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The decision to undergo a hysterectomy is a very personal decision for many women. Sometimes it is an elective procedure, while other times it may be medically necessary. Below are six common reasons why a woman may choose to move forward with having a hysterectomy:

  • Heavy menstruation – while most women experience discomfort during their period, others lose a large amount of blood and deal with almost debilitating pain and cramps that can impact their overall quality of life. For some, removing the womb is the only way to stop these heavy and persistent periods. When medication and more conservative options have not been successful in managing the periods, and women no longer desires to have children, a hysterectomy may be performed.
  • PID (Pelvic inflammatory disease) – conditions such as PID, a bacterial infection of the reproductive system, can oftentimes be treated early with antibiotics. However, if it worsens or spreads, it can result in long-term pain that can be resolved with a hysterectomy.
  • Endometriosis – conditions such as endometriosis can cause a variety of problems with a woman’s reproductive system, including heavy and irregular periods, severe pain, and infertility. During a hysterectomy, the areas of endometrial tissue causing discomfort can be removed and the issue resolved.
  • Fibroids – non-cancerous growths that can develop in or around the uterus called fibroids may cause problems with urination, periods, discomfort during sexual intercourse, and overall pelvic pain. Large fibroids or severe bleeding can be addressed with a hysterectomy.
  • Prolapse of the uterus – when the tissues and supporting ligaments of the pelvis can no longer support the uterus due to weakness, patients may experience uterine prolapse. By removing the entire uterus, the problems associated with prolapse are eliminated.
  • Cancer – patients who have been diagnosed with cervical, ovarian, or uterine cancers may be able to remove the cancer with a hysterectomy. However, some women may still undergo radiation or chemotherapy to ensure they have eradicated the cancer from their body.
Interested in learning more?

At Woodlands OB/GYN Associates, our professional staff understands the choices a woman has when it comes to her reproductive health and wellness. Drs. Kellyn Rielly, Holly Westmoreland, Raj Syal, and Jenna Everson encourage women int eh Woodlands, TX area to seek solutions with our staff. We are located at 17183 I-45, Suite #610, and patients can schedule an evaluation with our team by calling (281) 364-9898.

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Woodlands OBGYN Associates Blog by Woodlands Obgyn Associates Staff - 1M ago

There are some problems that have been around for so long that many of us think they’re unsolvable. Whether we’re dealing with poor decisions from other people, or it’s just our body aging in a way we’re not happy about, sometimes we do just have to accept what’s going on. But, hair loss may not be one of those things. Keep reading to learn more about how we can help you.

Why am I losing hair?

We recommend seeing a doctor to determine what may be causing your specific type of hair loss. Understanding your hair loss and your options is key to making a smart decision about how to attack your hair restoration plan.

It’s not just genetics. Did you know that hair loss can be caused by stress, shock, or even when you use new medications? Depending on where you’re losing hair, and the pattern it makes on your scalp, we can pinpoint what is causing it. Once we determine why you’re losing hair, we can help you formulate a plan to restore it.

For example, if your hair loss looks like male pattern baldness, then it’s likely the cause of your hair loss. It takes a predictable course along your head. Rogaine and Propecia are common options to try at the beginning of your hair restoration journey, but they may not be as helpful as you hope they will be.

PRP

If you have tried Rogaine and Propecia, and they haven’t worked for you, or you just want to try something else before taking medications, you may be interested in learning more about PRP (or platelet-rich plasma). The use of platelet-rich plasma may feel like the right choice for you if you’re looking to increase hair volume but don’t want to undergo surgery to do so, or if you know medication isn’t helping your case. PRP is not invasive and you don’t need to be sedated for the procedure. PRP treatment uses your own blood plasma and allows it to penetrate the scalp and reach the hair follicles where it can stimulate the growth of new hair.

It’s time to talk about options if you’re trying to get your hair back. Call us today at (281) 364-9898 to schedule a consultation with us.

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Woodlands OBGYN Associates Blog by Woodlands Obgyn Associates Staff - 2M ago

Nothing could be more complicated than the human body, it seems. When things work well, we may not even notice our body. But, when things are abnormal or we’re in pain, our bodies can suddenly take up our brain power. PCOS, or polycystic ovary syndrome, can impact fertility and disrupt your hormones, even leading to stubborn acne and other troublesome symptoms. Keep reading to learn more about PCOS and what you can do about it.

What is PCOS?

