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By Capital Women's Care
July 26, 2017
Category: OBGYN

Discover the benefits of the da Vinci robotic system for performing gynecological surgeries.robotic surgery

While a lot of women will experience abdominal pain at some point during their lifetime, there are some women who deal with such persistent and painful abdominal discomfort that it greatly impacts their lives. Our Rockville, MD, OBGYNs Dr. Eric Ashkin, Dr. Aliya Poshni and Dr. Leslie Masiky are here to tell you how robotic surgery could improve your feminine health and quality of life.

When you find out you need surgery it’s easy to be worried about the invasiveness of the procedure, the obvious incision scar and the drawn-out recovery period. Fortunately, our Rockville, MD, gynecologists remove all of these concerns by offering da Vinci surgery, a minimally invasive procedure that makes significantly smaller incisions and offers an array of other benefits that traditional surgical techniques cannot.

When is the da Vinci robotic system used?

This revolutionary surgical device is often used for hysterectomies (to remove the uterus), to treat endometriosis (a condition that causes the tissue of the uterus to grow in other nearby regions), to remove fibroids or to treat pelvic prolapse. When you come in for a consultation, we will be able to determine whether your condition will require surgery or not and whether the da Vinci system is the best approach. Surgery is not typically the first course of action; however, we will recommend the da Vinci robotic surgery if nonsurgical treatment options haven’t properly managed your symptoms.

What are the benefits of the da Vinci robotic system?

This system is robotic-assisted, which means that our gynecologist will be in control of the device throughout your surgery. With this system, our gynecologists are able to offer a more accurate and precise surgery. Robotics allows our doctors to get into more difficult areas that may be more challenging manually. This device also offers other wonderful benefits that traditional surgery just can’t including:

  • Shorter recovery period
  • Fewer post-surgical side effects (e.g. less bleeding)
  • Less risk of complications
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Less visible incision scars

Dealing with unexplained pelvic pain? Are you interested in learning about the da Vinci robotic system? Then it’s time you turned to Capital Women’s Care in Rockville, MD, for the care you deserve to live a pain-free life.

By Capital Women's Care
June 20, 2017
Tags: Pregnancy   diet  

Pregnancy can significantly alter your diet; foods you would normally avoid sound irresistible, while a mere mention of your favorite pregnancy, dietfoods might turn your stomach. But since what you eat has a direct affect on your baby, the OB-GYN staff at Capital Women's Care in Rockville, Maryland, encourage all expectant mothers to maintain a healthy diet. Below, Dr. Eric Ashkin, Dr. Aliya Poshni, and Dr. Leslie Masiky explain what women should eat - and what they should avoid - during their pregnancies.

Basic guidelines

During your pregnancy, it may be tempting to "eat for two," as the saying goes. But your Rockville doctors advise against this method, as unnecessary weight gain and calories can have an impact on your baby's health as well as yours. Instead, maintain a healthful diet with lots of protein from sources like lean meats, nuts, and low-mercury fish. Combining iron with vitamin C helps absorption and compensates for the increased blood supply in your body. Folic acid is also extremely important, as it can help prevent the fetus from developing neurological problems. Prenatal supplements can help boost these vital nutrients.

For gestational diabetes

Some pregnant women develop a condition called gestational diabetes, a condition in which the body stops metabolizing glucose, or blood sugar, properly. This causes elevated levels of blood glucose which can be passed along to their unborn baby, potentially resulting in unnecessarily large birth weight, respiratory problems and other complications following birth. Women who are gestationally diabetic should work closely with their Rockville OB-GYN throughout their pregnancy to maintain a diet that allows the body to compensate for higher blood sugar levels; eating several small meals throughout the day that are high in fiber but low in carbohydrates, especially simple sugars, is highly recommended.

Other considerations

During pregnancy, some foods and drinks should be eaten only in moderation or avoided completely. You can still enjoy your morning coffee, for example, but your Rockville obstetrician recommends limiting your caffeine intake to 200 milligrams a day, which is equal to about two 6-ounce cups of coffee. Lunchmeat, unpasteurized cheese or undercooked seafood (such as raw sushi) puts you at risk for serious bacterial infections, which can be passed along to your unborn baby.

If you're pregnant or trying to conceive, we can give you more information about the best choices you can make for yourself and your unborn baby during pregnancy. Contact Capital Women's Care in Rockville, Maryland, to make an appointment with one of our caring, skilled providers: Dr. Eric Ashkin, Dr. Aliya Poshni, or Dr. Leslie Masiky.

By Capital Women's Care
March 30, 2017
Tags: Pregnancy  

Congratulations– you're pregnant! Now that you've calmed down some from the initial excitement, it's time to focus on the most important thing: your health and the baby's health. Capital Women's Health, which is located in Rockville, MD, provides gynecological and obstetric care for women at every stage of life. Dr. Eric Ashkin, Dr. Aliya Poshni, and Dr. Leslie Masiky are some of the finest OB/GYNs in Rockville, MD. Here are some tips for having a healthy pregnancy.

