Talking to Your OBGYN About VBAC
Many women who have already given birth by means of a Cesarean or C-section can still give birth vaginally. This is known as Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC). Whether you are a candidate for VBAC or not will largely depend on the reason for your previous C-section. The doctors at Premier Obgyn in Pembroke Pines, FL are happy to answer all your questions about VBAC and tell you if it’s right for you.
Am I a Good Candidate for VBAC?
Pembroke Pines patients who are possible candidates for VBAC include those who:
- Had a previous C-section with a low-transverse incision
- Have never had a uterine rupture
- Have never had extensive uterine surgeries
- Have access to a doctor who can perform an emergency C-section if necessary
Benefits of Choosing VBAC
The benefits of VBAC include:
- Future pregnancies: If you wish to have more children in the future, VBAC may help reduce your risk of placenta previa.
- Surgical complications: VBAC reduces your risk of complications such as infection, blood clots, and bleeding.
- Shorter recovery: You will be able to return home sooner after a VBAC than after a C-section.
Factors that Reduce your Chance of a VBAC
If the following factors apply, they may make it less likely that you will be considered a viable candidate for VBAC:
- You are overweight
- You have gone over 40 weeks of gestation
- You need to have your labor induced
- You are an older mother
- It has been 18 months or less since your last pregnancy
- Your baby’s estimated birth weight is more than 8.8 pounds
You can contact the team at Premiere OBGNY to schedule an appointment at their Pembroke Pines office on (954) 961-9993 or their Hollywood office on (954) 961-9993. The doctors will be happy to answer all of your questions about VBAC.
A healthy mother means a good pregnancy and a thriving baby. At Premiere OBGYN in Pembroke Pines, FL, our five gynecologists provide the regular visits, check-ups, and counseling you need for your best delivery. Learn more about the importance of prenatal care here.
Studies over the past century show that prenatal care ensures better patient outcomes, says the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Why? Your obstetrical team counsels you on nutrition, exercise, vitamins, and your baby's development, while also detecting potential complications through careful testing, examination, and monitoring. The Office on Women's Health says that without prenatal care, mothers are three times as likely to have birth complications and have low birth weight infants.
All the providers at Premiere OBGYN in Pembroke Pines, FL, encourage mothers—and potential mothers—to be informed on their GU health. They provide compassionate counseling on the entire birth process from conception to delivery and beyond.
Your first prenatal visit and beyond
It includes a pelvic examination and determination of when your baby is due. Your physician will review your medical, surgical, and obstetrical history and order lab tests such as a Complete Blood Count (CBC), urinalysis, and measles titer.
Until 28 weeks, you'll see your provider once a month. After that, until your due date, you and your baby will be monitored more closely. Your doctor will measure and track your weight, vital signs, and uterine size, listen to your baby's heartbeat, and evaluate the position of your placenta. Ultrasonic examination measures your baby's size and can tell you if you are carrying a boy, girl, or twins!
Remember, if you are 35 or older, you carry a high risk of pregnancy and birth complications. So, your doctor at Premiere OBGYN will likely schedule you for more frequent office visits and lab work.
As delivery approaches
You will discuss your labor and delivery options, medications, and anesthetics. The doctor will examine your cervix to determine if it is thinning out and preparing for the birth of your baby.
Healthy and informed
At Premiere OBGYN, we love taking care of Pembroke-area pregnant mothers and their babies. We want you to be well-monitored, prepared and cared for so that you have the best possible birth experience. Call us if you are thinking of becoming pregnant or think you already are: (954) 961-9993.
When it comes to birth control, there are seemingly endless options to consider, from pills to sponges to even surgeries. One increasingly popular form of contraception is found in Intrauterine devices, better known as IUDs. With minimal side effects, a high effectiveness rate, and no daily upkeep required, this could be the birth control solution that you've been looking for.
Available from Premiere OBGYN in Pembroke Pines, FL, read on to learn more about this convenient and worry-free form of birth control:
What its an IUD?
An IUD is a small, t-shaped implement made from plastic and placed in the uterus by your obstetrician at our Pembroke Pines office. The device works by blocking sperm, either with copper, which serves as a spermicide, or hormones, from fertilizing your eggs after intercourse.
How long does an IUD last?
An IUD is a long-acting contraceptive, effective for up to a decade without the need for removal or replacement.
What are the advantages of an IUD?
