By Capital Women's Care Division 66
August 24, 2021
Category: OBGYN
Tags: Laparoscopy  

Surgical procedures can themselves become a source of stress. This on top of the ailment or condition they aim to address. The good news is that your local experts of Capital Women's Care Division 66, employing the latest technology, are able to offer minimally invasive gynecologic surgical procedures. These replace the traditional open surgery methods for a variety of conditions, but with many benefits over the standard practice. With offices in Bowie, Greenbelt, and North Bethesda, MD, these professionals are within reach to answer any questions you might have regarding minimally invasive procedures.

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Procedures

In contrast, to open surgery alternatives, your doctor doesn't need to make as large of an opening to operate. Instead, using a sophisticated tool known as a laparoscope, through a small opening they can perform the same task. This usually results in less pain after the procedure, often in less downtime as well, and the scarring will be comparably minimal. Because of the precision involved with these robotics-assisted surgeries, they can often be much more consistently accurate. The types of available treatments can include hysterectomy, the removal of ovarian cysts, and fibroids, among others. You can reach out to your local office for more information.

Laparoscopy Procedure in Bowie, Greenbelt, and North Bethesda, MD

Although the procedure is minimally invasive, it will typically still require you to be under general anesthesia throughout. But you will often be able to go home on the same day of the treatment.

After some preparations, your surgeon will begin by making a very small incision through which they will insert the laparoscope. This device is equipped with a camera so your doctor has a very clear view of what's happening as they work. From here the actual details of the operation will vary depending on the type of surgery you're undergoing.

For more questions about available minimally invasive gynecologic surgery procedures and what you can expect before, during, and after, you can contact Capital Women's Care Division 66. Dial (301) 249-4090 to schedule a consultation with your nearest office in Bowie, Greenbelt, and North Bethesda, MD.

By Capital Women's Care Division 66
March 31, 2021
Category: Pregnancy Care
Tags: Pregnancy  

This has, and rightfully so, become a common concern amongst our reproductive aged patients since the conversation began about releasing a vaccine.  In reality, the vaccine is NEW.  There is so much that we do not know yet about effectiveness, side effects, long term effects, etc.  However, as your healthcare provider, it is both our responsibility and our priority to relay the information that we do know, so that our patients and their families can make informed decisions about what is best for them.  

So here is what we DO know....according to the CDC, our pregnant population is not necessarily at any greater risk for contracting the virus. BUT studies have proven that pregnant women are much more likely to suffer from severe disease.  Severe disease in pregnancy can lead to maternal and fetal compromise, pre-term labor, and other pregnancy complications.

When the vaccines were first starting to be administered, there had not been any pregnant women involved in any clinical trials, and therefore, we were unable to determine risk level, and really had to take a risk/benefit standpoint with each individual patient.  In recent months, vaccine researchers, combined with pregnant, healthcare workers created a study to determine the transmission of COVID antibodies from mother to infant.  The trial, which focused on the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, found that the vaccine was tolerated similar to non-pregnant patients, in that the side effects were no more severe, and that the amount of antibodies detected in pregnant women vs. Non pregnant women were very similar.  The study was able to determine that a significant number of antibodies were transferred from mom to baby through both placenta, and in breast milk.  THESE BABIES ARE BEING PROTECTED!!  

Research remains ongoing for the foreseeable future. It has not yet been determined how long the babies will have the antibodies, and there has yet to be a vaccine approved for children under the age of 16.

As always, contact your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns!! Happy Spring

By Capital Women's Care Division 66
March 18, 2021
Category: Pregnancy Care
Tags: Pregnancy  

We’re offering up ways for mommas to feel and look their best throughout their pregnancy.

Here in Bowie, Greenbelt, or North Bethesda, MD, the OBGYNs at Capital Women's Care Division 66 have been helping women improve their health throughout their pregnancy, as well as before pregnancy and after delivery. There is a ton of information out there when it comes to how to maintain optimal health during pregnancy. Here are some quick and easy tips that can improve and enhance your health while pregnant.

Eat a Healthy Diet

Your body must be getting all the nutrients and vitamins it needs for both you and your unborn baby. Load up on lots of fruits and vegetables, as well as lean sources of protein and whole grains. It’s also important that you know which foods to avoid during your pregnancy including deli meats, raw meats (including sushi), unpasteurized milk and juices, and soft cheeses.

Make Sure You're Getting Enough Calories

It’s important to maintain a healthy weight throughout your pregnancy. Of course, when they say that “you’re eating for two” this simply means adding about 300 more calories a day. This translates to about 1,800 calories in the first trimester, about 2,200 calories in the second trimester, and 2,400 calories in the third trimester. If morning sickness is making it challenging for you to get the proper number of calories you must talk to your North Bethesda, MD, OBGYNs as soon as possible.

