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What to Eat During Pregnancy Mar 1st, 2021

Eating nutritious food supports good health during every stage of life. But it’s even more important during pregnancy. The nutrients that you take in while you’re expecting help you build a healthy baby and keep your own body in good working shape. Expectant mothers should take prenatal vitamins, which provide...

Is Vaginal Discharge Normal? Feb 4th, 2021

If you’ve noticed changes to your vaginal discharge, you may wonder: Is it a harmless inconvenience or a sign of a health problem that requires attention? The answer to that question depends on what is causing the discharge. Here at Westover Hills Women’s Health, board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist Houmam Al-Hakeem,...

7 Signs of Uterine Fibroids Jan 1st, 2021

Uterine fibroids are so common that they affect as many as 80% of women under the age of 50. Also known as myomas or leiomyomas, uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths that develop within the walls of your uterus. For many women uterine fibroids cause no problems or symptoms. But some...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Dec 23rd, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

How PCOS Can Affect Your Weight and Body Image Dec 8th, 2020

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common women’s health condition in which hormone imbalances affect your metabolism and your reproductive system. Up to One in 10 women of childbearing age may suffer from PCOS. Here at Westover Hills Women’s Health, board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist Houmam Al-Hakeem, MD, recognizes that health...

What Medical Conditions Can Cause Female Infertility? Nov 1st, 2020

Infertility is a medical condition that affects 1 in 8 couples in the United States. Infertility means not being able to get pregnant after six months to one year of unprotected sex, or experiencing multiple miscarriages. About a third of infertility is referred to as female-factor, meaning it is caused...

What Is Endometrial Ablation? Oct 1st, 2020

If you suffer from heavy periods, a procedure known as endometrial ablation is a safe, effective way to reduce menstrual bleeding. At Westover Hills Women’s Health, our board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, Houmam Al-Hakeem, MD, has extensive experience using endometrial ablation to treat excessive menstrual bleeding. This procedure can provide a...

Pelvic Pain and Fibroids Sep 15th, 2020

Pelvic pain can be caused by uterine fibroids, a common women’s health condition. Fibroids are among the top causes of pelvic pain and heavy menstrual bleeding At Westover Hills Women’s Health, our board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, Houmam Al-Hakeem, MD, has extensive expertise diagnosing and treating uterine fibroids. Read on to...

Infertility Signs and Risk Factors Aug 10th, 2020

You want to have a baby, but despite your best efforts, you’re not getting pregnant. Or you’re having multiple miscarriages. Could it be infertility? Maybe. Infertility is more common than you may realize, affecting 1 in 8 couples in the United States.  Infertility is defined as: No pregnancy after 12...

When to See a Doctor About Heavy Periods Jul 7th, 2020

Menstrual bleeding is no fun. Every month, you have to deal with tampons or pads and worries about breakthrough bleeding. So annoying. But if you are among the one in five women with heavy periods, menstrual bleeding is even more of a concern. Heavy bleeding may interfere with your ability to...

At What Age am I Considered a High-Risk Pregnancy? Jun 24th, 2020

When it comes to your attitude about life, age is just a number, right? You’re as young as you feel, and you’re not getting older, you’re getting better. Well, even though these sayings apply to your outlook, they don’t necessarily apply to your pregnancy, where being over 35 puts you...

Myths and Facts About Osteoporosis May 12th, 2020

May is National Osteoporosis Month, which means it’s an ideal time to review some of the myths and facts about osteoporosis. This common health condition, which causes bone breaks in half of women over age 50, can lead to pain, disability, and a significant drop in your quality of life....

Uterine Fibroids: Understanding All of Your Treatment Options Apr 16th, 2020

Uterine fibroids are so common that they affect as many as 80% of women under the age of 50. Fibroids can cause a range of symptoms, including: Heavy periods Bleeding between periods Abdominal pain Frequent urination Pain during sex They can also increase your risk of pregnancy complications and even...

Could Your Pelvic Pain Be Caused by Endometriosis? Mar 1st, 2020

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, which means it’s the right time to make sure you have the facts about this common women’s health condition. For example, do you know that pelvic pain is the primary symptom of endometriosis? And do you know that treatment can help relieve endometriosis pain? Here...

5 Things You May Not Know About Uterine Fibroids Feb 3rd, 2020

If you don’t know much about uterine fibroids, don’t worry — many women don’t.    Start with this: Uterine fibroids are growths that may occur in the muscular tissue of your uterus. They are fairly common, affecting as many as 80% of women under the age of 50, according to...

How a Pap Smear Can Save Your Life Jan 10th, 2020

Most people have a distinct idea of what it’s like to get sick. They believe their bodies will let them know if something is wrong with a series of side effects, and based on these effects, they will seek help from a doctor. Unfortunately, cervical cancer hardly causes any side...

5 Reasons to Choose a Midwife for Your Delivery Dec 6th, 2019

Whether you’re mulling over a list of names, exploring car seat options, or budgeting for daycare, you’ve got a lot to plan for when you’re pregnant. Even though the reality of childbirth can seem far off when you’re in your first trimester, it’s an ideal time to start thinking about...

My Pap Smear Results Were Abnormal — Now What? Nov 1st, 2019

It’s a sinking feeling to hear that your Pap smear results came back abnormal. But it’s more common than you might think. With 50 million Pap smear tests performed each year in the United States, about 5% — or 2.5 million — are abnormal. These diagnostic tests can tell you...

How Does PCOS Affect My Fertility? Oct 1st, 2019

One in 10 women are suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Are you one of them? If so, you might be wondering how your PCOS impacts your chances of having a baby. You've come to the right place.  Fertility specialist, Dr. Houmam Al-Hakeem, is here to help. As a board-certified...

Deciding Whether to Have a VBAC Sep 1st, 2019

Many women who had a C-section in the past want to avoid having another one. A vaginal birth after a C-section (VBAC) can shorten their hospital stay and eliminate their chances of experiencing any complications associated with surgery. Women who want a larger family can also benefit from VBAC because...

What You May Not Know About Modern Midwives Aug 1st, 2019

If you’re expecting, you might assume that working with a midwife is somehow going rogue, rather than trusting all your care to an OB/GYN. But that’s simply not the case. The fact is that your pregnancy and birth experience no longer present an either-or dilemma. Midwives complement treatment by OB/GYNs....

Not Pregnant Yet? When You Should See a Doctor Jul 17th, 2019

Having a baby is a major life event, and to ensure your health and the health of your baby, you need regular visits with a doctor. Since over 50% of pregnancies are unintended, you could be pregnant before you even know it. Be prepared by seeing a doctor before you...

What Every Woman Should Know About HPV Jun 26th, 2019

No one likes to think about sexually transmitted diseases, however, without accurate education about the human papillomavirus (HPV), you could find yourself confronting with even worse issues such as genital warts and even cancer. The good news is, there are steps you can take to protect yourself. At Westover Hills...