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Women have unique medical needs that change throughout their lifetime, especially when it comes to reproductive health and wellness. Adriatica Women’s Health offers comprehensive gynecologic care and treatment from board-certified physicians that have a lifetime of experience with women’s special health care requirements.

Here is a list of the most common health concerns among women:

1. Autoimmune illness

Approximately 75 percent of people diagnosed with autoimmune diseases, like lupus, diabetes, or arthritis, are women. An autoimmune disease causes your own immune system to mistakenly attack your body, which can lead to infertility.

2. Breast cancer

About 1 in 8 U.S. women (12 percent) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Breast cancer treatments, like radiation and chemotherapy, can effect a woman’s reproductive system and, as a result, her fertility.

3. Cardiovascular health

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women. Both men and women with infertility have an increased risk for developing chronic conditions like heart disease later in life.

4. Fertility issues

Approximately ten percent of American women between the ages of 15 and 44 struggle with getting pregnant and/or staying pregnant. Fertility issues can be caused by a number of underlying reasons, including endometriosis, fibroids and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

5. Mental health

Mental health issues tend to be more common in women due to the possibility of developing postpartum depression and/or depression tied to menstruation. Mental health conditions include anxiety, depression, and bipolar disease.

6. Metabolic syndrome

About 23 percent of U.S. women struggle with metabolic syndrome each year. Metabolic syndrome occurs when a number of conditions present together (e.g., hypertension, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels) and increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.

7. Menorrhagia

Heavy bleeding, or menorrhagia, affects more than ten million American women each year. Menstrual disorders can be symptoms of infertility due to another cause, like polycystic ovary syndrome and uterine fibroids.

8. Osteoporosis

Approximately one in two women over the age of 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is caused by a number of reasons, including a sudden loss of estrogen resulting from menopause.

9. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Roughly five million women in the United States have PCOS, an endocrine disorder that causes enlarged ovaries and small cysts on their outer edges. PCOS leads to a hormone imbalance that can interfere with the growth and release of eggs (ovulation).

10. Uterine fibroids

Between 20 to 80 percent of women develop fibroids by the time they reach age 50. Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous and often asymptomatic tumors that grow within the wall of the uterus. While fibroids may impact fertility and a woman’s ability to carry a pregnancy successfully, most women will not experience these issues as a result of fibroids.

For skilled gynecologists in Prosper and McKinney, Texas, call Adriatica Women’s Health at 855-398-5962. Our physicians are more than just experienced, board-certified obstetrician-gynecologists; they’re experienced moms, wives, sisters and aunts with a shared commitment to your unique health care needs.

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Adriatica Women's Health by Adriatica Women's Health - 1M ago

Fibroids are noncancerous growths inside a woman’s uterus that often develop during childbearing years. They are made of renegade muscle cells and fibroid connective tissues that form a knot or mass inside the uterus. Fibroids vary in size, ranging anywhere from less than an inch to larger than a softball. While the exact cause of fibroids is unknown, risk factors include family history, obesity, or early onset puberty (before age 9 in girls).

Common signs and symptoms of fibroids

While some women do not experience any signs or symptoms, common fibroid symptoms may include:

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Periods that last longer than one week
  • Pelvis pressure or pain
  • Frequent urination
  • Difficulty emptying the bladder
  • Constipation
  • Back or leg pain
  • Pain during intercourse
Are fibroids dangerous?

Fibroids are often diagnosed during routine pelvic exams. To avoid potential complications, early detection is important, so be sure to schedule routine checkups and preventive health screenings. Treatment is only recommended if you are experiencing common fibroid symptoms or discomfort. If you are diagnosed with fibroids, but they are not affecting your quality of life, you and your doctor may choose watchful waiting over treatment (regular checkups to confirm the fibroids are not growing or causing symptoms).

Treatment options for fibroids

When treatment is necessary, common fibroid symptoms can be treated in various ways, such as:

  • Medication
    Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRHa) is the most common medication used to treat fibroids. It helps shrink fibroids by causing the body to produce less estrogen and progesterone hormones. Other medications may include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen, oral contraceptives, or a long-lasting internal contraceptive called the levonorgestrel intrauterine system (LNG-IUS).
  • Minimally invasive or traditional surgical procedures
    Depending on the size and location of the fibroids, certain procedures may be used, including uterine artery embolization, myolysis, myomectomy, endometrial ablation, or hysterectomy.
  • Lifestyle changes
    In addition to medication and/or surgical treatments, your doctor may recommend lifestyle modifications like diet and exercise to lower your risk of developing additional fibroids.

