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All About Endometrial Ablation Jun 1st, 2022

You dread your period each month, as the bleeding is excessive enough that it has a significant effect on your quality of life. In short, you’re tired of being a prisoner to heavy menstrual bleeding or long periods and you want to put a stop to the problem. At Women’sClinic...

Am I a Good Candidate for Tubal Ligation? Jun 1st, 2022

Each year in the United States, 600,000 women opt for tubal occlusion, or tubal ligation, to prevent pregnancy. There are several reasons why women choose sterilization, which include not wanting to deal with the hassle of birth control or having a medical condition that makes pregnancy dangerous. If you want to...

Is Leaking Urine Normal? May 1st, 2022

You laugh too hard at a friend’s joke or you execute a beautiful dive for a tennis ball, but these joyful moments are ruined by accompanying urinary leakage. To get straight to the question we pose in the title of this blog, Dr. Fernando Otero and the team here at...

When to Have EssureⓇ Removed May 1st, 2022

When you cast about for a long-term birth control solution, you settled on Essure®, which permanently blocked your fallopian tubes without a surgical procedure. Unfortunately, some women developed complications due to these devices, which prompted the manufacturer to discontinue the product in December 2018. If you’re wondering what your next...

How Is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Treated? Apr 1st, 2022

In most cases, pelvic inflammatory disease stems from untreated sexually transmitted infections (STIs), which is worrisome when you consider recent numbers surrounding STIs. At any given time, one in five people in the United States has an STI, and the prevalence of the most common STIs — chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis —...

Five Barrier Birth Control Methods to Consider Apr 1st, 2022

You’re trying to figure out the best way to prevent an unplanned pregnancy, and you’re not all that keen on the idea of hormonal controls. Fortunately, hormones aren’t the only birth control route as there are highly effective barrier options from which to choose. As part of our family planning...

How to Develop a Birth Plan Mar 6th, 2022

Woody Allen is credited with saying, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” While there is some truth to this statement, planning ahead does have some incredible benefits, especially when it comes to your birth plan. If you’ve never developed a birth plan before, Dr....

What You Should Know When Considering a Hysterectomy Mar 1st, 2022

As many as 600,000 women undergo a hysterectomy each year in the United States for a variety of reasons and the choice is rarely an easy one. In most cases, the decision is fueled by the fact that certain reproductive organs have become more of a liability than an asset,...

When to Seek Treatment for Uterine Fibroids Feb 3rd, 2022

Uterine fibroids may sound serious, but the reality is that up to 75% of women develop these noncancerous growths in their uteruses during their reproductive years. In fact, many women are unaware they even have fibroids. For the unfortunate few, however, uterine fibroids can become problematic. To help you determine...

How Can My Weight Put My Pregnancy at Risk? Feb 1st, 2022

You’re building the family of your dreams, and you want your pregnancy to go as smoothly as possible. Unfortunately, there are several conditions that can place your pregnancy into a high-risk category, and carrying too much or too little weight certainly qualifies. When it comes to any pregnancy, knowing your...

What Is Cervical Incompetence and What Can Be Done About It? Jan 6th, 2022

Cervical incompetence occurs in one out of every 100 pregnancies, and it can end in heartbreaking pregnancy loss because in many cases there are no signs of a problem. That said, there are steps that we can take to prevent the unthinkable. Here at Women’s Clinic of the Rio Grande...

Can I Still Have a Baby if I Have Endometriosis? Jan 1st, 2022

If you have endometriosis, the first thing to understand is that you’re not alone — 11% of American women in their reproductive years may have the condition. Many of these women are still able to successfully build their families despite their endometriosis, while others encounter fertility problems. While it would...

How to Retrain Your Bladder to Stop Leaking Dec 1st, 2021

You laugh too hard at a friend’s joke and leak urine, or you suddenly need to urinate in the middle of a romantic dinner. These situations are all too common for women with urinary incontinence, and there are many of them — one in four women in the United States...

Stop the Side Effects of Essure®: Have It Removed Dec 1st, 2021

Chronic pain, heavier periods, headaches — these are just a few of the long-term side effects that some women are facing after getting the Essure® device. If you find yourself struggling with serious quality-of-life issues after having the Essure device implanted, removal may be the best option for bringing you...

Signs of Vaginal Vault Prolapse Nov 1st, 2021

Your reproductive organs are held in place by your pelvic floor, as well as by each other. If these support systems weaken, certain organs can shift out of place and follow gravity downward into, and sometimes out of, your vaginal canal. One of these pelvic organs is your vagina itself,...

Pros and Cons of a Hysterectomy Nov 1st, 2021

While the thought of surgery is rarely a welcome one, when the procedure corrects a dangerous medical issue or greatly improves your quality of life, surgery may be most welcome, indeed. This is often the case with a hysterectomy. When it comes to deciding whether or not to undergo a...