Unlike birth control pills, there is no daily maintenance required with an IUD. Once it is inserted by a specialist at our Pembroke Pines office, there is nothing you need to do. You won't be able to feel your IUD and it won't affect your intimacy experiences. There is a very slight chance your partner may feel the tips of the IUD's strings, but it shouldn't be uncomfortable or bothersome. From an effectiveness standpoint, an IUD is one of the most reliable forms of birth control, with a failure rate of under one percent.
Additionally, an IUD is easily removable by a specialist at our Pembroke Pines office, so if you decide that you'd like to try and become pregnant, you will have a little delay in doing so.
What are the risks or side effects of an IUD?
Most users will have no issues with their IUD, but there may be a minor chance of the device becoming expelled from the body, in which case it can be easily placed back in by one of our Pembroke Pines specialists. If you opt for a non-hormonal IUD, you may also experience increased period flow or light spotting between cycles.
If you are searching for the birth control option that best fits your lifestyle, call Premiere OBGYN in Pembroke Pines, FL, at 954-961-9993 today to learn more.
A common, painful and frustrating gynecological condition is uterine fibroids. Benign growths stemming from either the internal or external uterine walls, fibroids are fully treatable. At Premiere OBGYN in Pembroke Pines, FL, your 5 board-certified physicians help women feel better and regain normal reproductive and sexual function.
How uterine fibroids happen?
Also called leiomyomas, uterine fibroids are vascularized growths of varying sizes, shapes and locations within the female reproductive tract. While most fibroids are located within or right on the uterus, some fibroids may invade the cervix and ovaries.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists report that fibroids typically grow in women of child-bearing years--30 to 40 years of age--and for some reason, African-American women seem more prone to them than do their Caucasian counterparts. Causes of fibroids remain something of a mystery; however, some researchers suspect that alcohol usage and hypertension may contribute to their development.
Symptoms of fibroids
For some women, fibroids cause few to no symptoms. Other women, however, feel very ill, exhibiting:
- Pain with sex
- Lower back pain
- Abdominal bloating
- Difficulty urinating
- Menstrual pain
- Heavy periods
Fibroid symptoms may escalate depending on their size and location and how quickly they grow.
Diagnosis and treatment
At Premiere OBGYN in Pembroke Pines, FL, your OB/GYN doctor will examine you and note your symptoms. Ultrasound imaging and/or a hysteroscope examination helps visualize fibroids, along with their location and size. Laparoscopy is a mild surgical procedure that introduces a lighted scope through a small abdominal incision so the doctor may discover fibroids on the outside of the uterus.
With a definitive diagnosis, your doctor will formulate a care plan suited to your needs and projected outcomes. Common treatments are:
- Birth control pills
- IUDs (intrauterine devices) which release progestin
- Myomectomy, or surgical removal of fibroids
- MRI-guided surgery
- Hysterectomy (a last resort solution for very large fibroids)
Find out more
If you suspect you have fibroids, please contact Premiere OBGYN for an evaluation. You can reduce or even eliminate your symptoms. Call (954) 961-9993 today.
As adults, it's important that we find an approach to birth control that is a right fit for our own unique lifestyles. After all, factors such as convenience, ease-of-use, and effectiveness are often all dependent on each user's life situation and preferences. Fortunately, the doctors here at Premiere OBGYN in Pembroke Pines, FL, offer a full range of gynecological and obstetric services to help you find the contraceptive method that is right for you!
Birth control methods
There are many types of birth control to choose from, including:
- Birth control pills, which contain pregnancy-preventing hormones.
- Contraceptive skin patches, which gradually release hormones to prevent pregnancy.
- Vaginal rings, which are inserted into the vagina and release hormones.
- Birth control injections, which are administered every 3 to 6 months.
- Birth control implants, which are small rod-like devices that are placed into your upper arm to prevent pregnancy for up to 3 years.
- Intrauterine devices, commonly known as IUDs, which either contain hormones or copper; the IUD is placed inside your uterus and can be effective for up to 3 to 5 years if it contains hormones, and up to 10 years if it contains copper.
Other common birth control methods include condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, sponges, and spermicide. Condoms have the additional benefit of protecting against pregnancy and sexually-transmitted diseases.
Want birth control that fits into your lifestyle? Give us a call!
If you’re not quite ready to start a family, you need safe, reliable birth control—you need the expertise of your gynecologist to help select the birth control method that’s best for you.
To find out more about birth control options and other gynecological services, talk with the professionals. Call the doctors at Premiere OBGYN in Pembroke Pines, FL, today at (954) 961-9993.
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