Come To WHC’s Fall SculpSure VIP Consultation Day: September 26, 2019

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VIP Consultation Day

September 26th, 2019 from 11am-6pm

To schedule your free consultation, R.S.V.P. to Jacqueline at whcsculpsure@yahoo.com. 

At this free event, you will receive special pricing for many SculpSure packages. Also enter to win raffle prizes & free gifts.

Come and enjoy light refreshments while you learn more about SculpSure. 

Space is limited.

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August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month. Here are 5 tips to help you along

As a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist and mother of three, breastfeeding is a topic that comes up in my conversations practically every day. This food source is truly “liquid gold,” offering growing babies nutrition, protection and long-lasting health benefits. It’s also advantageous for women. They can experience faster weight loss, lower rates of postpartum depression and a stronger bond between mother and child.

Moms labor to get their babies here, but breastfeeding is truly a labor of love. Though often challenging initially, it is worth every drop babies get. So in honor of Breastfeeding Month, here are 5 tips to practice successfully.

1. Provide yourself with the proper fuel.

If you hope to produce a food source for another human being, you should take in the proper building blocks to create it. Continue taking prenatal vitamins and drink water frequently, even when you aren’t thirsty. Eat nutritious foods: lean meats, beans, whole grains, well-washed or organic fruits and vegetables and dairy. Also, avoid excessive sugar.

2. Don’t get discouraged.

Breastmilk can take up to five days to come in for first-time mothers. Until then, the baby is getting colostrum, a valuable nutritional source with antibodies for fighting infection. Your pediatrician will use your baby’s weight and wet diapers to ensure the baby is getting enough food. Remember, newborns survived those first few days of life long before formula existed. Supply depends on demand. Let your baby nurse!

3. Those who can, do; those who can’t, pump.

Not every baby will latch onto the breast, even after using multiple techniques. Using a breast pump on each breast for at least 15 minutes every 2-3 hours will usually express enough milk to supply a newborn’s needs. Working moms can breastfeed, too. Having a breast pump can allow you the ability to nurse at home and pump at work. If your production is not enough to supply the baby’s needs, something is better than nothing. Give your baby breastmilk in addition to formula. Your baby won’t know the difference but will reap the benefits.

4. Trouble doesn’t last always.

Breastfeeding is often uncomfortable in the beginning. This discomfort should get better. If it doesn’t, seek help from a lactation consultant or your doctor. Clogged milk ducts, mastitis, and engorgement can cause severe pain. Massage, warm compresses and expressing milk every 1.5 to 2 hours when painful nodules arise can help to prevent the development of infection.

5. Know when enough is enough.

If you have tried every trick in the book and are still unable to breastfeed, sometimes the healthiest thing for a mother’s emotional well being is to accept this reality and let it go. As valuable as breastmilk is, it is not worth the negative effects on one’s psyche when it just doesn’t work out.

 

This article was originally written by Dr. Wendy Goodall McDonald for JetMag.com in 2015.

National Call Your Doctor Day

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away — but calling your doctor on National Call Your Doctor Day won’t hurt either.”

– The New York Daily News

Last Tuesday, June 11th, was National Call Your Doctor Day, a day started by the organization Bright Pink to remind us of the importance of seeing your doctor regularly.

Give us a call and schedule your annual exam, even if you are not due for a Pap Test. Also check in with your dentist twice per year and be sure to see your primary care provider as well.

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Game Of Thrones Teaches A Pregnancy Lesson You Can’t Afford To Miss

I recently, during a laundry mission, walked into this scene. Lyanna Stark was laying in bed, draped in a red, blood-soaked blanket. She was pale and lethargic. I, not knowing what was happening, immediately KNEW what was happening. She had just had a baby and was in the process of hemorrhaging to death.

Postpartum Hemorrhage

125,000 people in the US are affected every year by postpartum hemorrhage, which is another term for bleeding too much during the delivery of a baby. Every person is having a baby is expected to lose some blood. Our bodies actually make more blood during the course of the pregnancy to compensate for this loss. At the time of delivery, the placenta should detach and the uterus should contract to limit blood loss. Sometimes this doesn’t happen as effectively as it should.

There are risk factors that a person can possess that can make excessive blood loss more likely. Having a very long labor OR having a very short labor are risk factors. Having an intrauterine infection, a larger than average-sized baby or multiple previous deliveries are also risk factors. And of course,  some people hemorrhage without ANY clear reason.

