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Why Does Menopause Cause Weight Gain? Sep 7th, 2022

Menopause is a transitional time. It marks the end of your fertility and the beginning of a new chapter, but it’s no secret that the symptoms it brings are unpleasant. If hot flashes and mood swings aren’t bad enough, many women struggle with weight gain in menopause and beyond. In...

How to Exercise Safely During Your Third Trimester Aug 1st, 2022

Exercise is an important part of any healthy lifestyle. It’s one of the best ways to boost energy, lower stress, manage your weight, and improve your overall well-being — and it’s just as important when you’re pregnant. But it’s no secret that growing a baby takes a lot of effort....

Yes, You Really Do Need to Take Prenatal Vitamins Jul 1st, 2022

There’s no substitute for a healthy, balanced diet. Fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins are the best way to get the essential nutrients your body needs — but your nutritional needs change when you’re pregnant. Pregnancy creates more demand on your body. Prenatal vitamins are the best way...

Complications of Vaginal Atrophy (and What You Can Do About It) Jun 1st, 2022

Vaginal dryness and discomfort. Pain with sex. Inability to orgasm. These symptoms might be embarrassing to discuss, but if they sound familiar, you’re not alone. Around 50% of women suffer symptoms of vaginal atrophy after menopause.  Vaginal atrophy is a condition caused by low estrogen levels, and it can have...

What Most People Don't Know About Midwives May 1st, 2022

Most babies in the United States are born with the help of an obstetrician, a medical doctor trained in pregnancy and childbirth. Obstetric care during pregnancy, labor, and delivery is widely considered the norm. However, women have more choices now than ever before when it comes to their care. Midwifery...

At What Age Should My Daughter Begin Appointments with a Gynecologist? Apr 1st, 2022

Regular wellness exams with a gynecologist are a critical part of every woman’s health care. Most women benefit from annual well-woman visits, where their gynecologist provides preventive screenings, exams, and treatments to help them maintain their best health at every age. But if you’re a parent, your child’s health is a...

Take These Steps to Conduct a Breast Self-Exam Mar 1st, 2022

Breast cancer is the second-most common cancer among women, and 1 in 8 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Although breast cancer can’t be prevented, there’s a lot you can do to protect your health and lower your risk. Identifying cancerous changes as early as...

Consider These 5 Benefits of Laparoscopy Feb 1st, 2022

No one likes the thought of surgery. But sometimes, it’s the best option to treat pain and other symptoms — especially if those symptoms are disrupting your health. Gynecologic surgery is a common treatment option for conditions like endometriosis, fibroids, and even infertility. If you’re bothered by pelvic pain or...

Do I Need the HPV Vaccine? Jan 1st, 2022

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States, with an estimated 43 million infections occuring annually. HPV usually doesn’t cause noticeable symptoms at first, but it’s linked to potentially serious health complications — and it’s a leading cause of cervical cancer in women. What’s...

Am I in Menopause? Dec 1st, 2021

Maybe you’ve started suffering from hot flashes. Maybe your weight seems to be creeping up for no clear reason. Or maybe, your sex drive isn’t what it used to be. Menopause is a hormonal change that every women goes through, and it can have significant effects on your body, mood,...

The Nurse-Midwife Model of Care Nov 4th, 2021

Obstetricians are doctors who specialize in pregnancy and delivery. Most women in the United States have an obstetrician when they’re pregnant, but did you know that obstetricians aren’t the only medical professionals qualified to provide prenatal care? Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) are registered nurses who have completed a graduate program accredited...

What's Included in Prenatal Care? Oct 1st, 2021

You took a pregnancy test, and it was positive! You’ve told your family and maybe a few close friends, but have you scheduled your first prenatal appointment yet? When you’re expecting, getting regular prenatal care is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby. Prenatal...

3 Telltale Symptoms of HPV Sep 6th, 2021

An estimated 79 million Americans have human papillomavirus (HPV), the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the United States. About 14 million people are newly infected with HPV each year, and most men and women will contract it at some point in their lifetimes. Most of the time, HPV...

Everything You Should Know About Breastfeeding Aug 10th, 2021

More than 80% of American women breastfeed their babies. It’s the most common method of feeding newborns, but the thought of breastfeeding can overwhelm many moms-to-be. As prenatal care specialists, our midwifery and obstetrics teams at OB-GYN Associates of Marietta want to help you prepare for your baby’s arrival —...

