Your emotional and physical health can be impacted by how you manage stress. If you have health issues that are standing in the way of your fertility, we can assist you in mapping out the best route moving forward. We have worked with many specialists that we can refer that will maximize your chances of relieving the stresses of your health condition, all of which will move you in the right direction toward your end goal of having a family.
Implantation bleeding normally occurs a week to a few days before your period would normally start. Spotting that occurs around a week after ovulation is likely implantation bleeding; whereas, spotting that occurs very close to the time that your period would normally start may not be. A normal menstrual cycle generally starts off light and then gets heavier.
Time for a tune-up! During your prepregnancy appointment, you’ll get a baseline exam: weight check, Pap smear, pelvic exam, breast exam, abdominal exam, STD and other screening tests, and blood test (to check, among other things, blood count, certain antibodies like CMV or toxoplasmosis, and possibly screen for some medical conditions).
This seems to be a growing trend among cancer survivors – many of them report that no one informed them that the cancer treatments they were about to undergo can make you infertile. Hopefully now that women are becoming more educated, we can take steps to preserve fertility through cancer treatments. Doctors now offer options for fertility preservation.
A pioneer in the world of fertility preservation for young cancer patients, Dr. Teresa Woodruff of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, coined the term oncofertility and champions the idea of looking beyond the lab to the cancer patients affected by the studies. Her research in reproductive medicine has increased awareness of fertility management.
Most women can wait three to five years between checks for cervical cancer, depending on their age and test choice, say guidelines issued Monday. Many medical groups have long recommended a Pap test every three years for most women. The new advice from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says that’s true for women ages 21 to 29.
There are many women who have had their “tubes tied” (tubal ligation) and then decide they do, in fact, want another child. In the tubal ligation surgery, a woman’s fallopian tubes are separated in a surgical manner to prevent eggs from reaching the uterus for fertilization. If you had tubal ligation surgery and then decide you want another child, IVF is an option.
We often hear about cervical cancer and we get a Pap smear regularly. Do you really know why you’re getting it and what your cervix is? The cervix is the lower portion of your uterus. Your cervix should feel firm and round, with a small dimple in the middle. Knowing what your body feels like helps you discover changes that occur. A healthy cervix is a happy cervix.