If you are looking for highly skilled well woman care from board-certified physicians, you can depend on the Prosper and McKinney, Texas gynecologists at Adriatica Women’s Health.

Call 855-398-5962 to schedule your appointment today.

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Overall and in most cases, exercise is safe during pregnancy. In fact, it’s often recommended to help alleviate some of the typical discomforts of pregnancy. It can also help prepare the body for labor and delivery.

Women who were exercising regularly before pregnancy, and do not have any concerning health conditions, should be able to continue with slight changes depending on the trimester.Women who did not engage in regular physical activity prior to pregnancy should consult with their OBGYN before starting any new exercise routine.

Who should not exercise?

Exercise may not be advised if you have any of the following conditions or symptoms:

  • Asthma
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Vaginal spotting or bleeding
  • Low placenta or placenta previa
  • A history of miscarriage or preterm delivery
6 safe pregnancy workouts

Exercises that carry a low risk of injury benefit your entire body and may be continued until birth include:

  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Indoor stationary cycling
  • Step or elliptical machines
  • Low-impact aerobics
  • Yoga
How to exercise safely

Regular physical activity has shown to boost maternal and fetal health. It can also help make pregnancy, labor and post-delivery recovery easier. However, it is important to stay safe.

During pregnancy, the body produces a hormone called relaxin, which causes the ligaments that support the joints to stretch more easily. This may increase the risk of injury, so it is important to listen to your body and stop if you feel any unusual pain or discomfort. Here are a few helpful tips that can help you exercise safely:

  • Always stretch before beginning any workout to warm up your muscles.
  • Always end your workout with 5-10 minutes of gradually slower exercise.
  • Always stretch after your workout to help reduce muscle fatigue and soreness.

When you need a skilled physician to help you through childbirth in McKinney and Prosper, contact Adriatica Women’s Health at 855-398-5962. We are here to help you welcome your newest family member with expert, experienced and heartfelt obstetric care.

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Endometriosis is a reproductive disorder affecting more than 176 million women worldwide and one in ten women in the United States. It occurs when endometrium-like tissue is found in nodules or cysts outside the uterus, fallopian tubes or ovaries. Endometrium is the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus.

Common signs of endometriosis

The most common sign of endometriosis is pelvic pain and it’s most noticeable during menstruation. Additional signs and symptoms of endometriosis may include:

  • Diarrhea, constipation, bloating or nausea
  • Excessive bleeding during or between menstrual cycles
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Pain related to intercourse
  • Pain with bowel movements or urination
Natural treatments for endometriosis

While there is no cure for this disorder, there are many lifestyle changes you can make to reduce the signs, symptoms and discomfort associated with it. Endometriosis negatively responds to higher levels of estrogen, so most of the options below aim to lower estrogen levels in the body:

  • Eat a balanced diet
    • Reduce sugar and sodium intake
    • Increase nutrient-rich foods
  • Maintain a healthy weight
    • Exercise regularly
  • Minimize exposure to xenoestrogens (a chemical compound that mimics estrogen)
    • Avoid microwaving food in plastic containers
    • Avoid using plastic wrap for food storage
    • Use glass to store and re-heat food instead
Medical treatments for endometriosis

Medical treatment for endometriosis usually involves medication or surgery. These include:

  • Pain medication
    After diagnosing endometriosis, your doctor may recommend you take an over-the-counter pain reliever as a first course of treatment.
  • Hormone therapy
    If you find the maximum dose of pain medications doesn’t provide full relief; your doctor may recommend supplemental hormones to slow endometrial tissue growth.
  • Laparoscopic surgery
    A minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery is most often considered for women who are trying to become pregnant.*

* Please allow at least two weeks of recovery time following a laparoscopic procedure as it may cause soreness. This procedure, though minimally invasive, may result in post-operative pain and nausea. Please talk to your nurse or doctor so they can safely manage your post-op symptoms.

Talk to your doctor to find out which option is right for you.

If you or a loved one is in need of skilled endometriosis treatment in McKinney and Prosper, Texas, please call Adriatica Women’s Health at 855-398-5962.