Why You Should Never Ignore Pelvic Pain Jul 12th, 2021

Are you bothered by pelvic pain? Maybe it’s a sharp pain with sexual intercourse. Maybe it’s bad menstrual cramps during your period. Or maybe, it’s a dull ache that never really goes away. Pelvic pain is a common concern for women of all ages. It can take many forms, and...

Benefits of Having a Midwife Jun 27th, 2021

Obstetricians attend more than 90% of births in the United States. It’s the accepted standard of care, but did you know that choosing a midwife could give you and your baby a more personal birth experience? Certified nurse midwives (CNMs) are highly trained medical professionals. They specialize in prenatal care,...

Myths and Facts About Delivery May 5th, 2021

More than 10,000 babies are born every day in the United States. That’s a lot of births, but what’s even more impressive is that no two deliveries are exactly the same. If you’re pregnant, the thought of giving birth might bring up feelings of anxiety, excitement, or a combination of...

Laparoscopic Surgery for Fibroids: What to Expect Apr 1st, 2021

Fibroids are tumors that grow in muscle cells in your uterus. They range in size, with some as small as apple seeds and others growing as large as a grapefruit, and they’re extremely common. In fact, up to 80% of women will develop a fibroid by the time they turn...

Signs You're Reaching Menopause Mar 2nd, 2021

Are you in your 40s or 50s? Have you started noticing hot flashes, mood swings, irregular periods, or other changes? If you answered yes to these questions, you might also be wondering if you’re in menopause. Menopause is a biological process that every woman experiences when her reproductive years end....

Normal Menstrual Cramps or Endometriosis: How to Tell the Difference Feb 3rd, 2021

More than 80% of women experience cramps during their menstrual cycles. Every woman’s menstrual cycle is different, and symptoms can change from month to month. However, some symptoms are never considered normal. Some women suffer only mild menstrual cramps, but others have severe cramps that last for days, trigger nausea,...

Choosing a Midwife: Important Considerations Jan 1st, 2021

About 8% of women in the United States choose to have a midwife attending the birth of their child. But midwifery is growing in popularity — in part because midwives prioritize personalization and bodily autonomy during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. At OB-GYN Associates of Marietta, in Marietta and Woodstock, Georgia,...

Understanding Your Birth Control Options Dec 1st, 2020

About 60% of sexually active women are on birth control. Birth control, or contraception, is an important element of every woman’s health care plan. It puts you in control of your reproductive health, giving you the ability to decide if and when you get pregnant. There are two main types...

5 Tips for Navigating the Holidays While Pregnant Nov 3rd, 2020

From Thanksgiving dinner to holiday parties with family and friends, this season is a time of celebration. And if you’re pregnant this year, you have even more cause to celebrate. It’s no secret that being pregnant means you have to give yourself some extra care, but that’s often easier said...

Struggling With Incontinence? We Can Help Oct 11th, 2020

Over 33 million Americans struggle with urinary incontinence, a condition that causes involuntary urine leakage. While it can affect men and women alike, about two-thirds of people affected by incontinence are women. There are a few reasons why urinary incontinence affects women more than men, from pregnancy and childbirth to...

Put an End to Your Pain With Endometrial Ablation Sep 20th, 2020

The average menstrual period lasts 2-7 days, with a woman’s full menstrual cycle going 21-35 days. Despite these averages, every woman’s periods and menstrual cycles are different. Symptoms vary from woman to woman and even from month to month, so it’s not always easy to know if your menstrual cycle...

3 Types of Hysterectomy Aug 12th, 2020

About 500,000 American women get hysterectomies each year, making it one of the most common types of surgery. In a hysterectomy, either part or all of your uterus is removed. Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that ends your ability to get pregnant, because it removes essential female reproductive organs. It’s...

Hot Flashes and Night Sweats: How Hormone Treatment Helps Jul 13th, 2020

Are you suffering overwhelming hot flashes during the day? Do you wake up at night drenched in sweat? Nearly 8 in 10 women will experience hot flashes or night sweats during menopause, and they last seven years on average. Menopause is the biological process that marks the end of your...

Recovering from a C-Section: What to Expect Jun 11th, 2020

Of the nearly 3.8 million babies who were born in the United States in 2017, about 32% of those births were cesarean deliveries. Also called C-sections, cesarean deliveries are surgical procedures in which your baby is delivered through incisions in your stomach and uterus, rather than through the birth canal....

