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International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month Feb 5th, 2021

February is International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month. When you come in for your first prenatal visit with Capital Women’s Care, we will provide you with a packet of information that lists what you should try avoid during pregnancy including unpasteurized dairy, raw meat, certain cold cuts and exposure to cat...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Dec 23rd, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

National Prematurity Awareness Month Nov 16th, 2020

November is National Prematurity Awareness Month. According to the CDC, about 1 in 10 babies are born preterm. In the US that is almost 400,000 babies born premature each year. These babies are born before 37 weeks and can have health problems throughout their lives.  Prematurity is the leading cause...

Preconception Aug 3rd, 2020

When planning for pregnancy there are a few important steps to take before trying to conceive. First, if you are on any form of contraception it is important discontinue at least 1-2 months before you want to start trying. This gives you some time to track your natural cycles and...

Diet and Exercise During Pregnancy Jul 6th, 2020

A healthy diet and adequate exercise are very important during pregnancy. The best time to begin eating a healthy, balanced diet is before you become pregnant but it is never too late to change your eating habits! You need to eat about 300 more calories a day when you are...

National Cancer Survivors Day Jun 13th, 2020

June 7th was National Cancer Survivors Day. It is important to keep up to date on your routine cancer screenings and to know how your family history can impact your risk for developing cancer in your lifetime. During your annual well woman exam at Capital Women’s Care we will discuss your...

National Women’s Health Week May 7th, 2020

National Women’s Health Week is May 10th through May 16th. This is a great time to evaluate your health and set goals for yourself! During the COVID-19 pandemic, many are finding it difficult to get motivated to exercise or to eat a healthy diet. Exercise is a great stress reliever...

Telemedicine Visits Apr 2nd, 2020

Here at Capital Women’s Care we want you to know we are here to support you and care for you during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are now offering telemedicine visits to address your healthcare needs from the safety of your home. Telemedicine visits are conducted on either your computer, laptop...

National Endometriosis Awareness Month Feb 28th, 2020

March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month. Endometriosis is when endometrial tissue –the tissue that is normally growing inside of your uterus—starts to grow outside of the uterus on the surrounding tissues and/or organs. According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, endometriosis occurs in about 1 in 10 women...

Cervical Health Awareness Month Jan 24th, 2020

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Routine pap smears and completing the HPV vaccine series are actions you can take to screen for and prevent cervical cancer. According to the CDC, cervical cancer was previously the leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States. With the introduction of routine...

Contraception (Birth Control) Dec 18th, 2019

There are many different forms of contraception and it can be difficult to choose which one is right for you. There are both permanent and reversible birth control options including hormonal and non-hormonal options. Depending on your medical history and risk factors certain options may be safer for you to...

Gestational Diabetes Nov 2nd, 2019

November is American Diabetes Month. According to the CDC, roughly 2-10% of pregnancies in the United States are affected by gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is when a woman develops diabetes during pregnancy. The hormones released by the placenta can interfere with another hormone called insulin. Insulin helps to keep blood...

Minimally Invasive Surgery - Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Oct 14th, 2019

Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. It is most often performed for patients suffering from conditions related to abnormal uterine bleeding or pain, and is used when more conservative measures are not successful. Hysterectomies are the second most common surgical procedure performed on women in the US. There...

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Oct 3rd, 2019

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women and is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Risk assessment and regular screenings are both very important in detecting breast cancer early. According to the American Cancer Society, the...

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Sep 18th, 2019

Abnormal uterine bleeding is a term which refers to menstrual bleeding of abnormal quantity, duration or schedule. There can be many causes but most are related to problems with ovulation or structural changes of the uterus. Ovulation occurs when an egg is released from the ovary each month. Communication from...

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Sep 6th, 2019

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. While ovarian cancer only accounts for about 2% of new cancer diagnoses each year, it is the deadliest gynecologic cancer as it is difficult to diagnose in the early stages. Capital Women's Care Bethesda is one of the first offices in the area to...

National Breastfeeding Month Jul 31st, 2019

August is National Breastfeeding Month. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of a baby's life. After 6 months, breastfeeding can be continued through the introduction of new foods and then until both mom or baby are comfortable weaning. Breast milk provides...

Cord Blood Banking Jul 9th, 2019

July is Cord Blood Awareness Month. Cord blood contains stem cells collected from a baby's umbilical cord and placenta that can be used in the treatment of a variety of diseases and sometimes in family members with certain diseases. There are currently options to store cord blood privately for personal use or to donate to a public bank. It is important...

STD Testing Jun 18th, 2019

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are both preventable and treatable, but continue to remain on the rise. These infections can be asymptomatic and can lead to long term impacts on a woman’s health which can include difficultly getting pregnant.  When symptoms are present they can include vaginal discharge and itching, abnormal vaginal bleeding,...

Fibroids Jun 13th, 2019

Fibroids are benign growths of tissue that can occur in up to 70% of women. The symptoms they cause can depend on their size and location. Many times they cause no symptoms as at all.  Common complaints can include irregular bleeding, heavier periods, pelvic pain, painful intercourse, the urge to...