- Genital warts
- Precancerous changes to the vagina, vulva, or cervix
- Vulvar, cervical, or vaginal cancer
- Carbonated drinks
- Artificial Sweeteners
- Spicy, sugary, or acidic foods
- Chili peppers
- Blood pressure and heart medications
- Muscle relaxants and sedatives
Know when to schedule your first appointment with an OBGYN.
Whether you think you might be pregnant or you already received a positive at-home test result, not only do you want to confirm that you have a new bundle of joy on the way but also that you and the baby are getting the proper care from the very beginning.
When should I schedule my first prenatal visit?
As soon as you find out that you are pregnant it is important that you schedule an appointment with an OBGYN. In most cases, your first prenatal appointment will happen at around 8 weeks. If you have certain health conditions or are experiencing any symptoms such as vaginal bleeding or abdominal discomfort then you may come in sooner. Even if this isn’t your first pregnancy you should still come in for regular prenatal appointments.
The first prenatal appointment is one of the most important visits and so it can often take longer. This is a time for us to sit down with you and get to know you better. Think of the first appointment as establishing rapport with our OBGYN team. After all, we will be with you throughout your pregnancy so we want you to be comfortable and happy with the care you are receiving.
What will happen during my first appointment?
We will need to go through your detailed medical history, which can include everything from any gynecological issues you might have to drug allergies, chronic health problems, or medications you are currently taking. We will also need to discuss any habits that could affect your pregnancy such as smoking or drinking.
We will also talk to you about the different genetic tests available to you throughout the course of your pregnancy. These tests can be a great way to screen for certain birth defects or genetic disorders like Down syndrome. We will discuss in detail the screenings tests that you can choose to have.
A physical and pelvic exam will also be performed during your first visit. We will also need to take a sample of blood to test for any undiagnosed health conditions or STDS. A urinary sample will also be taken to check for urinary tract infections (UTIs) or other issues.
Of course, during this appointment and any subsequent visits you have, we want you to know that if you have any questions or concerns that you shouldn’t hesitate to ask us. We can provide you with tips, advice, and support throughout this exciting and whirlwind time in your life to make sure that your pregnancy goes as smoothly as possible.
Your obstetrician is here to provide you with the care, treatment and education you need to help navigate your pregnancy. We provide comprehensive maternal fetal medicine to ensure that you and your baby get the care you both deserve during this exciting time.
Endometriosis is when the body develops tissue similar to uterine lining outside the uterus. Dr. Debora Sedaghat of Fountain Valley, CA, looks at your history, current symptoms and physical exam in addition to possibly ultrasound and at times MRI or laparoscopy to detect endometriosis. If you are concerned about endometriosis, schedule an appointment with OC Women's Care.
More About Endometriosis
Endometriosis affects more than six million women in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is more common in patients between their 30s and 40s and makes getting pregnant difficult. These benign growths have several symptoms and appear in several places:
What are the symptoms of endometriosis?
Endometriosis is difficult to diagnose, so women need to remain alert of symptoms:
- Pain is the most common symptom during menstrual cramps, in the lower back and pelvis, during or after sex, and during bowel movements.
- Bleeding or spotting between menstrual cycles.
- Stomach problems, including diarrhea, constipation, bloating, or nausea during menstrual cycles.
You should visit your Fountain Valley, CA, doctor to prevent further complications. Unchecked, endometriosis tissue may grow into ovaries and block your fallopian tubes, which may trap blood and form cysts. Women may also experience inflammation because of scar tissue, causing pelvic pain.
Treatment and Preventative Care
Endometriosis isn't preventable, but there are preventative measures you can take, like lowering estrogen levels that thicken the lining of the uterine wall during menstruation.
Do this by:
- Using birth control pills, patches or rings.
- Exercise regularly (more than 4 hours a week) to reduce body fat and estrogen circulating through the body.
- Avoid alcohol because it raises estrogen levels.
- Avoid large amounts of caffeine
Treatment options may include hormonal medications to suppress cycles, surgery, pain medicine and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies, like acupuncture and chiropractic care.
Would you like to speak to your doctor?
Endometriosis is a serious illness and if you think you have the symptoms mentioned, you should contact Dr. Debora Sedaghat at her Fountain Valley, CA, office by calling (714) 966-2112 today! OC Women's Care is here for all of your needs.
Your OBGYN treats a number of common gynecological conditions, including irregular vaginal bleeding. It’s a concern that can be related to anything from stress, chronic conditions, or reproductive problems. Learn the common causes of irregular bleeding in gynecology, and how you can get your menstrual cycle back to normal.
Irregular Vaginal Bleeding
In their reproductive years, women menstruate about every 28 days as the uterine lining sheds itself. The bleeding is often moderate to heavy during the first couple of days, then tapers off during the next few days. A normal menstrual cycle lasts up to a week. If the process does not repeat every 28 days or so, or a cycle is missed, or the flow of blood is too heavy or too light, that is considered irregular bleeding. Additional symptoms may include poor mood, problems sleeping, and sharp abdominal pains.
You should talk to your OBGYN if your menstrual cycle starts to change or becomes irregular. Irregular bleeding can be caused by one or more of the following factors:
Certain medications (including birth control pills).
Endometriosis (tissue that’s supposed to be inside of the uterus grows on the outside).
Stress and lifestyle.
Blood clotting disorders.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (a hormonal problem).
Pelvic inflammatory disease (an infection usually caused by an STD).
Uterine fibroids (benign growths in the uterus).
Cervical or uterine cancer.
Chronic medical conditions (not necessarily related to the reproductive system).
Treatments for Irregular Bleeding
In some cases, irregular bleeding resolves on its own. For instance, if the irregularity is related to stress, de-stressing activities may help, like light exercise, dietary changes, or bed rest. If the problem is your birth control, your gynecologist will discuss other birth control options. If it’s related to another gynecological condition, the treatment may require an ultrasound and further testing. In more serious cases, surgery may be necessary.
See Your OBGYN
Schedule a visit to your OBGYN if you’re experiencing irregular bleeding. It could an easily treatable issue that your gynecologist can resolve with medications or a minor procedure.
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