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Genital Herpes

What Is Genital Herpes? Genital herpes is a contagious viral infection that is most often acquired through sexual contact. The viruses that cause genital herpes are related to the group of viruses that include chicken pox and mononucleosis. Herpes Simplex Virus 1...

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Gonorrhea

What Is Gonorrhea? Gonorrhea is a curable sexually transmitted disease caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhea. Gonorrhea is spread through sexual intercourse, whether it is vaginal, oral or anal. Gonorrhea can also be passed to a newborn during delivery....

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Chlamydia

What Is Chlamydia? Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in the US, affecting 3-5 million women and men a year. It has been referred to as a "silent epidemic" because the infection has no symptoms in 2/3 of all infected women and half of...

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Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)

HIV and AIDS are the most feared of all the sexually transmitted diseases and generally the first to come to mind. The other STDs are more prevalent, though. In order to prevent any STD it is important to know how they are spread, the common symptoms and how they are...

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Polycystic ovarian syndrome, also known as PCOS, is the most common hormonal disorder in women of reproductive age. Affecting up to 10% of the population PCOS is one of the leading causes of female infertility and is associated with long-term health risks of heart...

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Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

What is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease? Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, also known as PID, is not a single illness. It is a broad term covering a variety of infections of the internal reproductive organs including the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, ligaments supporting...

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Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP)

What Is a LEEP Procedure? LEEP is a procedure to treat abnormal cells, also called dysplasia, on your cervix. Cells on your cervix are constantly growing and changing. Sometimes these cells grow and change abnormally. These abnormal cells are usually first noticed on...

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Laparoscopy

A laparoscopy is a procedure which allows your physician to look directly at your reproductive organs using an instrument called a laparoscope. This diagnostic procedure allows your doctor to see problems that could not be seen with a pelvic exam, x-rays, or...

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Colposcopy

What is a colposcopy? A colposcopy is an outpatient procedure to view the cervix and the vagina through a high-powered microscope called a colposcope. The colposcope looks like a pair of binoculars attached to a stand. It does not enter the vagina. Direct examination...

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Pap Test

What Is a Pap Test? The Pap test, or Pap smear, is a screening test for cervical cancer. The test can detect changes in the cells on the cervix. These changes may be cancerous, pre-cancerous, or caused by inflammation. Why Is a Pap Smear Needed Every 3-5 Years? Even...

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Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

What Is Premenstrual Syndrome? Premenstrual Syndrome, commonly referred to as PMS, is a term used to describe the symptoms many women experience one to two weeks before the beginning of their period. Physical symptoms, accompanied by mood swings and depression, are...

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Everything you Need to Know about Labor & Delivery

When will I know I'm in labor? It can be difficult to know exactly when you are in labor, especially if this is your first pregnancy. If you are unsure if labor is beginning, please do not hesitate to call. Braxton Hicks contractions are irregular and erratic...

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Optional Testing During Pregnancy

There are various options, both non-invasion and invasive, for Down Syndrome screening. Down Syndrome (DS) is a genetic disorder, also known as Trisomy 21, which causes lifelong mental and physical delays in development and increases the risk of other diseases. DS is...

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What are Common Symptoms of Pregnancy?

Nausea/Vomiting ? feeling nauseous during the first three months of pregnancy is very common. For some women, it can last longer, while others may not experience it at all. Try to eat 5-6 smaller meals a day in order to keep your stomach full at all times. Try bland...

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What is Umbilical Cord Blood Banking and Should I do it?

Your baby is born with a lifesaving gift: cord blood stem cells. After a baby is born and the umbilical cord has been clamped and cut, some blood remains in the blood vessels of the placenta and the attached portion of the umbilical cord. This cord blood and cord...

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Can I Change My Cat’s Litter Box during Pregnancy?

Cat feces may contain a parasite that can cause a serious infection. This infection can lead to birth defects. The chance of becoming infected is small, but it is best to be cautious. You should not change the kitty litter if at all possible. If you have to change the...

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What Nutritional Needs do I Have while Pregnant?