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Some young women may be surprised to learn Pap smears aren’t just for those who are sexually active. The purpose of a Pap smear is to collect cells from the cervix and screen for abnormal cells.

How can a Pap smear help protect you?

Abnormal cells, often resulting from exposure to the human papillomavirus (HPV), are warning signs that you may develop cervical cancer later in life. Sexual intercourse increases a woman’s risk of exposure to the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted virus that causes nearly all cases of cervical cancer. However, a Pap smear can help protect sexually inactive women who have a family history of cervical cancer as well.

Since the advent of Pap smears in the 1950s, the incidence of cervical cancer—the leading cause of cancer deaths for women at that time—has declined by 60 percent.

When should you get your first Pap smear?

The frequency of Pap smears vary depending on each person’s unique risk factors, however, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health (OWH) recommends all sexually active and inactive women with no known risks should have their first Pap smear at age 21.

Most women aged 21-65 years should get Pap smears at least every three years as part of their routine health care even if you are not sexually active, have received the HPV vaccine or have gone through menopause.

What happens during a Pap smear?

During a Pap smear, doctor or nurse inserts a warmed speculum (a tool that gently opens your vagina, so your doctor or nurse can see your cervix) into your vagina and uses a special swab or soft brush to collect cells from the outside of your cervix. The cells are sent to a laboratory for testing. The Pap smear itself is a very quick process, however it is commonly included as part of your well-woman exam, which includes completing a medical history questionnaire, checking vitals (e.g., blood pressure, heart and respiration rates and temperature) and conducting a physical exam of the head, neck, glands, abdomen and breasts.

If you are looking for a compassionate, board-certified gynecologist to perform your first Pap smear in McKinney and Prosper, Texas, please call Adriatica Women’s Health at 855-398-5962. We are here to help you understand what to expect each step of the way and are focused on your comfort.

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Adriatica Women's Health by Adriatica Women's Health - 6M ago

You don’t have to be an A-list celebrity to look good and feel great long into your golden years. The formula for aging gracefully is easy and any dedicated do-it-yourselfer can look just as good—if not better than—those lovely ladies on the silver screen. 

7 healthy aging tips, especially for women

Getting older doesn’t have to mean your medicine cabinet fills up with prescription medications. You can feel good, be healthy and age gracefully with these easy tips:

  • Keep your dishes colorful
    Many registered dietitians use the phrase ‘eat the rainbow’ to convey the importance of eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. Many fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants, which help rid your body of toxins, boost your immune system and help keep your body healthy from the inside out.
  • Keep tabs on your health
    With age comes great responsibility, especially when it means managing existing health conditions. Check in with your physician regularly to regulate conditions like diabetes, osteoporosis and high blood pressure.
  • Two words: preventative screenings
    Even if you are a healthy person, health screenings are an important way to help recognize certain health conditions—before they impact the quality of your life. Be sure to ask your physician which health screenings are right for you and how often you’ll need them.
  • Get a move on
    Exercise can be daunting, especially if you’ve never been a regular at the gym. You can begin to improve your health by taking a brisk 30-minute walk once a day. When you’re comfortable with that, you can increase your intensity or add in hand weights. Muscle mass and bone density naturally decline with age, so it’s important to stay active so you can stay strong.
  • Fill up on nutrients
    Seniors are especially vulnerable to vitamin D and calcium deficiency, which weakens the bones and leads to other health conditions like osteoporosis. The average female should take between 600-800 IU of vitamin D and about 1200 mg of calcium every day.
  • Give your mind a workout
    Significant memory loss is not an inevitable result of aging. Brain training and learning new skills can help keep your memory sharp as can community involvement, traveling or just spending time in nature.
  • Use sunscreen
    Aging skin is more vulnerable to sun damage, which increases your risk for skin cancer. 

For skilled women’s health services in McKinney and Prosper, Texas, call Adriatica Women’s Health at 855-398-5962. We are here to help you live life to its fullest and healthiest—throughout every stage of life.

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You’re having a baby? You’re having a baby! As soon as you see the positive sign on that pregnancy test, your life changes. The excitement builds, names may begin to bounce around your head, and you start to plan for your baby’s arrival.

The first step? Your first obstetric appointment. If you haven’t seen your healthcare provider before you became pregnant, your first obstetric visit will be around 8 weeks after your last menstrual period.

