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Cervical cancer is a serious, potentially life-threatening illness impacting a woman’s reproductive tract. Each year, more than 13,000 cases of invasive cancer are diagnosed and more than 4,000 individuals perish as a result of the disease.

However, medical testing enables healthcare professionals to often detect cancer in its earliest stages, which has significantly decreased incidents of the ailment, as well as mortality rates over the past several decades. This brief blog will discuss the malady and highlight the importance of undergoing frequent screening.

Cervical Cancer Overview

This type of malignancy impacts a woman’s cervix, which is a reproductive organ situated between the uterus and vagina. There are two subcategories of cervical malignancy, squamous cell carcinoma (impacting the cells lining the cervix) and adenocarcinoma (which strikes the cells inside the cervical canal).

Causes

Researchers cannot pinpoint one specific reason cervical cells mutate into cancerous structures. However, a certain faction of such scientific professionals opines one major potential underlying cause is the presence of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which is a type of sexually transmitted organism. Healthcare professionals suggest other risk factors might include smoking, engaging in intercourse with numerous partners, the presence of other sexually transmitted ailments or a weakened immune system.

Symptoms

In its earliest stages, cervical cancer typically does not produce any physical manifestations. When symptoms do occur, the disease has usually progressed and might include occurrences such as unusual vaginal bleeding (especially the follow intercourse), foul-smelling vaginal discharge, abdominal or pelvic discomfort.

The Importance Of Screening

Because the early stages of the illness often do not elicit any outward signs or symptoms, the key to survival could lie in early detection. Routine screening can not only identify early-stage cancer but detect precancerous abnormalities that could potentially morph into a full-fledged malignancy.

Critical detection tests include the Pap Smear and the HPV test. During the Pap Smear, also referred to as the Pap Test, a healthcare professional extracts cells from the cervix and examines said specimens. HPV detection is typically performed using a technique called the HPV DNA exam. Physicians retrieve cervical cells and then examine said structures for infiltration of the various HPV viruses.

All women age 21 and older, particularly those with a family history of cervical cancer or other risk factors are advised to undergo regular Pap and HPV DNA tests.

Potential Treatment

If cancer is diagnosed, treatment will depend upon several factors including the stage and aggressiveness of the disease, as well as the patient’s age and any other health issues said individual might be stricken with. Specific treatment options could include:

Surgery

Surgery would often be performed in the form of a hysterectomy. Hysterectomies can be either simple (in which the cervix and uterus are removed) or radical (whereby the cervix, uterus, vaginal region and surrounding lymph nodes are extracted).

Other Forms Of Treatment

Depending upon the location and aggressiveness of the malignancy, other treatment options could include radiation and chemotherapy or a combination of both. It is imperative to reiterate the need for early detection. Detection of precancerous cells or early stage cancer carried a higher survival rate.

Contact Us

Anyone concerned about cervical cancer or any other reproductive issue are encouraged to contact Annandale OBGYN. For more information, please visit https://www.annandaleobgyn.com/

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Amenorrhea is the medical term for “no period” and typically is used when a woman is expected to be having normal periods but is not, for one of several possible reasons. She is of childbearing age, she is not pregnant, and is not taking hormones to manipulate the timing of her period. What can cause a woman to not have her period?

Pregnancy is the Number One Reason for Amenorrhea

The entire menstrual cycle begins with the ovaries maturing an egg and releasing it, while simultaneously thickening the wall of the uterus so that a fertilized egg can implant there, should pregnancy occur. The egg enters the Fallopian tubes leading from the ovary, ready to be fertilized by sperm from the male. If the egg is not fertilized, it passes out of the body. The body receives the signal that there is no pregnancy, and the thickened wall of the uterus will not be needed to nurture a tiny embryo.

The signal is sent by hormones. While estrogen and progesterone are rising gradually from the time the egg is released (what we call “ovulation”), both fall off dramatically once the time passes for the egg to be successfully fertilized, which tells the lining of the uterus – the endometrium – to start shedding.

If the egg is fertilized, however, the signal to shed the lining is never received. Instead, the body continues to produce estrogen and progesterone in gradually rising amounts until delivery. No drop in hormones means no period.

Menopause is the Second Most Common Reason for Amenorrhea.

