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Osteoporosis can happen to anyone
You don’t have to have a family history of bone disease to be impacted by osteoporosis. While a family history of bone disease can certainly put you more at risk, we also see many otherwise healthy women develop osteoporosis during their perimenopausal and menopausal years.
Other risk factors for osteoporosis include:
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Sedentary lifestyle
While not all menopausal women will develop osteoporosis, one in two postmenopausal women will have osteoporosis. This is because estrogen protects the bones, and as estrogen production drops this also increases the chances for osteoporosis. It’s also important that women during this stage of life are getting enough calcium to keep their bones healthy.
If you aren’t sure that you are incorporating enough calcium into your diet, it’s important to talk with your OBGYN about whether or not to supplement. The body also needs enough vitamin D to absorb calcium, and with the number of Americans with vitamin D deficiency and suboptimal levels, it’s also important that you have your vitamin D levels checked regularly to make sure you are getting enough.
There are preventive measures you can take now
Most women assume that once they have osteoporosis there is nothing they can really do to prevent permanent damage. This is simply not true! Ways of strengthening and supporting good bone health include:
- Getting regular exercise that includes weight-resistance training
- Eating a healthy diet that includes enough calcium and vitamin D, as well as protein, magnesium, vitamin C, and vitamin K
- Quitting smoking, if you are currently a smoker
- Limiting alcohol consumption or avoiding it altogether
If you are experiencing symptoms of menopause, you must have an OBGYN that you can turn to for care, support, and answers during this time. An OBGYN can also provide you with the right treatment options to help prevent and manage osteoporosis.
Pregnancy is one of the most common reasons a woman stops getting her period; however, it’s certainly not the only reason. Some of the reasons why a woman may suddenly stop having periods include,
- Low body weight
- Sudden weight loss
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Eating disorders
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Certain chronic health problems such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Certain medications (e.g. birth control)
Your gynecologist can treat conditions such as PCOS and primary ovarian insufficiency through hormone therapy and lifestyle changes; however, if your condition is due to thyroid problems or other health issues, your gynecologist may recommend seeing a specialist or your primary doctor to treat these conditions.
You may be surprised to discover that women can still get pregnant even if they aren’t having regular periods. This is why it’s important to talk with your OBGYN about birth control options if you are sexually active and are not planning to become pregnant.
Many ovarian cysts are too small to cause symptoms; however, if the cyst is large you may notice:
- Bloating or abdominal swelling
- Abdominal pain or pressure, typically on the side where the cyst is
- The pain may be dull and may come and go
Several factors can predispose certain women to ovarian cysts. These factors include:
- Hormonal issues
- Pelvic infections
It’s always a good idea to see your OBGYN as soon as possible if you are experiencing intense or severe abdominal pain, especially if it’s accompanied by a fever. Severe abdominal pain requires immediate medical attention.
An ovarian cyst will typically go away on its own without treatment; however, the size of the cyst and the symptoms you are experiencing may determine whether or not you should have surgery to remove the cyst. Your doctor will continue to monitor the cyst through regular ultrasounds every few weeks or months to see if the cyst has gone away. Recurring or very large cysts often require surgery.
Pregnancy is a time when everything in your life becomes amplified. You may be exposed to big highs, as well as big lows. Depression in combination with giving birth is not something that's uncommon, it's the second most important thing to know. The most important is that it's a treatable condition. Reach out to Dr. Debora Sedaghat of OC Women's Care in Fountain Valley, CA, to find more detailed information,
Symptoms to Look For
A lot of women feel some worry or sadness after giving birth. Often these feelings pass within days. Post-partum depression however is a mood disorder that commonly affects women after pregnancy. It is a condition that can last for weeks, if not months, and for which you should seek the intervention of a professional.
Some symptoms that may help you identify post-partum depression, or depression in general, are feelings of numbness, anger, or feeling disconnected from your newborn. Other symptoms are crying more than usual, separating yourself from your loved ones, having trouble eating, difficulty concentrating on everyday tasks, feeling guilty, and feeling doubtful about your ability to be a good mother and to care for your child. Some women even worry that they may hurt their baby, or hurt themselves.
Everyone is different, so how these symptoms manifest for you, or to what degree, or if they manifest at all, depends on your specific case.
Post-partum Depression Treatment in Fountain Valley, CA
What you are feeling has a name, has a history of treatment and success. Don't think it is something you have to handle on your own. Every woman deserves support. So if you are having symptoms of depression the best thing you can do for yourself and your child is to get in contact with a professional as soon as possible. Make a call today to Dr. Sedaghat of OC Women's Care in Fountain Valley, CA, by dialing (714) 966-2112.
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.