Eating right during pregnancy is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby. The amount of weight gained during pregnancy can affect the immediate and future health of a woman and her infant. Excessive weight gain puts patients at risk for...

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What are My Exercise Guidelines while Pregnant?

Regular exercise is important during pregnancy to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Walking, swimming, bicycle riding, and prenantal exercise classes are all recommended. You may continue normal sports activity, although it is not the time to take up a new sport. The...

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What are Some Common Discomforts during Pregnancy?

Diarrhea - If diarrhea occurs, increase your fluids by at least 6 to 8 glasses a day. Avoid milk or milk products until the diarrhea has resolved. Follow the BRATT diet: bananas, rice, applesauce, tea, or toast. If you obtain no relief in 24 hours of the BRATT diet,...

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What Foods Should I Avoid During Pregnancy?

Raw Meat ? Avoid uncooked seafood and undercooked beef or poultry Deli meat ? This is safe if it is toasted or heated to kill bacteria Unpasteurized anything ? cheeses, milk, juices, ciders ? soft cheeses made with pasteurized milk are safe. Smoked seafood ?...

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Molar Pregnancy

A molar pregnancy is also called gestational trophoblastic disease, or a hydatiform mole. It is a rare condition where a fertilized egg degenerates into a growth of abnormal placental tissue. The incidence of molar pregnancy is 1 in 1500-2000 pregnancies. Symptoms and...

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Can I have Intercourse while Pregnant?

Intercourse can be a normal activity during pregnancy. Unless there is a specific problem with the pregnancy, such as bleeding, or preterm contractions, sexual intercourse is safe during pregnancy. It may be necessary to experiment with position and depth of...

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What About Smoking, Alcohol and Drugs during Pregnancy?

Is Smoking Harmful During Pregnancy? When a woman smokes, blood vessels constrict, reducing the amount of oxygen and nutrients delivered to the baby. In addition, the fetus is exposed to carbon dioxide, tar, and nicotine. Women who smoke during pregnancy have a...

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Can I Color My Hair while Pregnant?

According to hair styling experts, chemicals used to color hair are not dangerous to use during pregnancy. It is safe to get your hair colored, highlighted or permed in a well-ventilated room. , However, because of the hormonal changes associated with pregnancy, the...

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Is it Safe to Travel while Pregnant?

Travel by any mode of transportation is considered safe up to the seventh month of pregnancy. If traveling by car, it is advisable to stop every 1 to 2 hours to stretch and move your legs. Eat healthy snacks and take along lots of water to drink in the car. Always use...

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Bleeding During Pregnancy

Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy is always a concern for the expectant mother. There are many causes of vaginal bleeding and often the bleeding will resolve without intervention. Since the bleeding may pose a risk to you or the fetus you should always alert your...

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Heavy Bleeding

You're suffering from heavy menstrual bleeding; your doctor calls it menorrhagia. You don't really care what it's called, as long as it can be resolved. Today, an exciting new breakthrough offers you a treatment that is at once quick, simple, safe and complete. The...

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Fibrocystic Breast Changes

**The information contained here is for educational purposes or to answer questions you may have about fibrocystic breast changes. If you discover a lump in your breast, or have a discharge from a nipple, you should contact your physician. What Is Fibrocystic Breast...

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Fibroids

Fibroids are tumors consisting of an overgrowth of muscle and connective tissue. Fibroids may grow into the uterine cavity or may be confined within the uterine wall. Under most circumstances, they are benign. Twenty-five to fifty percent of women have fibroids and...

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Endometriosis

What Is Endometriosis? Endometriosis strikes 10 to 20% of American women. It is a common cause of pelvic pain. In endometriosis, endometrial tissue (tissue from the lining of the uterus) is found outside the uterus. This tissue builds up and breaks down with the...

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Are Hot Tubs and Tanning Unsafe during Pregnancy?

Are Hot Tubs Safe? We do not recommend any water hot enough to raise the core body temperature of a pregnant woman, since a marked increase in maternal temperature may adversely affect the baby. Even with tub baths, the water should not be hot enough to cause your...

