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Birth Control Options: IUD

Birth Control Options: IUD IUDs are becoming an increasingly popular birth control option for many women. If you want a reliable, long-term birth control option, an IUD might be the right choice for you–but what exactly is an IUD? How does it work? What are the different types available, and what are the potential side effects? In this blog post, we'll provide a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about IUDs. Looking for a reliable doctor to help you find the right contraceptive option for your needs? Schedule an appointment at Walnut Lake OBGYN & Wellness in West Bloomfield, MI, today! What are IUDs? An IUD (intrauterine device) is a small, T-shaped device inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. There are two types of IUDs: hormonal and non-hormonal. Hormonal IUDs release a small amount of progestin into the uterus, which thickens the cervical mucus and thins the lining of the uterus, making it harder for sperm to reach and fertilize an egg. Non-hormonal IUDs are wrapped in copper, which creates an environment that is toxic to sperm and prevents fertilization. How Do IUDs Work? IUDs prevent pregnancy by three main mechanisms: Thickening of cervical mucus: This makes ...
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Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

So you’re expecting–congratulations! Whether it’s your first pregnancy or your fifth, each pregnancy has its own set of factors and obstacles. Depending on your age, lifestyle, and overall health, there are many factors that contribute to a healthy pregnancy. Walnut Lake OBGYN & Wellness has compiled some lifestyle tips we’d love to see our patients incorporate. In need of a compassionate and experienced obstetrician in West Bloomfield, MI? Schedule an appointment at Walnut Lake OBGYN & Wellness today! Things You Should Do for a Healthy Pregnancy 1. Eat Healthy, Balanced Foods It’s okay to give in to cravings, but eating healthy is essential. Think about it this way: whatever you consume during pregnancy, your baby is also consuming. A varied diet will ensure that you get all the nutrients your body needs to support your baby's growth and development. Just listen to your body; it will tell you what it needs! Be sure to include an adequate amount of: Fruits & vegetables Protein Fiber Healthy fats Complex carbohydrates 2. Move Your Body Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do during pregnancy. It improves mood and energy levels, reduces the risk of gestational diabetes, helps you sleep ...
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What Your Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Could Mean

No women’s cycles are alike, and in fact, can differ greatly from month to month. Up to one-third of all menstruating people will experience abnormal or heavy bleeding at some point in their life. Because it is so common, it may not have serious implications, however, in some cases, it could be a sign of a greater issue like cancer. If you are experiencing other symptoms or pain in addition to irregular bleeding, it’s essential to call your doctor to discuss a diagnosis and treatment plan. Walnut Lake OBGYN & Wellness offers comprehensive testing and treatment options for abnormal uterine bleeding, including endometrial ablation. If you have experienced this issue and are concerned about the cause, we are here to help. Contact Walnut Lake OBGYN & Wellness today. What is Abnormal Uterine Bleeding? Heavy menstrual bleeding Long-lasting cycle (more than 35 days) Irregular periods Bleeding between periods Bleeding during pregnancy or menopause Possible Causes Stress or Lifestyle Change The body is highly responsive to stress, sometimes more so than we realize. If you’ve been through a traumatic experience, a major life change, or are just feeling more stressed than usual, your body might respond with symptoms like heavier or irregular ...
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5 Tips for Staying Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America in both men and women. The good news is it is preventable. In honor of American Heart Month, Walnut Lake OBGYN & Wellness has put together a guide on lifestyle changes to strengthen your heart health and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Looking for a practice dedicated to strengthening your overall health and wellness? Schedule an appointment at Walnut Lake OBGYN & Wellness in West Bloomfield, MI, today! Steps You Can Take to Keep Your Heart Healthy Understanding your risk for heart disease is key in determining which lifestyle habits you should adopt. Individuals with diabetes, alcohol use, or a family history of heart problems are most at risk. If you aren’t sure, talk with your doctor about your potential risk factors. Walnut Lake OBGYN & Wellness is proud to offer DEXA Body Composition Scanning, which accurately measures your body fat, bone mass, and muscle to determine your risk for certain conditions, including heart disease. Interested in completing testing? Contact us! 1. Keep a Balanced Diet Salt, sugar, and saturated fats are the worst contenders when it comes to heart health. They build up your cholesterol and, over time, ...
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Realistic Health Goals to Set This New Year

“New Year, New You…” We hear it every year–but is it doing more harm than good? Committing to completely reinventing yourself or picking up new habits that you’ve always struggled with can be pretty daunting, and is largely the reason why most resolutions don’t make it past January. At Walnut Lake OBGYN & Wellness, we believe that small habits build up to make a difference. We’ve compiled a list of some realistic and healthy resolutions that are sure to set you up for success this New Year! Are you struggling to meet your health goals? Or are you in need of a practice dedicated to treating your individual needs? Contact us at Walnut Lake OBGYN & Wellness today! Healthy & Attainable New Year's Resolutions 1. Make a New Recipe Every Week Everyone adds “eat healthier” to their list of resolutions each year, but this can often lead to unhealthy habits like restricting, crash dieting, and binging. Instead of eliminating foods from your diet, try adding new foods. Make a point to try out a new healthy recipe one night a week. If you discover a recipe you end up loving, add it to your routine! 2. Pick Up a New ...
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Feel Like Your Best Self Again with MonaLisa Touch

