What Exactly Occurs During Your Menstrual Cycle?

Today I want to speak to you about the menstrual cycle. Every day, women come to my office with problems with their period, so it is very important to have a good understanding of the menstrual cycle. My vimeo channel: vimeo.com/channels/drpolcino Web: dr-polcino.com Facebook: facebook.com/DrPolcino Twitter: twitter.com/DrPolcino

How Effective Is the Latest Egg Freezing Technology?

Fertility and reproductive medicine is constantly changing and expanding as its technology rapidly advances.  Freezing a woman’s eggs can be of great benefit for many conditions such as cancer and infertility. Initially, a woman’s eggs, which are called oocytes, were frozen with moderate success.  Ice crystals formed within the oocyte which caused damage and left the egg…

Which Medications Should You Avoid During Pregnancy?

If you are considering pregnancy or are already pregnant, here are a few of the medications you should not be taking: Benzodiazepine sedatives: these are medications used to help anxiety and insomnia; Xanax and Ativan are two of this class Statins: used to decrease cholesterol; Lipitor and Crestor are in this class Non-contraceptive estrogens Warfarin derivatives:…

One Viable Method to Prevent Preterm Labor

Preterm birth rates continue to rise in the United States and are a major cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality.  Low-dose aspirin has been researched as a possible inexpensive and safe medication to help reduce the incidence of preterm birth. Aspirin helps by reducing uterine contractility and inflammation.  Many medical issues such as the fetus…

What Could Happen if You Smoke During Pregnancy?

We all know that cigarette smoking is a health hazard.  In pregnancy, smoking spreads that hazard to the baby as well as the mom.  The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) provides us with the following information: It is reported that 10% of women smoke during the last 3 months of pregnancy 50% of women…

How Can Uterine Fibroids Affect Your Pregnancy?

About 5% of all women have a uterine fibroid and this is the most common of the noncancerous gynecological tumors.  Since fibroids can increase risks during a pregnancy, the health care provider follows a pregnant woman with fibroids carefully. One of the complications can be that the baby is in a position other than head-down near…

What Are the Risks of Delaying Childbirth?

…..Over the past 50 years, more women are delaying childbirth for many reasons.  Now obstetrical teams are seeing an increase in first births for women aged 40 to 44.  Pregnancies can progress beautifully with these women but increased risks have been associated with later motherhood.  Some of these risks include: Abnormal fetal chromosomes Diabetes during…

Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing – When Should You Consider This?

…..Let us return to our review of non-invasive prenatal testing for abnormalities of the fetal chromosomes. …..This testing is supported by the professional societies, including the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  It is not a testing program that is offered to all pregnant women at this time, and there are certain indications for considering…

Prenatal Genetic Testing – A New, Non-Invasive Procedure!

…..Prenatal genetic testing is used to determine the risk of a fetus having an abnormal chromosome.  Finding the fetus with an abnormality at the 21, 13, or 18th chromosome at an early fetal age and with a non-invasive technique has been the quest of many investigators over the past 50 years.  Every decade seems to…