Bone Density FAQ

Bone Density Screening, also known as Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA), is a non-invasive procedure used to measure the density of your bones. It helps in diagnosing osteoporosis and assessing the risk of fractures.

Individuals at higher risk for osteoporosis, including postmenopausal women, individuals with a family history of osteoporosis, those with certain medical conditions, and those who have taken medications known to increase osteoporosis risk, should consider bone density screening.

The frequency of screenings depends on various factors including age, medical history, and risk factors. Generally, women over 65 and men over 70 should consider regular screenings. Your healthcare provider can provide personalized recommendations.

No, Bone Density Screening is a painless procedure. It involves lying still on a table while a low-dose X-ray scans your bones, typically focusing on the hip and spine.

The procedure usually takes about 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the specific areas being scanned and the equipment used.

Many insurance plans cover bone density screening, especially for individuals at higher risk or with specific medical indications. It’s best to check with your insurance provider to understand your coverage.

During the screening, you’ll lie on a padded table while a scanning device passes over your body. You may need to hold still or change positions briefly. The process is quick and comfortable.

Typically, there are no special preparations required. You can eat normally and take medications as prescribed. However, you should avoid taking calcium supplements for at least 24 hours before the test, as they can affect the results.

The results are presented as T-scores, which compare your bone density to that of a healthy young adult. A T-score of -1 and above is considered normal, between -1 and -2.5 indicates osteopenia (low bone density), and -2.5 and below indicates osteoporosis.

Your healthcare provider will review the results with you and discuss any necessary lifestyle changes or treatment options if osteoporosis or low bone density is detected. They may recommend dietary changes, supplements, exercise, or medications to help strengthen your bones and reduce fracture risk. Regular follow-ups may also be advised to monitor progress.

Endometriosis FAQ

Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining inside the uterus grows outside the uterus, causing pain, irregular bleeding, and potential fertility issues.

Symptoms include pelvic pain, painful periods, pain during intercourse, heavy menstrual bleeding, fatigue, and infertility.

Endometriosis is diagnosed through a combination of medical history, pelvic exams, ultrasound, and laparoscopy, which is a surgical procedure to view inside the pelvic cavity.

Plaza OBGYN Houston offers various treatment options tailored to each patient’s needs, including medication management, hormone therapy, laparoscopic surgery, and lifestyle modifications.

Yes, our experienced providers may recommend hormone therapy to help manage endometriosis symptoms, including birth control pills, GnRH agonists, and progestin therapy.

Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure used to diagnose and treat endometriosis. It involves making small incisions in the abdomen to remove endometrial tissue growths.

Yes, our specialists work with patients to develop personalized treatment plans that prioritize fertility preservation whenever possible, including surgical interventions and assisted reproductive technologies.

Recovery time varies depending on the extent of surgery but generally ranges from a few days to a few weeks. Our team provides comprehensive post-operative care to ensure a smooth recovery process.

Yes, adopting a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise, a balanced diet, stress management techniques, and adequate sleep can help alleviate endometriosis symptoms and improve overall well-being.

To schedule an appointment with one of our experienced providers for endometriosis evaluation and treatment, please contact Plaza OBGYN Houston via phone or through our website to arrange a convenient time for your visit.

Fibroids FAQ

Fibroids are growths that develop in the wall of the uterus and usually they are benign but not always.. They are quite common, affecting many women during their reproductive years.

Symptoms may include heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain or pressure, frequent urination, and reproductive issues such as infertility or recurrent miscarriages.

Plaza OBGYN offers a range of treatment options including medication, minimally invasive procedures to remove the fibroids.

On occasions a mass will appear in the muscle of the uterus that has the appearance of a fibroid. When analyzed after removing it, it will be an endometriosis growth. Endometriosis can spread from the canal of the uterus to the muscle ( myometrium) and can develop and appears like a fibroid. The condition is called Adenomyosis which is responsible for heavy bleeding.

No, surgery is not always necessary. Plaza OBGYN offers conservative treatment options such as different tyoes of medications  before considering surgical intervention.

Recovery time varies depending on the chosen treatment method. Minimally invasive procedures to remove fibroids require a recovery time of 3-4 weeks.

All medical procedures carry some level of risk. Your doctor at Plaza OBGYN will discuss potential risks and complications associated with the chosen treatment option.