As the body ages, it stops producing the hormones that start the whole menstrual cycle. No eggs are matured in the ovary, and none are released, so the body stops producing increasing amounts of estrogen and progesterone. The body is never directed to build up the lining of the uterus. Usually, periods become more irregular, and the interval between periods becomes longer before the stop altogether. When a woman has had twelve months in a row with no period, she is said to be menopausal, and at that point, any bleeding that happens is abnormal and needs to be investigated immediately.

Other Causes of Amenorrhea All Relate to Changes in Hormones.

Endurance athletes with low body fat can have altered hormone levels that stop her periods until her training levels decrease and her body fat increases again. Breastfeeding can also disrupt hormones – in fact, early women used breastfeeding as contraception, knowing that they usually would not ovulate or have periods while their babies were receiving breast milk exclusively.

Periods are also changed, manipulated, and sometimes stopped with the use of hormonal birth control like pills, injections, implants or treated intrauterine devices (IUDs). Other changes in the endocrine system such as the thyroid or pituitary glands can affect the hormones that regulate periods.

By taking a thorough history and making a careful medical exam, we can help you determine what is causing your amenorrhea, and decide with you on the best plan to bring things back into balance.

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Infertility is a couple’s inability to get pregnant even after they’ve had 6-12 months of well-timed, unprotected sex. Infertility also describes the situation for a woman who has multiple miscarriages. About 12% of couples have trouble getting pregnant or staying pregnant.

Infertility has many causes, such as polycystic ovary syndrome and endometriosis in women, and poor sperm quality or quantity in men.

About 30% of infertility is due to male factors, 30% is due to female factors, and 20% is caused by problems in both partners. However, even after going through a thorough medical work-up, approximately 20% of couples have no explanation for the cause of their infertility. This is known as unexplained infertility.

Unexplained infertility can be excruciatingly frustrating. However, treatment options can help couples with unexplained infertility to still conceive a baby and have a successful pregnancy. Dr. Anna Le and our team at Annandale Ob-Gyn & Primary Care in Annandale and Alexandria, Virginia, have extensive experience helping patients with infertility.

First, a thorough evaluation

If you’re having trouble getting pregnant, your first step is to make an appointment with Dr. Le. Many causes of infertility are treatable, but it’s important not to wait longer than six months (if you’re over 35) or a year (if you’re under 35) to consult Dr. Le. The earlier you seek help for infertility, the better, especially if you’re over 35.

We give you a thorough evaluation to determine whether you have a diagnosable cause for infertility. If we discover a problem such as polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis, blocked fallopian tubes, uterine fibroids, or uterine cysts, we can provide you with treatment for these conditions.

For example, Dr. Le may recommend minimally invasive surgery to treat endometriosis or uterine fibroids.

We can also advise your partner on testing available for men.

Lifestyle and age

We also talk with you about lifestyle factors that could affect fertility. For example, stress can impact your ovulation patterns. Other lifestyle conditions that could contribute to infertility include being overweight, smoking cigarettes, or taking certain medications.

Unexplained infertility is more likely to occur in women over 35. As a woman ages, her ovaries release fewer healthy eggs.The risk of miscarriage also goes up in older women.

Treatments for unexplained infertility

If we find no medical causes for your infertility, we talk with you about your treatment options. They include:

Medications
Dr. Le can prescribe medications that stimulate your ovaries to ovulate (release an egg). A variety of medications are available that work through different mechanisms; Dr. Le recommends the one that’s best for you.

IUI
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a treatment that involves injecting your partner’s sperm into your uterus. Although this procedure is typically used for women whose infertility is caused by problems with cervical mucus, it can also help in cases of unexplained infertility.

IVF
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a treatment in which your partner’s sperm is combined with your egg(s) in a laboratory. After an embryo develops, it is transferred into your uterus.

Learn more about unexplained infertility

If you have questions about infertility, Dr. Le and your care providers at Annandale Ob-Gyn & Primary Care can help. Call one of our offices in Annandale or Alexandria, Virginia, or book an appointment online.

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If you’d like to use a “get it and forget it” type of birth control, you may want to consider the Nexplanon® implant.

Nexplanon is a long-lasting, low-maintenance form of birth control that is increasingly popular among women who don’t want to have to think about taking pills, inserting diaphragms, or using condoms.

Dr. Anna Le and our team at Annandale Ob-Gyn & Primary Care in Annandale and Alexandria, Virginia have extensive experience inserting Nexplanon. We’d like to share the following information with you about this low-maintenance birth control option.

