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Hepatitis B and Pregnancy: What You Should Know Sep 6th, 2021

Hepatitis B is a viral infection that affects your liver. If you have hepatitis B during pregnancy, you can pass the virus along to your baby during delivery, which can put your baby's long-term health in jeopardy. Receiving care to prevent or treat hepatitis B is an important part of...

Who Should Get the HPV Vaccine? Aug 11th, 2021

Decades ago, cervical cancer was among the most common causes of cancer death for women in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. However, developments in cervical cancer screening, including the Pap test, HPV testing, and HPV vaccination, have dramatically decreased cervical cancer cases and deaths. Almost all...

Should I Be Concerned About Irregular Periods? Jul 13th, 2021

Do you have irregular periods? The answer to that question may be "yes" if your periods occur more or less often than average, if the length of your menstrual cycle varies from one month to the next, or if you experience an unusual amount of bleeding. Many women have irregular...

Signs of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Jun 29th, 2021

Your pelvic floor is a collection of ligaments and muscles that support the structures and organs in your pelvic region. Imagine your pelvic floor as a hammock that cradles your uterus, cervix, vagina, bladder, intestines, and rectum. The muscles of the pelvic floor play an important role in many functions...

Understanding Infertility and How We Can Help May 11th, 2021

If you’re having trouble getting pregnant, you’re not alone. Infertility is heartbreakingly common, affecting 1 in 8 couples, according to RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association. Infertility can have a variety of causes. Fortunately, however, many of the conditions that interfere with pregnancy can be successfully treated. Here at Albany Obstetrics...

The Importance of Prenatal Care Apr 1st, 2021

During your pregnancy, you should have frequent checkups. The medical care you receive during pregnancy is known as prenatal care, and it’s important for your baby as well as yourself. Prenatal care has three main goals: To provide you with the information you need to make the best health decisions...

What to Expect at Your Gynecological Exam Mar 1st, 2021

One of the best ways to safeguard your health is to have a gynecological exam every year. This exam, which is also known as a well-woman exam, is important because it gives your provider time to answer your questions, educate you about preventive care, and find health problems early, when...

Understanding the Different Causes of Pelvic Pain Feb 2nd, 2021

If you have pelvic pain, you’re not alone. By some estimates, pelvic pain affects about 15% of women of childbearing age in the United States. Pelvic pain can be more than just an inconvenience. In addition to interfering with your quality of life, it can cause you to miss days...

How to Care for Your Baby on the Way Jan 1st, 2021

Taking good care of yourself while you’re pregnant is one of the best things you can do for your baby. By following a few simple guidelines, you can increase your chances of having a safe, complication-free pregnancy. At Albany Obstetrics & Gynecology, our care providers believe in the importance of...

What You Need to Know About Contraception Options Dec 1st, 2020

These days, women have more birth control choices than ever before. But that doesn’t mean every contraceptive option is right for every woman. Different birth control methods offer different advantages, and understanding those options can help you choose the method that is best for you. Here at Albany Obstetrics &...

How a Midwife Can Benefit Your Pregnancy Experience Nov 5th, 2020

One of the best ways to have a healthy pregnancy and a safe delivery is to receive high-quality obstetric care. You can get that care from an OB/GYN physician, a licensed midwife, or a combination of providers on a team that includes both. Here at Albany Obstetrics & Gynecology, we...

Why Can't I Get Pregnant? Oct 1st, 2020

You’ve decided that you want to start trying for a baby. You and your partner stop using birth control and begin having sex a little more often in hopes that you’ll soon conceive. But each month when your period arrives, you’re disappointed that you aren’t pregnant. This can be very...

6 Tips to Ease Period Pain Sep 3rd, 2020

Do you have painful periods? If so, you’re not alone. More than half of all menstruating women experience period pain for a day or two each month, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. But just because period pain – also known as dysmenorrhea – is common doesn’t...

What to Expect During Your First Well-Woman Exam Aug 12th, 2020

You’re probably accustomed to going to the doctor when you’re sick or experiencing medical symptoms. Sick visits provide an opportunity for your care provider to diagnose and manage health conditions. But it also makes sense to have medical checkups when you’re well. This is true with your overall health and...

Which Form of Birth Control Is Right for You? Jul 19th, 2020

If you’re thinking about using birth control to prevent pregnancy, or for other desired alternative uses, you may be wondering which method is best. Perhaps you’ve heard good things about implants or IUDs. Or maybe your friend is happy with the birth control pills she takes. Which one should you...

Most Common Causes of Infertility Jun 12th, 2020

Infertility affects up to 15% of couples. You may receive an infertility diagnosis if you can’t get pregnant after one year of unprotected intercourse if you’re under 35, or after six months if you’re over 35, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Infertility has many possible causes....

8 Tips to Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy May 7th, 2020

You probably know there are many important things you can do while you’re expecting to increase your chances of having a healthy baby and an uncomplicated pregnancy. But did you know that choices you make before you get pregnant can also help you and your baby? Here at Albany Obstetrics...

Pregnancy and Coronavirus Apr 9th, 2020

Since the appearance of COVID-19 in December 2019, medical researchers around the world have been working furiously to understand its implications on certain segments of the population, including those who are pregnant.   At Albany Obstetrics & Gynecology in Albany, New York, and our team of dedicated women’s health experts...