Usually the fibroid treatment both surgical and medical ultimate goal is to preserve fertility if the patient desires that. Plaza OBGYN takes into account your reproductive goals when recommending a treatment plan.

After removing the fibroids there is a tendency for the fibroids to appear again in about 4-5 years but not always. Diet and exercise modifications can help to prevent recurrence. Plaza OBGYN  doctors will discuss follow-up care to monitor for any recurrence.

To schedule a consultation, simply contact Plaza OBGYN through their website or call their office directly. Our compassionate team will guide you through the process and address any concerns you may have regarding fibroid treatment options.

Gynecological Procedures FAQ

At Plaza OBGYN Houston, we offer a comprehensive range of gynecological procedures including but not limited to pap smears, pelvic exams, colposcopy, hysteroscopy, endometrial biopsy, LEEP procedure, and minimally invasive surgeries such as laparoscopy and robotic-assisted surgery.

A pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer. It involves collecting cells from the cervix to check for any abnormalities. It is recommended that individuals with a cervix get a pap smear every three years starting at age 21, or as advised by your healthcare provider.

A colposcopy is a procedure to closely examine the cervix, vagina, and vulva for signs of disease. It is typically recommended if there are abnormal pap smear results, genital warts, or other concerning symptoms such as vaginal bleeding after intercourse.

A hysteroscopy is a procedure used to examine the inside of the uterus. It involves inserting a thin, flexible tube with a camera (hysteroscope) through the vagina and cervix into the uterus. It can be used for diagnostic purposes or to perform certain treatments such as removing polyps or fibroids.

An endometrial biopsy is a procedure to collect a small sample of tissue from the lining of the uterus (endometrium) for examination under a microscope. It may be recommended if there are abnormal uterine bleeding patterns, to check for endometrial cancer, or to investigate fertility issues.

A LEEP (Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure) is a treatment for abnormal cells on the cervix detected during a pap smear or colposcopy. It involves removing the abnormal tissue using a thin wire loop heated by an electrical current.

Minimally invasive gynecological surgeries, such as laparoscopy and robotic-assisted surgery, involve making small incisions instead of a large one. They offer benefits such as shorter recovery times, less pain, and reduced risk of complications compared to traditional open surgery.

Laparoscopy is a surgical procedure that uses a thin, lighted tube with a camera (laparoscope) inserted through a small incision in the abdomen to view the pelvic organs. It can be used to diagnose and treat conditions such as endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and pelvic inflammatory disease. These procedures are done in our surgery center on the second floor of our bldg. Usually the patient goes home 2 hours after recovery.

Robotic-assisted surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery where a surgeon controls robotic arms to perform precise movements through small incisions. It offers enhanced dexterity and visualization compared to traditional laparoscopic surgery, potentially leading to better outcomes for patients.

Scheduling a gynecological procedure at Plaza OBGYN Houston is easy. Simply call our office at [phone number] or visit our website to request an appointment. Our friendly staff will assist you in finding a convenient time for consultation and answer any questions you may have.

Gynecology FAQ

At Plaza OBGYN Houston, we offer a comprehensive range of gynecological services including annual exams, Pap smears, birth control consultations, STD screenings, menopause management, and more. Our team of experienced gynecologists is dedicated to providing personalized care to meet your unique needs.

It’s recommended that women have a gynecological exam, including a pelvic exam and Pap smear, annually starting at age 23 . However, the frequency of exams may vary based on individual health needs and risk factors. Our team at Plaza OBGYN Houston can help determine the appropriate schedule for you.

We offer a variety of birth control options including oral contraceptives, contraceptive injections, intrauterine devices (IUDs), contraceptive implants, and barrier methods. Our gynecologists will work with you to find the best contraceptive method that aligns with your lifestyle and preferences.

Menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, and mood changes can be managed through various treatments including hormone replacement therapy (HRT), lifestyle modifications, and medications. Our gynecologists at Plaza OBGYN Houston can provide personalized treatment plans to alleviate your menopausal symptoms.

During a gynecological exam, you can expect a thorough physical examination, including a breast exam and pelvic exam. Depending on your age and health history, additional screenings such as a Pap smear  and routine lab may be performed. Our compassionate team prioritizes your comfort and confidentiality throughout the exam.

