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Understanding how your diet affects your bladder health
Did you know that your diet affects your bladder health? Our Round Rock obgyns believe if you have a bladder issue, you should know everything you can do to improve your bladder function. Our physicians have advice that can help you feel better and maintain good health.
Your diet affects your bladder health positively by helping you reach and maintain a healthy weight.
One crucial way your diet affects your bladder health is the contribution it makes to your current weight. If you are overweight, you have a higher risk of urinary incontinence. The extra weight you carry puts additional pressure on the muscles of your pelvic floor, muscles that may already be weakened due to childbirth, age or menopause. Weakened pelvic muscles cause stress incontinence. Extra weight also increases your risk of developing Type II diabetes, a condition that puts you at higher risk of developing problems with urinary incontinence and leads to damage of the nerves that help the bladder function properly.
Your diet affects your bladder health in a positive way when you eat healthy, balanced meals. Ask our staff or our Round Rock obgyns for advice about the best diet for you.
Follow these diet tips for better bladder health
You know that diet affects your bladder health, so here are some guidelines you can follow that may help relieve urinary incontinence symptoms and make you feel better.
Avoid foods and beverages that irritate your bladder and urinary tract. Avoid caffeinated beverages like soda and coffee, foods that contain caffeine such as chocolate, carbonated beverages, artificial sweeteners, citrus fruits, tomatoes, spicy foods, sugar and honey.
Add fiber to avoid constipation. Constipation puts extra pressure on your bladder and straining can further weaken pelvic floor muscles. Consume foods that are high in fiber like whole grains, vegetables and legumes, and consider taking a fiber supplement.
When you know that your diet affects your bladder health, you can take proactive steps to help manage your urinary incontinence symptoms and stay healthy. Contact us for an appointment with our Round Rock obgyns.
Influenza, commonly referred to as the flu, is a serious illness that can lead to hospitalization and even death. Symptoms of the flu include:
Fever and/or chills
Runny nose or congestion
Muscle or body aches
Most people over the age of six months can receive the flu vaccine. The vaccine doesn’t give people the flu, but it does make some people feel tired or achy. Others may also have a mild fever after the injection. However, the vaccine is the best protection against getting the flu.
Women can also help their families avoid the flu by following these tips.
Wash hands frequently
Keep hands away from the nose, mouth and eyes
Clean and disinfect surfaces frequently at home and at work
Cover the mouth with a tissue or sleeve – not with hands – when coughing or sneezing
Oakwood Women’s Centre at Seton Williamson provides expert care for women, including offering the flu vaccine. Our Round Rock obgyns urge our patients to get the flu vaccine and make sure that their families are vaccinated, too. Contact us to schedule.
What women need to know about HPV and cervical cancer
Learning more about the connection between HPV and cervical cancer will help women understand the new Pap smear guidelines that our Round Rock obgyns follow. HPV, or human papillomavirus, is the primary cause of cervical cancer. According to the World Health Organization, HPV Type 16 and Type 18, cause 70% of precancerous cervical lesions and cervical cancers. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) changed the interval for screening for cervical cancer and added HPV testing due in part to the link between HPV and cervical cancer.
The link between HPV and cervical cancer led to co-testing for most patients
When researchers discovered the strong link between HPV and cervical cancer, ACOG began to recommend that women with an average risk of cervical cancer between the ages of 30 and 65 have co-testing, consisting of a Pap smear and an HPV test, every five years. Women ages 21 to 29 only need a Pap smear every three years because the vast majority of women in this age group who are sexually active have HPV, but often the virus clears up by itself within a few years.
Preventing cervical cancer
The HPV and cervical cancer link means that women should take every precaution to prevent HPV. HPV is very prevalent. In fact, it is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the U.S. However, taking the following steps can help prevent cervical cancer that is caused by HPV.
