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5 Facts about HIV in Women Dec 1st, 2022

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is still a problem affecting people on a regular basis today, even though we don’t hear much about it anymore. The AIDS crisis is still a problem. But you may not know about how it impacts women’s health. In recognition of World AIDS Day on December 1, we...

How to Know If You've Entered Perimenopause Nov 1st, 2022

Most of the signs that we call “menopause” are actually symptoms of perimenopause. This is the transitional phase leading up to actual menopause, which occurs when it has been one year since your last period. The symptoms of perimenopause can be quite uncomfortable. You may live with these discomforts for...

Encouraging Facts About Breast Cancer Oct 1st, 2022

You may have gotten a diagnosis of breast cancer. Or maybe you’re putting off getting a mammogram, just because you’re scared of getting a breast cancer diagnosis. But you should get mammograms. And if you have already been diagnosed with breast cancer, there are many reasons to have hope. Breast cancer...

What Happens at a Mammogram? Aug 1st, 2022

A mammogram is a type of special X-ray that looks closely at your breast tissue. It’s an important screening tool for breast cancer that can detect the presence of cancer, often at early stages.  You may get a mammogram as a standard screening tool or if you have other symptoms...

Prenatal Care Strategies You Can Embrace Today Jul 1st, 2022

Whether you want to conceive now or at some point in the future, making some changes to your health habits can help. Some of the lifestyle changes you make can improve your overall health, which will make your pregnancy healthier whenever you conceive. Some of the lifestyle habits you practice before pregnancy...

Why It’s Important to Come In For Your Annual Exam Jun 1st, 2022

For some women, it is not necessary to get a Pap smear every year, but for others it is, so it is important to talk to your OBGYN about your individual situation regarding how often you should get a Pap smear.  Annual exams are still very important, even if you...

What Should I Do If I Have Abnormal Bleeding? May 1st, 2022

If you have abnormal bleeding, you may either be used to it by now or you may feel alarmed. Abnormal bleeding is defined as any bleeding that occurs outside of a normal menstrual period, which should occur every 21 to 35 days and lasts for five days on average. If...

Do Female Condoms Really Work? Apr 1st, 2022

If you can’t use hormonal contraceptives (like the Pill or hormonal IUDs) and are looking for alternatives, maybe you’ve wondered about the female condom. But you might be wondering if they’re really effective at preventing pregnancy. And should you double-up and use male condoms at the same time? Female condoms...

Telemedicine is a Great Way to Get Comprehensive Care from the Comfort of Your Home Mar 1st, 2022

Many of us are choosing to limit the number of places we go these days. Whether you’re trying to avoid the Covid variants still running rampant in our community or you have a weakened immune system that prevents you from leaving home, telemedicine offers you that option. Telemedicine has evolved...

Common STDs and How to Prevent Them Feb 1st, 2022

Sexually transmitted diseases, also called sexually transmitted infections, are always a potential risk if you’re sexually active. While some STDs are difficult to avoid – and all are preventable with abstinence – prevention can do a lot to keep you safe. Learning about the most common STDs is an important...

All About Fertility Testing Jan 1st, 2022

Maybe you thought that when you tried to have a baby, it would just happen. But for whatever reason, it isn’t happening and now you are wondering why not. Your next step might be to make an appointment with an OBGYN for some testing or even fertility treatment. Not everyone...

How to Manage Herpes Flare-Ups Dec 1st, 2021

If you have herpes, you’re not alone. Few people talk about it, but more than 1 in 6 people have herpes type 2. There are two types of herpes: herpes simplex I and herpes simplex 2. HSV-2 is the type of herpes that causes genital herpes. Genital herpes causes flare-ups...

Giving Birth Abroad in the U.S.: What to Expect Nov 1st, 2021

If you’re living abroad, you may think about giving birth in the United States. After all, doing so automatically guarantees U.S. citizenship for your child, which is a great advantage in itself. Whether you’re looking into birth tourism on a tourist visa or you just happen to be in the...

5 Encouraging Facts About Mammograms Oct 1st, 2021

Getting a mammogram is an important move in protecting your health. It’s one of the best ways to detect breast cancer when it’s in its earliest stages, which is when it’s often most treatable. But there are a lot of misconceptions about mammograms, some of which you may have even...