We treat a wide range of gynecological conditions including menstrual disorders, pelvic pain, ovarian cysts, fibroids, endometriosis, and urinary incontinence. Our gynecologists utilize the latest diagnostic tools and treatment options to effectively manage these conditions and improve your quality of life.

Yes, Plaza OBGYN Houston is committed to providing inclusive and compassionate care to individuals of all gender identities and sexual orientations. Our team respects and values the diversity of our patients and strives to create a welcoming environment for everyone.

Mammograms are recommended for women starting at age 40, although the frequency may vary based on individual risk factors and family history of breast cancer. Our gynecologists can assess your risk factors and provide guidance on when to start scheduling mammograms and how often to have them.

Yes, we offer comprehensive STD screenings including testing for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HPV. Early detection and treatment of STIs are crucial for maintaining your reproductive health, and our team ensures confidentiality and sensitivity throughout the testing process.

Scheduling an appointment at Plaza OBGYN Houston is easy. You can call our office during business hours or use our convenient online booking system to schedule your visit. Our friendly staff will work with you to find a convenient appointment time that fits into your schedule.

High risk FAQ

A high-risk pregnancy involves medical conditions, lifestyle factors, or maternal age that may pose risks to the health of the mother or baby. At Plaza OBGYN Houston, we specialize in managing such pregnancies with expert care.

Common risk factors include maternal age (below 18 or over 35), pre-existing medical conditions like diabetes or hypertension, multiple pregnancies (twins, triplets), previous pregnancy complications, and lifestyle factors such as smoking or substance abuse.

We conduct thorough evaluations, including medical history reviews, physical examinations, and specialized tests like ultrasound scans and genetic screenings. Our experienced team then develops personalized care plans to monitor and manage the pregnancy effectively.

Complications may include gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, preterm labor, fetal growth restriction, placental abnormalities, and birth defects. Our team at Plaza OBGYN Houston is equipped to detect and manage these complications promptly.

We offer a range of screenings and tests, including prenatal genetic testing, fetal ultrasound, and nonstress tests (NST), to monitor fetal health and detect any abnormalities early on.

Yes, adopting a healthy lifestyle can significantly reduce risks. Our team provides guidance on nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle modifications tailored to each patient’s needs to promote a healthy pregnancy outcome.

We provide comprehensive care for high-risk pregnancies, including close monitoring, consultations with maternal-fetal medicine specialists, access to advanced imaging technologies, and coordination with other medical specialists as needed.

Our clinic offers supportive services such as genetic counseling, mental health counseling, and access to support groups for patients and their families facing the challenges of a high-risk pregnancy.

Scheduling an appointment is easy. Simply call our office or fill out the online appointment request form on our website. Our friendly staff will assist you in scheduling a consultation with one of our experienced obstetricians.

Yes, we accept most major insurance plans. Our billing department can help verify coverage and provide guidance on insurance-related questions to ensure a smooth and stress-free experience for our patients.

Hormon Replacement Therapy FAQ

Hormone Replacement Therapy, or HRT, is a treatment that involves supplementing the body with hormones, such as estrogen, testosterone  and progesterone, to alleviate symptoms of menopause or hormonal imbalances.

HRT is commonly prescribed for women experiencing symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and vaginal dryness. It can also be beneficial for individuals with hormone deficiencies or those at risk of osteoporosis.

Plaza OBGYN Houston offers various forms of HRT, including oral tablets, creams and Hormone Pellets. Also Plaza ObGyn offers bio-identical hormone therapy which is safer and is more tolerated.The choice of therapy depends on individual needs and preferences, which our experienced healthcare providers will discuss with you.

While HRT can effectively manage menopausal symptoms, it may carry certain risks, such as an increased risk of blood clots, stroke, heart disease, and breast cancer. However, these risks vary depending on factors such as age, medical history, and the type of hormones used.

The duration of HRT can vary from person to person. Some women may only need short-term therapy to alleviate menopausal symptoms, while others may benefit from long-term treatment to maintain hormonal balance and prevent osteoporosis.

Hormone Replacement Therapy can provide relief from menopausal symptoms, improve quality of life, protect against osteoporosis-related fractures, and maintain vaginal and urinary tract health.

HRT may not be suitable for individuals with a history of certain medical conditions, including breast cancer, endometrial cancer, liver disease, or blood clots. Our healthcare providers at Plaza OBGYN Houston will conduct a thorough evaluation to determine if HRT is appropriate for you.

