Blog Archive

The Importance of Prenatal Care Oct 1st, 2021

Prenatal care is the best way to make sure you enjoy a healthy pregnancy, birth, and newborn child. Proper, regular prenatal care can help prevent complications before they occur and help you understand what’s happening with your own and your baby’s health.  Dr. Parisa Pourzand and her staff can guide...

Help for Your Irregular Periods Sep 1st, 2021

Do you know when to expect your next menstrual cycle? Do you know what to expect during your period? If you aren’t sure of the answers to those questions, you may have irregular menses, or an irregular period.  Dr. Parisa Pourzand and her staff meet many patients who don’t know...

Why Hormone Therapy Might Be Right for You Aug 1st, 2021

Menopause, and the period of time leading up to it, called perimenopause, can cause uncomfortable symptoms. For many women, symptoms are simply annoying; but for others, they can be bad enough to degrade your quality of life.  Dr. Parisa Pourzand offers hormone replacement therapy to help with symptoms related to...

Understanding the Different Types of Incontinence Jul 4th, 2021

Incontinence is far more common among women that most people realize, but not all incontinence is the same. Different underlying causes mean there are different treatment options.  Dr. Parisa Pourzand and her staff have helped many women who were experiencing urinary incontinence. If you’ve been told that incontinence is just...

How Do I Know If I Have Endometriosis? Jun 8th, 2021

Somewhere between 2 and 10% of American women aged 25-40 years old have endometriosis.  It can cause pain, heavy bleeding during your period, and infertility. It’s possible that you have endometriosis and don’t know.  Dr. Parisa Pourzand and her team are experts in recognizing and diagnosing endometriosis. If you have...

Myths and Facts About Breastfeeding May 6th, 2021

One thing that is sure about pregnancy is that people love to offer you guidance and advice. While most people have good intentions, they often repeat information that isn’t exactly reliable. When it comes to providing nutrition to your baby, it’s important to be able to delineate myth from fact...

The Pregnancy Timelines Apr 13th, 2021

When it comes to pregnancy, every experience is different. There are, however, some general timelines that it may be helpful for you to know. It’s helpful to understand both the stages of growth for your baby and what kinds of changes and symptoms you should expect. Dr. Parisa Pourzand provides...

Common Causes of Female Infertility Mar 8th, 2021

Infertility, which is defined as not being able to become pregnant after a year of unprotected sex, is a common issue. It affects about one in six couples. At one time, it was considered a female issue, but we know now that men can have problems that cause infertility, as...

Why Prenatal Care Is Important Feb 11th, 2021

One of the most important women’s health services Dr. Parisa Pourzand offers is prenatal care. Regular appointments for prenatal care are one of the best ways to insure you and your baby enjoy a normal and healthy labor and delivery.  If you’ve ever wondered why prenatal care is important, keep...

Preparing Your Body for Pregnancy Jan 12th, 2021

You probably already know the importance of good prenatal care, but do you know about preconception health? Dr. Parisa Pourzand and her staff are here to help you — from the time you decide you’d like to have a baby, through your pregnancy and delivery, and after your baby is...

Endometriosis: Hormone Therapy Versus Ablation Dec 8th, 2020

Endometriosis is a complex and life-disrupting condition. You may have abnormal bleeding, irregular periods, heavy bleeding, or pain. There are options for treatment, but no cure.  Dr. Parisa Pourzand has helped many patients with endometriosis find relief from their symptoms, but choosing the most appropriate treatment depends on numerous factors....

Tips for Managing a Holiday Pregnancy Nov 1st, 2020

From November through January, most families enjoy gatherings, shopping trips, celebrations, and other traditional activities. For some people, all of that sounds great! For others, it feels like a tsunami of stress. Plus, this year, we need to take COVID-19 into consideration.  If you’re receiving prenatal care from Dr. Parisa...

Are You at Risk for Breast Cancer? Oct 9th, 2020

The biggest risk for developing breast cancer is being a woman. Men can — and do — get breast cancer, but 99% of new breast cancer cases are diagnosed in women.  Dr. Parisa Pourzand counsels all of her patients who have risk factors about breast cancer prevention. Since October is...

