Our Blog

 
 

Attention Pregnant Women: Let’s talk about Whooping Cough

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN………………………………….In 2012, new cases of whooping cough (pertussis) reached epidemic levels.  The CDC reported 41,000 new cases of whooping cough in 2012 with at least 18 deaths.  The majority of deaths are infants less than 3 months of age who are too young to be vaccinated. Whooping cough causes severe and life threatening complications in infants.  One in 5 infants with pertussis are  Read more

Is my IUD giving me vaginal infections?

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN………………………………….Patients in monogamous relationships and at low risk for sexually transmitted infections are good candidates for intrauterine devices.  Infections occurring while an IUD is in place are most commonly related to the exposure to sexually transmitted infections, not the presence of the IUD.  Please see the related Center for Disease Control Web site below.  If you have an  Read more

Mirena vs Paragard

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN………………………………….You might be like some of our patients who have decided they want a lower maintenance birth control option.  Women choose an IUD (intrauterine device) for a variety of reasons.    Some of our patients do not plan to have children and want a long term birth control option.  Other patients with children may want a dependable birth control method that enables ti  Read more

Is any amount of discharge normal?

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN………………………………….When women complain of discharge – it can come in many different varieties.  Vaginal discharge may cause an odor, itching or may just be a change in color or consistency.  Some vaginal discharge is normal – it helps with lubrication for intercourse and protects the vaginal mucosa.  Physiologic or normal discharge is typically clear and odorless.  We are concer  Read more

Early pregnancy loss

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN………………………………….I wish a positive urine pregnancy test always meant the pregnancy would be fine.  I hate that early pregnancy has so much uncertainty associated with it. Some of the new over the counter pregnancy tests can show positive before you have even missed a period.  Many of our patients are elated when they see the results.   At the sight of the first positive test, they  Read more

Back in the saddle again…

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN………………………………….The divorce is final and the dust has settled.  You grieved the loss of the marriage, did your soul-searching, and now you are ready to start the next stage of your life.  If you are like many recently divorced women, it has been a while since you have been on the dating scene.  It can be a little overwhelming, but I can reassure you that I see many divorced women happ  Read more

Do adults need vaccines?

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN………………………………….Yes! Our pediatricians help us keep our kids up to date on their vaccines, but when was the last time you got a vaccine?  If you can’t remember, then it is time to get vaccinated.  Women need to get the flu shot yearly, the tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (TDap) vaccine every ten years, and hepatitis A and B one time in your adult life.  Many women have not been vacci  Read more

Should I get a Mirena IUD?

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN………………………………….The Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) is placed in the uterus to prevent pregnancy.  The progesterone effects are local to the uterus.  It is more than 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. The Mirena contains progesterone that is slowly released over a 5 year period.  The progesterone helps to thicken the cervical mucous and thin the uterine lining.  Some women c  Read more

Can you list the cleanest public bathrooms in Atlanta? When planning your errands, means knowing which stores have the best bathrooms…

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN………………………………….Many of our patients are too embarrassed to talk about bladder issues.  Please know that you are not alone.  We can help you determine the cause of your bladder issues and help fix them!    I have patients who come in complaining about a variety of bladder concerns.  Some women have trouble fulling emptying their bladders.  They will tell me they empty t  Read more

Do I still need birth control in my 40s?

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN………………………………….Although you may think you are too old to have babies, your body may not agree.  I often have women in their 40s tell me they do not need birth control because they are too old to have babies.   Their children are finally out of daycare, their lives are getting back to some sense of normalcy, the moms are getting sleep at night ( and they might even have enough energy  Read more