Blog Archive

Recharge Your Sex Drive With the O-Shot and P-Shot Apr 1st, 2021

Time and aging bring changes to relationships, including a diminished focus on sexuality. But if either you or your partner — or both of you — aren’t feeling satisfied by your romantic relationship, you don’t have to settle for less.  At OBGYN Care of Houston, our expert gynecologist, Sharon Smith,...

What to Expect During a Colposcopy Mar 1st, 2021

When you come for your annual gynecology exam, your OB/GYN carefully examines your reproductive organs for signs of abnormalities and disease. Depending on your age and situation, they may recommend a Pap smear or a test for the human papilloma virus (HPV).  If your HPV test is positive or your...

What To Do About Menopausal Night Sweats Jan 1st, 2021

Every woman experiences menopause in her unique way. You may have a different set of symptoms than your friends, sisters, and aunts do. You may not have symptoms at all. But if you suffer from night sweats, you probably also experience the aftereffects of poor sleep, including brain fog and...

Choosing Birth Control: 5 Important Factors to Consider Dec 1st, 2020

When it comes to family planning, deciding what type of birth control to use depends on your current needs, your future needs, and your lifestyle.  You have so many options — from single-use birth control to permanent sterilization — that you may find it difficult to decide which would work...

How Endometriosis Impacts Emotional Health Nov 1st, 2020

The inside of your uterus is lined with a special tissue called the endometrium, which collects blood and nutrients in preparation for nourishing a baby. If you don’t get pregnant, the endometrium sheds its extra blood-rich layers, which exit through your vagina as your monthly menstrual blood. But if you...

Vaginal Dryness: Could It be Perimenopause? Oct 1st, 2020

Girls and women aren’t taught to talk about — or even think about — their vagina’s ability to lubricate. Maybe your partner mentions it from time to time. But when the well runs dry, you suddenly think about lubrication. A lot. If sex is suddenly painful because your vagina isn’t...

Why You Shouldn't Ignore Pelvic Pain Sep 21st, 2020

If you put your hand on a hot stove, you know right away that you must remove it. That’s because pain is your body’s signal that you’re in danger. Either something in your environment isn’t right or something in your body isn’t quite right. When you experience pain in your...

Pregnancy and Your Moods: What to Expect Aug 16th, 2020

Pregnancy changes your body, your life, and often your emotions. Whether you planned the pregnancy or not, knowing that you’ll soon have a newborn to care for can trigger a number of positive and negative emotions. Just as you’re adjusting to the idea of mothering a new baby — whether...

Common Signs of Fibroids Jul 19th, 2020

Menstruation can be a difficult time for any woman. You might feel bloated, crampy, and more easily fatigued than normal. But if you’re in pain, bleed heavily, or have to urinate more frequently, you could have uterine fibroids.  Although fibroids are benign (noncancerous), they can grow large enough to prevent...

Can You Prevent Cervical Cancer? Jun 16th, 2020

In the early 1900s, more women in the United States died of cervical cancer than any other type of cancer. Thanks to preventive measures — including Pap tests and human papilloma virus (HPV) tests — cervical cancer rates plummeted from 24-37 cases per 100,000 women to just 7.7 cases per...

How Dermal Fillers Can Restore Lost Volume to Your Face May 21st, 2020

You finally lost those last few pounds and your body looks amazing. But your face? It’s aged about 10 years in just a few months. Or perhaps your weight is stable, but your face just isn’t. Month by month, year by year, it’s sagging lower and lower. You’re dead set...

What to Do About Painful Intercourse Apr 18th, 2020

Dyspareunia. That’s a word that means “painful sex.” A few years ago, you couldn’t even imagine such a thing. Now it’s sidelining your love life. Painful intercourse can have its roots in both physical and emotional issues,  including an infection, sexual abuse, or trauma. But if you’re in your 40s...

Do You Leak When You Laugh? Find Out What's Causing Your Incontinence Mar 6th, 2020

You think that you’re healthy and in pretty good shape for your age, but your body’s giving you a counter-argument. You leak urine whenever your bladder’s under pressure when you cough, sneeze, or laugh, or even when you ‘re in gym class. Why are jumping jacks suddenly your bladder’s enemy?...

Better Sex for Him and Her: Discover the Benefits of O and P Shots Jan 31st, 2020

Whether you’ve always loved sex or have never quite known what the fuss is about, new developments in regenerative medicine help you achieve faster and more intense orgasms if you’re a woman and can give you stronger, longer-lasting erections if you’re a man.  The O-Shot® and the P-Shot®  harness the...

