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How Often Should I Schedule a Well-Woman Exam? Jul 1st, 2022

You should plan on visiting the OB/GYN team at Capital Women’s Care in Silver Spring and Laurel, Maryland, at least once per year for a well-woman exam.  This exam is an opportunity for you to see the doctor when you’re well, rather than suffering symptoms of a pelvic or reproductive issue, and to build rapport...

Is Osteoporosis Hereditary? Jun 1st, 2022

About 44 million Americans have osteoporosis, the disease where your bones weaken and become more vulnerable to fractures. If you have a close relative, like a parent or sibling, with the condition, you’re at greater risk of adding to this statistic.  Genetics, gender, and age are major risk factors for...

Telltale Signs of an Ectopic Pregnancy May 1st, 2022

About 2% of pregnancies are ectopic, meaning the fertilized egg grows outside of the uterus.  Normally, when the sperm and egg meet, the resulting zygote attaches inside the uterus, where it grows and develops into a baby. In an ectopic pregnancy, the zygote implants somewhere else, like the fallopian tube....

4 Different Types of Ovarian Cysts Apr 1st, 2022

Your ovaries are the two almond-shaped organs that sit on either side of your uterus. They’re responsible for holding eggs while they mature and are released each month. This release either results in fertilization or expulsion during your period.  A cyst, or fluid-filled sac, commonly develops on your ovaries. Sometimes...

How Possible Is Pregnancy After 40? Mar 1st, 2022

In any given month, a 30-year-old woman who is trying to get pregnant has about a 20% chance of succeeding. When she hits 40, however, she has just a 5% chance.  You can get pregnant after age 40, even without fertility treatments, but it’s likely you’ll have a difficult time...

What Does a Hysteroscopy Feel Like? Feb 1st, 2022

If you have heavy menstrual bleeding, bleeding between periods, or bleeding after menopause, the OB/GYN team here at Capital Women’s Care in Silver Spring and Laurel, Maryland, may recommend that you undergo a diagnostic procedure called a hysteroscopy. This procedure gives your provider a comprehensive view of the interior of...

It's a New Year. Time to Schedule Your Well-woman Exam Jan 1st, 2022

The new year is the perfect time to get a well-woman exam on your schedule. Why not resolve to take care of your health this year?  Scheduling the appointment now also prevents you from getting so preoccupied with your job, family, and social life that you forget about booking it...

Signs of an Ectopic Pregnancy Dec 1st, 2021

You get a positive pregnancy test and you’re over-the-moon excited. An ectopic pregnancy proceeds just like a normal pregnancy in its early stages. You’ll have sore breasts, possibly nausea, and a missed period. In about 1 of every 50 pregnancies, however, the fertilized egg has misplaced itself. In a normal...

Common Causes of Infertility Nov 1st, 2021

When you’re struggling to conceive, it seems that all of the couples around you are happily having babies without any problem. In reality, about 12% of women 15-44 years old in the United States have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term.  Infertility can feel devastating, and we...

What's the Difference Between Perimenopause and Menopause? Oct 1st, 2021

Menopause marks the time when a woman can no longer get pregnant. It doesn’t just happen one day when you reach a certain age, however. The transition to menopause is a long-term process unique to each woman.  You may think you’re going through menopause when you’re actually in perimenopause. Perimenopause...

5 Major Signs You May Have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Sep 1st, 2021

As many as 1 in 10 women of childbearing age suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This condition is a leading cause of female infertility and is characterized by irregular periods, excess male hormones, and cysts on the ovaries. At Capital Women’s Care, the team of experienced OB/GYNs diagnose and...

What Do I Need to Know about Minimally Invasive Surgery? Aug 1st, 2021

It can be alarming when you hear that you need surgery. You imagine weeks off of work, the inability to do your daily chores, and pain and scarring as you recover.  Minimally invasive surgery is a game-changer. It replaces open surgery, which involves large incisions, significant blood loss, and several...

Why Is a Well-Woman Exam Important in Preventive Health Care? Jul 27th, 2021

An annual well-woman exam may seem like an inconvenience, especially if you’re feeling just fine and don’t have any specific questions about your pelvic health.  These exams are critical, however, in providing the OB/GYNs at Capital Women’s Care with a baseline understanding of your health and in screening for gynecological...

My Periods are Painful and Heavy Jun 10th, 2021

Every woman’s period is different — yours might last longer than your friend’s or be heavier than your sister’s, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s “wrong.” Your period shouldn’t keep you from doing everyday activities, however. If you suffer heavy bleeding and painful cramps, talk to your provider here at...

Who Needs a Hysteroscopy? May 7th, 2021

When you have problems that involve your uterus, the team at Capital Women’s Care may recommend a hysteroscopy.  A hysteroscopy uses a thin, lighted, telescopic device to evaluate or treat problems of your uterus. Your Capital Women’s Care provider inserts the device through your vagina into your uterus. Images from...