A simple solution

Nexplanon is a thin, flexible piece of plastic about the size of a matchstick (1.6 inches) that contains hormones.

Dr. Le inserts Nexplanon under the skin of your upper inner arm. Once inserted, Nexplanon begins to release a steady, low-dose hormone (progestin) that prevents your ovaries from releasing eggs each month.

Highly effective

With an effectiveness rate of over 99%, Nexplanon is one of the most effective types of birth control available. Because no eggs are released, fertilization can’t occur, and you don’t get pregnant.

The hormone in Nexplanon also causes your cervical mucus to thicken, which prevents sperm from traveling through your cervix.

Long acting and reversible

Your Nexplanon implant offers protection against pregnancy for three years. After that, you’ll need to have it replaced with a new implant to continue the birth control treatment.

Although the Nexplanon implant prevents pregnancy for three years, if you decide you would like to get pregnant sooner than that, you can ask Dr. Le to remove it. Nexplanon offers fully reversible contraception. You can get pregnant as soon as one week after the implant is taken out.

Easy insertion

Before inserting Nexplanon, Dr. Le gives you a pregnancy test to make sure you’re not pregnant.

To insert the implant, she numbs your arm with medication. Then she uses a specially designed surgical applicator to insert it into the skin of your arm. Insertion takes less than a minute.

After insertion, you wear a pressure bandage for 24 hours and an ordinary bandage for several days.

Depending on where you are in your menstrual period, pregnancy protection begins either immediately or within a week. Dr. Le will let you know whether you need to use condoms or another form of birth control temporarily.

Safe for most women

Although most women can use Nexplanon safely, it’s not for everybody. For example, Dr. Le may suggest a different kind of birth control if you have blood clots, liver disease, unexplained vaginal bleeding, or progestin-sensitive breast cancer.

Certain medications and herbal products could make Nexplanon less effective, so be sure to tell Dr. Le about all of the prescription and over-the-counter medicines, supplements, and herbal products you’re taking.

Potential side effects

Most women have no side effects from Nexplanon. However, some women experience changes in menstrual bleeding, such as less bleeding, more bleeding, spotting between periods, or no bleeding at all. The time between periods may vary also.

It’s also important for you to remember that Nexplanon does not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). If you are concerned about STDs, condoms may provide better protection.

To learn more about whether Nexplanon is the right form of birth control for you, call one of the offices of Annandale Ob-Gyn & Primary Care, or book an appointment online.

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Pelvic organ prolapse is fairly common among women, but it’s something most don’t focus on until they, or someone they’re close to, experience the frustration and discomfort of this condition. The good news is that you may be able to prevent or at least reduce the effects pelvic prolapse has on your life by understanding your risk factors and making a few changes now in your daily routine.

What is pelvic prolapse?

More often referred to as pelvic organ prolapse, it occurs when the muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissue structures of your pelvic floor weaken and lose their ability to hold your pelvic organs in place. This can cause your bladder or uterus to drop or protrude into your vagina or your rectum to fall and create a bulge in the back wall of your vagina.

What are the symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse?

Bladder prolapse (cystocele) is the most common type and often results in unexpected urinary leakage (incontinence), the feeling that you can’t empty your bladder completely, or the need to urinate frequently.

Depending on the organ or organs affected and the severity of the prolapse, symptoms may also include:

  • The sensation of a bulge in your vagina
  • Pain and pressure in your lower back and pelvic region
  • Feeling as if you’re sitting on a ball
  • Discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse
  • Constipation or the need to strain to have a bowel movement

The condition can develop slowly over years and you may not notice symptoms until the prolapse is moderate to severe. Often your gynecologist is the first to note prolapse or weakening of your pelvic floor during your annual checkup. When she asks you to bear down during a manual pelvic exam, for instance, she can gauge whether your uterus moves out of its expected position when stressed.

How can I prevent pelvic organ prolapse?

You can’t always prevent pelvic organ prolapse, but you can help decrease your risks of developing the weakened muscles that lead to this disorder by making some lifestyle changes.

Obesity, for instance, increases your risk by placing added stress and strain on your pelvic floor muscles, and tendons. A nutritious diet and healthy exercise routine that helps you maintain your ideal weight or promotes weight loss, when necessary, can help reduce your odds of developing pelvic organ prolapse. It’s also great for your overall health.