PCOS is a hormone-disrupting issue that causes a woman’s body to produce high levels of androgens. Though you may think that androgens are male hormones, the truth is that women do have them, too, just in smaller amounts. Extremely high androgen levels in women interfere with the development of your eggs and your cycle, which means that PCOS can lead to an unpredictable period, or even missed periods altogether.

How does it affect fertility?

High androgen levels caused by PCOS impact how your eggs develop. Let’s say you miss your period due to PCOS. That means that a healthy egg was never released. And, if an egg isn’t released, it can’t get fertilized and start growing as your child. PCOS can lead you to miss your period or experience irregular periods, which makes it hard for you to track when you’re ovulating

How can I treat it?

Gaining a lot of weight can affect your hormone levels negatively. So, losing weight (only for those who are overweight or obese), may help adjust your hormone levels. In general, though, you can make better lifestyle choices to increase fertility as well.

If you’re trying to get pregnant, certain medications may help regulate your hormones and get you to a place where you can become pregnant. If your period isn’t regular, or you’ve already been diagnosed with PCOS, work closely with your doctor to see what you can do about it and how you can manage your hormones.

Want to learn more? Just give us a call at (281) 364-9898 to schedule a consultation with one of our amazing providers about PCOS and your health.

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Woodlands OBGYN Associates Blog by Woodlands Obgyn Associates Staff - 3M ago

You may think that beauty means keeping up with the trends. But, we know better. Makeup, hair, and clothing trends may change from year to year or season to season, but great skin is timeless. Having natural-looking, youthful skin is a great way to look your best every day, and you’ll likely feel the results of looking so good in your self-confidence, too. Movie stars throughout time may vary wildly. Their makeup and clothes may change, but the most beautiful always have great skin. Keep reading for how you can have the most beautiful skin this spring.

Eat Real Foods

Eating a variety of real foods in a rainbow of colors will encourage your skin to get the nutrients it needs to function properly, which also helps it look more beautiful and radiant. Processed foods often contain more preservatives and chemicals that can actually contribute to skin that works harder and looks duller over time.

Try and eat foods that look like what they are in nature, whenever that makes the most sense. Processed foods will no longer look like they did in nature. For example, grapes look like grapes, but snacks and candies may not look like seeds, grain, or nuts anymore. Head to the farmer’s market or the produce section of your grocery store for real foods to help your skin look beautiful.

Minimize Stress

Our collagen levels go down as we get older, and stress is more damaging. Exercising on a regular basis can help release stress in a healthy way, and meditation can help as well.

In Office Treatments

We offer the SmartSkin CO2 Laser Skin Renewal system to help patients rejuvenate the look of their skin. This treatment works by using light energy, focused, strengthened and naturally narrow, to stimulate tissue below the skin level to produce more collagen.

Are you looking for a boost of youth for spring? Give us a call at (614) 852-2940 to learn more about what we can do for you. We offer many different treatments that can be tailored to your specific desires. Beautiful skin can still be yours!

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If you have recently been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, you could be going into panic mode. But, try to relax. Gestational diabetes can be managed with great success for you and your baby. Making a plan with your doctor to stay healthy and manage your gestational diabetes is important. Keep reading to learn more about gestational diabetes.

Where does it come from?

Gestational diabetes occurs when you have high blood sugar levels while pregnant, but but when those levels were normal before you were pregnant. Gestational diabetes occurs when your body doesn’t operate as it should. For example, your placenta naturally makes hormones that may cause a buildup of glucose in your blood. Usually, your pancreas can make enough insulin to handle that extra glucose. If your pancreas can’t keep up with the extra glucose, though, your blood sugar levels will rise. This can cause gestational diabetes. You will want to talk to your doctor about simple things you can do to manage your blood sugar levels.

After your baby is born, gestational diabetes usually goes away. Having gestational diabetes does make you more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, so it may be worth following up with your physician after you give birth to keep yourself healthy.

Symptoms

Many women with gestational diabetes usually don’t show symptoms at all; often they learn they have it during normal pregnancy screening tests. If the gestational diabetes is particularly extreme, you may notice:

-Feeling thirsty

-Feeling hungry or eating more

-A need to urinate more often

Treatment

Treatment is fairly straightforward at the beginning. If you are able to change some habits, you can avoid certain complications. To treat your gestational diabetes, your doctor will ask you to:

-Check your blood sugar multiple times a day

-Do urine tests that check for ketones

-Eat a healthy diet

-Exercise daily

Your physician will track how much weight you gain over your pregnancy and will update you if you need to take further action to manage your gestational diabetes. If you have questions, give us a call at (281) 364-9898 today to learn more.

