One of the most important imaging tools physicians have at their disposal is a mammogram. They have become vitally important because they save lives. They are so important we now can get one on a mobile mammography bus. Important enough that it’s women’s healthcare practically coming to your door, but why are routine mammograms so important?
85% of women who have unprotected sex, even occasionally, get pregnant within a year. Those odds are not in your favor if you’re not ready to have a child. Choosing a contraceptive method that’s right for you can involve some due diligence and clear thinking.
When you’re pregnant, you are often bombarded with advice from family, friends, parent magazines, and social media gurus on how to care for yourself and your little one during the next 40 weeks. What you might find missing is what not to do during pregnancy.
Most women become familiar with the frequency and typical flow during their period. If something changes, women notice. It could be a missed cycle or two, or suddenly having a heavier than “normal” flow. When any changes occur, it’s important to see your doctor. There are some serious reasons why you shouldn’t ignore a heavy menstrual flow.
The CDC recently published a press release stating that at the end of 2019 sexually transmitted diseases reached an all time high for the sixth consecutive year. More than 2.5 million cases were reported in 2019.
As STDs reach an all time high, learn how to prevent STDs.
Surprise, you’re pregnant! If this truly is a surprise, stay calm, talk with your partner and consider all your options. The truth is no one can tell you exactly what to do after you get a positive pregnancy test. You might be thrilled to begin or increase your family, be upset because it’s a surprise and it’s not part of your plans, or you may have emotions somewhere in between. However you react, here are some guidelines.
Could getting your COVID-19 vaccine affect the results of your mammogram? Maybe. A common side effect of the COVID-19 vaccine is swollen lymph nodes under the arm on the same side as the vaccine injection.
Here are a few things to know about lymph node swelling, the COVID-19 vaccine, and timing of your mammogram.
Even if you are not trying to get pregnant right now, it is always worthwhile to know if you have any risk factors that will affect your future ability to have children. Both men and women can have them, so let’s look at 8 potential risk factors or signs of infertility.
Many women have had instances where it felt like they “lost that loving feeling.” It usually passes, and next time sex is back to normal. This temporary problem can happen to anyone, but when it becomes consistent, this is one of the signs you may be suffering from female sexual dysfunction.
Birmingham Obstetrics Gynecology, P.C. and COVID-19
The health and safety of our patients, visitors, employees, physicians, and our communities remain a top priority at Birmingham OB/Gyn. Therefore, in line with the latest guidelines issued by the State of Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), Jefferson County Department of Health and the City of Birmingham related to COVID-19, we have revised and continue to update our policies to make sure we are in compliance. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
For Patients and Visitors
- For our obstetrical patients, we will allow the father or support person to attend the confirmation and anatomy ultrasounds, but the father or support person will not be allowed to attend the visit with the physician after the ultrasound.
- Guests will be allowed for obstetrical patients with extenuating circumstances, such as a patient under 16 or specific patient needing extra support. For example, specific patients needing extra support include those with language barriers, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, or other cognitive or physical impairments.
- Children are not allowed in the office, except in special circumstances pre-approved by a physician or administrator.
- Patients are sent pre-visit paperwork via email or text that also includes COVID-19 screening questions. Any patient who is designated as a “high-risk” for transmitting COVID-19 will be contacted and their visit will be re-scheduled.
- Patients and guests must undergo temperature and symptom screening upon arrival, always perform hand hygiene and wear appropriate personal protective equipment. Please be especially attentive to wearing a mask over your nose and mouth, in addition to correctly wearing other personal protective equipment as directed by office staff.
- Patients who are sick with respiratory symptoms will not be permitted to enter the office; this is without exception.
- For non-obstetrical patients, guests will be allowed in extenuating circumstances, such as a patient under 16 or specific patient needing extra support. For example, specific patients needing extra support include those with language barriers, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, or other cognitive or physical impairments.
- If a patient or guest does not pass the screening process or does not follow office protocols, they will not be allowed in the office.
- Limiting capacity in our waiting room. On the day of your appointment you will receive a text from our office asking you to respond when you arrive in the parking deck. This allows us to make sure all your required paperwork has been processed prior to you presenting in the office. A nurse will contact you when it is time for you to come in for your appointment.
What we are doing to protect you
- In addition to the above items, all patients, guests, staff, and physicians are required to wear face coverings. PPE will be used and disposed of properly in higher-risk interactions.
- We are following a strict process to sanitize our offices regularly. Each week our office is electrostatically fogged with an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved chemical for killing Coronavirus.
- Hand sanitizer is available throughout the office.
New Vaccine Guidelines for Women who are Pregnant, Considering Becoming Pregnant, or Breastfeeding
Updated November 5, 2020. We will continue to reassess our visitor guidelines and update this document.