The Health News Blog from Bay Area Physicians for Women

Enjoy our regular updates on the latest in gynecology and pregnancy care.



Which Is Safer: The Pill or IUDs?

Sixty-two percent of American women use some from of birth control. If you (or a loved one) are of reproductive age and considering birth control, it’s important to choose one that’s right for you. Are oral contraceptives safe? Oral birth control pills are daily medications that contain hormones to prevent pregnancy. Even though birth control … Continued

Postpartum Depression FAQ

Postpartum depression is a common type of severe depression that affects new mothers following childbirth. It’s usually caused by a combination of hormonal changes, psychological adjustment to motherhood and fatigue. Typical symptoms of postpartum depression include insomnia, loss of appetite, intense irritability and difficulty bonding with the baby. Untreated postpartum depression can last between a … Continued

I’m Pregnant, Do I Have To See An OB/GYN?

While a primary care physician or midwife can care for you during pregnancy and childbirth, an OB/GYN has expertise in female reproductive health, pregnancy and childbirth. Pregnancies and childbirth are life-changing experiences that involve many physical and emotional changes, so it’s important to feel comfortable and confident in the care and guidance you receive. Another … Continued

What Is The Role Of An OBGYN For Pregnancy?

An OBGYN is a primary care physician who is trained in two medical specialties: gynecology and obstetrics. Gynecology is the medical practice dealing with the health of the female reproductive system and the breasts. Obstetrics focuses on pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. Together, these two specialties center on the female reproductive organs in their … Continued