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Woodlands OBGYN Associates Blog by Raj K. Syal, Md, Facog - 5M ago

There are so many different ways we can view ourselves, and those ways may change day-to-day or minute-to-minute. We can become more confident without gaining or losing weight, just by changing how we view ourselves. We may be self conscious about a normal function like a period, or we can find the positives in having one. Think about it: your period ties you to time in a different way than men. It also helps you know that you’re not pregnant, which can be a blessing, too.

Though we can find positive things about our periods, heavy or abnormal periods cause concerns and other issues. If you feel that your flow isn’t normal, then keep reading.

What is abnormal?

What is normal for one woman may be extremely abnormal for another. This is why it’s a good idea to keep track of your flow. How much time is normally between two periods? How long do they usually last?

Heavy menstrual bleeding may mean more than just more frequent trips to the restroom during your time of the month. You could experience an iron deficiency, or even require blood transfusions if your flow is dangerously heavy.

Sometimes, if you have an abnormal period, we will suggest certain tests to help rule out underlying issues. You could have fibroids, infection, endometriosis, or uterine cancer, which can all lead to heavy or abnormal bleeding. Don’t start worrying yet. Hormone imbalances could also be the cause of your heavy menstrual bleeding.

Questions to Ask Your Physician

Asking the right questions can help you feel more in control of what’s going on. Make sure to get all the facts before you jump into a treatment. The following questions may help you collect all the pertinent information.

  • Why are you recommending this particular treatment option for my heavy bleeding? If that doesn’t work, what would be the next recommended option?
  • What are the disadvantages and/or risks associated with each recommended treatment?
  • If you find a serious concern like fibroids or endometriosis causing my abnormal uterine bleeding, is it possible to avoid a hysterectomy?

If you want to learn more, or are looking to schedule a consultation, then give us a call at (281) 364-9898.

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If you’re trying to get pregnant, you could be trying all sorts of things to improve your chances. So, even when you’re trying to get pregnant, it can be a shock to find out you’ve actually done it! When you realize you really are pregnant, the thoughts can start swirling: are you ready for this? Do you have enough money? Will your work take it well?

But, don’t let the worries take over. Having a baby is a wonderful thing, and there are ways to feel empowered instead of overwhelmed. Read books and actively participate in your pregnancy plan. Plan ahead and write down your questions before you see your OB/GYN. Keep reading for a good list of questions to ask your OB/GYN during your first appointment.

  • Do I have an increased risk of any complications or conditions? What might need to be changed in my birth plan because of these factors?
  • Is exercise safe for me to continue doing during my pregnancy? Are there certain kinds of exercise I should avoid? Some new things I should try?
  • What symptoms should I expect throughout my pregnancy, and how can I manage them?
  • What is your position on inductions? Scheduled c-sections? Epidurals and other pain medications? Episiotomies? Vacuum and forceps usage? IVs and EFMs? Delayed cord clamping? What are my options regarding complications?
  • When is a good time to call you with questions? If you aren’t available, do you have someone else I should contact?
  • Are there any restrictions I should be aware of if I choose to travel while I’m pregnant?
  • What changes might I need to make in my beauty routine? Should I avoid dyeing or bleaching my hair?
  • What over-the-counter medications are safe for me to take, and in what dosage? Are there any medications that I should strictly avoid?
  • Are the prescription medications I’m currently taking safe? (Come prepared with a list of medications/supplements/vitamins you take.)

You’ve got this, momma! If you’re looking for a great OB/GYN, call us today at (281) 364-9898 to schedule a consultation.

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Some women are so strong that they often make jokes about the things that bother them the most. That’s why you may remember your mother or grandmother cracking jokes about not being able to laugh or sneeze. When we’re young, we may not understand those jokes (and why they don’t seem as funny to us). But, now we’re older and understand what’s going on. Partly because it’s starting to happen to us.

Whether you experience mild discomfort or more serious concerns regarding your vagina and how it’s aging, you should know that there is a procedure out there that may help. It can sometimes be hard to spend money on a surgery if you aren’t in mortal danger, but the issues that come from vaginal relaxation can impact our lives on a daily basis.

And, did you know that the O-Shot is a vaginal rejuvenation option that causes no pain or discomfort, takes no surgery, and requires no downtime?

What can be treated with Vaginal Rejuvenation?

