Blog Archive

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...