How Endometriosis May Affect Your Chances of Getting Pregnant Mar 13th, 2020

March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month, which means it’s a good time to consider how endometriosis may affect your chances of getting pregnant. Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue from the lining of your uterus grows in places where it shouldn’t, such as the outside of your uterus or...

The Importance of Regular Pap Tests Feb 24th, 2020

During your annual well-woman exam, you may receive a screening test known as a Pap test or Pap smear. This simple test takes just a few seconds and is over before you know it. The Pap test may not seem very important, but it really is. In fact, thanks to...

What Is Unexplained Infertility, and What Are the Treatment Options? Jan 1st, 2020

Infertility is a condition in which a couple does not conceive a baby after 12 months of unprotected sex. It affects 1 in 8 couples, according to RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association. Approximately one-third of infertility is due to a medical condition in the woman, and one-third is attributed to...

Why You Should Never Ignore Pelvic Pain Nov 7th, 2019

As many as 15% of adult American women are estimated to have chronic pelvic pain, lasting six months or longer, but the true number is hard to place since many people simply live with the symptoms, particularly when the pain comes and goes. Nearly one-third have pain that’s severe enough...

We have a new website! Oct 23rd, 2019

Check out our new website with an enhanced reading room! You can now find lots of information about our practice and our services. Our goal is to deliver a great online experience for all patients!

Autumn……First Day Oct 1st, 2019

“Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits” -Samuel Butler

Flu Vaccine…Do you really need it? Sep 20th, 2019

Hi everyone!If you’ve been to our practice in the last several months for your ob visits, we should have discussed with you flu vaccines and how important it is for you and your baby.Is it still true? Do you still need the vaccine?Now, most of the time, we get the...

The Creaky Pelvis in Pregnancy Sep 12th, 2019

Hi everyone! One of the most common complaints we get from our pregnant patients is low back and pelvic pain. There are many reasons for this and they are related to pregnancy itself. As we gain weight, the spine curves, allowing the  center of gravity to remain over the legs so we don’t topple over. ...

The Scent of Light Sep 6th, 2019

“Like a great starving beast My body is quivering Fixed On the scent Of Light” Hafiz

Confinement and Exercise Sep 3rd, 2019

It’s interesting to reflect how attitudes about pregnancy have changed. When you come to our office and are given an EDC or “due date’, EDC is actually short for Estimated Date of Confinement.  There was a time when pregnancy was thought to be such a fragile state that a woman...

Celiac Disease and Women Aug 31st, 2019

Celiac disease or celiac sprue is a disease that was identified as early as 2nd century AD in present-day Turkey and the cause was unexplained until a Dutch pediatrician recognized an association between eating bread and cereals and relapsing diarrhea in his young patients during World War 2. Celiac disease causes malabsorption of the intestines which...

A Life Worthwhile Aug 30th, 2019

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” -Albert Einstein

Dense Breasts in NY State Aug 2nd, 2019

We are referring to the new law signed by Governor Cuomo which requires all providers of mammography to inform women of dense breasts. Several other states also have this “dense breast” law.The letter must read: “Your mammogram shows that your breast tissue is dense. Dense breast tissue is very common...

Summer….First Day Jul 30th, 2019

“The summer night is a like a perfection of thought.” -Wallace Stevens

Should you eat for three? Jul 22nd, 2019

Hi everyone! We previously talked about weight gain when carrying one baby….Do the recommendations change when we’re carrying twins??The answer is definitely YES! We get to gain more!!First, we need to figure out what our Body Mass Index is prior to pregnancy. Please go here to link to a BMI calculator....

Pregnancy Weight Gain Jul 19th, 2019

Hi everyone! While we are on the topic of weight, we have a lot of questions from our patients about optimal weight gain during pregnancy. Let’s say we gain 30-32 lbs during the pregnancy. How is the weight distributed? Fetus: 7-8 lbs Maternal fat stores: 6-8 lbs Maternal blood volume:...

Heavy Periods Jun 13th, 2019

Most of us  have probably experienced heavy periods some time in our lives.  Some months may be normal, and other months make us feel like we live in diapers. When we are soaking through a tampon or a pad an hour, that’s probably too heavy.  And certainly, if we’re soaking...

Spring…First Day Apr 5th, 2019

“Spring is when life’s alive in everything” -Christina Rossetti

Seasons Apr 1st, 2019

"...if in your thought you must measure time into seasons, let each season encircle all the other seasons, And let today embrace the past with remembrance and the future with longing." Kahil Gibran

Valentines and My Achy Breaky Heart Feb 7th, 2019

February is the month of love, Valentines and ….Heart Disease Awareness Month. Not so romantic when we consider that heart disease is the Number 1 cause of death for women in the United States! That’s right.  It’s not breast cancer, uterine cancer, cervical cancer, but heart disease that will do us...

Thinning Bones Feb 1st, 2019

Hi everyone! Now that the new year is upon us, and almost everyone has a New Year’s resolution to lose weight and exercise more, let’s talk about thinnning bones or osteopenia and osteoporosis. The image is an example of a DEXA scan.   How are they related and why do we care...