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Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops in pregnant women. Just like normal diabetes, the blood-sugar level of the pregnant woman elevates when experiencing gestational diabetes. If neglected, this type of diabetes can harm both mother and the baby. Thankfully, this condition is also temporary. In most cases, the blood-sugar level drops to a normal and healthy level after delivery. The chances of contracting type 2 diabetes, however, is very high for women who have had gestational diabetes. What causes gestational diabetes? The blood-sugar level in a normal person’s body is controlled by a hormone called insulin. If the body is not able to produce the extra insulin needed during pregnancy, then it can result in gestational diabetes. During pregnancy, a lot of changes take place in a woman’s body, like weight gain and other hormonal shifts to allow a baby to grow. For some women, the body... Read More

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Welcome our newest addition to Our Doctors at The Woman’s Clinic, Dr. Shelly Gibbs! Dr. Shelly Gibbs is a native of Little Rock and lived here till college. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a major in Biology in 2006. From there she moved to Little Rock for one year and worked as a bank teller till she decided to pursue her medical career. She moved to Guadalajara, MX for the first 2 years of her medical school training then moved to Atlanta, GA where she finished up her Medical Degree from Ross University College of Medicine in 2012. She then went on to complete her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2016. She moved back to Little Rock, AR in July 2016 and has been practicing OBGYN since. Dr. Gibbs is board certified in obstetrics and... Read More

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Out of all the diseases that have affected women, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are some of the most prevalent. STDs are passed from person to person through physical and sexual contact, such as kissing, oral-to-genital contact, and sexual intercourse. This list of the top five most common STDs in women will help you to gain a greater understanding of them, how to prevent them, and what to do if you suspect you have contracted an STD. The impact that STDs can have on your health and wellbeing is immense. STDs in women can cause both long-term and short-term consequences to your health when left undiagnosed and untreated. Some of the initial signs of an STD include vaginal itching, rashes, unusual discharge, and pain, but not every STD has symptoms. The following are the top 5 most common STDs in women. 1. Chlamydia Chlamydia is the most common STD in the... Read More

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Pregnancy may seem to involve many restrictions and restraints like no eating sushi, drinking wine, or riding roller coasters for the next nine months. However, one thing you can enjoy that will also provide wonderful benefits to both you and your growing bundle of joy is exercise! These 6 exercises will help you have a fit pregnancy, keep you on track for an appropriate amount of weight gain , and help you recover quicker after your precious little one arrives. Get moving 1. Walking Walking is an ideal exercise . It is an easy way to get moving, and improve upon cardiovascular fitness level! In fact, your doctor may recommend walking during the latter part of pregnancy if you need help inducing labor. The great thing about walking is you can change up the location to keep it interesting. Find a scenic lake or park and get some fresh air... Read More

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Infertility affects approximately 7.3 million people in America. Struggling to conceive can be emotionally exhausting, but working with healthcare professionals can help you identify an infertility diagnosis and treatment plan. Causes of infertility In men, there may be problems with sperm, including a low sperm count, poor sperm motility, or abnormal sperm. This may be due to medical conditions or treatments (including certain medications), genetic factors, or hormonal imbalance. Likewise, many things can cause infertility in women . Some risk factors that may affect a woman’s fertility and egg condition include age, smoking and alcohol use, obesity, sexually transmitted diseases. Other common causes of infertility in women include polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). This is where the ovaries produce too much testosterone and ovulation may not occur. You may also contribute it to endometriosis, a condition where endometrial cells from the uterine lining grow in other areas, which can block an... Read More

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Pregnancy is typically the happiest time of a couple’s life. Their minds are filled with visions of a healthy newborn. They make plans for their soon-to-be family. However, as every mother will tell you, each pregnancy can be vastly different. Early and routine prenatal care with your OBGYN can help to make sure you have a healthy pregnancy and can address any potential issues early. In a normal pregnancy, one sperm fertilizes an egg, usually in the last part of the fallopian tube. An egg is only ready about 2 days before and 1 day after ovulation. Once the sperm penetrates the egg, it can fertilize. Fertilization is when the egg and sperm DNA combine. The fertilized egg travels through the fallopian tube, dividing to form an embryo, which reaches the uterus, grows a bit, and then implants itself into the endometrium (uterine lining). If it does not implant, the... Read More

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Regular visits to a gynecologist are incredibly important to a woman’s reproductive and overall health. When do you start? When to see a gynecologist The short answer is that it depends. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that girls schedule their first visit between the ages of 13 and 15 . However, you may need to schedule your first appointment if something is concerning. This may include painful or irregular periods, unusual fluids, or no period by age 15. What to expect during your first visit The first visit to your gynecologist will probably be very different than your future visits. You may have someone in the room with you if you wish, but you will be asked to disrobe and wear a gown. You will have your weight and blood pressure checked. A large part of the first visit is a conversation with you about your... Read More

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In the United States, it is estimated that around 242,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. Out of this, 3% of the women have inherited it from their family members as a result of mutation of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Although there are various breast cancer risk factors , genetic mutation is considered to be the primary cause. What are BRCA1 and BRCA2? BRCA1 and BRCA2 are human genes that produce a certain protein which is capable of suppressing tumors. These proteins repair the DNA whenever they are damaged and maintains its stability. In some situations, however, these genes are altered or mutated, and the protein cannot perform its proper function. When this happens, additional genetic alterations are made by the cells which result in the growth of cancer. If a person has inherited mutated BRCA1 and BRCA2, then it increases the chance for breast cancer. Those who... Read More

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If you are pregnant, then you have a big job ahead of you. Pregnancy means eating healthy, exercising, and staying away from toxic substances. What you eat plays a huge role in how your baby develops and how your body copes with the pregnancy. The prenatal vitamin contains the basic vitamins and minerals that every woman should have while the baby is growing. Folic acid, for example, is essential to the baby’s spinal cord development. However, just taking a prenatal vitamin and ignoring diet is not enough. When thinking about vitamins and minerals, it is always better to find ways to incorporate them into your diet with nutritious, whole foods, rather than taking a pill. Essential Vitamins & Minerals for Pregnancy Iron This mineral helps keep your body oxygenated. It is important to keep up with your prenatal doctor visits, so your physician can monitor your iron level and advise... Read More

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Women today have birth control options . Medical research has produced everything from pills to implants, and research advances every year. Keep reading to discover what options are available! Hormonal methods Hormonal birth control refers to any method of birth control where women use hormones like estrogen and progestin to control ovulation. This is a popular method, because it is easily reversible and can involve positive side effects such as reducing menstrual cramps. Birth control pills Birth control pills can be very effective when taken correctly. It is most effective when you take your pill at the same time every day (and using a backup method of birth control when you do not take it at that time). Ring Contraceptive rings like the NuvaRing is another type of hormonal birth control and is inserted into the vagina. It stays in place for 3 weeks and is removed for week 4.... Read More

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