Hemorrhage can happen fast and be life-threatening

It sound scary (at it is) but knowing these facts and stats are very important. Especially in the conversation of having a baby at home or in a facility that is not equiped to handle emergencies. Also when some ladies are planning for a hospital birth but request to not have an IV in place.

I understand why some don’t want an IV. They are often concerned that the IV will restrict their movement or make them more prone to have labor interventions like Pitocin. At my hospital, a woman in labor can still walk and move around even with her IV in place. Also, I only start Pitocin when it is medically indicated, not simply because an IV is in place.

Then there is this argument:

“Can’t you just place the IV only if you need it?”

I have to remind you that in the moment of a hemorrhage, blood volume is rapidly dropping, making veins for IV placement MUCH harder to find. Blood vessels constrict and collapse as we lose blood. If the IV is already in place, giving a rapid infusion of IV fluids and in some cases blood products, can happen quickly. This rapid response could save your life.

Its like wearing a seatbelt in a car

The time to put it on is when everything is fine, not in the middle of a car accident. If Lyanna Stark had an IV at a healthcare facility with resources and proper protocols, she likely would have survived the birth of her son, who was later revealed to be Jon Stark (I told you there would be spoilers.)

While her tragic death made for interesting Game of Thrones character development, my kids and your future children will need to create for themselves a less morbid origin story.

Take Home Message:

Deliver your baby in a healthcare facility that is equipped to handle emergencies and accept the IV. There are no do-overs, no take-backs. Hemorrhage is real and you should do everything in your power to prepare for it so you AND your baby get through labor and delivery safely.

As always, thank you for reading and following with Women’s Health Consulting. Please share this with someone who needs to know. We appreciate your support.

This post first appeared on The Gyneco-bLogic.

Watch CBS News Talk About GlyDerm. We TOLD You!

This is why we chose GlyDerm to offer to our patients. GlyDerm products to help our patients achieve a smoother skin texture that looks younger, healthier and more vibrant.

“But why come in to the office for a Glycolic Acid Peel if I can possibly due it at home?”

Role of Your Aesthetician


Your aesthetician is your best resource for supporting optimal skin health and beauty. Discuss your skin concerns and treatment goals with your physician, who will recommend healthy skin habits and devise your optimal treatment plan, including the skincare products and procedures that will enhance the health, tone, texture and appearance of your skin. Your aesthetician has experience with a wide array of products and knows what works, what doesn’t and what would work best for you.

 

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March Is Endometriosis Awareness Month

Endometriosis commercials are everywhere.

You’ve seen the commercials:

“I CAN KEEP PUSHING THROUGH MY ENDO PAIN OR I CAN…” Ad for Orlissa

The thing about direct-to-consumer advertising like this is that it makes anyone and everyone think that they have the disorder that is being treated. You think- “I have pain around my menstrual cycle, so maybe I have endometriosis.”

Here at Women’s Health Consulting, we’ll help you understand your health.

In this post you will find evidence based information regarding what endometriosis is and how you can find out if you have it.

What is Endometriosis?

From the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the definition of endometriosis is as follows.

Endometriosis is a condition in which the type of tissue that forms the lining of the uterus (the endometrium) is found outside the uterus. Endometriosis implants respond to changes in estrogen, a female hormone.

The implants may grow and bleed like the uterine lining does during the menstrual cycle. Surrounding tissue can become irritated, inflamed, and swollen.

The breakdown and bleeding of this tissue each month also can cause scar tissue, called adhesions, to form. Sometimes adhesions can cause organs to stick together. The bleeding, inflammation, and scarring can cause pain, especially before and during menstruation.

That means that the tissue that is inside of the uterus can SOMEHOW make it outside of the uterus and cause problems. What kind of problems? To name a few:

  • Pain during and outside of menstrual cycles
  • Fertility issues
  • Scarring in the abdomen

Fertility issues can come from scarring that blocks the fallopian tubes, but also inflammation that actually damages sperm or egg and interferes with their normal movement.

Mild endometriosis symptoms can mimic the basic aspects of being a woman- painful crampy periods. In more severe cases, pelvic pain can be present even without menstrual cycles, during intercourse and with urination. The problem is that none of these symptoms are SOLELY UNIQUE to endometriosis. Ovarian cysts, fibroids, urinary tract infections and just having girl parts can mimic these symptoms.

