynecologists in Rockville, MD, can help you

If you have difficulty getting pregnant, or you are experiencing heavy bleeding or cramping during your period, you could have fibroids. A fibroid is a growth that isn’t cancer, however, fibroids can produce unpleasant symptoms like severe cramping and heavy bleeding.

A myomectomy can reduce or eliminate these unpleasant symptoms by removing the fibroids growing in your uterus. The gynecologists at Capital Women’s Care in Rockville, MD, offer comprehensive women’s health services, including myomectomy surgery to help you.

During a myomectomy, your surgeon will remove the fibroids and reconstruct any damage done to your uterus. Myomectomy surgery can:

  • Decrease heavy bleeding during menstruation
  • Reduce pelvic pressure and pain that occurs with menstruation
  • Decrease the severity of cramping during menstruation
  • Reduce or eliminate fertility issues caused by fibroids

A myomectomy is an excellent alternative to a hysterectomy because it is minimally invasive. To remove fibroids, a myomectomy may be indicated if you:

  • Want to remain fertile and have children
  • Have fertility issues due to fibroids
  • Want to keep your uterus and ovaries intact

A myomectomy can be performed using minimally invasive surgery, typically done using a laparoscope or a hysteroscope. Each of these methods uses a thin tube that contains a camera attached to one end. The camera allows your surgeon to view the inside of your uterus.

The instrument is inserted into your cervix or incisions to locate the fibroid growths. After the fibroids are located, they can be removed and evaluated or biopsied.

A myomectomy is an excellent alternative to a hysterectomy. Myomectomy surgery causes minimal scarring and bleeding, and requires only minimal downtime. To learn more about myomectomy surgery and how it can help you, call the gynecologists of Capital Women’s Care in Rockville, MD, at (301) 569-6301. Call today!

By Capital Women's Care
July 07, 2021
Category: Women Health Care
Tags: Regular Visits  

How regular visits from your gynecologists in Rockville, MD, can protect your health.

A gynecologist is an important part of a woman’s healthcare team. Your gynecologist is an expert at taking care of your reproductive system, so including regular visits to your gynecologist, every year can keep you healthy.

The gynecologists at Capital Women’s Care in Rockville, MD, offer a wide variety of women’s healthcare services, including annual visits to protect your health.

Your gynecologist treats women of all ages, from when menstruation first starts, to postmenopausal women.

For young women who are first menstruating, regular visits are important because your gynecologist can:

  • Advice on birth control methods if you are sexually active
  • Regulate your periods if they are irregular, late, or heavy
  • Perform an examination if you have missed a period to determine if you are pregnant
  • Treat severe cramping or severe bleeding associated with your period
  • Perform a pap smear to determine the presence of cancerous cells
  • Do a breast examination to check for lumps that may indicate breast cancer

For older women who are pre-menopausal, menopausal, or post-menopausal, your gynecologist can:

  • Treat symptoms associated with menopause, including hot flashes, cold sweats, weight gain, and other symptoms
  • Perform a pap smear to determine the presence of cancerous cells
  • Do a breast examination to check for lumps that may indicate breast cancer
  • Treat brittle bones or osteoporosis, one of the consequences of menopause

You should also visit your gynecologist in between regular visits if you:

  • Notice a yellow, green, or grey discharge from your vagina
  • Experience abdominal or pelvic cramping or pain that doesn’t go away
  • Notice a lump in one or both of your breasts
  • Experience breast tenderness that doesn’t go away

Your gynecologist can help you stay healthy, and it all begins with regular visits, at least once each year. To find out more about the importance of regular visits to your gynecologist and how they can protect your health, call the gynecologists of Capital Women’s Care in Rockville, MD, at (301) 569-6301. Call today.

By Capital Women's Care
February 19, 2021
Category: Women Health Care
Tags: Menopause   Gynecologist  

Menopause is a natural process that occurs later in life when a woman’s body stops producing reproductive hormones. Several symptoms can occur in conjunction with menopause, such as hot flashes and night sweats. These symptoms are normal but can cause some women discomfort. The experienced gynecologists at Capital Women’s Care in Rockville, MD, can help with your menopause by recommending specific treatment options for managing symptoms.
 

Symptoms of Menopause
 

Menopause can occur anywhere between the 30s and late 60s, but 51 years is the average age of onset for most women. Menopause is considered to officially have begun when 12 months have elapsed since a woman’s last menstrual cycle.
 

Menopause can be associated with a wide range of symptoms, many of which are due to a decrease in the body’s hormone levels.

Common menopause symptoms include:
 

  • Cessation of menstruation
  • Irregular menstruation
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Night sweats
  • Hot flashes
  • Weight gain
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue

The decrease in hormone levels can also lead to diminished sex drive. Additionally, the lower hormone levels can increase a woman’s risk of developing osteoporosis after menopause. Osteoporosis is a condition associated with a loss in bone density. This can lead to brittle bones that are more prone to injury. Other symptoms of menopause include feelings of anxiety, depression, and irritability.
 

