Is there a link between polyps, breakthrough bleeding and getting pregnant?

ann arbor fertilityThe short answer is that we think pregnancy rates are improved when polyps that are found are removed. If a woman is planning to become pregnant, and we find a polyp as part of a fertility evaluation, we will remove it.

Polyps are on the list of things that can cause breakthrough bleeding during a woman’s cycle. Some other causes of breakthrough bleeding are fibroids and not ovulating regularly or well.

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Breastfeeding Basics

Support and resources for moms who plan to breastfeed

breastfeeding ann arborEach woman’s breastfeeding experience is different (even from her first baby to her second), but the one constant is that there are a variety of supports in place to provide answers and encouragement. At no point should you feel like you have to do this alone, because there is a team of people and resources to support you.

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Prenatal exercise: Listen to your body

prenatal exerciseOne of the questions I ask all of my patients during their first trimester is if they currently exercise and what their plans are for prenatal exercise.

Exercise is vital to the health of a pregnant woman, not only for her physical health, but also for her mental well-being. The numerous benefits of exercise include helping to maintain your body weight during pregnancy and helping to prevent and control gestational diabetes. Exercise is also powerful in preventing depression.

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Your birth plan

Creating a plan, getting your questions answered, and being prepared for the unexpected

birth plan blog post - birthing ball picA “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.

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Beyond conventional medicine

Using holistic therapies to manage PCOS

holistic therapies for PCOS promoMany 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:

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Inside one of the brains orchestrating “The Big Move”

This weekend, we will officially open the doors to the new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital when we move our current patients from the old building to the new one, and begin accepting new patients through the doors of this state-of-the-art facility.  As we get ready for The Big Move, we stole a few moments from one of the busiest people involved in the move – our Medical Director, pediatric gastroenterologist Dr. Chris Dickinson – to get a glimpse into what’s going on in his mind on the eve of this event that’s been years in the making.

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