So, how do I know if I actually have Endometriosis.

If enough symptoms seem to fit the description, your doctor (me for some of you) may try medications to treat it. Endometriosis ends up sometimes being diagnosed based on whether or not the treatment works.

“But Doc, why can’t you just perform a test to diagnoses Endometriosis?”

Because the only way to definitely diagnose Endometriosis is to have a surgery called a Laparoscopy and have areas biopsied. Ultrasound can sometimes suggest Endometriosis, but it isn’t perfect. Endometriosis can be present without any findings on ultrasound and vice versa, findings can suggest endometriosis and be wrong.

The NEW MEDICATION that is being advertised for the management of Endometriosis is different than previous meds.

  • It is an oral pill, rather than a shot. The previous medication in this class was a shot you would receive in the office every 1-3 months. This is easier for a person to take on their own rather than having to come into the office for a shot.
  • This medication is stronger and more effective than birth control pills, which can often improve milder endometriosis symptoms.
  • It may also allow women to experience relief of Endometriosis symptoms without having surgery.

For the record, I AM IN NO WAY ENDORSING THE NEW MEDICATION. I don’t receive any money from drug companies to talk about or promote particular products. I did, however, see the series of commercials and think, If I didn’t know better, I’d wonder if this medication was for me.

In the end,

… if you think that you have Endometriosis, see your doctor. They may be able to make the diagnosis based on your symptoms, or may be able to try different management option to improve your symptoms. Most importantly, they can also rule out other harmful diagnoses. It’s important to investigate many possibilities when you are experiencing chronic or cyclic pain.

Don’t ignore pain.

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This post was originally shared on The Gyneco-bLogic.

Meet Our Certified Aesthetician, Jacqueline Ramon

Jacqueline Ramon

is a graduate of Paul Mitchell the School Chicago. Jacqueline received her Esthetics License in 2010 from Paul Mitchell. She also received her Esthetics Instructor License in 2014 from the acclaimed Dudley Beauty College. Jacqueline specializes in laser and medical esthetics in addition to many other skilled services in health and beauty.

In addition to performing SculpSure laser body sculpting, Jacqueline plans to bring more esthetic services to Women’s Health Consulting.

Click here to learn about GlyDerm chemical peel, as well as waxing and skin tag removal services offered by Jacqueline.

These services will likely include facial and body waxing as well as microderm abrasion. Call today to schedule a free consultation with Jacqueline. We at WHC appreciate her expertise and love her personality. We know you will too.

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Fall is HERE, and So Are Flu Shots. Let’s recap who needs one…

Flu shots are here at Women’s Health Consulting. Though they are available to all of our patients, there are specific people who SHOULD have one. To name a few…

  • Pregnant women
  • Women hoping to become pregnant or recently delivered.
  • Those with small children or elderly adults in the household (or those with frequent exposure like teachers0

 Mayo Clinic provided a nice summary:

Who should get the flu vaccine?

The CDC recommends annual influenza vaccinations for everyone age 6 months or older. Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk of influenza complications, including:

  • Pregnant women
  • Older adults
  • Young children

Children between 6 months and 8 years may need two doses of the flu vaccine, given at least four weeks apart, to be fully protected. A 2017 study showed that the vaccine significantly reduces a child’s risk of dying from the flu. Check with your child’s health care provider.

Chronic medical conditions also can increase your risk of influenza complications. Examples include:

  • Asthma
  • Cancer or cancer treatment
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Diabetes
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Kidney or liver disease
  • Obesity

Who shouldn’t get a flu shot?

Check with your doctor before receiving a flu vaccine if:

  • You’re allergic to eggs. Most types of flu vaccines contain a small amount of egg protein. If you have a mild egg allergy — you only get hives from eating eggs, for example — you can receive the flu shot without any additional precautions. If you have a severe egg allergy, you should be vaccinated in a medical setting and be supervised by a doctor who is able to recognize and manage severe allergic conditions.There are also flu vaccines that don’t contain egg proteins, and are Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for use in people age 18 and older. Consult your doctor about your options.
  • You had a severe reaction to a previous flu vaccine. The flu vaccine isn’t recommended for anyone who had a severe reaction to a previous flu vaccine. Check with your doctor first, though. Some reactions might not be related to the vaccine

If you have ever wondered how vaccinations work to keep you  safe…

Check out this classic post from The Gyneco-bLogic, by Dr. McDonald.