Other ways to reduce strain on your pelvic floor muscles include:

  • Treating and preventing constipation by drinking plenty of fluids and including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and other high-fiber foods in your diet
  • Avoiding heavy lifting when possible, and otherwise lifting correctly with your legs instead of from your waist or back
  • Preventing the strain coughing places on your pelvic floor muscles by getting treatment for a chronic cough or bronchitis and not smoking
  • Performing Kegel exercises regularly
What are Kegel exercises?

Kegels are movements that focus on strengthening your pelvic floor muscles. Women who’ve had a vaginal birth are likely familiar with these exercises since your obstetrician may have recommended them as part of your recovery after delivery. Continuing with Kegels, or starting them before you have children, can help keep your pelvic floor muscles toned and strong.

You can perform Kegel exercises at any time by tightening and releasing the same muscles you use to hold back gas. Start with tightening and holding for 2-5 seconds and then relaxing for 2-5 seconds, working up to holding for 10 seconds before relaxing for 10 seconds. Repeat this movement 10 times for each session with the goal of completing three sessions per day.

Ask your gynecologist for further instructions if you question whether you’re performing the right movement since Kegel exercises are only effective if they’re performed correctly.

If you’d like more information about pelvic organ prolapse, or you have symptoms you think may be related to this condition, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with your Annandale Ob-gyn specialist. Many effective options exist for treating this uncomfortable disorder.

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Summertime is lots of fun, with trips to the beach, swimming in the pool, and picnics in the park. But when you’re pregnant, the heat and sun of summer can pose a few extra challenges.

Don’t worry. Even though you’re pregnant, you can still have lots of fun this summer. Just keep the following recommendations in mind.

Stay in the shade

Practicing sun safety makes sense all the time — you always want to reduce your risk of skin cancer and premature aging of your skin. But it’s especially important when you’re pregnant.

The hormones of pregnancy can cause a temporary darkening of the skin on your face. This is called the “mask of pregnancy” because it can appear on your forehead, around your eyes, or on your nose.

Darkening on your face can get worse with sun exposure, so stay in the shade, wear a hat, and apply sunscreen when you’re headed outdoors.

Choose sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher and apply it at least 30 minutes before you go outside. Reapply at least every two hours, or more often if you’re sweating or swimming.

For best coverage, choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects your skin from UVA and UVB radiation.

Protect yourself from mosquitoes

Mosquitoes can spread viruses that might harm you and your baby, such as the Zika virus and the West Nile virus.

To avoid mosquitoes, stay inside when mosquitoes are active, install screens on windows and doors, and use mosquito repellants when needed. Pregnant women can use mosquito repellents that contain DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, IR3535, and 2-undecanone.

Enjoy summer produce

During pregnancy, you and your baby need lots of the wonderful nutrients found in fruits and vegetables. Delicious summer produce provides a wealth of important nutrients — for example, you get vitamin A from cantaloupe, vitamin C from bell peppers, vitamin B6 from carrots, folic acid from strawberries, and iron from spinach.

Take advantage of the summer bounty and enjoy plenty of produce every day.

Stay hydrated

Your body needs extra water during pregnancy. It helps you regulate your body temperature, your blood volume, and your amniotic fluid.

Although it’s important for everyone to stay hydrated, it’s especially crucial for pregnant women. Dehydration can lead to neural tube defects, low amniotic fluid levels, and premature labor.

To stay hydrated, drink 8 to 12 glasses of water daily.

Keep cool

Your body temperature is slightly higher during pregnancy than it was before you conceived, so you’ll feel the summer heat even more than everyone else.

Avoid overheating by staying in the shade, wearing loose-fitting clothing, and drinking plenty of water. And when temperatures soar, head for an air-conditioned room.

Keep an eye on swelling

You can expect some swelling during pregnancy, especially when the temperature and humidity rise. You may notice swelling in your face, hands, legs, feet, and ankles.

To relieve swelling, avoid standing, rest with your feet up, seek a cool place, drink water, avoid salt, or soak in a cool bath or pool.

Although some swelling is normal, excessive swelling can be a sign of preeclampsia, a potentially serious pregnancy complication. Call us right away if you have sudden swelling, especially in your face or hands.

Exercise safely

Unless your providers here at Annandale Ob-Gyn & Primary Care have told you not to exercise, stay active during the summer months. Aim for about 30 minutes per day of moderate-intensity exercise such as walking or swimming.

