Ob-Gyns Play Key Role in Diagnosing and Treating a Common Condition in Female Athletes

Ob-Gyns Play Key Role in Diagnosing and Treating a Common Condition in Female Athletes

CELEBRATION OF WELLNESS NEWS

May 2022

Ob-Gyns Play Key Role in Diagnosing and Treating a Common Condition in Female Athletes

Washington, DC—Ob-gyns have an essential role to play in the health of female athletes, according to the latest guidance released from The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Menstruation is a critical vital sign and an important factor in recognizing a medical condition observed in physically active girls and women known as the female athlete triad.
 
In a Committee Opinion released this month, ACOG states that ob-gyns should screen for the following three components of this condition at total visits for preventive care:
•low energy availability with or without disordered eating;
•menstrual dysfunction; and
•low bone density
 
 
 
“Amenorrhea, or abnormal absence of menstruation, is often considered “normal” among elite athletes who are often unaware this is the first indicator of a more serious problem, which is not uncommon in female athletes,” said Meredith Loveless, M.D., author of the Committee Opinion and chair of ACOG’s Committee on Adolescent Health Care.
 
“While dancers, gymnasts, and runners are at highest risk for the female athlete triad, all athletes are susceptible regardless of body build or sport. A patient doesn’t need to be experiencing all three components to be affected. Even healthcare providers often do not understand that an athlete does not need to have all three components to have female athlete triad and be adversely affected by this condition, so increased awareness is important.”
 
Female athlete triad stems from energy imbalance, which occurs when dietary energy intake minus exercise energy expenditure doesn’t leave adequate energy for remaining body functions. This can lead to dysfunction of the hypothalamus—the control center for the endocrine system, which secretes hormones to various organs. When it’s not functioning correctly, often due to under-nutrition, it can affect menstrual function and bone health. Many athletes will experience a decrease in estrogen levels, which plays a crucial role in bone formation and maintenance.
 

The pressure among female athletes to be lean is tremendous,” said Loveless. “Unfortunately, this can lead to unhealthy behaviors that can cause a host of problems that may not be reversible and counter their performance goals, including osteoporosis, fracture, and diminished athletic performance.”Among slender build female athletes, clinical disordered eating has been reported between 16 to 47 percent compared to five to 10 percent among the general population. However, many athletes are simply not taking in enough fuel to cover their energy expenditure without having an underlying eating disorder.

 
 
According to the Committee Opinion, ob-gyms should consider the menstrual cycle a vital sign since the absence or abnormality of menses is an important marker of overall health. They should conduct a thorough patient history, including questions regarding eating habits, sexual history, exercise regime, and symptoms of depression. The visit should also include a physical examination and a pelvic exam if indicated for gynecological reasons. The overall goal of treatment is the restoration of regular menses, which is the clinical marker for energy balance. The most important aspect of treating the female athlete triad is diet and activity modification, and a sports nutritionist may play a key role in treatment. There is a common misconception that birth control pills can treat female athletes triad. Still, studies show they have little effect on restoring bone mass density and make it more challenging to use menstruation as a marker of recovery. They are not a substitute for dietary or activity modifications.“While the patient may perceive some treatments compromising sports performance, it is important for an ob-gyn to work with a multidisciplinary team, including dieticians and mental health providers, the athlete, their family, and coaches, to set realistic goals,” said Loveless. Committee Opinion #702, “Female Athlete Triad,” will be published in the June issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Read the full newsletter!

World Ovarian Cancer Day – Raising Awareness and Honoring Christine

World Ovarian Cancer Day – Raising Awareness and Honoring Christine

CELEBRATION OF WELLNESS NEWS

May 2022

World Ovarian Cancer Day – Raising Awareness and Honoring Christine

What is World Ovarian Cancer Day?

Established in 2013 by a group of leaders from ovarian cancer advocacy organizations worldwide, May 8 – World Ovarian Cancer Day is the one day of the year we globally raise our voices in solidarity in the fight against ovarian cancer.

Participating in World Ovarian Cancer Day couldn’t be easier! By participating, you have the power to make a difference in the lives of women you know and love – and people from all around the world. Ovarian cancer has the lowest survival rates of all female cancers because there are often delays in diagnosis. Awareness about the symptoms is low, and they are often confused with those of other, less severe illnesses.