Could Your Symptoms Mean Uterine Fibroids? Sep 16th, 2020

Leiomyoma or myoma are other names for uterine fibroids — non-cancerous growths that can appear in the muscle of  your uterus. Many women have fibroids but never know it because they don’t have symptoms, but others endure very uncomfortable symptoms that may seem mysterious if they don’t know they have...

4 Types of Urinary Incontinence Aug 31st, 2020

If you occasionally or frequently experience urinary incontinence, you may feel uncomfortable talking about it. Dr. Parisa Pourzand and her staff understand your discomfort with the topic, but we would also like you to know that you’re far from alone. Millions of people have this issue, and there are effective...

Understanding Hormone Replacement Therapy Jul 21st, 2020

The symptoms associated with perimenopause can be severe, and when they are, you may find it difficult to function and meet your day-to-day obligations. Dr. Parisa Pourzand may have solutions to help you, including hormone replacement therapy, or HRT.  There’s a significant amount of confusion regarding HRT, largely because researchers...

Gynecology and COVID-19: What You Should Know Jun 24th, 2020

COVID-19 is a new illness, emerging in late 2019. Scientists, researchers, and doctors around the world have been working to understand the virus, how it affects the human body, and what kinds of treatments are most likely to be effective in fighting it. Although they are learning rapidly, much is...

5 Tips To Help Severe Period Cramps May 27th, 2020

If you have severe period cramps, you know how disruptive it can be. It’s really difficult to carry on with your normal, daily activities when you’re in terrible pain! Especially bad cramps may not respond to over-the-counter medications, leaving you wondering what to do.  Dr. Parisa Pourzand has helped many...

Home Remedies to Help Calm Heat Flashes Apr 22nd, 2020

You would be unusual if you found hot flashes pleasant, yet about 8 out of every 10 women in the US experience them in the weeks, months, and years leading up to menopause. Dr. Parisa Pourzand has helped many women manage hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause, but you...

Here Are the Most Common Causes of Infertility Mar 20th, 2020

 An estimated 10-18% of couples struggle to get pregnant or have a successful delivery, so if you’re not finding it as easy as you expected, you’re certainly not alone. Dr. Parisa Pourzand has helped many women identify the reason for infertility, and can often suggest treatments.  Defining infertility If you...

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Heavy Menstruation Feb 7th, 2020

The medical name for heavy bleeding during your period is menorrhagia. Because the word “heavy” is subjective, you may not be aware you have menorrhagia, but you are probably very aware of how inconvenient and disruptive it can be to your life.  Dr. Parisa Pourzand has the skills and knowledge...

5 Common Myths About Infertility Jan 5th, 2020

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 6% of women who are married and between the ages of 15 and 44 either can’t get pregnant after a year of trying, and are classified as infertile. In about 8% of cases of infertility, an identifiable male factor...

Is It Normal to Have Irregular Periods? Dec 1st, 2019

Have you seen that old cartoon that has a drawing of a mother and daughter? The daughter asks, “Mom, what’s normal?” The mother answers, “A setting on the dryer.” When it comes to your menstrual cycle, “normal” is what’s normal for you.  Dr. Parisa Pourzand has treated thousands of women,...

Pregnant for the First Time? Here’s What You Should Know About Prenatal Care Nov 1st, 2019

Pregnancy is exciting, and there’s much to anticipate. However, many women find themselves worried and wondering if they’re making the best choices for good health during pregnancy. Dr. Parisa Pourzand can help. She offers thoughtful and thorough prenatal care services. When you see Dr. Pourzand regularly, you have the opportunity...

Coping with Chronic Endometriosis Pain Oct 4th, 2019

Endometrial tissue is the lining of your uterus. Each month, during your menstrual cycle, your body sheds that lining. However, if you have endometriosis, there’s a problem.  When endometrial tissue grows where it’s not supposed to be, outside of your uterus, you have endometriosis. This condition is painful, and during...