It features one of her best music videos, a Hamilton Parody Tribute to vaccinations, entitled My Shot. Here is an excerpt:

Vaccines are playbooks for your body.

When your body encounters a new virus, it is in the form of a protein, or antigen. If that protein makes it past your mucous membranes into your body, the body has to create antibodies to attack and remove it.

Imagine that you recognize a hostile intruder at your workplace. You have to tell the security office what they look like in order for the officers to find and remove them. Matrix image for antivirus metaphorMeanwhile the intruder is multiplying Matrix style, but the security office is still faxing pictures and descriptions of the intruder. What if the security office knew what that Matrix agent looked like before he walked into the door. He would be arrested in the lobby and not given time to multiply and overwhelm the staff. That is what a vaccine does. It circulates posters and memos all over your body so that when Agent Smith shows up, Neo is waiting in the lobby. It’s like having the other team’s playbook before the big game.

Live attenuated vaccines behave differently than inactivated ones.

A live attenuated vaccine is weakened so as to not cause disease and be killed easily, but is active enough to develop a full immune response that will teach all of your bodies “troops” to fight well. It’s like full pre-season training, or a whole self-defense course, rather than a single class or YouTube video. On the flip-side, live attenuated vaccines can cause mild viral symptoms like body aches and low grade fevers. Inactivated, or killed viruses, are less likely to cause those symptoms, but also don’t give the best-of-the-best immunity.

Schedule your Flu Shot today at Women’s Health Consulting!

We couldn’t leave out the video:

A Potty Training Playbook from a Three-Time Champ

As a mother of three, I have gathered successes and pitfalls from each of my potty training tournaments with my children. I am a three-time champ. Anytime we can take diapers and wipes off of the shopping list, we are all champions. I have a few tricks that I have learned along the way, and pitfalls to avoid as you enter your own tournament with your toddler.

This advice is from my personal experience. Take it or leave it, but hopefully, it will help you get through your journey.

1. Diaper trainers are a farce

To you, the parent, something that is like a pull-up (I have no issue with the brand, just the concept) is like pretend underwear that offers the security of catching urine and stool. To the toddler, they are diapers. Diapers. I thought with my first son that when we told him to wear them but to use the potty, that meant something. It meant NOTHING. Many actions in life change as a result of consequences or rewards. For my son, the consequence had to be to the feeling of urine running down his leg and realizing that this was not a normal or comfortable feeling.

2. Hard floors are a must

Whether on hardwood or a tile kitchen, you have to do “potty practice” in a place where mistakes won’t be catastrophic. You need to be in an accident state of mind. It a dirty job, but somebody has to do it. If you have carpet throughout your house, potty time should occur in the kitchen or somewhere with non-porous surfaces. If you have area rugs, consider removing them during the “potty tournament.”

3. For boys, get the high front potty

It doesn’t seem to matter much for my daughter, but my sons were very able to urinate over the potty if certain trajectories weren’t pre-specified. The type of potty that has a higher middle was way better to catch and prevent these surprises. I had two types of potties: the type that went on the floor and the one that went on the toilets. A step in the bathroom came in handy too, especially for washing hands.

4. For some little ones, boot camp may be the best way to kick start

Do you have a weekend off without any activities planned? Let’s go full diaper-free. I am still putting diapers on baby girl during naps or at bedtime, but she is being asked every 15-20 minutes if she has to go and is making magic happen on the toilet consistently. I have done a fair amount of laundry though. Plenty of panty, pants, leggings and sock changes in the moments where she forgets and feels a warm wetness travelling down her leg. We even had one run-in with number 2. Thank God there is no such thing as number 3 (that is a reference from the sweet movie, Home.)

5. Wait until they are ready

No need to give your blood pressure an unwelcomed boost. They all (for the most part) get it eventually. As much as that diaper purchase is something that you would like to see become a thing of the past, when they are ready, they’ll do it. It’s like walking.