Prioritize Sleep

Sleep is incredibly important, especially when you’re pregnant. We know that you’re going to be feeling a lot more tired these days. Make sure that you are getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night; however, if you need to rest or take a nap during the day it’s important to listen to your body. You may need more sleep than the standard 7-8 hours a night. If you’re experiencing sleep issues during pregnancy be sure to mention this during your upcoming prenatal checkup.

Take a Prenatal Vitamin

While nothing is more important than eating a nutrient-dense diet, it’s also important for pregnant women to take a prenatal vitamin, which includes nutrients such as iron and folic acid that are incredibly important for women during pregnancy.

Participate in Regular Exercise

Getting up and moving every day is incredibly important for staying healthy. Most healthy pregnant women can benefit from at least 2.5 hours of moderately intense aerobic exercise a week. Just make sure not to overdo it. Make sure to stay hydrated and take breaks when you need to. If you are concerned about exercising during your pregnancy, be sure to talk with our Greenbelt OBGYNs.

Whether this is your first pregnancy and you have questions for our OBGYNs, or you simply need to schedule your first checkup with our team of obstetricians, Capital Women's Care Division 66 is here to provide you and your baby with the care you deserve. To schedule your first pregnancy checkup at our Bowie, Greenbelt, or North Bethesda, MD, location, call (301) 249-4090 today.

By Kristin Porter
March 02, 2021
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Recently, the well-known product, Vagisil marketed a new product line called OMV!. OMV! is a line of scented wipes, washes, and creams geared towards teens with the punchline, “You should feel comfortable in your own body.” Their marketing tactic makes it seem as if we need these products to keep our vaginal hygiene in check, implies that we are supposed to smell or not smell a certain way, and that periods are dirty. They are setting us up for a false sense of normalcy, especially in a world where we all seem to already be constantly competing with one another. In fact, that part of our body thrives best when left alone, and in most cases, our pH will correct itself without the help of any product.

Some great OBGYN’s have pointed out that “just because something is safe, doesn’t mean it is necessary,” and when researching these products note that they state, “gynecologist-tested” and not “gynecologist-approved.”

If there is ever a concern about your vaginal hygiene, please consult your OB/GYN.

By Capital Women's Care Division 66
February 22, 2021
Category: OBGYN
Tags: Contraceptive  

Are you wondering which birth control option is the best choice for you?

There are many factors that play into which type of contraception is right for you. One option isn’t going to work for everyone, which is why our Bowie, Greenbelt, and North Bethesda MD, OBGYN offices offer a variety of contraceptive options that fit your needs and lifestyle.

What features are most important to you?

  • It can also prevent STDs
  • It is extremely effective at preventing pregnancy
  • It can alleviate symptoms associated with heavy or painful periods
  • It is easy to use
  • It offers little to no hormones (which often means fewer side effects, for some women)

If you want birth control that’s low maintenance and easy to use then you may want to consider:

  • An intrauterine device (IUD): This device is 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancies and is placed into the uterus where it can last up to 12 years. Some IUDs release localized hormones into the body to prevent pregnancy while other IUDs are completely non-hormonal.
  • An implant: The birth control implant is surgically placed in the arm, directly under the skin. This small device can prevent pregnancy for up to five years. If you are looking for a simple birth control option that doesn’t require you to take a pill at the same time every day, then a birth control implant may be right for you.

If you want a birth control with a high success rate of preventing pregnancy then you may want to consider:

  • The shot: Every three months you will come into our office, where our Bowie, MD, OBGYN will administer a birth control shot, which is up to 94 percent effective at preventing pregnancy.
  • The vaginal ring: This flexible ring is placed into the vagina where it is removed every three weeks and then replaced with a new ring every month. This option is 91 percent effective at preventing pregnancy.
  • The patch: The birth control patch is applied to the skin where it stays for one week before being replaced. To achieve the best effectiveness, it’s best to replace your patch on time, every time.
  • The pill: As long as you take the pill at the same time each day, oral contraception is up to 91 percent effective at preventing pregnancy.

The IUD (99 % and birth control implant (99 %) are also highly effective at preventing pregnancy.

Other Factors to Consider

If hormonal birth control has caused adverse reactions in the past, you may be looking for options that contain little to no hormones. These options include,

  • Birth control implant: only releases progestin, no estrogen
  • IUD: the copper IUD contain no hormones
  • Shot: only contains progestin
  • Condoms, diaphragm, birth control sponge, and cervical caps: these one-time use contraceptives are completely non-hormonal

Birth control options that may also help ease heavy menstrual cycles and cramping include:

  • IUD
  • Implant
  • Shot
  • Vaginal ring
  • Patch
  • Pill

If you would like to sit down with our OBGYN in Bowie, MD, then call us today at (301) 249-4090. With offices in Bowie, Greenbelt, and North Bethesda, MD, Capital Women’s Care makes it easier for women to get the care they need.

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