Practicing safe sex to help prevent HPV and cervical cancer
Limiting the number of sexual partners
Our Round Rock obgyns help women prevent cervical cancer
Understanding the connection between HPV and cervical cancer helps patients understand the importance of cervical cancer screening and prevention. Our Round Rock obgyns not only have the knowledge to prevent cervical cancer, but they also have the experience to accurately and compassionately diagnose and treat the condition. Women should contact us to make an appointment.
The ABCs of pregnancy and birth – Obstetrics terminology you should know
From preconception planning to labor and delivery, learning more about obstetrics terminology will help you understand every step of your pregnancy journey. Our Round Rock obgyns and staff always try to provide explanations that are easy to understand, but during your pregnancy, it also helps to be familiar with certain abbreviations.
Obstetrics terminology used during pregnancy, labor and delivery
Obstetrics terminology is the jargon that medical personnel use to describe various stages of a woman’s pregnancy. Here are some terms that will help increase your understanding.
ACOG is the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which is a professional organization that is dedicated to improving women’s health.
Afterbirth is the membranes and placenta that your uterus expels after you give birth.
Braxton Hicks contractions feel like labor pains, but they are false contractions that occur when the abdominal muscles tighten, but the cervix doesn’t dilate.
Crowning is when your baby’s head appears at the vaginal opening.
Dilation occurs as your cervix opens to make room for the baby to pass through, going from zero centimeters to fully dilated at 10 centimeters.
Ectopic pregnancy occurs when your fertilized embryo fails to implant in the uterine lining, but attaches somewhere outside the uterus, usually in the Fallopian tube.
Effacement means that the cervix is thinning during labor, allowing it to stretch enough for your baby to pass through.
Induction is the obstetrics terminology our Round Rock obgyns use when they decide that they need to use medications or other methods to speed up your labor.
Linea nigra is a dark line that extends from your navel to your pubic area during pregnancy.
Mucus plug is a plug made of a gelatinous substance that seals your cervix. You expel the plug when you are ready to deliver your baby.
Quickening occurs when you first feel your baby move, usually at about 18 to 22 weeks.
VBAC is obstetrics terminology for a vaginal birth after cesarean section.
Our Round Rock obgyns and staff always welcome your questions
Our compassionate, dedicated staff and Round Rock obgyns believe in patient education. We encourage patients to ask questions about obstetrics terminology at any time. Contact us for comprehensive obstetrics care and get your family off to a healthy start.
Many patients who see our Round Rock obgyns experience unpleasant hot flashes during menopause. These often begin a year or two before menopause and may last for several years afterwards. Women experience sudden periods of intense heat, often accompanied by flushing, sweating or skin blotches. Most of the time, the uncomfortable feeling lasts less than five minutes. Hot flashes are the most common menopause complaint our Round Rock obgyns address with patients.
Lifestyle and dietary adjustments can help with the symptoms of hot flashes
Simple changes can help reduce the unpleasantness of hot flashes.
Wearing cotton clothing and natural fibers that provide better air circulation.
Practicing deep breathing during hot flashes
Keeping a small fan at work or home
Avoiding triggers such as spicy foods, warm beverages, caffeine and alcohol
Our Round Rock obgyns can also advise patients about alternative therapies such as acupuncture and hypnosis.
Obesity and smoking increase the risk of hot flashes, so reaching a healthy weight and starting a smoking cessation program are advantageous.
Our Round Rock obgyns can help women with severe symptoms
Some women suffer so intensely from hot flashes that it affects their quality of life. When the discomfort is too much, women should talk to our Round Rock obgyns about medication.
Hormone therapy has risks and benefits. Estrogen therapy, with or without progestin, can provide relief from hot flashes and other symptoms such as vaginal dryness, but there are risks. Estrogen-only therapy increases the risk of uterine cancer. Estrogen and progestin, or combined hormone therapy, are associated with a small risk of breast cancer, heart attack, stroke and deep vein thrombosis. Our Round Rock obgyns can help patients decide whether hormone therapy is right for them.
