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OBGYNs, commonly known as a doctor who’s both an obstetrician and gynecologist, take care of women through all phases of their lives, from adolescence to their childbearing years and all through menopause. Whatever concern you may have, our OBGYN here at OC Women’s Care in Fountain Valley, CA, Dr. Debora Sedaghat, has probably seen, heard, and treated it before. With that said, if you’ve yet to find an OBGYN, here’s why having one you can trust is extremely important.
How Your OBGYN Can Help You
In a nutshell, OBGYNs provide preventive care, general healthcare, and treatment from conditions and diseases related to pregnancy and the female reproductive system. They’re capable of:
- Assessing your medical history and educating you about the prevention of disease and overall wellness.
- Giving care throughout pregnancy and the postpartum period.
- Conducting reproductive health screenings such as Pap smears, pelvic exams, cancer screenings, STD screenings, and breast exams, among others.
- Providing contraceptive counseling and family planning.
- Treating and diagnosing chronic and acute conditions and diseases that impact women’s health, including infertility, gynecological diseases, and cancer, as well as menopause.
- Ordering and interpreting imaging and lab tests and prescribing medicines.
- Performing surgery including minimally invasive surgeries on female reproductive organs including D & C or dilation and curettage, cesarean sections, ovarian cyst removals, tubal ligations, hysterectomies, among others.
- Monitoring, treating, and screening various women related issues from adolescence to reproductive years and throughout menopause.
When to See an OBGYN
Besides routine yearly exams, consider seeing your OBGYN in Fountain Valley, CA, if you experience these conditions and symptoms:
- Foul-smelling, persistent, and/or unusual vaginal discharge
- Breast changes, including lumps and discoloration
- Heavy vaginal bleeding or bleeding between periods
- Pain or severe cramps after or while having sexual intercourse
- Menopausal or perimenopausal symptoms, including hot flashes, irregular periods, mood swings, decreased sex drive
- Premenstrual syndrome or PMS symptoms like moodiness, swollen breasts, fatigue, or irritability
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, women should likewise visit their OBGYN under these circumstances:
- You’re pregnant or are looking to conceive
- You’re sexually active and require birth control
- You haven’t menstruated by 16 or you haven’t had a breast exam, Pap smear, or pelvic exam in more than a year
If you are like plenty of women, it’s understandable to find revealing intimate details about your body and lifestyle to your doctor very difficult. But your health, and/or that of your unborn child, depends on it, so make sure to find an OBGYN that you can really be comfortable with and trust.
To Find Out More About Our OBGYN and Our Services, Speak to Us
Set up an appointment with our OBGYN in Fountain Valley, CA, Dr. Debora Sedaghat, and her team today. Just dial (714) 966-2112 or request an online appointment to reach OC Women's Care today.
Can fibroids become cancerous?
The majority of the time fibroids are completely benign. It is extremely rare that a fibroid will turn cancerous. Also, having fibroids will not increase your chances of developing uterine cancer or cancerous fibroids.
How are fibroids treated?
Since most women don’t experience symptoms, they won’t necessarily need treatment; however, women who do experience symptoms will want to discuss their options with a qualified OBGYN. Your OBGYN will be able to decide the best strategies for treating your fibroids based on your health, the symptoms you’re experiencing, whether you plan to become pregnant in the future, your age, and the size of the fibroids.
Mild symptoms may be managed with simple over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen. If you have heavy periods, your doctor may recommend iron supplements to prevent anemia. Some forms of birth control including an intrauterine device (IUD) can also help manage fibroid symptoms.
Another medication used to treat fibroids is a gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRHa). This medication can be administered in many different ways (e.g. inhaled, ingested, or injected) and is used to shrink large fibroids.
If you experience more severe fibroid symptoms, then your OBGYN may recommend surgery to have the fibroids removed. This procedure is known as a myomectomy.
Can I get pregnant if I have fibroids?
It can be more difficult for women with uterine fibroids to get pregnant, but it is still a possibility. Of course, women who become pregnant while they have fibroids may be more at risk for complications so it’s important that you have an obstetrician that will know how to best handle fibroids during your pregnancy. While there may be concerns, having fibroids does not put you in the high-risk pregnancy category.
Are you experiencing symptoms of fibroids? If so, it’s important to talk with your OBGYN about your symptoms and how to get them under control.
What is the purpose of a Pap smear?
A Pap smear is the best tool at our disposal for being able to detect precancerous cells within the cervix. By catching these cells early, we can remove them before they turn into cervical cancer.
When should a woman get her first Pap smear?
Women should start getting regular Pap smears from their OBGYN once they reach 21 years old, or once they become sexually active. Women will continue to get Pap smears until 65 years old.
How often should women get tested?
Women between the ages of 21 and 29 should get tested every three years. Once you reach age 30 you should get tested every five years (often alongside an HPV test). Women who have had abnormal Pap results in the past may need to come more often for testing.
Will it hurt?
While getting a Pap smear may feel a bit weird or maybe even a little uncomfortable (especially the first time when you’re not sure exactly what to expect), it shouldn’t hurt. You may notice a slight pinch but that’s usually about it. While a traditional OBGYN screening will usually take up to 20 minutes to perform, the Pap smear itself usually takes just a couple of minutes.
How quickly will I get results back?
It’s typical to get your results within one week after your test, but your OBGYN will let you know when results will be available to you.
Do abnormal or inconclusive results mean that I have cervical cancer?
Not typically. An inconclusive test just means that the sample that we collected wasn’t useable. This can happen if you’ve been sexually active or used tampons with two days before your test. Your doctor will usually recommend repeating the test.
Abnormal results, while stressful, could be due to inflammation, infections, trichomoniasis, HPV or herpes. If your tests are abnormal your doctor will discuss further testing with you or provide you with proper medication if an infection is found.
If you still have questions about Pap smears, don’t hesitate to call your OBGYN. We are here to make sure that you fully understand any and all care you receive at our office.
Have I Started Menopause?
Common symptoms of menopause include:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Brain fog
- Trouble concentrating
- Vaginal dryness
- Mood swings
- Decreased sex drive
- Hair loss
- Weight gain
When it comes to managing menopause symptoms there are a variety of options. A lot will depend on the type of symptoms you are experiencing, how severe the symptoms are, and your current health. Lifestyle changes can go a long way to improving your symptoms. These changes may include:
- Eating a healthy, balanced, and whole diet that is free from processed or junk foods
- Getting regular exercise that includes weight-bearing exercises 2-3 times a week
- Finding ways to manage stress through deep breathing, meditation, etc.
- Quitting smoking
- Avoiding alcohol
- Making sure you are getting enough calcium to support healthy, strong bones
Women who are dealing with particularly intense and all-consuming hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness will often find incredible relief through hormone replacement therapy. Plus, hormone replacement therapy can also protect against osteoporosis, a condition that leads to bone weakness and fracturing.
If you are dealing with night sweats, hot flashes, weight gain, and other symptoms associated with menopause, turn to an OBGYN to help you find ways to manage these symptoms effectively.
Here’s when you should get an STD test,
You are noticing symptoms
You have a new partner
You aren’t practicing safe sex
You have multiple partners
It’s a good rule of thumb to get tested at least once a year since many STDs do not produce any symptoms at all, so you could have an STD and not even know it. If you need to schedule an STD test, your OBGYN can often provide you with comprehensive testing right here in their very own office. This is a great option for many women because they have already established a rapport with their doctor and may feel more comfortable undergoing a more sensitive procedure such as an STD screening with a gynecologist they know and trust. Knowing your health status doesn’t just protect you, it also protects your partner.