Consume Seafood Safely When Pregnant

One of the most common questions Dr. Alqulali hears when treating moms-to-be is, "What can I eat?" And more specifically, "Can I eat shellfish or fish while pregnant?" Dr. Alqulali advises patients to eat a healthy diet during their pregnancy and to follow the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommendation regarding consumption of fish and shellfish during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. The ACOG recommendation bases its advice on updated U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines.

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Skip the Online Search: Call a Doctor Instead

A bump on the labia, unusual discharge, strange cramping or mystery pain. It happens to all of us, and chances are it has probably happened to you, too. When these things or other abnormal occurrences arise, it is very tempting to reach for your laptop to search for a diagnosis from Dr. Google instead of reaching for your phone to call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Alqulali. In fact, Google search stats say that one in every 20 searches is regarding health information. While the Internet is an excellent resource for many things, it is not the place to get a medical diagnosis or treatment.

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Cosmetic Surgery: A Family Affair

They say the family that prays together stays together, but what about the family that has plastic surgery together?

A Texas mother and daughter recently made the news when they decided to get cosmetic surgery at the same time.

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Pelvic Congestion: A Common Problem of Pregnancy

According to the Chicago Tribune, a new treatment is available for treating a painful and potentially deadly condition known as pelvic congestion, a common side effect of pregnancy.

The Pain of Pelvic Congestion

According to Stanford Health Care, a division of Stanford University, pelvic congestion syndrome is caused by varicose veins in the ovaries, which often develop during pregnancy. It can also develop as a result of cysts, fibroids and pelvic inflammatory disease.

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Are Pelvic Exams Necessary Every Year?

If you’re like most women, you’re probably not too excited when your annual checkup rolls around. While you may be tempted to skip this exam, before you cancel your appointment, you should remember that although it can be uncomfortable, annual exams play a critical role in protecting your health. The annual exam allows Dr. Alqulali to make sure your reproductive organs are healthy and helps her identify any conditions or concerns that may negatively impact your overall health.

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O-Shot Can Help With Female Sexual Dysfunction

Disinterest, pain and the inability to become aroused can make many women just want to avoid sex altogether. These factors can also indicate a medical condition known as Female Sexual Dysfunction, or FSD. As many as 75 percent of women experience FSD, and many women in this number think FSD happens as just another part of life caused by age or changes in hormones. As a result, way too many women suffer in silence. In fact, only 14 percent of women ever talk to their gynecologist at all about sex! Dr. Alqulali offers patients a safe place to talk about sex. She also offers the O-Shot, an injection that alleviates the symptoms of FSD.

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Know Your Risks This Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an international event designed to bring focus to the disease, its treatment and prevention. Dr. Alqulali believes that the best patient is an informed patient, and she works to educate patients on ways to reduce their risk of developing breast cancer.

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New Warnings About an Herbal Remedy for Hot Flashes

Menopausal women who experience hot flashes are often desperate to find relief by any means possible, including using home remedies and herbal cures. But researchers say that one popular way some women are cooling off may be dangerous.

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Can Fitness Fight Off Cancer?

Higher levels of aerobic fitness may reduce inherited risk of breast cancer, according to a new study published in Carcinogenesis. The study, conducted by researchers from Colorado State University, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and the University of Michigan, linked aerobic fitness to a lower risk of breast cancer development, although the reason for the relationship is not yet clear.

The study’s authors believe that being physically fit increases the ability of cells to defend themselves against cancer.  

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Pregnancy Rash: Can It Be Prevented?

Pregnancy is a time of many changes -- fluctuating hormones, physical changes to the body as the baby grows, swelling feet and stretchmarks. It also can bring about a harmless but itchy and uncomfortable rash! The rash, known as PUPPS, happens to less than 1 percent of pregnant women, but Dr. Alquali regularly advises her pregnant patients about their risk of contracting PUPPPS, what it means and how to manage it.

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Health Tips for Women in Their 60s and 70s

In addition to providing high-quality obstetric care, Dr. Alqulali and the staff at Infinity Medical Group are here for all your regular health care needs, no matter what your age. We treat patients for regular gynecological care and as part of that care, we stress the importance of things like regular checkups, preventative screenings and vaccinations to protect your health at every stage, including your 60s and 70s.

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Birth Control: There's an App for That

Need birth control? There’s an app for that! New phone technology now promises protection against unwanted pregnancy.

A Swedish husband-and-wife team of nuclear physicists developed an app to track menstrual cycles as an alternative to current birth control options like oral contraceptives, condoms and intrauterine devices, also known as IUDs.

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Pregnancy Risk: How OSA Can Affect Pregnancy

Pregnant women with obstructive sleep apnea face a higher risk of pregnancy complications, according to a study performed by Brown University.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a chronic health condition that affects 22 million Americans, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association. OSA occurs when an individual’s airway becomes blocked during sleep and the muscles of the throat relax and collapse. When the airway becomes blocked, patients gasp for air and are often startled awake.

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A Word About Wine

Many women love to unwind with wine, but is wine really all that healthy? New research from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health says yes, wine has some surprising health benefits. But before you reach for your corkscrew, Dr. Alqulali wants you to remember one thing: Moderation is key. 

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Do Breast Implants Need Replacing Every 10 Years?

If you’ve read about, researched or gotten breast implants, you’ve probably heard someone mention that you should have them replaced every 10 years. But is it really necessary? For most patients, probably not, but there are a few reasons why you should replace your implants, according to Dr. Mona Alqulali M.D., FACOG, Ph.D.

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Dimpleplasty in High Demand With Millennials

Millennials are readily seeking cosmetically created dimples, according to The Independent.

Dimples in Demand

The dimpleplasty procedure has grown as people under 35 strive to look their favorite famously dimpled stars, like Duchess Kate Middleton, actor Brad Pitt or One Direction singer Harry Stiles.

Dimples have long been considered to mark of beauty by many people. Some cultures see them as a sign of good luck and prosperity.

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Size Matters: Areola Reductions Increasing in Popularity

Areola reduction surgeries are growing in popularity, according to a survey by the Plastic Surgery Group.

Areola Reductions Are Increasing

The organization found a growing number of women want to change not only the size of their breasts, but also the size of their areolas. The group, made up of members of the British Association of Aesthetic Surgeons and the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, surveyed 131 people to rate the attractiveness of areolas.

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Dr. Alqulali's Guide to Botox at Any Age

Are you thinking about Botox, but you’re not sure if you really need it right now? Even if you don’t notice signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles, aging is undoubtedly still taking place. Dr. Alqulali believes that Botox has a place in your beauty regimen no matter what your age.  

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Taking Care of Yourself: Your 40s and 50s

 Taking care of yourself is important at any age, and with each new decade brings a new set of recommended wellness visits based on your age. Find out the best ways to care for yourself and your health in your 40s and 50s. 

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Unmasking Melasma: The Mask of Pregnancy

ABC New Chief Meteorologist, Ginger Zee, revealed earlier this year to a national audience that she suffered from melasma, a hyperpigmentation skin condition that affects between 15 and 50 percent of pregnant women in the United States.

Melasma: The Mask of Pregnancy

Melasma is nicknamed, "The Mask of Pregnancy." It is triggered by the hormonal fluctuations caused by pregnancy, as well as the changes in hormones brought on by menopause. Some women also develop melasma as a side effect from using hormonal birth control.

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