Vaginal relaxation, which can occur from childbirth and aging, can cause many side effects that may make you uncomfortable or take you out of the moment. Oftentimes, women also experience an improvement in stress incontinence issues when they have the O-Shot. Many women experience decreased sexual sensation after giving birth, though vaginal rejuvenation isn’t just about sex. In fact, vaginal rejuvenation techniques are about giving you your life back.

Decreased sexual sensation is an issue for many women who experience vaginal relaxation. Vaginal rejuvenation helps tighten the vagina, which can directly improve your sex life. If you are looking for increased sexual sensation, increased friction can definitely help.

How long does it take to perform?

We use the O-Shot, because it offers great results with no downtime or discomfort. These treatments don’t require sedation or anesthetic, and only takes a short, twenty minute appointment.

What is recovery like?

Because the O-Shot is a gentle, non-invasive procedure, there is no downtime after your appointment. You can go right back to work after their appointment, so don’t worry about having to take the day off to rest on the couch.

If you’re interested in the benefits that vaginal rejuvenation can offer, give us a call at (281) 364-9898 to schedule a consultation.

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Woodlands OBGYN Associates Blog by Raj K. Syal, Md, Facog - 6M ago
Gain Control Over Urine Loss

20 million women suffer from the regular loss of urine.  Leaking can occur due to childbirth, weakness of the pelvic muscles, or excessive physical activity, like running and weight training.  Urine loss is not only embarrassing but also limits one’s activities and enjoyment.  Incontinence is not a normal part of aging and specialty physicians can provide treatment.

There are now many treatment options available for the loss of urine.  The tried and proven treatment for incontinence has been the surgical placement of a sling to support the urethra. It is a safe and effective treatment and provides a long-lasting solution.  This is usually a day surgery with minimal recovery time, covered by insurance, and performed at Houston Methodist the Woodlands.

At Woodlands OBGYN Associates, we also have in-office treatments for the loss of urine that involve no surgery and no recovery time.

Introducing BTL Emsella™

Emsella uses high intensity focused electromagnetic technology to cause deep pelvic floor stimulation.  A single treatment creates thousands of contractions of the pelvic muscles restoring strength and neuromuscular control.  Six 28-minute painless treatments result in 95% patient satisfaction and a 75 percent reduction in the use of pads.  Emsella is now available at Woodlands OBGYN Associates.

The O-Shot® Helps Stop Leaking and More

The O-Shot is another treatment offered at Woodlands OBGYN Associates that addresses urine loss as well as sexual dysfunction for women.  This procedure uses platelet-rich plasma (PRP) which is derived from your blood.  PRP is rich with growth factors which stimulate the growth of new collagen, nerves and blood supply.  The procedure is painless and an effective treatment for urine loss, vaginal discomfort, and difficulty with orgasm.  Based on patient feedback and results, our experience with the O-Shot for the past two years has been very positive.

There’s Also Mona Lisa Touch®

For patients experiencing mild leaking associated with aging and loss of vaginal support, the Mona Lisa is another highly-effective treatment.  The Mona Lisa is a painless laser treatment of the vagina that restores collagen.  Collagen increases support of the urethra which decreases urine loss.  Mona Lisa treatments also address vaginal dryness and painful intercourse.  We have offered this treatment for the past four years with tremendous success.

In conclusion, you do not have to leak. There are a wide variety of treatment options available through Woodlands OBGYN Associates. You don’t have to be embarrassed to discuss incontinence or your bladder issues with your physician. So, take the first step to stop the leaking by contacting us for a consultation at 281-364-9898.

Raj Syal, MD, FACOG

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Woodlands OBGYN Associates Blog by Raj K. Syal, Md, Facog - 6M ago

Did you know that truSculpt 3D is the latest non-surgical, no downtime procedure proven to reduce fat and cellulite?

A New Way to Reduce Body Fat

truSculpt can help you reduce those areas that are resistant to diet and exercise. truSculpt® 3D uses radio frequency energy to heat the underlying fat in your body to the point of cell destruction. Then, your body eliminates the waste. Fortunately, you experience all of this without discomfort or risk to the skin surface.

How It Works

As illustrated here, your skin is heated just enough to stimulate skin tightening. Patients can expect to notice maximum results in fat reduction over a 12-week period. Clinical studies also show a 20% reduction of the fat layer in areas treated. Treatments are available for both men and women for any trouble spots including the neck, abdomen, flanks, back fat, and legs.

Call our Woodlands OBGYN Associates office to schedule this innovative non-surgical and painless effective treatment for fat and cellulite reduction.

281-364-9898

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