What to Expect at a Well-Woman Exam Mar 11th, 2021

A well-woman exam is an important part of a woman’s preventive health care, regardless of her age. What happens at these exams depends a lot on your stage of life, your sexual history, and any health concerns. Capital Women’s Care in Silver Spring and Laurel, Maryland, offers well-woman exams as...

Don't Suffer Through Menopause Without Help Feb 1st, 2021

You usually don’t need a blood test or screening to know that you’re in transition for menopause. Hot flashes, headaches, irregular periods, and vaginal dryness are big clues. The support you need involves managing these symptoms and the changes in health that come after you’ve passed through menopause. At Capital...

When Should I Start Prenatal Care? Jan 1st, 2021

Congratulations on your pregnancy! You’re understandably excited and have lots of questions. You’re also probably quite eager to start your prenatal care.  Most women start their prenatal care in the first 6-12 weeks of their pregnancy. The timing of your first visit depends a lot on your gynecological and health...

4 Causes of Heavy Menstruation Dec 1st, 2020

Menorrhagia isn’t just a day of bad cramps and bloating. It’s seriously heavy periods that interfere with your everyday life.  It may cause you to skip work or school or avoid social situations. Accidents, or the fear of them, may keep you feeling self-conscious and uncomfortable in your own body....

Am I a Good Candidate for Sterilization? Nov 1st, 2020

Your choice of birth control is a very personal one. You have to take into account your family plans, your level of sexual activity, and of course, the convenience and effectiveness of each method. Sterilization is definitely effective and convenient when it comes to preventing pregnancy, but it’s something you...

Perimenopause or Menopause? How to Tell the Difference Oct 1st, 2020

Menopause is diagnosed when you’ve gone 12 consecutive months without a period, signaling the end of your menstrual cycles, ovulation, and fertility.  In the months and years leading up to menopause, you experience symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats that indicate menopause is coming. This time is known as...

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery for Pelvic Pain Sep 2nd, 2020

Simply stated, pelvic pain isn’t something you have to tolerate. At Capital Women’s Care, our expert gynecologists in Silver Spring and Laurel, Maryland, offer very real solutions to pelvic pain and accompanying symptoms such as irregular uterine bleeding and painful intercourse. Minimally invasive surgery is one of these possible solutions....

The Pill vs. an IUD: Which to Choose? Aug 9th, 2020

The type of birth control you choose is a very personal decision. You want a type that’s effective, of course, but that also fits into your lifestyle. An intrauterine device (IUD) and the birth control pill are popular choices, and for good reason. Both are extremely effective in preventing pregnancy....

3 Common Causes of Heavy Menstruation Jul 15th, 2020

Heavy menstrual bleeding is frustrating and disruptive, but not uncommon. Typically, your period lasts about 5-7 days, but if you have heavy bleeding, it may last longer. Heavy menstrual bleeding also means you may need to change your hygiene product often — every hour or two. You may pass clots...

Considering Female Sterilization? What You Need to Know Jun 23rd, 2020

More than 18% of women ages 15-49 use sterilization as their form of birth control, making it one of the most common forms of contraception. At Capital Women’s Care in Silver Spring and Laurel, Maryland, we offer the minimally invasive procedure known as tubal ligation, in which the fallopian tubes...

The Importance of Regular Pap Smears May 6th, 2020

Cervical cancer is the third-most common cancer among women worldwide. The single best way to prevent it is with regular screenings, in the form of a Pap smear. At Capital Women’s Care in Silver Spring and Laurel, Maryland, you receive regular Pap smears as part of your gynecology care to...

How Does Endometriosis Affect Fertility? Apr 9th, 2020

You desperately want to grow your family and are worried that a diagnosis of endometriosis may stand in your way. It is true that 30-50% of infertile women do have endometriosis; many go on, however, to have a healthy pregnancy. At Capital Women’s Care, with offices in Silver Spring and...

4 Reasons You're Getting UTIs Mar 12th, 2020

A urinary tract infection (UTI) presents with painful urination, an urgency to find a restroom, and frequent bathroom visits. You may also have an “off” odor to your urine, which can appear cloudy in the bowl. UTIs develop when E. coli or another bacteria infect your bladder, kidneys, urethra, or...

How a High-Risk Pregnancy Affects Your Prenatal Care Feb 17th, 2020

If you’re deemed as having a “high-risk” pregnancy it can be quite scary sounding, but all it means is that you have factors that make it more likely that you might experience complications during your pregnancy. You benefit from receiving your prenatal care from a highly qualified provider, such as...