Other medications have been shown to help with hot flashes, including Gabapentin, Clonidine and antidepressants. Our physicians may also prescribe selective estrogen receptor modulators for symptom relief.
Hot flashes can cause discomfort for many women during menopause, but there are ways to reduce the symptoms. Our Round Rock obgyns employ their expertise to help women navigate this stage of life. Contact us for an appointment.
Five Reasons why Oakwood Women’s Centre at Seton Williamson is right for you
Oakwood Women’s Centre at Seton Williamson is the right choice for obgyn care. Our highly-trained Round Rock obgyns work closely with our staff to provide comprehensive care for women from adolescence to menopause and beyond.
Reasons to choose Oakwood Women’s Centre at Seton Williamson
Here are the top five reasons to choose Oakwood Women’s Centre at Seton Williamson:
We are women helping women. Our all-female practice is perfect for you if you feel more comfortable with a female physician and staff. Beth Thai MD, Rebecca Teng MD and Brenda Chao MD are knowledgeable physicians who provide first-class gynecology and obstetrics care.
We offer a convenient location. Why fight the notorious Austin traffic to get to a physician’s office when there are three trusted obgyns right here in Round Rock? Oakwood Women’s Centre at Seton Williamson is on the Seton Medical Center –Williamson County campus. Our office is easily accessible and offers ample parking.
If you need gynecologic surgery, you can depend on our Round Rock obgyns’ surgical skills. Physicians at our Oakwood Women’s Centre at Seton Williamson are experienced surgeons who primarily perform state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgery. Minimally invasive surgery provides faster recovery and fewer complications than traditional, open surgery. Dr. Thai is certified in the da Vinci surgical technique and performs robotic minimally invasive surgery.
Our Round Rock obgyns provide care from a woman’s point of view
Choosing an obgyn is an important decision, and you should feel comfortable with your choice. The physicians at Oakwood Women’s Centre at Seton Williamson will ensure that you feel at ease at every visit. Contact us to learn more.
Our Round Rock obgyns are women, so we know how difficult choosing a new obgyn can be. You need a physician who is highly trained, skilled and compassionate. You also want a convenient location and a friendly, experienced staff. Oakwood Women’s Centre at Seton Williamson offers all this and more.
Research is the first step in choosing a new obgyn
The practice’s website is a wonderful resource when you are choosing a new obgyn. Read the provider’s biographical information to learn more about their training, skills, professional achievements and interests.
When you learn more about us, you will find that all of our Round Rock obgyns are skilled in obstetrics, gynecology and gynecological surgery. You may also find something in the physician’s personal information that helps you feel a connection with her.
Find out which gynecology services a new obgyn offers
You never know what type of healthcare needs you may have, so it’s important to find a practice that offers comprehensive gynecology services when choosing a new obgyn. Our Round Rock obgyns treat a wide range of problems:
Our obgyns are trained in minimally invasive surgical techniques and perform state-of-the-art surgeries. Beth Thai MD is also trained in robotic surgery. Our Round Rock obgyns are affiliated with Seton Medical Center Williamson. The hospital’s nursing staff and anesthesiologists provide nationally recognized care.
Investigate the physician’s experience with routine and high-risk pregnancies
When you are planning a pregnancy, choosing a new obgyn takes on a whole new importance. You are not just thinking of yourself, but also your baby. With this in mind, you should find out if your potential physician, like all of our Round Rock obgyns, has experience with high-risk pregnancy care, as well as routine pregnancies.
Look for a practice where you will feel comfortable
Women undergo different types of pregnancy ultrasounds
When most women think of ultrasounds, they envision the standard imaging test, but there are several types of pregnancy ultrasounds. Most pregnant women will only have a routine imaging examination, but sometimes our Round Rock obgyns will order a different exam.