MonaLisa Touch: Everything You Need to Know As women age, factors like changing hormones, childbearing, and menopause can pose various pelvic health issues. Approximately 64 million postmenopausal women in the United States experience a change in their health due to a decline in estrogen levels. Still, an article published by Forbes Magazine found that 73% of women don’t do anything to treat their menopause symptoms. While changes in your vaginal health are normal, pain and discomfort don’t have to be. What if we told you there was a quick, non-invasive, and medication-free solution? MonaLisa Touch is an innovative and effective low-risk procedure designed for vaginal rejuvenation. Walnut Lake OBGYN & Wellness is here to lay out everything you need to know before you dive in. Interested in the benefits of MonaLisa Touch but need to learn more? Contact Walnut Lake OBGYN & Wellness today! What is MonaLisa Touch? MonaLisa Touch uses a fractional carbon dioxide laser to deliver energy to soft tissue in the body, such as the vaginal walls. This promotes cell regeneration as well as collagen and elastin production. Essentially, it works to bring the cells in your vaginal walls back to the healthy level they were at ...
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How to Choose the Right Birth Control For You

Not sure which birth control method is right for you? With all of the options available, it can be difficult to figure out which one best fits your needs. The truth is, all bodies are made differently, so there isn’t one correct answer. No matter what your lifestyle looks like, doing your research is the best place to start. Walnut Lake OBGYN & Wellness has put together a complete guide on all the different birth control methods on the market, along with their pros and cons. Are you in the West Bloomfield, MI, area and looking to learn more about your birth control options? Contact Walnut Lake OBGYN & Wellness today! Different Types of Contraceptives: The Pill One of the most widely popular birth control methods, the pill is an oral contraceptive that is taken every day at the same time. Depending on the prescription and your specific needs, each type contains different levels of the hormones estrogen and progestin. Your doctor will be able to determine which prescription best fits your lifestyle. Pros: It has a wide variety of additional uses, like reducing acne, mood changes, and treating painful periods You can start or stop at any time Very ...
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How to Complete A Self-Exam This Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means now is a better time than ever to start thinking about your health. With 1 in 8 women in the U.S. developing breast cancer, it remains one of the most common forms of cancer in women. BreastCancer.Org recommends that people with breasts perform a self-examination once a month, in addition to regular wellness exams. If you’ve never done one before or aren't sure about proper techniques, don’t fret. Walnut Lake OBGYN & Wellness has laid out all the steps! If you are in the West Bloomfield, MI area and need a checkup, contact Walnut Lake OBGYN & Wellness today. Why Is It Important? There is no one early detection test for breast cancer. Regular self-examination is one of the best ways to catch any abnormalities before receiving proper testing. In fact, between 2013 and 2018, the overall number of deaths related to breast cancer dropped by one percent each year due to earlier detection and advancements in treatments. Performing self-examinations regularly helps you recognize and understand your “normal.” Meaning that if any changes appear, you’ll be able to catch them right away. Who Should Self-Examine? Anyone with breasts! No matter your age ...
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Let the Sparks Fly with our July Newsletter

We're passionate about helping you feel your best at every stage of life. Our goal is to keep our patients in tune with the best of modern health care. As a member of our VIP newsletter, you can look forward to insightful articles, tips, office events, and healthy recipes. Don't forget to forward it to a friend! This month’s newsletter topics include:  Why we recommend an annual Well-Woman Exam July's Firework Specials July is Cord Blood Banking Awareness Month Perfect Summer Fruit Salad Ten Reasons Why You Should Have an Annual Well-Woman Examination Birth Control: Learn about choosing the right birth control method for you if you need birth control. Cancer Screening: Learn more about breast cancer, colon cancer, and other types of cancer. Vaccinations: Talk with your provider about vaccines against the human papillomavirus (HPV) and other pertinent vaccines for the prevention of diseases. Health Screening: Discuss screening for high blood pressure, diabetes, bone density for osteoporosis, and more. Depression Screening: Depression is a common but serious illness. The yearly visit is a time to talk with your health care provider about any concerns you may have about depression, anxiety, and situational stresses in your life. STI Screening: Screening for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such ...
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Avocado Caprese Recipe

Ingredients 2 avocados, sliced 2 ripe tomatoes 1 pound fresh mozzarella cheese 1 1/2 ounces fresh basil leaves 1/4 cup olive oil 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar Sea salt, or kosher salt, to taste Freshly ground black pepper, to taste With a small knife, cut the little stem end out of the tomato, and then, using a serrated knife cut the tomatoes into 1/3 inch slices. Slice the mozzarella about 1/4 inch thick. Alternate slices of the avocado, the sliced tomato, the fresh mozzarella, and the fresh basil leaves, arranging them like playing cards on individual serving plates. Drizzle the olive oil and the balsamic vinegar on top of the avocado, tomato, and mozzarella slices. Season lightly with sea salt or kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper. Recipe courtesy of ...
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