1. Choose a qualified OB/GYN.
Choosing an OB/GYN who will help care for you during your pregnancy, labor and delivery is very important. An OB/GYN is a medical doctor who is specially trained to provide medical and surgical care to women. To verify the credentials of an OB/GYN, contact the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. You will be seeing your OB/GYN often over the coming months, so it's important to find a good match.

2. Schedule a prenatal appointment.
Once you've made your decision, help get your pregnancy off to a healthy start by scheduling your first prenatal appointment. Many doctors will schedule your first visit for when you're about 8 weeks pregnant. Some doctors will see you sooner, especially if you have a health condition, or are having symptoms such as abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding, or nausea and vomiting. Regular appointments with your doctor throughout your pregnancy are important to ensure the health of you and your baby.

3. Get an ultrasound during pregnancy.
Ultrasound is a prenatal test offered to expectant mothers. The test uses sound waves to show a picture of your baby in the uterus. Most women get their first ultrasound in their second trimester at 18-20 weeks of pregnancy. The purpose of the test is to find out how many babies you are carrying, and whether they are developing normally. Your first ultrasound can be very exciting because it gives you the first glimpse of your child.

4. Get the screening tests you need.
Prenatal screening tests are done to determine whether a baby is likely to have specific birth defects. A prenatal screening test can only provide your risk, or probability, that a particular condition exists. Most of these screening tests are noninvasive. These tests are usually performed during the first and second trimesters. 

5. Pay attention to your health.
A healthy lifestyle is always important – but when you're pregnant, it's that much more vital. So make sure you eat a healthy diet, get plenty of sleep, start taking a prenatal vitamin, get enough folic acid and consider a pregnancy-friendly exercise routine. Also, remember to drink seven to ten glasses of water per day and choose skim milk and real fruit juices instead of sodas.

6. Avoid these pregnancy no-nos.
Some things should be avoided during your pregnancy. These include cigarette smoke, alcohol, certain foods, too much caffeine, recreational drugs, as well as certain behaviors and activities. Talk to your doctor to find out more about what you may need to steer clear of. Don't take any medications, even OTC medications, unless you have discussed them with your OB/GYN.

Now that you’re pregnant, it’s really important to take steps to achieve your goal—having a healthy baby. Call Capital Women's Health at 301-569-6301 right now to schedule an appointment in Rockville, MD. Seeing an OB/GYN is among the best ways you can help protect your child's health and well-being. Be assured that our staff will provide you with the best care possible as you prepare for one of your life's most miraculous events- the birth of your child.

Congratulations– you're pregnant! Now that you've calmed down some from the initial excitement, it's time to focus on the most important thing: your health and the baby's health. Capital Women's Health, which is located in Rockville, MD, provides gynecological and obstetric care for women at every stage of life. Dr. Eric Ashkin, Dr. Aliya Poshni, and Dr. Leslie Masiky are some of the finest OB/GYNs in Rockville, MD. Here are some tips for having a healthy pregnancy.

1. Choose a qualified OB/GYN.
Choosing an OB/GYN who will help care for you during your pregnancy, labor and delivery is very important. An OB/GYN is a medical doctor who is specially trained to provide medical and surgical care to women. To verify the credentials of an OB/GYN, contact the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. You will be seeing your OB/GYN often over the coming months, so it's important to find a good match.

2. Schedule a prenatal appointment.
Once you've made your decision, help get your pregnancy off to a healthy start by scheduling your first prenatal appointment. Many doctors will schedule your first visit for when you're about 8 weeks pregnant. Some doctors will see you sooner, especially if you have a health condition, or are having symptoms such as abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding, or nausea and vomiting. Regular appointments with your doctor throughout your pregnancy are important to ensure the health of you and your baby.

3. Get an ultrasound during pregnancy.
Ultrasound is a prenatal test offered to expectant mothers. The test uses sound waves to show a picture of your baby in the uterus. Most women get their first ultrasound in their second trimester at 18-20 weeks of pregnancy. The purpose of the test is to find out how many babies you are carrying, and whether they are developing normally. Your first ultrasound can be very exciting because it gives you the first glimpse of your child.

4. Get the screening tests you need.
Prenatal screening tests are done to determine whether a baby is likely to have specific birth defects. A prenatal screening test can only provide your risk, or probability, that a particular condition exists. Most of these screening tests are noninvasive. These tests are usually performed during the first and second trimesters. 

5. Pay attention to your health.
A healthy lifestyle is always important – but when you're pregnant, it's that much more vital. So make sure you eat a healthy diet, get plenty of sleep, start taking a prenatal vitamin, get enough folic acid and consider a pregnancy-friendly exercise routine. Also, remember to drink seven to ten glasses of water per day and choose skim milk and real fruit juices instead of sodas.

