Signs & Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts You Shouldn’t Ignore

Feb 11, 2020 10:37:02 AM / by Metro OBGYN Team posted in Women's Issues

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Ovarian cysts are common in many women, and while most won’t cause any major issues, it’s important to be aware of the frequent signs and symptoms. If you have any questions or concerns, it is a good idea to schedule an appointment with your gynecologist in order to get your questions answered and ensure your peace of mind. 

What are ovarian cysts?

Women have two ovaries that are approximately the size of an almond, found on either side of the uterus. Ovarian cysts are sacs filled with fluid that are found in an ovary or growing on its surface.

Plenty of women have ovarian cysts at some point in their lives. Most ovarian cysts are harmless and don’t cause pain or discomfort. The majority of ovarian cysts disappear without any need for treatment within several months.

However, some ovarian cysts, particularly those that might have ruptured, can result in serious symptoms and health hazards. Make sure that you are taking care of your health by attending regular pelvic exams and educating yourself on symptoms that may require a visit to your provider.

While smaller, less harmful cysts won’t cause symptoms and generally disappear on their own, look out for the following symptoms that might indicate you have a larger ovarian cyst:

  • Painful intercourse
  • Pain in the lower back/thighs
  • Tenderness in the breasts
  • Pelvic pain before or during the menstrual cycle
  • Nausea and vomiting

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, particularly if they interfere with your daily life, it’s time to visit your gynecologist who can advise on the next steps. 

Sometimes complications may arise from ovarian cysts. Make sure you seek urgent medical care if you develop any of these severe symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Faintness/ dizziness
  • Sharp pelvic pain
  • Rapid breathing

However, before you get worried about developing a harmful ovarian cyst, it’s a good idea to understand them a bit more and why they occur. 

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Should I Try a New Form of Birth Control?

Feb 4, 2020 7:50:40 AM / by Metro OBGYN Team posted in Pregnancy, Women's Issues

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These days, there are so many birth control options to choose from that it can feel confusing at best to choose a method that’s right for you. While your friends might swear by one method, you might find yourself more suited to an alternative. If you are using birth control, it’s worth taking a moment to decide if it’s really the right method for you, or if it might be worth trying a new form of birth control.

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January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month

Jan 28, 2020 8:05:59 AM / by Metro OBGYN Team posted in Pregnancy

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January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, and this year’s theme is “Best for You Best for Baby”. While it’s important to understand that not all birth defects can be prevented, there are ways to improve your chances of having a healthy baby by making sure you are your healthiest self both before and during pregnancy.

By doing what is best for your health, you’ll also be doing what’s best for your baby.

What are birth defects?

A birth defect is defined as a health condition that is present at the time of birth. Usually developing in the first three months when a baby’s organs are forming, they can have a serious impact on a baby’s health and how their body develops. A few examples of birth defects are cleft lip, cleft palate, congenital heart defects, and spina bifida.

In the U.S alone, about 1 in 33 babies are born with a defect each year, according to the CDC.  

Genetic, social, and environmental factors all play a big part in a baby’s health, and not all birth defects can be prevented. However, there are certain things that women can do to increase the possibility of a healthy full-term pregnancy and a healthy baby.

Here are five tips to follow to help make sure you’re at your best during pregnancy:

1. See your healthcare provider

It’s always a good idea to pop in for a check-up before pregnancy begins. You can ask any questions you might have, as well as ease any anxieties around your health and pregnancy.

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Everything You Need to Know About Menstrual Cups

Jan 21, 2020 8:08:25 AM / by Metro OBGYN Team posted in Women's Issues

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Menstrual cups are an alternative to tampons and sanitary pads, but do you know the benefits and risks involved? How do they compare to those other forms of menstrual hygiene? To help answer these questions, we've compiled a comprehensive list that will help you decide if menstrual cups are right for you!

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The Do's and Dont's After Having a Laparoscopy

Jan 14, 2020 2:02:24 PM / by Metro OBGYN Team posted in Surgical Treatments, Women's Issues

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Recovering from a laparoscopic surgery varies from patient to patient. There's a general timeline for recovery, but don't feel bad if your progress isn't following that exact path.

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