Here’s what to expect during your first obstetric appointment

This first visit is all about giving you the best possible care, so get ready to answer questions and talk openly. Your doctor will review your health history, talk about caring for yourself and your baby and address your concerns. Be sure to bring a list of your own questions, and consider taking notes. You’ll be getting a lot of information you’ll want to remember (and as a mom-to-be, you may become forgetful). Other things to expect during your visit include:

  • “Official” pregnancy confirmation – Your provider will collect your urine and blood to check your hCG (Human chorionic gonadotropin) levels.
  • Health check-up – You may have your heart, lungs, breasts and abdomen checked, your blood pressure, height and weight measured, an exam for varicose veins and swelling, a pelvic exam and an assessment of the size of your uterus.
  • Ultrasound – You may undergo an ultrasound during the first visit to accurately date your pregnancy. At Adriatica Women’s Health, we offer in-office obstetric and 3D/4D ultrasound.
  • Genetic carrier screening –If you weren’t screened before conception, your blood test can also detect if you’re a carrier for genetic conditions such as cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, thalassemia, Tay-Sachs disease and others.
  • STD tests – You may be screened for sexually transmitted infections like hepatitis B, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia and HIV.
  • Pap smear –Screens for abnormal cervical cells.
  • Blood sugar test – If you had gestational diabetes in a previous pregnancy or if you’re at higher risk for the condition (if you have a family history), you’ll receive this test.
Trust your obstetric care to the experienced moms/board-certified physicians

During a time of joy and excitement, you may also have feelings of uncertainty and concern. We know, we’ve been there! Our dedicated team of doctors, nurse midwives and nurse practitioner at Adriatica Women’s Health is ready to provide you expert, advanced and compassionate obstetrics in McKinney and Prosper, Texas.

We offer complimentary 45-minute obstetrics orientation classes Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm and Wednesday mornings at 9:00 am led by our obstetrics coordinator and licensed nurse, Kendall Morin. She’ll review important information like dos and don’ts of pregnancy, recommended testing, what to expect at your office visits and helpful resources for questions and concerns about your pregnancy. At the event, you’ll also receive our free printed book, “Adriatica Women’s Health’s Pregnancy Guide,” along with coupons and other goodies. We encourage the attendance of significant others, but please find a sitter if you have other children.

Come in and see the difference total support and advanced care can make, from the day we confirm your pregnancy to your baby’s birthday. To learn more about our obstetrics orientation classes, call 855-398-5962, or use our easy online form to schedule your appointment today.

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If you’ve been trying to conceive, then you’ve probably visited your fair share of pregnancy websites and are familiar with the two-week wait, or 2WW (as well as many other pregnancy terms and acronyms). The 2WW refers to the period of time between ovulation, your pregnancy attempt and the day you find out whether or not you’re pregnant. Every woman must go through the two-week wait, whether from a natural try at home or a medically assisted attempt at a fertility center.

Why is there a two-week wait?

While it is possible for a woman to get pregnant on the same day she ovulates, most pregnancy tests are not sensitive enough to detect HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), also known as the pregnancy hormone, until the embryo has attached to the uterine lining. Implantation can occur in as early as seven or as late as 12 days after ovulation.

Most over-the-counter pregnancy tests recommend waiting until one day after your first missed period to ensure you’re getting the most accurate result possible. Though the best way to confirm pregnancy is with a blood test at your doctor’s office. An OB/GYN or reproductive endocrinologist will be able to confirm pregnancy between 7 and 12 days following ovulation or your fertility procedure (e.g., intrauterine insemination or egg transfer).

What is HCG?

HCG is a hormone made by cells formed in the placenta. These hormones support the egg after it has been fertilized and attaches to the uterine wall. The pregnancy hormone is a key measurement in early pregnancy, particularly for women who have gone through IVF or other fertility treatments.

For these women, reproductive specialists closely monitor HCG levels throughout the first trimester to confirm the pregnancy is progressing as expected. In a healthy pregnancy, a woman’s HCG levels should double every 72 hours and reaches its peak between 8-11 weeks of pregnancy.

As tempting as it is, fertility patients should avoid home pregnancy tests. During fertility treatments, HCG levels are medically manipulated to trigger ovulation and may remain in the blood or urine for some time—this can cause in false positives and false negatives.

