Blog Archive

How Menopause Affects Your Mental Health Dec 4th, 2019

If you’re nearing or entering menopause and not feeling your best emotionally, there’s likely a link. This significant change in your life not only affects your fertility; it can impact your mental health as well. But you’re not alone. As a trusted member of the Poplar Bluff community, Dr. Donald...

What You Should Know About Ovarian Cysts Nov 1st, 2019

Ovarian cysts are way more common than you probably think. In fact, if you’re a premenopausal woman, you probably have at least one ovarian cyst right now.  According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, most women make at least one follicular or corpus luteum cyst every month...

Pros and Cons of the Nexplanon® Birth Control Implant Oct 17th, 2019

When it comes to birth control, preventing a pregnancy is the simple part. Figuring out which birth control method is right for your situation and goals is a little trickier given the wide range of choices available to you. To help you make a more informed decision, we’re taking this...

What’s Causing That Pelvic Pain? Sep 3rd, 2019

When it comes to diagnosing the cause of your pelvic pain, the first question to answer is: Where is it located?  The pelvic region encompasses the area between your belly button and your hips, and all the organs in between. Pelvic pain can affect your digestive, urinary, reproductive, or musculoskeletal...

Do Fibroids Affect Fertility? Aug 2nd, 2019

Uterine fibroids, which are noncancerous smooth muscle growths in your uterus, can vary in size, from a grain of rice to an orange or even a melon. If your fibroids are large enough, they can press against your organs, add to your weight, and expand your uterus to the point...

Which Hormonal Birth Control is Right for You? (Implant, Injection, Pill, Patch, or Ring) Jul 17th, 2019

Hormonal birth control is first and foremost designed to prevent pregnancy. But it actually has other benefits, too. The key is to determine which type is right for you.  When you come to see us at Ozark OB/GYN in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, Donald Jones, MD, FACOG, will go through the...

If You Suffer From Female Urinary Incontinence, You're Not Alone Jun 12th, 2019

Urinary incontinence is an embarrassing condition where you unintentionally lose urine, leaking unexpectedly at the most inopportune times. It occurs more often in women, and while there are different types of urinary incontinence, as well as different causes, pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause are potential contributing factors. Too many people ignore...

Why You Should Never Ignore Irregular Bleeding May 17th, 2019

At some point in her life, almost every woman experiences irregular bleeding due to stress or side effects of medications. But if you have irregular bleeding that occurs for more than three months at a time, you may have an underlying condition that’s causing the issue. Regular periods are a...

Can I Become Pregnant If I've Been Diagnosed With Endometriosis? Apr 23rd, 2019

Endometriosis is a common condition that affects many women across the United States. This condition causes a variety of symptoms and complications that impact your reproductive health significantly. Although endometriosis can affect your fertility, it is still possible to have a healthy pregnancy if you have endometriosis.  What is endometriosis?...

Hysterectomies Have Come a Long Way Thanks to Robotic-Assisted Surgery Mar 4th, 2019

Women have been undergoing hysterectomies — the surgical removal of the uterus — since the middle ages. And for much of that time, hysterectomies were performed without anesthesia. Fortunately for all of us, medical science and technology have come a long way since then. And in more recent history, hysterectomies...

Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Safe? Get the Facts Feb 1st, 2019

Hormone therapy can effectively treat menopausal symptoms in women, but has a reputation for raising your risk of certain conditions, including blood clots and breast cancer. In many women, however, these small risks are nothing compared to the serious relief experienced from hormone therapy when it comes to symptoms such...

Should You Consider an IUD? Why It's an Increasingly Popular Choice for Birth Control Jan 15th, 2019

The world of birth control offers up a dizzying array of options, making finding the perfect solution for your unique situation not as easy as you’d think. To help you cut through the clutter, here’s a look at one birth control method that’s become an increasingly popular choice among women...

How NovaSure® Remedies Heavy Periods Dec 21st, 2018

A heavy or irregular menstrual flow is common. About a third of all women of childbearing age seek treatment for it, but there are probably many more women who experience heavy periods and don’t seek treatment, thinking their flow is normal. An abnormally heavy period is not normal; nor is...