Blog Archive

Have You Considered These Family Planning Options? Jan 13th, 2021

Did you know that about half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned? According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, women with accidental pregnancies are more likely to deliver early and suffer from postpartum depression. At Cary OB/GYN, we know firsthand how an unexpected pregnancy...

When Should I Get My Next Pap Smear? Dec 3rd, 2020

Not too long ago, women used to have a Pap smear every year during their annual gynecological exam. The test was performed to screen for cervical cancer. Though you still need an annual gynecological exam to assess health and undergo other preventive screenings, you no longer need a Pap test...

Gynecological Care and COVID-19: What You Should Know Nov 1st, 2020

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2). The World Health Organization learned of the new virus in late December 2019 and declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic in March 2020. Doctors and researchers are learning more and more about the virus and the disease...

Is Spotting From Birth Control Normal? Oct 6th, 2020

More than 72 million women of childbearing age in the United States use some form of birth control every year. When it comes to selecting a form of birth control, women have many options, including tubal ligation, birth control pills, and intrauterine devices (IUDs). The primary goal of most forms...

Signs of an Ectopic Pregnancy Sep 16th, 2020

With an ectopic pregnancy, you may have all the usual signs and symptoms of a normal pregnancy: fatigue, nausea, and breast tenderness. Unfortunately, an ectopic pregnancy is dangerous to your health, and the fertilized egg won’t survive. Given the complexities surrounding an ectopic pregnancy, our experienced team at Cary OB/GYN...

5 Questions to Ask Your Gynecologist During an Exam Aug 19th, 2020

It’s not unusual to feel a little nervous before your gynecology exam, whether it’s your first exam or your 21st. Even though your gynecology exam is an important tool that may help prevent chronic health issues, you may feel uncomfortable when your gynecologist examines the intimate areas of your body. ...

How Much Pain Is Normal During Your Period? Jul 22nd, 2020

Most women experience period pain at some point during their life. Your pain may range from a constant dull ache to intense fleeting spasms that occur during the first day or two of your menstrual cycle.  The type of pain you feel may vary from period to period, and you...

What to Expect During Your First Prenatal Check Up Jun 29th, 2020

Like many women, you may be bursting with excitement and nervous energy during those first few weeks of pregnancy. You may also be anxious about your first prenatal checkup and wonder what to expect. Our pregnancy and prenatal care specialists at Cary OB/GYN in Cary and Morrisville, North Carolina, understand...

Hormone Therapy: Don't Let Menopause Ruin Your Sex Life May 27th, 2020

You may be well aware of the hot flashes and night sweats that come with menopause, but you may not realize how your declining hormone levels can interfere with your sex life. Lack of estrogen affects the health and function of your vaginal tissue and may turn your pleasurable intimate...

Why Is the IUD So Popular? Apr 22nd, 2020

Almost every woman in the United States uses contraception at some point during her life, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Though female sterilization (tubal ligation) and the oral contraceptive pill are the two most popular forms of birth control in the U.S., long-acting reversible contraceptives...

Which Type of Birth Control Is Right for Me? Mar 6th, 2020

From devices to pills to products you can pick up at your local pharmacy, your birth control options can be overwhelming. You may be asking yourself: Which one is best for me?   At Cary OB/GYN in Cary and Morrisville, North Carolina, our experienced team of women’s health experts understands...

What You Need to Know About PCOS Feb 4th, 2020

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects about 10% of women of childbearing age, according to the Office of Women’s Health. Though PCOS can develop at any time once you start menstruating, most women don’t realize they have the common health condition until they start to experience difficulties getting pregnant in their...

The New Year Is a Great Time to Schedule Your Comprehensive Preventive Screening Jan 5th, 2020

Often, when we think of health care, we don’t even consider preventive care. We think that we shouldn’t see a doctor until something is really wrong with us. So, we don’t realize how important it is to get an annual physical and just how much it can save us from...

My Pap Smear Results Were Abnormal — What Now? Dec 1st, 2019

A Pap smear is a regular part of a woman’s wellness exam for good reason. It gives the OB/GYN specialists at Cary OB/GYN important information about the health of your cervix and reproductive organs. You receive a reading of a “negative” Pap smear if no traces of abnormal cells show...

Myths and Facts About HPV Nov 1st, 2019

There is a lot most people don’t know about HPV. In fact, the human papillomavirus infection is actually the most commonly transmitted STD, but it’s rarely discussed and often misunderstood, especially compared with other, less common conditions, such as gonorrhea, herpes, or chlamydia.  Understanding what’s true and what’s false about...

Life After a Hysterectomy Oct 1st, 2019

You might have decided to get a hysterectomy for lots of reasons, from cancer concerns to issues like benign uterine fibroid tumors, endometriosis, or uterine prolapse. At Cary OB/GYN, our experienced care team supports patients in the Morrisville and Cary, North Carolina, area before, during, and after a hysterectomy.  We...

Coping with Chronic Endometriosis Pain Sep 1st, 2019

If you have endometriosis or if you know someone who has it, you understand just how painful this condition can be. For some people, it resolves fairly quickly; for others, it lingers on and on with no end in sight. The physician team here at Cary OB/GYN in Cary and...

How Menopause Affects Your Mental Health Aug 1st, 2019

Most women over age 40 know menopause is right around the corner. Before you’re in full menopause, you’re in perimenopause — a time when your periods may become irregular, estrogen levels continually decrease, and your ovaries stop releasing eggs. This could go on for years. You’re officially in menopause when...

When Is Hormone Therapy the Best Choice for Managing Menopause; Symptoms Jul 1st, 2019

The end of women’s childbearing years, also known as menopause, tends to occur in the early 50s, but it isn’t unheard of to happen in one’s late 30s or early 60s. For most women, the process leading to  menopause can last from 10-12 years. You can know for sure that...

Why You Should Never Ignore Bleeding between Periods Jun 1st, 2019

Although few women say they enjoy having regular periods, a bigger problem could be at hand if you experience bleeding between your periods. Many factors can cause irregular menstrual bleeding. While some causes of bleeding between periods are no big deal, other causes are more serious. You should never ignore...

How to Get Your Body Ready for Pregnancy: 5 Important Steps May 1st, 2019

Good prenatal health is the only part of a healthy pregnancy that you can control. But don’t worry — the rest you can be confident about when it’s in the capable hands of the medical team at Cary OB/GYN. We are your health partner during your reproductive years, whether you’re...

What is Unexplained Infertility and What Are My Treatment Options? Apr 10th, 2019

Infertility is defined as the inability to have a baby after at least a year of trying. Those over 35 are diagnosed with infertility after six months of trying. Infertility is more common than many people think, affecting about 10% of all couples. About one-third of infertility cases are because...