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Visiting your gynecologist on a regular basis can be lifesaving. The doctors at Capital Women's Care in Rockville, MD, have some advice to share with you.
Routine Well Woman’s Care
Annual examinations are an essential part of a woman's routine care. It includes:
- early detection, screening, and treatment of various health issues, such as STD's
- Pap smears
- HPV screening
- Bone density scans
- Blood tests
Understanding the variety of contraceptive methods available helps women make better decisions for their health. Your Rockville gynecologists can help you by:
- Providing up to date information on reversible and permanent contraception.
- Telling you about different hormonal methods like birth control pills, patches, rings and intrauterine devices.
- Discussing tubal ligation and tubal occlusion with women who do not want any or any more children.
Evaluation of Uterine Fibroids
Women develop fibroids or myomas in the wall of their uterus. These benign tumors develop over time and a majority of women usually exhibit no symptoms.
Symptoms of fibroids include:
- Heavy bleeding
- Painful menstrual periods
- Difficulty with intercourse
- Pelvic pain
- Pregnancy loss, but this is rare
The doctors can outline the best strategy to deal with fibroids. Some solutions include laparoscopic myomectomy, robotic myomectomy and hysteroscopic resection, or a hysterectomy.
For more information on gynecological care contact your doctors in Rockville, MD at Capital Women's Care - Drs. Eric Ashkin, Aliya Poshni, Leslie Masiky and, the newest member, Dr. Adam Footer.
Dr. Adam Footer is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The Montgomery County native received his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine and was recently awarded an Excellence in Teaching Award.
To contact our office and schedule your appointment, please call (301) 569-6301 today! Your health is of the utmost importance, so don't wait!
Finding out you're pregnant is exciting, and the doctors at Capital Women's Care in Rockville and serving the Montgomery County area, know this. That's why they like to set milestones. It's a great way to monitor the health of the mother and baby.
Preconception counseling helps doctors create a comprehensive treatment plan for you and your baby. The Rockville and Montgomery County area doctors will go over your family's medical history to identify risk factors and/or pre-existing medical conditions for your specialized treatment plan. They will also adjust any medications you're already taking, recommend routine tests and provide vitamin supplements prior to conception.
There is a list to complete in order to start out your pregnancy experience smooth sailing:
- A standardized panel of lab work and tests
- Ultrasound exam to confirm pregnancy viability and confirm due date
- Specialized screening tests such as genetic testing.
- Answering any questions you may have about prenatal care
The second trimester involves the following tests and exciting news:
- A 20-week ultrasound, to monitor the baby’s development and a look at the baby’s gender.
- A discussion about prenatal classes and classes on how to care for your newborn.
- Another set of labs including a screen for gestational diabetes that should be conducted between 24 and 28 weeks.
- Registering at the hospital for your delivery and looking into pediatricians if you don’t already have one.
The bundle of joy is on their way and that means more visits to our office. During the third trimester we will:
- Review the precautions you need to take and when to call us with any symptoms or problems.
- Do another routine test of Group B Strep culture.
- Evaluate your cervix as your due date nears.
- Discuss your delivery plans for anesthesia among other concerns you might have.
For more information on Obstetrics and pregnancy care in the Rockville, MD and Montgomery County area call Capital Women's Care at (301) 569-6301
Women’s health is a complicated and important facet of medicine. Receiving an abnormal pap smear result can seem scary. However, it is important to know and understand what these results mean. Find out about pap smears, abnormal results, and keeping up with your gynecological health with Dr. Eric Ashkin, Dr. Aliya Poshni, and Dr. Leslie Masiky at Capital Women’s Care in Rockville, MD.
Why is a well woman examination important?
The most important aspect of a well woman examination is the prevention of future issues. A pap smear, performed during a well woman examination, takes a sample of cells from the cervix and is the leading cervical cancer prevention available. Your doctor tests the cells for abnormalities. An abnormal pap smear means that the results of the testing have found cells which are not normal, healthy cells. An abnormal pap smear does not mean that you have cervical cancer.
What does an abnormal pap smear mean?
Often, abnormal cells are a result of the human papilloma virus, or HPV. These cells are linked to cervical cancer, allowing doctors to catch and treat this condition early at its most curable stages. Abnormal pap smear results can also occur due to infections caused by yeast or bacteria, treatable conditions which are usually nothing to worry about. Abnormal pap smear results in women going through menopause could be simply because their cells have changed due to age.
