Amniocentesis: What You Need to Know

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For centuries, pregnancy has been a time of expectant waiting. For thousands of years, women had to wait until the end of her pregnancy to learn anything about her unborn baby. For some, these nine months were wonderful; for others, the months were shorter and the outcome was not what they dreamed it would be. … Read More

Placenta Donation

One of the most necessary elements of your baby’s growth and development is inside your uterus. The placenta is the organ that connects a developing baby to the uterine wall in order to provide oxygen and nutrients and to remove waste products from the baby’s blood. The placenta is a major component of a healthy … Read More

IUD Pros and Cons

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Choosing to become pregnant or to avoid becoming pregnant is a very personal decision for women and couples to make. There are many different reasons why avoiding pregnancy is an option, but for most women and couples this is rarely a permanent decision – it is usually a “not now” decision. Because of this, women … Read More

Cervical Cancer Screenings

According to the National Cancer Institute, nearly all cases of cervical cancer are caused by infection with oncogenic, or high risk, types of human papillomavirus, or HPV. These sexually transmitted viruses are common in those who are sexually active with multiple partners, are having sex with someone who has multiple partners, or who is having … Read More

Abnormal Pap Smear

A Pap smear is a gynecologic procedure done to detect abnormal cells in the cervix. Most women anxiously await the results of their Pap smear to learn whether they are “in the clear” or if there are concerns. For women who receive a call with results of an abnormal Pap smear, anxieties and fear are … Read More

What You Need To Know About Vaginal Discharge

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Every woman deals with it, yet it is not something that most women readily discuss with others. Vaginal discharge is a normal part of being female as it is the body’s natural method of cleaning “down there.” Vaginal discharge is a mixture of cells produced by the vagina and cervix and the changes those cells … Read More

What is a VBAC?

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A VBAC (pronounced V-back) is a vaginal birth after cesarean delivery. A woman who has already given birth via cesarean is often a candidate to give birth vaginally with her subsequent pregnancies. The term VBAC was created because it was once suggested that if a woman delivered a baby via cesarean, she should deliver all … Read More

Endometriosis

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Endometriosis is a painful condition in which tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows outside of the uterus. With each menstrual cycle, the endometrium sheds through the vagina. Displaced endometrial tissue breaks down in the same way that normal endometrial tissue does, but because it has no way to exit the body, … Read More

Multiples = Multiple Concerns

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The term “multifetal pregnancy” includes twins, triplets, and higher-order multiples. With the process of in vitro fertilization (assisted reproduction), more multifetal pregnancies occur each year in the United States than ever before. Women who are pregnant with multiples face greater risks than those with a single pregnancy. At Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A. we are committed … Read More

Females and the Importance of Calcium

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Males and females are inherently different, and they both require specific supplements to help them achieve and maintain optimal life. While calcium is important for both men and women for bone health, women generally require more than men once they reach middle age as well as during and after pregnancy. Some studies suggest that calcium, … Read More