Myths and Facts About Birth Control Sep 1st, 2021

Contraception -- also known as birth control -- includes a variety of ways to prevent pregnancy. But it’s important to use birth control correctly, as well as to choose the right method for you.  Not all birth control methods are created equal, and there are a lot of myths out...

Tips for Prepping for Delivery Aug 9th, 2021

Pregnancy is a long, exciting journey for every expectant mother. The process is nine months long, and some women even plan for their pregnancies well in advance. Now, as your delivery date nears, it’s time to start preparing for childbirth. Whether this is your first baby or you’re a seasoned...

The Ins and Outs of Female Fertility Jul 18th, 2021

Women often expect that they should be able to get pregnant whenever they start trying. But there are some factors that greatly influence whether your attempts to conceive will be successful. Before you start pursuing fertility treatment, it’s important to understand how to optimize your fertility. In general, you need...

Adjusting to Life With Menopause Jun 14th, 2021

Whether or not you had problems with your monthly menstrual periods, you may find it challenging to deal with the symptoms that accompany the gradual ending of your cycles. This phase of your life when your periods end is called perimenopause and menopause, and usually occurs between the ages of...

Why It’s Important to Get a Mammogram May 5th, 2021

If you’re a woman over the age of 40, your doctor may have mentioned that you need to start getting mammograms. These exams use imaging to look at your breast tissue for any abnormalities that could be early signs of breast cancer. Like many conditions, breast cancer is most treatable...

Can I Still Get Pregnant If I’m Over the Age of 35? Apr 6th, 2021

If you want to have a baby, you may have had age 35 listed as a cutoff. While it’s true that fertility declines in your mid-30s and that may make conceiving a baby more challenging, it’s still possible. However, there are also some additional risks you may face if you...

What Every Woman Should Know About Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Mar 8th, 2021

Abnormal uterine bleeding is any bleeding or spotting that occurs outside of your normal menstrual cycle. Extra-heavy or longer-than-usual bleeding also counts as abnormal.  A normal menstrual cycle includes about five days of bleeding every 21-35 days. Because many women don’t report their abnormal bleeding, exact statistics are unknown, but...

Who Needs to Be Tested for STDs? Feb 18th, 2021

If you have sex, getting a sexually transmitted diseases (STD) is always a potential risk. The more frequently you have new partners, the greater the risk you face. But the truth is that almost anyone can get infected by an STD, and women are more likely than men to experience...

Five Tips to Support Your Cervical Health Jan 1st, 2021

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, which is a perfect time to think about your cervical health. While you may not think about your cervix often, paying attention to its health may save your life. Your cervix is a cylinder-shaped area of tissue that connects your vagina to your uterus....

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Dec 23rd, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

How You Can Still Get Care Without Coming in to Our Office Dec 10th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is unfortunately still ongoing. However, that doesn’t mean you have to put your health on hold. In fact, getting continued care is more important than ever, especially if you’re pregnant or you’re having a gynecological issue. Telemedicine visits use the best of technology to make it possible...

Navigating a Pregnancy with Diabetes Nov 1st, 2020

Millions of American women live with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, and each year, many of them become pregnant. You may already be well-versed in how to manage your diabetes when you’re not pregnant, but pregnancy may require some changes to how you care for your health. You probably...

What Every Woman Should Know About Breast Cancer Oct 1st, 2020

Every October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s not uncommon to see everything from football players’ jerseys to yogurt lids turned pink for the month in honor of breast cancer awareness. And this is an important cause: Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in women after...

Breastfeeding: Is It Right for You and Your Baby? Sep 22nd, 2020

You’ll have to make many important decisions about how to raise your baby throughout the next couple of decades. While some decisions during pregnancy are pretty clear cut, such as whether or not to vaccinate your child (which we absolutely recommend), the decision about how to feed your baby can...

When Should I Start Getting Mammograms? Aug 13th, 2020

Some confusion exists about when you need to start getting mammograms. Many women aren’t sure whether the recommendations say to start at age 40 or 50. Because this helpful screening exam can spot early signs of breast cancer, most experts now believe that earlier detection is better. Unlike other doctors,...

