Health Page Archive: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Treatment Varies for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder in women that disrupts the growth and release of eggs from the ovaries. Some PCOS symptoms include infertility, missed periods, weight problems and acne. “Treatment for PCOS depends on the goals and symptoms of the individual woman,” says ...
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Ways to Manage Menopause Symptoms

The time period before and after menopause is different for every woman. Some women experience very few symptoms, while others are plagued with mood swings, hot flashes, difficulty sleeping and vaginal dryness. There are many ways a doctor can help manage symptoms. “We will develop a ...
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What to Expect During Your Induction 

Obstetricians and midwives strive to assist all expectant moms in carrying their baby to term — which is at least 39 weeks or later. Once a woman reaches 39 weeks, she has the option to talk to her provider about inducing labor. “Some patients are opposed ...
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Pap Smear Recommendations Change

National guidelines regarding Pap smears recently have changed. The United States Preventive Services Task Force now recommends women receive their first Pap smear at age 21, repeating the test every three years until age 29. After age 30, they can drop their frequency of screenings ...
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First Baby of New Year Born at Saint Francis

Saint Francis Medical Center celebrated the delivery of its first baby of 2017. At 4:59 pm on Monday, January 2, 2017, a baby girl was welcomed into the world by proud parents Jesse and Lora Stafford of Fredericktown, Mo., and caring Family BirthPlace nursing staff. Grant ...
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Avoid Anemia During Pregnancy

When a woman is pregnant, her blood volume increases by 40 percent to supply blood to the baby and placenta. This can lead to anemia, a condition in which the red blood cells are low, leading to fatigue. “Almost all pregnant women will experience anemia at ...
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Breast-feed Babies in NICU

When babies are born before 36 weeks’ gestation, they are often unable to begin oral feeding because their brain is not yet mature enough to initiate the suck-swallow-breathe response. However, the staff at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) strives ...
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NICU Saves Babies’ Lives

Some parents know before birth that their baby will need extra help in its first few weeks of life. But other times, complications can arise unexpectedly. Birth depression occurs when a baby does not receive enough oxygen and blood during delivery, and it can happen ...
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Midwife Provides Another Option for Pregnant Women

For Connie Skelton, a midwife was the perfect choice for two very important moments in her life: the births of her two children. Skelton gave birth to her first son, William, now 5, in New Mexico. It was her first experience with a midwife, and she ...
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Keep Up to Date with Vaccinations During Pregnancy

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, certain vaccinations lower your risk of becoming ill and, in turn, lower your baby’s risk. At about 28 weeks’ gestation, your doctor will talk to you about receiving a dose of the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, ...
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