The frequency of follow-up appointments for HRT will depend on individual needs and treatment response. Our team will monitor your progress closely and adjust your therapy as necessary to ensure optimal results.

Before starting HRT, you will undergo a comprehensive evaluation, including a physical examination and hormone level testing. Our healthcare providers will then develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs and goals.

To schedule a consultation for Hormone Replacement Therapy at Plaza OBGYN Houston, simply contact our office or use our convenient online booking system. Our compassionate team is here to address your concerns and provide expert guidance on managing menopausal symptoms and hormonal imbalances.

Infertility FAQ

At Plaza OBGYN Houston, we provide comprehensive infertility services, including diagnostic testing, fertility evaluations, ovulation induction, intrauterine insemination (IUI).

If you’ve been trying to conceive for over a year (or six months if you’re over 35) without success, it’s advisable to consult with an infertility specialist. Additionally, if you have irregular menstrual cycles, a history of miscarriages, or any known reproductive health issues, seeking a consultation is recommended.

Plaza OBGYN Houston stands out for our ability to evaluate and treat any infertility issue except conditions that require IVF. This makes the patient more comfortable and confident that we will take care of her needs instead of referring her out . The only time we refer a patient out to the reproductive endocrinologist  is when IVF or EGG freezing is needed. Our team comprises experienced specialists who tailor treatment plans to each patient’s unique needs, utilizing cutting-edge technology and compassionate support throughout the journey to parenthood.

The duration of infertility treatment varies depending on factors such as the specific treatment chosen, individual fertility factors, and response to treatment. Our team at Plaza OBGYN Houston will work closely with you to develop a timeline and keep you informed at every step of the process.

Usually evaluation and testing is covered . Once the treatment phase starts , some insurance policies have infertility benefits which we accept. If there is none then it will be self-pay.Contact us for specific details regarding insurance coverage for infertility treatments.

Yes, lifestyle factors can significantly impact fertility. At Plaza OBGYN Houston, we provide guidance on lifestyle modifications such as maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, managing stress, and following a balanced diet to optimize fertility potential.

During your initial consultation, you’ll meet with one of our infertility specialists who will review your medical history, conduct a thorough evaluation, and discuss potential diagnostic tests and treatment options based on your individual needs and goals.

Yes, we offer comprehensive fertility testing for both men and women. This may include semen analysis for men and various tests such as ovarian reserve testing, hormone assessments, ultrasound imaging, and hysterosalpingography (HSG) for women to assess reproductive health.

Success rates can vary depending on factors such as age, underlying fertility issues, and treatment type. Our team at Plaza OBGYN Houston is committed to providing the highest quality care and achieving the best possible outcomes for our patients, with success rates that compare favorably to national averages.

Scheduling an appointment with Plaza OBGYN Houston is easy. Simply call our office or fill out the appointment request form on our website. Our friendly staff will assist you in scheduling a convenient time for your initial consultation with one of our experienced infertility specialists.

Minimal Invasive FAQ

Minimally-invasive procedures are surgical techniques that utilize small incisions and specialized instruments to perform various gynecological surgeries with less trauma to the body compared to traditional open surgeries.

Plaza OBGYN Houston offers a range of minimally-invasive procedures including laparoscopic hysterectomy, laparoscopic myomectomy, hysteroscopic surgery, endometrial ablation, and laparoscopic ovarian cystectomy among others.

Minimally-invasive procedures offer numerous benefits . They are done as outpatient in our surgery center and this way  hospital stays are avoided .There is faster recovery times, reduced pain and scarring, lower risk of infection, and quicker return to daily activities compared to traditional open surgeries.

Many patients are candidates for minimally-invasive surgery. Factors such as the type and severity of the condition, overall health, and previous surgeries will be considered by your OBGYN to determine if you’re a suitable candidate.

Recovery times vary depending on the specific procedure and individual patient factors. However, most patients can expect a quicker recovery compared to traditional open surgeries, with many returning to normal activities within a few days to two weeks.

Laparoscopic surgery involves making small incisions in the abdomen to access and treat conditions within the pelvic area, such as removing fibroids or ovarian cysts. Hysteroscopic surgery involves inserting a thin, lighted instrument through the vagina and cervix to diagnose and treat conditions within the uterus, such as polyps or fibroids.