Regular exercise benefits you and your baby. It can help you avoid excess weight gain while improving your sleep, helping you feel less stressed, and easing some of the common discomforts of pregnancy, such as back pain, constipation, and swelling in your legs and feet.

It also can lower your risk of pregnancy complications, such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia (high blood pressure that develops during pregnancy).

When you exercise in warm weather, avoid overheating and drink plenty of water.

Plan a summer getaway

If you and your partner can manage it, make time for a relaxing vacation or weekend away. The baby will arrive before you know it, and your life will turn much busier!

Don’t forget your check-ups!

Regular check-ups help keep you and your baby healthy and safe throughout your pregnancy, so make sure you keep all of your appointments.

Our team at Annandale Ob-Gyn & Primary Care, with offices in Annandale and Alexandria, Virginia, can answer your questions, give you important advice, and catch any health problems and pregnancy complications early.

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When you’re pregnant, your energy level may lag. You are, after all, creating a human being, and that’s hard work! But in spite of the fact that your low energy level and growing belly may make you feel more like lounging around, you should be doing the opposite — at least for about 30 minutes a day.

Exercise during pregnancy is important for your overall health and the health of your baby. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that healthy women get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity activity, ideally spread out across the week.

Do you know what makes an ideal moderate-intensity activity for pregnant women? Brisk walking.

Why you should walk during pregnancy

Walking is a low-impact exercise that can be done almost anywhere and any time. You only need a good, comfortable pair of sneakers and a water bottle, and you’re ready to walk around your neighborhood, a park, or around the block outside your office.

Our team at Annandale Ob-Gyn & Primary Care knows that walking is a great way for many pregnant women to exercise. We’ve pulled together a list of the many benefits for you.

Walking during pregnancy:

  • Reduces the risk of complications during pregnancy and delivery. Studies show that women who exercise regularly have a lower risk of developing gestational diabetes or having unplanned cesarean sections.
  • Helps you burn calories so you keep your weight in check. Less weight during pregnancy means its less likely you’ll deliver prematurely and more likely you’ll return to your pre-pregnancy weight sooner.
  • Boosts your mood and energy levels. One study found significant improvement in the moods and fatigue levels of pregnant women who walked about 30 minutes four times a week.
  • Eases back pain and other aches. Back pain during pregnancy is common and can often interfere with daily activities and sleep. Walking can help keep your back muscles strong and warm up so that they can support your growing belly and not become stiff.
  • Helps you sleep better by burning off excess energy so that you’re tired and can doze off to sleep more easily. Just make sure you exercise well before bedtime, or walking may have the opposite effect.
  • Relieves constipation which is a common symptom during pregnancy. Exercise helps move food through the digestive tract faster, so less water is absorbed in the colon, making stools softer and easier to pass.
  • Makes or keeps your muscles strong, making delivery and recovery easier. Delivering a baby is no walk in the park and having the strength and endurance to get you through it can only help.
Safety tips for walking during pregnancy

If you were active before, staying active during your pregnancy should be fairly simple. If not, then you should start slowly, walking for five minutes and day, for example, and building up to 30 minutes or more. Always consult your Annandale obstetrician before embarking on any type of exercise routine during pregnancy.

Some general tips include:

  • Stay hydrated. Take a water bottle with you and drink often. And if it’s hot weather, it might be better to walk inside, so you don’t get overheated.
  • Listen to your body. Don’t overdo it. Exercise is important, but now is not the time to push yourself. If you’re feeling tired, rest. You can break your walk into two sessions if you need to.
  • Look where you’re going. With your belly getting bigger and your sense of gravity shifting, it’s important to be sure to look out in front of you. You don’t want to trip or fall.
  • Stop walking if you feel dizzy, have vaginal bleeding, or trouble breathing. Call your doctor right away if you experience these symptoms.

Walking can be a wonderful way to stay fit while you’re pregnant. If you have questions about exercise, give us a call or ask at your next prenatal visit.

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If you’re tired of the endless struggle against body hair — it seems to grow back immediately after shaving, plucking, or waxing — it’s time to explore laser hair removal treatment. Here’s some information that’s sure to have you ready for swimsuit season if you get started today.

A simple approach to a hairy problem

Annandale Ob-Gyn & Primary Care offers laser hair removal, a cosmetic treatment that uses concentrated beams of light to destroy your unwanted body hair directly at the source: the root. When you damage a hair’s root or follicle, you permanently eliminate the potential for hair growth in the area.

