Yeast Infection Drug OK During Pregnancy (Video)

My patients and other pregnant women with yeast infections have been wary of taking the anti-fungal medicine fluconazole (brand name Diflucan®). The concern stems from a 2011 FDA report that it may cause birth defects in high doses if taken during the first trimester of pregnancy. However, if you’re pregnant or a new mom, and … Read More

‘Full Term’ Pregnancy: Newly Defined

This isn’t your grandmother’s full-term pregnancy. Doctors used to define 37 to 42 weeks as the time span of a full-term pregnancy. Now, a U.S. OB/GYN group is dividing that range into different classifications after learning about critical differences in the final weeks of gestation. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the … Read More

Fewer C-Sections: Good News for Moms

Some expectant moms dread the idea of a cesarean section, while other women find the idea appealing. They may hope to avoid the pain of labor, cut short an uncomfortable pregnancy or ensure delivery at a time that’s convenient for them and their doctors. Wives’ tales are also circulating. People may believe, despite a lack … Read More

Past Your Baby’s Due Date?

Many moms-to-be have something in common with the Duchess of Cambridge and her wait for the arrival of the royal baby. Their babies’ due dates come and go and … nothing happens. Going past due date ‘very natural’ That’s completely normal, says OB/GYN Rebecca Starck, MD of Cleveland Clinic’s OB/GYN & Women’s Health Institute. “I … Read More

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5 Myths About Prenatal Screening

Pregnancy often comes with mixed emotions. For every moment of anticipation, there may be a moment of anxiety. For some women, anxiety rises with prenatal genetic screenings — tests that can help identify genetic abnormalities before a baby’s birth. Rocio Moran, MD, a clinical geneticist in Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Personalized Genetic Healthcare, understands those … Read More

What’s It Like to Get an IUD?

First of all, congratulations for choosing the birth control method with the lowest failure rate! And if you are having an IUD placed for period-control reasons, good for you, too. I think you’re going to love it. Getting started When I place an IUD for one of my patients, it usually takes less than five … Read More

Chat With a Doctor: Fertility Financial Questions Answered

Register for Online Chat Do you have a question about infertility and financial issues related to its treatment? Julie Tan, MD, Ob/Gyn Women’s Health Institute, and Margie Clapp, financial advisor at Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center, will answer your questions about this topic during a live webchat Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at noon (ET). Fertility Financial … Read More