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Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Chronic Pelvic Pain Oct 11th, 2021

Chronic pelvic pain, pain that lasts six months or longer, affects up to 15% of women of childbearing age. The pain may stem from a number of sources, but they all lead to the same endpoint — moodiness, depression, and a constant feeling that you’re at odds with your body....

Is Pregnancy Safe After Age 40? Sep 8th, 2021

Having a baby and starting a family can be a wonderful experience, but if you’re a woman over 40, pregnancy is considered high-risk. So the question becomes: If you’re over 40, can you have a safe and healthy pregnancy, for both you and your baby? Experienced and board-certified OB/GYN Dr....

5 Benefits of an IUD Aug 12th, 2021

Sex is a normal, healthy part of your life. But not every woman wants to become pregnant. That’s why many types of contraceptives exist. All work toward the same goal, but they each get there in a different way.  Intrauterine devices (IUDs) have been around since the beginning of the...

Do You Have These Symptoms of Menopause? Jul 15th, 2021

Menopause marks the end of a woman’s fertility. You officially reach that milestone when you haven’t menstruated for 12 consecutive months.  Perimenopause is the period leading up to menopause that has all the nasty symptoms. Those symptoms generally start between ages 45-55 and last about four years. The exact timing...

Next Steps After an Abnormal Pap Smear Jun 22nd, 2021

Cervical cancer used to be the most common cause of cancer deaths among women. That’s changed over the last 40 years, largely because of the Pap smear, also known as a Pap test, which is now part of a routine well-woman exam. The test is used to screen for precancerous...

What Are My Options for Contraception? May 24th, 2021

Sexual intercourse is a normal and healthy part of your life, but you don’t always want it to lead to pregnancy. Fortunately, women have a number of options available to help avoid an unwanted pregnancy. At the OB/GYN practice of Dr. Hany H Ahmed in Houston, Texas, we’re pleased to...

Causes of Irregular Bleeding Apr 20th, 2021

A normal menstrual cycle is 24-38 days, with bleeding that lasts no more than eight days.  However, 14% of women experience irregular, abnormal, or even painful periods. While it’s absolutely normal for your cycle to change over time — and even month to month — abnormal bleeding can signal that...

The Many Benefits of Comprehensive Prenatal Care Mar 18th, 2021

Prenatal care is any medical care you get while you’re pregnant. At every visit, your doctor checks on your health and the health of your fetus.  By getting early and regular prenatal care, you’re more likely to have a healthy pregnancy and carry your baby full term — the time...

PCOS and Fertility Feb 15th, 2021

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), also known as polycystic ovarian syndrome, is a health condition caused by an imbalance of reproductive hormones that affects 1 in 10 women of childbearing age.  Most women learn they have PCOS in their 20s and 30s, when they have problems getting pregnant. It’s the leading...

The Two Approaches to Birth Control (Hormonal and Barrier) Jan 20th, 2021

Sex is a normal and healthy part of life, but you don’t always want it to lead to pregnancy. Fortunately, there are effective methods a woman can use to prevent an unwanted birth. At the OB/GYN practice of Dr. Hany H Ahmed in Houston, Texas, we’re pleased to offer our...

Pelvic Pain Isn't Something You Should Endure Dec 15th, 2020

Up to 15% of women of childbearing age experience pelvic pain that lasts longer than six months, making it a chronic and distressing condition.  The pain can come from a wide variety of sources, but the end result is the same — you’re uncomfortable, you get moody or depressed, and...

How to Prepare Mentally for IVF Nov 13th, 2020

Infertility can be a major stumbling block in a couple's relationship, and in their lives. Infertility for a woman is defined as the inability to get pregnant or stay pregnant after 12 months of trying, or after six months for women 35 and older. In vitro fertilization (IVF) is the...

Can I Still Get Pregnant if I Have Uterine Fibroids? Oct 14th, 2020

Uterine fibroids, also called leiomyomas or myomas, are noncancerous growths in or on the uterus that often appear during a woman’s childbearing years. They aren’t associated with an increased risk of uterine cancer, and they rarely develop into any form of cancer. Fibroids range in size from tiny spots invisible...

Is it Normal to Bleed after Intercourse? Sep 15th, 2020

Vaginal bleeding after sex (postcoital bleeding) isn’t uncommon. Up to 63% of postmenopausal women experience bleeding or spotting due to vaginal dryness, and up to 9% of menstruating women experience the same, though usually from issues with the cervix. Occasional, light bleeding is rarely dangerous and probably doesn’t need the...

Signs You Might Have Gestational Diabetes Aug 1st, 2020

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that’s diagnosed for the first time during gestation, or pregnancy.  Like other forms of the disease, gestational diabetes affects how your cells use glucose, the sugar that provides energy for your body, increasing blood sugar to levels that can affect both you and...

My Pap Smear Results Were Abnormal — Now What? Jul 1st, 2020

Cervical cancer used to be the leading cause of cancer deaths among women. That’s changed over the last 40 years, due in large part to the Pap smear. A Pap smear, also known as a Pap test, is now part of a routine well-woman exam. A Pap smear is used...

How Menopause Can Affect Your Everyday Life Jun 8th, 2020

For most women, menopause isn’t a sudden event. Instead, it’s a transitional period that can last months — often years — as the ovaries gradually reduce their production of reproductive hormones. When this happens, many women find themselves feeling off-kilter and wondering whether it’s their “new normal.”  Fortunately, OB/GYN Hany...