The precise nature of laser technology means your Annandale provider can customize the laser settings specifically for your hair and skin type to get you the best results regardless of your hair coloring, texture, or your skin tone.

Laser hair removal is also safe to use on your entire body from delicate locations like underarms and bikini areas to larger surfaces like backs, legs, and thighs — and there’s no risk of skin damage.

Plan on multiple sessions for smoother, silkier skin

While laser hair removal can permanently prevent hair growth, it takes several sessions to destroy all of the hair follicles in your treatment area. Why? Your hair follicles have a three-part life cycle, including:

  • Growth (anagen)
  • Regression (catagen)
  • Rest (telogen)

An entire hair shaft is produced from root to tip during the growth cycle. Throughout the regression and rest cycles, hair growth resets, and stem cells wait for the signal to grow a new hair shaft. Only a hair follicle in the growth cycle can be permanently disabled.

While it may seem like your hair grows at the same rate, your hair follicles are in various growth cycle stages, so you need multiple treatments to permanently damage all of the follicles in the area.

Depending on the treatment area as well as your hair and skin coloring, you may need six to eight sessions to achieve permanent results.

It takes time to get results

When you’re undergoing multiple laser hair removal treatments, your skin needs time to rest between appointments. Certain areas like your face generally require six to eight weeks between laser treatments, while body hair on your legs or back might require as many as 10-12 weeks.

Fortunately, you can have multiple areas of your body treated at the same time without taking time off in between. Your provider at Annandale Ob-Gyn & Primary Care works directly with you to create a treatment strategy and schedule that provides optimal hair removal results as quickly as possible.

Be prepared for your appointment

When you’re looking for permanent solutions for unwanted body hair, the last thing you want to do is show it all to the world. However, to prepare for your appointment, you have to stop all methods of hair removal for the six weeks leading up to your appointment, whether it’s plucking, waxing, or shaving.

Before treating the entire hair removal location, your provider tests a small area to check your reaction to the laser. Sessions can take 20-60 minutes depending on the size of the hair removal area.

The discomfort associated with laser hair removal varies with each person’s sensitivity. You might experience tingling in the area or a sensation similar to the snapping of a rubber band.

Following your treatment, it’s common to have mild redness, irritation, or tenderness in the area, but you can expect this to fade within a few days. If you’re uncomfortable, applying an ice pack or cool compress can provide relief. Your skin will be sensitive, so you should avoid sun exposure and stay properly hydrated.

You can expect to see benefits of laser hair removal immediately, but best results occur within three months after having multiple treatment sessions.

Get your body ready for swimsuit season. Call Annandale Ob-Gyn & Primary Care or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment to learn more about laser hair removal.

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One of the most important signs is that you haven’t had your menses. If you usually have your period every 28 – 30 days like clockwork, and have recently missed it, the easiest way to tell is to purchase a pregnancy test from a pharmacy. Depending on different products, you may be able to detect pregnancy even 5 days before your expected period.

Many home pregnancy test kits claim to be 99% accurate. However, for the most reliable results, you can wait to take or repeat the test one week after your missed period. These test kits detect pregnancy based on the presence of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) which is produced after a fertilized egg implants on the wall of your uterus.

If you have a positive result, why not come over to our doctors at Annandale OBGYN to have the pregnancy confirmed and have a scan done?

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Breast feeding is a joy however, the number one down side to breast feeding is that it loosens breast tissue and makes them sag. Having a solid plan to minimize breast tissue relaxation will help get you back feeling like yourself faster and boost confidence. Here are a few tried and true at home remedies for firming breasts postpartum.

Massage – regular breast massage at least 3 times weekly with olive, almond oil, egg yolks or cucumber or Aloe Vera. All of these are readily available in the kitchen pantry or on Amazon. These natural products increase the tone and elasticity of tissue. Massage increases blood circulation which, stimulates muscle growth and cell repair.

Exercise – Breast exercises that build the pectoralis muscle are the best way to lift breast tissue. Try doing push-ups, planks, weight training such as arm curls, chest presses and dumbbell flys.

Yoga – Yoga poses that focus on the upper body, specifically the chest and chest muscles and upper arms. Try these simple but highly effective poses -Forward bend, Cobra, Triangle, Bow, Bridge and warrior yoga poses.

Running and jogging, are great ways to lose weight but can counteract efforts to firm breast if proper sports bras that prevent jostling movements are not worn each time.

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