Three routine types of pregnancy ultrasounds
Most pregnant women have at least one of three routine types of pregnancy ultrasounds, usually between week 18 and week 22 of pregnancy. They may also have one or more additional ultrasounds as the pregnancy progresses.
A standard ultrasound is performed using an instrument called a transducer. The technician spreads gel across the woman’s belly and rolls the transducer across the surface to produce a two-dimensional image of the baby.
A 3-D ultrasound is similar to a standard ultrasound, but the images it produces are three-dimensional.
Of the many types of pregnancy ultrasounds, a 4-D ultrasound provides the most detailed, four-dimensional images of the baby.
Some women may need a specialized ultrasound
Our Round Rock obgyns sometimes require a different look at the baby, and they may order one of the following specialized ultrasounds.
A transvaginal ultrasound is performed early in pregnancy when the physician wants a closer look at the baby. During this imaging exam, the transducer is placed in the vagina. A transducer may also be rubbed over the abdomen to obtain an image of the baby.
An advanced ultrasound is one of the types of pregnancy ultrasounds that is performed when the physician wants to exam a specific part of the baby or the uterus. It is similar to a standard ultrasound.
A Doppler imaging ultrasound is performed for many reasons, including measuring blood flow to the baby and examining a baby’s growth if it isn’t progressing normally.
Fetal echocardiography provides the physician with a detailed view of the baby’s heart to check for heart defects.
5 steps to take when preparing for labor and delivery
Preparing for labor and delivery will make you feel more confident and prepared for the grand finale of pregnancy—the birth of your baby. Our experienced Round Rock obgyns are here to help you get ready for labor and delivery and for everything that happens after your baby arrives.
Preparing for labor and delivery begins with these five steps
Highly qualified staff are available to assist you on every step of your pregnancy journey, but preparing for labor and delivery also requires some planning on your part. Our physicians recommend five steps to assist you in preparing for labor and delivery.
Create a birth plan. A birth plan is a document you create to let our Round Rock obgyns and the support staff at the hospital know what kind of birth experience you hope to have. It addresses several issues that occur during labor and delivery, including positions during labor, pain relief during labor and delivery, and who will cut the umbilical cord. Ask our physicians for more information about creating a birth plan.
Learn about newborn care. Part of preparing for labor and delivery is learning more about life after your baby arrives. Seton Medical Center Williamson offers classes that teach you about newborn care, as well as classes that prepare siblings for a new baby.
Prepare for breastfeeding. Talk to our staff about the breastfeeding class at Seton Medical Center Williamson. Taking a class will prepare you to feed your baby and make you feel more confident. Consider establishing a relationship with a lactation consultant and/or a support group before you give birth.
Tour the hospital. Don’t forget to tour the hospital when you are preparing for labor and delivery. It’s nice to be familiar with the place where you will give birth. You can also view the Seton Medical Center Williamson Virtual Tour.
Preparing for labor and delivery may seem like a daunting task, but when you break it down and approach it step by step, it’s not so intimidating. Our Round Rock obgyns and our caring staff are here to help you get ready for your big day. Contact us for an appointment.
Women over 50 and STIs – What you need to know to protect yourself
Today, more women over 50 are single than in past decades. The problem? Many of these women do not take protective measures against STIs, or sexually transmitted infections. Our Round Rock obgyns are here to offer women over 50 vital information and advice about STIs.
Women over 50 and STIs – Understanding STIs and how they’re transmitted
It’s important for women over 50 to understand how STIs are transmitted from person to person. Most STIs are spread through vaginal, anal or oral sex with a man or a woman who has an STI, but herpes and syphilis can also be spread through genital touching.
Different viral and bacterial infections cause STIs. Viral infections, including herpes, HIV and AIDS, cannot be cured, but treatment will help reduce their symptoms. Bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics. Women over 50 should be aware of the different types of STIs.
Only 9.7% of women ages 45 to 60 reported using a condom during sexual intercourse.