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Monday, March 28th, 2011
Although bleeding during pregnancy is a common sign of miscarriage, it does not mean a miscarriage is immanent. It can also be normal for a pregnant woman to spot or have some bleeding during pregnancy and still have a healthy baby. Bleeding during the early stages of pregnancy is referred to as threatened miscarriage and consequently needs to be evaluated and monitored by the physician. Sometimes there will be mild cramping or even a low backache with bleeding, which could be an indication of a miscarriage. It is important to call your physician with the following symptoms: spotting or bleeding even if there is no pain, bleeding with pain (could feel like menstrual cramping or low back ache), a gush of fluid with no pain or bleeding (could be the amniotic sac breaking). Anthony C. Quartell,MD & Associates serves Livingston, NJ, Millburn, N.J., West Orange, N.J. and surrounding areas.
Monday, March 21st, 2011
The surgical removal of the uterus is called a hysterectomy. This surgery is performed when the patient suffers with the following conditions: fibroids of the uterus, endometriosis, abnormal and persistent uterine bleeding, persistent pelvic pain, pelvic support problems such as a uterine prolapse and cancer. Patients must keep in mind that these conditions do not necessarily warrant a hysterectomy and therefore; it is important that the patient sees her gynecologist should she experience any of the conditions for a proper evaluation. Anthony C. Quartell, MD & Associates serves the Essex, Morris, Union and Passaic Counties and surrounding areas.
Monday, March 7th, 2011
In most women, menopause begins around age 52, however; this varies among women, as some may start earlier or later. At this time, the menstrual periods will stop, the ovaries produce less estrogen and also less progesterone is produced as well. As women get closer to this time, during perimenopause, changes in hormone levels may affect ovulation which could cause the menstrual periods to shorten or become longer. Also, bleeding may be lighter or even heavier or miss a month here and there altogether. The perimenopausal stage could last up to 10 years. During menopause, the ovaries, which are two glands located on either side of the uterus stop functioning. These glands hold the eggs that are released at the time of ovulation, and are responsible for producing hormones, such as estrogen. Once a patient has stopped bleeding for a year, she is considered to be post menopausal. Should there be concerns regarding the perimenopausal, menopausal or post menopausal stages and what to expect during each stage, or how to treat problems such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness or abnormal bleeding, please contact your obstetrician gynecologist for an appointment. Anthony C. Quartell, MD & Associates serves Livingston, N.J., Millburn, N.J., West Orange, N.J., the Caldwells and surrounding areas.