Pap Smear in Rockville, MD
According to the United States Office on Women’s Health, women from the ages of 21-29 should have a pap smear every three years. Women between 30-64 should have a pap smear and HPV test every five years. Additionally, women with immune system problems coinciding with chemotherapy, steroid use, or other issues, those who have had cervical cancer, or women who are HIV-positive should have more frequent pap smears. Consult with your doctor to determine how often you should have a pap smear.
For more information on abnormal pap smears or to schedule your well woman examination, please contact Dr. Ashkin, Dr. Poshni, and Dr. Masiky at Capital Women’s Care in Rockville, MD. Call (301) 569-6301 to schedule your appointment with your gynecologist today!
Discover the benefits of the da Vinci robotic system for performing gynecological surgeries.
While a lot of women will experience abdominal pain at some point during their lifetime, there are some women who deal with such persistent and painful abdominal discomfort that it greatly impacts their lives. Our Rockville, MD, OBGYNs Dr. Eric Ashkin, Dr. Aliya Poshni and Dr. Leslie Masiky are here to tell you how robotic surgery could improve your feminine health and quality of life.
When you find out you need surgery it’s easy to be worried about the invasiveness of the procedure, the obvious incision scar and the drawn-out recovery period. Fortunately, our Rockville, MD, gynecologists remove all of these concerns by offering da Vinci surgery, a minimally invasive procedure that makes significantly smaller incisions and offers an array of other benefits that traditional surgical techniques cannot.
When is the da Vinci robotic system used?
This revolutionary surgical device is often used for hysterectomies (to remove the uterus), to treat endometriosis (a condition that causes the tissue of the uterus to grow in other nearby regions), to remove fibroids or to treat pelvic prolapse. When you come in for a consultation, we will be able to determine whether your condition will require surgery or not and whether the da Vinci system is the best approach. Surgery is not typically the first course of action; however, we will recommend the da Vinci robotic surgery if nonsurgical treatment options haven’t properly managed your symptoms.
What are the benefits of the da Vinci robotic system?
This system is robotic-assisted, which means that our gynecologist will be in control of the device throughout your surgery. With this system, our gynecologists are able to offer a more accurate and precise surgery. Robotics allows our doctors to get into more difficult areas that may be more challenging manually. This device also offers other wonderful benefits that traditional surgery just can’t including:
- Shorter recovery period
- Fewer post-surgical side effects (e.g. less bleeding)
- Less risk of complications
- Shorter hospital stays
- Less visible incision scars
Dealing with unexplained pelvic pain? Are you interested in learning about the da Vinci robotic system? Then it’s time you turned to Capital Women’s Care in Rockville, MD, for the care you deserve to live a pain-free life.
When many people think of going to the OB/GYN they automatically assume that it is for a Pap smear test. But there is another valuable appointment you can make with a gynecologist at Capital Women's Health in Rockville, MD, called contraception counseling. Find out what this is and how a gynecologist can help you make the right decision for your sexual health.
What Is Contraception Counseling?
Contraception counseling is an appointment that you make with your gynecologist to discuss ways that you can avoid conceiving if you're sexually active. Here are a few of the topics you'll likely discuss:
- Your medical background and conditions, including any past gynecological issues or STDs.
- Menstrual cycle and history.
- Relationships (multiple or single partners).
- Allergies and reactions.
- Smoker or non-smoker and other habits.
- Recent pregnancies or plans to get pregnant in the future.
Why Is Contraception Counseling Important?
There are numerous contraception options available now for women who want to avoid pregnancy. However not every option is right for every woman. For example, some women can’t take certain types of birth control if they have cardiovascular or hormonal issues. For this reason and more it is important to schedule a counseling session with your Rockville gynecologist to find out which option will work for you and ensure your ongoing health and wellness.
It's a good idea to have a general idea of the various contraception options available before you go to your counseling appointment. These are a few treatments that you may discuss with your OB/GYN:
- birth control pills or patches
- contraceptive vaginal ring
- IUD (intra-uterine device)
- progesterone pill, implant or injection
- tubal ligation or tubal occlusion (permanent options)
Schedule a Counseling Session Today
Your sexual health is important and part of staying healthy is staying in touch with your gynecologist. Schedule a contraception counseling session with a gynecologist at Capital Women's Health in Rockville, MD, by calling (301) 569-6301 today.