What You Should Know About Postpartum Incontinence (Hint: It’s Normal) Sep 1st, 2019

Some experts estimate that as many as half of women experience urinary leaking after giving birth, while others put the number at about one third. Either way, postpartum urinary incontinence is incredibly common — but not often talked about, so it may come as an uncomfortable surprise.  What is urinary...

Don’t Let Menopause Affect Your Sex Life: Consider Hormone Therapy Aug 2nd, 2019

The average age for menopause is 51, and 95% of women experience menopause between the ages of 45 and 55. In this day and age, 45-55 years old is not “old” at all! But, the symptoms that often accompany menopause may very well make you feel old, particularly in the...

How an Infertility Diagnosis Affects Your Mental Health Jul 9th, 2019

For many years, people believed there was some connection between infertility and stress, and there is; but people had it wrong. The theory was that stress could cause infertility, but that’s not true.  Certain stressful things — like the physical stress of training for a marathon, or the stress of...

What Type of Birth Control Is Best Suited for My Lifestyle? Jun 1st, 2019

You have lots of options when it comes to choosing a safe and effective method of birth control. But, if you’re not sure what’s going to work best for your life, having so many options can be a bit of a double-edged sword. Choosing a birth control method is an...

Painful Sex? Feeling Pelvic Pressure? You May Have Symptoms of Pelvic Organ Prolapse May 1st, 2019

Do you sometimes feel as if something is falling out of your vagina? Is intercourse painful? These are just a couple of the symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse, a condition in which the muscles supporting the organs in your pelvis become weak, allowing the organs to droop. The involved muscles...

3 Facts You Might Not Know About Uterine Fibroids and How They Can Be Treated Apr 3rd, 2019

Uterine fibroids are growths in the muscle tissue of your uterus. Fibroids are frequently diagnosed incidentally — Dr. Pourzand may notice that you have them during a routine pelvic exam, for instance. It can be scary to hear that you have growths of any kind, on any part of your...

What to Expect During Your First Prenatal Appointment Mar 1st, 2019

Are you expecting a baby? Congratulations! Everything about pregnancy can be nerve-wracking, so you may be feeling nervous about your first visit with your obstetrician. Here’s what you should expect during your first prenatal visit with Dr. Pourzand. Scheduling Generally, you should aim to have your first prenatal visit about...

8 Lifestyle Choices That Could Be Affecting Your Fertility Feb 1st, 2019

Your ability to conceive a child is impacted by many factors, some of which are within your control and some not. There are some fairly simple, day-to-day choices you and your partner can make to increase your chances of getting pregnant. Generally, the lifestyle choices that improve your fertility are...

How Hormone Replacement Therapy Can Help Manage the Symptoms of Menopause Jan 7th, 2019

The symptoms of menopause range from being slightly uncomfortable to being nearly unbearable. Since you’re an individual, you experience menopause uniquely, and your symptoms may be more or less intense than someone else’s. The most common symptoms of menopause include: Erratic or less frequent menstruation Hot flashes Night sweats Sleep...

Urinary Incontinence: It’s More Common Than You Think (but there are solutions) Dec 5th, 2018

If you experience urinary incontinence, you’re not alone. In fact, millions of Americans, especially women, have some involuntary loss of urine. There are different types of urinary incontinence, and there are also a variety of solutions. About 80% of cases of urinary incontinence in women can be effectively treated. But,...

7 Tips for Managing Menopause Symptoms at Work Nov 21st, 2018

The symptoms of menopause are difficult to manage in the comfort of your own home, but at work they can be particularly thorny. You can’t simply turn down the thermostat in order to keep your cool during a hot flash at the office. Follow these seven tips to help you...

How Endometriosis Affects Fertility Oct 31st, 2018

For women who are trying to conceive, there are few things more frustrating than going months or even years without seeing the plus sign on a pregnancy test. Women with endometriosis not only endure the pain accompanying the condition; they also find that their fertility is affected. Fortunately, helping women...

7 Steps to Take to Get Your Body Ready for Pregnancy Sep 19th, 2018

Congratulations on your decision to start or expand your family. Like other women who are planning to become pregnant, you have a lot to consider, yet this as an exciting time. Your OB/GYN is your best resource for women’s health and wellness and can guide you through the process of...