It itches. It burns. It’s embarrassing to talk about. If you’ve ever had one, you know what it’s like. If not, you’re lucky. I’m referring to a yeast infection, a non-serious but very uncomfortable vaginal condition that I see frequently in my female patients at Westchester Health. (Although relatively rare, men can also get yeast infections from having unprotected sex with a woman who has a yeast infection.)
For many of our patients here at Westchester Health, morning sickness should really be called “morning-noon-and-night sickness.” For some pregnant women, the symptoms are worse in the morning and ease up over the course of the day. For others, they last all day long. The intensity of symptoms can also vary from woman to woman. Although morning sickness usually subsides after the first three months of pregnancy, it can be a real hardship for some women. Even a mild case of nausea can wear women down, and constant nausea and vomiting can leave them exhausted and miserable (on top of all the other demands on their body from the pregnancy).
As we tell our expectant mothers-to-be, pregnancy can be really tough but it’s all worth it in the end!
At Westchester Health, we want all of our patients and their families to be healthy, happy and strong. Yet an ongoing serious threat to public health and safety is the Zika virus, which is why we have created a very informative 27-minute video featuring Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, and Tiffany Werbin-Silver, MD, FACOG, OB/GYN with Westchester Health. They discuss the Zika virus in depth, how it is contracted, how to avoid getting it, and how to get tested for it. Dr. Alan Siegel of Health iQ is the host.
This is a question I get asked almost every day by parents of teenage and preteen girls (and some boys). My standard answer is yes. Why? There are very few cancers that we have discovered a vaccine for, and those caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) fall within that category. The HPV vaccine provides almost 100% protection from HPV types 6, 11, 16 and 18 if all three doses are taken at the correct intervals and if it is given before a person contracts one of these infections.
For some women, discussing reproductive health with their OB/GYN (obstetrician and gynecologist) is pretty embarrassing, especially since it often concerns conversations about sex. However, as with the other parts of your body, your reproductive organs need regular checkups with a medical professional, specifically an OB/GYN specialist.