Building Your Family This Year? Preconception Counseling Can Help Jan 1st, 2020

Starting or adding to your family is a big undertaking. Pregnancy involves a lot of unknowns, but you can reduce the uncertainty with preconception counseling.  At Capital Women’s Care in Silver Spring and Laurel, Maryland, come in for counseling at least three months before you start trying to get pregnant....

What to Expect Before, During, and After a Colposcopy Nov 1st, 2019

Heavy periods, abnormal Pap tests, and pelvic pain are just a few reasons you might need a colposcopy. Though the term may be intimidating, the procedure itself is quite simple and an invaluable step in determining what’s happening inside your vagina.  Our team of OB/GYN specialists at Capital Women’s Care...

5 Reasons to Consider an IUD Oct 1st, 2019

You may have thought the Pill was the standard choice for birth control and that most OB/GYNs recommend it. But when it comes to health care providers who are also women, the fact is that most of them choose an intrauterine device (IUD) to keep from getting pregnant.  If you...

Most Common Causes of Pelvic Pain Sep 1st, 2019

Pelvic pain refers to any pain in the lower part of your belly — between your navel and vagina. Usually, it’s due to organs in this area responsible for reproduction, digestion, or urination. The pain may feel intense or dull, stay concentrated or radiate. Pelvic pain may come and go...

What Can I Do About Heavy Periods? Aug 2nd, 2019

Having a period is normal, and healthy. Cramping, some irritability and discomfort are also pretty normal. But if you have heavy flow days, forcing you to change your pad or tampon every hour for an entire day or making you avoid your normal activities, you have menorrhagia — the medical...

How Long Will My Menopausal Symptoms Last? Jul 19th, 2019

Menopause has a not-so-nice reputation — and for good reason. It can cause seriously uncomfortable symptoms including hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, brain fog, and weight gain. This transition to infertility affects all women naturally as they get older. The average age of menopause in the United States is...

7 Tips for Surviving a Maryland Summer While Pregnant Jun 4th, 2019

Humidity and heat make summer an especially tough time when you’re pregnant. But with the right strategies, you can make the days comfortable without having to stay inside next to a fan or air conditioner. Extra weight, stress, morning sickness, and bulky maternity clothes can make summer extra challenging. At...

4 Ways to Help Maintain Bone Strength as You Age Apr 24th, 2019

As a woman ages, she grows more vulnerable to developing the bone disease osteoporosis, which can lead to debilitating fractures and disability. Osteoporosis literally means “porous bone,” which means osteoporotic bones are less dense — less strong — than they should be, making them more likely to break during falls...

What to Expect During Your First Prenatal Appointment Feb 28th, 2019

The moment you get a “positive” on your pregnancy test, you can call our Capital Women’s Care office to schedule your first prenatal appointment. We usually schedule that appointment about eight weeks after the date you think you conceived, unless you have an immediate concern such as irregular bleeding or...

Fibroids: How They Affect Your Body and What You Can Do About It Feb 4th, 2019

Uterine fibroids are extremely common and often cause no symptoms or issues. They range in size from microscopic to seed-like, to large — like a grapefruit. In almost every case, fibroids are benign and require no treatment. However, some women experience seriously uncomfortable side effects from fibroids. If you’re among...

Understanding How to Choose the Right Birth Control For You Jan 4th, 2019

With so many types of birth control available, knowing the type that’s right for your family planning, beliefs, health, and schedule can be challenging. Consider the following to determine the best birth control for you. Know the types Educate yourself on the various types of birth control so you can...

Our Expert Tips on How to Get Your Body Ready for Pregnancy Dec 4th, 2018

Getting your body ready for pregnancy before you conceive is a smart move that sets you up for prenatal and delivery success. The expert team at Capital Women’s Care can help you understand health conditions and risk factors that could affect your unborn baby, and help you avoid unnecessary ones....

7 Things You Can Do to Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer Nov 20th, 2018

Approximately 1 in 8 women develop breast cancer at some point in their lifetime. Make sure you know your risk, and learn how you can potentially reduce your chances of falling into the scary statistics.   Lifestyle habits can’t change genetic predispositions, but they can go a long way toward...

Know the Early Warning Signs of Ovarian Cancer Oct 31st, 2018

The American Cancer Society's Cancer Statistics Center estimates that there will be 430 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer in Maryland in 2018 and 260 women will die of the disease. Approximately 1 in 78 women will develop ovarian cancer during their lifetime.  Ovarian cancer is hard to detect in the early stages when treatment is...

Bleeding During Pregnancy: What's Normal and What's Not? Sep 10th, 2018

Vaginal bleeding of any type during pregnancy is reason enough to call to Capital Women’s Care to be sure it is nothing serious. If the providers are concerned, they’ll have you come in for an appointment.In many cases, bleeding during pregnancy is completely normal. Where you are in your pregnancy...