Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in Young Women – Signs You May Have It

…..Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine problem in young women, and it often goes undiagnosed in the adolescent population.  The patients are frequently presented with menstrual irregularity and signs of androgen excess, which includes unwanted excess hair growth and acne.  These are the symptoms that usually lead the patients to visit their health…

Two Reasons Why You Should Not Drink Alcohol During Pregnancy

…..Alcohol is a teratogen!  A teratogen is a drug or any other substance that can affect the development of an embryo and can lead to birth defects or other developmental problems.  Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is a constellation of physical, behavioral, and cognitive abnormalities in children resulting from a mother drinking alcohol during a pregnancy. …..The…

A Way to Help Determine the Status of Your Weight

…..Weight control is a major concern for most of us.  As menopause approaches, many women experience an increase in their weight, with about 70% being overweight.  Body mass index (BMI) is a commonly used calculation that quantifies where our weight is, and when using this classification, about 50% of perimenopausal and menopausal women are considered…

This Past Stormy Month and a Conference

…..I cannot believe a month has passed since I wrote my last blog; it has been an interesting month.  First, I hope all of my friends in the New York area are getting back to normal after Sandy.  On Long Island where I live, the damage along the coast has been devastating, and the strength of…

One Possible Way to Decrease Your Chance of Developing Alzheimer’s Disease

…..I recently came upon an article which touched upon a walking program that could decrease the chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease.  Some studies have suggested that by walking about a mile each day, you can dramatically decrease the risk of the disease.  It seems that this decreases the mental losses by improving the blood flow…

How a Sonogram Can Determine if Your Pregnancy Is Normal or Abnormal

…..Over the last 30 years, ultrasound has changed dramatically in how we evaluate early pregnancy.  Transvaginal sonography has allowed us to assess early gestation with better clarity. …..The gestational sac is the first visible sign of a normal intrauterine pregnancy.  This should be seen with the transvaginal sonogram by 5 weeks after the last menstrual period….

The Concern of Getting the Flu Shot During Pregnancy – FAQs Answered

…..Let me give you some information to cover some of the questions that patients frequently ask.  This information is from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Medical Association, and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. It is from the form given to obstetricians to give to their patients. …..If you get vaccinated during…

Is the Stress in Your Mind Causing Stress on Your Hair?

…..Continuing our discussion on hair loss in women…. …..Remember how our mothers always told us that stress could cause so many problems and make us feel terrible?  As always, our mothers were right.  For women, a severe illness, psychological stress, or having a baby are inciting stressful events that can cause physical effects.  One of…

Women: Your Most Common Cause of Hair Loss

…..More about hair loss in women… …..The most common cause of hair loss in women is androgenetic alopecia (AGA), which is also known as female pattern hair loss.  This is a genetic disease that can be inherited on many genes, but it does not affect everyone who carries the genes.  By menopause, 40% of all…