It can be as simple as a social media post encouraging others to learn and share information about ovarian cancer. Maybe you want to have a Teal party with friends or at work? Get everyone to have some fun with teal outfits and accessories – and, of course, post it for more awareness. Please create your signs, posters, etc., with our downloadable graphics found in the Campaign Materials section above, and then add your personal touch. By taking part in World Ovarian Cancer Day, you can help to improve survival by increasing awareness of symptoms and the need for more research. Together we can reach our goal of #NoWomanLeftBehind.

 

We want to honor our 2021 Ovarian Cancer Superhero, Christine Castiglia, who lost her battle with ovarian cancer earlier this year. Christine, you will be missed, and we will continue to honor you and your story for many years to come. You touched so many lives during your time here on earth. Please continue to keep her loved ones in your hearts and prayers.

Christine Marie Castiglia, age 57, of Derby, peacefully entered into eternal rest on Sunday, March 6, 2022, at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford. She was born in Waterbury on May 18, 1964, the daughter of Elaine Ricciardi and the late Vincent J. Castiglia. Christine worked as a Clerical Assistant at Pathfinder Associate Inc. Vocational Program for over 30 years. I always was a card game enthusiast who enjoyed playing 500 Gin Rummy and Uno. Christine was an avid acrylic paint artist, game show channel enthusiast, lover of Disney, and a strong passion for cooking and reading cookbooks.

Read the full newsletter!

Well Woman Exams: What Happens and Why? One Doctor Explains.

Well Woman Exams: What Happens and Why? One Doctor Explains.

CELEBRATION OF WELLNESS NEWS

March 2022

Well Woman Exams: What Happens and Why? One Doctor Explains.

These days, seeing your ob-gyn involves much more than a Pap test, pelvic exam, or breast exam. In fact, those exams may not even be needed at each checkup. The visit is really about taking a look at your overall physical health and mental well-being. When you see your ob-gyn, it’s a chance to discuss everyday health concerns, from anxiety and stress to weight loss and family planning. Of course, we ob-gyns have the most training on pelvic organs and the reproductive system. But everything in your body works together. We want to know what’s going on in your life and how your whole body is feeling. Only then can we give you the best health care possible.

We may review your personal and family history for conditions or symptoms that could affect your health. I ask about your past health care and any diseases and conditions that run in your family. These questions help us decide what type of health care may be needed for you at the visit.

We also may talk about how your lifestyle and environment may affect your physical health and safety. We might discuss:

• eating and exercise habits
• alcohol and drug use (including smoking or vaping)
• whether you have safe and secure housing
• if you feel safe at home, or if there is any violence in your home

We may review your mental health and well-being. My hope is to understand any sources of stress in your life, and your ability to manage and cope with stress. We might talk about

• what you do for work and if your job is causing you stress
• how you balance responsibilities at home and at work
• whether you have children, and if so, if you have help caring for them

I ask every patient questions to check for depression and anxiety. Depending on your answers, I may recommend a mental health care professional who can offer you additional help. We’ll talk about treatment options depending on what we find. Many common problems have quick, effective treatments. Other problems may need more tests or follow-up.

At Celebration Obstetrics and Gynecology our goal is to listen to your concerns, provide sound information, and assist you in making the best medical decisions for you! To schedule an appointment, give us a call at 407-566-2229! (To read the FULL article, head over to our website at www.celebrationobgyn.com/news)

 

CLICK HERE for the FULL article!

Read the full newsletter!

Reassuring Facts About the COVID-19 Vaccines

Reassuring Facts About the COVID-19 Vaccines

 

Reassuring Facts About the COVID-19 Vaccines

By: Francisco Garcia, MD, FACOG, ACOG Fellow

 

 

 

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has had a devastating toll on our communities. But now we have highly effective tools—approved COVID-19 vaccines—to prevent serious illness and deaths caused by the virus.