Whether you’re pregnant or in need of fertility services, our board-certified obstetrics specialists are dedicated to providing excellent pregnancy services in McKinney and Prosper, Texas. Call Adriatica Women’s Health at 855-398-5962 to schedule your initial consultation.

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A well-woman exam is an annual physical to monitor not only your reproductive health, but your breast health as well. It is essential for identifying serious health concerns before they become life-threatening. During a well-woman exam, your gynecologist will perform a manual exam of your breasts and feel for any lumps or abnormalities. If they detect anything unusual, they may recommend a mammogram or breast ultrasound.

Regular well-woman exams reduce your risk of serious health conditions

Annual health exams and screenings help diagnose issues before they become a serious health risk. Preventative screening and early intervention are vital and help protect you from conditions like:

  • Breast cancer
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Gynecologic cancer
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
What happens at a well-woman exam?

Your annual well-woman exam is tailored to suit your specific needs and health concerns. Depending on your age, family history, personal health history, and need for preventive screenings, your doctor may also check your blood pressure, height, weight, or temperature. Here is what you can expect at a typical well-woman exam:

  • Clinical breast exam – Your gynecologist will manually examine your breast tissue and check for lumps or other abnormalities in and around the breast area and lymph nodes.
  • Pelvic exam (Pap smear) – During this exam your doctor will manually check your ovaries and swab your cervix to test it for signs of cervical cancer. During this part of the exam, a speculum is inserted into your vagina, so your doctor can examine your cervix and take a cell sample or Pap smear.
  • Mammogram – During this exam, an experienced mammogram technician will take two images of each breast and send it to your doctor and/or gynecologist for review. Mammograms are required for all women over the age of 40.

If you’re looking for a compassionate gynecologist who is skilled in performing annual well-woman exams, call Adriatica Women’s Health at 855-398-5962 for award-winning gynecologic care.

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Adriatica Women's Health by Adriatica Women's Health - 10M ago

Urinary incontinence is more common than you might think. Between 20 to 30 percent of young women, 30 to 40 percent of middle-aged women and up to 50 percent of older women suffer from bladder control issues. These issues can range from a small leakage after coughing, sneezing or laughing to a large leakage brought on by a sudden, uncontrollable urge to urinate.

Many women believe urinary incontinence is an unavoidable consequence of childbirth, menopause and advancing age—but it’s not. Urinary incontinence is a medical condition that can be diagnosed and effectively treated in most cases.

Types of urinary incontinence

Struggling with bladder control issues can be life-changing, embarrassing and cause a lot of unnecessary stress and worry. The first step toward a more normal, less restricted life is to understand what type of urinary incontinence you’re experiencing. Here are the four types of urinary incontinence:

  • Stress incontinence
    Lifting, exercising, coughing, sneezing and laughing can all cause excess or sudden pressure on the bladder and cause urine to leak unexpectedly.
  • Urge incontinence
    Urge incontinence is characterized by a sudden, intense urge to urinate followed by involuntary loss of urine. Women with urge incontinence often feel the need to urinate frequently, including throughout the night.
  • Overflow incontinence
    Frequent, constant dribbling of urine is a symptom of overflow incontinence and occurs when the bladder is unable to completely empty.
  • Mixed incontinence
    Any combination of stress, urge or overflow incontinence is considered mixed incontinence.
Effective ways to relieve urinary incontinence

For many women, making a few easy lifestyle changes can control incontinence issues, including:

  • Reduce intake of caffeinated and fizzy drinks
  • Limit alcohol to one drink per day
  • Eat a high-fiber diet
  • Don’t smoke
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Practice bladder training: double voiding and scheduled voiding
  • Perform pelvic-floor exercises regularly (such as Kegel)

However, some women may need medical assistance to get the relief they need. The experienced gynecologists at Adriatica Women’s Health offer a complete range of treatments, including:

  • Medical management (medications)
  • Pessaries
  • Sling procedures
  • Bladder-neck suspension surgery
  • Prolapse surgery/pelvic floor repair

The board-certified physicians at Adriatica Women’s Health are committed to providing expert care and urinary incontinence treatment in McKinney and Prosper, Texas. Call 855-398-5962 to learn how we can help you break free from worry associated with urinary incontinence.

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