Minimally-invasive procedures are generally safe when performed by experienced surgeons in appropriate surgical settings.

Dr. Sam Balat at Plaza OBGYN Houston is a member of the American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery. This is a society for well experienced minimally invasive surgeons.

Will discuss the potential risks and benefits of the procedure with you before scheduling surgery.

Minimally-invasive procedures typically result in smaller scars compared to traditional open surgeries. The incisions are usually small and heal well, often leaving minimal scarring that fades over time.

Your OBGYN will provide specific instructions on how to prepare for your minimally-invasive procedure. This may include fasting before surgery, stopping certain medications, and arranging for transportation to and from the hospital or surgical center.

In many cases, minimally-invasive procedures are covered by health insurance plans. However, coverage may vary depending on your insurance provider and specific policy. It’s recommended to check with your insurance company beforehand to understand your coverage options.

Miscarriages FAQ

A miscarriage, also known as spontaneous abortion, is the loss of a pregnancy before 12 weeks gestation. It typically occurs due to  various reasons.

Common signs of a miscarriage include vaginal bleeding, abdominal cramping or pain, fluid or tissue passing from the vagina, and a sudden decrease in pregnancy symptoms such as nausea and breast tenderness.

Miscarriages can be caused by chromosomal  abnormalities in the fetus,, maternal health conditions such as diabetes or thyroid disorders, infections, uterine abnormalities, and lifestyle factors like smoking or excessive alcohol consumption.

While stress is not typically a direct cause of miscarriage, excessive stress can potentially contribute to pregnancy complications. It’s essential to manage stress during pregnancy for overall well-being.

Miscarriages are relatively common, occurring in about 10-20% of known pregnancies. However, the actual rate may be higher as many miscarriages happen very early in pregnancy before a woman realizes she is pregnant.

Treatment for a miscarriage depends on various factors, including the stage of pregnancy and the cause of the miscarriage. Options may include expectant management, medication to help pass the tissue, or surgical procedures such as dilation and curettage (D&C).

Recovery time after a miscarriage varies for each individual. Physical recovery typically takes a few weeks, but emotional healing may take longer. It’s essential to give yourself time to grieve and seek support if needed.

It’s generally recommended to wait until you’ve had at least one normal menstrual cycle after a miscarriage before trying to conceive again. However, this timeframe may vary based on individual circumstances and medical advice.

While some miscarriages are unavoidable due to genetic or chromosomal abnormalities, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk, such as maintaining a healthy lifestyle, managing chronic health conditions, avoiding harmful substances, and seeking early prenatal care.

Plaza OBGYN Houston offers compassionate care and support for individuals who have experienced a miscarriage. Our team of healthcare professionals can provide emotional support, counseling, and guidance on coping with loss and planning for future pregnancies.

Mona liza FAQ

THE MONALISA TOUCH® is an innovative laser treatment designed to address various vaginal health concerns, including vaginal dryness, laxity, and painful intercourse, by stimulating collagen production and promoting tissue regeneration.

The treatment utilizes fractional CO2 laser technology to deliver gentle energy pulses to the vaginal tissue, triggering a healing response that enhances vascular growth and subsequently  moisture, elasticity, and overall vaginal health  improves.

Yes, THE MONALISA TOUCH® is FDA-approved and has been clinically proven to be safe and effective for treating vaginal atrophy and other related conditions. It’s performed by trained healthcare professionals at Plaza OBGYN Houston.

The procedure is typically quick and painless, often lasting less than 10  minutes. Most patients report feeling only a mild warming sensation during the treatment.

While individual needs may vary, most patients benefit from a series of three treatments spaced about four  weeks apart to achieve optimal results. Your healthcare provider at Plaza OBGYN Houston will create a personalized treatment plan for you.

There is typically minimal to no downtime after the procedure. You can resume normal activities immediately afterward, although it’s recommended to avoid sexual intercourse for one night.

THE MONALISA TOUCH® is suitable for women experiencing symptoms of vaginal atrophy, including dryness, itching, burning, and painful intercourse. It can also benefit women seeking improvement in vaginal laxity and overall vaginal health.

Side effects are rare but may include temporary mild discomfort, redness, or swelling in the treated area. These effects typically subside within a few days.

Many patients notice some  improvements in their symptoms after the first treatment, with continued enhancement over the following weeks as collagen production increases. Full results are typically seen  after completing the treatment series.(three episodes ).