 

  • The vaccines are safe, even though they were made quickly. The vaccines came to market quickly, and I know that makes some people nervous. All of the usual steps to make and test vaccines were still included in the process. The technology used in the vaccines had been in development for decades. So, the scientists were not starting from scratch when they made these vaccines.
  • The vaccines give you powerful protection against the virus. The vaccines work extremely well to protect people from getting sick or severely ill with COVID-19. Based on current data, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) scientists also believe that the vaccines help protect you from the COVID-19 variants found in this country.
  • The vaccines are free and widely available. There are enough vaccines for everyone. All of them are free. They are available for all adults and children age 12 and older, depending on the type of vaccine.
  • The vaccines will not make you sick with COVID-19. None of the vaccines contain any living COVID-19 virus. That means it’s not possible for them to make you sick with the virus. Instead, they teach your immune system to spot and fight off COVID-19.
  • The vaccines do not affect your fertility. There is a lot of false information out there about the vaccines. One common question to clear up: The COVID-19 vaccines do not cause infertility. The science of how the vaccines is made makes us confident that the vaccines are not a cause of infertility.

 

To read the FULL article click here.

Read the full newsletter!

5th Annual Cancer Superhero 5K: Soaring Success

5th Annual Cancer Superhero 5K: Soaring Success

5th Annual Cancer Superhero 5K: Soaring Success

By: Jill White, M Family Foundation, Event Director

With a mission centered around ovarian cancer and pediatric cancer, the M Family Foundation spent all of September to raise awareness, increase education, and provide financial support directly to women battling these deadly diseases. With Michael and Nancy, 2019 and 2020 Superheroes, at the center of motivation, the effort to make a difference was the largest one yet.

Kelly McCarthy, M Family Foundation Co-Founder, stated “With the Covid-Delta variant in full force as we headed into our event month of September, we knew that making this year’s race completely virtual was the best way to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved. The virtual race allows for everyone to make this a personal and fun experience. Multiple businesses, families, local mom groups, dance teams, entire neighborhoods, fitness groups, and individuals all coming together and completing their charity 5K this month, was truly special.”

More than 750 registered runners throughout the United States, Canada and Europe are set to complete their 5K races throughout the month of September and beyond. Superhero 5K participants have done so by walking, running, cycling, swimming, roller blading, Peloton riding, and even a pub crawl! Registered runners received a swag box in the mail including an official race hat, finisher medal, and corporate donations from various event sponsors.

 

Proceeds raised from this event will be distributed to our 2021 Pediatric Superhero, Eli. Eli was diagnosed on August 5th with a pediatric cancer called DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma), which is a type of brain tumor found in an area of the brainstem known as the pons.

For additional information about the M Family Foundation and for ways to get involved, please head over to www.mfamilyfoundation.org.

 

 

 

 

 

Eli Paine

2021 Pediatric Superhero 

Read the full newsletter!

November 2020 Newsletter

Father’s Day 2021

Father’s Day 2021

Celebrating Father’s Day: Five Important Ways Fathers Impact Child Development

When it comes to parenting, it can sometimes feel like fathers are second best. Some depictions of dads in popular culture push the stereotype of fathers as incompetent, emotionally disconnected, and “secondary” parents who are not nearly as important to their children as their mothers. Although a mother’s love is important and special, having an active father figure plays an equally important role in the healthy development of a child.

Here are 5 important ways fathers impact child development:

 

  1. Increase Intellect. Studies show that children with fathers who are actively involved throughout the 1st year of their child’s life perform better on cognitive development assessments and demonstrate an increased capacity for curiosity and exploration.

 

  1. Boost Confidence. Children with supportive fathers that value and love them are more likely to have high self-esteem and are generally happier and more confident.

 

  1. Someone to Look Up To. Fathers provide a positive male role model for their children and help to promote/reinforce good behaviors.

 

  1. Provide A Different Perspective. Children are naturally full of questions, and mothers and fathers approach those questions in different ways. Active fathers have a unique opportunity to share their perspectives on life and teach their kids valuable life skills!

 

  1. Feel the Love! Having an active father makes a child feel loved. Having dad as a steady source of love and encouragement helps ensure that children grow up happy, healthy, and with high self-esteem.

 

Being an active father is one of the most important things you can do for your child. For the full article head click here!

 

 

Read the full newsletter!

November 2020 Newsletter

Visit us on FacebookVisit us on TwitterVisit us on LinkedIn