My oldest son gave me so many headaches until we took away the pull-ups and just gave him long shirts to walk around the house in. He was almost three. I think back to the money I wasted on training diapers and the moments that I stressed while he looked at me, undoubtedly wondering why I was riled up. I didn’t get upset with him outside of reminding him what I wanted him to do. He wasn’t stressed at all. Eventually, the light bulb clicked and he never looked back.

With my second son, I just brought out the froggy potty and put it in the bathroom. He started using it on his own.

When my last decided it was her time, she gave me the same “ta-da” after a potty run that she did after playing an abstract Minuet on the upright piano my parents gave us. #Winning

This post was originally shared on The Gyneco-blogic. Check out what we are doing over there :0)

How Often Do I Need A Pap? The answer may surprise you…

This question is one that has been confusing ladies for the past decade.

“Doc, do I need a Pap Smear (or test) every year or not?”

For years, even decades, it was the expected routine health maintenance to have Pap tests every year. Health maintenance was as follows: Pap every year, dental cleaning every six months, oil change every 3000 miles, etcetera and so on.

In 2006, everything changed. Data from over 1 million women was compiled to rewrite the guidelines. The data was collected and analyzed to basically determine how abnormal Pap testing should be treated in order to keep women safe but also decrease overuse of resources. The result was over 20 different algorithm guidelines offering management of all types of abnormal Pap testing at various ages.

“Wait a minute. What is a Pap Smear? What does a Pap even test for?”

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Great question. A Pap test is a test that collects a sample of the cells located on your cervix. It looks specifically for cells that are changing into cancer and sometimes for the HPV virus. A Pap does NOT check for sexually transmitted infections like gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, HIV, etc. Also, even though a Pap is performed using a speculum (that “duck lip” contraption)every speculum exam IS NOT a Pap. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard a woman say these words:

“Oh, they did a Pap smear when I was in the ER.”

pexels-photo-263402No, they didn’t, ma’am. Emergency room physicians don’t do routine health maintenance tests like Pap tests. They check for bleeding and infection with speculums, not precancerous changed on the cervix.

Back to the guideline changes, the summary point was that Pap testing is not necessary for many women every year. BUT WHY? Well, some of my patients have proposed that it is solely to cut costs in the healthcare field. That’s not the main reason though.

Then why do we NOT need Pap tests every year?

There are two main reasons why Pap tests don’t need to be done yearly for some.

  1. Cervical pre-cancerous cells become abnormal VERY slowly.
  2. HPV is a known cause of abnormal cervical cells, so if we can determine it’s presence, we can know our level of risk. Said differently, if HPV isn’t detected, we are pretty safe for a while.

I like to think of the Pap test as surveillance against burglary. A looped camera system that goes from one area of a property to another, and does so at a rate of speed that would hopefully catch an intruder before they cause too much trouble. If there is no intruder and all of the doors are locked, we can feel pretty secure for a while. If there is an intruder, then we have to zoom in and look more closely and try to eliminate the intruder before anyone is hurt or anything is stolen.

Likewise, cervical cells generally become abnormal VERY slowly. This means that it can take between 2, 3, and sometimes 5 years for a Pap test to become abnormal. Even abnormalities discovered in that time frame should be mild enough for the less frequent Pap to catch before they become dangerous.

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“So what do I do if I WANT a Pap every year?”

If I’m your doctor, then you just ask. I always tell my patients who have a history of normal Pap tests that they DO NOT need a Pap every year, but if they want one, insurance still covers it (at least for the most part these days.) It’s hard to change people’s habits. If a lady wants a Pap, I’ll give her a yearly Pap. The one downside to testing every year is that some Pap tests will be slightly abnormal one year, but then go back to normal the next year. We could end up doing follow up testing for something that would have been a non-issue in a year.

“What if I have an abnormal Pap Smear?”

Click here to read a great post that a wrote a little while back about abnormal Pap tests.  It explains what an abnormal Pap test means and the management. The post is called What’s Pap-pening. Get it?

I hope that you’ve learned a lot in this post. The take-home message is that if you have a history of NORMAL Pap tests, you may not need to have a Pap smear every year. It is important to know that Pap smear guidelines are exactly that: GUIDELINES. They are meant to guide our management. They are not laws. It is okay to deviate and individualize testing depending on the needs and understanding of an individual person.

DON’T FORGET, YOU SHOULD STILL SEE YOUR GYNECOLOGIST EVERY YEAR EVEN IF YOU DON’T GET A PAP TEST.