Family Planning

Birth Control

Hormonal birth control is a very effective means of contraception, but it also has many other applications beyond preventing pregnancy. Hormonal Birth Control can be used to manage hormone levels that can impact a woman’s health and quality of life at any age.

Hormonal Birth Control as Contraception

The most common use of birth control is to aid in family planning and prevent unplanned pregnancy. Beyond helping you choose the right birth control options, we are here to provide resources and facilitate decision-making at every step in your family’s development. We take the time to make sure you understand the choices available to you, the different ways that different contraceptives work.

By choosing your method of birth control carefully, we can reduce the risk of problems and preserve your ability to start a family should you want to do so down the line.

Hormonal Birth Control to Manage Menstruation

Some women seek hormonal birth control primarily to reduce the disruption to their lives caused by monthly periods. While most women experience relatively mild discomfort and irritability that accompany menstruation, some face debilitating cramps, heavy bleeding, digestive issues, or even migraines with each monthly cycle.

Other Benefits of Birth Control

Hormonal Birth Control, when carefully selected, can be an effective way of balancing hormones and preventing symptoms that are disruptive to everyday life. There’s no reason to go through life battling with severe pain, heavy bleeding, and digestion problems on a monthly basis. Our doctors are expert physicians who understand all the birth control options available and the situations in which they are most effective.

Birth Control Options at Woodward & Associates

When you seek birth control options at our practice, you will receive a thorough evaluation to rule out risk factors and find the best solution for you. Whether you seek hormone therapy for contraceptive purposes or general health benefits, we can help you choose the most effective method with the lowest risk. In every case, we consider possibilities that include oral contraceptives, injection therapy, pain management, and implantable devices. At every age and every stage in the growth of your family, we can help you make informed decisions and be comfortable with your reproductive health.

Repeated Miscarriage

Of all the conditions and situations we see in our practice, repeated miscarriage is among the most difficult. While infertility is an often-traumatic problem that prevents a couple from becoming pregnant, repeated miscarriage is among the hardest problems a couple can face.

  • Chromosomal Miscarriage — This is the most common cause of miscarriage, accounting for more than half of unsuccessful pregnancies. The fetus does not develop properly on a genetic level and cannot be carried to term.
  • Illnesses, including Diabetes, Heart or Kidney Disease, Thyroid disorders, infections, or high blood pressure
  • Uterine problems including fibroids and abnormal physical development
  • Auto-immune disorders that cause your body to respond to the baby as though it were an infection

Miscarriage actually occurs in 15 to 20% of all pregnancies, and it usually takes place during the first trimester. Regardless of how many miscarriages you have had, the possibility may remain for you to carry a baby to term.

Consult a Trusted Resource

Diagnosing the cause of repeated miscarriage involves an array of specialized tests. At Woodward & Associates, we put our diagnostic expertise and technology to work to find the cause of your problem. Then we evaluate the options to find the most likely way for you to have a successful pregnancy. Whatever your family planning goals are, you can find expert guidance and personalized options at Woodward & Associates.

Infertility

One of the most important issues that we help women and couples deal with is infertility.  Since we genuinely care for our patients like family, it matters to us when growing your family becomes difficult. This problem causes emotional, physical, and financial stress and can be difficult for the entire family. We help by diagnosing infertility, identifying its causes, and addressing the problems that are preventing you from getting pregnant. We hope you’ll find someone at Woodward & Associates who you trust and can talk to about this very personal issue.

Diagnosing Infertility

Infertility can be described simply as failing to get pregnant or carry to term after a full year of intercourse where no birth control methods are used. While it’s easy to determine that you’re having difficulty getting pregnant, it’s more difficult to find the specific cause of your family’s infertility. A problem with the woman, the man, or a combination of issues can prevent pregnancy.

Thorough testing is the first step toward resolving any fertility problem. A physical exam, pelvic exam, imaging, and other tests are conducted to create a clear picture of your unique situation. To achieve pregnancy and successfully carry to term, the entire reproductive process must be completed. The woman must release an egg, and that egg must be reached in the fallopian tube by viable sperm. Once fertilization has occurred, the zygote has to become implanted in the uterus. Even after the pregnancy is implanted, hormone levels and conditions in the uterus must be ideal to support the baby as it grows.

Causes of Infertility

Many different factors can interrupt the reproductive process.

  • Weight problems
  • Thyroid problems
  • Hormone problems
  • Endometriosis
  • Smoking or alcohol use
  • Genetic conditions
  • Low sperm count
  • Damage to the testes
  • Physical abnormalities

Once your doctor knows how and where the problem is occurring, we can give you a much better idea whether your infertility can be overcome through treatment. Some couples simply cannot achieve pregnancy, and in those cases, we can help you evaluate all the available options and make the best decisions for your family.

Ultrasounds

Ultrasounds and Pregnancy

While ultrasounds can be used to diagnose a vast array of conditions and ailments, their use in pregnancy might be their most well-known role. You’ve probably seen an ultrasound or a print-out of one depicting the development of a pregnancy. Obstetric Ultrasounds are used to confirm pregnancy, to monitor the development of the baby, and to pinpoint any issues that could cause complications.

A Picture of Your Pregnancy

Ultrasound technology gives you and your doctor a clear view of your baby’s development at every stage of pregnancy. A great deal of information can be gained using regular ultrasounds. The specialists at our practice have extensive experience taking and reading ultrasounds. Their expertise increases the likelihood that important developments will be monitored and that no small change will go unnoticed. By continuously monitoring your pregnancy, we can help you have a smoother pregnancy with lower risk of complications.

Keeping Your Care Personal

The training and expertise of the person analyzing an ultrasound is just as important as the quality of the imaging. The results of your Pelvic Ultrasound are analyzed by members of our team who are directly involved in your care. At Woodward & Associates, our physicians are accredited by the AIUM for first trimester and gynecologic ultrasounds.