Resolve to Turn Back the Clock With the Powerful Duo of Microneedling and PRP Jan 1st, 2020

Each December 31 brings both regret and hope as Old Father Time, armed with his scythe, gets supplanted by the fresh-faced new year. While others might feel nostalgic for their lost youth and make drunken resolutions to improve their lives (which they never keep), you have a different strategy.  After...

Who Should Have an STD Test and How Often? Dec 1st, 2019

Sex is one of the most joyful experiences in life, and yet any kind of intimate skin-to-skin contact with another human being increases your risk for a sexually transmitted disease (STD).  Though STDs still carry a lot of stigma, they’re common: The American Sexual Health Association estimates that one in...

Is Incontinence Normal After Giving Birth? Nov 1st, 2019

Back when you were a girl, you noticed older women huddling together sometimes, whispering about “female problems.” What were those, you wondered?  Well, now you know. You just gave birth and you’re experiencing some side effects that have you whispering with your girlfriends: “Is it normal to leak after you...

My Pap Smear Results Were Abnormal — Now What? Sep 1st, 2019

Papanicolaou (Pap) smears, also called Pap tests, are simple, routine gynecological tests that you should have every three years, depending on your age and lifestyle. A Pap smear lets your doctor check for abnormal squamous cells on the opening of your uterus, an area known as the cervix.  Abnormal squamous...

Blast Away Stubborn Fat Pockets With SculpSure Body Contouring Sep 1st, 2019

You knew it! Those stubborn bulges of fat aren’t your fault. You eat healthy food with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and you exercise regularly, yet you’re plagued with pockets of genetically determined fat on your: Chin Abdomen Hips Back Thighs Arms While you still need to maintain a...

If You Suffer From Uncomfortable Menopause Symptoms, Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Can Help Aug 8th, 2019

While women around you fretted about their upcoming change of life, you were looking forward to it for some time. You couldn’t wait for the day when you didn’t have to worry about ruining your best white pants because you couldn’t get to a restroom in time to change a...

Introducing Dr. Andrea Alexander Jul 29th, 2019

Dr. Andrea Alexander was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She recognized her interest in medicine at a very young age and attended Debakey High School for Health Professions. It was here that she found her passion for women's health and adolescent medicine.She graduated from Baylor University with a degree...

What Makes PRP Therapy So Effective? Jul 10th, 2019

Platelet-rich plasma therapies are everywhere, from the orthopedist’s office to the dermatologist’s office and just about every specialty in between. These days, PRP is being touted as a remedy for everything from sagging skin to a sagging sex life. At OBGYN Care of Houston, our founders Sharon Smith, MD, and...

5 Ways the O-Shot Injection Can Help Improve Your Life Jun 3rd, 2019

The O-Shot® is one of the regenerative procedures that we offer at OBGYN Care of Houston in Houston, Texas. The O-Shot harnesses the healing powers of your own blood to reinvigorate your tissues and restore their health. What does that have to do with sex, orgasms, and a better life?...

Why Botox Remains the Popular Choice For Getting Rid of Frown Lines May 1st, 2019

Frowns are great when you want to show disapproval or convey that you’re pondering the meaning of life with depth and comprehension. But if your frown lines are permanent, you may be sending the wrong signals to the world. And to yourself. Frown lines can make you look: Angry Tired...

How Microneedling Can Take Years off Your Face and Rejuvenate Your Skin Apr 5th, 2019

If you pay attention to today’s headlines, you might believe it’s a really stressful time to be alive. But if you pay attention to breaking news in medicine and aesthetics, you also realize it’s a pretty exciting time. Although no one’s yet found the Fountain of Youth, we’re getting closer...

Can I Still Get Pregnant if I Suffer From Endometriosis? Mar 7th, 2019

Endometriosis is a condition in which the tissue that normally lines the inside your uterus (the endometrium) starts to grow outside your uterine cavity. According to the National Institutes of Health, about 11% of women in the United States have endometriosis. But knowing that you have company doesn’t make the...

3 Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery Feb 11th, 2019

If you need an operation to improve your reproductive health, restore your fertility, or alleviate pain, you may be reluctant to move forward because of all the complications that traditional surgery brings. You know you have to take care of yourself, but you want to avoid the long recovery period...

Love Your Body This Year with SculpSure Jan 7th, 2019

Your health is important to you, and so you’ve made it a priority each new year to increase your activity level and add healthier foods to your diet. And it’s paid off: You have more energy, you lost the extra pounds your doctor told you to shed, and you look...