Painful Periods and Endometriosis May 14th, 2020

Most women get their first period by the time they’re 15 years old. And once it begins, the menstrual cycle repeats each month until menopause. That means the average woman will experience about 500 periods in her lifetime. Periods generally come with side effects that include bloating, cramps, irritability, and...

Your Best Treatment Options For Pelvic Pain Apr 9th, 2020

Pelvic pain affects many women at one time or another throughout life. Often linked to your menstrual cycle, cramps or other pains can range from mild to severe. In some cases, it can even force you to miss work or school.  Pelvic pain may feel like a dull ache or...

Who Should Get the HPV Vaccine? Mar 6th, 2020

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a leading sexually transmitted infection in the United States. About 80% of sexually-active Americans will contract it at some point during their lifetime. Most of the time, HPV disappears on its own without producing any side effects. But certain types of HPV — particularly types 16...

Why You Should Choose a Midwife Feb 10th, 2020

When you’re pregnant, it can seem like you face endless decisions as you prepare for the arrival of your baby. From choosing a name to creating your birth plan, the number of choices you make can quickly become overwhelming. At OB-GYN Associates of Marietta in Marietta and Woodstock, Georgia, we...

Why You Should Add an Annual Well-Woman Exam to Your New Year's Resolution Jan 2nd, 2020

By now we all know that eating well and getting plenty of exercise are part of maintaining health and preventing disease. However, regular checkups play a key role in staying healthy. An annual well-woman exam is a cornerstone of preventive health care for women of all ages and one of...

Menopause Doesn't Have to Be Miserable: Ways to Manage Dec 1st, 2019

You can’t avoid menopause, but you don’t have to let it spell disaster. Sure, hormonal changes wreak havoc on your body, but you have the power to combat even the severest of symptoms. The pros at OB-GYN Associates of Marietta want you to have the best tips and tricks under...

Feel Like Yourself Again With MonaLisa Touch Nov 1st, 2019

People get uncomfortable talking about vaginas. Even women use a variety of euphemisms, from “vag” to “down there,” just to keep from talking about this part of their own body. Good gynecological health is vital to good overall health, and that includes “down there.” How the vagina changes Like any...

Most Common Causes of Pelvic Pain Oct 1st, 2019

If you're experiencing pelvic pain, or pain in the area below your abdomen or belly, there are several possible causes, ranging from the routine to the concerning. Your pelvis holds many of your internal organs and other biological structures, including your reproductive organs, bladder and urinary structures, your bowels and...

How Does Endometriosis Affect Fertility? Sep 1st, 2019

If you and your partner have been trying to get pregnant for at least six months and it hasn’t happened yet, it may be time to try to figure out what might be preventing the pregnancy. There are several possible causes, but one of the most common is endometriosis. The...

Myths and Facts About HPV Aug 1st, 2019

You’ve probably heard about human papillomavirus, or HPV. But how well do you understand the facts about this sexually transmitted infection? At OB-GYN Associates of Marietta, our team of experienced providers believes everyone should educate themselves about HPV. To help bring you up to speed on this important topic, we...

What Every Sexually Active Woman Should Know About STDs Jul 1st, 2019

If you’re having sex, you can contract a sexually transmitted disease (STD). These infections don’t discriminate based on age, sexual orientation, or marital status. In fact, STDs among older women are on the rise. From the symptoms to long-term complications, women face unique challenges when it comes to STDs.  At...

What Are the Advantages of Using a Certified Nurse-Midwifery for Your Pregnancy and Delivery? Jun 1st, 2019

Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) are licensed health care professionals who perform many of the same functions as traditional obstetricians. Their professional organization is The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). Despite popular belief, most CNMs (about 94.9%) attend births in hospitals, while just 2.5% attend births in homes. There are many advantages to using...

Learn How Hormone-Free MonaLisa Touch Can Remedy Painful Sex After Menopause May 20th, 2019

Vaginal burning can be a brutal and oftentimes uncomfortable situation. Postmenopausal irritation and discomfort during intercourse can lead to distress and mixed feelings. You might feel helpless to remedy your situation, while at the same time worrying that you're being unfair to your partner. You want to feel love again...

3 Important Steps to Prevent Having a High-Risk Pregnancy Apr 5th, 2019

Whether you’ve always known you wanted to have children or you made your decision after years of uncertainty, one thing is indisputable: When you’re ready to start your family (or expand your growing brood), conceiving a healthy baby is just about the only thing on your mind.   But while...