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Why should you use Women’s Wellness for your Pregnancy Care?

Our team here at Women’s Wellness can smoothly carry you through your pregnancy and help you in all the aspects of your everyday life.  Having Dr. Anne Rainville as your OB could possibly be the best decision you could make to bring your baby into the world.  When we asked our patients how they would describe Dr.…

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What Women Need To Know About Breast Cancer

October is breast cancer awareness month! Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the US and all women have a 1 in 8 lifetime risk of developing breast cancer.  Although may seem quite scary, in reality there is some good news regarding this disease.  Currently, the 5 year survival in localized…

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Take Action Against Breast Cancer

Nearly 200,000 cases of breast cancer and are diagnosed every year. All women have some risk of getting these cancers and should have regular medical screening. 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Women with Hereditary Breast Cancer syndrome are at a significantly higher risk for breast cancer, up to 87% lifetime…

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Why Is It Important To Know About My Family History Of Cancer?

There are some variations in genes passed from parent to child that can drastically raise your risk of cancer. Fortunately, knowing if your family is at-risk gives you power to take steps that may help you and your family members to reduce/eliminate the risk for cancer, or detect cancer at an earlier, more treatable stage. If certain cancers occur in your…

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The 20 Week Fetal Sonogram

Frequently referred to as the 20 week fetal anomaly screen, this Ultrasound is typically performed between 18-20 weeks gestation.  It is preferred that it be done at 19-20 weeks as the organs are just that much larger in size and easier to evaluate than at 18 weeks.  The ultrasound is standard for assessing fetal growth,…

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Annual Gynecologic Exam; GYN or PCP?

“I’m no longer having babies so I don’t need to see my OB/GYN anymore”.  Sound familiar?  Well I’m about to tell you why this is NOT true.  Your OB/GYN or GYN provider is the BEST person for you to see on a regular basis, especially as you start the difficult transition to the peri-menopause and…

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Ultrasound Evaluation of Ovarian Cysts

Before the Ultrasound era, any persistent pelvic mass felt on a physical examination had to be removed surgically, because that was the only way of excluding malignancy.  Today, we can make a fairly confident diagnosis of benign ovarian cysts on the basis on an ultrasound image. Ovarian cysts can be quite painful…or not. Many cysts…

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Common Pregnancy Discomforts That Do Not Have To Be So Common

Many women who are expecting think that certain aches and discomforts are par for the course throughout pregnancy.  While they can be common, they do not necessarily have to be a part of your story. Some of the common discomforts in pregnancy include:  low back discomfort and sciatica, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome (wrist pain), mid-back and…

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When should I make a gynecologic appointment for my daughter?

This is a question that I have heard many times.  Of all the things that mothers and daughters have in common, the need for knowledgeable and compassionate medical care is one of the most important.  Unfortunately, the topic is somewhat difficult for most mothers to introduce to their daughters as there can be much anxiety…

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Ultra-Screen: First Trimester Ultrasound Screening

According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), almost all children in the United Statesare born healthy.  Only 2 or 3 out of 100 newborns have major birth defects.  For the majority of babies, the cause is unknown.  However, there are certain birth defects that can be tested for prenatally.  These include Down’s…

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