Evaluating Your First Trimester of Pregnancy – The HCG Hormone’s Role

…..Let us now start to review how early pregnancy (the first trimester) is evaluated, especially in the case of bleeding. …..The embryo produces a hormone called hCG very early in the pregnancy, and later the placenta also produces this hormone.  Repeating or checking the levels of the hCG every 2 to 3 days is helpful…

You May Experience This Common Complication of Early Pregnancy

…..I would like to begin a review of one of the most common complications of early pregnancy, vaginal bleeding.  This is the number one reason patients will have an emergency visit in the first trimester, and it is a cause of great anxiety to patients and their families.  There are a few important facts you…

Why Should You Get a Flu Shot Each Year?

…..The influenza vaccine comes in two types: Inactivated, or killed vaccine, which is given by injection with a needle Live, or attenuated (weakened) vaccine, which is sprayed into the nostril …..The influenza viruses are always changing, and so each year scientists try to determine which viruses are going to cause the flu that year. In other words,…

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…

Unraveling the Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

…..In my practice, urinary tract infections are among the most common problems that I see.  It is estimated that 60 to 70% of all women will experience a UTI in their lifetime and that half will have a first time infection by the time they are 35. …..Most women know they have a “bladder infection” because of…

Vitamin D – More Important Than You May Think!

…..This past year has seen the discovery of vitamin D deficiency in a large portion of our population.  In my office, we never measured the value before but now I speak about low vitamin D many times a day. Today you will be given some basic points, and over the next few blogs you will have…