Five Ways to Manage a High-Risk Pregnancy Oct 6th, 2021

You’re excited to start or add to your family, and then you hear the words, “High-risk pregnancy,” and your excitement fades just a little. In most cases, a high-risk pregnancy simply means we have to take a measure of extra care during your pregnancy. To give you an idea about...

Which STDs Cause Pelvic Pain? Oct 1st, 2021

You’re experiencing pelvic pain, and you want to know whether a sexually transmitted disease (STD) may be to blame. While there are many conditions that can lead to this type of discomfort, there are two STDs that count pelvic pain among the potential side effects — chlamydia and gonorrhea. In...

The Benefits of Barrier Birth Control Methods Sep 1st, 2021

Whatever your reasons, now is not the time to start a family, so you want to avoid becoming pregnant. As you research your birth control options, you quickly realize that there are many ways to go about preventing pregnancy — in fact, so many that you’re left confused. To help...

How Is Uterine Prolapse Treated? Sep 1st, 2021

Almost half of women between the ages of 50 and 79 have some degree of pelvic organ prolapse, and uterine prolapse is among the more common. While there may be some comfort knowing you’re not alone with this problem, you’re anxious to find solutions, which is where the experienced team...

Is Having a Baby After 40 Risky? Aug 9th, 2021

You’ve been told that you’re of “advanced maternal age,” even though you’re feeling more than ready to begin (or add to) your family. While having children after the age of 40 may carry more risks, it’s certainly something we don’t want to discourage, as many women create wonderful families later...

Five Types of Urinary Incontinence in Women Aug 9th, 2021

You sneeze or laugh too hard and you feel urine escape, or perhaps you’re having trouble with frequent and sudden urges to urinate, forcing you to stay near a bathroom at all times. These are just a few of the challenges that come with urinary incontinence, which affects twice as...

The Difference Between Postpartum Depression and the Baby Blues Jul 21st, 2021

You’ve waited with excitement for your baby to make their entrance into the world, but you find that your moods don’t reflect the much-anticipated event. And now you’re wondering whether your feelings are temporary or whether your altered moods will wreak havoc on your ability to care for your newborn....

Not Your Mother's Hysterectomy: The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery Jul 12th, 2021

The field of gynecology is continually evolving, but few advancements have made an impact like the introduction of minimally invasive surgery. Now, we’re advancing this revolutionary technology a step further by introducing a robotic component, which provides the perfect blend of human experience and machine-driven precision. Thanks to minimally invasive...

Don't Let Overactive Bladder Control Your Life: We Have Solutions Jun 23rd, 2021

You’re driving in your car or sitting down to lunch with friends and the urge to urinate comes on suddenly. Depending upon the severity of the urge and where you’re located, it may lead to problems with incontinence. Called overactive bladder (OAB), the problem affects more women than you might...

Should I Get the Covid-19 Vaccine If I’m Pregnant? Jun 10th, 2021

There’s light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, yet you find yourself still in its grips as you decide whether or not to get yourself vaccinated while you’re pregnant. We hear your concerns, and we’ve followed the data. Education is important, especially while...

What to Consider If You’re of Advanced Maternal Age May 18th, 2021

You feel young and ready to take on the challenges of building a family, only to have the words, “advanced maternal age,” temper your excitement. Rest assured, plenty of women successfully navigate pregnancy and childbirth after the age of 35, but your risks for complications are higher, which is why...

Understanding Adenomyosis May 18th, 2021

One of the first signs of a problem with your reproductive health is abnormal or painful periods. Of the many conditions that can lead to issues with your menstrual cycles, adenomyosis is one, and we review this condition here. Whatever’s causing your symptoms, rest assured that Dr. Fernando Otero and our...

Understanding Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures Apr 21st, 2021

Few people relish the thought of surgery, but when you add the words, “minimally invasive,” the road is going to be a much easier one. With your health and wellness as our top priority, Dr. Fernando Otero and the team here at Women’s Clinic of the Rio Grande Valley understand...

Should I Have My Essure Coils Removed? Apr 16th, 2021

If you’re among the women who had Essure® coils implanted in order to prevent pregnancy, you may be aware of the news surrounding the discontinuation of the product.  Dr. Fernando Otero and our team here at the Women’s Clinic of the Rio Grande Valley have followed this news and adjusted...

5 Common Causes of Abnormal Bleeding Mar 28th, 2021

Under normal circumstances, your period comes on time and your bleeding is perfectly manageable. Unfortunately, many women experience abnormal uterine bleeding, which can encompass everything from prolonged bleeding to bleeding outside of your menstrual cycles. At Women’s Clinic of the Rio Grande Valley, Dr. Fernando Otero and Dr. Norma Garcia...

