What It’s Like to Live with OAB

Women with overactive bladder (OAB) suffer from frequent, sudden urges to urinate, and this can lead to the loss of bladder control. OAB can be an embarrassing, socially isolating medical problem that dramatically disrupts normal life. You can hear what it’s really like to live with OAB when you watch this video. It features several women who were diagnosed, as well as a gynecologist who specializes in urinary conditions.

These women explain how OAB makes life more difficult. They always had to know where the closest bathroom was, and it was challenging to go on vacations. The possibility of urinary incontinence was a constant threat. But by talking with their doctors about their symptoms, these women were able to get the treatment they needed.

If you suffer from OAB or another form of urinary incontinence and live near Houston, you can find the help you need at Women’s Healthcare Associates. Call our Ob/Gyn clinic at (713) 654-8128.

Planning for Pregnancy: What Women with Diabetes Need to Know

Many women do fine without a preconception appointment, but for some, it’s essential. Talk to an Ob/Gyn if you’re planning to become pregnant, and you think it might be a high-risk pregnancy. Chronic conditions like diabetes are a common reason for high-risk pregnancies. These issues need to be carefully managed before and during pregnancy to ensure the health of mom and baby.

Diabetes Medications

Bring a list of all of your medications and their dosages to your preconception appointment. The doctor will also need to know about your over-the-counter medicines and supplements. Any pill has the potential to cause harm to a developing baby, and so your doctor will need to carefully weigh the benefits and the risks of your medications. You may need to switch to a different diabetes drug. If you take medications for other conditions, such as high blood pressure, these might require adjustments too.

Diabetes Complications

There is a laundry list of health complications that can be caused or worsened by diabetes. They include:

  • High blood pressure

  • Heart disease

  • Kidney disease

  • Eye problems

  • Nerve damage

You’ll have a complete physical exam and perhaps some medical tests to assess your health. If you do have any complications of diabetes, you’ll need to get them under control before becoming pregnant.

Blood Glucose

Blood sugar control is always important for diabetics, but it’s particularly essential for expecting moms. Your doctor can help you get your blood glucose levels within your target range prior to your pregnancy. Know that your target range may shift when you become pregnant. You’ll need to carefully manage your blood glucose throughout your pregnancy too.

Lifestyle

It can be tricky to balance the baby’s nutritional needs with your own. Consider talking to a registered dietician if you’re having trouble following an ideal meal plan. During your pregnancy, you can talk to your Ob/Gyn if you struggle with morning sickness. Follow the doctor’s exercise recommendations, and remember to check your blood glucose before working out.

High-risk obstetrics is one of our specialties here at Women’s Healthcare Associates. We’re known for our compassionate pregnancy care for women near Houston, and we invite you to join our healthcare family. New and current patients can call (713) 654-8128 to request a well-woman exam or preconception consult.

Making Sense of Perimenopause

Menopause doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a gradual transition that usually begins during a woman’s 40s. This transition is known as perimenopause, and it can be a confusing time in a woman’s life, especially when it begins earlier than age 40. If you’re experiencing abnormalities, you should schedule a well-woman exam and disclose your concerns to your gynecologist. He or she can help you learn what to expect, and evaluate what you can do to stay comfortable during this transition.

Understanding Perimenopause

During perimenopause, your levels of estrogen fluctuate unevenly. As a result, your menstrual cycles become abnormal. Some menstrual cycles might not involve ovulation, which is the release of an egg. Perimenopause only ends when you’ve officially entered menopause. Your gynecologist will diagnose you as menopausal once you’ve gone for 12 consecutive months without menstruating . The closer you get to menopause, the lower your estrogen levels will drop.

Considering Your Age

Most women begin perimenopause at some point during their 40s, but it can begin earlier. Although the transition is natural, some women may be at a higher risk of experiencing perimenopause at an earlier age. These risk factors include:

  • Tobacco use
  • Family history of early menopause
  • Cancer treatment
  • Hysterectomy

Identifying the Signs of Perimenopause

The signs of perimenopause can develop gradually, and it isn’t always easy to tell what’s normal and what’s not. Talk to your gynecologist for guidance. He or she will ask you about the following issues:

  • Period regularity
  • Sleep quality
  • Body temperature regulation
  • Mental health
  • Urinary health
  • Sexual function

Women experiencing perimenopause often report hot flashes, mood swings and irritability, bladder leakage, and frequent urinary infections. And because of the decline in estrogen, perimenopause accelerates the loss of bone mass, placing women at risk of osteoporosis.

Promoting Wellness During Perimenopause

If your symptoms are mild, you might not require any special care at all. However, you may need a bone scan to check for osteoporosis and a blood test to check cholesterol levels. If your symptoms are bothersome, your gynecologist might recommend hormone replacement therapy, vaginal estrogen, or antidepressants.

Women come to Women’s Healthcare Associates because of our warm, welcoming staff members, commitment to patient education, and exceptional standards of patient care. Let our gynecology specialists guide you through every stage of life. Call (713) 654-8128, and request a visit if you’re experiencing menopause-related problems and live in Houston.

Emerging Technology for the Early Detection of Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia is a serious complication that only happens during pregnancy. It typically starts after 20 weeks gestation, and it’s characterized by abnormally high blood pressure, accompanied by other problems like kidney damage. Preeclampsia can be life-threatening, and it requires immediate obstetric care. Currently, preeclampsia can only be diagnosed late in the pregnancy, but medical researchers think they’ve found a way to detect it as early as six weeks.

The medical investigators say the test would work much like a standard pregnancy test. The technology detects levels of a protein called copeptin in the pregnant woman’s body. This early detection system isn’t available at Ob/Gyn clinics yet, but it’s promising news for future moms-to-be who may be at risk of preeclampsia. In the meantime, women can protect themselves and their growing babies by working with their obstetricians to manage the risks.

At Women’s Healthcare Associates, you’ll find compassionate care and state-of-the-art medical services available for your high-risk pregnancy in Houston . You can call our friendly office staff today at (713) 654-8128.

Spotlight on FASDs and Their Life-Changing Consequences

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) are a group of problems that result from the consumption of alcohol during pregnancy. FASD can be particularly heartbreaking because it’s 100% preventable. Unfortunately, expecting mothers are often given conflicting information by well-intentioned, but poorly informed friends and family members. Instead, rely on your Ob/Gyn to help you have a healthy pregnancy.

Watch this featured video to learn more about FASDs. This obstetrics expert explains that FASDs can lead to physical, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities that are irreversible. You can protect your child from FASD-induced birth defects by not consuming any amount of alcohol at any time during your pregnancy.

The obstetrics specialists at Women’s Healthcare Associates are a trusted source of evidence-based medical information for expecting mothers . You can call our Ob/Gyn clinic in Houston at (713) 654-8128 to request an appointment.