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Gestational Diabetes

What Is Gestational Diabetes? Gestational diabetes is diabetes, or glucose intolerance, that occurs during the second half of pregnancy. It occurs in approximately 3% of all pregnant women. With the birth of the baby, blood sugars usually return to normal levels. Your...

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4-D Ultrasounds

What is four-Dimensional Ultrasound? We are pleased to be the first practice in Greater Cincinnati to offer our patients the latest technological advance in prenatal imaging ? four-dimensional ultrasound. This innovative technology shows your developing baby in...

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Miscarriage

Approximately 20% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. Most miscarriages take place in the first twelve weeks of pregnancy, although miscarriage can happen any time before 20 weeks.Most miscarriages cannot be prevented. This is nature?s way of ending a pregnancy...

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Why am I So Tired? What is the Best Sleep Position?

It?s normal to feel more tired. You may also notice you need more sleep than usual. Try to get at least 8-10 hours per night. Listen to your body. Try to sleep on your side to allow for maximum blood flow to baby after 20 weeks. Lying on your back can cause your blood...

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Postpartum Care

Appointment Your postpartum appointment is very important. If you delivered your baby vaginally, we would like to see you in the office in four weeks. If you had a cesarean section, please plan to see us three weeks after your delivery. It is best that you make your...

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What Medications are Safe in Pregnancy?

Please check with the office before taking any over-the-counter or prescription medication. Regular strength acetaminophen (Tylenol) is the medication of choice for pain or fever. Please do not take aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen sodium unless directed by your...

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What About Postpartum Depression?

It is very common to experience mood changes after delivery. This usually starts 2-3 deays after delivery and goes away by 2 weeks. Sometimes the symptoms are persistent and severe and require treatment especially if you are not bonding or enjoying your baby, are...

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Vaccinations During Pregnancy

Vaccination is a vital part for any healthy pregnancy. Getting vaccinated is a way to protect both yourself and your newborn during the first few months of his or her life. We strongly recommend the following vaccines for women DURING pregnancy: TDAP: this is a...

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How Much Caffeine is Safe?

Caffeine may be used in moderation. It is believed that two or fewer cups of a beverage with caffeine should be safe. If a mother drinks more caffeine, the baby can be born with a caffeine addiction, interfering with sleep and eating during the first weeks of life....

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4-Dimensional Ultrasounds

What is four-Dimensional Ultrasound? We are pleased to be the first practice in Greater Cincinnati to offer our patients the latest technological advance in prenatal imaging ? four-dimensional ultrasound. This innovative technology shows your developing baby in...

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Group B Streptococcal Infection

During the last trimester of pregnancy, around 36 weeks, we will do a vaginal culture to screen for bacteria called group B streptococcus (GBS). GBS is one of the many bacteria that exist in the body without causing serious illness. Although it can be found in the...

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Ectopic Pregnancy

An ectopic pregnancy is one that occurs outside the uterus. Because the pregnancy is not in the uterus, it cannot progress normally and must be removed. About 1 in 60 pregnancies are ectopic. Usually the pregnancy is in a fallopian tube. A ruptured tubal pregnancy...

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Early Pregnancy Loss

When a pregnancy ends before 20 weeks gestation, it is referred to as early pregnancy loss. The pregnancy may end in a miscarriage, or it may be an ectopic or molar pregnancy. The loss of a pregnancy, no matter how early, can leave parents with a sense of loss....

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What Tests May be Performed during My Pregnancy?

Routine Testing - It is standard of care to obtain the following tests on the first visit for your pregnancy: CBC - A complete blood count is done to determine the ability to carry oxygen and nutrients through the body and to the fetus. This is repeated when the...

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When Will I Feel My Baby Move?

Sometime between 16-25 weeks of pregnancy, mothers will begin to feel movement. Initially, movements will be infrequent and may feel like butterfly flutters. As your baby grows, you will feel movement more often. It is recommended to start counting fetal movements...

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When to Call the Doctor

Call the office number, Mt. Auburn 241-4774, or Mason/Montgomery 398-6230 at any time. During the day your call will be answered and triaged by our excellent nursing staff. After hours, your call will be forwarded to the on-call physician regardless of which office...

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