Treatments for Menopause Symptoms
 

Several treatment options are available at our office in Rockville, MD, for managing menopause symptoms. Some methods for managing menopause symptoms include lifestyle changes, over-the-counter supplements, prescription medications, and topical lubricants for vaginal dryness and discomfort. Hormone replacement therapy is another treatment option, but should not be used by women with a history of certain types of cancers. Our knowledgeable gynecologists can discuss the different treatment methods with you and help you make an informed decision.
 

Experiencing menopause is a natural process, but the symptoms can affect the overall quality of life for some women. Various treatments are available that can reduce symptoms and help you feel more like yourself again. Schedule an appointment with one of our skilled gynecologists to learn about the different treatments for menopause by calling Capital Women’s Care in Rockville, MD, at (301) 569-6301.

By Capital Women's Care
September 03, 2020
Category: Women Health Care

At Capital Women's Care in Rockville, MD, our physicians and their support staff provide counseling and treatment options for a very important part of life: menopause. From the management of symptoms to providing the psycho-social support you need to navigate this change, your four gynecologists stay with you every step of the way for a better quality of life.
 

Menopause and its changes
 

Often referred to as "the change," menopause typically occurs in a women's early fifties. She becomes infertile due to aging ovaries and very limited production of estrogen and testosterone. Ovulation and menstruation cease, and pregnancy is no longer possible.

Other signs and symptoms of menopause include:

  • Hot flashes and sweats, particularly at night
  • Vaginal thinning and dryness
  • Decreased libido
  • Increased body weight
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Slower metabolic rate
  • Dry skin
  • Lost volume in breast tissue
  • Minor urinary incontinence
  • Spotty, irregular menstruation, followed by total lack of monthly periods

Some women sail through menopause with minimal to moderate discomfort. Others, however, experience significant struggle and benefit from close monitoring, treatment and counseling from the team at Capital Women's Care in Rockville. Our doctors fully customize care plans to reduce symptoms, manage emotional effects and increase sexual and overall wellness.
 

Counseling and treatment options
 

The American Counseling Association states that for many women, menopausal symptoms may begin as early as age 40. Along with the physical changes, women experience a sense that they are not themselves.

As such, your gynecologist may recommend counseling with a mental health professional. Additional recommended treatments may include:

  • Daily exercise
  • Adequate hydration
  • HRT (hormone replacement therapy) for severe symptoms only for a limited time
  • Wearing cool clothing at night and keeping the bedroom cool and well-ventilated
  • Exploring the use of natural supplements for night sweats and hot flashes (ask your doctor what's best)
  • Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Moisturizing the skin, hair and vagina (use of a lubricant for sex)
  • Keeping watch on your weight, blood sugar and cholesterol
  • Getting your cancer check-ups at the proper intervals--colonoscopy, pap smear and mammogram


Feel more like you

Menopause really is a big change. However, it's a natural and sometimes, much-anticipated one. For medical and emotional help through this season of your life, contact Capital Women's Care in Rockville for a consultation with one of our four experienced and caring gynecologists. Call our office at (301) 569-6301.

By Capital Women's Care
May 11, 2020
Category: Women Health Care

A high-risk pregnancy involves health conditions and pregnancy outcomes of the mother, the baby, or both. At Capital Women's Care in Rockville, MD, our four board-certified OB/GYN physicians consider each pregnancy vitally important. They take special care of moms and babies who present with concerning medical factors and conditions. Learn more about high-risk pregnancy from the experts.

You and your pregnancy

Each patient, along with her baby and pregnancy, is unique. At Capital Women's Care in Rockville, our professional team encourages counseling and medical care even before you conceive so you're well-informed on any pre-existing conditions or risks a pregnancy could pose.

Once you are pregnant, you'll be followed through the 40 gestational weeks with in-office check-ups, blood work, ultrasound testing, and more. The doctors meticulously track fetal development and health, present you with delivery options and educate you on the labor process, postpartum care, and breastfeeding.

What makes a pregnancy high risk?

There are many factors that lead your doctor to consider your pregnancy high-risk. They include:

  • Pre-existing maternal health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, lupus, HIV-infection or other STDs, anxiety, and depression, chronic kidney disease, history of pre-term labor or miscarriage
  • Maternal age (17 and younger or 35 and older)
  • Genetic factors or developmental defects in the baby
  • Carrying twins or multiples
  • Alcohol, drug or tobacco usage

What you should do

Every mom--high-risk or not--should keep all schedule appointments at Capital Women's Care. Be sure to exercise and eat nutritiously. Ask for help with substance abuse issues. Contact your health care provider with any concerns or questions which may arise during your pregnancy.

If you are high-risk, you will deliver in a hospital, not at a birth center or at home. Your physician will prepare you for any possible delivery complications, such as pre-term labor, or the need for induction or C-section. Also, the doctor will inform you of how your baby will be cared for in case of complications.

Help is here

At Capital Women's Care in Rockville, expect exceptional care throughout your pregnancy. If you're high-risk, we provide accurate medical care and emotional support for excellent patient outcomes for moms and babies. Contact us for more information: (301) 569-6301.