Menopause and Urinary Incontinence Mar 21st, 2021

While the passage through menopause means freedom from your menstrual cycles, it also brings with it some unwelcome changes, including urinary incontinence. It may be of some comfort to know that more than half of postmenopausal women experience urinary incontinence in some form, but it does little to remedy your...

What You Should Know About Cervical Incompetence Feb 16th, 2021

Whether this is your first pregnancy or you’re adding to your growing family, you want to make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible. When a condition like cervical incompetence develops, which often does so without warning, the consequences can be devastating. Thankfully, this condition isn’t common, but it’s...

Who Is a Candidate for Endometrial Ablation? Feb 16th, 2021

Sometimes a certain part of your body becomes more of a liability than an asset, and your endometrium (the lining of your uterus) can fit the bill. The good news is that we have a solution with endometrial ablation, though the procedure isn’t for everyone. To help determine whether a...

Thinking of Starting a Family This Year? Here's What You Should Know Jan 18th, 2021

You always knew kids were in your future, and you feel that the future has arrived with the new year. Of course, you want everything to go as smoothly as possible for your first pregnancy, which is why we pulled together a few tips to help you get started. Dr....

Six Types of Pelvic Organ Prolapse Jan 18th, 2021

Definitive numbers on the prevalence of pelvic organ prolapse are tricky, but researchers estimate that 50% of women experience some degree of prolapse. One of the problems in identifying the condition is that there are several different types of pelvic organ prolapse. To shed some light on the problem, the...

Make Sure to Take Advantage of Your Health Plan's Preventive Care Options Dec 13th, 2020

The advantages of preventive health care are almost without limits, which is why most health plans cover routine preventive care, such as your annual well-woman exam. To avail yourself of these annual benefits, you need to schedule your appointment before the year comes to a close. At the Women's Clinic...

Understanding Hormonal Birth Control Dec 13th, 2020

You want to take charge of your family planning through birth control, but now you’re faced with a wide range of options. To help you find the best solution for your unique situation, it’s important to understand the many approaches to preventing an unwanted pregnancy. We believe that education is...

Suffering Complications From EssureⓇ? Removal Is an Option Nov 13th, 2020

The idea behind Essure® was a good one — a permanent birth control solution that didn’t rely on surgery. Unfortunately, enough women developed complications from the implant that the manufacturer voluntarily discontinued its manufacture. If you’re among these women, removal is the best option, and we have the expertise necessary...

The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery for Women's Health Nov 12th, 2020

The goal of surgery is to correct a health issue, but sometimes this approach can lead to unwanted side effects. With minimally invasive surgery, we can reduce your exposure to complications and help you get on the road to better health more quickly. Dr. Fernando Otero and our team here...

Safety Tips for a High-Risk Pregnancy Oct 15th, 2020

When it comes to building your family, the last words you may want to hear are “high risk.” In most cases, this designation is precautionary and means that you require a higher standard of care and observation. At Women’s Clinic of the Rio Grande Valley, we offer high-risk obstetrics care...

Can Pelvic Organ Prolapse Be Prevented? Oct 15th, 2020

Pelvic floor disorders affect one in five women in the United States and 3% of women experience pelvic organ prolapse (POP), which can lead to a host of complications, including urinary and fecal incontinence. The good news is that there are ways to both prevent and treat pelvic organ prolapse....

Should You Consider a Hysterectomy? Sep 15th, 2020

Approximately 600,000 women have hysterectomies each year in the United States, which effectively puts an end to their reproduction capabilities. This procedure, however, can also put an end to several painful and quality-of-life gynecologic issues, making the decision an easy one. At Women’s Clinic of the Rio Grande Valley, Dr....

Is Urinary Incontinence Normal? Sep 8th, 2020

The prevalence of urinary incontinence among women is staggering — one in two report symptoms of the problem, which can either be temporary or chronic. If you’re struggling with ongoing issues with urinary leakage and the inability to control your bladder, it’s clear that you’re not alone. And to answer...

How Family Planning Can Benefit You Aug 10th, 2020

Although family planning is often understood as birth control, in reality, it’s much more. The World Health Organization defines family planning as, “the ability of individuals and couples to anticipate and attain their desired number of children and the spacing and timing of their births. It is achieved through use...

Most Common Causes of Pelvic Pain Aug 4th, 2020

From the moment you pass through puberty, your reproductive system comes on line in earnest, and with this transition can come problems with pelvic pain. Though many women experience pelvic pain during their menstrual cycles (cramping), 15% of women in their childbearing years in the United States report pelvic pain...