Who Should Have Group B Strep Testing? Jul 15th, 2020

July 2020 is International Group B Strep Awareness Month. It’s important to know what group B strep is and how you can protect your baby from it. Many people don’t know what group B strep is or if they have it, because it’s a silent infection that goes undetected until...

Breastfeeding and Coronavirus Jun 9th, 2020

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has everyone feeling a bit worried right now. As a pregnant mom or the mom of an infant, you might be wondering whether it’s still safe to breastfeed. The quick and easy answer is yes. But there are more details...

Obstetrics, Gynecology, and COVID-19: What You Need to Know May 19th, 2020

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 has everyone at least a little bit on edge, and pregnant women are no exception. You may be wondering how this virus affects our practice as an OB/GYN clinic.  Many things about COVID-19 are still evolving, which makes the situation fluid with the...

Pregnancy & COVID-19 Apr 17th, 2020

COVID-19 has spread across the globe, changing the way you greet friends, the number of times each day you wash your hands, and the necessity of staying at home. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking the virus nationwide and keeping you updated on...

How to Manage Your Endometriosis on a Daily Basis Mar 5th, 2020

Millions of women live with endometriosis. In fact, it’s estimated that more than 6.5 million American women (more than 1 in 10 women) deal with this condition. It is often painful and inconvenient and can impact your fertility.   Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue similar to that found...

Protect Your Unborn Baby or Newborn from Infections Feb 13th, 2020

Protecting your baby is one of your most important jobs as a parent. You want to make sure your new baby is healthy and safe. While you can’t control everything that will happen to your child, you do have a lot of power to keep your baby safe from harm....

Tighten Your Pelvic Floor With a Kegel Exercise Machine Jan 1st, 2020

Kegel exercises strengthen the muscles that support your uterus, bladder, and bowels. Women especially benefit when they have problems with bowel or urine control. Kegels can also help prepare you for labor and delivery. While you can perform Kegels on your own, the movement is nuanced and potentially hard to...

When is Hormone Replacement Therapy the Right Choice for Remedying Menopause Symptoms? Dec 4th, 2019

For many women, the menopausal transition brings rise to symptoms that range from a mere annoyance to debilitating pain. It’s safe to say that menopause isn’t a fun fact of life, but it is a fact of life nonetheless.  Thanks to medical advancements, you can enjoy menopause with fewer, less...

I'm Pregnant. How Do I Know if My Pregnancy is High Risk? Nov 22nd, 2019

Most pregnancies are joyous events that go smoothly, without complication. But, in some cases, a woman’s health, complications with the baby’s health, or unforeseen issues (like twins) raise the risk that something might go wrong with mom or baby during development and/or delivery. At the practice of Alan Patterson, MD,...

Not Pregnant Yet? When to Seek Help Oct 8th, 2019

Getting pregnant isn’t always easy. In fact, conceiving a child is much harder than society makes it out to be. Infertility is still seen as taboo in many societies, but it affects more than one in 10 couples in the United States.  The causes of infertility vary, but one thing...

How Much Weight Should You Gain During Pregnancy? Sep 18th, 2019

It’s a big concern for many new moms-to-be: How will being pregnant change my body? Pregnancy is a time when weight gain is important for the health of your baby, but what’s normal when it comes to pregnancy weight gain can be confusing. You should be prepared to gain weight,...

You're Pregnant! What's Next? Aug 9th, 2019

Congratulations… you're pregnant! Now what? See 5 tips you should know.   #1 Once you've become pregnant and have taken a home pregnancy test that is positive, you need to schedule an appointment with the board-certified OB-GYN doctor who will be taking care of you, like Dr. Patterson. At your 1st visit,...

Considering Getting Pregnant? Things You Should Know Aug 9th, 2019

If you are considering getting pregnant, make sure you're doing these 3 things to heighten the possibility of conception and a viable, healthy pregnancy for you and for your baby.  #1 If you have insurance coverage, make sure your insurance covers pregnancy, maternity care and childcare to keep out-of-pocket costs...