How Will I Know If My Pregnancy Is Considered High Risk? Dec 6th, 2018

Hearing about high-risk pregnancies may make you nervous about conceiving a child. Could your pregnancy be considered high-risk? And if it is, what does that mean for you and your baby? At OBGYN Care of Houston, our doctors and staff have years of experience helping women with high-risk pregnancies deliver...

How to Overcome Urinary Incontinence Nov 21st, 2018

Millions of women experience the frustrating symptoms of bladder control loss, known medically as urinary incontinence. Not knowing where or when it will strike can interfere with your daily life and make planning difficult. While urinary incontinence happens to both men and women, it’s more common in women and is...

Banish That Muffin Top for Good: SculpSure Oct 30th, 2018

We all have problem areas where we just can’t seem to lose weight no matter how much diet and exercise we incorporate. The abdomen often holds stubborn pockets of fat that need special attention. SculpSure® is the world’s first FDA-cleared body-contouring procedure shown to be effective in treating the abdominal areas...

Four Reasons Annual Wellness Exams are So Important Sep 12th, 2018

Whether it’s raising children and balancing a career or continuing your education, women today have a lot of responsibilities. And with so much to do, women often put themselves last, skipping activities they enjoy and delaying such important personal appointments as well-woman visits. If you’ve missed your annual wellness exam...

Learn how you can reduce cellulite Aug 20th, 2018

Cellulite. Mention the word and you’re sure to draw scowls and looks of disdain, and yet, nearly everyone has some of it. In fact, it’s estimated that up to 90 percent of women have cellulite in areas like their thighs and buttocks. The dimpled, lumpy appearance of cellulite is a...

Does Endometriosis Put You at Risk for Miscarriage? Jul 9th, 2018

Endometriosis affects an estimated 1 in 10 women, and while it can affect menstruating women of all ages, it usually affects women in their 30s and 40s. Some women have no symptoms of the condition. Trouble getting pregnant is often the first sign that something’s amiss. When women do experience...

What is Unexplained Infertility? May 16th, 2018

Most couples who’ve decided it’s time to add a baby to their family become pregnant within a year. Infertility becomes a consideration if you’ve tried for 12 months and haven’t conceived, which is the case for about 10-15% of couples. If you’re over 35, however, fertility issues become a concern...

Considering Permanent Birth Control? Apr 26th, 2018

Permanent birth control is a personal decision chosen when you know for sure that you don’t want more children. These surgical and non-surgical options are extremely effective at establishing permanent infertility. If you’ve given it a lot of thought and decided that you’re interested in permanent birth control, here’s what...

How Much Weight Should You Gain During Pregnancy? Mar 29th, 2018

Women who have spent years watching their weight or feeling the pressure to stay or get thin might see pregnancy as an escape from calorie-counting and waist-watching — or healthy eating habits in general. They think that since their bellies will grow and weight gain is inevitable, why not just...

10 Things You Didn’t Know About SculpSure Feb 28th, 2018

You’ve long been told that when something is too good to be true, it’s wise to approach it with the appropriate amount of skepticism; we agree. In fact, when it comes to body sculpting claims, you have even more reason to proceed with caution, given the number of bogus products...

Tips for Living with Endometriosis Dec 6th, 2017

As board-certified OB/GYN specialists in Houston, we often care for women dealing with the pain and other life-disrupting symptoms of endometriosis. Fortunately, there are many effective remedies available to help you successfully manage endometriosis. We invite you to schedule an appointment with one of our caring and skilled physicians for...

Contraception: What Are Your Options? Nov 3rd, 2017

Most women reach a point in their lives where they are faced with a decision. At some point, generally in their teenage years, they begin to inquire about the use of birth control or contraception. However, it’s important to keep in mind that a woman may decide to begin using...

How SculpSure Can Help You Slim Down Without Surgery Aug 3rd, 2017

If there’s one issue that nearly everyone can share stories (and gripes) about it’s weight management. No one really likes talking about their weight, but everyone could probably go on and on about all of the things they’ve tried in order to slim down without getting the exact results that...

Why You Shouldn’t Skip Your Annual Women’s Wellness Exam Jul 12th, 2017

While visiting your OBGYN may not be high on your list of favorite things to do, it’s one of the most important visits you can make for your long-term health. Your annual women’s wellness exam is key to protecting yourself when it comes to various cancers and other health issues....