Pavilion for Women's Blog

August 02, 2012

Contraceptive pills

Hormone pills or oral contraceptive pills (OCP), more commonly known as birth control pills, provide many medical benefits in addition to providing contraception. In our pediatric and adolescent gynecology clinic we commonly prescribe them for medical purposes to help with dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps), menorrhagia (heavy cycles), and irregular menstrual cycles, among other indications.

July 17, 2012

Every parent hopes and prays for news that their unborn baby is healthy, but what do you do when you’re faced with a daunting diagnosis, such as Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia? CDH is a condition in which the diaphragm does not properly develop, causing the abdominal organs to migrate into the chest cavity, preventing lung growth. We faced this diagnosis not only once, but twice. As many of you already know, we lost our precious baby boy, Maddox, on April 11, 2011. When we discovered I was pregnant again, we learned that we were faced with the same situation. We immediately went to the Fetal Center at Texas Children’s Hospital. So, the answer to my question is simple: you fight for your baby’s life and never stop — and that’s what we did.

July 16, 2012

Trauma is the number one cause of morbidity and mortality in children and adolescents under the age of 21 years. With summer in full swing and more opportunities to play outside, we must remember that accidents occasionally occur. In girls, the most common type of injury seen is a “straddle injury.” This occurs when the force of a blunt object or surface compresses the soft tissue in the genital region, against the bony pelvis. Common examples of straddle injures include falling on a bicycle seat, monkey bars or edge of a diving board.

June 18, 2012

Vulvovaginitis occurs in up to 75% of females before their first menstrual period and is one of the most common reasons prepubertal girls have to visit a pediatrician or pediatric gynecologist. By definition, vulvovaginitis means inflammation of the vulva and vagina. Signs of this may include vaginal discharge, odor or bleeding. Presenting symptoms may include external irritation and discomfort. Poor hygiene or topical irritants are the main source of problems, which may introduce common bacteria, such as E. coli, Streptococcus or Staphylococcus.