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Getting Pregnant with Clomid or Letrozole

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If you’ve been trying to get pregnant, you may wonder if medication could help. Two of the most commonly prescribed fertility medications for women are Clomid (clomiphene citrate) and Femara (letrozole). Learn how they work and why your OBGYN might recommend you take one instead of the other.
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Pregnant with Twins: What to Expect

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Learning you're pregnant with twins likely causes a rush of emotions. Some women are excited about the prospect of twins — double the cuteness and baby snuggles! Others may feel a little uncertain or even overwhelmed. After all, there are two babies rather than just one. Not to mention, twin pregnancies come with added risk compared to a typical single-baby pregnancy (or “singleton” pregnancy).
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Cervical Cancer & HPV: Prevention & Treatment

Cancer is the big "C-word" diagnosis that no one wants to hear, no matter how high its survival rate. One of the more common—and treatable—cancers that affect women is cervical cancer.
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Induced Labor: When, Why, How

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Your OBGYN wants to discuss the possibility of inducing labor. Here are some reasons they may recommend induction, along with pointers about what to expect during the process.
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What OBGYNs Say About Depression During Pregnancy

Is it “just mood swings” or something more serious? Your mental health during pregnancy is just as important as your physical health.
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Vaccines During Pregnancy

Even before COVID-19, vaccines have an important method of disease prevention. We break it down for you in this blog post so you know which vaccines to get while pregnant and when to get them.
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Sex During Pregnancy

Some women report being “in the mood” more often when they’re pregnant. Others don’t. But when should you abstain and when is sex ok during pregnancy?
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How to Know if You’re Pregnant: Signs of Early Pregnancy

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Your period is late, now what? There are a few reasons your period could be late. Pregnancy is one of them. Learn the symptoms of early pregnancy and how soon you should take a home test. ---- How soon can you find out if you’re pregnant? We recommend waiting until a week after your missed period. But here are some other symptoms of early pregnancy along with our recommendations for the most accurate home pregnancy tests.
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Menopausal Symptoms: How to Treat The Ones That Bother You

Hot flashes, night sweats, brain fog, moodiness… symptoms of the menopausal transition can be rough. But they can be managed! Learn ways you can treat the symptoms that bother you the most.
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C-section vs Vaginal Birth: What are the Risks and Benefits?

Have you ever wondered why 26% of Wisco moms deliver via C-section? (That number is lower than the national average, by the way!) Or whether a vaginal birth after C-section (VBAC) is possible? We talk all-things C-sections and vaginal births in this next blog post by Dr. Durward. Got questions we didn’t answer? Let us know!
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Recurrent Pregnancy Loss: Causes & Treatments for Multiple Miscarriages

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Pregnancy loss at any stage can be devastating. When it happens more than once, many women wonder what is causing it and if they’ll ever carry a baby to term. During pregnancy and infant loss awareness month, we explore some of the most common causes and treatments for multiple miscarriages.
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Postpartum Depression: Everything You Need to Know

If you feel guilty or like you’re a bad mom for feeling depressed after you had a baby, you’re not alone. It’s important to get the help you need. We want to help you! Find out what’s normal “baby blues” and when you should seek help for postpartum depression.
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How to Prepare Your Teen for her First Gynecological Appointment

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Were you nervous about your first gynecology appointment as a teen? You may be surprised by how these appointments have changed since then! In this blog post, we go over the important whens, whys, and whats about their first gynecology appointment.
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Epidurals for Labor: Risks, Benefits and Other FAQs

It's no secret that giving birth is painful! But every woman finds a way to manage the pain of childbirth — whether that's through breathing exercises, position changes, or an epidural during labor. Learn more about epidurals for labor pain management. Discover the risks, benefits and the most frequently asked questions our OBGYNs hear.