6. Avoid these pregnancy no-nos.
Some things should be avoided during your pregnancy. These include cigarette smoke, alcohol, certain foods, too much caffeine, recreational drugs, as well as certain behaviors and activities. Talk to your doctor to find out more about what you may need to steer clear of. Don't take any medications, even OTC medications, unless you have discussed them with your OB/GYN.

Now that you’re pregnant, it’s really important to take steps to achieve your goal—having a healthy baby. Call Capital Women's Health at 301-569-6301 right now to schedule an appointment in Rockville, MD. Seeing an OB/GYN is among the best ways you can help protect your child's health and well-being. Be assured that our staff will provide you with the best care possible as you prepare for one of your life's most miraculous events- the birth of your child.

By Capital Women's Care
January 30, 2017
Category: OBGYN

When many people think of going to the OB/GYN they automatically assume that it is for a Pap smear test. But there is another valuablecontraception counseling appointment you can make with a gynecologist at Capital Women's Health in Rockville, MD, called contraception counseling. Find out what this is and how a gynecologist can help you make the right decision for your sexual health.

What Is Contraception Counseling?
Contraception counseling is an appointment that you make with your gynecologist to discuss ways that you can avoid conceiving if you're sexually active. Here are a few of the topics you'll likely discuss:

- Your medical background and conditions, including any past gynecological issues or STDs.
- Menstrual cycle and history.
- Relationships (multiple or single partners).
- Allergies and reactions.
- Smoker or non-smoker and other habits.
- Recent pregnancies or plans to get pregnant in the future.

Why Is Contraception Counseling Important?
There are numerous contraception options available now for women who want to avoid pregnancy. However not every option is right for every woman. For example, some women can’t take certain types of birth control if they have cardiovascular or hormonal issues. For this reason and more it is important to schedule a counseling session with your Rockville gynecologist to find out which option will work for you and ensure your ongoing health and wellness.

Contraception Options
It's a good idea to have a general idea of the various contraception options available before you go to your counseling appointment. These are a few treatments that you may discuss with your OB/GYN:

- birth control pills or patches
- contraceptive vaginal ring
- IUD (intra-uterine device)
- progesterone pill, implant or injection
- condoms
- tubal ligation or tubal occlusion (permanent options)

Schedule a Counseling Session Today
Your sexual health is important and part of staying healthy is staying in touch with your gynecologist. Schedule a contraception counseling session with a gynecologist at Capital Women's Health in Rockville, MD, by calling (301) 569-6301 today.

By Capital Women's Care
December 08, 2016
Category: OBGYN

Pregnancy is truly an amazing and unique journey for every woman.

Find out what big milestones you have to look forward to during your pregnancy.

While pregnancy may also feel like a whirlwind of emotions, before you know it your baby will be here and it will be so easy to forget pregnancywhat you went through those nine months. Of course, our Montgomery County, MD OBGYNs--Dr. Aliya Poshni, Dr. Eric Ashkin and Dr. Leslie Masiky--believe that there are some exciting pregnancy milestones that you should certainly look forward to and enjoy.

The End of Your First Trimester

Many women still wait until they have passed their first trimester to tell the world they are expecting. The first trimester can often be tough, with morning sickness and exhaustion, but now you are out of the woods and should certainly celebrate this milestone. Enjoy getting to see the smiles on people’s faces when you tell friends and family that you are expecting your own bundle of joy. Plus, you’ll also get back some of the energy that you lost during those first 12 weeks.

The First Heartbeat

It’s the most amazing sound in the world to hear your baby’s heartbeat. When you come in to see our Montgomery County obstetrician for an ultrasound you will finally get to hear the whooshing sound of your baby’s heart. The first time you experience this it can be amazingly overwhelming and exciting. Don’t be afraid to show your emotions in the moment.

The First Ultrasound

Most women wonder what their child looks like and the first time you get to take a look at the little baby inside you this is a moment that you won’t forget. As the baby grows it’s exciting to see the baby somersaulting, wiggling and kicking around in there. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for a printout of your ultrasound as a special keepsake.

The First Pregnancy Outfit

Once your belly starts to pop out, it’s time to find clothes that actually feel comfortable to walk around in. Enjoy shopping for those stretchy pants and adorable dresses that show off your new pregnant body. Plus, who doesn’t love a reason to shop?

The First Contraction

Yes, we understand that a lot of women worry about the actual labor and delivery part, but the first contractions are often known as Braxton-Hicks or “practice” contractions to get your body ready for the real thing. While these contractions can be a bit uncomfortable the positive news is that your little one is almost on its way!

Are you looking to find an obstetrician or gynecologist in Montgomery County, MD that you can trust? Then turn to the experts at Capital Women's Health. We are here for you every step of the way.





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