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Preterm birth is defined as delivering a baby before 37 weeks of gestation. Babies born too early are at risk for several complications that tend to be more and more serious the earlier the babies are born. Complications related to prematurity can affect all the babies’ organ systems: lung function, heart function, vision, temperature regulation,…


Women make so many sacrifices for beauty: enduring pain, purchasing endless products and spending time for the right look. One more sacrifice that could arise is early menopause. When menopause occurs early, it usually happens before a woman turns 40. Many of the products we use on a daily basis contain harmful chemicals, especially beauty…


Everything changes the moment you find out you’re pregnant. You’re now responsible for another human being growing inside you. Everything you do to your body from that point on affects your child. February is National Prenatal Infection Awareness Month. As we battle the cold and flu season, I realize this might be a good time…


Anyone suffering from hair loss can now visit the Institute for Women’s Health for a wonderful new treatment. Hair loss is a very common problem that causes distress in patients who have it, including stress and negative effects on self-esteem. Recent surveys from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and American Academy of…


The very personal choice of an OB/GYN (OBG) physician is likely not as difficult as it might seem. There are many online sites and friends/ family to consult on this matter. I will outline some of the considerations that seem to be most helpful below. Training and Board certification – although no guarantee of quality ,…


San Antonio in July, August, September… Beating the heat for mommies-to-be It’s summertime in South Texas again! Average temperatures in the 90s, highs in the low 100s, average humidity over 60%. Ugh! What’s a mother-to-be to do to beat the oppressive South Texas heat? Unless you have a summer home in Portland or Connecticut to…


Some contraceptive methods have been available for decades. As medical technology advances, stronger variations of methods are created, as well as entirely new ways of preventing pregnancy. The best way to prevent an unwanted or unprepared pregnancy is to consult your physician and understand the birth control methods that are available and which one may…


Sexuality plays a tremendously important role in women’s lives.   It brings women an ever-evolving source of pleasure, intimacy, personal expression, interpersonal connectedness, and of course, reproduction.  It can be a wonderful part of a healthy relationship, but sometimes it can become a source of frustration, pain, or even become tedious and unfulfilling under certain circumstances.…


Despite decades of availability of safe and effective birth control the unintended pregnancy rate in the United States is still 49%. There are approximately 6.6 million babies born in the U.S. each year, and half of those pregnancies were unintended. That is a staggering number, with lifelong and life changing effects for the families who…


As many as 3 out of 4 women will develop uterine fibroids in their lifetime, so it is one of the most common gynecologic conditions seen in our practice. Fortunately, uterine fibroids, or leiomyomas, are noncancerous masses of muscle which develop from the uterine muscle cells. Although fibroids are often called tumors, they are not…


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