Results from THE MONALISA TOUCH® can last up to 12-18 months or longer for some patients. To maintain optimal results, annual one treatment  will  be recommended by your healthcare provider at Plaza OBGYN Houston.

Obstetrics FAQ

Plaza OBGYN Houston offers a comprehensive range of obstetric services, including prenatal care, ultrasounds, genetic testing, childbirth classes, labor and delivery, postpartum care, and more.

Scheduling your first prenatal appointment at Plaza OBGYN Houston is easy. Simply call our office or use our online appointment scheduling tool to book your visit with one of our experienced obstetricians.

During prenatal visits at Plaza OBGYN Houston, you can expect personalized care tailored to your specific needs. This includes routine check-ups, monitoring of your baby’s growth and development, screenings for any potential complications, and guidance on nutrition, exercise, and childbirth preparation.

Yes, Plaza OBGYN Houston provides specialized care for high-risk pregnancies. Our team of obstetricians has extensive experience in managing various high-risk conditions, such as gestational diabetes, hypertension, multiples pregnancies, and more, to ensure the best possible outcomes for both mother and baby.

Plaza OBGYN Houston supports various childbirth options, including vaginal birth, cesarean section (C-section), water birth, and VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). Our obstetricians will work with you to create a birth plan that aligns with your preferences and medical needs.

Yes, Plaza OBGYN Houston supports natural childbirth and offers a range of pain management options, including epidurals, nitrous oxide, and non-pharmacological techniques such as hydrotherapy and breathing exercises, to support your natural childbirth experience.

Plaza OBGYN Houston provides comprehensive postpartum care to support new mothers during the recovery period. This includes follow-up visits, breastfeeding support, contraception counseling, emotional support, and guidance on postpartum exercise and nutrition.

Yes, Plaza OBGYN Houston offers prenatal genetic testing, including screening tests and diagnostic procedures, to assess the risk of genetic conditions or birth defects in your baby. Our obstetricians will discuss the available options and help you make informed decisions about genetic testing.

In case of emergency or urgent concerns during pregnancy, you can reach Plaza OBGYN Houston by calling our office number. We have an on-call obstetrician available 24/7 to address your concerns and provide guidance or arrange for prompt medical attention if needed.

Yes, Plaza OBGYN Houston accepts most major insurance plans for obstetric services. We recommend contacting your insurance provider or our office to verify coverage and understand any out-of-pocket expenses associated with your prenatal care and childbirth journey.


Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age. It causes irregular periods, excess androgen levels, and polycystic ovaries.

Common symptoms of PCOS include irregular menstrual cycles, excess facial and body hair growth (hirsutism), acne, weight gain, and difficulty getting pregnant.

Diagnosis typically involves a physical exam, medical history review, blood tests to measure hormone levels, and imaging tests such as ultrasound to examine the ovaries.

Treatment options may include lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise, medications to regulate menstrual cycles and hormone levels, and fertility treatments for those trying to conceive.

In many cases, lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy diet, regular exercise, and weight management can help manage symptoms of PCOS. However, medical intervention may also be necessary depending on individual circumstances.

Common medications for PCOS treatment may include birth control pills to regulate menstrual cycles, metformin to improve insulin sensitivity, and anti-androgen medications to reduce symptoms like excess hair growth and acne.

Some women find relief from PCOS symptoms by incorporating certain supplements such as inositol, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin D into their diet. However, it’s essential to consult with a healthcare provider before starting any supplement regimen.

Untreated PCOS can lead to long-term health complications such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, infertility, and endometrial cancer due to irregular menstrual cycles and unopposed estrogen exposure.

PCOS can indeed affect fertility due to irregular ovulation. Fertility treatment options may include medications to induce ovulation, intrauterine insemination (IUI), or in vitro fertilization (IVF) depending on individual circumstances.

Follow-up appointments may vary depending on individual treatment plans and response to therapy. Your healthcare provider will typically recommend regular check-ups to monitor symptoms, adjust treatment as needed, and address any concerns.

Routine Pregnancy FAQ

Routine pregnancy care involves regular check-ups and medical supervision throughout pregnancy to ensure the health and well-being of both the mother and the baby. It includes various screenings, tests, and consultations with healthcare providers. This care is crucial for monitoring the progress of pregnancy, detecting any potential complications early, and providing necessary support and guidance to expectant mothers.

