A “birth plan” is like a game plan for your baby’s arrival. You have little control over when your labor starts, but a birth plan ensures that you, your partner, and your care team are all aware of your wishes on some key things like pain meds, the people involved, episiotomies and cord cutting.
When to start your plan:
Usually I discuss the birth plan with my patients at the beginning of the third trimester. Often it is the childbirth classes she takes that help a woman make decisions about the type of birth she wants. If a woman has not taken classes, I suggest other resources available online or at the library that will help her make choices regarding her baby’s birth.
Many women with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) are all too familiar with the wide variety of symptoms that accompany this hormonal disorder. These can include irregular periods, acne, excess hair on the face and body, and elevated insulin levels. PCOS is also the most common cause of infertility in women.
Our goals when treating PCOS are to manage these symptoms, and there are a number of medical therapies that we use to do this effectively.
Treatment options for many women can also include a number of holistic therapies that can be used alongside conventional therapies for optimal healing and illness prevention.
Here’s a quick overview of some of the more common alternatives that women with PCOS might consider:
It is okay to feel what you’re feeling. You might feel anger, sadness, disappointment, frustration or guilt.
Take care of yourself. If your best friend or sister was going through what you are experiencing, how would you treat her? Would you remind her not to be so hard on herself and to put herself first? Are you doing that for yourself?
Pap tests (or Pap smears) are well accepted tests that check for changes in the cells of the cervix (the lowest part of the uterus or womb) and screen for precancerous and cancerous lesions.
Pap tests are able to detect problems early and treatment may prevent cancer. Data shows that Pap screening has lowered the cervical cancer rate in the United States by more than 50% over the last 30 years.
This test is such a familiar part of our healthcare routine that many women might be surprised to learn five important things about the Pap test:
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