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By James A. Scales, MD
November 13, 2017
Category: OBGYN Care
Tags: OBGYN   Vaginal Odors  

This might be an embarrassing conversation to start but it’s one that every woman faces at some point during her lifetime. While this might not be a topic you’ll wantVaginal Odors, OBGYN to bring up with your girlfriends, if you are experiencing this issue it’s always a good idea to turn to your OBGYN for more information. After all, this change in vaginal odor could be trying to tell you that there is an issue. Here are some reasons why you might be experiencing this problem and what you should do about it.

An Infection

This is often the most obvious reason why a woman faces unpleasant vaginal odor. There are several different kinds of infections that could be to blame. One common infection is bacterial vaginosis, which may also cause burning during urination and a grayish-white discharge. In most cases, this condition is treated with antibiotics.

Of course, trichomoniasis (a parasitic STD) or a yeast infection could also be to blame. Some yeast infections can be treated with over-the-counter antifungal medications, but trichomoniasis will require a round of antibiotics. To play it safe, visit your gynecologist right away if you noticing any of these symptoms.

Your Hormones

It goes without saying that your hormones fluctuate throughout the month and you may find that you experience a change in vaginal odor in that small window after ovulation but before your period. During the start of menopause, women may also notice an unpleasant watery discharge, which is often the result of reduced levels of estrogen. In this case, a gynecologist may prescribe a vaginal cream that contains estrogen, which can help reduce or even eliminate this unpleasant symptom.

If you are a woman in her mid-40s or older and noticing changes in vaginal odor, you could be going through menopause. Turn to your OBGYN to get all of your questions addressed about the symptoms you may be having as you approach menopause.

Sweat

Just as sweating anywhere else can bring about an unpleasant change in body odor, sweating down below can also cause vaginal odor. Athletes, wearing tight clothing or being overweight can also increase your chances of developing a sweat-related vaginal odor. If this is something that happens to you, make sure to wear more breathable fabrics (e.g. cotton), change wet workout clothes immediately or lose the excess weight (if necessary).

If your vaginal odor is accompanied by symptoms such as itching, burning, redness, pain, discharge or sores, you need to visit a gynecologist right away for treatment.


By James A. Scales, MD
November 13, 2017
Category: Pregnancy Care

Learning that you're pregnant often brings with it a mixture of excitement and concern. Hearing from your obstetrician that your pregnancy high risk pregnancyis considered "high-risk" can add even more emotions! Dr. James Scales, your obstetrician in Texarkana, TX, reminds his patients that often this diagnosis means that you need to make some alterations to your lifestyle or visit his office more frequently throughout your pregnancy for tests such as ultrasounds and urinalyses. To discover what might determine your high-risk status, read on.

Age

Women at any age can experience challenges in their pregnancies, such as gestational diabetes or high blood pressure, but the likelihood of a difficult pregnancy increases as you age. The chances of your developing baby having genetic issues such as Down syndrome are also slightly increased. Women who are pregnant at the age of 35 or older are labeled as "advanced maternal age," or AMA. This doesn't mean that you shouldn't have a baby once you turn 35 years old, but it's important to work with your obstetrician to make sure you're healthy before, during, and after pregnancy.

Health conditions

If you've been diagnosed prior to your pregnancy with a condition like diabetes, epilepsy, or cancer, your Texarkana obstetrician will likely consider you to be high-risk. This is due to a number of factors; the way pregnancy alters your body's systems and the medication you are taking can have serious effects without close monitoring.

Lifestyle

There are several habits that can put you and your developing baby at risk for health problems. The negative effects of smoking, drinking alcohol, drug use, and poor diet are all well-documented. However, finding out that you're expecting can be a great motivator to help you stop, but being upfront with your obstetrician is key to improving your odds for a healthy pregnancy.

Certain medications, prior pregnancy issues, and carrying multiples (twins, triplets, or more) can also put you in the high-risk category. As soon as you think you might be pregnant, or if you're planning to become pregnancy, contact the office of Dr. Scales, your obstetrician in Texarkana, TX, as soon as possible!


By James A. Scales, MD
November 01, 2017
Category: Women's Health
Tags: Sex   Intercourse   Period  

While your period may put a damper on some of your activities it doesn’t have to get in the way of everything. OB-GYNs often hear women asking whether it’s okay toSex, Intercourse, Period have sex while on their period. The simple answer is that sex is completely fine during this time of the month. Of course, there is a lot more that goes into it. Find out everything you need to know about having sex while on your period to decide whether this is the right decision for you.

The first thing to consider is how comfortable you feel with having sex while on your period. It’s completely natural and completely safe, but some women are concerned that they might feel a bit self-conscious or that they may ruin the sheets. If you are concerned about getting blood on your bedding, you can always place a towel down, or opt for another location such as the shower that won’t have you worried that you may have to throw out your nice new sheets.

One benefit to having sex while on your period is that menstruation can often act as a lubricant, which can make the act more pleasurable for everyone. Plus, with the elevation of hormones such as estrogen and testosterone, you may find yourself more sexually charged and more easily aroused, which can be a major plus. If you also find that you easily experience dryness during sex then having sex while on your period may actually improve the situation. It’s even believed that orgasms can help with menstrual cramps.

Of course, there are two other things to consider before you get down to business. The first thing you’ll want to do is discuss this with your partner to make sure that everyone is comfortable with the idea of having sex while on your period. By making sure that your partner is completely comfortable with the situation you negate any negative thoughts or concerns you may have during sex.

The second thing to consider is that many women hear that they can’t get pregnant during their period so they opt to have sex without a condom. It’s important that you talk to your gynecologist about the risks involved in not using a condom. Besides the risk of contracting STDs, there is also still a possibility that you could get pregnant. For some women, their ovulation overlaps with their menstruation. If you aren’t taking birth control then you’ll want to wear protection even during this time of the month.

If you have questions about your sexual health, menstruation or other women’s health issues, your OBGYN is here to help. There is no question too embarrassing or awkward. We are here to make sure you get the answers you need to lead a healthy life.