It’s recommended to schedule your first prenatal appointment as soon as you suspect you’re pregnant or within the first 8-10 weeks of pregnancy. Early prenatal care allows healthcare providers to establish a baseline for your health, address any concerns, and initiate necessary screenings and tests promptly.

Our routine prenatal visits typically include physical exams, monitoring vital signs, fetal heartbeat checks, ultrasound scans, screening for gestational diabetes, blood tests, and discussions about nutrition, exercise, and prenatal education. We tailor each visit to meet your specific needs and ensure a healthy pregnancy.

The frequency of prenatal appointments may vary depending on your individual needs and the stage of your pregnancy. Typically, you’ll have monthly appointments during the first and second trimesters, bi-weekly visits during the third trimester, and weekly visits as your due date approaches. However, this schedule may be adjusted based on your health status and any underlying medical conditions.

Our experienced team at Plaza OBGYN Houston provides comprehensive care and support during labor and delivery. We offer personalized birth plans, access to advanced medical technology, pain management options, and a supportive environment to ensure a safe and positive birthing experience for you and your baby.

Yes, we provide prenatal classes and educational resources to help you prepare for childbirth, breastfeeding, newborn care, and postpartum recovery. These classes cover a range of topics designed to empower you with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate pregnancy and parenthood confidently.

If you experience any unusual symptoms, complications, or concerns during your pregnancy, it’s essential to contact Plaza OBGYN Houston immediately. Our team is here to address your concerns, provide timely medical evaluation, and offer appropriate interventions or referrals as needed to ensure the best possible outcome for you and your baby.

It’s crucial to consult with your healthcare provider at Plaza OBGYN Houston before continuing or discontinuing any medications, supplements, or activities during pregnancy. Some medications and activities may pose risks to the developing fetus, while others are generally considered safe or may require adjustments in dosage or frequency under medical supervision.

Genetic screening involves assessing the risk of certain genetic disorders or chromosomal abnormalities in the fetus. While genetic screening is optional, Plaza OBGYN Houston may recommend it based on factors such as maternal age, family history, or previous pregnancies. These screenings can help identify potential risks early, allowing for informed decision-making and appropriate medical management.

Choosing the right obstetrician or midwife is a personal decision that depends on your individual preferences, medical needs, and comfort level. At Plaza OBGYN Houston, our team of board-certified obstetricians, certified nurse-midwives, and experienced healthcare professionals is dedicated to providing compassionate, personalized care throughout your pregnancy journey. We encourage you to schedule a consultation to meet our team, discuss your expectations, and determine the best fit for your pregnancy care needs.

Vaginal Prolapse FAQ

Vaginal prolapse occurs when the muscles and ligaments supporting the vagina weaken, causing the vaginal walls to bulge or sag. This can happen due to childbirth, aging, obesity, or other factors.

Symptoms may include a feeling of vaginal fullness or pressure, tissue protruding from the vagina, urinary incontinence, difficulty with bowel movements, and discomfort during intercourse.

Diagnosis typically involves a pelvic exam and may include additional tests such as a cystoscopy or pelvic ultrasound to evaluate the extent of the prolapse and any associated issues.

Treatment options vary depending on the severity of the prolapse and may include pelvic floor exercises, pessaries (insertable devices to support the vagina), or surgical procedures such as vaginal or laparoscopic repair.

Pelvic floor physical therapy involves exercises and techniques to strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor, which can help improve symptoms of vaginal prolapse and prevent further progression.

Yes, non-surgical options such as pelvic floor physical therapy and the Emsella can be effective in managing mild to moderate cases of vaginal prolapse.

Minimally invasive surgical techniques, such as laparoscopic or robotic-assisted procedures, involve smaller incisions and typically result in faster recovery times compared to traditional open surgery.

Recovery varies depending on the type of surgery performed but generally involves some discomfort and restrictions on activities for a few weeks. Most patients can resume normal activities within 4-6 weeks.

Like any surgery, there are risks involved, including infection, bleeding, and damage to surrounding structures. However, these risks are typically low, and your surgeon will discuss them with you before the procedure.

To schedule a consultation with one of our experienced OBGYNs specializing in vaginal prolapse treatment, please contact our office at [insert contact information]. We’re here to provide personalized care and support to help you find relief from your symptoms.